Jimquisition Livestream: Evolve

An Evolve review is in the works, but here are some first Jimpressions in the meantime. Recorded live this morning, I go through some Hunter gameplay, then get my arse royally handed to me as a Goliath.

The game is… decent. Several hours in, I’m enjoying it, but I am already feeling somewhat tired of the whole thing, as nothing ever seems to change or – dare I say it – evolve. Haha. What a great bit of wordplay.

Anyway, here’s a video!

The Jimquisition: How Hyrule Warriors Does DLC Right

Downloadable content can be a great thing, when done right. Most “AAA” publishers don’t do it right. Hyrule Warriors, on the other hand, shows exactly how you can support a game in a way that respects audience investment, enhances the gameplay experience, AND makes the publisher money.

It’s a shame Nintendo is so rubbish at YouTube, because it’s been nailing stuff like this lately.

Jimquisition Livestream: Raven’s Cry

Equal parts hilarious and depressing, Raven’s Cry sees Topware reproducing the amazing awfulness of Two Worlds for a new generation. It’s laughable, and saddening, and the script/acting makes it seem like it was originally a porno.

Join Cap’n Christopher Raven as he abuses and uses women, stabs men in the hand for no reason, forgets how to make sounds with his mouth, and fails at his one basic job – being a pirate. He’s the hero we all wish we could be.

Jimquisition Livestream: Darkest Dungeon

Darkest Dungeon was one of my most anticipated 2015 games, and it’s not hard to see why. The game is officially out on Early Access, and even in its early stages, it’s more fun than a ton of “finished” major releases these days. Unforgiving, emotionally exhausting, and engrossing as hell, this is a game that chips away at my spirit, which makes eventually victory all the more incredible.

Here’s me playing over an hour of it in front of a live home audience. Come and witness the madness, share in my victories, and lament the passing of poor Amiel.

Goodnight, Amiel, may you find the peace in death that had been so cruelly denied to you in life.

The Jimquisition: Nintendo Creator’s Program Bollocks

Nintendo’s new plans for revenue sharing with YouTubers doesn’t directly impact me much, but I hate its implications and Nintendo’s general attitude toward the new face of games media.

While it’s only in “beta,” I don’t think there’s a way this can be altered that won’t have horrible conflicts of interest at best, and see Nintendo exerting undue control over coverage at worst. Sod it.

Jimquisition Livestream: Dying Light

If you like Far Cry but wish it had more zombies, then you’ll enjoy Dying Light, because it’s Far Cry with zombies. There are so many ZAMBIES, in fact, that you’ll think you died and went to ZAMBIE HEBBEN!

So yeah, this is that game nobody got review copies of until a day before launch. Ironically, the game reportedly worked well before release, then some genius released a patch for the PC version that broke everything. I’m doing the main review off the PS4 version, but here’s my attempted stream of the PC one. It doesn’t go fabulously.

As for the game? Eh, it’s okay. It’s pretty okay.

The Jimquisition: We Need More Spencer Mansions

This week’s show continues some things I said in my review of the Resident Evil HD Remake Remaster Remake Remake, specifically the stuff about environmental design, and why Resident Evil‘s was so effective. We need games that aren’t afraid to employ some well-structured backtracking, games that can be small in scale but big in scope. A game world we can become familiar with, and that feels like home even if it’s trying to kill you.

We need more Spencer Mansions, basically, and a lot less of Generic Sandbox City Place.

Jimquisition Livestream: Citizens of Earth

Citizens of Earth is a pretty solid little RPG so far, mimicking Earthbound and not doing too terrible a job of it. The writing and voice acting is a little… uh… well. Why not watch and find out?

Hoping to have a review of this one up. Got waylaid by other tasks, and there may be yet more tasks coming in to waylay me further, but if I can get it done, I’ll get it done. That’s the Jim Sterling not-quite-guarantee!

The Jimquisition: Amiibo – Glorified DLC, Or The New Mini Boglins?

It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for another Jimquisition!

The industry is still pretty quiet in terms of content, so reviews and stuff are still pretty thin on the ground. Hopefully we can get the frontpage here hopping again soon. Later this month we’ll at least have the re-remake of Resident Evil to talk about, and hopefully I’ll be able to provide a review of Citizens of Earth. I’ve got my eye open for anything interesting and review-worthy that hits Steam, too. Most of the gibberish that comes out is only suitable for a Squirty Play on my YouTube channel, but you never know!

At any rate, I’d like to thank everyone for continuing to read and watch and listen to my stuff. I am in the midst of what I’d call unprecedented success at the moment – Podquisition is possibly the most popular podcast I’ve ever hosted, the YouTube channel subscription rate is not slowing down, and everything else in between is just fantastic fun and seems to be going over great. I’ve been a bit overwhelmed by how well it’s all going lately, and I can only keep thanking y’all for making it happen.

Anyway, back to Jimquisition. It’s about amiibo!