We did another podcast

A while back, I posted that I’d been part of a podcast pilot for the ugvm newsgroup. Reception to it was actually quite positive, and so we did another one. And this week, we did another one.

That’s two proper episodes and one pilot now. Already about six more episodes than I expected it to run for.

Anyway, yeah, this is a plug for that. You can find them all over on the ugvm site, or just search for “ugvm” on your podcast service of choice.

The format is the ugvm standard “Play, Want, Bin” structure, with a bit of chat and some news and stuff. Look, it’ll pass the time while you’re on the bus to work or blot out your family for a bit, so it has a use, yeah? And unlike a lot of other games podcasts it’s very low on the swears so it has that going for it too.

I’m not selling it very well. I’m sorry.

Play Want Bin Expense: 2017-10-09

Chop chop, dig dig.

There are too many games. Too many. And I only have two of them.

Play

Golf Story (Switch)
The silliness is so good. The golfing is surprisingly great. It’s funny and nonsensical and I’m really enjoying it. Sure, there are seemingly a lot of fetch quests and “find all the things” quests, but that doesn’t matter. It’s great. However, it’s suddenly started playing second fiddle to…

Stardew Valley (Switch)
What is there to say about this? It’s Harvest Moon, only sort of not. It’s got digging and making things and in some ways it feels a bit like Minecraft, but it’s definitely Harvest Moon, Animal Crossing or Miitomo. There’s something addictive about planting seeds and watering them every day. Or wandering the entire map looking for stuff lying on the ground. Or fishing. All menial tasks and all not fun at all on the face of it. And yet, I’ve put 12 hours into it already and it only came out on Thursday.

Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens (PS4)
Only a bit on this. We’ve finished the story of course, and have now done what I think is all of the extra levels. It’s just a case of returned to Free Play them all for red bricks and minikits. Only there’s a problem – unlike all the other Lego games, you can’t see which levels you’re still missing collectables on. This means that, unless you’re making notes, you have to load each level, check the pause screen, then quit if it’s already done. Really, really annoying.

Want

Fire Emblem Warriors (Switch)
Next week! I might leave it a while though, as I’ve so many other games on the go.

Super Mario Odyssey (Switch)
I have pre-ordered this, but the place I’ve ordered it from is going to deliver it to the wrong address even though I chose my house at every stage in the process and asked them to change it afterwards. So I doubt it’ll arrive on the day. Boo.

Lego Ninjago The Movie The Videogame (PS4)
Going to see the film this weekend, I think. Might be hard not to buy this sooner rather than later.

Bin

The map screen on Lego Star Wars TFA not showing red bricks/minikits collected.

Expense

?Bye-Bye Boxboy! (3DS) – £2.69
Stardew Valley (Switch) – £8.79

Play Want Bin Expense: 2017-10-02

Too many games. Too many! Imagine.

Stabbing and murdering. And that’s just Lego!

Play

SteamWorld Dig 2 (Switch)
Bought, played and completed. Just like that. Then went for 100%. It’s a fantastic game, always a pleasure and never a chore. Although the final, after-100%, trials are the hardest thing ever and I’ve not managed to best them. Yet.

Hitman (PS4)
Completed! Had a lot of fun with this, finding ways to make use of the schedules and weaknesses discovered to bump off people in interesting ways. Crushing the heart (literally) of the heart transplant bloke, poisoning a lawyer via fugu, making use of a battering ram, and tinkering with a Tuk Tuk. It’s the best Hitman game.

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PS4)
It’s Star Wars and Lego. Not a fan of the former, but a fan of the latter, so it was OK. I don’t like the two new mechanics (cover shooting and multiple builds from the same bricks), but they’re not deal-breakers. The stats say we finished the story in under 10 hours, making it the shortest Lego game by some way, but there’s still plenty to do as the stats also say 25.4% complete.

Picross S (Switch)
This looks kind of weird on the big screen, but that’s probably only because I’ve only played 3DS picross games for the last few years. I’ve not finished many puzzles yet, mainly because of…

Golf Story (Switch)
Long wanted, and finally here. It’s a sort of adventure game, only with golf and golf-related game mechanics. It’s a little rough round the edges (literally – I’ve got stuck in or on scenery multiple times so far, and had to quit out), and the multiple pixel sizes jar a bit, but it’s nuts and lovely and I’m really enjoying it. I’ve just gained access to the third course, having fed some fish, dug up an idol, found some lost turtles, played disc golf, and all sorts of other not-golf activities.

Want

Stardew Valley (Switch)
Rumours abound this’ll finally hit this week. Let’s hope!

Fire Emblem Warriors (Switch)
This month, apparently? Blimey.

Mario Odyssey (Switch)
Also this month. I’ve pre-ordered it!

Lego Ninjago The Movie Videogame (Switch, or maybe PS4)
ALSO out this month. Sake.

Bin

All the games coming out at the same time. Come on lads, sort it out. It’s not even Christmas yet.

Expense

Whoops.

Golf Story: £10.79
Picross S: £5.75
Super Mario Odyssey: £35.14

Play Want Bin Expense: 2017-09-18

Time to pack the Vita away again.

A two week catchup this time. Partly because I did the first week in the All New ugvm Podcast! Go and listen to that.

Play

Persona 4 Golden (Vita)
I have completed it. Last time, I said I was so close to the end: I wasn’t. Well, I was, but that wasn’t the real actual proper One True Ending. So I had to go back and do that instead. Wow. An excellent game, all 100 hours of it.

Sonic Mania (Switch)
Which I also completed. I’ve completed it six times now: twice with Sonic (but not all the emeralds), and then once with Sonic, Knuckles, Tails, and Sonic and Tails with all the emeralds. I’ve also managed to get gold for all the Blue Spheres levels. Next up – Knuckles & Knuckles mode! Only problem with that is you can’t save.

Hitman (PS4)
Yes, the new one. Well, newest one anyway. It’s brilliant. I’m a terrible assassin, as I keep accidentally killing innocents, or forgetting I’m not supposed to be seen by people, or bodging the kills, but I’m really enjoying it. I’ve “done” the tutorial, Paris and Sapienza, and one of the two targets in Marrakesh.

Lego City Undercover (Switch)
100%! We were stuck on 99.9% for a while, and I was convinced it was a bug, until I realised that flying vehicles aren’t included in the unlocked vehicle counter but are included in the game completion percentage. We’d not bought a helicopter, so there was the missing 0.1%. Phew.

Project Octopath Traveller Demo (Switch)
I love the art style. I’m not far enough in to make comment on the game itself, but the art is lovely. I’ve started the story of the “dancer”, who appears to be more, uh, hands on than a dancer might be, if you catch my drift. It started getting a bit “adult” and my daughter was watching so I thought it best to stop there. I’ll play it more when she’s not about though!

Want

Golf Story (Switch) is out THIS WEEK!
Stardew Valley (Switch) is out either this week or next!
SteamWorld Dig 2 (Switch) is also out THIS WEEK!

Also Mario Odyssey, Fire Emblem Warriors, etc. as per usual.

Bin

My Vita, I suppose, since I’ve no use for it now.

Expense

Nothing! Which is just as well because all them Switch games are out this week and next.

 

I did a podcast

The Voice

Some 15 years or so back, I came up with the stupid idea of creating a PDF magazine about video games. I edited it, and the people from the newsgroup uk.games.video.misc provided content and support. It was pretty novel at the time, and we got quite popular.

However, it took a lot of work and as a result became less and less regular. Eventually, it folded. Which was odd because it was a PDF. That was a terrible joke.

Not so many years ago, three perhaps, I posted a new idea in the newsgroup. What if we did a podcast? People said yes, but then suddenly things happened in my personal life so I shelved it.

Until now.

Or rather, last week. I re-suggested it, people were responsive, and despite being short notice, four of us recorded a pilot episode on Thursday. It has since been edited (a little), uploaded, and despite various issues with length and audio, The ugvm Podcast didn’t turn out too bad. Even though I’m on it! Whodathought.

If you like people saying “erm” a lot, microphones that cut out, hour long shows that somehow are 100 minutes instead, and have a passing interest in video games, then why not have a listen?

You can find the first episode here: http://ugvm.org.uk/podcast/ugvm-podcast-pilot/, and it should also be on iTunes and other podcast directories if you search for “ugvm”. If you want the RSS feed, it’s http://ugvm.org.uk/feed/podcast. Feedback to podcast@ugvm.org.uk and/or @ugvmpodcast appreciated!

Play Want Bin Expense: 2017-09-04

You’re such a moronji.

Never before has my Vita been used so much. When is Persona 5 out on the Switch, anyway?

Play

Persona 4 Golden (Vita)
But of course. I’m 94 hours in and so close to the end I can smell it. I’ve beaten the final boss after discovering who the True Bad Guy is, but because I Max S. Linked Marie (not a euphemism) there’s a whole extra bit. The dungeon I’m in at the moment has strange rules, like your SP halving after every fight, and all your items are stripped from you. Worst thing is, I can’t save the game so I’m hoping my Vita’s battery survives. Also in the game, I accidentally became “intimate” with Rise despite the fact I’d already made Chie bae. Bad Things may happen.

Sonic Mania (Switch)
Finished, with all the emeralds, as Knuckles. It’s a shame you don’t get the final boss like you do with Sonic, though. Should I play as that Tails vermin next? Hmm.

Lego City Undercover (Switch)
We’re up to about 96% complete. There are a handful of areas of the map where I’m missing one or two tokens or actions, and one level I’d noticed we’d somehow not got 100% on the studs for some reason.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Spirit of Justice (3DS)
Totally forgot I had this. I was away, and had taken my 3DS, so I started it. I’m near what feels like the end of the first court case, and so far – it’s more Phoenix Wright. Which is absolutely fine. Loving the puns. Can’t wait for the stepladder joke.

Data Wing (iOS)
That Matt Lees guy recommended this. I’d normally ignore telephone games, but this one didn’t have any of my usual concerns: the controls work fine on a touch screen, there are no adverts, and there are no IAPs. Not only that, but it’s completely free. Free. How could I not at least try it? So I did. And completed it. And it was great.

Ninjago: The Ride (IRL)
No, this totally counts. At Legoland, they’ve got a new ride. You sit in a carriage which swings around a track, while giant 3D cinema screens play out a shooting gallery style game. You use your actual arms to virtually fling ninja magic at baddies, Kinect-flail style. It’s all Lego Ninjago, and is quite good fun if utterly knackering. And my wife beat me.

Want

Some of these are getting pretty close to release now. Or are already out but I’ve not bought them:

Fire Emblem Warriors (Switch)
Mario Odyssey (Switch)
Golf Story (Switch)
Lego Marvel Super Heroes (Switch)
Metroid II: Samus Returns (3DS)
Picontier (Switch)
SteamWorld Dig 2 (Switch)
Blaster Master Zero (Switch)
Splatoon 2 (Switch)
Stardew Valley (Switch)

Bin

I went on the Switch eShop to buy that Gunvolt Striker re-release double pack only to find it was mispriced at £31.49 instead of £13.49. Only then I found out that it wasn’t mispriced at all – it should be £31.49. For two old 3DS games. Which are cheaper on the 3DS. My eyes rolled like a slot machine.

Expense

Data Wing, wot was free.

Play Want Bin Expense: 2017-08-28

Just a brief post, as I’ve been busy.

Play

Sonic Mania (Switch)
This is properly good. I’ve completed it twice (as Sonic with and without the emeralds) and almost a third time as Knuckles. I’ve at least got Silver for all the bonus levels, and I’m having a blast. The Sonic Cycle is dead!

Persona 4 Golden (Vita)
Spoilers, sorry, because anything I say about the game at this point would be. Look away now, or something.

So I’ve rescued Nanako but things got complicated and the suspect didn’t do it and now we know who the real one is (probably) and he’s gone missing. In Social Link news, I’ve maxed out the Nurse, Yosuke, Chie and Yokiko, as well as the Fool one. I’ve ranked up Rise to 7 or 8 in addition to raising a few others.

Final stretch now!

Lego City Undercover (Switch)
Around 88% complete!

Want

The same stuff as before, only not Sonic Mania as I have that already of course.

Bin

Nothing. Well, my hands/skin etc. but no games.

Expense

Sonic Mania was £11.99, but that was all.

Play Want Bin Expense: 2017-08-14

Bangarang? Really?

It’s almost Sonic Day!

Play

Lego City Undercover (Switch)
I don’t even know what percentage of the game we’ve done now. 70? 75? Must be something like that, anyway. There’s maybe three red bricks left to get, 74 gold bricks, and a pile of characters and vehicles still spread across the map. At least I’ve 100%ed one area – Apollo Island – so that’s something, right? And guess what? It hasn’t crashed at all in the last 4 or 5 hours of play. I wonder why.

Persona 4 Golden (Vita)
Seventy hours in and I think I’ve reached the climax. The murderer has just kidnapped a certain someone but we know who he is, and I’m about to dive into the TV to rescue them. In the intermission between the last rescue and this, two most disturbing things (that aren’t really spoilers as they’re not part of the main story) happened. Firstly, there was some culture festival thing at the school, and this involved the main male characters being involved in a cross-dressing beauty pageant. All well and good, but the female ones having to then have a swimsuit show? Um. Then there’s a bit where everyone goes to Yukiko’s inn for the night and it all goes a bit Love Hina and somehow Kanji ends up in bed with a teacher. Sort of.

Plantera DX (Switch)
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I present Level 266 as evidence.

Guitar Hero Live (PS4)
Oh yeah, I have a PS4. I forgot. This was £15 in Argos in the week, so I bought it. The tracklist is terrible, but thankfully the online playlist thing – which I thought was permanently offline but was actually just down for a couple of days – has a far more impressive selection of tracks. The guitar is OK, but the new button layout took some getting used to!

Want

I should have a plugin that posts these automatically, really.

Sonic Mania (Switch) – TOMORROW!
Fire Emblem Warriors (Switch)
Mario Odyssey (Switch)
Golf Story (Switch)
Lego Marvel Super Heroes (Switch)
Metroid II: Samus Returns (3DS)
Picontier (Switch)
SteamWorld Dig 2 (Switch)
Blaster Master Zero (Switch)
Splatoon 2 (Switch)
Stardew Valley (Switch)

Bin

The Guitar Hero Live tracklist. Most of the songs aren’t even guitar heavy. Some of them don’t even have guitars at all.

Expense

£14.99 for Guitar Hero Live.