EpicBattleCry Skirmish 220 - A Great Name For A Band

On this forward-looking edition of EBC we discuss our Most-Anticipated Games as listed on Favslist. Plus, PlayStation Now is official, a new Alien game is announced, the L4D team is about to Evolve and much, much more! Get those pre-orders ready - we’re tossing in free DLSee-I-Told-You-So on this edition of gaming’s most brutal video podcast!

 

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TOPIC: HOP ON THE HYPE TRAIN! We kick off 2014 with a conversation about our most anticipated games! We’ll also check in with the rankings on Favslist to see what gamers around the globe are putting at the top of their must-have list in the months ahead!


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Completely agree with Tony about Dragon's Crown on the Vita, as a huge beat 'em up fan, especially the old school variety (not to say there haven't been ones lately of course even Charlie Murder from this year was a pretty good effort), and its honestly one of the best I've played. I also played the mystara hd remake this year and in my opinion Dragon's Crown bests it. Its right up there with Guardian Heroes (my usual go to favourite beat 'em up) and among the best in the genre that I've played.

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Comment by StarBound on January 9, 2014 at 1:07pm

Now that I have my shiny (and overly upgraded with a ssd) PS4 I find myself looking at the current line up for this year and scratching my head. What do I want this year? What games will be the must own day 1 purchases? Should I pick a game for PS4 over PC because of possible stability and/or restriction issues? Should I just go all PC and max everything out beyond obscurity? Or should I just pick up more 3DS and Wii U games because of the stellar Zelda Link between worlds and Super Mario 3D World?

Maybe the best thing to do this year is not to get too excited and wait for games to hit the shelf. After all if you don't have high expectations you might find something to be more enjoyable and surprising. My next gen consoles are already lined up but for those that haven't decided yet, there is "One 4 U".

Comment by Allan Sullivan on January 9, 2014 at 1:50pm

That's amazing. I've got the same combination on my luggage

Comment by chaosaeon on January 9, 2014 at 3:58pm

This is just a PSA to consider in the coming week(s), and directed at no one in particular I might add, but it is widely considered an unacceptable medical practice to cut umbilical cords using a battle axe. That is all.

Comment by Marco de Toledo on January 9, 2014 at 5:32pm

I found a couple interesting things about PS Now. Due to its nature, it will inforce DRM and broad digital distribution, the two biggest pet peeves of our generation, but nobody seems to be concern about it right now.

Comment by Starwind on January 9, 2014 at 6:23pm
You guys should just make a band and get it over with already, call it "A great name for a band!" xD or if your not that good, people can introduce you like "A so-so name for a band."
Comment by battlebattle on January 9, 2014 at 7:03pm

great episode this week eba dudes.
tony looking forward to street fighter and brent loving cheesy 80s goodness i was wondering if you guys have seen this yet.

http://youtu.be/aJYDZyVQjTs

its called death cargo. its a real actor mk1 throw back fighter in hd by some indie guys. alot of homage to 80s nonsense in a good way, check out the video its only like 2 minutes (wait until you see that ending lol.) heres the site http://www.necrostorm.com/games/deathcargo/deathcargo.html

i really think you guys are going to dig this.

Comment by Lance Latham on January 9, 2014 at 9:47pm

Tony AND Brent both making puns in recent eps?!?  I guess the cold weather stopped by Hell after breezing by Niagara.

Comment by Aussie Legend on January 10, 2014 at 12:45am

Aw, such kind words :) (also sorry you had to pick my battlecry cause no one else commented lol, I think a lot of us were pretty busy over new years)

Comment by Averagus on January 10, 2014 at 7:28am

I feel a little bit strange commenting a sport video game franchise because I have slightly less interest in sports video games than Brent does. That isn't to say I don't like them, I just favour arcade style over simulation and couldn't care less about how accurate the rosters are.

With that in mind, there is probably no better time for publishers to start doing what I and many have been thinking they should do for years. Subscriptions! Yearly sports titles are often dismissed as roster updates so why not make that more or less the truth? Let people buy Madden/MLB 2015 but then let them upgrade their game digitally the following year. Allow a yearly subscription that offers a bit more with updates throughout the year that keep the biggest fans engaged. Details? That isn't my problem but it is clear that this would be the best way to maintain some franchises by rewarding their most loyal fans and putting out a yearly retail copy that will get new players in the door.

I wrote about my most anticipated game last week and it is surprisingly still the Witcher 3! But Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze must once again be pimped. It is barely a month away and I am betting it will be the best game this year for at least a month.

Comment by CornRPeople2 on January 10, 2014 at 9:26am

Great show, as always, Axe Lords!

I wanted to chime in on Playstation Now and how this is an opportunity for Sony to pave the way in old game streaming.  The idea of having PaRappa, Spyro, and Crash alongside Ezio, Nathan Drake and Solid Snake in one location is quite enticing.  BUT the success, or failure, of this service relies on Sony's ability to create a seamless interface that invites players to participate in the nostalgia.  Something like the NESremix (but better), that builds a game library into a challenge arena of old school games would definitely win me over!  If Sony neglects the user's experience while working with this service, and just builds a library, it will be no different than the Wiishop.  They can set the bar higher than before with careful planning and rewarding implementation.  

I enjoyed hearing all of your picks for this year. Can't wait for Second Son and I really hope The Division happens this year.  Stay sharp!

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