I love a good pinball game but I've never found a decent pinball platfomer. A few have tried but Yoku's Island Express is the first one I've played that succeeded.

The game continues to get harder. I'm now 5+ hours in and totally addicted. Check out how it starts with basic story and core play mechanics (which will evolve throughout the game):

 

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Borderlands is one of the best shooter franchises (at least in our house), and Borderlands 3 promises to deliver more of what we love: loot, booms, and an entertaining story. Plus some new stuff such as mantling up surfaces and sliding into enemies, who are smarter than before.

The first 10 minutes are mostly prologue and cut scenes, so I went a little long (closer to 45 minutes). Also, I kinda didn't want to stop playing:

 

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Gears is not really my jam; I'm much more into Borderlands. But I have to say, I'm warming to it. I played a bit of Gears 4 co-op earlier this year and got decent at it, and Gears 5 so far feels like more of the same. .

I spent almost 30 minutes on the "boot camp" intro so I went another 30 minutes to capture the start of the campaign:

 

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There was something magical about the first time I played Bastion at PAX some nine years ago. The 10 Years of Supergiant Games events this year at PAX West 2019 reminded me that I had never started the game on Xbox One, so here goes. I'm tempted to stream the final 30 minutes as well - one of the best endings of a game ever.

Take a look if you've never played. It's a great game:

 

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Supergiant Games Orchestra

10 Years of Supergiant Games Panel If you've been following us at all, you know we love Supergiant Games - from Bastion to Transistor and Pyre plus their latest promising entry, Hades. We'll have a podcast interview on Hades coming soon.

For now, you'll want to listen to the excellent 10 Years of Supergiant Games Panel, which chronicles their humble beginning, how they developed their first slow-burn hit that gradually captivated an ever-growing fan base, and their efforts to reinvent themselves with every title.

Then kick back for an excellent musical performance by the Supergiant Games Orchestra conducted by Austin Wintory and featuring composer/vocalist Darren Korb and singer Ashley Barrett.

Both of these gems are available from iTunes, or via RSS feed. You'll find many great podcast segments on Supergiant stuff, including our first 2011 interview with Darren Korb about his musical inspirations for Bastion, pre-launch show floor interviews for Transistor and Pyre, and a very fun Bastion review with many great sound clips.

A Thirst Unquenched: Sexy Characters for the Rest of UsAttending panels at PAX West wasn't easy this year. Most of the time, you'd have to leave the convention center - meaning up to a 40-minute wait in line through metal detectors and crowded escalators to get back in.

This late night panel was a short walk from dinner, and happened after most of the throngs had turned in or went off in search of an industry party. It's more or less a sequel to last year's panel (also in our podcast feed): Sexy or Stupid? The Great Video Game Sex Scene Debate.

You might think this panel is primarily for women and LGBTQ folks, but you'd be wrong. It's for anyone who works in a creative field (such as videogames) who wants another perspective on what people find attractive, and how the industry has been slow to recognize this and be inclusive of varied tastes (though a few companies seem to "get it"). It's an interesting panel no matter who you are and what you find sexy. You won't be able to see the slides or videos but that's not what this is about. It's real people talking about what turns them on, and that can be fascinating if you are open to it.

Needless to say, this one isn't PG so it's been marked EXPLICIT in the podcast feed, available from iTunes, or via RSS feed.

Line for Gearbox panelWe waited in line for nearly three hours to see the Gearbox Software panel at PAX West 2019 so you can listen to it all here.

There were many announcements including Homeworld 3, the just released Risk of Rain 2, end game features of Borderlands 3 that will keep your comin back for more, a Penn & Teller VR game, and more.

There's even a way, if you act within the week, to enter for a chance to purchase the limited edition Borderlands Loot Crate that sold out months ago (game not included but there's lots of cool stuff inside). There was an interesting "giveaway" during the panel that you won't want to miss!

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What the Golf?As a fan of gold games, the more outlandish the better, I took to What the Golf? immediately. It's almost more of an interactive toy than game, but that's OK because the evolving play mechanics will keep you guessing and sometimes laughing out loud as you toss a hole into a number 1-shaped slot in the ground to score a hole in one, or as you solve other quick but "punny" levels.

Each "hole" is more nuts than the last, and eventually gets out of hand as it becomes (at least briefly) something of a shooter game.

Despite the developer's optimistic release schedule in the interview, the game is now expect to release in 2020 for PC on Steam.

This is the last of our show floor interviews from PAX West 2018 (read our show summary).

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Untitled Goose GameWe really expected Untitled Goose Game to have a final name by now, but it seems the developers are busy working on the game itself and not too concerned about what to call it. Or perhaps, in some meta level joke, this is the name.

Either way, expect to have lots of fun playing as a "horrible goose" who gets into everyone's business in his efforts to advance the story or just mess with people because you can.

Due to release for Nintendo Switch and PC on Steam, probably sometime after it gets a real name..

This is one of our show floor interviews from PAX West 2018 (read our show summary).

You can download Busy Gamer Nation from our podcast page, on iTunes, or via RSS feed.

Boyfriend DungeonHere's another PAX game with a fun name: Boyfriend Dungeon. It's not what it sounds like, unless you are thinking of an isometric role-playing game where the dungeon you crawl is a mall and the weapon you wield is your boyfriend, who you also date when you get tired of hacking and slashing and want to enjoy a dating sim.

Yeah, it's quite the game and a short but fascinating interview. Boyfriend Dungeon is due to release "when weapons are beautiful enough" for PC on Steam.

This is one of our show floor interviews from PAX West 2018 (read our show summary).

You can download Busy Gamer Nation from our podcast page, on iTunes, or via RSS feed.

Disco ElysiumWhen scouring the PAX show floor, sometimes it's the title that grabs you. This was the case with Disco Elysium, a detective story with a cool art style and the promise of deep role-playing mechanics.

We're still not sure when but the game is due to release for PC but you can watch for it on Steam and Humble Store. Explore the story behind the game in our quick and fun interview.

This is one of our show floor interviews from PAX West 2018 (read our show summary).

You can download Busy Gamer Nation from our podcast page, on iTunes, or via RSS feed.

Artifex Mundi is known for making the best console hidden object games, which I love. But Irony Curtain is a step in a new direction for the Polish game developer. It uses the poin-and-click adventure model, popularize by LucasArts in the '90s, to share a thinly veiled satire of what it's like to live in the shadow of a socialist regime. It's both funny and challenging.

If you want more background on the game and their other recent release, My Brother Rabbit, listen to our PAX West 2018 show floor interview.

In the first 42 minutes of Irony Curtain (I got absorbed and went a little long), you'll get the backstory and see how the core gameplay works. That said, it gets much harder a few hours in and the game mechanics evolve quite a bit over the course of the game:

 

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Meow WarsWe're a sucker for a game with cute kitties, and Meow Wars delivers. It's also free to play on mobile and emphasizes quick and easy card combat over collecting, making it more like a quick-to-pick-up puzzler than an epic card battler.

It's very easy to learn but could take you some time to master. And you can play solo with AI opponents or against real-world friends.

Play Meow Wars now for free on Android and iOS, or for a small fee with your PC on Steam. Got a minute? Listen to our quick take on this furry and fun game.

This is one of our show floor interviews from PAX West 2018 (read our show summary).

You can download Busy Gamer Nation from our podcast page, on iTunes, or via RSS feed.

AstroneerAstroneer is another space exploration, resource gathring, and crafting game - think No Man's Sky but limited to a reasonable number of planets, each with its own predetermined characteristics.

In other words, there's a lot smaller chance you'll get lost in space and there are more opportunities to make the world your own or, if you prefer, share it with others via online co-op.

Play it now on Xbox One (free with Game Pass) or PC via Steam. Take a couple minutes and listen to our short but sweet interview.

This is one of our show floor interviews from PAX West 2018 (read our show summary).

You can download Busy Gamer Nation from our podcast page, on iTunes, or via RSS feed.

The Inner FriendIf you like games that mess with your head and play off classic '80s pop culture, The Inner Friend is worth a look (and listen).

The title explores what happens when your inner child is denied and starts leaving terrifying traps that play on your deepest fears. Except spiders - thankfully, there are none of those in here. But fear of abandonment? They've got you covered.

And you can play it now for PC on Steam.

This is one of our show floor interviews from PAX West 2018 (read our show summary).

You can download Busy Gamer Nation from our podcast page, on iTunes, or via RSS feed.

Busy Gamer Nation #271: Coffence

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CoffenceWe love coffee but a coffee combat game? Coffence began as a game studio goof, and then evolved from a physics sim to a fun and wacky duel dynamic where you can play as a dog or a pirate or other crazy character and wield cups ranging from a tiny but swift espresso shot to a large but cumbersome coffee pot.

Best of all, Coffence is available now for PC on Steam, if you want to give it a whirl. Got a few minutes? Find out if it might be the caffeinated game for you.

This is one of our show floor interviews from PAX West 2018 (read our PAX West 2018 show summary).

You can download Busy Gamer Nation from our podcast page, on iTunes, or via RSS feed.

My Friend PedroMy Friend Pedro is your classic so-weird-you-have-to-try it PAX game. Plus, they gave you a Pedro foam banana collectible for getting through the first couple of levels.

The game is a melange of Max Payne and The Matrix bullet time effects, which is a surprisingly addictive game mechanic where even your misfires feel cinematic as heck.

The game is available now for Nintendo Switch and PC on Steam. Got a few minutes? Find out if it might be for you.

This is one of our floor interviews from PAX West 2018 (read our PAX West 2018 show summary).

You can download Busy Gamer Nation from our podcast page, on iTunes, or via RSS feed.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a new twist on the popular shooter series, now owned by Bethesda, which GrrlGotGame absolutely loves.

Me, not so much. I tend to get lost in the skill trees and weapon upgrades, which seem more critical to your success than in similar games. And the emphasis on co-op in Youngblood makes this a bit of a pass for me, especially since the partner AI when playing solo is not too bright and you cannot give direction like in most squad-type games. In this video, I gave up on trying to beat the mini-bosses who appear about 20 minutes in (GrrlGotGame, on the other hand, had no problem with this so your mileage may definitely vary):

 

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Void Bastards is not your typical first-person shooter. There is a light aspect of resource management, which doesn't seem to slow you down much but affects your choices in the game. Do you need ammo, fuel, or elements for upgrades?

You will spend a little more time scouring the map, figuring out where to go next, but otherwise it plays like you typical shooter:

 

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Hollow Knight is a fun little platformer, once you get a handle on it. It does take awhile to get started, and then it can be quite challenging to even just get around - so I do spend an extra 15 minutes trying to get to the heart of the gameplay.

Take a look, and see if this is your sort of thing:

 

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