Penal denizens Ben and Tao lower their visors and enter the airlock, ready to race against time and depleting oxygen, evade security cameras, turrets and warbots, and massacre all manner of space monsters in the droll and aptly titled looter-shooter, Void Bastards. Issues discussed include Roguelike game lengths and replayability; procedural generation, randomness and its impact on decision making; comedy in games versus TV or film; and if Void Bastards would work as a tabletop board game. No story spoilers.
Content Warning: PEGI 13. The yobbish space monsters are full on Sweary McSwearface, but your hosts are fairly restrained this ep. You’re welcome.
The original music for Void Bastards was composed by Ryan Roth. The developers are Blue Manchu.
It was originally released on May 28, 2019.
Ben annoyingly conflates two separate (but very similar!) space comedies, each released in 2020. One is Armando Iannuci’s Avenue 5 starring Hugh Laurie:
The other, whose audio is featured, is Space Force, a series created by Greg Daniels and Steve Carell for Netflix. They’re both a bit crap, so his point still stands.
The Terminator (1984)
MC Devvo - ‘Have a game of coins, mate’:
Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace
Slay the Spire OST by Clark Aboud
Lovespeake - DNA
Borderlands 3 OST by Michael McCann
Alan Partridge - Tannoy (Steve Coogan)
The Mighty Boosh - Isolation
Space Force (2020)
Dale's Supermarket Sweep
Arrested Development - ‘Come on!’
Terminator 2 theme by Brad Fiedel
Hades OST - House of Hades theme by Darren Korb
And, of course, from Pixel Vision’s back catalogue - E1 Disco Elysium: