: Hello, hello and welcome to another installment of Admintendo. We've survived the wilds of Newcastle despite run-ins with a horrific horse and the Super Mario Bros.
movie. As we've pulled through that, we're here to bring you some chat about what's been going on in the gaming world over the last few months. My admin-in-arms is sadly predisposed with shattering dreams (read: marking exams) but fortunately I'm joined by The Jaster, Treesmurf and the horseslayer himself, Drunkalilly. Welcome, gents!The_Jaster
: Hey hey (I'm imagining Zero as Goldust after that comment).Drunkalilly
: Hew howdy hey boyos, what it is what it is, yer boy Luke Jonathan "Buska "Drunkalilly" Lilly" James Summerhayes, the Master Cheese, World Excite Truck Champion of the World, First of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm here.JayMoyles
: A prize to whoever photoshops Zerodust, thank you. Forum HighlightsJayMoyles
: Before we jump into some meet-up chat, any general forum highlights you guys would like to gush about?Drunkalilly
: I'm really enjoying these "Clerihew" poems the Balls Man just introduced, and Mas' essay on the state of second-hand game sales was invigorating.The_Jaster
: DQ Buska for including new things. That poem thread is a good yin though.JayMoyles
: I'll allow it, as the poetry thread has real promise - hopefully we'll be looking at it with fond memories come next Admintendo! Any other highlights from yourselves, Jas and Smurf?The_Jaster
: I quite enjoy reading the Wha'daya So Mad About thread but never take part in answering since it requires a bit of work.Treesmurf
: I'm happy to see how the writing/YouTube side of things is continuing to develop, there's some real great writers over on GNamer. I'll second the Wha'dya So Mad About thread and add my appreciation for 20 Questions too.The_Jaster
: Any thread that poses a question the answer will always be Rad Mobile
: Both the games are good fun, though I'm often hesitant to guess because I'm worried I'll have to work!
Here's hoping for more GNamer poetry to come: I want to get my haikus and sonnets on, and flex my creative muscles a bit. Haven't done much poetry for a while.JayMoyles
: The forum games are great mainstays and have generated some brilliant moments too as alluded to by Jas. Personally, I found the Breath of the Wild
thread to be a highlight for myself. We'll obviously go into more detail about this when we have a chat about E3 itself, but it was a real joy to see GNamer so excited for a game with very little naysaying going on. I think that's a testament to how good the game looks!
I'm jumping the gun here so let's wind back to the meet-up, which was easily the GNamer highlight for myself over the last few months. The meet-up itself was an obvious highlight - we've all had a chance to gush about that weekend in the meet-up thread, so instead why don't we have a brief chat about something you'd like to change for the inevitable Meet-up 2.0? Personally, I'd like to have some concrete plans - not that I didn't like the spontaneity of the weekend, but I like organisation. What about yourselves, gents?Drunkalilly
1) I'd like to avoid another 12-hour coach journey. I'd either like to invite y'all down to visit us Southern ponces, or hop on an airplane.
2) No evil horses. That bastard haunts my dreams...
3) More organisation could be nice. Some sort of show or convention maybe, or an arcade or specific bar. To be honest, boozing and karting was bangers. I was a happy Drunka!The_Jaster
: Besides having more people there I'd agree with Jay that having it a wee bit more organised would nice, as would be not getting lost for a good half an hour.Treesmurf
: Agree with organisation, would be nice to have more chance to play some games too. It's not often I get the chance to play Nintendo games with people of a similar level of skill so it makes for some great moments.
I'll definitely need to attempt the drink driving this time as well, would make Mario Kart
even more interesting. Travel permitting, we can attempt a longer meet up.The_Jaster
: Oh and let's have us actually meeting in the middle this time eh?Treesmurf
: So Manchester? Drunkalilly
: I could live with the Manc.JayMoyles
: Nah, let's just roll with Edinburgh or Glasgow, shall we?
Real talk though - I'm game for going further south next time.
I genuinely thought everybody was involved in drunk Mario Kart
and I thought you were all just amazing at drunk karting. Ah well. The gaming itself was a laugh and WarioWare
was a surprise highlight for me. More gaming is a must next time, I reckon!Drunkalilly
: Definitely. And a bigger TV!Treesmurf
: Yes Zero can bring the TV in this bag/suitcaseThe_Jaster
: The TV will still be in the factory box too. Raiding the BacklogJayMoyles
: So, much like Breath of the Wild
and the overall Zelda formula, the regular "what have you been playing" section has been rejuvenated thanks an idea from the sadly absent Zero. Considering the dearth of upcoming major releases, why don't we talk about what we've not been playing and what we're planning on plucking out from our backlog to tackle over the scarce summer months? Although, I'm now abundantly aware that that two of our guests are big Monster Hunter
fans and might not experience a summer games drought... Why don't you start us off, Smurf?Treesmurf
: Oooh where to start, so many games to tackle. I'm as we speak attempting to finish off Shantae
on 3DS so my new game of choice for that will be much praised Kirby Planet Robobot.
On the Wii U side of things I definitely need to give Star Fox Zero
a go, I was rather hyped for it near release so looking forward to seeing what the new control scheme has to offer.
In the land of Nontendo I'll have to make a proper attempt to play through Uncharted 4
and perhaps return to Fallout 4
to finally finish off the story and maybe visit Far Harbour.The_Jaster
: I don't care what anyone says Star Fox Zero
is a doozy of a game. BEST. DOGFIGHTS. EVER.Treesmurf
: It seems a doozy, if Shigsy says it's underappreciated then it's underappreciated.The_Jaster
: Its only blip is a very poor gyrowing level.Treesmurf
: Plus I have Guard
to play alongside it which interests me, I love those games that really take advantage of the Wii U techJayMoyles
: Far Harbo(u)r is well worth the visit. I've bigged it up in the Fallout 4
thread and I'll continue to recommend it. Kirby Planet Robobot
is a banger too - it's a great stopgap game between bigger experiences, I reckon. It's fairly short but packed with charm.
Personally, I'm planning on working my way through the three paths of Fire Emblem Fates
. I'm already a good twenty hours into Birthright
and loving that, although I'm wary about taking on Conquest
as Andrewman has given that a slating recently. Still, it's Fire Emblem, so I'm dead excited for some strategy battling! As well as Fire Emblem, I'm planning on playing Okami HD
on PS3! It's a game I've always regretted not playing as folks have described it a Zelda-like, so hopefully Okami
will fill a Zelda-shaped hole in my heart whilst I wait for Breath of the Wild
: Oooh you're in for a real treat with Okami
, been a while since I played it but I only remember great things.JayMoyles
: I started it a couple of nights ago, actually. Promising start and it's a gorgeous looking game to boot.
So Drunka and Jas... I think I can guess one new game you'll be playing, but anything else that's going to take your fancy from your backlog?Drunkalilly
: As Jay suggested, I'm not really anticipating a particularly bothersome games drought. Monster Hunter
could sustain me on its own, and I have a fair few games on the ol' pile of shame.
I'm slowly rolling through Zelda still, and after that I've got a fair few Xbox gems I want to rattle through: Gears of War 3
, Tomb Raider
, Sunset Overdrive
, Halo Wars
, and eventually Witcher III
Other than that, I'm pretty keen to do another of my multiple-games-in-one-day jobs: Limbo, The Stanley Parable
and Banner Saga
are calling to me, plus probably some obscure gem like Va11-Halla
Then I'm dead keen for Inside
and Banner Saga 2
: All of Zelda, Drunka?! The Stanley Parable
is a cracking little game. I'd play it through a few times yourself before looking up the more obscure paths. A rare genuinely funny videogame.Drunkalilly
: I've got the Master Sword but I've not gotten far beyond that. (This is Twilight Princess
: Ah I still need to return to that too (only up to the Water Temple) - might play that alongside Star Fox
: Good game mate, good game.The_Jaster
: My Wii U backlog is pretty up to date at the minute, well when it comes to retail games, as for downloads I still want to finish Freedom Planet
& Year Walk
. On my BBoP I still have Batman Arkham Knight
& Ratchet & Clank
untouched so I'll get into those in between my monster hunting.JayMoyles
: Ratchet and Clank
would be a nice little cooldown game after your hunts, I reckon Jas. I used it for unwinding after Dark Souls III
and it did the job nicely there.The_Jaster
: Aye. I'm likely to be playing R&C more than AK as I just went off the Bats games after the poor Origins
was a rough ride - it just felt a bit... off. Arkham Knight
is a return to form but it doesn't reach the heady heights of the first two games, in my opinion.Treesmurf
: Arkham Knight
is much better but very different at the same time although I'd probably recommend devoting your time to Ratchet and Clank
: Yeah I didn't even buy it until the hype died way down.Drunkalilly
: I absolutely bloody loved Arkham Knight
, but I wouldn't say it was hugely different from its predecessors. If you were feeling Batman Fatigue (or Batigue) it won't cure it.The_Jaster
: Haha, I definitely did have Batigue.Drunkalilly
: Speaking of fatigue...E3JayMoyles
: Right, so... E3! It was an event plagued with leaks and an odd lack of hype going into it, what with Nintendo stating they'd be showing off very little and no real buzz around what the other companies were offering. Having said that, I still ended up enjoying the event a lot! We're a little bit removed from E3 now, so it's a good time to look back on the event - what are you looking forward to? What did you think looked guff? And what's the future looking like for E3? The floor is yours, gentlemen.The_Jaster
: The games I'm most looking forward to from E3? The top of the bunch is easily Zelda: BotW, it's just finally giving me the freedom to explore that I've always wanted in a 3d Zelda but never got. The little touches of Dark Souls
helps too, I'm also quite excited for Watch_Dogs 2
, Battlefield 1
& Ghost Recon Wildlands
. I love Ubisoft.JayMoyles
: Ubi's games looked decent - hopefully Watch Doggers will be the Assassin's Creed II
to Watch_Dogs' Assassin's Creed
: Up the Ubisoft! They're responsible for 2 of my 3 most anticipated games from the show, Ghost Recon
and South Park
. Of course Breath of the Wild
was the main one for me though, I didn't feel too great about E3 going in to it, probably because of all the leaks ruining it, how I long for the days companies could show you surprise after surprise.The_Jaster
: Oh yeah I totally forgot about South Park
, I even placed a pre order for that a few days ago. (I get Stick of Truth
: I just couldn't bring myself to feel much emotion of any kind about E3 this year. Other than Nintendo, who didn't do the whole hype train thing this year, the sorts of game I get excited about aren't at E3 any more.
I'm not saying I won't buy and thoroughly enjoy Gears 4
, or Star Wars
, or Mass Effect
. But the games that I get excited about playing nowadays aren't big shooters and AAA titles.
I get excited about obscure or interesting or clever indie titles I hear about on podcasts. I get excited about obscure gems my friends play and beg me to try out. I get excited about oddities I stumble across on YouTube.
I like shooting the men, I like swords, I like good graphics. But that stuff is always going to be there, I don't get excited about it. I get excited about new things.
So of course, I absolutely LOVE the look of Breath of the Wild
. That would have made E3 worthwhile all on its own... if I was allowing myself to watch more than the tiniest amount
Thanks to Zelda and Nintendo's approach of letting the game do the talking I left E3 feeling much more positive about the show, it's amazing considering how little I know of NX yet how much I don't mind that because I've got this unbelievable adventure coming my way.JayMoyles
: It's a tough one - I think E3 at its best should be an unstoppable hype train with all the major companies firing out their biggest games, but considering a lot of companies are now doing their own thing - EA's got their own show, Bethesda do too, Nintendo have their Directs - it's not going to happen every year. An off year for E3, I feel, as last year's was pretty I don't think it's going away anytime soon.Treesmurf
: I agree E3 has definitely lost it's sparkle with the games that are being announced, too many remasters and bang bang shooties that have very little character to them, plus the whole VR just doesn't interest me in the slightest.South Park
was one of the only major surprises, something I forgot I wanted but I totally 100% undoubtedly wantedJayMoyles
: Yep, VR had me tuning out whenever it turned up on stream - not for me.
As for my thoughts I didn't pay attention to Microsoft's offerings at all as I've no desire to pick up an Xbox One, but Sony's was a little underwhelming for myself this year. It's probably because it followed last year's conference which I bloody loved. Having said that, God of War
looked the business and I'm happy to see The Last Guardian
with a release date.
The real winner of this year's E3 for me was Nintendo, which shocked me considering how disappointed I was hearing there'd be no NX chat this year. It was all thanks to Zelda, naturally. Breath of the Wild
sold me an NX - I've watched the trailer literally a dozen times, watched all their Treehouse content and listened to that lush main theme over and over whilst surfing the Internet. It's a breath (no pun intended) of fresh air for the Zelda series, and the more I hear about the game, the more I wish I could be playing it now.Treesmurf
: I think Sony et al can learn from Nintendo's approach, a concentrated focus on the bigger releases and that hype train will be a rolling.Drunkalilly
: I think it's important to remember how big and expensive games are these days. Expecting companies to have a build to show to a deadline every single year isn't reasonable. That's why you end up with conferences like Sony had this year and last: lots of vague trailers for things coming in a matter of years, no real content for the immediate future.The_Jaster
: That was one thing that had me switching off during the conferences, the games that debuted last year but were shown again. Things like Horizon Zero Dawn
. Yes, it looks ace but do we need to see it 2 years in a row?Drunkalilly
: CG trailer one year, gameplay the next is pretty standard practice, no?The_Jaster
: Didn't they do gameplay last year? Even if they didn't it still felt like a wasted slot to me.JayMoyles
: They did gameplay last year too, I think.Treesmurf
: Is it bad I've no idea what Horizon
: The Zoids game.Treesmurf
: Nope no idea, can't be that great if it hasn't left an impression on me.JayMoyles
: It's the robot dinosaurs game with your lass with a bow and red hair.Treesmurf
: Anyway E3. Nintendo wins!And... scene!JayMoyles
: I think that's our lot then! Thanks for joining me today, gents.Treesmurf
: Glad you could have me (eventually).The_Jaster
: That's flew in, twas fun chatting.Drunkalilly
: Is that the lot then?JayMoyles
: Unless you've more to say...?Treesmurf
: I've always got more to say but that'd be ramblingThe_Jaster
: Can you leave so we can talk about you behind your back?JayMoyles
: No, I'm closing this show down. So long, and thanks for all the fish!Futbol
Despite being far less culturally important than Admintendo, the gang were somewhat distracted by the Germany vs. France match at points during this session... here's our running commentary.Treesmurf
: Also 1-0 France (That's if nobody is watching).JayMoyles
: It's on in the background with the sound off, so cheers!Drunkalilly
: Oooh shit, come on Deutschland!
: Buska is fuming right now.JayMoyles
: This is the darkest timeline.Drunkalilly
: for a bit there, I thought I might be in for winning first and last place.The_Jaster
: No one will beat the mighty Portugal. (rofl)Treesmurf
: Well you've done better than me.