‘Reigns,’ ‘Bound,’ & Even More ‘Kentucky Route Zero’

‘Reigns,’ ‘Bound,’ & Even More ‘Kentucky Route Zero’

It’s special request hour at “Shall We Play a Game?”: We play “Reigns,” the mobile hit billed as “Tinder for monarchs,” and “Bound,” the PlayStation 4 dance platformer. Then we indulge our own desires with Act 3 of “Kentucky Route Zero.”

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“Deus Ex: Mankind Divided” and “Wheels of Aurelia.”

SHOW NOTES:

“Reigns” developer François Alliot’s essay in Polygon

Chris’s New York Times post on video games as ballet

Game Oven’s “Bounden,” with choreography from the Dutch National Ballet

 

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‘Stardew Valley’

‘Stardew Valley’

JJ couldn’t get his PlayStation 4 to work in Zurich (really). So we played “Stardew Valley” instead of “Bound.”

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“Bound.” Or “Reigns.” Or “Kentucky Route Zero: Act 3.” Or “Wheels of Aurelia.” Or all of them?

SHOW NOTES:

Chris and Ken Levine talk about ‘BioShock’ for Rolling Stone’s Glixel

 

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The End (?) of ‘No Man’s Sky’

We haven’t reached the center of the galaxy, but we’re ready to deliver our verdict on “No Man’s Sky.” Play it? Or don’t play it?

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“Damaged Core” and Act II of “Kentucky Route Zero”

SHOW NOTES:

Will Wright on “Spore” at the 2005 Game Developers Conference

 

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More ‘No Man’s Sky’

We’re still playing Hello Games’ universe simulator/plutonium shooter/alien-language puzzler.

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“Kentucky Route Zero: Act I”

SHOW NOTES:

Listen to us talk about “No Man’s Sky” on NPR’s “All Things Considered”

 

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‘Abzû’ & ‘No Man’s Sky’

Do you want to serenely explore an underwater video game world for two hours, or serenely explore an outer-space video game world for infinity?

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

More “No Man’s Sky”

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‘Batman: The Telltale Series’

Is this the game we need, or the game we deserve?

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“Abzû.” Still dreaming about finding time “Quadrilateral Cowboy” before “No Man’s Sky.”

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‘Inside’

‘Inside’

Playdead’s “Inside” rouses us from our summer video-game torpor. A spoiler-free review, followed (at 18:22) by a very spoiler-y discussion of the ending, including JJ’s persuasive theory of What It All Means.

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“Batman: The Telltale Series.” Maybe “Abzû.” Dreaming about “Quadrilateral Cowboy.”

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Oculus Rift & Gabriel Winslow-Yost: What I Play

We pre-ordered Rifts in February. They’re both finally here. We talk about “Lucky’s Tale” and compare the hardware to the HTC Vive. Then, Chris talks to Gabriel Winslow-Yost, an editor at the New York Review of Books, about why he plays video games, even when he’s a little ashamed of it.

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“Inside”

SHOW NOTES:

“Why Would an Adult Man Play Video Games?” by Gabriel Winslow-Yost

Gabriel’s review of “S.T.A.L.K.E.R.” in the New York Review of Books

His NYRB review of Michael W. Clune’s “Gamelife” and Liel Leibovitz’s “God in the Machine”

His N+1 essay on video games

 

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