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

March 14, 2013

VGH Interview: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

We're joined by Yuri (AKA Dubindoh) from Capcom to talk everything Monster Hunter--from reasons to get excited for the new Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, to the best tips for series newcomers looking to experience their first hunt.

Things Discussed: Capcom, interview, Monster Hunter, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

March 7, 2013

#90: Done like Dinner

Does the end of Rock Band DLC mean the death of rhythm gaming? We look back on the life of the game that put plastic instruments in everyone's living room and talk about why the genre isn't dead yet. In the Hangover, we're playing BIT.TRIP Presents... Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch.

Things Discussed: Aliens: Colonial Marines, BIT.TRIP, BIT.TRIP Runner, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate, Guitar Hero, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Rock Band, Runner2, The Last Remnant

February 28, 2013

#89: MAXIMUM SADNESS

Sony's revealed the PlayStation 4 and we're filled with excitement... or at least we think that's what that is. Also, we pass judgment on Crysis 3, enjoy cutting everything in sight in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and try to play Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate.

Things Discussed: Crysis 3, Metal Gear Rising Revengeance, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, PlayStation 4

February 21, 2013

#88: The Alpha Protocol of Handhelds

We’re either celebrating the PlayStation Vita’s one-year anniversary or delivering its eulogy. You be the judge. Also: Fire Emblem frustration, Monster Hunter anticipation, and Ghost Recon cooperation.

Things Discussed: Alpha Protocol, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, PlayStation Vita, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

February 14, 2013

#87: Individual Co-op

What makes a good gaming protagonist? We look at some good and bad examples, plus the importance of a character's backstory and gender. Also: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and yet more Dead Space 3.

Things Discussed: Dead Space 3, Metal Gear Rising Revengeance

February 7, 2013

#86: Yo Dawg

Yo dawg, we herd you like games so we put stuff from your favorite game into another game! (We're talking about spin-offs and how to do them correctly.) Also, Randy and D.J. brave Fire Emblem: Awakening on the 3DS and permanent guest host Matt ventures into Double Fine's The Cave.

Things Discussed: Fire Emblem: Awakening, Metal Gear Rising Revengeance, The Cave

January 31, 2013

#85: Which Claw Is Right for You?

It's dangerous to go alone, so why not take some friends? We talk about Nintendo's suggestion that the next Zelda game might be a co-op affair. We also dig into some other beloved games that made scary changes, including Red Faction, Final Fantasy, and Metroid. In The Hangover, D.J. gets his hands on the upcoming Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and Randy weighs on the new Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time.

Things Discussed: Dead Space 3, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time

January 24, 2013

#84: Subtly Racist Stereotypes

This episode, we're talking all things 90s gaming: shoebox Gameboys and other, more dubiously portable handhelds, gaming urban legends, classic series that need to make a comeback, and others that we probably should have left behind. In the Hangover, we're getting strange vibes from Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational on the Vita and taking a sneak peak at Klei's 2D wilderness survival game, Don't Starve.

Things Discussed: Don't Starve, Final Fantasy, Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational, Medievil, Sonic the Hedgehog, Space Quest, Street Fighter II, Tomb Raider

January 17, 2013

#83: Experimentational

We set high expectations for 2013 with our year's most wanted lists. Will this be the year Animal Crossing finally arrives on the 3DS?? Also, Randy's terrified after an early playthrough of the Dead Space 3 demo, Paul and D.J. compare dungeonmaster notes on Yasumi Matsuno's bite-sized RPG, Crimson Shroud, and a shocking new year's gaming resolution.

Things Discussed: Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Bioshock Infinite, Crimson Shroud, Dead Space 3, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Grand Theft Auto V, Guild02, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, Metal Gear Rising Revengeance, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Remember Me, Runner2, SimCity, Splinter Cell Blacklist, The Last of Us, Tomb Raider

January 10, 2013

#82: Eat a Pork Bun!

2012 was a huge year for games and we're discussing just a few of the many contenders for Game of the Year, before finally revealing our personal top five.

Things Discussed: Best of 2012, Borderlands 2, Crimson Shroud, Dishonored, Far Cry 3, FTL: Faster than Light, Journey, Mark of the Ninja, Mass Effect 3, Quantum Conundrum, Quarrel, Rhythm Heaven, Rhythm Heaven Fever, Sleeping Dogs, Soulcalibur V, Spec Ops: The Line, The Walking Dead, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

January 8, 2013

Mini Hangover: The Walking Dead

In our last Mini Hangover of Season 2, we have a spoiler filled chat about Telltale's The Walking Dead! Spoiler alert!

Things Discussed: The Walking Dead

January 1, 2013

Mini Hangover: Far Cry 3

Good news everyone! Paul and Matt decide to wax poetic about Far Cry 3, one of the best games of 2012. Wub wub wub.

Things Discussed: Far Cry 3

December 27, 2012

Mini Hangover: Playland Japan / DJMAX Technika Tune

Another arcade in San Francisco? D.J. gives a tour of the crazy Japanese games on display at Playland Japan and then talks about his current Vita—yes, Vita—obsession: DJMAX Technika Tune.

Things Discussed: arcade, DJMAX Technika Tune, Playland Japan, Rhythm Heaven

December 20, 2012

#81: Dediquation

We send off 2012 with our 2nd annual Hungover Hangover, featuring your calls, your emails, and our drunken answers. Find out our most influential games of all time, how to beat Tetris, and which host is already planning to eat the others. Thanks for an amazing year!

Things Discussed: Tetris, Wii Fit

December 13, 2012

VGH Interview: EEDAR's Geoff Zatkin

We interview special guest Geoff Zatkin, president and co-founder of EEDAR, an organization specializing in market research and insight into the games industry. He shares some surprising gaming trends, stories from his days developing EverQuest, what game reviewers are getting right, and why you should never bet against Nintendo.

Things Discussed: EEDAR, Everquest, interview, Metacritic, Nintendo