Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and I resume our usual Side by Side programming this week with Totally Reliable Delivery Service, an ‘open world multiplayer physics game about terrible delivery drivers’. Yep, that was us!
In this week’s episode, Joel Goodwin of Electron Dance and I don’t play, we talk about the Side by Side games of yore that we’ve since changed our minds about, and why. Sometimes, you just need more time (and friends) to stress test a multiplayer experience and reveal things that perhaps weren’t so obvious initially.
In the first episode we take a look at SplitSide Games’ Fling to the Finish, a zany duo-tethered racing platformer currently in development following a successful Kickstarter back in June.
I’d love to tell you more about Control, the eagerly-awaited Edge magazine coverbait from Remedy Entertainment, the mad Finns who brought us Max Payne, Alan Wake and Quantum Break. I’d love to. And I feel… I guess sort of qualified to do so, since I have played Control for a few hours. But I’m not going to. To heavily paraphrase a trademark opening line in the (delightful) Girlfriend Reviews videos…
This is not a review of Control. This is a review of what it’s like to wish Remedy would fix Control.
I remember being at a game conference – E3 in 2010, if memory serves – when Final Fantasy XIV Online was announced. My thought at the time was: yikes, actually, that game looks like crap. It turns out my instincts were correct. It was absolutely crap! This resulted in a complete rework of the game. The developers practically destroyed the original FFXIV, subtitled it as A Realm Reborn, and fixing its many problems.
Not many people have good memories of whatever vanilla FFXIV was. But some of my friends have been playing ARR for a long time now, and all of them recommended it to me. It finally became too difficult to resist the temptation when the rabbit-woman Viera race was added to the game. I could ignore the siren song of sexy catgirls, but now I could become an Amazonian warrior bunny? All right, SquareSoft, you finally got me.
This is a review of A Realm Reborn and A Realm Reborn only. This is what it’s like to be me, a noob, playing FFXIV: ARR, in 2019.