Get Out of My Dreams and Into My Driveclub

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Last year I lamented the situation Sony found themselves in with regards to the promised Plus version of Driveclub.  Last week, as I emerged from the hollow as a sort of Driveclub groundhog, expecting to see my shadow and six more months of delays, I saw something more curious.

I saw the headline “Driveclub PS Plus Edition now available”.

When I first saw the headline I took the same position as the Cardassian Senator Vreenak and hissed “IT’S A FAAAAAKE”; but as I loaded the PSN store on my desktop, I saw it there available to send to my PS4.  Quickly, I signed in and queued the download, as I had been looking forward to this game since before the launch of the PS4.

Now after as lengthy of a delay that Driveclub had, and after all the mixed to negative reviews the game had when it initially released, my expectations had been tempered.  Surely this game would, at best, be average.  Sorry, but I don’t have an “at worst scenario” for you.  The game is free and I have no data cap on my ISP, so there’s no harm or foul to be had.  As I got home and saw the Driveclub tile on my PS4, I clicked it half expecting it to launch Youtube – but no – there was an actual game there.  Well, almost.  The download hadn’t completely finished so I was limited to playing the intro race on a snowy mountaintop.

At first I wasn’t impressed with the default cockpit view.  It just didn’t look that great to me, something about the hands and the detail just seemed low quality.  Once the lighting in the environment changed and the weather kicked in though, I began to be pleasantly surprised.  The look of snow hitting the windshield as the wipers pushed it away looked pretty damn good.  A lot better than anything I had seen in Forza Horizon 2.  The next race I got into took place during heavy rain, so I put on my Sony Gold Wireless headset and it sounded exactly like driving in rough weather.  However, one odd thing was that there was no music in either of those races.  I’m not sure if it’s because the game was still downloading during both or if there’s just no music when racing.

Weather effects aside, how does Driveclub handle?  Well, it doesn’t feel like a sim (Gran Turismo) and it doesn’t feel arcadey, like Evolution’s previous Motorstorm games, but somewhere in between.  Personally, I prefer the handling and options in FH2.  I feel like I can drift more competently in that game than here.  In DC I found myself sliding into a wall or spinning out, but these things take a while to get used to and it’s still early yet.

In any case, this is just the start of my travels with Driveclub.  During the brief bit I’ve played it, it hasn’t been as engaging as Forza Horizon 2, but I haven’t been able to dive too much into what is offered.  As I play more and get a more of a sense of what it is I’ll speak to it on the pod.  Until then.

Mike

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No Episode This Week


Hey all. Because of a lack of bandwidth to publish on Libsyn, there will not be an episode released on June 30th.

Both Mike and I are also attending to some personal family issues as well, so a break is welcomed.

We thank you for your understanding and are sorry to disappoint.

We look forward to beginning next month’s episodes.
See you next week!

Jay

The Untenable Podcast, Episode 46: E3, Shmee Free

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Mike and Jay’s award-winning E3 2015 coverage

In this week’s episode, Mike and Jay, mostly Mike, talks about some points of interest from E3 2015. Lots of gaming talk in this episode.

The Untenable Podcast, Episode 44: Mad Macks, The Return of the Coughcast

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“Mediocre.”

In this week’s episode, Mike and Jay hit the road and return to the Chapel of Cinema to watch one of the most hyped summer movies, Mad Max: Fury Road, try to figure out why they were disappointed, and go to cuckoo-banana-bonkers town while talking about the movie, the possible remake of a classic cult movie, the demise of a sequel to another cult movie, and a love/hate relationship for a new generation’s take on 80’s action cinema. They also talk about some games, namely an exciting franchise announcement, Mike’s accomplishments and Jay’s still disappointing lack of participation.

Saw Me Some Movies – The Guest (2014)

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by Jay

This past Memorial Day I watched several movies, one of which was Adam Wingard’s 2014 genre homage, The Guest. This movie succeeds for me because I completely had this movie pegged wrong. And I loved that fact. I was expecting at least an interesting twist on the serial killer thriller genre staple, and to an extent that’s exactly what I got; however, there is a level of “cuckoo banana bonkers” that I found in this movie that made me all warm inside.

The story is about a family who is still mourning the loss of their oldest son, who died in Iraq while serving his country. They are visited by a stranger, a stranger who we see hauling ass with a 20-30 lb. ruck on his back mere minutes before, and he seems to have hardly broken a sweat. Already this dude freaks me out – if he ain’t pantin’ for breath and pouring sweat, I’m suspicious. But, those are my hang ups and have nothing to do with the narrative’s weaknesses.

The aforementioned near perfect specimen of athleticism is David, a former comrade in arms of the family’s fallen son, Caleb. This guy, David,  has an icy stare but oozes charm with a “yes ma’am, no ma’am, golly gee” kinda way, and he just about melts the heart of the mourning mom, Mrs. Peterson. Oh, before I forget, this flick has a great cast of character actors, many of whom you might be like, “Oh, hey, where do I know them from?” or “Oh sweet! S/He is in this!”

The titular character, The Guest, a.k.a David, is played by Downton Abbey alum Dan Stevens. I’d only known him from the Abbey, and completely forgot about that role when I watched this movie. He completely owns this movie. Like, from the moment we see him running down a semi-rural road, this dude is in charge. And the parents are played by two fantastic actors, both of whom are primarily known as character actors, which is a shame because they can both act circles around many. The father, Mr. Peterson, is played by Leland Orser, and his wife is played by Sheila Kelly. I could watch these two just play off of each other, passive aggressively working through their grief, but the movie only gave us so much of that, which is a shame. You may recognize Orser as Liam Neeson’s SpecOps comrade in arms in the Taken trilogy, and you may recognize Kelly as one of the ensemble in Cameron Crowe’s Gen X romcom, Singles.

While the two younger children are also featured in the narrative, and they both do pretty good jobs carrying their weight throughout the movie, I just wasn’t as invested in them. The daughter, Anna, is played by Maika Monroe, and the younger brother, Luke, is played by Brendan Meyer. Both do such a great job with their assigned roles, both in the movie and in the genre. They are the smarter-than-the-narrative audience surrogate. Each thinks that they know better than the other, seeing through plot conventions, but ultimately are proven wrong. I won’t spoil how they’re proven wrong, one more so than the other, but they both pay the price.

This is a nice homage to some of the “drifter killer” movies from the 80s. There are some genre director flourishes here and there, nothing too obvious, but nothing too esoteric. A lot of the atmosphere is created by the rural setting and lighting of scenes. I don’t know why, but I guess having lived through the 80s and 90s, knowing those lighting cues, and having watched my fair share of these types of thrillers, I’m sort of tipped off to seeing and expecting that vibe. The closest vibe for the tone that I can peg for this movie is that it seems like an extended episode of the old HBO anthology series The Hitchhiker. That show was prime 80s sleaze and genre goodness, complete with T&A and gore. And this movie has plenty of tension throughout, some kind of humorous tension, and other times just like, “holy shit, someone’s gonna get their face shot off” kind of tension. It’s good stuff. 

The Untenable Podcast, Episode 43: Point Break 2015, Murders and Acquisitions

“Burn this sunnuvabitch down…”

In this week’s episode, Mike and Jay tackle the world of fanboy absolutists, talk some gaming, and wonder aloud about fan theories and its utility within fandom.