Game Buoy Podcast Episode 11 – Tokyo Game Show 2012

Ahoy mateys and welcome to Game Buoy, your twice monthly port of call for gaming news and opinions that may not be on your radar, but probably should be!


NiGHTS HD (which includes Christmas NiGHTS) and Sonic Adventure 2 HD will be available on October 2. On a related  note, you can own the HD re-release of Jet Set Radio today (unless you only own a Vita)! In an interview with Polygon, Platinum Games confirms that Bayonetta 2 would not exist had Nintendo not shown interest in the IP. The PA Report looks further into the NBA Baller Beats controversy, and apparently Majesco lied to their investors.


Dragon Age III: Inquisition has been announced by BioWare!

– On a related note, BioWare co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuck have announced they are retiring from the company and from gaming forever.


Captain Spike and his first mate, Slagkick, share highlights from Tokyo Game Show 2012. Perhaps the most exciting news for the Podcast Pirates is that Square Enix has announced Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX, currently slated for release in 2013 and exclusive to PS3 (which leads Slagkick to discuss his real issues with Sony and the PS3).

Team Ninja had a lot to show off at TGS ’12 – Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z with Keiji Inafune in a partnership with Comcept, as well as Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge for Wii U, which has been retooled into a more hardcore game, complete with fanservice!

Finally, there is a newer, slimmer PS3. And it’s more expensive.


Though Captain Spike and Slagkick have both been playing their share of sequels lately – namely Borderlands 2, Torchlight 2, and Guild Wars 2 – each Pirate focuses on one game. For Spike, it’s New Super Mario Bros. 2 – which he loved with the exception of one fatal flaw in the game design. Slagkick, not surpisingly, has been loving the new WoW expansion, Mists of Pandaria.


Due to unforeseen circumstances, the recording of Episode 11 came to an abrupt end; however, the Podcast Pirates had planned to discuss a Wall Street Journal article, Borderlands 2 Fails To Cross Over, as an example of why we need gaming journalism (even if it means we have to deal with Kotaku and the like) – because not only does the author seem to write the game off based on Gearbox’s quirky sense of humor (“joy puke,” anyone?), but dismisses it as a dudebro FPS for the 18-35 male demographic, lumping it in with Halo and Call of Duty instead of recognizing the strong RPG elements of both the original and the sequel, suggesting that – by virtue of only supporting 4-player co-op instead of 18-player death matching, that the value of the game is reduced and should be a budget title (a stance Game Buoy firmly disagrees with…not that games couldn’t stand to be cheaper, mind.)

Remember, the Podcast Pirates are not trying to be Bitter Brians – but when even the mainstream media isn’t doing its job, calling them out is the only weapon we have.

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