Active XP: It Takes Two Review

Joseph Yaden and Chris Penwell review Josef Fares’ latest epic It Takes Two. Spoilers: they absolutely loved it, but there are a few hang-ups to consider.

Review code provided by EA

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Active XP: Marvel’s Avengers Review

Chris and Joseph feel optimistic about Marvel’s Avengers and love the campaign, but currently, it fails to deliver with its multiplayer mode.

Review code provided by Square Enix. Featured image by Square Enix and Marvel.

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Active XP: Ary and the Secret of Seasons Review

Chris reviews the disappointing Ary and the Secret of Seasons from Modus Games, eXiin, and Fishing Cactus. A review code was provided by the publisher.

Image from Ary and the Secret of Seasons by Modus Games, eXiin, and Fishing Cactus

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Theme Song made by Novila. https://soundcloud.com/novila-edm

Ary and the Secret of Seasons Review Notes

  • Puzzles are a bit awkward. There was a lever that needed to be pulled but there isn’t a pulling animation until later on. So I had Ary walk into it to pull the lever. It was super strange and took me out of the game. The puzzles are terrible. I had to finagle my way through them rather than thinking of a proper solution. It doesn’t give you a clear thought process on what to do. I literally had Ary walk into a ball to make it roll. Then, I was given a tool to pull things across; that would have been nice earlier rather than awkwardly pushing Ary into a ball by running into it. 
  • Combat Isn’t that fun. Parrying, rolling, and striking. There aren’t any special moves. Combat is dull and there’s only so many times I can hear Ary say, “Son of a cow” before it gets old. 
  • It’s cool that the dialogue changes when you alter the season around characters. NPCs mention they’re cold when you make their area winter. You can also heat up their environment by using the summer ability. 
  • The characters and the animations are so adorable. 
  • The graphics are down right ugly at times. 
  • The art behind the bad graphics stands out. I loved seeing fireworks set in front of the castle. 
  • Frame rate is choppy, despite my laptop being able to run it easily. 
  • Repeating dialogue. “Son of a cow” was cute a few times, but when I hear it a dozen times over one play session…
  • Ary is so adorable. You could make plushies out of her and they’d sell. 
  • It carries such a light hearted tone 
  • The game is unfinished. Doors aren’t unlocking in the Winter Temple and it mocks me with an opening noise. I can tell something is on the other side by looking through the crack. 
  • After leaving the cathedral to upgrade Ary so I can fight the hyenas more effectively, I couldn’t go back in. Issues like this make me worry that I can’t continue the game. I’ve tried to progress but I’ve literally had a block that won’t let me through, hence reviewing this earlier than I’ve wanted to. 
  • Music is generic, repetitive, and mixed awkwardly from field to battle. I don’t know why they bothered marketing the album release as it’s painfully lifeless. 
  • Side quests failed at being interesting distractions to the main story. I would have loved to know more about the world around her rather than generic fetch quest missions. 

3/10

Active Quest Episode 72: Is The Outer Worlds Switch Port Tolerable? Game Gear Micro is a Joke, and Last of Us Part 2 Diversity

Joseph tells us what The Outer Worlds Switch port is like, they all laugh about the Game Gear Micro, and the crew discusses the importance of BLM and diversity in gaming.

Joseph Yaden – twitter.com/josephyaden

Josh Nichols – twitter.com/Mrjoshnichols

Chris Penwell – twitter.com/PenwellWrites

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Music

Theme Song made by Novila. He did an awesome job, so here’s a shoutout! https://soundcloud.com/novila-edm

Quick Notes

Over 700 Games In Charity Bundle on itch.io for $5

Brian Shea

https://www.gameinformer.com/2020/06/06/itchio-bundles-more-than-740-drm-free-indie-games-for-5-to-raise-money-for-racial

Console Versions of Valorant Being Tested

Chris Carter

https://www.destructoid.com/console-versions-of-valorant-are-being-tested-but-not-fully-confirmed-593283.phtml

Quick Upcoming Releases

Modern Warfare Season 4 Delayed (new release date leaked)

Anthony McGlynn

 https://www.pcgamesn.com/call-of-duty-modern-warfare/season-4-date-leak

Pokemon Sword & Shield Isle of Armor Release Date

Brian Shea

https://www.gameinformer.com/index.php/2020/06/02/pokemon-sword-shield-the-isle-of-armor-expansion-hits-june-17

News

Kingdoms of Amalur Re:Reckoning Announced

Charlie Hall

https://www.polygon.com/2020/6/4/21280297/kingdoms-of-amalur-remaster-release-date-re-reckoning-xbox-one-ps4-pc-price-leak

Game Gear Micro Announced

Matthew Kato

https://www.gameinformer.com/2020/06/03/sega-releasing-game-gear-micro-in-japan

Naughty Dog Not Trying to Score “Diversity Points” with The Last of Us Part II

Zarmena Khan

https://www.playstationlifestyle.net/2020/06/06/druckmann-on-last-of-us-2-story-diversity/

Infinity Ward says Call of Duty will get better at flagging racist usernames

Julia Lee

https://www.polygon.com/2020/6/3/21279783/infinity-ward-call-of-duty-racism-names

Listener Questions

What We’ve Been Playing   

Joseph

  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • Days Gone
  • The Outer Worlds (Switch)

Chris

  • Dark Nights with Poe & Munro (review code provided by D’Avekki Studios)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition
  • Cuphead
  • Mystery game

Josh

  • Night in the Woods
  • The Last of Us: Remastered

Active XP: Yooka Laylee and the Impossible Lair Review

Josh and Chris review Playtonic Games’ beautiful 2D platformer Yooka Laylee and the Impossible Lair. Review code was provided by Team17.

Note: Dan Murdoch and Matt Griffin composed music for the game too!

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Music

LYFO – High -> https://soundcloud.com/lyfomusic/high

TeknoAXE – Edge of Tomorrow: http://teknoaxe.com/Link_Code_3.php?q=1242