EpicBattleCry: Skirmish 205 - A Ramp Called Mirage

On this wunderbar weekly webcast, we discuss Sony and Microsoft’s showing at Gamescom 2013. Plus, GTA heads online, COD modifies multiplayer, BF4 goes premium and Thief gets a release date. All of that plus the new XCOM expansion, Elder Scrolls Online, and much more on this schnitzel-sized edition of gaming’s most brutal video podcast!




TOPIC: LET THE GAMES(COM) BEGIN! - We break down the biggest moments of Gamescom 2013 while discussing how both Sony and Microsoft used the show to advance their respective causes. Is the PS4’s release timed right? Did Microsoft win over European gamers? We pour out opinions like they were pints of Pilsner on this gamescom edition of gaming’s most brutal video podcast!





MEMBER: David Peters

Hello all.  I've been listening to Epic Battle Axe for the past two years but never made an account until last night ONLY because of the latest member Battle Cry that you all discussed that was over MMOs.  You all agreed that you were waiting for an MMO that had more "intimacy" and you hit on all the points that we all share (I don't care for the hundreds of people in the town shouting to sell things and the lack of interactivity in the world.)  Well I just wanted to say that such a game that battles those issues IS in developments, and being developed by none other than the grand daddy of MMOs and RPGs Richard "Lord British" Garriott.  The game, Shroud of the Avatar, brings back interactivity to the world while adding a more intimate multiplayer experience, or at least that's what they're pitch is.  Fixing the issues of overpopulation in the world but being able to connect to everybody, they re-added the idea of dual scale maps (kind of like the old RPGs), where every time you load in and out of a city, you'll be recycled back into another instance with another group of people.  They've got some servers running in the background that'll help pair people up with people they know, but either way, THIS specific game, which is technically not a full MMO but neither a single player RPG, hopes to bring RPG back into MMORPG.

PS: This game is supposed to be completely playable offline if you wanted which hopefully hints at the depth of the single player experience it may hold.


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Comment by StarBound on August 22, 2013 at 1:56pm

I'm biased to the Sony camp so will try to keep civil. Other than the release date Sony didn't have that much more to show. And they remained consistent. Microsoft is all over the place reversing policies and changing what the xbone was for better or for worse. The console are closer now than what they once were. The ball is clearly in Microsofts court on a release date. As far as 3rd parties are concerned xbone has the home field advantage as from the start it was an online console with timed online exclusives. That said it is the past single player games that came out on the PS3 that is also making me go with the PS4.

Comment by Helder Pinto on August 22, 2013 at 2:41pm

Great EP, I had a laugh over your GTA5 argument, ahah!
Thanks so much guys!

Comment by MysticalPain on August 22, 2013 at 3:17pm

Cheer up Brent!

Comment by PSIII_70R4N on August 22, 2013 at 4:58pm

Great episode indeed xD
Despite all of the other pinball games i played, the Pro Pinball titles never left my HDD.
I agree with Tony, TIMESHOCK! has the best playfield and soundtrack.
Very excited for this remake. :D

Comment by Starwind on August 22, 2013 at 6:25pm
Great Skirmish guys! Keep it up!
Brent you should definitely get a Vita, I've had one for almost a year now and while there was a time when it had me underwhelmed that has definitely changed in recent months for me. (Not to mention you can watch porn on it which I'm sure is up your alley ;) haha just messin with ya.
As far as the next Gen consoles are concerned, I was sold on Xbox since day one. The primary reason of which can be explained with two little words and a number; Dead Rising 3! I have been a huge fan of the series and that exclusive alone is a system seller for me, hell I would pay the $100 difference between the Xbox 1 and Ps4 just to get DR3 by itself.
The Ps4 has left my wanting since the reveal, and while I will definitely be getting the system it just will not be at launch. The Vita remote play has me interested but I have been burned by that before with the psp and PS3 remote play. I expect when it comes to newer games I may "consider" buying it for sonys system if I feel their is a benefit to playing it with remote play or something.
the Vitas utilization I think is a good comparison to something Daniel was speaking about when it came to the Kinect. Personally I enjoy the Kinect and have used it primarily for ME3 and Skyrim. I thought it was well worth the price and showed me that it has potential as a peripheral, and I definitely think it would be smarter to keep it with the system. If MS took it out then it potential could stunt the growth of the hardware. Where conversely the Vita has shown me ZERO interesting applications for PS3. Games let alone stuff like the touch screen.
that's my two cents, sorry for the long post just thought you guys would be interested to hear from someone who is def going Xbox first but has/will get both systems.
Comment by Ivan on August 22, 2013 at 6:51pm

I'm actually going to sit on my back log until it's complete.  By that time, I'll be able to grab a next gen console at the best price with an awesome bundle and a likely better selection of games to choose from, instead of buying whatever software is available at launch.  I don't agree with the potential strengths of the One though.  Sony seems intent on consistency and a commitment to the hard core gamer ...me.  Microsoft, and I have more 360 games and game mostly on my 360, seem to be uncertain about their direction.  Although they were quick to respond to their critics after E3, what's to say they won't do something else that goes against my core gamer values?  Sony doesn't have to do anything else.  You pretty much know who you're getting into bed with and what to expect, small exclusive title base and all.  Whereas Microsoft, she might turn out to be a man once the lights come on or have VD and suddenly you are going to have to have a long talk with yourself in the mirror.

Comment by Ian - Alexander Arts on August 23, 2013 at 1:51am

(^o^) DK, "I heard they're going change it into Call HER Duty." 
(o_o;) Brent, "Oh.. I.. I DIDN'T hear that. I can't imagine why that would be..."

LOL - Oh fuck that was funny!

Comment by Trichoplax on August 23, 2013 at 2:17am

Sonnige Grüße aus Deutschland! EBA wie immer rockt das Haus!

(Translation: Sunny greetings from Germany! EBA rocks the house as always!)

I just watched a video on GT that cannot be anything else as a challenge to Daniel Kayser for the "Game of Punes". ;)

See for yourself if you do not believe my words:


But be warned do not show this video to children it can be "disturbing"!

Comment by Abberjam on August 23, 2013 at 2:39am

Man, someone drank from the grumpy cup this week. TG, I think we need to have a whip-round and buy you a pony :)

Comment by Roburt on August 23, 2013 at 3:48am

I'm way more interested in the PS4 after the event. They showed so many great console exclusive indie games. It was pretty damn impressive.


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