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Because we’re talking about some of the entries in the Legacy of Kain series - a series of games about vampires going around and doing what vampires do - we’d recommend that you skip this one if you have little ones listening, or are in a space where listening would be inappropriate.
Please listen responsibly.
This week’s episode starts with Squidge in the Nosgoth underworld… or was it Brighton?
And Raina takes us back in time to the late ’90s - gaming magazines, demo discs, and incorrectly spelt main characters - when bringing us up to speed about how they got involved with the Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. This was a time of internet cafes
and floppy disks
and before widespread use of email.
Jay also shares a story of him playing around with the MP3 encoder on his home computer so that he could MAYBE load a single MP3 onto a single floppy disk.
I would go down to the library with a stack of floppy disks, which was my music library… I would swap disks after each song.
And Squidge tells us that he first played Resident Evil 2 as a 9 year old.
I was so bad at playing it, I thought that it was a zombie feeding simulator.
Before we could talk about the HD mod, Jay asked Raina to…
Get Control of Yourself
This is a segment that we like to do every so often, which is based on a tweet from SinceSpacies - who is an absolutely amazing person, by the way. Seriously, go follow him on Twitter
The idea here is that we want to know which is the best and which is the worst controller of all time.
Raina’s Worst Controller
Raina chose the Xbox 360 controller.
The controller is really big and bulky, and it uses batteries… come on!
Raina also dislikes the Dreamcast controller:
Not for anything other than the missing features. So with Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, they had to break the controls to make it work.
Raina’s Best Controller
The dual sense really surprised me… You can really feel the rope as your character climbs down, and you can feel tension when you pull an arrow.
And both Raina and Squidge agree that the PlayStation controllers from DualShock on-wards are fantastic for FPS games.
I don’t know whether it’s because the analogue sticks are on the same level.
The HD Mod
Raina describes the origins of the mod by taking us back in time to the release of the original Legacy of Kain on Dreamcast.
They literally had three months to create the port, and that’s not a lot of time
Strangely enough, during the process of porting to Dreamcast, the graphical assets were reduced by quite a lot - meaning that the “inferior” release on the PlayStation TECHNICALLY has better graphics than the Dreamcast version.
They didn’t have a lot of time, so I don’t blame them.
And Raina is calling this a “remaster” (or sorts) as the mod contains MUCH higher resolution textures which are swapped out, at runtime, by the Flycast emulator for Dreamcast.
The Recent Games segment will not be new to listeners, but in case you’re new to the show here’s how it goes: we go round the table and discuss one or more game that we’ve been playing recently, and whether we think it’s worth the listeners checking it out. We continue to do this until we’ve run out of games to discuss.
And this episode was no different as we asked Raina what they have been playing in between HD-ifyinf sessions: