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From the hearts and minds of those involved

Microsoft

Xbox One

360

  • Dead Space 3
    • 2013
    • Isaac Clarke returns to the third person survival horror franchise, bringing along Sgt John Carver to end the Necromorph plague once and for all
  • Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
    • 2012
    • Mickey and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit team up for co-op puzzle platforming action

 


Sony

PS4

  • Mafia 3
    • 2016
    • Third person sandbox shooter set in a city based on New Orleans, where you’ll build a new crime organization while seeking revenge on the Italian mob
  • Dead by Daylight
    • 2017
    • Asymmetric online survival horror, where one player takes on the role of the savage killer and hunts down the four survivors as they try to avoid being caught, tortured, and killed

PS3

  • Bound by Flame
    • 2014
    • Fantasy action RPG where you’re possessed by a demon and have to struggle through a brutal adventure while choosing between demonic powers or your immortal soul
  • Serious Sam 3: BFE
    • 2014
    • Over the top first person shooter where you can carry an unlimited amount of weapons and fight through hordes of enemies, a la classic Doom and Quake

Vita

  • Draw Slasher
    • 2013
    • Take revenge on the Pirate Monkey Zombies that kidnapped your family in this touch-screen controlled action platformer. Looks like Ninja Gaiden meets Fruit Ninja
  • Space Hulk
    • 2015
    • 3D turn based strategy game based on the Warhammer 40k board game of the same name, with single player and multiplayer play across PC, Mac, and iOS. Unfortunately the reviews seem to agree that this version doesn’t really bring anything extra to the table

PSVR

  • Here They Lie
    • 2016
    • VR psychological horror experience focussing on narrative and dread, that puts you in a frightening, surreal world of strange and malevolent creatures

 


Twitch

  • Wizardry Bundle (6-8)
  • Wizardry 6, Wizardry 7, Wizardry 8 
    • 1990, 1992, 2001
    • Mouse-driven classic sci-fi/fantasy RPGs where you take your party on an epic journey to powers and riches beyond your imagining
  • Jotun: Valhalla Edition
    • 2018
    • Face the challenges of Viking purgatory after dying an inglorious death in this hand-drawn action exploration game, to prove yourself to the gods and enter Valhalla
  • Antihero
    • 2017
    • Victorian themed turn-based strategy and roleplaying game, where you take control of a thieves’ guild and carry out operations like stealing goods and blackmailing the wealthy
  • Steamworld Dig
    • 2013
    • Platform action-adventure game where you inherit an old western mine and dig through it while avoiding traps and enemies
    • You might recall the sequel was free back in March (episode 186)
  • Death Squared
    • 2017
    • Multiplayer puzzle game about cooperation, communication, and robot explosions. Each player needs to guide their robot to a specific goal, while working with everyone else to help them do the same

Microsoft

XBone

  • Assault Android Cactus
    • 2015 PC, 2017 Xbox
    • Twin-stick top-down shoot-’em-up where you fight through hordes of rogue robots to take back control of a space freighter
  • Death Squared
    • 2018
    • Multiplayer puzzle game about cooperation, communication, and robot explosions

360

 


Sony

PS4

  • Heavy Rain
    • 2016 port of the 2010 PS3 title
    • Action-adventure quick-time-event game from a studio that should probably just make movies instead of games.
    • Good story, but gameplay and branching narrative are whatever
  • Absolver
    • 2017
    • Fluid martial-arts focused action RPG, with gameplay almost similar to Journey

PS3

  • Rayman 3 HD
    • 2012
    • 3D adventure platformer in the tradition of Crash Bandicoot and Spyro
  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess
    • 2015
    • Expanded re-release of 2014’s Deception 4: Blood Ties
    • Gameplay focuses on strategy, luring enemies into a wide variety of traps before they can reach the player

Vita

  • Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma
    • 2016
    • Adventure graphic novel with puzzle segments and a twisting story with multiple paths
    • Definitely worth playing the first two games beforehand to get the full picture
  • Space Overlords
    • 2016
    • It kind of looks like a robot version of Rampage on tiny planets? Not a lot of information, and the reviews don’t look very good

Try to guess who picked which song for the Spotify playlist.

? Artist: Rush Album: Permanent Waves Released: 1980 Genre: RockQuestion #4: The Spirit of the Radio – Rush

? Artist: Hollywood Undead Album: Day of the Dead Released: 2015 Genre: RockQuestion #6: Party by Myself – Hollywood Undead

? Artist: NITEPPL Album: Warrior Released: 2013 Genre: Dance/ElectronicQuestion #10: Slime Lord (Original Mix) – Niteppl

? Artist: Type O Negative Album: Dead Again Released: 2007 Genre: Gothic MetalQuestion #11: Halloween In Heaven – Type O Negative

? Artist: Sabaton Album: Heroes Released: 2014 Genre: MetalQuestion #15: Night Witches – Sabaton

Microsoft

XBone

  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia
    • 2016
    • Third and final game in Climax Studios’ series of side-scrolling AC platformers
  • Smite
    • 2014
    • Third-person MOBA featuring direct control over your character
    • Already F2P, but this will include the games Gold Bundle normally valued at $100

360

 


Sony

PS4

  • Trials Fusion
    • 2014
    • Ridiculous dirtbike platforming racing game
    • Was free on XBone back in August last year
  • XCOM 2
    • 2016
    • Turn-based strategy combat with high-stakes character perma-death

PS3

PSVita

  • Atomic Ninjas
    • 2013
    • Colorful 2.5D multiplayer competitive platformer with limited single-player
  • Squares
    • 2015
    • Puzzle reflex game where you need to tap/slide squares around on the screen

 

Twitch

  • Strafe
    • 2017
    • Super gory FPS that changes every time you play
  • The Banner Saga 1 and 2
    • 2014 and 2016
    • Animated role-playing viking saga with a branching story across both games
  • Tumblestone
    • 2016
    • Action-puzzle block-clearing game with both single and multiplayer
  • Treadnauts
    • 2018
    • Physics-based four-player 2D arena tank fights, looks like Worms meets Duck Game

Microsoft

XBone

XBox 360

  • Streets of Rage
    • 1991
    • Re-release from the Sega Vintage Collection, 2D side-scrolling beat ’em up
  • Vanquish
    • 2010
    • Action third-person shooter from the developer behind Bayonetta and Revengance

 


Sony

PS4

  • Beyond: Two Souls
    • 2013
    • Another interactive drama from David Cage, ala Heavy Rain
    • Billed as action-adventure but I feel like Cage’s games lack immersion and depth
  • Rayman Legends
    • 2013
    • Side-scrolling adventure platformer with optional coop

PS3

  • Risen 3: Titan Lords
    • 2014
    • Action RPG with the ability to tackle challenges in different ways and orders
  • Eat Them!
    • 2010
    • 3D cell-shaded spiritual successor to Rampage

Vita

  • King Oddball
    • 2014
    • Strange-looking Angry Birds-esque destruction game
  • Furmins
    • 2013
    • Phsyics-based action puzzle game

 


Twitch

PC

  • Psychonauts
    • 2005
    • Action-adventure platformer in a world of psychic abilities and sinister plots
  • Clustertruck
    • 2016
    • Arcade action-platformer where you try to get to the end of the level as fast as possible without touching the ground
  • Gone Home
    • 2013
    • First-person adventure exploration game with a great plot
  • Titan Souls
    • 2015
    • Punishingly difficult action-adventure game where you have to kill 19 titans with a single arrow and can only take one hit
  • High Hell
    • 2017
    • Neon arcade-action FPS from the makers of Heavy Bullets and Gang Beasts
  • I, Hope
    • 2018
    • Adventure puzzle-platformer coming-of-age story, looking to empower people battling cancer

Alan was a backer for the Kickstarter, and we just got to play a game. This is my review!

Overview

Joking Hazard is a party game for 3 to 10 people. The box recommends it to be (im)mature adults, due to its references to sex, violence and basically anything you have seen on the Cyanide and Happiness comic. If that comic is one you enjoy, or you are a big fan of Cards Against Humanity, this will be a great game for you.

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Gameplay

The game play is really simple. Each player is dealt 7 cards. A player is chosen to be the first judge to start the game, then reveals the top card from the deck. How the turn is played is based on the type of card revealed.

A card with a black border is most common. The judge chooses a card from their hand and places it on either the left or right of the card from the deck. These make the first two panels of a comic. The rest of the players choose a card from their hand to complete the comic and pass it face down to the judge. Randomly selecting and revealing cards, the judge picks what card is their favourite to complete the comic. The person who had the winning card gets it from the judge as a victory point.

The other possibility, is the card has a red border. These are special, as they are usually more unique designs, and they have to be used as the final panel. Now the judge has to wait as the players select two cards, to create the first two panels of the comic. Players pass their selection face down to the judge, then they randomize the piles and reveal them in order. Again the judge selects what pair is their favourite comic, and the person who played the two cards will get them back as points.

Components

The box is solid, which is perfect for taking over to friends houses. Cards are high quality, similar to Bicycle brand playing cards. Alan got a couple expansions with his set, giving us a lot of cards right away. As well as some blank cards for us to write out own text on.

TL;DR

It’s like Cards Against Humanity but with comic panels. Durable to be played a lot.

Verdict

If you and your friends are fans of Cards Against Humanity or Cyanide and Happiness, this game is a safe bet for a good time. And it even comes with official drinking rules. It was a lot of fun and I look forward to playing it again! Its an easy addition to most board game collections, as it can be played to start a game night, or be the last game when everyone has had a bit to drink.

Welp, I got caught in the act of my silly joke. At fast food drive throughs, when I make my order and say I’m done, and they offer me more food, I make an excuse of eating something ridiculous beforehand. And I got called out, and it was glorious.

The rest of the episode has Josh highly caffeinated.

This does not represent PS2J show at all. It’s Josh and whoever being idiots.

Feat. Josh and Ken