NQcast24 – Whelmed


This episode we are joined by SmarmyJerkface Chuck himself and possibly talk about L.A. Noire just a tiny amount. BJ finishes Portal 2 and gives his opinions. We are dazzled by the possibilities of Vin Diesel Wheelman. And plenty plenty more.

NQcast24 – ‘Whelmed’ Show Notes

Guest Starring SmarmyJerkface Chuck!

First half!

  • LA Noire (We talk about it. A LOT. And we KINDA like it. Sorta.)
  • Duke Nukem Forever (We rally against an entire continent getting it before AMERICA.)
  • Mortal Kombat (We get into pre-order bonus insanity!)
  • CODBLOPS: Call of the Dead (Harlo answers the Call of the Dead and it seems to be the most meta thing ever in a COD game…)
  • Portal 2 (We have all officially beaten it! BJ feels it is, ahem, whelming.)
  • Kinect Adventures (BJ finds out how to shut off pictures! Success!)
  • Split Second (Maki gets first in everything, including the terrible Detonator races!)
  • Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (Maki keeps playing it despite really not enjoying it. He’s sorta stupid like that.)

Second Half (1:00:02)

  • Vin Diesel Wheelman (Chuck makes us salivate over this game. It sounds like the answer to all our prayers. Chuck disagrees but we don’t care.)
  • Prince of Persia (2008) (It makes Harlo’s eyes bleed. Honestly, the visual style messed up his eyes and made him tired. Weird, huh?)
  • Far Cry 2 (BJ enjoys the pretty fire and nature and stuff.)
  • Red Faction Armageddon (We discuss the demo and how we might consider getting it, even if it’s not open world anymore.)
  • You Don’t Know Jack (Harlo beats every episode and grabs a bunch of DLC. It’s getting into obsession territory…)
  • Tekken 6 (We bring Maki’s retired samurai girlfriend out of retirement, at least for one night of fighting. Tekken reminds us just how good MK is, though.)
  • WWE All-Stars (Harlo unlocked everyone! At least, everyone that’s in the game. Which is not every wrestler ever, sadly.)
  • Deathspank: Thongs of Virtue (Harlo cracks 60k gamerscore by getting 100% in it! )
  • House of the Dead Overkill PS3 (The Best Lightgun Shooter Ever on the platform that is best ever for lightgun shooters!)
  • Demolition!
    • Gatling Gears (It’s like Assault Heroes but even cooler! Still waiting for it to go on sale, though.)
    • Outland (It’s a lot like Shadow Complex! Still waiting for it to go on sale, though.)
    • D&D: Daggerdale (Harlo fishes for negative box quotes. We don’t think they’ll use them.)

Value Picks! (1:45:20)

  • Far Cry 2 (BJ hopes that nobody has picked this before! He’s right and fire and broken guns rule!)
  • God of War: Chains of Olympus (Maki likes this PSP game, in spite of the controls being on PSP!)
  • Mass Effect 2 (Harlo reminds everyone that we like it and have talked about it a lot!)
  • LA Noire Strategy Guide (Chuck destroys our value pick system by recommending this. Thanks, Chuck.)
  • Wheelman (Chuck gives us a real pick. If you’ve listened to him talking about it you know to get this on eBay. Or on PC.)

Third Half Bonus! (1:53:49)


Songs used (courtesy of OCRemix.org)

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  1. Chuck says:

    I neglected to mention that you can also find me on Raptr as “SmarmyJerkface”.

  2. MusiM says:

    Once More With Feeling? Does this mean they got the mustard out? If so I believe its Smile Time. Now I’m going to go cry because I can totally do this for a few paragraphs.

    Gonna have to finish listening tomorrow.

  3. MusiM says:

    I used to work at an arcade way back when and spent most of my time playing Tekken Tag. The controls for Tekken are so weird since its very loosely done under the logic of each button is a different limb. I always used the whore (Nina) and could kick all my friends’ asses with her but never managed to beat the game.

    D&DVA should have been the title. I understand Whelmed was funny and reocurring, but seriously: DNDVA!

    Also Smarmy Jerkface has a really soothing voice for a Smarmy Jerkface.

    Thanks for the nice plug! Our first RPG episode I talk a lot of AD&D Goldbox RPG’s except well…. I’m a Krynn fan so my Forgotten Realms experience is pretty limited to the later Bioware games.

  4. Chuck says:

    My original name was Chuck SoothingFace.

  5. MusiM says:

    Oh you’re Native American?

  6. Justin says:

    Farcry 2 is one of gaming’s hidden gems. No one talks about it anymore. Glad a few other people like it 🙂

  7. Maki says:

    Expect to hear a lot more about Far Cry 2 next episode, Justin!

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