Random Encounters, Ep. 51: ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture’ and the Nintendo Switch Event

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In our second episode of the new year, we’ve got a lot to cover. We start off chatting a bit about Zero Time Dilemma and Rise of the Tomb Raider. Is Zero Time Dilemma as confusing as it sounds? Further, has Rise of the Tomb Raider improved on the flaws of the first game?

Next up is Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, last month’s free PS Plus game. From the creators of Dear EstherEverybody’s Gone to the Rapture is certainly an experience, but would it have killed them to toss in a run button (as opposed to a meander button)?

Finally we cover the big news of the day, as we take a gander at the Nintendo Switch event. Why on earth did they open up the conference with 15 minutes of unenthusiastic nattering? Who was the mad man behind the bizarre game that no one asked for: 1-2 Switch? Though Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild eventually show up to try and right the ship, after an overstretched conference filled with innumerable talking heads, often saying next to nothing, the Nintendo Switch conference came out almost beyond redemption. Tune in for our thoughts on these points and more.


1-2 Switch Trailer
Metal Gear Solid Alert Sound
Final Fantasy VII Victory Fanfare

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Mike Worby is a human who spends way too much of his free time playing, writing and podcasting about games. Through some miracle he’s still able to function in society as if he were a regular person, and if there’s hope for him, there’s hope for everyone. He’s the managing Games editor for Goomba Stomp, creator of the weekly Buffyversed column, and can be found bi-weekly on the Random Encounters podcast.