Weekend Confirmed 186 - Battlefield 4 beta, Beyond: Two Souls

By Ozzie Mejia, Oct 11, 2013 11:00am PDT

It's a power trio for this edition of Weekend Confirmed. Hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata are joined by Shacknews' Ozzie Mejia and they briefly muse about last week's League of Legends World Championship, as they all consider jumping back into the world of Riot's MOBA phenomenon. Discussion turns to Grand Theft Auto Online, including some listener stories about their experience in the game. Then everyone talks about the upcoming next-generation of consoles and the Battlefield 4 beta before Jeff talks about his brief experience with Beyond: Two Souls and Ozzie reels off the best of what he saw at this year's IndieCade. And to send you into your weekend, everyone breaks out a new round of Finishing Moves before the post-show Tailgate.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 186: 10/11/2013

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    Round 1 - 00:00:35 - 00:26:51

    Round 2 - 00:27:51 - 00:55:45

    Round 3 - 00:56:58 - 01:23:52

    Round 4/Finishing Moves - 01:24:35 - 01:55:34

    Tailgate - 1:59:00 - 2:17:02

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  • I just finished Beyond 2 Souls. I loved it. I am so conflicted about whether i want to play through again. I mean the ending i got was so perfect. I liked the experience top to bottom. Certainly the games not without flaws, but it does something that most games fail at doing, setting a pace.

    First every piece of the story is broken into easily digestible chunks and each episode, for lack of a better term, serves a specific purpose. This means that I have lots of jumping on and off points that let me get in and out of the game.

    Second, the "find the white dot" gameplay that some are complaining about allows me to pick and choose when the scene progresses and in what direction. this lets me set the tension and pacing of every scene. I'm the director and in direct control of most aspects of the scene and the perspective and motivation of the main character for the most part. that also means that when i get to the end the main character isn't the same person as someone else's play through. this is the person I guided to the end. Which works doubly well because of the content of the plot which involves a character who needs a lot of guiding.

    For me it was the same enjoyment I get from reading a book, but with the extra element of interaction provided by the mechanics. It's the dramatic version of what Asura's Wrath proved to me last year. Give me a good story and some interesting game play and I'm in. I get more involved in a scene with simple button presses and contextual interfaces. I'm sure it's not an experience for everyone but it is for me and I hope we see more like it.
















  • kudos for the crew to bring up Ghosts...finally!!! Well as far as BF4 and COD, I think they hit different parts of the market, COD is for mainstream military FPS multiplayer shooters for console and BF is for PC/Clan military FPS for keyboard and mouse. I still think BF is floaty with the xbox controller but when I play COD its the twitch precision control at 60fps that I crave and majority of console gamers want. So in regards to differences and target audience for these games, COD hits it perfect for mainstream console gamers where BF will always be kinda a niche for PC and some console gamers.

    Anyways I think most people like COD for multiplayer and with the new squad options and play against your friends avatars is going to be awesome. oh and if you want to hate on the dog...at least they're trying to freshen up single player with some new gameplay mechanics. Riley the dog is going to be a great hit I think.

    Well here's my rants for this week now back to diablo 3 on 360.