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GAH! The ever-growing BACKLOG!! How do we prioritize what we PLAY?!

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I have the toughest time picking what game to play next out of my ever-growing backlog. How do you guys prioritize your backlogs and pick which game comes next? Also, how do you manage to stick with that game before bouncing on to the next in the queue?

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Insane PC & Game finds at RE-PC Store (Seattle)

A behind the scenes tour of RE-PC in Tukwila, Wa (south Seattle) which specializes in recycled computers & peripherals…but also secretly has a warehouse of extremely rare & uncommon gems!

http://www.REPC.com

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Ex-SIERRA Game Developer is selling Original Source Code! — BUY a piece of HISTORY!!

BUY Al Lowe’s SIERRA collection: https://www.ebay.com/usr/al_lowe – He’ll be posting more unique items in the coming days and weeks!

We went through so many boxes, uncovering games I’ve only seen online, he showed us hint books he has written, accolades and awards he’s received and so much more.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION:

– – Hey you guys, Metal Jesus here and I’m back again with Drunken Master Paul. – And I’m so excited to be here today, because, and I really can’t believe I’m saying this, we’re at Al Lowe’s house, yes, that Al Lowe, my favorite designer from our Sierra days, Al Lowe and we’re gonna go through some of his stuff, he’s gonna show us some things he’s had in his collection for 800,000 years and not only that, rumor has it, he’s selling some of this stuff, yes, that’s right, some of Al Lowe’s prized possessions are going up on auction for you guys, I’m so excited. – I know, this is gonna be amazing, let’s take a look. – Hi, I’m Al Lowe and for 16 years, I designed and wrote and programmed and coded music and various other things for Sierra On-Line back in the 1980s and ’90s, so I started in 1982, I was employee number 20 and by the time I left, Sierra had about 1,200 employees. I hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane, while I walk through my attic and find some things that nobody has seen, including me in 30 years. –

[Metal Jesus] Now while we were primarily there to help document the cool stuff in Al’s collection, he also wanted us to help him gauge just what memorabilia he had, that would be of interest to collectors like us. – This is my box full of archival copies of the source code and the original artwork and everything from the Larry games, this is one and two, you can see it got much bigger for Larry three and I even got Larry five to fit in two boxes and the VGA version of Larry one, which came out at the same time as these. So this is all the original stuff and I backed everything up, because I knew that Sierra didn’t and I thought if something happened in the future and I needed to go back and refer to the original code, so everything is in these disks, I believe to make a game, if you had the right tools. A lot of the stuff, a lot of the things that we wrote were in regular text files, so they’re certainly readable nowadays. Here’s what I’ve got in here and it says, oh, there’s a, oh, look at that, I could zip then, this is a later version, than I stuck in here, ’cause that zip wasn’t around back in those days and that’s the latest version, so that’s the one we, I think that’s the master disk, I would suspect. Oh, yeah, Ship Master, that would be the shipping master, so this is the one that I built the game on, this is the master and here’s the source code and what’s that say? – Words and objects. – [Al] Words and objects, yeah and Views was our name for animation, why we called it Views, I have no idea, but you’ve got to remember, we were inventing vocabulary as we invented the games, nobody knew what you call, like our background art was always, instead of a screen or background, it was called a Pic, so you had Pic and you had Views and there’s the Pics and the Sounds and the Sound source code and that’s clearly dated, look at that, June of ’87. –

[Metal Jesus] As we were going through some of his disks, I was kind of surprised to see King’s Quest three there. It says King’s Quest three. – Yeah, it’s the source code. – [Metal Jesus] This is the source code for King’s Quest three? – Yeah, the original source code. – [Metal Jesus] Okay, so my guess is, that this might be of value. – It’s the only copy on Earth. – Yeah. – I guarantee it. – Okay, so– – That, ’cause nobody at Sierra ever bothered to keep track of anything. – [Metal Jesus] What’s BC? – Black Cauldron. – [Metal Jesus] Oh, the Disney game. – The Al Lowe game. – [Metal Jesus] Okay, so and then, do you think this is Police Quest here? – Disney didn’t have anything to do with it, other than– – Well, I– – I used their backdrops. – [Metal Jesus] It was a licensed Disney game, right? – Yes. – Yeah. – [Metal Jesus] I love the fact that you put Al Lowe above Disney, as it should be. – Yeah, I’m not– – It’s an Al Lowe game and Disney kind of– – Yeah, it really was. –

[Metal Jesus] I always forget that Al Lowe programmed and created one of the very first Winnie The Pooh games. – Oh, here. – [Metal Jesus] Okay, so you actually– – You may not be able to read these, I think this was done, does it say what it is there? – [Metal Jesus] Yeah, it does, I mean, it looks like you’ve labeled all the disks, so latest versions, but then you have, so you’ve broken the game out into a bunch of different like– – And I saved it onto Disney disks, because we had too many of them, I guess. – [Metal Jesus] And here was a mystery box he wasn’t 100% sure what exactly was in here, he hadn’t opened it in three decades. – Oh, no, this is all the utilities it takes to make it. Oh, my gosh, look at that, oh, there’s a game disk, latest version and right protected. – Yeah. – Yeah, that’s the master, I guess, I would think that’s the master. Here’s the pictures that we used on ’em, this is the OrcaM was the compiler that I used, so there were objects and text and Apple PicDraw was a program, that Sierra used to draw graphics on the screen and I made my game pictures fit that, because it already existed, I didn’t have to rewrite that. – [Metal Jesus] I’ve never seen this before, this is, it says Sierra On-Line on it. – This is the cult classic, Troll’s Tale. – [Metal Jesus]Okay. – For the Apple two, I think and it was the third game I wrote, it used the same engine, this is how geek I was, man, when I started, I thought, well, I’m gonna do more than one adventure game like this, so I’ll create an engine and a database manager, so I can just type in multiple games and have them write themselves. – [Metal Jesus] Oh, interesting. – So I actually created the tools first and then wrote the games with the tools. –

Okay, so– – This is extremely rare, this is a game nobody’s seen. – Let me tell you that– – Have you seen it? – [Metal Jesus] No, there’s a bit of a debate, ’cause I took a picture of this, shared it on Facebook and people are like, no, no, no, that’s The Dark Crystal, I’m like– – No, no, it uses the same graphics as The Dark Crystal, we didn’t have to redraw their pictures, but I made the game using that interpreter, that I was telling you about, that I built, so that it was multiple choice questions for little kids. But here, look at the pictures on the back, see. – [Metal Jesus] Yeah, this is extremely rare, Gelfling Adventure, yeah. – Yeah, the characters in The Dark Crystal were gelflings, but see, we shipped it with a map. –

This is the first game you ever did ever? – This is the first game – Ever, ever, ever? – I ever did and this is the packaging that we used, this is a genuine plastic baggy from the Bradley Bag Company of Los Angeles, we had to order those. – Wow! – Ah-huh, and that’s a piece of index card stock, that we folded in half and it just was made to fit right inside it and we also had pre-print postcards inside there, – Amazing. – and the floppy disk, that we copied ourselves on my neighbor’s pool table. – So this is– – We set up an Apple two, opened the lid of it, blew an electric fan at it and put in five disk drive cards and pairs of disk drives, so as fast as we could move the disks into the drives, – Wow! – the first one was copied and we took ’em out, so we ended up producing hundreds of games in one evening – Wow. – on my friend’s table. – So this is the original packaging? You didn’t just build, the stapling. – It’s the original package sheen. – Wow, can I take it out? – I don’t know, you’ll let out the factory air. – Oh, no. I’m full of factory air, trust me on that, I’d be happy to put some back in. – Yeah, no, we sold these out of our house and in fact I think my home address is on there, yeah, see down here? 5815, is that it? Yeah, East Parkside Drive. – Wow, this is stunning, I mean, these are the very first games, that Al Lowe ever programmed and you’re letting these go, right? – These are pre-Sierra. – Pre-Sierra games. – Yeah. Actually when Ken – Amazing. – and Roberta saw these games at a trade show, that’s when my relationship with Sierra started was we were selling these little bags, but yeah, these two are from Sunnyside Soft, – Wow. – that was our company in Sunnyside, Fresno. – Amazing.

This is Sierra On-Line Incorporated Softporn and when I think of soft porn, I think of Al Lowe, so– – What? – Yeah, we all have our fantasies. So tell me about Softporn. – I think of Showtime usually or Cinemax. – I don’t pay attention. – [Al] But this was a game that Chuck Benton wrote, so somebody said, well, we need a cover shot, Ken’s got a hot tub, well, let’s pose in the hot tub, – Okay. – and so we’ll get some good looking women, – Okay. – [Al] and get ’em in the hot tub and we’ll get the guy, who’s the waiter down at the local restaurant, ’cause he had a tuxedo, well, that didn’t hurt sales at all. – No. – Yeah, ah-huh, and legend has it that one of those women was Roberta Williams, who later went on to great fame and fortune as a game designer and we’ll always swear, that nobody got a picture, that showed anything. – Oh, that’s fantastic. – Yeah, the funny part of the game is that there’s not really much dirty in it, other than the goal, I mean, the goal is you’re a virgin and you’re trying to lose your virginity. –

[Metal Jesus] We went through so many boxes uncovering games I’ve only seen online, he showed me hint books that he’s written, accolades and awards he’s received and so much more and then towards the end of the day, the collector and fanboy in me, he just came out and I ended up buying all the Larry games, that I was missing from my collection and then I got him to sign ’em. – And now my son, go in peace. – He completes my Larry collection. – I make you complete. – More than you know, thank you so much, man. – Oh, you’re welcome. – This was so much fun. – This was a great afternoon, what a way to spend an afternoon. – I know, I know, so cool.

Alright, guys, that’s a quick look at Al Lowe’s amazing collection. – That was so cool, I can’t believe some of the things that man still has around, that’s awesome. – I know, thank you very much, Al for inviting us into your home and showing us your cool stuff. – Really appreciate that and we’re gonna put a link to his auctions in the Comments and it’s not just this stuff, that we showed you, actually he’s going through his entire attic, – Oh, yeah. – his entire collection, – It’s amazing. – and he’s just kind of clearing some things out and would really like it to go to a good home, so by all means, check that out and go get some of this stuff, you’ll never find it anywhere else and it’s Al Lowe! – I know, so cool, right. Right, love to know what you guys think down in the comments below, please let us know if you’d like to see more of these, ’cause there are more Sierra developers in the area. – Yeah, they’re lurking around and we know where to find ’em. – That’s right, alright, guys, thank you very much for watching, thank you for subscribing and take care.

Ultimate RASPBERRY Pi Gaming handheld! – Metal Jesus Special Edition

The Freeplay CM3 Metal Jesus Rocks Edition offers all the best features currently available in the Freeplay world. http://www.RetroModding.com

Features:
– Freeplay CM3
– 3.2″ TFT LCD
– 2000 mAh battery
– Freeplay L2/R2 Addon Board
– L2 & R2 buttons for PSX and N64 games support.
– Fan for better temperature control.
– Freeplay LCD Brightness Controller
– Brightness control via interface menu.
– Durable Glass Lens
– Support most games from the early days up to N64/PSX

This console is intended for gamers with an intermediate to advanced computer knowledge. Users will need to connect to the device through FTP or SSH to configure, remap buttons, upload games, etc.

The Dude who took these popular Wikipedia photos…. wrote this book!

Author info: https://twitter.com/vanamomedia — Buy the book here: https://amzn.to/2FhgHVG (affiliate link)

I reached out to Evan Amos a few years ago, privately thanking him for the contribution he has made to the gaming community and yet goes largely unnoticed. Most people don’t realize that in order to have his photos on Wikipedia, he essentially has to give them away…which most professional photographers would never do! So I was GLAD to review and help promote his book to my audience!

The NINTENDO DS Rocks! – Highlights from 125+ Games

Here are 40+ games from my Nintendo DS collection including gameplay footage.

GAMES SHOWN:
Ghost Trick
Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
Impossible Mission
Little Red Riding Hood’s Zombie BBQ
Ōkamiden
Contra 4
Point Blank DS
Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume
Chrono Trigger
Legacy of Ys Book I & II

Suikoden Tierkreis
Orcs & Elves
Front Mission
Viewtiful Joe: Double Trouble!
The Dark Spire
Time Hollow
Boing! Docomodake DS
Trackmania Turbo: Build to Race
Retro Game Challenge
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia

Aliens Infestation
The Legendary Starfy
Mario vs Donkey Kong 1 & 2
Metroid Prime Pinball
Prince of Persia: The Fallen King
Batman the Brave and the Bold
Bangai-O: Spirits
Nostalgia
The World Ends with You
Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn
Mr. Driller: Drill Spirits
Izuna: The Legend of the Unemployed Ninja 1 & 2
Scurge: Hive
Snowboard Kids
Moon
Soul Bubbles
Dementium 1 & 2
Solatorobo: The Red Hunter

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I CANCELLED my PlayStation Classic Pre-order #DISAPPOINTED

I can’t justify paying $100 for these mediocre PS1 games. I also share what games SHOULD have been included!

Special thanks to World of LongPlays: http://www.longplays.org

Background music by Metal Jesus Rocks and Ethan Meixsell

VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION:

– – Hey, guys, Metal Jesus here. Now, I’m sure you were just as excited as I was when Sony first announced that they were going to be releasing a PlayStation Classic. This is going to be Sony’s first foray into this mini, micro, classic market, and I was pretty pumped. I mean, this was going to be the very first 3D-based classic system, and honestly, there are a ton of great games that came out on the PlayStation 1, so like most of you, I was pretty excited to preorder this thing, which I did even though, when they first announced it, there was really only, I believe, two games that they were releasing at that time. Okay, nothing too spectacular, but again, I had faith. There are so many great games for the PlayStation 1. Then, it was, like, a month ago, or maybe it was a couple weeks ago, they announced the full 20-game lineup that is going to be included on it, and I think, like most of you, I wasunderwhelmed. Some great games were on that, but also some games that made you question, what were they thinking? Because here’s the deal, and you guys know this, is that when Nintendo released the NES Classic and the Super Nintendo Classic, well, they packed those with amazing games. You could argue that they were some of the best games on those systems, so those classics are a great representation of that system. It’s like a snapshot in time. Then Sony releases their 20 games that they’re going to put on it, and I think most of you would agree that that is not the 20 best games that define the PlayStation 1, but again, I kept my preorder. I kept the faith. I was like, “No, no, no, no, no,” I was still hyped out. I was still hyped up. I was like, “No, no, no, this is gonna be awesome. “I think it’s gonna be cool.” Then, in the last couple days, a lot of big media outlets and websites have got hands-on time with it in previews, and I watched pretty much all of those videos. I gotta say, my enthusiasm has pretty much waned almost completely to the point where, basically, I have canceled my preorder because I’m just not feeling it. The truth is that this device, while it has a handful of games that I think I’d actually play, but there are a bunch that I just know I won’t, and actually, I think it was the GameSpot video where they were going through the list, they played most of them, and they got to Cool Boarders 2, and they’re like, “How many of you “are ever going to play this game?” When he said that, I was like, “Yeah, I’m never gonna play that game.” I mean, I like snowboarding games, and I’m never gonna play that one ’cause it just doesn’t hold up that well. I don’t know, that’s just one example, but I started looking into the list, and like, yeah, how many of these games actually am I going to play? I think it’s just with a heavy heart, I just have to admit that this is not Sony’s best offering in a PlayStation Classic. It kinda breaks my heart.

Right off the bat, where is Crash Bandicoot? I mean, right off the bat, I was like, “This is a huge omission.” I mean, the Crash games defined the PlayStation 1. It was the unofficial mascot, so it’s weird that they didn’t include this. Now, I have a theory as to why they didn’t, but they should’ve had Crash Bandicoot 1, 2, and 3, maybe not all three of them, but then put on either the second or the third ones because those games are great. Now, you can argue that they did this because, well, you know, the remastered trilogy is out, and people are pumped for that. I don’t buy that argument at all. We’re gonna get into that with other titles that I recommend too because, again, yes, they were remastered, but the whole point of this console is to be able to go back in time and reexperience these games as they were. I know that’s debatable, but I’m just saying, it would’ve been really cool to include the Crash games.

Now, they included Final Fantasy VII, which is great, but wouldn’t it be amazing if they also would’ve included Final Fantasy VIII and IX? That would’ve been super cool. A lot of people haven’t played these in a long time, and I think that just would’ve been amazing.

Then you need some racing games, which, of course, they have Ridge Racer and also Destruction Derby to a certain degree there, but where the hell is Wipeout? I mean, come on. Wipeout was one of the bestselling games on the PlayStation 1. A lot of people played it for the first time there. Obviously, I did as well. This should’ve been there. Also, too, I don’t understand, Gran Turismo 1 or 2. By the way, I would probably choose the second one. I think it’s just that much better. Sony could’ve licensed that. I don’t know why they didn’t. There’s so much content here as well. Again, the value would’ve been killer.

What were they thinking? Seriously, no Tomb Raider. Now, I have the second and third one here, but most people played the original Tomb Raider on the PlayStation console. Not 100% sure why they didn’t do this. I mean, maybe they had problems licensing it. I don’t know, it’s so bizarre, but a lot of these games are licensed and available in the PlayStation store where you can download them on your PlayStation 3, or your PlayStation 4, or your Vita. Again, I’m not 100% sure. They should have included a Tomb Raider, 1, 2, or 3, whichever one.

Now, let’s talk about Resident Evil. Obviously, I think Resident Evil is a really good choice for this. I mean, a lot of people played it originally on the PlayStation 1. That makes total sense. However, I think it’s a bit of a missed opportunity. Wouldn’t it be really cool to have people be able to play this on your brand new PlayStation Classic, see the original, get a feel for that nostalgia, and then also, very soon after, get the remake? I mean, that, to me, just seems like perfect marketing. I think that would’ve been very cool. Again, I’m not poopooing the fact that they put the original on there, that’s great. I’m just saying, I think it would’ve made more sense to put the second game on there. I think that would’ve been awesome.

Okay, those are some of the more obvious titles that really should’ve been included on that, but these are the pipe dream games. These are the ones that I think, if Sony would’ve included on it, would’ve probably peaked more people’s interest. Let’s go ahead and start with Silent Hill. I think this would’ve been a really cool addition because I don’t think many people remember playing this game, and again, it’s an awesome survival horror game on the PlayStation 1. It should’ve been there.

Obviously, they wanted to include a first-person game on there. I guess that’s probably why they put Rainbow Six, but Rainbow Six, it’s not gonna be very fun for a lot of people because, again, you don’t have those dual analog sticks on there, so it’s gonna be very hard to control. Instead, they should’ve put Disruptor. Disruptor is, I guess it’s like a Doom clone. It’s kind of like a Duke Nukem clone, but honestly, this game still plays really well on the PlayStation 1. It’s not a system seller, I get it. It’s definitely a hidden gem, but this would’ve impressed a lot of people.

Two more games that I think would’ve been really cool to include on this are the Fear Effect games, Fear Effect 1 and Fear Effect 2. These are such unique games. I believe they only came out on the PlayStation 1. It would’ve been something that I think people would’ve gone back and played, and rediscovered on this thing, and go, “Yeah, those are cool games.” That could potentially be a system seller.

Let’s talk RPGs because they obviously included Wild Arms, and they also included Persona. Those actually are pretty decent selections there. I think that people will be very happy with those. However, I would’ve replaced those with something different. I would’ve replaced them with The Legend of Dragoon because this is, it’s hard to say it’s a hidden gem because I do feel like people are rediscovering it, but it was exclusive to the PlayStation 1. I believe it was actually released by Sony to compete with Final Fantasy. It’s a really well-made high quality RPG. Not many people have played it. I think people would’ve been very excited to see it on the system, and potentially would’ve rediscovered it or discovered it, perhaps, for the first time. The other one, by SquareSoft, is Vagrant Story, another game which I think is probably considered maybe a hidden gem. It certainly doesn’t come up very often when people are talking about JRPGs back in the day, but it’s an amazing game. I think that they probably could’ve licensed it from SquareSoft. I think that it’s a game that deserves to be discovered. Had they included it on here, perhaps it would’ve found a new audience.

Speaking of SquareSoft, a game that I think should be in every PlayStation 1 collection is Einhander. This is an amazing 3D shooter, and again, it came out exclusive on the PlayStation 1. It’s getting really expensive to buy a physical copy these days, and it’s just fantastic. Again, I think that this would be a game, instead of, say, Mr. Driller, or something like that, or Intelligent Cube, which, again, don’t get me wrong, those games are fun, I’ve played them both, but if you were to ask me, this is the game that would get people really excited if it was included on there because this is going for $50, $60, $100 sometimes. If it was included on this, I think that would be very cool ’cause more people could potentially play it. Yes, I’ve canceled my preorder. It’s with a heavy heart that I do so, but honestly, for $100 for only 20 games, I just feel like Sony kinda phoned this in, I really do. I feel like they’re just doing the bare minimum. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I actually think that the console, from what I’ve seen in the videos, actually looks very cool, but it’s just not a good value. Honestly, I’m probably not gonna play most of those games.

You know, again, I think part of the issue here is that Nintendo has set the precedence for potentially a little bit less money, you get more games and better games on their classic editions. I think Sony phoned it in. I hate to break it to you. I hate to say it, but my only thing is, is that, perhaps, it’ll be hacked. I’m gonna watch the forums and the news very closely when it comes out and see if it’s hacked because I think, if it’s hacked, and you can build up your own personal collection, actually make a real top 20 games for the PlayStation 1, I think that would be awesome. I actually do take these classic consoles with me when I travel. It’s really nice to go into a hotel room, plop down these little classic consoles, and you just have all these games instant on a TV no matter where you go. That’s why I like them, that’s why I use them. I don’t know, guys. Am I crazy? Well, I’ve already canceled my preorder, so it’s too late now, but am I crazy? Let me know down in the comments below. Tell me if you are a little bit disappointed as well, or you know, maybe you’re happy with the game selection. Maybe you’re looking forward to it. I’d love to know. All right, guys, thank you very much for watching. Thank you for subscribing. Take care.

*NEW* PlayStation 4 / PS4 Games – 8 HIDDEN GEMS

GAMES SHOWN:
Remothered Tormented Fathers
Rabi-Ribi
Ziggurat
Shu
Everything
Redout
The Long Dark
Full Throttle Remastered

PREVIOUS PS4 HIDDEN GEMS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1N1Gb3Rfyc
This War of Mine: the Little Ones
Caladrius Blaze
Deadlight: Director’s Cut
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams The Director’s Cut
Kholat
Republique
Assault Suit Leynos
Shadow Complex: Remastered
Anima: Gate of Memories
Dex

VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION:

– – Hey guys, Metal Jesus here. Today I have eight more hidden gems for the PlayStation 4. Now these are relatively unknown games but definitely worth playing, let’s take a look. We’re gonna start with a game that has a bit of an odd title, that is Remothered: Tormented Fathers. You play as Rosemary, a character that looks an awful lot like Jodie Foster don’t you think? But she’s investigating the disappearance of a young girl. Now that leads you to a spooky house where, everything is not quite what it seems. Now I mentioned this game plays a lot like Clock Tower. If you’re not familiar with that series, basically you don’t have any guns or really deadly weapons to use. Instead in this game you just have single use items that you can use to distract your enemy. In this game you need to be stealthy, you have to listen for clues in the environment to know when to move and when to hide. And sound really plays a big part of this game and it’s the key to surviving. This game is a little on the short side. It lasts about six to seven hours but I feel like it doesn’t really overstay its welcome and it’s part of a planned trilogy of games. And look at those graphics. This house is super creepy to explore. This is a really fun survival horror game so definitely check it out. – [Ghostly Voice] To reach my land for me and then a whole new world is calling us. –

[Metal Jesus] Speaking of games with weird titles here is Rabi-Ribi. Rabi-Ribi. I hope I’m saying that right. But basically it’s a 2D platforming/metroidvania style game. You play as Erina a rabbit that was turned into a human girl with bunny ears. Sure, why not? And along the way you meet a fairy who helps you as well. I mention this game is very super Metroid or Castlevania like and that’s because you’ll find areas that you can’t access until you upgrade your weapons or your abilities. I really like the boss battles in this because it feels unlike anything I’ve played in a 2D platformer. It switches almost to like a bullet hell shooter and that they have patterns that will fill the screen that you need to dodge. But really this game is all about fun and it has just enough challenge to keep you going. Don’t get me wrong, this is a surprisingly deep and fun 2D platforming game despite its silly premise.

Next up is Ziggurat, this is a first person dungeon crawling game. Although it’s considered to be inspired by two classic first person shooters, like Heretic and Hexen. Back in the 90’s, those two games really stood apart from the rest of the first person shooters released because, instead of primarily using guns you use magic to destroy your foes. In Ziggurat, the levels are procedurally generated meaning no two play throughs, are the same. And the game is somewhat rouge like in that you are meant to die a lot. But even in death you make progress upgrading your characters, unlocking new abilities, and growing stronger with each play through. This reminds me of another game I reviewed recently called Immortal Redneck, but honestly I like this one a bit more because of the focus on magic. Now I want to mention that this trend towards randomly generated levels is fine but, wouldn’t it be great to get a proper single player campaign with designed levels? I kinda miss that, but this is a game that you can basically play forever.

Next up is, Shu. This is a 2D platformer in a gorgeous 3D world so, I guess that technically is a 2.5D platformer? Sure. And like in so many other platforming games you run and jump across the landscape, but in this game you start off with the glide ability. For instance, in the beginning you can glide across large gaps or you can even ride the wind and then very quickly you’re able to use special abilities gained by saving villagers who follow you. An example early on is that you get a brute who can help you smash through things then you meet a villager who can get flowers to open and close their petals providing pads for you to land on and continue your journey. Later on you’ll get an animal to ride as well as villagers that allow you to walk on water and much more. There are a bunch of villagers to unlock and they all help you with ever changing levels and challenges. To me this game feels like a mix of the Rayman games as well as Owlboy. It has a great art style and fantastic gameplay, it should not be missed.

Oh boy, here we go. So this game is called Everything. Yeah, Everything and I gotta be honest with you this is a really weird game but stick with me here because it turns out that Everything is something very special. Alright so what exactly is this thing, you’re probably looking at this going, what the heck is this? Well, that’s because this game is not really a game it’s more of a simulation that attempts to do something that very few games do and that is explore everything in the universe and understand how all the pieces relate within it. And I’ll be hones with you, in the beginning when you first fire this up it kinda feels like a tech demo and kinda looks like it. But slowly the game reveals it’s purpose. See, you shift perspective from a very small animal like, in this instance here a pig, down to a single blade of grass or maybe you’ll shift that perspective up to a frog, or even a rock, or you can even go subatomic. But that’s not it, you can even shift your perspective to a tree, even a land mass, a planet, or a whole star system. But why would you do this? Well, the goal of the game is to unlock and document all the things within the galactic encyclopedia and then have conversations with them and understand their relationship between each other. As if that wasn’t enough then while you’re playing, the game also plays audio quotes from a philosopher named Alan Watts. He wrote some of the most respected books on Buddhism and the Zen lifestyle. – [Alan Watts] “If you think that you are only inside your skin, you define yourself as one very complicated little curly cue way out on the edge of that explosion. Way out in space, and way out in time. And when then we cut ourselves off and don’t feel that we’re still the Big Bang.” – [Metal Jesus] Listen, this is all very heady stuff and certainly unlike anything I’ve ever played before. You know at first this seems kinda dumb. I mean it really does you’re just kinda like, what the heck is this game but, after a couple of minutes you get into discovering all that you can find, both big and small throughout the universe. There is nothing quite like this game so if you’re looking for something a little unique, definitely check it out.

Next up is, Redout. Some of you might have seen this on store shelves but I get the feeling it hasn’t sold very well. Redout is a futuristic arcade racing game that is similar to classics like F-Zero or perhaps Wipeout. Basically you are a pilot in the far future taking control of an anti-gravity ship that hauls some serious butt. And yes this game is all about speed. It’s important to know that the console version is called The Lightspeed Edition. That’s because it includes all three DLC packs from the PC release, bringing the total number of tracks to 35 plus, you get 25 ships. The game also supports six players online and split screen multi-player. And like I mentioned there is a great sense of speed here and the frame rate never really slowed down on my PlayStation 4 Pro. I mean the graphics look pretty great. And like so many of these games you level up your pilot as you race, unlocking new weapons and enhancements to your ship. There is a lot of content here for arcade racing fans like me so definitely check out, Redout. – [Narrator] I think I’m gonna make it. –

[Metal Jesus] Moving on we’re gonna take a look at The Long Dark. This is a first person survival game that chooses to focus on realism, as opposed to just horror. You play as a pilot who crash lands in the frozen Canadian forest with your ex-wife after a somewhat mysterious global disaster. Now the developer actually advertises this game as the most realistic survival game ever made. And the way they do that is by having the player focus on things like body temperature, how many calories you burn while doing a particular task, your hunger, your thirst, your energy level, the outside temperature, the clothing you wear, all of that. Now I’ll be honest with you, it’s this attention to detail that makes every single decision you make that much more impactful. To make sure that your character just lives one more day. But how is the game? Well, you learn to gather supplies, heal wounds, make fires, sterilize water to make it drinkable, cook food, and much more. And other games have done that before but not to this level of detail. This really is unlike any other survival game I’ve played. It’s realistic, it’s tense, and it’s immensely satisfying when you’re smart enough to live just one more day. – [Narrator] Whatever’s in this case, Astrid was ready to die for it. I hope she hasn’t already died for it. –

[Metal Jesus] Yay, next up is Full Throttle Remastered, yes! Some of you are gonna be a little bit surprised to see this on this list because, well the original Full Throttle is considered a PC masterpiece back in the day. But I wanted to remind people that this excellent remastered version of the classic PC game actually exists on consoles. You play as Ben, the gruff leader of a biker gang called The Pole Cats, who gets wrapped up in a corporate conspiracy with Corley Motors. See, Corley Motors is the worlds last motorcycle manufacturer in this somewhat futuristic world and they’re switching production from bikes to well, okay I won’t spoil it for ya. – You know what might look better on your nose? – What? – The bar. – Now don’t mess around with me. – Alright, alright! – [Metal Jesus] The original game is known for great graphics, memorable characters, and excellent voice acting. Plus a really fun plot in classic game play to match. And I have to say this game in perfect on consoles because the interface by this time was refined to be more accessible to a wider audience. I mean no longer did you have to click on verbs or nouns to perform actions, like you did on the original Maniac Mansion. And this remastered version is basically the same game but with crisper HD graphics and cleaned up audio. – Who are you? – Maureen remember? If that’s too hard maybe you should just stick with Mo. – This an authorized Corely service center? – [Metal Jesus] Full throttle is one of my favorite adventure games of all time. It’s a classic for a reason, and if you like adventure games or you just miss the old LucasArts Days, definitely give this a try. You will not regret it. So that’s a quick look at some hidden gems for the PlayStation 4 and as you guys know there are literally hundreds and hundreds of games released for this system. I would love to know down in the comments what other games you consider to be hidden gems on this awesome system. Also if you missed the previous video that Reggie and I did of hidden gems for the PS4, I will link to it down in the video description below as well as in the corner. Alright guys, thanks so much for watching and have a great day.