Hello readers. iGamesNews The Best Games Ever Podcast returns for episode 2, following the tradition after episode 1. This week we’re fighting for the best game nobody cares about. Well, the tricky one, that. Hear if you agree with our picks and which game wins.
“What’s iGamesNews’s best gaming podcast ever?” you ask, usually reserved for childlike joy when you see a new limited-edition flavored Coke or a Transformers cameo in a new Chipdale movie. The format is as follows: each week the three of us have to present our selection of the best game that meets certain criteria (this week it has to be the game we think is great but nobody cares). Our host/judge Jim Trinca will then decide who makes the best case and announce the winner, likely annoyed both of us in the process.
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The best game no one cares about
This is the subject of the second episode of iGamesNews’s Best Gaming Podcast Ever. Here’s a rundown of who chose what.
Tom – Quantum Break
Back in 2016, the Xbox was in pretty bad shape. The console is noticeably underpowered compared to the PS4, the system is heavily focused on the Kinect and TV (?!), and Sony has a better lineup of exclusives. So it’s no surprise that people generally don’t care about part video game part TV show Quantum Break. It’s a shame, as Tom thinks you should have. It’s from Remedy (Max Payne, Control, Alan Wake) and it’s fantastic both in terms of visuals and action-oriented gameplay. The TV stuff, isn’t even that bad – there’s Lance Redick in it, so it must be good when he’s on screen.
Dom – Pokemon Conquest
Have you heard of Pokemon Conquest? No, we don’t think so. Fair enough, really; this is a spin-off cross-play with Nobunaga’s ambitious tactical RPG series. Obviously perfect for Pokemon, right? You play as a warlord in feudal Japan and use Pokemon in grid-based strategic battles as you slowly take over the empire. Not only do you have moves and your Pokemon, you can also evolve, too, for some reason. Dom thinks it’s the best Pokemon game out there, even though almost nobody plays it (it’s a DS game that came out after the 3DS, the same year as Black 2/White 2). It’s especially important now because Arceus is in the wild.
Alex – Disaster: A Day of Crisis
A weird and wonderful mix of Metal Gear Solid, Time Crisis, Disaster Movies, and post-9/11 rah-rah chest-thumping moves, Disaster: Day of Crisis is a bit of a mess. But it’s also a modern masterpiece. Developed by Xenoblade studio Monolith Soft, Disaster embodies the Wii’s golden age – warts and all – before Nintendo saw plenty of dosh made by casual “swing” games, when it was still green-lighting more traditional games and requiring developers Find a way to handle motion control. And so into Day of Crisis, a game with a light gun shooter, a driving section that puts the controller on its side, tense bomb disposal mini-games and sport-controlled CPR on endangered victims. It’s by no means perfect, but it’s the best B-movie video game – and somehow one of Alex’s favorite games of this generation.
Let us know in the comments below which game you’d pick and which of the three you think you should win (it’s Quantum Break, right?). If you like the podcast, subscribe and leave a comment saying how great it is and tell all your friends who can then tell all their friends who want to be big players on social media.
Came back a week later for another best game of all time.
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