Pre-Rec: Risk of Rain

April 15, 2014528 Comments

Jack and Rich Evans play video games and like to talk about them. Mike and Jay never have any clue what the hell they’re talking about, so now they’ve been put on camera to express their interests to the internet, for people that may be able to relate.


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  • TJ

    Chesure Trest.

    I liked this gentlemen, it was refreshing.

    • MahAhfwairs

      Came for the game review, stayed for the chezzer trest.

  • http://faddlechud.tumblr.com/ Faddlechud

    If a plane goes by maybe you should do another take.

    • Paulus Cañamonjas

      Which means this must be pure schlock

      • http://faddlechud.tumblr.com/ Faddlechud

        It’s borderline experimental

    • Cameron Vale

      Especially if you stopped what you were doing entirely, and stared obviously in the plane’s direction for several seconds.

  • https://twitter.com/theericlarson Obscure Cactus

    whjat the fUCK is this SHIT

  • ohseanofnoise

    Gamestation 3.0!

    • http://faddlechud.tumblr.com/ Faddlechud

      I love your icon. Can’t wait till RLM sends us all our special masks to wear to watch the next Plinkett review.

  • durhay

    Annoyed Video Game Nerds

  • Devi Ever

    Yes Awesome Pls Moar

  • Navon Sensei

    It’s a good idea to make this format more like BofW (play first, then discussion) rather than a game review by Rich, that is interrupted by a framework story. That way the setting and the content work together, not against each other, you can focus more on the game itself and you do not have to come up with a plot or premise for the individual episode. I am looking forward to see more of this.

    • tjp77

      And they didn’t have to build an elaborate set destined for the trash in two weeks time.

  • Michael Arens

    More of this, please. I’d humbly suggest the new FTL with the update + Captains mod.

  • Ishmayl

    Nice, please review Chasm when it comes out!

  • LelouchtheFilial

    VIDEO GAME JOKES!

  • LelouchtheFilial

    “Previously Recorded was recorded before a live studio audience.

    An audience which was previously here but then left.”

  • Robert Fitl

    Not bad. Needs more. But not bad.

  • Jason Rainville

    Few quick points to make RE the game;

    Did you guys notice that the difficulty increases the longer you play (bar to the right)? The whole point of the game is efficient use of time, so if you were spending too much time exploring that could explain that “difficulty hump.”

    Also, the slower movement and jumping looked a lot like slowdown from playing it on 360 (which is weird, I thought it would have ported better) on PC everything seems a lot tighter.

    Anyhow, liked the review, love that there’s more game related RLM stuff again :)

    • Annabelle

      Yeah guys, your game seems to be running like dogshit. I don’t know how the hell you played it like that for so long.

    • Jack Packard

      There is no 360 port, we played it on a PC. It might look a little slow because even though the game ran at 48-60fps we process the video at 24fps to match with the camera footage.

      • Thanatos2k

        Considering the game says “Press X on Xbox360″ above the item shops, how does it not have an Xbox version?

        • Jack Packard

          We were using a USB Xbox controller.

          • Thanatos2k

            So it was just referring to the controller, not the platform?

            …Odd.

  • cabbo

    gud

  • Steve

    I love Risk of Rain (37 hours and counting?), love Red Letter Media but am unsure on my thoughts regarding Red Letter Media doing video game discussion stuff.

  • Benedict from Shrewsbury

    talk about games what I no abaut, you

  • stryker1121

    Dudez u gaymoes need to play call of duty not this queer crap.

    • http://faddlechud.tumblr.com/ Faddlechud

      i no rite? fucking CASUALS.

    • diehounderdoggen

      As a mature gamer who only plays mature games for mature people such as myself, I can tell you that your opinion is objectively wrong. I will internet fight you until the end of time on this subject.

      • stryker1121

        go play fez or some other twee hipster indie pixelated gayness! leave men’s game to the mens. battlefield Rules, CoD is for loosers!

        • diehounderdoggen

          You silly child. Don’t you know that a satisfying gaming experience has to spring from an overblown pretentious sense of artistry and an egomaniac “auteur” developer? Now if you’ll excuse me, Phil Fish and Jonathan Blow are expecting their midnight blowjobs.

          • stryker1121

            Dude i was just on PSN threatening to castrate a 12-year-old who was no-scoping me. try to do that with one of your fag indie games you love so much lol.

      • Concerned Citizen

        Dude, he was being sarcastic.

  • http://faddlechud.tumblr.com/ Faddlechud

    I will now forever refer to treasure chests as “chesure trests”

  • Rory Binks

    I think this format works nicely. I think the more you do the more you’ll know exactly what the show is. I remember when people bitched about Half in the Bag because they were movie reviews but not Plinket Reviews. I also remember when people bitched about best of the worst because it was too close to other comedy critics online, so people potentially bitching about this seems inevitable. But I think this will be great.

    My one critique… the name doesn’t really tell you what the show is…. but I suppose neither does ‘Half in the Bag’.

    • WrongWithYourFace

      It’s gonna be great.

      • Rory Binks

        It’s gonna be great.

        • Uncle Sporkums

          That’s gonna be great.

          • Boehm

            Googans?

          • Thanatos2k

            …..Cut, let’s do it again!

          • faraday

            Gungas?

          • Striker, Ted

            Coraskint?

    • Striker, Ted

      People bitched until they got Rich Evans working, he was the key to all of this.

      • Jean-François Martel

        He was the chosen one.

  • tjp77

    Ummmm… okay? I guess we’re gonna give the whole ‘Rich Evans talks about games that nobody cares about’ formula another try. Jack helps, but not enough. Ten thumbs down.

    On another note, did you guys buy a new camera?

  • LelouchtheFilial

    What I like about RLM is that they’re tackling every medium of entertainment.
    Can we get a video where Mike works his way through the menu-mazes at Denny’s? Those stump me every time.
    Can we have an ongoing series where Rich Evans reviews Jane Austen novels?
    Can we have an ongoing series where Jay reviews porn parodies of our favorite films? Because ‘Robocock: Dead or Alive, You’re Cumming With Me,’ and ‘Robocock: Take a Look At My FACE, Dick’ have both been neglected by RLM thus far and this must be rectified.

    • dollar store cashier wife

      tomb raider xxx has a higher rating on imdb then both tomb raider movies.i think that makes the plinkett review of it mandatory.

    • http://faddlechud.tumblr.com/ Faddlechud

      How about Wizard stars in a tutorial video about proper beard maintenance.

      • Cameron Vale

        Part 1: Delousing Your Beard

  • Jess

    I really enjoyed this! I would be happy to see more of these in the future.

  • stryker1121

    I appreciated this segment, fellows. You could spend a lifetime making segments with these cute pixel art games cuz there’s a pantload of em being released these days.

  • Robotron

    I like this, keep making them!

  • durhay

    Hack Frauds React to Risk of Pain

  • Uncle Sporkums

    Game reviews?! You hack frauds have so OBVIOUSLY jumped the shark! Unsubscrib-ed!

    • Gene Parmesan

      Yeah!!! More like Pre-WRECK!

      • Cameron Vale

        More like train-rec!

  • WrongWithYourFace

    I want them to review the Ghostbusters game.

    • http://www.plasticpals.com/ Robotbling

      I hope you mean the new(ish) one, because the old one has been done to death.

      • WrongWithYourFace

        Of course I mean the new one. That one actually has something to talk about.

  • http://faddlechud.tumblr.com/ Faddlechud

    Seriously though guys, if you liked this game you should check out Out of This World. More puzzle than action, but if you like that beautiful pixely art it’s worth seeing.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42TupUcpxPw

    • Pablo Martinez

      Rich Evans is in that game.

      • http://faddlechud.tumblr.com/ Faddlechud

        Are you talking about Mike Aruba? … or is that way too obscure of a reference…

        • Pablo Martinez

          Exactly, although I didn’t knew he received that name in Game Grumps.

          • http://faddlechud.tumblr.com/ Faddlechud

            (sshhhh… I’m a Game Grumps fan too, but let’s not let everyone else know…………. wolfjob)

    • Paulus Cañamonjas

      Yes, great game. It reminds me of Abe´s Odissey, similar mechanics. This makes me think of those early 90´s games, like Prince of Persia and Alone in the Dark…good times.

      • http://faddlechud.tumblr.com/ Faddlechud

        Abe’s Odyssey… ohh.. that hits me square in the feels. Loved that weird-ass game.

        • Paulus Cañamonjas

          Pretty addictive. Yes, it was the weirdest game for a while. Like, I can´t think of any other game with such originality

          • Meester Smeeth

            It had such a wonderful atmosphere too, I thought. The artwork was fantastic.

        • Meester Smeeth

          Classic, loved Abe’s Exoddus too.

          • http://faddlechud.tumblr.com/ Faddlechud

            I still remember the first time I played that. I had NEVER heard of it, and of course this was pre-internet days, and I was at some fancy hotel with my parents on vacation that you could rent games to your room, and that was the only one that wasn’t like some stupid racing shit or whatever, and I remember sitting there being like “Whoa…. what the hell is this? Where did it come from? Do… do other people know about this?”

          • Meester Smeeth

            First time I played Oddysee was on a demo I got with my PlayStation, then I got the full game and it’s been one of my favourites ever since. To this day, I still stick it and Exoddus in every now and then. Brilliant stuff.

  • Paulus Cañamonjas

    Not sure about this. Reviewing video games must be difficult, especially when there´s tons of gamers out there. What about a review with a meta history (Nadine style)? The thing is, which style fits you the best?:

    1) Schlock games/all periods—No, we have the AVGN already.

    2) Games based on movies/all periods—Awkward (would look like a weird BOTW)

    3) Big, succesful games/present period—-Just out of the question. Too fancy.

    4) New indie games/present period—-Yes. If they are good.

    Now, the format. I think it would look better if you were sitting on the couch, just playing; the camera in front of you (like the Dudebros). But this minimalistic/zen style has certain charm and could be improved.
    So maaaybe this could have a future…But pick the right games,please!

    Thanks and keep it up you frauds!

    • Thanatos2k

      Or how about they review whatever they want?

      • Paulus Cañamonjas

        Agree. But better games are necessary. I´d rather watch them playing Secret of Mana

  • Rick_Berman

    Pre-Rec is a reboot of Station 2.0, Because fuck you!
    Seriously I like this and it adds some fresh content to the site, Hopefully you guys will focus on Indie games that deserve attention.

    • Striker, Ted

      Rick Berman, Rick McCallum, Rick Evans, what is it with Ricks?

  • Now I Get It

    Love to see Rich back in the game-review saddle and Jack for the unscripted chat, but the real get is the onscreen producer credit that puts Jessi into the guild.

    (And by “get” I mean the Jewish divorce that lets Jessi skip town for Hollywood.)

    • Now I Get It

      Now will some editing-obsessed genius please graft Jessi’s face onto Felicia Day’s head, to complete the “guild” part of the joke?
      Thanks,

  • Meester Smeeth

    Great idea. I could listen to Jack and Rich chitchat about video games all day, but I also get the feeling this isn’t just gonna be video games with each episode, I’m sure there’s a good chance for some comic-book-geekery talk between Jack and Rich in future installments. Either way, love it.

    • Now I Get It

      I agree. We’re watching two Renaissance men at work.

      • Now I Get It

        Now will some editing-obsessed genius please graft Jessi’s face onto Felicia Day’s head, to complete the “guild” part of the joke?
        Thanks,

        • Percy Gryce

          When’s the next season of The Guild?

          • Now I Get It

            Six and out, I think that’s all she wrote.

          • Now I Get It

            Thanks. I just saw the wrong I done. As in real estate, self-replies are all about location, location, location.

          • Percy Gryce

            I feel like Geek & Sundry was a little bit of a bait and switch. The Guild should really be the anchor of that channel, but the thing ended basically as G&S began. Otherwise, the only thing I’ve watched on her channel is TableTop. I certainly ain’t watching Vaginal Fantasy.

          • ident

            I watch Co-Optitude. Her and her brother play old games. I watched half an episode of that Vagina show. It’s exactly what you expect watching 6 women on Skype to be.

          • Percy Gryce

            The only thing worse than playing video games is watching other people play video games.

          • Now I Get It

            Theft: 1
            Oscar Wilde: 0

          • ident

            Yet watching people play board games is clearly de rigueur with the fancy classes.

          • Percy Gryce

            There you go bringing class into it again.

            (The difference is: I’m never going to play a video game. I have, however, bought a half dozen games I saw on TableTop to play with Mrs. Gryce, her mother, and my kids.)

          • Now I Get It

            “…bait and switch…”

            Honestly, I’d lost track of her, but Day’s situation now seems analogous to RLM’s, with “The Guild” being (roughly) her Plinkett reviews, which she ended to create new content. I wonder if her fans lament the imbalance between the old archive and the new content, as we sometimes read here.

            I suppose the blessing is that you don’t have to pay for the old to view the new, or vice versa, as on some news sites.

            As for Vaginal Fantasy I must disagree, as I see that two of those women wear their hair in bangs. …What can I say? I have needs, and those needs are ridiculously specific.

          • Percy Gryce

            Hence, “When’s the next season of The Guild?”

          • Now I Get It

            Okay, so, apparently not all of my course credits are going to be transferrable. (God niblets.)

    • Gene Parmesan

      The wizard talking TV. Jesse and the other girl talking fashion. Someone else reviewing appliances. I want to one day log on to RLM for all my everything needs.

      • Thanatos2k

        When are they going to review VCRs?

      • Domo_Konnichiwa

        What about neckbeards? Someone needs to discuss neckbeards!

      • Meester Smeeth

        How about Jessi, Gillian and Lora Story chat about their favourite knitting patterns? Or maybe they could review “chick flicks”? There’s no end to the possibilities!

        • Now I Get It

          I’d be keen to send them a shitheap of my mother’s old issues of “Burda” and “Butterick”. (It beats me holding a garage sale.)

          Also jigsaw puzzles for the eternal debate: Springbok vs. Clementoni.

  • Lilgreenman

    Am I the only one who misses GS2.0?

    • Now I Get It

      No.

      • Lilgreenman

        I don’t really take any issue with these easier to make shows like this and Quick Cuts, but my problem is that RLM is capable of so much more, even with a dumb internet review show, and they’ve shown that many times before.

        • Striker, Ted

          That’s the problem with hangover based content providers.

          • http://faddlechud.tumblr.com/ Faddlechud

            Well said.

  • Percy Gryce

    10-20 hours of that shit?

  • Percy Gryce

    Xyzzy?

    • Lilgreenman

      IDDQD

      • Not Claude Akins

        IDSPISPOPD

  • Striker, Ted

    Talking in a room, shot in shot reverse shot.

    • Domo_Konnichiwa

      At least I got to see what looks like Jack’s wedding band in multiple angles.

      • Jason

        That was done to establish that Jack has a case of the Not-Gays.

        • http://www.twitter.com/kzap333 Andrew Coleman

          I like to think the entire RLM team are in a polygamous civil partnership with each other and Jack is the only one to wear a ring.

      • Now I Get It

        I don’t care how they looked. What I want to know is how did they sound and what do they charge?

        • Domo_Konnichiwa

          He’s better than Adam Sandler, no doubt.

      • Thanatos2k

        That’s his promise ring

        • Domo_Konnichiwa

          To Rich Evans? Or to tell the world he’s abstaining from Rich Evans meat?

          • Jean-François Martel

            who could abstain from Rich Evan’s meat? Not me i tell ya what.

    • Joe Bloggs

      Sitting down.

      • Thomas Goresen

        I’m still waiting eagerly for the romance subplot.

        • http://faddlechud.tumblr.com/ Faddlechud

          “I don’t like first person shooters… they’re loud and violent and the blood gets everywhere.”

          • Thomas Goresen

            “I killed them. I killed them all. They’re dead, every single one of them. And not just the bosses, but the Shedders and the jellyfish, too. They’re like animals, and I slaughtered them like animals. I HATE THEM!”

          • http://faddlechud.tumblr.com/ Faddlechud

            “To get infinite retrys is a power only one has achieved… but if we work together, I know we can discover the cheat code.”

        • dollar store cashier wife

          the [bro]mance subplot is in the half in the bag dlc

    • http://faddlechud.tumblr.com/ Faddlechud

      Wouldn’t that be amazing if, during their discussions, they perfectly re-created the prequels’ shitty blocking? Rich could get up, walk to a window to look out for moment, and then turn around at a pivotal sentence, and then sit back down, repeat.

      • Old Ben

        Jack could break new ground by having Rich pack a suitcase during the discussion.

    • Gene Parmesan

      A camera. B camera.

    • Thanatos2k

      2 people, sitting on a couch.
      2 people talking in a room.
      Sitting on a couch
      Sitting on a couch
      Sitting and talking in a room

    • stefan

      i swear i did not see this comment before i made my own abridged version! have an upvote as an apology.

      • Striker, Ted

        Okay, I’ll rescind order 66.

  • Emedan

    This is great, more please!

  • Rei Grim

    I don’t wanna sound like an arrogant cocksucker, but you guys can also play the game and record the gameplay and your raw commentary at the same time.

    • Jack Packard

      We did record us on the couch and the gameplay footage at the same time.

      • http://faddlechud.tumblr.com/ Faddlechud

        Jack walks among us.
        http://i.imgur.com/iZNFKID.gif

      • Rei Grim

        I was thinking more of a 30 minutes of gameplay and commentary video and then the review of the game, but since it is your show you can also do it your way :)

      • ident

        You should record your gameplay and commentary the way that other review shows do it cause I don’t like things that are different!

  • Percy Gryce

    It’s a tumor.

    • http://faddlechud.tumblr.com/ Faddlechud

      he called a suicide line…. they told him to do it.

  • melker222

    have mike play a souls game and film it

    • http://faddlechud.tumblr.com/ Faddlechud

      make Jessi play a dating sim…. one of nasty ones

      • diehounderdoggen

        Only the nastiest. ;)
        i.stack.imgur.com/Chv3v.png

        • Gene Parmesan

          I’m very upset about how familiar I am with that layout.

    • dollar store cashier wife

      beyond two souls? yeah that would indeed produce a good video

    • diehounderdoggen

      I want to hear his awkward dick jokes when he meets Frampt.

      • Thanatos2k

        You think he’d get that far?

  • jaymanxyz2

    Yay, Jack is continuing his over-categorization of things. And I love this idea, keep it up.

  • BTNband

    Im always glad to see new RLM stuff and hopefully this will be regular thing. Also i would live to see them talk about FTL and since it has a big update out now, it would be appropriate to look at this little masterpiece of fun and misery.

  • http://flavors.me/nielsblog Niels

    I approve of this!

  • minorgrey

    This makes me so happy! Hope you guys do more!

  • stefan

    it’s shot for efficiency, in shot/reverse-shot.

    talking at a table.
    talking at a table in a room.
    discussing things in a room with a table.
    red letter media did break new ground by having jack share his own segment, though.

    • RyanTheBold

      It’s stylistically designed to be that way.

    • ident

      Shot, reverse-shot work fine for simple little review shows, news shows, interviews, etc. I know you’re doing a thing, just wanted to point this out anyway. This isn’t a sci-fi adventure film. More unique or aggressive camera work would just make this look ridiculous, if not nauseating.

      • Cameron Vale

        If it’s good enough for two jackoffs making a ten minute web video where they say that they liked a video game, it’s good enough for the hotly anticipated modern continuation of a legendary cinematic institution and the tent-pole of a massive media empire.

        • ident

          Kind of the opposite of the point I’m trying to make. Unless you are being ironic, then we are in agreement. Unless you aren’t, in which case you are Hitler.

    • pp

      Oh stefan, you tit.

    • Thanatos2k

      I bet Mike was sitting in his director’s chair with his coffee just off screen.

    • Striker, Ted

      Talking in a room, shot reverse/shot

      hacks everywhere!

      http://cf.broadsheet.ie/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/del.jpg

  • RyanTheBold

    Loved the video; the cross-table chat, the footage of you playing on the couch, plenty of in-game footage so we can gather a concept of the game. If anything, I wish it had been longer. I think that’s all I have to say. How do I end this comment? END

  • Memoman

    Me on the other hand, I’m sick of pixel art. I think it’s lovely and it takes a lot of dedicated work, but I’m tired of pixel art being exploited for nostalgia. It seems like an easy, lazy design call.

    • Jason

      it’s a hipster game, designed by a hipster in a hipster style that hipsters now think is overdone and lame. ARE YA FUCKIN FOLLOWIN ME?

      • Memoman

        Well, that’s like, your opinion, man.

        • Jason

          Shut the fuck up, Donny! You’re out of your element.

          • Domo_Konnichiwa

            Were you listening to the Dude’s story?

          • Now I Get It

            For your information, the Supreme Court has roundly rejected prior restraint.

        • Cy

          8-year-olds, dude.

    • http://www.plasticpals.com/ Robotbling

      I can understand where you’re coming from, since so many indie games rely on it, but realistically most of these games wouldn’t even exist if they had to do 3d graphics because 3d is so much more work. Personally I don’t mind pixel art, but I would like to see a bit more diversity in the art styles. A lot tend to go for the ultra-minimalistic look, which does seem a bit lazy. Of course, more detailed and better animated pixel art is also a lot of hard work…

      • Memoman

        There is more than 3D and pixel art. There’s 2D vectorial, 2D sprites, 2D procedural animation, 2D procedural shapes.

        • Cameron Vale

          To me it’s all ‘cartoony,’ ‘pixelly,’ and ‘realistic.’

    • Thanatos2k

      The problem is when indies think pixel art, they think pixel art from the NES or late 80s/early 90s PC where you can barely make anything out and things are blobs of pixels.

      That’s crap pixel art. Real pixel art is SNES/Genesis/early PS1 and late 90s PC games. Put some damn effort into your graphics, please. I expect things at LEAST on par with Chrono Trigger, thanks.

  • JohnBigbooty

    “Downtown to Julie Brown Town!” Ah, memories…

  • Bravo Romeo

    What I got out of Risk of Rain is that the whole idea is that you have no idea what each thing is the first time you find it. You’re finding all this garbage that fell out of your ship, and you’re learning about it a little at a time as you play this (very difficult) game over and over again.

  • tomfall

    You guys were playing it with epic slowdown. Need a better computer.

  • Clifford Beasley

    So I don’t know where else to ask, but anyone have a good suggestion for a strong story driven game? I want a game similar to the old game Nox. It doesn’t have to be an RPG, but it has to just have a strong story that I feel involved in.

    OT: I’m so tired of rogue-likes and pixel or other “retro” style games. Looking forward to more of these. Hope they last. Format might need a bit of change up. Back and forth from face to face isn’t all that exciting. Still, I’m thankful for new content!

    • Jason

      Path of Exile. It’s f2p just have to download it.

      • Clifford Beasley

        Played it. Enjoyed it. Just not as tight of a story as I’m looking for. Thanks though! More people need to play PoE!

      • Thanatos2k

        Path of Exile is a Diablo clone, not a story driven game.

    • BTNband

      I dont really know any Nox, PoE type of story driven games
      but If all you want is story than i would recommend telltale games (Wolf among
      us, The Walking Dead), but they are not games as much as interactive movies.
      The Witcher 2 is fantastic RPG with great story where you can only play about
      2/3 of the game based on your choices. I can recommend some other more recent games but if you want some old school stuff i cant really help you. For me personaly, the best story game is Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven from 2002.

    • ident

      There have been a great deal of good story driven games since Nox. I assume you haven’t been living in a cave and have played those also. If not, well, the first Dragon Age has a good story, The Witcher 2, Amnesia, Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines…I could do this all day, really, but you must have played these already.

    • Cy

      You should try some games people made with RPG Maker. Two of them have surprisingly well-made stories, and the effort put into them is pretty cool. I would highly recommend playing them if you enjoy SNES-style RPGs.

      Last Scenario (my favorite)
      The Way (sadly it goes off the rails in the final act, but you may like it)

    • Fangs

      If you don’t mind graphics (1999), System Shock 2 has a really great story and the best storytelling ever created in the history of video games. Scratch that. SS2′s got the best storytelling in the history of Sci-Fi.
      Other great story-driven games I remember:
      The Penumbra series (same guys from Amnesia: The Dark Descent), specially Overture and Black Plague.
      Syberia I.
      Scratches: Director’s Cut (first time in my life I had to quit a game because I was too fucking scared to keep playing).
      Silent Hill 2.

    • pp

      Try Vagrant Story, for the PS1. It’s got a well-told, interesting story; a distinctive, beautiful visual style; some of the best music and sound design in games ever; and nifty game mechanics (the learning curve can be a bit steep, though).

    • Thanatos2k

      Spec Ops: The Line

  • Cy

    The Care Boars almost got me this time, it was terrifying…

  • JFRA24

    The segment is fine, but, reviewing games people have actually played/ would play is helpful. Half in the Bag doesn’t tend to cover obscure indie films.

    • ident

      Yeah, no more obscure retro indies no one plays like Minecraft, Braid, or Papers, Please! Whose even heard of these dumb games? Review the next Halo game or I will UNSUBSCRIBE!

      • dollar store cashier wife

        these hack frauds should only play real games like call of duty!

  • Booger

    I am so down for this to be a new thing. I love games and was sad to see Gamestaion go but this could be great.

  • Lat

    Eh, it’s a brand-new segment. HITB didn’t really find its footing until a few episodes in, just as BOTW didn’t. Although BOTW is a little more inherently funny due to the nature of the show. Jack and Richevans are both entertaining so I’m excited to see where this show goes.

  • Munkey

    I enjoyed it, but I hope future episodes are a little more in-depth rather than just first impressions. Choosing a game with a little more complexity would help too.

    • Buck Turgidson

      I agree wholeheartedly. At least a game with a story, that way Rich/Jack’s background in Film could open up some unique wisecracks and criticism on characters, plots and performances instead of just on a game’s artstyle and fun rating™.

      • ident

        Right. They should only review games with deeply involving stories so that really get into the characters and plot. In fact, the games should be so deep in story, they aren’t interactive at all. And you should have a fat man in a wheelchair drawl over the game footage about kidnapping cheerleaders and murdering his wife. Wait a second…

        • WrongWithYourFace

          A game that’s kind of like Beyond: Two Souls, then?

      • Booger

        You clearly don’t understand games then. It’s ALL about the gameplay and over-arching design. Like a movie is about moving pictures and using imagery, that is how a good game conveys the story. Jack brought up themeing which may indicate he knows what he’s talking about because that is something games are finally starting to nail. A game and all the parts that make it whole should work together to build towards a unified piece.

  • Beauzooka

    Whoa, whoa, whoa. I assumed RLM slept on piles of cardboard and on the viewing-room couches. How do you explain the presence of what appears to be a normal apartment in this video?

    • ident

      CGI?

    • dollar store cashier wife

      fork in the brain.

      • http://faddlechud.tumblr.com/ Faddlechud

        fork the brain away
        fork the brain away
        fork the brain away
        fork the brain away

    • Domo_Konnichiwa

      Wasn’t this the house where Jack was interviewed in the Star Wars Prequels reviews? The area behind them at the start looks like the back porch where he was sitting.

  • Pissernacht

    What version of Gamestation is this? I’d say it looks like a 2.2, because 3.0 is would mean a radical overhaul of the operating system…

    Anyway, asinine bullshitery aside, I add to the consensus! We have spoken and it is thus; “More Previously Recorded! More gratuitous Rich Evans quotes! Hail to Red Letter Media! Our one true king (of internet entertainment) forevermore!

  • GraphicsAndBeer

    I agree. It would make it more lively if they talked about the game as they played, the game could be going on at the bottom of the screen as they talk. Then still use prerecorded cutaways.

    So then they would be talking and cursing as they die and switch off the controller.

    Side note: I grew up with Nintendo, I f**king HATE platformers.

  • Paul Schumann

    I’d seen a few of my steam friends playing this. Not interested in it myself, but I’d definitely be down for Rich n Jack to review more games.

  • Dash Faster

    There’s no such thing as bad Red Letter Media content. Keep the spice flowing, gents.

    I enjoyed Gamestation, so hopefully this is a slightly more permanent solution to fill that void?

  • remote_viewer

    Always kinda hoped you guys would do something like this.

    (Play/talk about Dark Souls!)

  • Camille

    Would love to see more game related content on this site, but as of
    now these videos up to this point haven’t been as good as those
    revolving around movies. I find them little bit stiff, dry, they don’t
    have as much energy as I wish they would, and I don’t know if it’s
    editing or chosen format, but they don’t feel too organic.

    As far
    as first impression videos goes, the best way to do them seems to be an
    uncut gameplay footage with VO. Play game for 15-30 minutes and talk
    about it while playing. You can bring any subject at any given time and
    it really helps to make a point when you can present the issue. Also it
    adds a lot to a video because aside first impressions we get to see you
    having fun with a game experiencing what it has to offer. We watch you
    assessing the game, interacting with each other and the story of a game
    being played.

    I wonder whether bringing someone else to these
    videos would do any good, but I’d love to see you try that. Unless you
    did and it didn’t work. Much of BotW charm comes from bunch of friends
    discussing whatever garbage they’ve watched. Since these aren’t meant to
    be reviews, I don’t think it would hurt to have someone not familiar
    with gaming to be there with you. More so as a hardcore gamer I think it
    would be interesting to hear what they think about it. Much of most
    subscribed channels on YT relies on personalities rather than whatever
    they’re covering and Red Letter Media has already a cast we all know and
    love to watch.

    PS: Spelunky or Towerfall 4 player co-op :)

  • pp

    Hey, this was nice =)

  • Gene Parmesan

    Please keep doing these.

    • Charon

      Hi, I’m GORB.

  • Cy

    Hey you hacks, balance out the blandness of the review like you do in other videos! You usually do a great job with that. Like the Marvel-movie-plot game in the Captain America review. Or other stuff and things. Don’t get fat and lazy. Well, you can get fat. And lazy if you want, I guess. But you’d better entertain me because I’m an entitled asshole.

    • Gene Parmesan

      For anyone who doesn’t want to read that much, he’s just joshin.

    • Kenlin Bros

      Your avatar infuriates me. Bravo!

  • Chris

    So, Gamestation 6.0.

  • Admiral Bone-to-Pick

    Haha! I like the ending.

  • Mark Bisone

    I used to play the hell out of “Robotron”, back in the arcade days. Looks a little like that, especially with all that hectic bullshit flying all over the screen. Once you got into the high teen screens on Robotron, though, it was even more of a clusterfuck. You could lose three men in eight seconds, easy.

    None of that “life bar” crap, either. Them old school bad guys would just straight up murder your pixelized punkass, Compton-style.

    • Now I Get It

      It’s very dangerous/puttin’ money down on Robotron
      I’m the great defender/and I really know just how to get along

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERWC5yRw5Aw

      • Percy Gryce

        How could I not know about Robotron, particularly if Lou Reed did a song about it?

        I used to work at an arcade. Remember that episode of The Brady Bunch where they go to King’s Island and Greg Brady was hound-dogging the girl who worked at the football game? Well, I worked that game (and the other “skill games”) about 10 years later. (Literally nothing had changed in that time.) But right behind those games was an arcade with 30-40 pinball machines and video games. But no Robotron.

        • Now I Get It

          “The Cincinnati Kids”, how could I forget?

          “Mike’s company sends him out on the main chance with bogus plans to grift the contract for a new addition to the amusement park. Meanwhile, Carol sends Bobby and Cindy out disguised as park mascots to roam the lot as carnival lice. But Greg, too hormonally distracted to stall for them, hound-dogs Marge at the football kiosk. But here’s the kicker: without even trying, Alice gets laid on the log ride. Splooosh!

          The episode won the series its first primetime Emmy and marked David Mamet’s first foray into TV writing.” – Synopsis courtesy of VH1′s “Pop-Up Video”

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_eeDOUl6rY

          • Percy Gryce

            Brings back lots of memories. My mother worked for Taft Broadcasting, which owned the park at the time. So I spent a lot of time there. Road the roller coasters hundreds of times. Then I worked there for three summers. Good times.

    • Cameron Vale

      In that aspect, it has a much greater resemblance to Cave Story.

  • Kamui

    this is great hope you guys do more also nice house

  • http://www.codeofthewild.com/ SeanJJordan

    I like Previously Recorded. I liked GameStation. Honestly, I’d love to see RLM tackling video games more regularly, especially with HItB, WotW and BotW being far too infrequent while Space Cop and other RLM projects are filming.

    The style of this first outing is good. It’s different from other RLM projects and from a lot of the talking head game commentary one finds on Youtube.

    My advice is to pick games that are a little bit more well-known as the “hook” before talking about more obscure indie titles like Risk of Rain (which is a game that only PC gamers who frequent Steam might know). There are lots of big AAA games out there right now that would benefit from RLM’s brand of criticism, and it would be easy to pair those discussions with talk about a lesser-known game or an indie game that fits the theme of the “hook.” (For example, pairing commentary on a game like Rust or DayZ with a game like Titanfall would be interesting because both offer such different multiplayer experiences.)

    There’s also a wealth of fun discussion in looking at Free to Play, DLC, Feature-rich Mods that improve or alter aging games and other games that tend to fly under the radar. Too few game commentary shows talk about these.

    Good luck, guys! I hope to see many more of these.

  • jaymanxyz2

    So has anyone here actually played The Banner Saga? What is it?
    Edit: http://store.steampowered.com/app/237990/

    • Sexy T-Rex

      It’s a fantasy turn-based combat game with traveling party mechanics in the style of Oregon Trail.

      • jaymanxyz2

        Hmm….sounds cool. It will be interesting to hear their thoughts about it.

    • Lemoncakes

      Pretty interesting Norse-like mythology set in a fantasy world. Artwork is Ralph Bakshi “Fire and Ice” looking stuff: hand-drawn rotoscoped action. Music is really good also, done by the guy who did Journey if that means anything to you.

      Gameplay isn’t all that great though. Fundamentals are Oregon Trail with Final Fantasy Tactics style combat sections but both sides feel underdeveloped.

      Get it on sale if you can.

    • Thanatos2k

      A great game.

  • Jordan

    this game looks pretty bad

  • Sexy T-Rex

    Excellent video, I definitely want to see more of this. FTL is also a fantastic game with a rocking soundtrack.

  • Mark Bisone

    You dudes should consider shooting these in front of a green screen. Then later you can put in millions of rocks and spaceships flying around. You know, to make the frame more interesting.

    • dollar store cashier wife

      rick mccallum would bust a nut at the density of this image

      • Its_So_Dense

        My name.

    • Thanatos2k

      It’s a lot better and darker than their other videos.

    • Dr. Blake Downs

      Wait, shouldn’t Rich also have the red saber since he has achieved level 12 sith status?

      • Mark Bisone

        Ah yes. A Jedi’s weapon…

        But they are like toys to The Richevans. Jack’s feeble skills are no match for the powhowmer of the Forsk.

    • Charon

      LMAO

  • splimis

    I love first episodes. So much room for the show to grow from this little seed.

  • UnShame

    Guys, there’s enough shows on the internet that say the same things in the same way about the same video games. You’re just describing every single element of the game without giving it enough thought to make it interesting. You don’t even need to edit this kind of stuff, just play it and record your impressions and it will have the same value.
    If you’re going to stick with this please at least try to be more insightful than “this is fun because A and this is not fun because B”. Or just stick to movies.
    Other reasons why I hated this:
    -I’m too used to seeing you discuss exclusively movies
    -I thought you didn’t value games at all, so now it seems to me like you’re faking it
    -The format of the show is boring me to death
    -This game isn’t new and I already know everything I want about it

    • whip

      I think an important thing about a series like this will be more about the personalities of the people in the series more than the games themselves. If you enjoy Rich and Jack, and their thoughts on things. And find that entertaining. Less so about the actual game itself.

      Such as many Youtube Let’s Players and the like. The more popular ones are popular because of who they are and their entertainment value. Less so about the game they are actually playing. Some of them can be entertaining just doing stupid crap like silly google searches.

      It’s the first episode of a new idea or venture. It has tremendous potential and room for growth. I feel like you are looking at it from the wrong perspective. Give it a chance!

      • Domo_Konnichiwa

        I don’t play video games at all, really, and enjoyed this fine. I probably wouldn’t re-watch it multiple times like I do with other RLM offers, but this was fine for what it was. I kinda wish the whole gang was playing a video game, where Jack and Rich discuss afterwards, but we get everyone’s reactions while playing it.

        Shit, even if they just played Mario Kart with 4 RLMers, with a couple other RLMers drunk in the background rooting them on, I would be happy.

      • Cameron Vale

        If it was a personality thing, I think it would be Jack as the indie gamer and Rich as the Playstation gamer.

    • TJ

      I don’t think Mike and Jay care for games too much, but I know that Rich Evans and Jack do.

  • Lemoncakes

    Yo if you do Telltale Games cinematic adventure shit like Walking Dead and Wolf Among Us you might be able to convince Mike and Jay to watch and wail, supplying agitated commentary and/or moans at what they’ll regard as your terrible and stupid decisions.

    “Choose Your Own Adventure” style games can be an accessible nightmare for everyone! Friends can judge you in Real Time as through your choices you reveal yourself to be a weak, failed being. After all, it’s good to face the hideous monster that we all secretly are underneath this flimsy veneer of social graces and human skin.

    Also TWD has zombies so not too hard a sell P.S. always choose murder.

  • jaymanxyz2

    Oddly enough, to me, this makes HitB gain some kind of quaintness. I still like this though.

  • Red Rowz

    But but but but but… Game Station… 2.0…

    • http://faddlechud.tumblr.com/ Faddlechud

      You gotta understand that RLM is not a democracy. RLM fans can’t vote on what will be the next incarnation of review shows. It happened. It was coming, and we couldn’t stop it.

      • Domo_Konnichiwa

        /J.J. Abrams flashing a fucking light in my face.

      • Pablo Martinez

        We couldn’t stop it, but we could’ve dimished the effects of it.

  • sepiajack

    That was really good! I notice there was a Tardis on the shelf too!!

    • Percy Gryce

      You inspired me to look at the bookshelves. The only titles I could make out for sure were a bunch of Harry Potters and Watchmen.

      • ident

        So the mainstream idea of a nerd bookshelf. The house is art directed by the same guys from The Big Bang Theory.

        • Now I Get It

          That show is so much less than it could have been. I wouldn’t say that TBBT is to “Spaced” what “Rounders” is to “House of Games”, but it’s close.

          • Percy Gryce

            ETS is going to use that analogy on the new SAT.

          • Now I Get It

            For extra credit:

            Tom Waits is to Bryan Ferry as __________ is to Whit Stillman.

          • Percy Gryce

            You do remember that the SAT is multiple choice?

            But I’ll guess anyway: Brian De Palma.

          • Now I Get It

            Fine.

            a) No, it’s not multiple choice; hence the extra credit.
            b) No, I don’t recall the SAT; my faculty relied on the MMPI, which I neither passed nor failed with a grade of “Borderline.”
            c) I’m too lazy to come up with the right answer plus three or four wrong ones.
            d) Here’s a hint instead…

            the category is “Bohemian elegance: beats vs. dandies.”

          • Percy Gryce

            Robert Altman.

          • Now I Get It

            Hmm.

          • Percy Gryce

            Do you actually have an answer in mind?

          • Now I Get It

            Yes, but to keep it brief it’s “some assembly required.” I’ll have to backatya.

          • Now I Get It

            Kevin Smith was always my answer – if slackers are (were) the new beats – but not the only one, I’m sure.

          • Percy Gryce

            I get it now. For some reason, I was thinking that Tom Waits was older than Bryan Ferry, when in fact they’re the same age. I simply wasn’t thinking analogically.

            Come to think of it, I’ve taken enough of these tests in my life. Now I just get to watch my children suffer.

          • Now I Get It

            Two rakes working opposite sides of the street: Ferry wooing supermodels with his fragile falsetto, Waits luring strippers with his gravelly growl.

            But, no, I think you must have been thrown by my tone. I should have opened with the academician’s impartial “Granting the premise…” instead of the schoolboy’s “Fine.” My bad.

          • Percy Gryce

            No, no, no. Your question was legit. I wasn’t focusing. My bad.

    • Mark Bisone

      I think the preferred term these days is “exceptional retard.”

      • sepiajack

        Mr. F!

  • The Trooth

    Risk of Rain isn’t a roguelike. And “roguelike” just became a cool buzzword for indie developers to use in the last few years so people would think their game is ~rEtRo~ and ~HaRdCoRe~ and ~DiFfIcUlT~

    You just need to slap on one or two features like something-something randomly-generated, or “”perma””death (number of sarcastic quotes vary, depending on just how many rewards they let you unlock) and presto, suddenly everyone thinks it’s a roguelike.

  • Worm

    Okay I’m white listing you guys if you keep it up.

  • Alhazzared

    >Roguelike action game

    Just a platformer action game
    Has almost no roguelike elements
    The maps are the same the only random aspect is the chests.

    A roguelike is
    -topdown
    -turnbased
    -tilebased
    -random generated maps
    -Permadeath

    It has 1/5

    • whip

      Roguelikes do not have to be top down. It’s about the game mechanics, not presentation.

      Nor do they need to be turn based. Several are not. Or tile based. That again goes to presentation more than mechanics..

      Roguelike is about how the game plays and functions. In that regard I agree on random maps and permadeath, etc.

      It’s funny how things like this bring out the snobs and pedants. Just posting to be semi-insulting towards them for trying something new. Hardly constructive as you miss the point greatly in a number of areas.

      I look forward to YOUR gaming reviews, Mr. Expert.

      • The Trooth

        Random map generation and permadeath are actually completely unnecessary. You’re right that it’s about specific mechanics that set them apart, but in the same sense that a first-person shooter is different from something like a real-time strategy game.

        Those two factors are not core gameplay mechanics, they’re more like secondary features. LOTS of non-roguelike games have them. From 1980 to about 2006-7, it was taken for granted that roguelikes were a specific sub-genre of RPGs, and a top-down, turn-based, tile-based structure was the core of that genre. It’s a little more intricate than that, but random maps and permadeath were just secondary functions that were coincidentally popular in the genre. They don’t make or break it at all.

        But now the name is being ruined by indie developers who think “Well, if it’s LIKE ROGUE (in even the most basic, remote way possible) then it IS a roguelike, and nobody can tell me different!”

        Basically there are two definitions of the word now. There was a rigidly-defined version that had a good 25-year run, and is now only remembered by weird old fringe gamers like me. And there’s the “new” version, which means basically nothing, but attracts people to your indie game because maybe it means the game will be hard, or something in it might be randomly generated. Sorta. Possibly.

      • Alhazzared

        But yes it fucking does
        That is WHAT makes a roguelike, roguelike is not about presentation it’s all about mechanics. Topdown is a mechanic, so is turnbased, tilebased etc.
        Are you implying that these things are just for show and don’t change gameplay at all? Then you have no idea what you’re talking about.
        http://www.roguebasin.com/index.php?title=Berlin_Interpretation

        The Berlin Interpretation is what a roguelike is if it doesn’t fit then don’t call it a roguelike.

        The review it self was fine, I wasn’t saying it was a bad review it’s that no one uses the word roguelike correctly it’s a buzzword people like to spout when a game has permadeath.

      • Thanatos2k

        I think a true roguelike does have to be tile based and turn based – with a “everyone acts at once” gameplay mechanic.

        That is the definition of a roguelike. Games like The Guided Fate Paradox and Shiren The Wanderer are true roguelike games.

        All these other games are roguelike-like.

    • Cameron Vale

      In a strange twist of fate, the 1979 Atari game Adventure now easily qualifies as a roguelike, even though Rogue came out in 1980.

  • Boehm

    I would say that I’m not sure how i feel about this, but it has Rich Evans in it so I automatically love it

  • ThomasHFoolery

    This was….AWESOME. Thanks for another great video RLM!

  • Striker, Ted

    RIP Mike Spadooski, he left us too soon.

  • ident

    Both ways work. I’m sure other ways work, too. All that matters is that they execute something that entertains.

  • joey

    yo rich,
    wanna shit your pants? Have alien:isolation on your motion tracker!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTrS8KvFfRo

    • Lilgreenman

      That’s what everyone said about Colonial Marines, buddy…

      • Cameron Vale

        Pretty much everything after Aliens, really.

  • http://rocketboy1313.blogspot.com/ Rocketboy1313

    Why the name, “Previously Recorded”?

    • Domo_Konnichiwa

      I guess because they don’t have the Spaceballs Mr. Rental library, where they can watch this show before it was fully made.

      • LelouchtheFilial

        My favorite film!

        • Domo_Konnichiwa

          Surely you jest.

  • Domo_Konnichiwa

    Testosterone.

  • thatsrightjay

    i like this. yes i do. but i hate the name. what the fuck’s going on with that?

    • thatsrightjay

      that was supposed to be a gif. now i’ve made a fool of myself in front of everyone.

      • Domo_Konnichiwa

        That’s right Jay.

  • SDG

    It’s funny they mentioned how they didn’t like how slow the jump was, because as I was watching I was so confused as to why their jump / movement was so painfully slow. I’m assuming that it’s either the Xbox version they were playing or the difficulty. On PC / Normal I’ve never seen it so slow before.

  • Michael Hoobler

    Dat ending. lol.
    I liked the video except for the camera angles I think, idk felt a bit uncomfortable.

  • https://www.facebook.com/JoseSandler Jose Sandler

    When I grow up I want to be like Rich Evans, anyway I liked this episode.

    • Duckler

      Don’t you mean “grow out”?

  • Percy Gryce

    Because it’s a good look.

  • Roman Levin

    YES

  • Old Ben

    I hope Jack and Rich feature The Goonies II on NES down the line.

  • Xeraf

    Wow, xbox version have so BAD FPS movement is astonishingly slow. (also final boss have 3 phases, or more like 2.5)

  • Fass5RingBinder

    Guys, get out of the dining room, for cryin’ out loud. It looks like an episode of HGtv. Talk to the freakin’ camera once in a while. You’ve been part of the Best of the Worst format long enough to learn something, yes? Do gamers sit around their Crate & Barrel table chatting, with the reflected sunlight making their faces glow? Okay. Maybe I do, but you know what I mean.

  • Cameron Vale

    Actually casuals love permadeath because it makes the game shorter. In most non-casual games, it’s nearly impossible to lose.

  • Cameron Vale

    He likes wigs.

  • Thanatos2k

    Better reviewers than IGN

    • TapewormBike

      You know you could write this under about, I dunno, any gaming videos, right?:)

      • Thanatos2k

        Not one at IGN!

      • JackgarPrime

        Which, invariably, I do end up seeing under a vast majority of game review videos.

    • http://hardycases.com/ Hale

      Admittedly, that’s really not saying much.

    • asscrackconvictedfelon

      Just by making the video more than 5 min long they destroy the majority of vg reviewers.

  • Thanatos2k

    I come to RLM for reviews of things. This is a review of a thing.

  • Thanatos2k

    Force Rich and Jack to play Aliens Colonial Marines as their next game.

  • TapewormBike

    Before I watch this, at what point does Rich get his dick electrified?

  • TapewormBike

    Nerds playing games, pfft. Where are the tough jocks that watch Wes Anderson movies?

  • atheistconservative

    “Cheasure trests”? Oh Rich.

    All I know is one of you fuckers has a really swank house. Probably shouldn’t show that if you want more donations and purchases.

    • Cameron Vale

      I don’t think that people donate to RLM out of pity.

      • Duckler

        We don’t? Have you ever been to Wisconsin?

  • atheistconservative

    Also, what is this ‘robelike’ of which you speak? Is it like a Snuggy?

    • HNSZ

      Roguelike or rl, It Is a term that is used for games that are similar to the game called rogue. The term is actually a misnomer here. Probably the most famous roguelike is Nethack.

  • whip

    He was diagnosed with lung cancer and decided to turn to a life of crime, cooking meth to support his family. He went through chemo, losing most of his hair. And then after chemo he stuck with it, deciding he really liked the look.

    That didn’t work out so well overall though. He got out before it got too dangerous. But he still loves the look.

  • http://faddlechud.tumblr.com/ Faddlechud

    That would’ve been a great title for the show.

  • Ogrot

    I thought it was really nice that Rich Evans hasn’t become too famous to spend time playing video games with kids from the Make A Wish foundation.

  • faraday

    Hey…. This isn’t Game Station 2.0!
    YOU FUCKS!

  • moleman124

    The show is called “Previously Recorded” because this is the last of the archive footage of Rich Evans in existence; he is no longer of this earth..

    Because he had to return some videos tapes on his home planet as foretold in his Hit summer smash cult classic snuff Movie titled : Planet Space Cop – Origins Part II – Wildest Wet Dreams Re-encountered – Plinketts Parody Prequel.

  • Robotpals

    Shot/reverse shot, exposition delivered from a couch… The only thing missing is a treadmill and green screen. Nice of Lucas to guest direct.

  • Percy Gryce

    Let’s just say that Jack and I have the same hair style. And Mrs. Gryce likes it that way.

  • Wasperheimer

    “Jack and Rich Evans play video games”
    “Jack and Rich Evans play”
    “Jack and Rich Evans”

    I believe congratulations are in order?

  • BizarroDX

    Good video, I’d love to see more reviews!

  • Dixon Bawls

    “Not You, Shoot It.” should be the name of the show.

  • The Summer of George

    How DARE you give Rich Evans second billing in this video’s description!!!!

  • Percy Gryce

    So when RLM turns Wacky Kids Jokes into a full-fledged book-review show, here’s a suggestion for their first book–it’s totally geek friendly (one might even say, geek enabling):

    http://readyplayerone.com

    • Larson

      I wanted to love that book so much, but it felt like it was trying too hard.

      • Percy Gryce

        It was. But it still worked.

      • ident

        As I’ve said before, trying is for assholes. The best authors close their eyes, bang the keyboard, and hope for the best.

  • Duckler

    I don’t have any clue what the hell they’re talking about either..

  • 420HitlersAssGoblin69

    No offense, but stick to what you guys know. I come here for cool funny movie reviews / mockery from nerds who know about movies. There are better sites for video game crap than from y’alls. I registered just to post this so you know I’m legit ok

    ALSO that game is not a roguelike, it’s one of the most abused terms of the last couple years aaaahhhhh I never disliked Jack before this but hearing him bandying it around is makin my fists twitch

    • ident

      Looks like we just lost the pot-smoking-Neo-Nazi-coprophiliac audience. Whatever will we do now.

      • Duckler

        It’s truly the 9/11 of 9/11s

      • LelouchtheFilial

        Truly, it was the key demographic.

        Sigh… I guess RLM is just gonna have to make due with mere pot-smoking coprophiliacs from now on.

        • Now I Get It

          Nonsense! We’ll win him back! All we need is a…

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFrMLRQIT_k

          • LelouchtheFilial

            Y’know, if Roland Emmerich did one good thing with his life, it was inspiring this movie.

          • Now I Get It

            Roland Emmerich, son of Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson.

      • Percy Gryce

        Hmm, I read the “Goblin” part of that name as referring to the legendary mischievous sprite or faerie. But you read it as referring to coprophilia. Interesting.

        • Domo_Konnichiwa

          I think it’s referring to the great horror classic “Ass Goblins of Auschwitz” which is on Amazon right now in Kindle format.

          • Now I Get It

            Wait, by which internet rule is that a real thing?

          • Domo_Konnichiwa

            Godwin’s Law.

            A synopsis:

            In a land where black snow falls in the shape of swastikas, there exists a nightmarish prison camp known as Auschwitz. It is run by a fascist, flatulent race of aliens called the Ass Goblins, who travel in apple-shaped spaceships to abduct children from the neighboring world of Kidland. Prisoners 999 and 1001 are conjoined twin brothers forced to endure the sadistic tortures of these ass-shaped monsters. To survive, they must eat kid skin and work all day constructing bicycles and sex dolls out of dead children.

            While the Ass Goblins become drunk on cider made from fermented children, the twins plot their escape. But it won’t be easy. They must overcome toilet toads, cockrats, ass dolls, and the surgical experiments that are slowly mutating them into goblin-child hybrids.

            Forget everything you know about Auschwitz…you’re about to be Shit Slaughtered.

          • Now I Get It

            Honestly? Potboiler-wise it sounds like a true page-turner. Plus, it transposes Godwin’s all-important moral into a story for young adults: in the future, everyone will be Hitler for 15 minutes – then they’ll die.

          • Domo_Konnichiwa

            I wish someone would film themselves trying to order this book inside a packed bookstore. Go right up to Guest Services, ask as loudly as you can “Do you have a copy of AssGoblins of Auschwitz? I can’t find it in the Non-Fiction section.” Hilarity ensues.

          • Now I Get It

            And I wish I could find a broad who can walk as tough as you talk. Post your crime on You Tube, and I’ll sign you to play the hot corner on my coed ball team.

          • Domo_Konnichiwa

            I don’t want to join your ball team. You haven’t washed down there in days.

          • Now I Get It

            Are you telling me you don’t find the days-old scent of sesame oil intoxicating? I’m beginning to think your whole Asian motif is a ruse.

          • Domo_Konnichiwa

            I didn’t mean to deceive! I grew up in parts of Asia as a kid, and travel to Japan quite a bit. But that’s where the Asian-ness stops.

          • Now I Get It

            On first inspection, I can’t tell whether you’re being serious or funny – a true garden of forking paths – but the very inscrutability of your standards makes me think you must be telling the truth.

            Theft: 9
            Catnep: 0

          • Mark Bisone

            This sounds like something we can trick Taco into doing.

          • Percy Gryce

            Yes, unfortunately I now know that exists.

        • ident

          I read the “AssGoblin69″ part as referring to coprophilia. At the very least some kind of mutual anilingus. If you need more details, let me know.

          • Percy Gryce

            I withdraw my original comment. I decline to go any deeper into this business.

            Hmm, mmm, any deeper into this business.

            {crickets, crickets}

            Ooooohhh.

    • whip

      If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. Don’t try to bully or shame them to take away from those who do.

      What possible harm is done to you by it existing, just because you disapprove?

      You see an update and it’s for this show? Ignore and move on with your life. Problem solved.

      • Paulus Cañamonjas

        Only, this was the first show. So he has to watch it in order to have an actual opinion. Don´t play the man, play the argument.

    • Mitchell Taco Nash

      No offence to your name, Mr. AssGoblin69, but Hitler was an inside job.

  • Duckler

    When’s the next Space Cop?

    • Domo_Konnichiwa

      It’s in that cheasure trest over there. Go look!

  • Duckler

    42.

  • Jeremy Davis

    Rich Evans is a modern sex icon. I hope there is a nude scene in Space Cop.

  • Ryan Bonds

    I want a chesure trest…

  • Jason Hales

    Any way we can get a twitch stream of the game play portion of each review?

  • Alex Lee

    They should make fun of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. They’d be all, “What the fuck is happening?!” and “This makes The Phantom Menace look good.”

    It’d be the shortest BoTW ever.

  • Jack Friday

    $10, huh? I’m sure the game is nifty and all, but tell me why any self-respecting gamer would shell out $10 for some highly-pixilated hipster junk when we can buy one-year-old triple-A titles off steam other sources for $5? Or I can just wait for this one to get lumped-in with a bundle for $1.

    • Akka Fakka

      Thank you for helping accelerate gaming’s race to the bottom and eventual collapse.

      • Jack Friday

        Hey, at least I actually pay for my IP.

  • Tyler

    That was a very nice way to review a game, or at least show it off. MOAR!

  • Duckler

    Unit 603-Idiot is on the lam! We’re going to need some kind of cosmic lawman or something..

  • ident

    I was disappointed.

  • Dane Winton

    I really liked this. More plz.

  • Constantine1985

    Moar. “Not you… shoot at it”.

  • Mojo

    I’d be curious if the red letter crew have played Blood Dragon

    • Jason Ross

      You spelled “Double” wrong.

  • Percy Gryce

    Hey, where’s Taco? I think the Y2K bug got him

    • Duckler

      He’s training, Rocky IV style, so that his 2000th comment will be a super-duper peach – which he will likely drown out with 200 more posts in the same thread.

      • Percy Gryce

        Eye of the Taco. Dunt, dunt, dunt.

      • Mitchell Taco Nash

        Speaking of drowning, that’s exactly how my parents died!

        • LelouchtheFilial

          Oh, Jesus… I hope that Mr. Plinkett didn’t crash another boat or something.
          Does he NEVER learn?

    • LelouchtheFilial

      He’s having a torrid love-affair with “Tobasco Jones” of the previous video comment thread.

      • Percy Gryce

        That does sound like a parody of a neo-noir or pulp story: The Adventures of Taco Nash and Tabasco Jones. Or it sounds like the kind of thing you’d see in the kids’-menu-and-coloring-book they give you at a chain Mexican restaurant.

    • WrongWithYourFace

      Oh, he’s definitely got somethin cookin. That or he got lost in the snowstorm while looking for Murmur.

    • Mitchell Taco Nash

      Apparently I’m allergic to Jones’ Tobasco sauce, if you know what I mean. ;)

      Seriously though, my throat swelled up and I’ve been in the hospital. I should learn to spit and not to swallow.

      • Percy Gryce

        Man, we really are all falling apart here.

        Feel better.

        (I’m getting my stent out tomorrow. Boy, that’s a fun procedure, I can tell you.)

        • Mitchell Taco Nash

          Oh shit, I should explain that when I was ‘seriously’, I was still joking about my sexual encounter with Tabasco Jones.

          Hope all goes well with the stent removal. I’m sure I’m now in an age where I can find ‘Get Well Soon’ cards specifically for stent removals.

          • Percy Gryce

            So are you ill or just sick?

          • Mitchell Taco Nash

            I’m a regular RLM commenter, so probably both.

        • LelouchtheFilial

          Oh, YEAH?
          Well, I have a minor cold.

  • To1l3tB4by

    I dig that games are getting the same red letter treatment as movies/films. More please.

  • Heinzy

    What is this dorky nerd stuff? I came to RLM to watch fat guys discuss Star Wars, not video gueamos. The fraudometer is going of the charts with this one.

  • asscrackconvictedfelon

    I felt uncomfortable watching those two looking at each other, the format does not work for me, at some point i think they were feeling the same, why cant we have a plot where they need to review shitty games in order to save the world from Chtulhu or Lil’Chtulhu.

  • Andrey Tarkovsky Reference

    I think I’m gonna be sick.

    **Jumps out and steals car**

  • WrongWithYourFace

    Oh, please tell me the game has that song.

  • Percy Gryce

    Previously Recorded? More like Preciously Recommended.

    • Cameron Vale

      In every source I check, pre-rec somehow stands for “pre-requisite” which doesn’t even have a C.

      • ident

        I assume those are pre-literate sources.

        • Cameron Vale

          Who needs Google when you have a wealth of oral traditions passed down by your venerable ancestors?

      • Mark Bisone

        It’s yet another artful dodge. “Previously Recorded” is an anagram of “Overproduces Direly.”

        Then again, it’s also an anagram of “Coddle Riper Voyeurs”, so maybe it’s a comment about extending their brand to satisfy the the video game crowd.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUUlkpSOIcg

    • LelouchtheFilial

      More like… more like Previously RETARDED!
      And also CURRENTLY Retarded!
      Ha… ha… ha…

  • ident

    Alopecia.

  • ident

    Jack explained it below.

  • Octo Seven

    good show, do dark souls 2

  • blau

    Best ending ever!!!

  • Mitchell Taco Nash

    Well, I suppose it’s time I came out of my Candandian Hibernation® and commented my 2000th comment on RLM’s webzone. Breaking new ground, just like the Star Wars prequels…

    I don’t really have anything clever or interesting to say, but I DID just edit a movie trailer a few days ago, one that I spent 12 hours straight editing [sounds long, but I spend over 27 hours each day on the RLM webzone... yes, I break physics].

    It’s the audio from one of the Prometheus trailers with the footage from Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy. I’ve been wanting to edit a fake trailer for years now but this is the first time I’ve ever actually completed one and I’m quite happy with how it turned out.

    Also, in a few months I’ll release a follow up trailer that answers all the questions raised in this trailer, only to later release a special edition of that new trailer with extra footage that answers the new questions raised by that trailer. Like a wise man once said, it’s gonna be great!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDogJt-I_a8

    • Duckler

      Pretty cool! Good job, you Hack Fraud.

    • Now I Get It

      “Please, tell me you can read that.”

      That was the meat in the Taco. The other 2:22 was gravy.

  • Thom Stone

    the new red letter media videos

    directed by george lucas

    • aztal

      Shot, reverse shot. Shot, reverse shot. It’s like poetry.

      • Heinzy

        RLMs “NO”-scream was more emotional than the Lucas version.

  • Mitchell Taco Nash

    Guys, it happened… the Care Boars got me. It’s been months since the last encounter. I got a full 6 seconds into the video before I could stop. 6 seconds is all it takes for the visions to come back…

    Is there a help group for RLM viewers to get over their Care Boar PTSD?

    • LelouchtheFilial

      You insult us by using the words “help” and “group.”
      The Care Boars show us that Man is both selfish and, in all ways that matter, alone in this godless universe.

      • lovetoeatallthefood

        That, or it just shows that the assholes running Blip.tv were greedy enough to think that always advancing to the “next” video would be a good way to artificially boost views & ad revenue. No surprise, though – these are the same dicks who have an HTML5 version of their player (which is actually MORE functional than their Flash-based player), but deliberately block it from working on desktop browsers. And apparently that’s only because the HTML5 player doesn’t show ads – it functions perfectly on desktop browsers, if you spoof the useragent for mobile Safari or Chrome.

    • Cy

      like dis if u cri evry time

    • GraphicsAndBeer

      Every time CareBoars starts an angel gets a thumb in the butt.

  • Lembach

    Of ALL the current games out there, why an average indie 2D side-scroller?

    • Percy Gryce

      Yours not to reason why. Yours but to view and sigh.

      • Lembach

        Le sigh.

    • Inkall

      Because most “current games” are utter dogshite.

      Brown and bloom first person shooters for everyone!

      Meanwhile Risk of Rain is one of the best indie titles of recent years, I hope their follow up videos are of Papers Please and Hotline Miami.

  • Ricky

    Great! I enjoyed this in ways it’d be sinful to describe. I’m eagerly awaiting the next episode.

  • aztal

    Please make more of these.

  • phillipkslick

    Still trying to figure out the best way to incorporate game reviews, huh? I liked the old format more, but this was cool too. I’d like to see more

    I hope Mike and Jay review The Raid 2. I doubt it though.

    • Kjellmand

      This format doesn’t require a set nor that much writing, so I can understand that they are doing it this way.

  • Syrophenikan

    Couldn’t care less about the game, but it seem that everything RLM produces IS PURE GOLD!!!!! Love you guys!.

  • Percy Gryce

    Anyone remember how the Plinkett AOTC review premiered on Easter Sunday in 2010? Is the Easter Bunny going to be similarly generous this year?

    • Mitchell Taco Nash

      Do you want the painful truth?…

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6n1ILDGq_I

      • Percy Gryce

        I fear you’re right. So much for the benevolent Paschal rabbit.

        • Mitchell Taco Nash

          I miss those Easter years, back when the meaning hadn’t been sucked out by greedy corporations and it was all about scaring kids senseless.

          You know, like Jesus intended when he created the holiday.

  • tweakerbelle

    Please don’t make more of these. I could not possibly care less about video games.

    • LelouchtheFilial

      RLM is well-known for catering to the tastes of every specific fan.
      They’re so subservient that way.

    • Duckler

      I tend to agree. I’d rather watch someone pick a scab than watch them play this game, but it had Sir Richard of Evans in it, so watching it once is pretty harmless.

  • Jason Ross

    Is this like a gritty reboot of Game Splay-shun?

    • Percy Gryce

      Yes, if Martha Stewart Living is your idea of gritty.

      • LelouchtheFilial

        It is. That hardcore bitch went to JAIL.

        • Domo_Konnichiwa

          The nicest jail in New York State. She even taught the inmates how to make potpourri out of razor blades.

          • Jason Ross

            Blacks?

          • Domo_Konnichiwa

            No, the razor blades were silver.

          • laughingman

            +1 internets for the chuckle, touche sir!

  • Coregoth88

    Way better than Game Station 2.0!

  • Two in the Shoe

    I was trying to find basic information on Mike Stoklasa to make a Wikipedia page for him. There’s hardly anything out there, but I did find this video

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kb7LmwGS2dg

  • Jack Friday

    Right, because Triple-A only means the games you don’t like. I went ahead and took it out of my original post since so many people got hung up on it. I just meant high-quality, or whatever better terminology we have to describe that when it comes to games. And before someone tells about how big studio doesn’t always = fun, I know. I can fire up an emulator for free. And as much as I liked FEZ, how about: fuck overpriced, pixelated hipster platformer bundle-ware it its stupid asshole.

  • Dixon Bawls

    When’s the next “Mike Stoklasa: Racist”?…Fracks

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kb7LmwGS2dg

  • Jean-François Martel

    Jessi gettin’ into the producin’ game… I can’t wait for the biopic depicting her coke fueled downfall and corruption scandals.

  • Jean-François Martel

    *LOUD REQUEST FOR YOU TO PLAY A GAME I LIKE*

  • andrew thompson

    good to see lord voldamort and mr plinkets nephew having fun.

  • Inkall

    Aw such a shame they didn’t play co-op all they needed to do was hook up a second controler.

    Hotline Miami and Papers, Please next pleaaaase.

  • Darius Sinclair

    I went and bought this game on Steam after seeing this review, and OMG, what an addictive game! I bought the game on Friday, and I finally beat it with the engineer on EASY on Monday night. I can’t wait to try it on normal, and then hard. It is totally addictive but satisfying killing all the monsters and getting unlocks.

  • Deansdale

    Isn’t it a bit late for april’s fool jokes? It’s not a roguelike, it is a side-scrolling platformer… The most distinctive features of roguelikes are tile-based movement, turn based combat and a top-down view. I know the definition is getting loose nowadays but come on, just because it has randomly generated item placement it’s not a roguelike.

  • Tree Rock Creations

    X-men: Days of Future Past Catching Fire!

  • mynamesdan

    this is a worthy gawp

  • Jason

    I just picked up this game and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it, really wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it is. It’s challenging but not to the point of being frustrating. I recommend starting on normal mode, easy mode will just spoil the game for you.
    Couple of points about the review: 1) The “exploits” I think are intended by the game designers. The idea is that you engage the monsters in areas where you have the advantage. It’s kind of like hunting…did you guys learn nothing from Tree Stand Safety? 2) There is at least one item that improves jumping, which is probably why jumping is terrible to start with, it makes the item more useful. It reminds me of games like Diablo and Path of Exile where your character starts out pretty weak, and then gets more powerful as you farm for items.

  • Jason Ross

    Finally watched. PRE REC is just a rip-off of Half in the Bag and Risk of Rain is just a rip-off of Burger Time.

    Enough with the remakes, hack frauds.

  • Lat

    Wow guys, real original camera work. Shot-reverse-shot and people talking while sitting on a couch. I thought I was watching the prequels the whole time.

  • catnep

    Back to SpaceCop, hackfreuds!

  • Svas Tara

    oh come on guys, when’s the new shit coming..!
    it’s been weeks since we’ve seen your incredible new work! :)
    give us something “for pity’s sake” (lotr quote)
    you haaaaaaaaaaaacksss!!!

  • Travis Doeding

    You guys should check out Starbound. Awesome game, also by Chucklefish.

  • Charon

    I dunno guys. I have to say that while I enjoy both Rich and Jack in their various appearances on RLM, this is the weakest attempt at content that RLM has produced yet. It looks great and has decent pacing, but sitting and watching people play video games is not the same experience as sitting and watching people watch movies. :P

    Any facetiousness aside, the grating portion of this “series” is listening to Jack try to generalize the game for descriptive purposes. When Jack initially said “Rogue-like action game”, it hit my ear funny. I thought to myself, “why didn’t he just call it an action-platformer, because that’s what Risk of Rain really is?” It’s essentially Ristar, Dynamite Headdy or another mid-period, 16-bit era platformer with way more guns, customization and a retro aesthetic. As the vid goes on, he does use the term “action platformer”, but adds a lot of extraneous mumbo-jumbo to describe the programming or design elements that differentiate the game from others in its genre.

    Regardless of popular opinion, the concept of genre was established to prevent people from putting a thousand needless descriptors on something that shares or shared common elements with another in its grouping. So, at the risk of sounding pretentious, is Jack just trying to sound smart in front of Rich Evans?

    • ident

      This thread has more people defending “roguelikes” than assholes demanding Plinkett reviews. I’m ashamed for us all.

    • Stef Sarch

      Redlettermedia’s Pre-Rec series was the most dissappointing thing since Mr. Plinkett: The Animated series.
      I mean how much more could you possibly fuck up the entire webzone, which is usually solely about movies!
      And while the Animated series is very slowly getting better, the unfortunate reality of Pre-Rec is that it’ll stay like this. Forever. It will never get better. It can never be fixed.
      If you’re someone who’s a gamer and an RLM fan, who says his least favorite content is Mr. Plinkett’s reviews, then I suggest you stop reading this comment right now, before I carefully explain to you-Ah, fuck it!
      THANKS FOR READING MY COMMENT! REPLY TO ME IF YOU WANT A PIZZA ROLL!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzHCOw3Y-VU Boss Nass

    Thanks Jack n Rich. Hope you guys make more of these.

  • TyUnderwood

    Game Station 2.0 was really cringe funny, good to see you trying video games again.

  • Myrkul Kunzzi

    Jack n Rich I just want to say thank you. Nowadays it’s very hard to find an honest reviewer who tries to be objective. You guys are really nailing it. Thank you.

  • Teddy Östermark

    This should be filed under ‘Previously Recorded’ just like the lastest episode so people don’t miss out on this goodness.

  • Kyle

    You mention being from the NES generation, so why are you complaining about having to figure out on your own what the items do? The Legend of Zelda had shops where you didn’t know what you were buying. Even contemporary games have items that you just gotta try out to see what they do. In Halo, if you find a gun you haven’t seen before, you just gotta pick it up and fire it.

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