September 6, 2013

#112: Seven Donuts

We've got a report on the best new games and biggest announcements from PAX Prime 2013 in Seattle! In the Hangover, we're still playing Splinter Cell Blacklist, Shin Megami Tensei IV, and the Backlog Attack continues on with Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel. Also, your completed games and gaming rage stories in Viewer Mail!

Things Discussed: Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel, Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, Lost Planet 3, Mighty No. 9, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, Oculus Rift, PAX, PAX Prime 2013, Shin Megami Tensei IV, Speedrunners, Splinter Cell Blacklist, The Last of Us

August 29, 2013

#111: Whoops I'm a Ghost

RAGE! RAGE! RAGE! We're letting off some steam over the things in games that make us mad. (Then we're binge eating.) In the Hangover, we're playing Splinter Cell Blacklist and Spec Ops: The Line. Also, your comments from Twitter on Viewer Mail, and the final weekly challenge in the Backlog Attack contest!

Things Discussed: Spec Ops: The Line, Splinter Cell Blacklist

August 22, 2013

#110: Drop the Beets

Are you a game collector or just a hoarder? This week, we're talking about the nuances of video game collecting and how well we've been able to resist the allure of that shiny, new collector's edition. In the Hangover, we're playing Steamworld Dig, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, Divekick, and D.J. rants a little about Shadows of the Damned's Big Boner. We've also got highlights from the ongoing Backlog Attack contest, plus your Viewer Mail comments!

Things Discussed: Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, Divekick, Shadows of the Damned, Steamworld Dig

August 15, 2013

#109: Oily Men

Oily men, oily, oily men! This week's show is all about oily men (somehow). But then we talk about how Nintendo's doing, so don't worry. The Backlog Attack is in full effect this week, as we play through Resident Evil: Revelations, Spec Ops: The Line and Shadows of the Damned. Also, we highlight some of the best of your own backlog contest entries!

Things Discussed: 3DS, Dragon's Crown, Mindjack, Nintendo, Resident Evil: Revelations, Shadows of the Damned, Spec Ops: The Line, Wii U

August 8, 2013

#108: Gunwheel

We dig into the controversy surrounding Vanillaware's Dragon's Crown this week. How often do a developer's creative decisions (and possibly, their personalities) detract from your gaming experience? We also make some progress in the Summer Backlog Attack: Randy gets into, Mindjack, the second on his list of triple-F titles, and D.J. explains why Analogue: A Hate Story maybe shouldn't have been on his list in the first place. Meanwhile, Paul tries out the gravity-bending co-op of Ibb and Obb.

Things Discussed: Analogue: A Hate Story, Dragon's Crown, Ibb and Obb, Mindjack

August 1, 2013

#107: Anime Butt Posters

We continue our discussion on scalability of game experiences. In the Hangover, Randy talks about samurai warriors using iPads in Shin Megami Tensei IV, Paul has more Project X Zone musings and D.J. grinds beetles to dust in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

Things Discussed: Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Backlog Attack 2013, Project X Zone, Shin Megami Tensei IV

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