The Jackbox Party Pack is what impressed us enough to talk about it tonight on GeekNights. It fulfills the promise that Nintendo has so long ignored, and works surprisingly well using smartphones as 8-player game controllers. Shenmue III is actually happening thanks to a 6MM Kickstarter, and we expect to to be just like I and II. (It was a different time in those Dreamcast days). Professional Counter-Strike players flat-out admit to using performance enhancing drugs, and equipment failure issues at the EVO 2015 Street Fighter IV championship show the slow but steady progress of professional esport evolution.
Lost Cities somehow escaped our baleful gaze, so tonight on GeekNights, we review Reiner Knizia's Lost Cities. It's a fantastic two-player game. In other news, if you look older, you probably are (effectively) older. Cold Express wins the Spiel des Jahres 2015, Twitch Plays Pokemon has a sad successor, and the button is no more. We will be live at ConnectiCon 2015!
After talking at length about Wil Wheaton violating his own rule in the botched run of Tabletop, we discuss the new games in the Wolfenstein series, following our friend William "B.J." Blazkowicz through Wolfenstein: The New Order and Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. This was very nearly a lost episode of GeekNights, so the quality isn't up to the par of our 10-years 1,100ish episode run to date. But it's not lost. It's UN-lost.
Time Crisis 5 is the topic of GeekNights tonight, having just played a bunch of it in Wildwood this past weekend. We haven't discussed Time Crisis since 2006! Time Crisis is (was) a staple of arcade gun games, and 5 is a fine addition to the franchise. In other news, the Megaman Legacy Collection is coming and stress is driving developers out of the videogame industry. Come see us at ConnectiCon in a month!
Tonight on GeekNights, we bring to you our initial thoughts on Blizzard's not-a-MOBA-we-swear-to-god Heroes of the Storm. It is to MOBAs what Team Fortress 2 is to... well... Team Fortress games (TF, MegaTF, Weapons Factors, TFC, etc...). In other news, Rym tried out an Escape the Room for some real-life Layton, and the Star Wars pod can be yours for a token $100,000.
After a brief outage, the main GeekNights Feed is now back up on iTunes for your listening pleasure. And in case you didn't know, we have many other options for subscription, including a feed of random old episodes from our ten year 100+ episode run!
Tonight on GeekNights, we review Jason Rohrer's real money gambling game Cordial Minuet. It's a pure game theory strategy game that you can only play for real money. In the news, there isn't enough news to discuss Kojima's departure just yet, but mark our words: this is going to send reverberations throughout the gaming world. Beyond that, GOG now released the correct version of TIE Fighter, and Koji Igarashi is making Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night in answer to all of our prayers.
Tonight on GeekNights, we fully review Sheriff of Nottingham (it's a great game in the same social category as Bohnanza) and Mount Your Friends (gifted to us by a friend and played to great effect at a PAX). Both are solid additions to your collection of games that you can whip out at a party without derailing the social scene. In the news, we've been playing a lot of Dance Dance Revolution again, Hearthstone is coming to iPhone, and a Turkish mayor implores you to respect the robot.