This week’s NextLevel Podcast features Carl Rollmann, Aaron Schalk, Dean Karpowicz, and Lindsey Wachs. Topics discussed will include day one DLC controversy for Mass Effect, Bioshock’s 1999 mode, PC vs. Console gamine, and California’s failed video game lawsuit.
EarthBound was the second installment of the Japanese game series Mother, following the lesser-known first release in Japan. Its release was accompanied by widespread advertising and a very baffling slogan: “This game stinks.” Seventeen years later, it remains a classic that is loved by one of the most dedicated fanbases in the gaming world.
A recent trend within the gaming community is to revisit old IPs. These usually either seek to reboot a series (such as Ninja Gaiden or Devil May Cry) or they are looking to remake a game with an updated look and feel, while maintaining that which made it great in the first place (XCOM: Enemy Unknown). Jagged Alliance: Back In Action is one of the latter, based on the classic turn based strategy game Jagged Alliance 2, originally released in 1999. In this game, players take on the role of a mercenary leader, hired to infiltrate the small island of Arluco and overthrow its despotic leader, Deidranna Reitman.