Out with the old blood, in with the new. This prequel to The New Order manages to trump 2014’s critically acclaimed release!
(Apologies if the video thumbnail shows as a black screen until played. YouTube decided to break thumbnails today!)
Capcom, Konami, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Activison… there’s no shortage of “AAA” publishers to rail on for their naughty behavior. One company often gets overlooked, however, and it’s one of the naughtiest – Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment.
Following the announcement of Batman: Arkham Knight’s $40 season pass, we take a look at some of WB’s cheekiest stunts – by no means an exhaustive list, but a great look at its feeding of pre-order culture, DLC saturation, and general lack of customer care.
Swery65 is something of a hero of mine. The brain behind Deadly Premonition, this goodhearted eccentric from Access Games is responsible for a game that has had more of an impact on me than perhaps any other piece of interactive entertainment. His Twin Peaks inspired open-world horror game blended humor and abject oddity in a way that almost defies description. I once described it as akin to two clowns eating each other – something so very, very wrong, but morbidly funny and arresting in its intrigue. It was lightning in a bottle, something I didn’t think Swery could pull off again.
D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die proved me wrong. As weird and hilarious as its predecessor, D4 brought Access’ unusual storytelling to the Xbox One with aplomb, demonstrating that Swery65 knew exactly what he was doing and Deadly Premonition was no fluke. Unfortunately, its marriage to the ill-fated Kinect, not to mention Microsoft’s carefree launch, did not bode well for the game’s market chances. D4 was not quite the underground hit Deadly Premonition was, and it looked like the episodic title would end its story on a cliffhanger.
Dark dreams, however, really are hard to kill – Swery recently announced that D4 was headed to PC, this time without the shackles of Microsoft, and it’s primed to not only get a second chance at success – a whole lot more content looms on the horizon. I had the pleasure of chatting with Mr. 65 about the upcoming Dark Dreams port, his work on the Xbox One, and the ambitious future for the D4 series. Enjoy The Jimquisition’s first ever interview!
On this week’s episode, we still haven’t quite worked all of the Konami out of our systems, so we air that for a good, satisfying bit of ranting. We also discuss the thing that broke between this and our last episode – chatting about Steam’s reversed mod selling plans.
Laura also has weird tiny not-ice-cream to review, State of Decay and Broken Age get OPINIONS spoken about them, and we’ve made the deadly discovery of Monster Energy Unleaded.
Yeah, that’s right, you get TWO Jimquisitions this week! We can’t not have a nice chat about old nemesis Konami, perhaps the most embarrassing major publisher in the so-called “AAA” space.
This episode mostly retells the stunning tale of Konami’s greatest failures, but adds in some “I told you so” sentiments for good measure. Also, we look at the famous blacklist I received for my original Konami video.
Looking at it all, it’s not surprising Konami seems to be alienating Hideo Kojima and canceled Silent Hills. Konami is, after all, Konami… and it’s not like they can blacklist me twice!
UPDATE: Welp, this video’s outta date now!
There was no way we couldn’t talk about this one today – in fact, I don’t think I’ve had a more requested topic! Valve recently allowed modders to start selling their work through its Workshop, a move that has ignited comment sections, social media, and Steam itself. It’s chaos out there!
So let’s wade into the discussion and try to weigh the pros against the cons, shall we? Forewarning… there are a LOT of potential cons.
What happens when monkeys and barn owls get frisky? Who knows? What we DO know is that an Italian doctor claims he can do head transplants, and that he’s tied to a conspiracy theory surrounding Metal Gear Solid V. That’s fun!
We also know that Ubisoft manages to somehow release a buggy sidescroller, and that a new Overlord game is happening. We know about John Cena dating sims, and we know about Dark Souls.
We know so much!
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