Weekend Confirmed 182 - Final Fantasy XIV, Puppeteer, The Wonderful 101

By Ozzie Mejia, Sep 13, 2013 11:00am PDT

Weekend Confirmed is ready to formally wrap up another week. Hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata welcome in the Shacknews tandem of Andrew Yoon and Ozzie Mejia to discuss the latest news to come from Sony, including the PS Vita TV. But first, Jeff kicks off the show by talking about his experience with Final Fantasy XIV before discussing World of Warcraft's latest 5.4 patch. Talk then shifts to games by the dozen, including Grand Theft Auto V's dizzying number of missions, while Andrew catches us up on several upcoming releases, like XCOM: Enemy Within, Dying Light, Batman: Arkham Origins, and Peggle 2. The show finishes up with discussion of Puppeteer, Killzone: Mercenary, and The Wonderful 101 before ushering in the weekend with Finishing Moves and this week's Tailgate.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 182: 9/13/2013

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    Round 1 - 00:00:35 - 00:29:42

    Round 2 - 00:30:20 - 00:54:37

    Round 3 - 00:56:04 - 01:24:17

    Round 4/Finishing Moves - 01:25:01 - 01:58:15

    Tailgate - 1:59:03 - 2:17:46

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  • So after spending 5-6 hours with GTA V, I have a prediction:

    GTA Online is going to blow the campaign out of the water.

    Don't get me wrong; I'm enjoying GTA V so far (it's a lot better than 4). But the campaign is not the pinnacle of open world gaming that many reviews are making it out to be. There is a lot of crappy mission design, the characters are not remotely interesting, the story is weak, and there are still a lot of rough mechanics.

    But the city... Los Santos is such an amazing place to just be in. The driving feels great this time around, which is crucial. I always took cabs in GTA IV because the driving wasn't fun. This meant I never really learned my way around the city. I never got to know it the way I did the maps in previous GTA games. But driving around Los Santos is a blast. It makes you want to explore.

    The most fun I've had in the game so far has been simply sight-seeing and enjoying little diversions. Playing tennis, grabbing a jet-ski and exploring the shore line, driving up through the hills to watch the sun set. The idea of being able to do all of this with a group of friends is very exciting to me. I've said for a while that I believe Rockstar was very close to something brilliant with the multiplayer in Red Dead. I'm hoping GTA Online will be the realization of Red Dead's potential.

  • I don't think you are doing anything wrong in FFXIV, Jeff. The tab targeting system on the PC is also terrible and is always targeting mobs in the distance. So far though I am having a good time with the game, but it does feel like it is missing a lot of little polishes in regards to UI and features.

    I was surprised to hear that Yoon thought Hawken on the Rift was amazing because I have a dev kit and tried playing it the other day and thought it was one of the worst demos currently out. They were supposed to add in alpha support with current update, but maybe he was playing a more updated version.

  • Garnett - Your confusion about what you could and couldn't do with the Family Sharing plan, *even after it had been announced*, is a perfect demonstration of why no one should be going digital.

    Companies have too much control over what you can and can't do with your games, despite you paying for them. And even when they give you "permission" to lend them, you still don't know what the rules are.

    Utterly ridiculous.

    I can't believe Steam has actually trained a generation of gamers to think this is acceptable.

    Gabe Newell has done more damage to the game industry than EA and Activision combined.

  • If I could remove one thing from MMOs forever it would be the comprehensive map every single one gives you now. If you want to give people exploration of a huge world full of dangers and challenges they should not know every single nook and cranny of it the instance they walk into a corner of it.

    Removing the map also forces people to either outsource that info(which nothing can stop), talk to other people in the world to figure things out, explore it for themselves or pay closer attention to the writing in the game.

    I think if you want to truly derive enjoyment from the world of one of those games you have remove levels of information you give the player about that world up front and instead make them want to venture around the next corner and over the next hill regardless of what foul thing might be in waiting.

  • Long time listener, first time poster. For my job I always travel (The 99 is such a boring drive!) and weekend confirmed always helps me pass the time. I just wanted to personally thank you guys for this great episode. I had surgery on the 10th and I've been stuck on bed rest. Listening to the episode last night helped me take my mind off the pain and had me really excited for a new game; Card Hunter!!! I've been trying to get in Hearthstone beta for the past 3 weeks so I had something to do while i'm down for the count, but the giveaways that Blizzard has been endorsing have been horrid. One could say they were so badly orchestrated they could be - The ABOMINATION OF THE WEEK! Anywho, after hearing about Card Hunter... My hearthstone fix has been quenched until I get my hands on a key and now I have something to play while on bed rest. Thanks again guys!

    You're Awesome,

    :) Jason (:

  • I'm all for bringing the Vita TV to the states. It needs to do 1080p, it's bizarre for it not to, but if it did I'd buy one. I have no desire to play PS Vita games on it, but it's function as an extender for PS4 is awesome. That is the AirPlay equivalent for gamers.

    I've been using my Vita a little more, but it's software is just awful. Truly terrible UI/UX, not enough horsepower to have such poor optimization. To be honest, it should have just launched on Android or something. Game experiences on it are stellar though and besides it being too big for its own good, it's a beautiful piece of hardware.