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Random Encounter 293 – Dogmatic Dragons

Random Encounter 293 Dragon's Dogma 2 and Mars After Midnight characters

On this episode of Random Encounter, we’re looking at a game-of-the-year contender and the latest from one of the industry’s most visionary indie devs. 

First up, Izzy is here to chat about Dragon’s Dogma 2. The sequel to Capcom’s cult-classic Dragon’s DogmaDD2 is the true realization of many of the ahead-of-their-time gameplay mechanics of its predecessor. However, this positive fanfare has recently been overshadowed by the controversy of predatory microtransactions included in this full-price game. Do these money-grubbing measures really impact players’ overall enjoyment of the title?

Then, Tim is here to chat about Lucas Pope’s latest game, Mars After Midnight. Known for his indie classics Papers, Please and Return of the Obra Dinn, Pope has moved from consoles and PC over to the crank-enhanced handheld known as the Playdate. Does the tiny screen and simplified gameplay hurt MaM, or do the limitations inspire brilliance?

Featuring: Jono Logan, Izzy Parsons, and Tim Rattray; Edited by Jono Logan

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Jonathan Logan

Jonathan Logan

Jonathan (he/him), or Jono for short, is the host of Random Encounter and the Reviews Manager for RPGFan. While reviewing a game, he has been known to drink up to 10 cups of tea to keep focused (Earl Grey, milk, no sugar). Fun fact: Jono holds a Masters of Music Theatre degree, which is only slightly less useful than it sounds.

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