Axehead Assembly #32: Walking backwards for 40 hours

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In this week's 'All about the Axe' we take a look at Buster Mack's blog that redirected to an article on Polygon about game checkpoints. Whilst Mr. Mack's post has since fallen foul of the EBA mods (no re-posting blogs from other sites, people!), it nether-the-less made for an interesting discussion for this week's Axehead team.

Then, in the 'Vanguard', we talk about the best FPS titles of the last generation. We run through games like Farcry 3, Bioshock, Bulletstorm and Portal 2. We also ask that age old question: Call of Duty or Battlefield?

Add into that some The Last of Us: Left Behind and you have an octopus phalating, heretic exposing, nic nac paddywhacking podcast on your hands!

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Axehead Assembly #32: Walking backwards for 40 hours

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Comment by Ian - Alexander Arts on March 3, 2014 at 1:17pm

Man... as a hater of most FPS games I have to admit that I played a lot of Counter-Strike in Highschool. In my computer-programming class our teacher would let us play CS if we finished our assignments so everyone got to be really fast at completing their work.

When COD4 came out that was another big jump in FPS games and I had a ton of fun and made friends on PSN playing that.

Back when I was a kid I had a share-ware copy of Doom, I guess only the first section, but I would play that at my Dad's house all the time, my Mom didn't like me playing it, haha!

Battlefield 2 was another FPS I had a ton of fun with, I loved the huge maps and the crazy stories you'd have to tell afterword about your strategies and heroics. My favorite part of BF2 was playing the commander and telling people where to go and dropping supplies (if I remember correctly) I think I was pretty good at it.

Left 4 Dead 1 and 2 were a ton of fun with my buddies as well. I liked the simple gameplay and focus on co-op.

Other than those, most other popular FPS games I've hated or not been interested in. Bioshock... Borderlands... Modern Warfare 2... I really can't stand them. And I thought I'd love BF3 since I loved 2, but after playing a few matches I never touched it again.

Looking back though I am actually surprised how many FPS games I actually liked, maybe I don't hate FPS as much as I thought.

Comment by Derto on March 5, 2014 at 4:01am

Yes Sigmund: I am going to give you crap for liking Rage.

Comment by torhal on March 5, 2014 at 9:06am

My favorite FPS from my youth is probably Unreal 1. Great diversity of weapons (Lock-on multiple rocket launcher!) and the world was beautiful. So many different set pieces from ancient castles to space ships. Half-Life 1 on the other hand is a blur of grey warehouses in my memory.

I never played any CoD game in MP, yet I loved CoD4:MW for its SP and the feel of the campaign. It gave me the sense of being an insignificant part of a bigger army with all the world exploding around me. Unfortunately Infinity Ward couldn't keep up the qualitiy of the SP campaign in the sequels.

BF:BC2 is my all-time favorite for team-based MP, and I really hope that BF:BC3 will be released at one point without changing too much on the formula.

A game definitely missing on your list is Spec Ops: The Line, my game of the year 2012. The action was pretty generic, but the story was so immersive and powerful that I didn't want to play any military shooter afterwards anymore.

Furthermore I am surprised that nobody mentioned Halo, which established that really good FPS experiences with great controls can be made for consoles.

Not a FPS, but a TPS: Gears of War, especially Gow2 was tons of funs for me and my buddies, be it by playing CoOp, the horde mode, or shooting up other teams as coordinated 5 man squad was endless fun and I probably wasted similar amount of time in GoW2 as I did in BF:BC2. Admittedly, GoW2 was an unbalanced Gnasher fuckfest, but I liked it because your skill was the only thing that mattered. No Perks or unlockable stronger weapons, just you, the controller and the opponent - and maybe a good friend telling you where this sneaky bastard is hiding. Since this times I am craving for a new good MP shooter, yet I haven't found any of this quality. Titanfall looks interesting and fresh to me, though.

Comment by Tokyochuchu on March 5, 2014 at 11:34am

@Torhal: To a few of your points - I believe Sigmund did indeed mention Halo and the fact that he loved it. Also Spec Ops: The Line is a third person shooter, thus exempt from the discussion. It is still freakin' awesome, though!

Comment by best_jeppe on March 6, 2014 at 3:49pm

Well here is my, not so humble, opinion about FPSes. First and foremost I don't understand why people like Battlefield 3 so much and thinks it's awesome, especially compared to the older games. Admittedly I have sunk about 100 hours into BF3 (was the only thing that was interesting to play with friends and I really wanted it to be good) but having stopped playing it for over a year or so I don't remember it fondly at all.

BC2 on the other hand I had a lot of fun with BUT that was because it was never advertised as being a true sequel to BF2 and I liked it for what it was and it was self-aware of what it was trying to be. Now in my opinion the Battlefield-series peaked with Battlefield 2/2142. Both were great games where I had a lot of fun and I have really fond memories playing both games. Between them I have probably sunk about 500+ hours. I liked them because they were a bit more "hardcore" in lack of a better word. Recent Battlefield-games have been to consolized and dumbed down that I don't find them that enjoying anymore. My bad experience with BF3 has hindered me from buying BF4 to this day and considering all the problems the game seems to have I am really glad I didn't waste money up until this Point. I will buy it but only when BF4 Premium Edition sinks below €50.

Now, I adored Portal 2. Portal 2 is for me magic and has that immersion that so few games manages to produce. Partly it is because you don't get "magically" teleported from one area to another between loading but Everything is connected and coherent which solidifies the World in my opinion. This set-up is present in bascially all Valves games and that is one of the reason I enjoy them so much...and because they are usually so goddamn good!

I had a lot of fun with Bulletstorm just because it knew what it was and what it tried to be and it executed that perfectly in my opinion. It had some really enjoyable set-pecies and scenarios and was just a lot fun.

RAGE I didn't find that compelling. It was okey I guess but nothing special and pretty repetetive. Just the fact that you at a certain Point had to traverse a previous level again but this time backwards(!) and you got an achievement for doing so. It was just lazy level design. I will get props to the animation system and the AI like you mention in the show but that wasn't enough for me to enjoy the game. I did complete it though.

Now, Bioshock Infinite. I liked the world, setting, and the atmosphere...but the story and the game mechanics fell a bit flat. The problem was that I figured out the key plotpoints about halfway through so when the ending came it really didn't do anything for me. And as I said, the gunplay wasn't that satisfying which made it a bit of a chore to get through. But strangely enough I do have fond memories of the feeling of the game. Like Portal 2 it was a game that managed to get me fully immersed in to the world so it felt like I was really there. I should say that I didn't perticularly liked the game mechanics in the original Bioshock either. I don't know but the gameplay-style in the Bioshock-games just doesn't do it for me. I will replay Infinite though just because of the set-pieces and what not and on easy since I played and completed it on Hard the first way through.

I am currently playing Blood Dragon and I am finding it enjoyable. It has managed to tickle my OCD-nerve so I "have" to get every garrison and find every collectable so that is what I am doing at the moment before continuing the story. Not much else to say at the moment.

And finally, CoD or Call of Duty. I have never understood the attraction of this series. I played MW1 and did find it okey. Only tried the MP briefly and felt that it was to arcady (I was heavily in to BF2142 when it was released). Played MW2 and thought it was shit more or less. Haven't touched a CoD-game since and I don't plan to either.

So yeah, that is my opinions :)

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