In this episode, Mark dies a lot in Nioh, but his complaining has nothing to do with that.
We’re trying something new with Nice Plays, where we pick up our episode a little ways into a game rather that starting from the beginning. We’ll also be talking about a particular mechanic or feature in the game which relates to a topic we had discussed in detail on a previous episode of the podcast.
We’re taking baby steps in this direction with this episode, where we pick up about an hour into the game, and focus a bit on the loot system. Your nice hosts discussed loot systems (and loot boxes) a few weeks ago in the episode “I have so much feelings.” (http://nicegames.club/2018/01/i-have-so-much-feelings-loot-systems-loot-boxes/)
All three of your nice hosts play ball in this episode, taking each other to task in the super-playful party fighter Lethal League. Martha almost beats Stephen, Stephen patiently tries to explain it to Mark, and Mark doesn’t understand what’s happening even when he’s winning.
It’s an Xmas miracle! In this jumbo-sized edition, your nice hosts play 36 (!!!) games in less than 50 minutes! Each of these games were created during the 40th Ludum Dare online game jam, which took place December 1st – 4th, 2017.
Stephen and Mark participated in this jam with friends of the show Sara Ferret and Lane Davis, and to cap off this episode, Martha plays their game, Widget Satchel.
In this episode, Mark plays the opening chapter of one of Martha’s very favorite games, Borderlands 2, and then Martha takes over to show off her badassitude. Your nice hosts talk about narrative in FPS games, generous loot systems, and how wonderful/terrible Claptrap is.
Game: Borderlands 2 Developer: Gearbox Software Publisher: 2K Games Platform: PC Year: 2012 Genre: First-person shooter