Episode 3 – Fathers of the Grind Podcast

Did you know that there’s a PC gamer out there who is currently trying to complete every game available on Steam? It’s exactly as crazy as it sounds.

In our 3rd episode, Derek and Tim cover that story as well as a bunch of other news, game announcements, and their all-time favorite game developers. They also dive into a discussion on what makes a “good” developer, so be sure to listen and send us your personal top 3!

Topics this week:

  • Top PSN downloads in 2015
  • Nintendo NX rumors
  • PC gamer completionist – can he do it?
  • Will the NCAA Football games make a comeback?
  • Fire Emblem: Fates hype!
  • New game announcements
  • Tim & Derek pick their personal favorite developers
  • And more!

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Reviewing The Uncharted Collection – Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Since I completely skipped out on the PS3 (listen to our opening podcast episode to find out why), I’ve been able to enjoy the Uncharted series as a completely fresh game experience. Playing through these games felt like binge-watching a show on Netflix. I didn’t have to wait until the next season to find out what happens next!

These games really are unique from each other, so I’m breaking down my thoughts on each of them in separate posts. Check out my Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune reaction here. 

Now, let’s see how Among Thieves holds up…

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Nathan Drake has returned, and this time, he brought more variety to the gameplay! Uncharted 2 takes the formula established by its predecessor and improves on it in every way.

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Episode 2 – Fathers of the Grind Podcast

How does your family limit gaming time?

In the 2nd episode of our video game podcast, we’ll cover that topic and more, including:

– Creating unnecessary Madden players
– The Order 1886 is better than advertised
– The Witcher 3 keeps getting better
– Our Playstation VR price predictions
– January game releases & current deals

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Reviewing The Uncharted Collection – Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune

During the last generation of game consoles, I focused my time on the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. I completely skipped out on the PS3 (listen to our opening podcast episode to find out why).

Here we are in 2016, and I finally own a Sony console again. I’m thrilled with the PS4, and I’m glad to see games from last generation get another shot at life on this system. I spent some time this holiday season playing through the widely-acclaimed Uncharted series, and it exceeded my expectations in nearly every way. Since each entry is a separate experience, let’s break it down game-by-game:

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune

The first question I want to answer is this: Does it still hold up today? The short answer is: Yes… mostly.

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Episode 1 (part 2) – Fathers of the Grind podcast

Part 2 of the premiere episode of the “Fathers of the Grind” podcast is here!

Derek and Tim continue discussing the 2015 year in gaming, highlighting their personal top 10 lists as well as a few games that have joined the backlog.

Please note: My audio has an echo that comes and goes due to my voice looping through Derek’s mic. The issue will be corrected in episode 2 🙂

Thanks, and enjoy!

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Episode 1 (part 1) – Fathers of the Grind podcast

Here we go! The premiere episode of the “Fathers of the Grind” podcast!

Co-hosts Tim Nester and Derek Tigue recap the 2015 year in gaming by discussing top news stories, top 10 games, games we missed, and more!

It’s split into 2 parts (because Derek talks too much), so be on the lookout for part 2 in a few days.

Please note: My audio has an echo that comes and goes due to my voice looping through Derek’s mic. The issue will be corrected in episode 2 🙂

Thanks, and enjoy!

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Intro Music – Fathers of the Grind: A Gaming Podcast

Welcome to our BRAND-SPANKING-NEW podcast show: Fathers of the Grind.

This is a show about how the responsibilities of fatherhood collide with the world of gaming.

Stay tuned for full-length, regular episodes starting in January, 2016!

Until then, here is our intro tune for the show:

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What I’m Playing – Aaru’s Awakening

A rough night’s sleep.

Aaru's Awakening PS4

Aaru’s Awakening is a beautiful game. The developers used hand-drawn visuals to create a stunning experience. Unfortunately, the gameplay doesn’t meet the high standards set by the impressive imagery. It’s a very challenging game rendered nearly impossible by a control scheme that never feels quite right. I love the concept behind the teleport ability, and it makes for some very creative level design. As the game progresses, it demands such precise aim and movement that the controls become a hindrance. Perhaps it’s the way I’ve been trained to play games for the past 28 years, but the left shoulder button is not the ideal input for jumping.

Aaru's Awakening PS4

The weak-willed need not apply.

If you have PS Plus, you can get this game for free until the end of April. If you don’t, this one is worth a look if you see it for a discounted price. Keep in mind: the difficulty is real. I was reminded of games like OlliOlli and Trials when I played this game. For those who are up for a challenging puzzle-platformer, this might be for you. For the rest of you… Just look at the pretty screen shots and then move on.

Aaru's Awakening PS4

Aaru's Awakening PS4

Aaru's Awakening PS4

Head over to Bruised Thumbs for my full review of Aaru’s Awakening.

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