Weekend Confirmed 91 - Metal Gear Rising, Last of Us, Syndicate

By Garnett Lee, Dec 16, 2011 11:00am PST

The flurry of new game trailers unleashed during the VGAs last week leads the conversation on Weekend Confirmed this week. Shacknews' own New York-based editor Andrew Yoon joins Xav, Jeff, and Garnett to wade through them, starting with Metal Gear Rising, and moving on through Last of Us, Fortnite, and Mass Effect 3. Andrew recently attended a Sony event back in New York and shares impressions from playing Syndicate, Journey, and Lumines. Listener Shadow13th called out Jeff for using saves to control his fate in role playing games and the group picks up the subject of the min/max approach to gaming and how it exposes the mechanics potentially to the detriment of immersion. There's still more too, with a quick look at November's NPD sales numbers, Trine 2, and Finishing Moves.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 91: 12/16/2011

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Weekend Confirmed comes in four segments to make it easy to listen to in segments or all at once. Here's the timing for this week's episode:

    Show Breakdown:

    Round 1 00:00:00 to 00:23:50

    Whatcha Been Playing Part 1 00:24:25 to 00:49:54

    Whatcha Been Playing Part 2 00:51:00 to 01:16:18

    Listener Feedback/Front Page News 01:17:23 to 01:48:25

    NFL Tailgate 01:49:09 to 01:56:36

Original music in the show by Del Rio. Get his latest Album, The Wait is Over on iTunes. Check out more, including the Super Mega Worm mix and other mash-ups on his ReverbNation page or Facebook page, and follow him on twitter delriomusic.

Jeff Cannata can also be seen on The Totally Rad Show. They've gone daily so there's a new segment to watch every day of the week!

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  • Your conversations about the downloadable/smaller games over the last couple of weeks have been rather interesting but it seems odd that you seem to be placing the blame on the platform holders (PSN/XBLA). It is not uncommon to hear you guys reference a developer ‘putting a game out to die’ by not promoting enough or releasing at a poor time so why is this blame placed further on the platform when titles fail to gain traction? Out of curiosity, how often do developers reach out to you guys (gaming sites) in attempt to give you early access or encourage coverage of an upcoming downloadable title? For all the flack the Xbox is taking for its new, ad heavy dashboard maybe they could earn some forgiveness if they use some of those ad tiles to offer affordable advertising space to XBLA titles or *gasp* even indie devs. Love the show, keep on keepin on.

    (also, heard the pixel junk monsters argument again and after playing a few hours of this game I have to say it still feels like just another poorly performing flash game)
    RE - all the trailer discussions: a lot of assumptions being made based on a 2 minute clip that is only created to try and get people excited while keeping them guessing, might want to reserve a bit of judgement until we know more about some of those games.