July 25, 2013

#106: Community Grooming

It's tougher than ever to fit lengthy gaming experiences into our crowded schedules. We discuss what we do when faced with the 60-odd-hour JRPG, whether it's the developers that should be more considerate, and what's truly important for us to get out of our precious gaming time. In the Hangover, Randy selflessly throws himself on top of The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, D.J. saves the world many times in Half-Minute Hero, and Paul... well, Paul's still doing his Animal Crossing thing.

Things Discussed: Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Backlog Attack 2013, Flower Town, Half-Minute Hero, The Last of Us, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct

July 18, 2013

#105: Silly Shenanigans Funtime

The Summer Backlog Attack returns for 2013! After being humbly defeated last year, we've got our sights on six (or so) new games that we're committing to finish before the Fall releases (and Grand Theft Auto V) hit. Tune in to find out which neglected classics (and which questionable bargain bin finds) we're finally going to play. In the Hangover, Paul indulges in the craziness of Project X Zone, Randy plays Tetris on a touchscreen, and D.J. leads a tour of the 3DS's revamped Mii Plaza and its four new games... which you might actually want to pay for!

Things Discussed: Backlog Attack 2013, Flower Town, Mii Force, Mii Plaza, Monster Manor, Project X Zone, Tetris Blitz, Warrior's Way

July 11, 2013

#104: Creatively Bankrupt

There’s still some life left in those old consoles! We’re looking into the back half of 2013 for the current-gen games we most want to play this year (besides Grand Theft Auto V, of course), including Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Pikmin 3, Pokemon X and Y, and (finally) the new Phoenix Wright game. In the Hangover this week, we've got our spoiler-free review of the new Walking Dead episode, 400 Days, and impressions of the Final Fantasy XIV beta.

Things Discussed: Final Fantasy XIV, Pikmin 3, Pokémon, Splinter Cell Blacklist, The Walking Dead

July 3, 2013

#103: Flying Toasters!

We're playing The Last of Us (still spoiler-free!) and wondering if sometimes games try too hard to be... game-y? We discuss finding a proper mix of gameplay and narrative as games become more cinematic. Also, Randy spends his summer vacation memory hacking and punching dudes in Remember Me's Neo Paris. We've also got your comments on retro games, Illumiroom, and more Animal Crossing!

Things Discussed: Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Remember Me, The Last of Us

June 27, 2013

#102: Out and Proud

Are you a closet gamer? (It's OK, you're among friends.) In a special combo topic from listener Robop1g, we're picking apart the concept of "gamer shame" and seeing how far we have to turn the clock back before games become unplayable. And—as long as we're coming out of the closet—we go on a bit of a tangent and confess our biggest movie shames. In the Hangover, we're playing Mighty Switch Force! 2 on 3DS and experiencing different types of zombie survival in State of Decay and The Last of Us. (Don't worry, no spoilers!) We've also got your reactions to Microsoft's surprise Xbox 180!

Things Discussed: Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Escape from New York, Mighty Switch Force! 2, state of decay, The Last of Us, Xbox One

June 20, 2013

#101: Animal Crossing Mega Thing

We took a break from playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf long enough to record a show! We spend this week trying to pin down what makes Nintendo's offbeat life simulator so popular, sharing stories from our Animal Crossing history, and discussing where the series could go in the future. Also, we have your post-E3 reactions to Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4!

Things Discussed: Animal Crossing, Animal Crossing: New Leaf

June 13, 2013

E3 2013

It's E3 week! We recap some of our favorite highlights and lowlights from the first two days of E3 2013. Yup, just straight up E3 reactions from the VGH Crew!

Things Discussed: E3 2013, Microsoft, Nintendo, PlayStation 4, Sony, Watch Dogs, Wii U, XBONE, Xbox One

June 6, 2013

#100: On like Donkey Kong

VGH levels up to three digits! To celebrate, listener Anthony Ferro joins us to talk Virtual Boy and other gaming gimmicks. In the Hangover, we're playing Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, and Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack. Thanks for your support for over 100 episodes!

Things Discussed: Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, StarCraft II, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack, Virtual Boy, Wii

May 30, 2013

Mini Hangover: Liberation Maiden / Aero Porter

D.J. reviews two more of those wacky Guild01 games for the 3DS. This time, it's Suda51's Liberation Maiden and Yoot Saito's Aero Porter. Tune in if you want to hear about Japan's latest robot invasion and learn about the exciting world of... baggage sorting?

Things Discussed: 3DS, Aero Porter, Akira Yamaoka, Guild01, Liberation Maiden, Suda51, Yoot Saito

May 23, 2013

#99: XBONE

The Xbox One is real and we can't contain our excitement! We discuss Microsoft's next-gen console reveal and how it stacks up with the PlayStation 4. We've also got your reactions to the news! In the Hangover, we're scrounging for bullets in Metro: Last Light, being very secretive about the first Guild-02 title, The Starship Damrey, and making new friends in Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery.

Things Discussed: Guild02, Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery, Metro: Last Light, Microsoft, The Starship Damrey, XBONE, Xbox One

May 16, 2013

VGH Interview: Rex Rocket

We're joined by Robert Maher and Tyler Bud, developers of the retro sci-fi game, Rex Rocket, to talk about their experience developing the game and reaching new fans via Kickstarter. They discuss how to do a modern take on an old school genre, find the line between "epic" and "too epic," and reveal their surprising pick for best Mega Man game of all time.

Things Discussed: Blossom Tales, interview, Kickstarter, Mega Man, Metroid, Rex Rocket

May 8, 2013

#98: Shall We Dash?

Nama biiru hitotsu onegaishimasu! D.J.'s back from Japan with a suitcase full of slimes, cats and beef tongue. We grill him for details about his trip to the gaming mecca. We’re also reading your tweets and messages and talking about our time with Gears of War: Judgment, FarCry 3: Blood Dragon, and Gunslinger Stratos.

Things Discussed: Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Gears of War: Judgment, Grand Theft Auto V, Gunslinger Stratos, Japan, Nintendo

May 2, 2013

#97: Bodacious and Gnarly

The excitement is building but we’ve still got more questions than answers after (repeatedly) watching Rockstar’s new trailers for Grand Theft Auto V. We also break down Nintendo’s odd decision regarding their participation in this year's E3. Also this week: Thomas Was Alone, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Suikoden: Tierkreis, The Last Door, Rex Rocket, and our love for all-things Marc Maron.

Things Discussed: E3, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Grand Theft Auto V, Marc Maron, Rex Rocket, Suikoden: Tierkreis, The Last Door, Thomas Was Alone

April 25, 2013

#96: Suck Mechanic

Does it offend you? On this week’s show, we’re talking about one gamer’s objection to the religious themes in Bioshock Infinite and our own sensitivities to games that push the envelope. We've also got talk of Fire Emblem: Awakening, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, SimCity 2.0, and more. We close out this week's show with a spoiler-filled discussion about the Bioshock Infinite endgame. If you haven't finished the game yet and intend to, be sure to press stop when you hear our warning!

Things Discussed: Bioshock Infinite, Dishonored, Fire Emblem, Guacamelee, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, religion, SimCity

April 18, 2013

#95: Keep Your Ears Peeled

On this week's show, we’re talking about the closing of LucasArts and reflecting on the best stuff from their massive catalog of games, including our hopes for the future of Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Grim Fandango. We’ve also got talk of Guacamelee, the new Dishonored DLC, Quakecon excitement, early multiplayer memories and more.

Things Discussed: Dishonored, Grim Fandango, Guacamelee, Indiana Jones, Lucasarts, Star Wars

April 11, 2013

#94: Mobile Field Nurse (Murse)

Time to pull the plug on online multiplayer? Responding to claims that multiplayer is lagging out, we discuss ways to potentially save it (and whether it deserves saving at all). In the Hangover, everyone's hooked on Bioshock Infinite.

Things Discussed: Bioshock Infinite, Guacamelee

April 4, 2013

#93: Where Hopes and Dreams Go to Die

The often cantankerous relationship between gamers, publishers, and the press is in the spotlight this week. We’ve also got thoughts on Tomb Raider (not Dude Raider) and we’re diving deeper into Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate.

Things Discussed: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Tomb Raider

April 2, 2013

VGH Crossover: Trophies and Achievements

We've got a little something extra for your ears this week: Randy joins forces with some fellow gaming podcasters—Jordan from Boom Headshot, Joe from Geeks With Wives, and Dan from the First World Podcast—to discuss their love/hate relationships with achievements and trophies. They also weigh in on recent releases like Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, God of War: Ascension, Dead Space 3, and Runner 2.

Things Discussed: Dead Space 3, epic crossover, God of War: Ascension, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, Runner2

March 28, 2013

#92: Penguins Are Awful

This week’s show is all about the games! Paul and D.J. weigh in on their latest obsession, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, and Randy is just back from PAX East with impressions of Saints Row IV, Watch_Dogs, Transistor, Guacamelee and more.

Things Discussed: Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Cards Against Humanity, Drop That Beat like an Ugly Baby, Drunken Robot Pornography, Guacamelee, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, PAX, PAX East 2013, Remember Me, Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken, Saints Row IV, Splinter Cell Blacklist, Super TIME Force, Transistor, Watch Dogs, Zombicide

March 21, 2013

#91: Loghead

If loving jetpacks and starship dress-up is wrong, we don't want to be right! This week, we share all the "wrong" reasons we play games. In the Hangover, Randy 100-percents Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate on the 3DS, Paul finds a satisfying sendoff in Mass Effect 3 Citadel DLC, and D.J. promises Battlefield 3: End Game will be the last mention of battles and fields... at least until BF4. Also, we've got your favorite classic rhythm games in Viewer Mail!

Things Discussed: Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate, Dragon Quest IX, Just Cause 2, Limbo, Mass Effect 3, Nier, Red Faction: Guerrilla, Saints Row: The Third, Star Trek Online