In which Tom F, Marsh and Graham master shadows in Styx: Master of Shadows, become the shadow in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, embrace the light in Hyper Light Drifter, and get killed in the shadows of Alien Isolation.
Also discussed: Fantastic Arcade and EGX, the disappointment of Planetary Annihilation, the curse of Desert Golfing, where orcs come from, why we can’t walk away from videogame fights, how to deal with foreign languages in games, and what Peter Molyneux has to say about childhood.
- Marsh and Tom S have started a new YouTube series! They’re playing through Dark Souls 2. Watch it watch it watch it watch it.
- Tom went to Fantastic Arcade and EGX! Here’s the video of his EGX talk.
- This video of Big Pharma explains how you place machinery to produce pills.
- Rooftop Cop, about neither rooftops nor cops.
- Hyper Light Drifter had a weekend-long demo. Maybe it’s still available if you bought it before the weekend? Graham has no idea, but the game is great.
- Styx: Master of Shadows is better than anyone expected. Our expectations were low. Read Graham’s review.
- Here’s the moment in the Planetary Annihilation match Tom describes. Such majesty.
- We’ve been playing Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Orcs have no strict origin, but the Uruk’s do.
- Here’s the Verge – not Polygon – article about Mordor’s Jack Bauer-isms.
- Here’s Simon Parkin’s article at the New Yorker about Destiny’s reflection of capitalism. It’s good.
- Life On A Mountain isn’t out yet, but it’s being made by the omni-talented Jukio Kallio.
- Lisa, a free game about a dog and a girl, is a sensory delight.
- Lionhead are never going to release Project Milo, nor InkQuest, or presumably any of their other many prototypes.
- Desert Golfing is Gus Van Sant’s Peggle. The image we reference that showed the supposed ending of the game turned out to be a fake.
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Twitter at @crateandcrowbar. If you’d like to tweet us individually, Marsh, Tom and Graham.
This episode is also available on our YouTube channel, where you’ll also find our adventures in Dark Souls, Gang Beasts, Spelunky and more.
Our intro music is by The Mandibles from their track Clambake. Many of the band members now tour as Count Bobo And The Bullion.
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