March 21, 2013

VGH #91: Loghead

VGH #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!

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March 14, 2013

VGH Interview: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

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.

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March 8, 2013

D.J.’s top 5 Rock Band DLC songs

Rock Band

As we covered in Episode 90, Rock Band may be over, but the massive music libraries we’ve built over the last six years are here to stay. I thought I’d share a list of my favorite songs to play–which was actually turned out to be quite difficult since my original PS3 died late last year and I still haven’t gotten around to redownloading all my songs onto the new one. But anyway, these are some of my personal picks for whenever I feel like picking up that plastic guitar.

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March 7, 2013

VGH #90: Done like Dinner

VGH #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, and recommending you avoid Aliens: Colonial Marines and The Last Remnant.

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February 28, 2013

VGH #89: MAXIMUM SADNESS

VGH #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.

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February 24, 2013

Win Runner2 and other BIT.TRIP prizes!

I AM ONLY A MAN

Runner2 is out this week and we’re excited! We’re so excited, in fact, that we’re giving away some BIT.TRIP prizes to get you hyped up for the new game.

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February 21, 2013

VGH #88: The Alpha Protocol of Handhelds

VGH #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.

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February 14, 2013

VGH #87: Individual Co-op

VGH #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.

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February 8, 2013

Our favorite game music of 2012 – Volume 2

I'll return one day to antagonize YOU, Billy and Jimmy!

BGM Mode is back with volume 2 of the best game music of 2012. Today, we’ve got Paul’s picks. (more…)

February 7, 2013

VGH #86: Yo Dawg

VGH #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.

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February 6, 2013

Our favorite game music of 2012 – Volume 1

This would make more sense if there were some airplanes.

It may already be February, but 2012 lives on thanks to my iPod filled with last year’s best game soundtracks. Put on some headphones and listen to a quick sampling of ten of my favorites below. (more…)

January 31, 2013

VGH #85: Which Claw Is Right for You?

VGH #85: Which Claw Is Right for You?

It’s dangerous to go alone, so why not take some friends? On this week’s show, we’re talking 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.

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January 24, 2013

VGH #84: Subtly Racist Stereotypes

VGH #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.

Special thanks to listener kube00 for suggesting this week’s topic!

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January 17, 2013

VGH #83: Experimentational

VGH #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.

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January 15, 2013

D.J.’s Top Games in 2012

Soulcalibur V

#5: Soulcalibur V

It’s been an auspicious year for fighting games–can you imagine the reaction just a few years ago if someone predicted that in one year, we’d see new iterations of nearly every major fighting franchise? That’s exactly what happened in 2012, and I’ve got to give credit to the latest in my favorite fighting series: Soulcalibur. Despite some skepticism over new gameplay mechanics and a dramatically different character roster, SCV emerged as one of the series’ strongest entries and even appeared to gain back some respect from the arcade circuit. Best of all: No Star Wars characters in sight.

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January 14, 2013

Randy’s Top 10 Games of 2012

10. Deadlight
The folks at Xbox Live usually horde some of their best downloadable titles for their Summer of Arcade campaign. The headliner of 2012’s line-up for me was easily Deadlight, a 2D puzzle-platformer from Spanish developer Tequilaworks. Combining a visual style heavily influenced by LIMBO and gameplay elements reminiscent of Shadow Complex, you play as a survivor of the zombie apocalypse trying to navigate your way through the decimated remains of Seattle. Filled with challenging environmental puzzles and intense “run or die” moments, Deadlight brought a fresh perspective to the zombie survival genre.

 

9. Journey
What can be said about Journey that hasn’t been said already? It’s a game but it’s not. It features multiplayer but you can’t play it with your friends. It’s surprisingly moving, occasionally frightening, and very, very strange. Most importantly, Journey is an experiment in gaming that succeeds primarily because of the fearlessness of developer thatgamecompany.

 

8. Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack
The jury’s still out on Sony’s Playstation Vita but most owners agree that its gaming line-up was a bit slight in early 2012. Mutant Blobs Attack was an early Vita release but it remains one of the most fun and original experiences on the system. You play as a one-eyed blob who rolls along absorbing pieces of the environment and growing in size until, eventually, terrorizing the populace and attracting the attention of the military. It’s one of the most laugh-out-loud funny games of the year, filled with 1950’s B-movie tropes and a roster of evolving powers that allow your blob to dominate Earth.
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January 10, 2013

VGH #82: Eat a Pork Bun!

VGH #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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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