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This week, your wizard is your wizard.

If I told you that the Lord of Hell was obstructing the posting of this podcast, I wouldn't be lying. This week, it's almost all Diablo III with a lot of spoilers. Also, Eric played some grab ass game and maybe something with Sonic in it. But you know, Diablo is out, so who cares? Also: summer movies,breast feeding, and E3 preparations. 

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Welcome to the Flap Jaw Space Power Rankings (text edition), a written recap of the dynamic perversion and informal melee that unfolded on the previous episode of Flap Jaw Space: The Digital Chumps Podcast. Power Rankings is a running segment where we continually update the ten best games of 2012 every episode. If you're new, there's quite a bit of nuance and havoc that goes into these deliberations, most of which you can read about in the origin story here. The important thing to remember is that Chris had this idea approximately one (1) week before the similarly themed concept from Polygon. So, without further delay,

THE FLAP JAW SPACE POWER RANKINGS – EPISODE 52 – MAY 23RD, 2012

Going in:

1 - Journey, as played on PlayStation Network by Chris, Eric and (somewhat begrudgingly) Steve

2 - Fez, as played on Xbox Live Arcade by Chris, Steve, and Eric

3 - Awesomenauts, as played on PlayStation Network by Chris and Eric

4 - Xenoblade Chronicles, as played on Wii by Eric

5 - Mass Effect 3, as played on Xbox 360 by Chris and Eric

6 - Trials Evolution, as played on Xbox Live Arcade by Chris and Eric

7 - Pushmo, as played on 3DS by Steve

8 - Twisted Metal, as played on PlayStation 3 by Eric

9 - Syndicate, as played on Xbox360 by Chris and Eric

10 - Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs attack, as played on PlayStation Network by Chris and Steve

Up for Nomination:

Datura (PSN)

Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II (XBLA)

Mario Tennis Open (3DS)

Mincraft (XBLA)

Diablo III (PC)

Going out:

1 - Diablo III, as played on a Personal Computer by Chris and Steve

2 - Journey, as played on PlayStation Network by Chris, Eric and (somewhat begrudgingly) Steve

3 - Awesomenauts, as played on PlayStation Network by Chris and Eric

4 - Xenoblade Chronicles, as played on Wii by Eric

5 - Mass Effect 3, as played on Xbox 360 by Chris and Eric

6 - Fez, as played on Xbox Live Arcade by Chris, Steve, and Eric

7 - Trials Evolution, as played on Xbox Live Arcade by Chris and Eric

8 - Pushmo, as played on 3DS by Steve

9 - Twisted Metal, as played on PlayStation 3 by Eric

10 - Syndicate, as played on Xbox360 by Chris and Eric

Recap: The King is dead. Long live the King. Despite a miserable launch Diablo III exploded out of the gate and toppled Journey's two month reign at number one. Like most of rational humanity, both Steve and Chris harbored a certain fondness for Diablo II, and whether it was rooted in their adolescent addiction to isometric loot acquisition or because, damn it, it's such a great experience; Diablo III seemed to pick up exactly where Diablo II left off. Steve is also apparently reviewing Diablo III, which explains why, among other things, the podcast we recorded five days ago is currently MIA and his legitimate surprise at learning E3 was less than two week away. Personally I don't understand any of this because, like any good drug, the means to acquire it are too expensive i.e. my PC sucks. I do, however, recognize its profound effect on the mind-brains of my co-hosts; without any regret or sense of irony both declared they'd likely be enjoying Diablo III well into next winter.

In other news, neither Datura nor Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II managed to crack the top ten. Datura was a great idea compromised by fairly poor controls while a second episode of Sonic 4 was a curious disappointment and little else.

Minecraft nearly destroyed my life. After, I don't know, twenty hours of building a glass palace in the sky I decided the process of mining and cooking sand felt a lot like work and, even though I was legitimately enjoying myself, I felt sort of rotten about the whole thing. There is an objective game there, sort of, but there was virtually no point in erecting a giant sky palace with lava pools and water columns if there wasn't anyone else there to see it. There's a riddle in there somewhere but rather than figure it out I abandoned ship.

I can't remember what Steve said about Mario Tennis Open but the tagline in his review, "less is less," should serve as a pretty good indicator of its strength, or lack thereof.

Tragedy of the week goes to Fez, which fell six spots in a power move by Chris. I didn't argue, and since Diablo III came out before Steve could apply his alien intellect to its puzzles, he didn't care to object.

In any case the Flap Jaw Space Power Rankings currently look extremely powerful. There are no more easy cuts, as every game that remains declares at least one impassioned champion. Given there aren't really a whole lot of mega huge games coming out soon, not to mention a podcast format hiatus while we kill ourselves at E3, but that doesn't mean something crazy from earlier in the year could sneak up on us. Smart money is on Steve with Kid Icarus however I plan on giving the critically maligned I am Alive a shot soon, not to mention the first retail game I'll buy for my Vita in Gravity Rush.

Who knows what will happen?!? Check back in hopefully under a month.

Previous Power Rankings: Episode 50 | Episode 51

Welcome to the Flap Jaw Space Power Rankings (text edition), a written recap of the dynamic perversion and informal melee that unfolded on the previous episode of Flap Jaw Space: The Digital Chumps Podcast. Power Rankings is a running segment where we continually update the ten best games of 2012 every episode. If you're new, there's quite a bit of nuance and havoc that goes into these deliberations, most of which you can read about in the origin story here. The important thing to remember is that Chris had this idea approximately one (1) week before the similarly themed concept from Polygon. So, without further delay,

THE FLAP JAW SPACE POWER RANKINGS - EPISODE 51 - MAY 8TH, 2012

Going in:

1 - Journey, as played on PlayStation Network by Chris, Eric and (somewhat begrudgingly) Steve

2 - Fez, as played on Xbox Live Arcade by Chris and Eric

3 - Xenoblade Chronicles, as played on Wii by Eric

4 - Mass Effect 3, as played on Xbox 360 by Chris and Eric

5 - Twisted Metal, as played on PlayStation 3 by Eric

6 - Syndicate, as played on Xbox360 by Chris and Eric

7 - Trials Evolution, as played on Xbox Live Arcade by Chris

8 - Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs attack, as played on PlayStation Vita by Chris and Steve

9 - NFL Blitz, as played on Xbox Live Arcade by Chris

10 - Ghost Trick, as played on an iPhone 4S by Chris

Up for Nomination: The Darkness II - Super Monday Night Combat - Awesomenauts - Pushmo

Going out:

1 - Journey, as played on PlayStation Network by Chris, Eric and (somewhat begrudgingly) Steve

2 - Fez, as played on Xbox Live Arcade by Chris and Eric

3 - Awesomenauts, as played on PlayStation Network by Chris and Eric

4 - Xenoblade Chronicles, as played on Wii by Eric

5 - Mass Effect 3, as played on Xbox 360 by Chris and Eric

6 - Trials Evolution, as played on Xbox Live Arcade by Chris and Eric

7 - Pushmo, as played on 3DS by Steve

8 - Twisted Metal, as played on PlayStation 3 by Eric

9 - Syndicate, as played on Xbox360 by Chris and Eric

10 - Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs attack, as played on PlayStation  Vita by Chris and Steve

Recap: With only 28 cubes under his belt, Steve busted out of the gate by suggesting we move Fez ahead of Journey. Neither Chris nor I were prepared to make this move. In fact, upon the revelation of Fez' monster mind second layer, we both entered with the intention of moving Fez down a few places. Out of nowhere Steve then compared Fez' music to an unconscious fondness for living in our respective mother's wombs, which, despite being a time that none of us remembered, we all conceptually agreed with. Born out of this resolve was an affirmation that Fez was good enough for second place - for now.

Awesomenauts was undoubtedly the greatest surprise. From a game that we were only vaguely aware of a few weeks ago to what's currently the third best game of the year was quite a journey. Chris and former Flap Jaw Space special guest Chris Smith played enough to achieve the unrecognized rank of master, while my ultimate appreciation was held back by an unrefined skill set. In any case it was a lot of fun and held true to Chris' line of, "it's like Capcom made a Mega Man MOBA" which has now sold the game to five different people. Steve claimed he would be buying Awesomenauts before the next podcast, Chris and crew seem to be cruising past infatuation and into long term commitment, or at least that's what they're saying until Diablo 3 comes out and everyone goes Leonard Shelby on everything else from 2012.

In Steve's second left field instance of the evening arrived Pushmo. If you’re paying attention you would notice that Pushmo actually came out on December 8th, 2011. After a bit of discussion we decided the Flap Jaw Space Power Rankings would run from December 2011 to December 2012, which sort of makes sense considering everyone usually ignores games released in December. In any case I had no idea what the hell Steve was talking about when he was describing this game, but after a brief demonstration he killed off any chance I had at finishing Resident Evil Revelations and motivated me to pick it up immediately. The staggering amount of content, apparent challenge, ridiculous price, and fondness for portable puzzle games makes Pushmo sound like a no-brainer that requires a brain. If nothing else, like Steve said, it proves there's still a space out there for original puzzle games. 

Chris also brought Super Monday Night Combat to the table, however its strength was weakened when he discovered it was merely a MOBA conduit for Awesomenauts. It was thereby resolved to the nebulous, "It's pretty cool, but I don't know" category occupied by hits like Tribes Ascend and Quell.

I brought and immediately rejected The Darkness II on the grounds of it being a largely miserable experience. I liked the art style and the idea of using the darkness as an extension of Jackie's melee set, however that's pretty much what it boiled down to; a whip and a gravity gun. The narrative, which split time between an mental hospital and the 'real world' and tasked the player with figuring out which actually happing, was sort of cool, but not enough to trump the monotony of soulless shooting and a repeating hell of bad guys.

NFL Blitz and Ghost Trick fell off by the simple math associated with process of elimination. While we lost two downloadable titles the obvious trend remains; we're playing (and loving) a lot more sub-$15 games.

And thus ends the Flap Jaw Space Power Rankings for Episode 51. Check back on May 22nd when Chris and Steve talk endlessly about Diablo 3 and Eric finally engages the 2010 PC game of the year 2011, but on a console in 2012. Or something.  

In the interest of condensation, we're going to post new episodes here in blog format. That way, you can access all of Eric's written recaps and other musing related to the podcast. The RSS feed will stay exactly the same, so you and the other millions (and millions) of Flap Jaw Space listeners do not have to update your aggregators and such. As always, thanks for listening to our idiotic blathering.

Despite the fact that we promise a free copy of The Witcher 2 (PC) at the beginning the podcast this week, we forget by the end. (I promise we'll do it next week.) Aside from that, we're talking updated Power Rankings this week, with special respect to Steve's perspective on Fez. Also making appearances this week are the awesome Awesomenauts, Pushmo, The Darkness II, Super Monday Night Combat, and a little mop up duty from 2011's backlog. Don't forget your $200 sunglasses this week, because we're shining the light of our untrained and unrefined idiotic opinions once again.

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