Hello! Welcome to the new Awesome Friday Games Podcast!
This is a new weekly dive into a new game and a classic title from the archives, and pairs beautifully with our movie podcast like Laphroaig and parmesan. As someone who has very little time to play anything these days, I’m always interested in what catches my attention, so I’m looking forward to sharing that with you.
Shinji Mikami is a man involved in redefinitions. He created the modern horror genre with *Resident Evil*. He defined third-person stylish action with *Devil May Cry*. He followed these by redefining action games with *Resident Evil 4* and made the funniest, most hardcore brawler ever in the sublime *God Hand*.
Then he took a look at one of the staples of Western game design – the third person cover shooter, popularised by *Gears Of War* – and casually made a game that bests all of them. That game, *Vanquish*, isn’t just a standout moment of the generation, but is also one of my all-time favourite games. And it’s really down to jawache.
The first time I completed my all-time favourite game, Sega’s astounding *Rez*, it was on a semi-stolen projector. I mean, *stolen* is probably too strong a word, but it’s definitely safe to imply that I shouldn’t have had it hooked up in my games room instead of being tucked up safely in a dark recess of my work office.