Your host and fellow addict hails from the Central Coast of Australia, and loves to emerge himself in the world of video games. His passion and advocacy for creative and immersive worlds in video games is only matched by his desire to travel the world and experience new and awesome things. You can find more of his work at psnfans.com and doublejump.co
Then in the second segment, it’s that time of year for Shane’s favourite annual podcast game: The Summer Movie Wager where the guys try and guess what will be the 10 top-grossing films over the American summer. Can Shane defend his title?
04:25 – The Amazing Spider-Man 2
23:33 – Summer Movie Wager 2014
This week on The Awesome Addiction, the trio of Shane, Jason H and Terry gather around the mics to review the critically acclaimed The LEGO Movie and Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, starring Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Watson.
03:05 – Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes
24:04 – Shadow of The Colossus
41:16 – Titanfall
49:39 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier
1:30:13 – Mr. Peabody & Sherman
It’s a show of super heroic proportions again this week as the guys drench themselves in nothing but bad-ass movies and games!
In the first segment, Jason M and Nicole join Shane and Jason H to discuss whether Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes is worth its asking price. Shane and Jason M have also been playing the critically acclaimed Shadow of The Colossus and they discuss whether it stands the test of time.
Welcome to Episode 54 of The Awesome Addiction! This week, in the very first segment, Shane finds himself expectedly defending against Jason’s cynicism and Ben’s disappointment for Need For Speed, starringAaron Paul and Imogen Poots.
And it’s rinse and repeat in the second segment as Shane’s positivity for Kit Harrington and Kiefer Sutherland in Pompeii is volcanically smothered by Jason and Ben’s frustration and displeasure.
03:42 – Infamous: Second Son
33:43 – Ico
49:47 – Colossatron
This week on the Awesome Addiction it’s all about the games as Shane, Jason & Jason circle the mics to discuss PlayStation 4 exclusive Infamous: Second Son. Mr. Mirah has also finished the HD remake of critical darling Ico and Shane has dived into Colossatron on Android, from the makers of Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride.
03:29 – 300: Rise of an Empire
29:09 – Non-Stop
43:28 – VS.
57:32 – The Monuments Men
78:58 – Titanfall
113:44 – Birthday Speeches
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AWESOME ADDICTS!!
It’s the podcast’s 1st Birthday, and to celebrate Shane, Jason, Ben & Terry have a mega-four-part episode for you!
In the first segment, the guys review one of the big sequels of 2014, 300: Rise of an Empire. In the second segment, Jason and Ben give their thoughts on Liam Neeson on a plane in Non-Stop. The guys also review George Clooney and Matt Damon in World War II true story The Monuments Men. And to wrap it up, it’s the review we’ve all been waiting to hear: Terry and Shane sing the praises of Xbox One’s Titanfall.
The only thing that hurts my brain more than a puzzle is thinking about the struggle game designers must go through to create said puzzle. The artistry of designing something that must confound, tantalize, inspire and in the end satisfy someone is a great challenge in itself, and to accomplish this many times over the course of an experience spanning several hours, is no mean feat. It’s with great respect then that I commend developer Press Play on delivering a solid puzzle game in Max: The Curse of Brotherhood (Max: TCoB) that, while not anything revolutionary, provides a rewarding experience with fresh visual flair and amusing cinematic moments.
After accidentally banishing your annoying younger brother Felix to a magical and mysterious world, you, playing as Max, set out on a journey to save Felix from the sinister Mustachio and his evil minions.
Almost immediately, you’ll find yourself in possession of a magic marker that allows you to alter the terrain throughout all the puzzles by either creating tall rock pillars, malleable branches, swinging vines and, towards the end of the game, free-flowing water spouts and destructive fireballs. This is where the real magic happens.
Your own creativity and wits are put to the test as you decipher exactly how you can use your physics-based powers to eliminate enemy minions, navigate a pool of molten lava or avoid a plummet to your death. For the most part, especially early on, the challenges are quite simple. While completing puzzles can be described as rewarding, I rarely found myself believing I was a genius for completing them, like I did in Portal 2. For the majority of the game, I felt myself reaching inevitable conclusions to each puzzle as I couldn’t help but feel there was only ever one solution to each problem. While completing each puzzle is rewarding in and of itself, they’re hardly the brain-scratchers that we’ve grown accustomed to in other premier puzzlers.
Some solutions to puzzles however really demonstrated the ingenuity of the designers at Press Play. In a section during the middle of the game, you’re asked to avoid lantern bugs that will zap you if you get too close to them. Running past is not an option and with only the ability to create a single branch, I was left dumbfounded for a few good minutes. It then hit me to create a bug shelter/umbrella by drawing a branch to look like an upside down bowl, if you will, and have Max hide inside while pushing it past the section filled with these electrifying lantern bugs. It was a small moment of puzzle design brilliance that highlighted just how creative the Copenhagen-based team at Press Play can be.
The real standout of Max: TCoB is its visual splendour that smacks you in the face with every new level you enter. While the characters exhibit almost Pixar-like sensibilities and animations, the world they inhabit is a wonderful canvas of colour and adventure that tickles your curiosity and seduces your desire to explore and discover. Lush rainforests are contrasted with ominous pieces of ancient architecture that all spring to life in a disarming way. Texturally, these mysterious environments leave much to be desired, especially in comparison with bigger budget titles such as Ryse: Son of Rome and Titanfall. But as a smaller downloadable title, the artistic beauty is a site to behold.
As you traverse these enchanting locations, you’ll occasionally be thrown into cinematic action moments. Whether you’re sliding down cavernous ravines and avoiding pitfalls or escaping the grasp of Mustachio’s key monster minion, you’ll enter several moments of slow motion action, as you need to quickly use your magic marker to save Max from his certain demise. Extend a swinging vine to intercept him from falling off a cliff; create a waterspout to send Max flying above an environmental hazard. Spread liberally throughout the game, these moments are gimmicky yet fun and provide brief instances of thrill that get your heart racing.
As a whole, Max: TCoB is a pleasurable puzzle game that doesn’t reinvent the wheel, nor does it set out to. While the story is fairly throwaway, it doesn’t diminish the joy of using your creativity and smarts to explore and survive in a gorgeous world filled with really interesting and satisfying mechanics.
Shane was provided with a media copy of Max: The Curse of Brotherhood to review on Xbox One.
02:56 – 86th Academy Awards Results/Oscar Predictions Wager
16:18 – VS.
25:41 – Thief
57:28 – Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
89:12 – 3 Days To Kill
We’re one episode away from The Awesome Addiction’s 1st Birthday and the crew record a big show to warm up. In the first segment, Shane, Jason, Ben & Terry discuss the winners of the 86th Academy Awards and decipher who won the Oscar Predictions Wager. And because can’t help themselves, they play a little VS!
In the second and third segments Jason Mirah, returning champion Nicole Haering and first-timer Chad Bennett get a hold of the microphones to discuss stealth game Thief and RPG Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.
And to wrap it up, the guys review Kevin Costner in 3 Days To Kill before teasing what they’ll be doing next week for a very special birthday episode 52.
03:30 – Labor Day
33:40 – Irrational Games
43:35 – Dallas Buyers Club
We’re half way to a letter from the Queen this week as Shane, Jason and Ben review Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet in Jason Reitman’s latest film Labor Day. Fellow Addict Andrew wanted to hear the guys’ thoughts on BioShock developer Irrational Games effectively shutting down and what it means for the rest of the industry and those affected, so the guys discuss that as well.
Then to wrap it up, the crew gives their thoughts on Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto in Best Picture nominee Dallas Buyers Club.
In the second segment, Shane and Jason are joined by Jason “Animazing” Mirah and for the first time, good friend Nicole Haering to discuss The Last Of Us: Left Behind DLC.
In the third segment, the guys play another instalment of their favourite movie face-off game VS. and then review Mark Wahlberg in Lone Survivor. And in the final segment, the guys make their predictions for the winners of the 86th Academy Awards.