Vidjagame Apocalypse

It's the first week of October, which means the start of four weeks of unbridled terror (OK not really) as we focus on horror games! This week, Anthony Abatte joins us to talk about five games that went for underwater scares, often by sticking players into oppressive deep-sea environments filled with massive wildlife and other threats. Then we'll switch gears to talk about Overwatch 2, Valkyrie Elysium, Stadia's shutdown, and your favorite X-Men.

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Welcome to the Hellmouth Weirdos! Your favorite Morbid hosts Ash and Alaina are branching out from true crime and heading to Sunnydale for the ultimate Buffy the Vampire Slayer Rewatch podcast! Alaina is a Buffy superfan and Ash has never watched a single episode, so whether you’re Team Angel, Team Spike, or have no clue who those people are…they’ve got you covered!

Join them each week as they slay their way through the series, episode by episode, re-watching, and watching for the very first time. They’ll break down Buffy and her friends' adventures through weekly recaps, categories, and awards while Ash takes some (wooden stake) stabs at predicting what she thinks will happen next. They'll also welcome the occasional Buffy cast member, guest star, or celebrity superfan to join in the slaying.

Listen to The ReWatcher: http://wondery.fm/LT_ReWatcher

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With Hugh Jackman confirming his return as Wolverine for Deadpool 3, we're going topical this week and inviting Steve Guntli of Wii Universe for a look at the five "best" games to star Logan by his lonesome. Then it's on to Session: Skate Simulator, Beacon Pines, more Metal Hellsinger, Disney's Star Wars game plans, and your preferences re: looking at leaks.

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Return to Monkey Island hit this week, and its opening inspired us to bring Tony Wilson aboard for a look at five games that start you off as someone who'll shortly exit and won't be playable again for the rest of the game.* Then it's on to Trombone Champ, Metal Hellsinger, the GTA 6 leak, PSVR2 leaving PSVR games behind, and your favorite two-and-through series.

* Yep, we already did this topic in 2019, but only realized it after the fact. The discussion, however, is totally new!

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After seeing more of God of War Ragnarök at Sony's State of Play this week, we felt inspired to look at other series that told their stories across (or were abandoned after) just two games, something that's only really strange because we're so used to everything being trilogies in this industry. Then we'll dig into Steelrising, Freedom Planet 2, the reveals from State of Play, the Nintendo Direct, and Ubisoft Forward, and your personal Lord of the Rings-related stories.

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With Amazon debuting the absurdly expensive Rings of Power series last week, we decided it was as good a time as any to chat about five of the best Lord of the Rings games, with special guest Anthony Abatte. Then it's on to Splatoon 3, Disney Dreamlight Valley, and Immortality, Sony and Microsoft beefing over Call of Duty, and the classic games you'd like to see gathered up in lavish, detail-filled collections.

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Everybody's familiar with scary videogame clowns, from Sweet Tooth to Generic Zombie Clown #27, but how many pure, unironic clowns can you think of? This week, the legendary Chris Baker joins us to talk about five of them, after which we'll get into his new game, Circus Electrique (out September 6), as well as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection, Destroy All Humans! 2 Reprobed, Big Chungus potentially joining MultiVersus, and the series you think could stand to get sillier.

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This week saw the return of Saints Row after a nine-year hiatus (or five, if you count Agents of Mayhem), so we're honoring its hero's journey from so-so GTA-like to ridiculous fantasy with a Top 5 about game series that ran out of fucks and to embraced absurdity. Then TL Foster joins us to talk about not just the new Saints Row but Midnight Fight Express, Gamescom announcements, and your favorite fictional sports.

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Madden’s out this week, but it’s been a big week for games about made-up sports as well, what with Rollerdrome and Rumbleverse busting onto the scene with their improbable competitions. So let’s take a look at five other games entirely about sports that would be difficult if not impossible to re-create in real life, after which we’ll get into Cult of the Lamb, NFL Blitz getting a censored Arcade1Up release, and the games you’ve restarted the most without ever finishing.

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Light-gun games have all but disappeared from relevance, but there was a time when they were everywhere — and in those days, it was possible for some real gems to be overlooked. Dan Amrich joins us for a look back at five light-gun shooters that deserve another, closer look, after which we'll get into Pac-Man live-action movie news, EVO 2022 announcements, Splatoon 3 reveals, and your all-time favorite videogame weapons.

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With this week's release of Frogun and its titular talking weapon, we welcome back Tony Wilson of Framework for a chat about five of our other favorite talking implements of destruction. Then it's on to Xenoblade Chronicles 3, Hooked on You: A Dead By Daylight Dating Sim, Grand Theft Auto 6 rumors, and your favorite videogame villains to play as.

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Bringing an enemy around to your way of thinking can be a powerful thing - and in games, adding a former nemesis to your ranks can be a lot cooler than offing them. TL Foster joins us to talk about five of our favorite examples, after which we'll dig into Live A Live, highlights from the Annapurna Interactive Showcase, and the games you wanted badly enough to import.

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Live A Live's launch this week is a reminder that even if a Japanese game doesn't come to the US for decades, it doesn't mean it never will. With localization expert Greg Moore in the guest-host chair, we chat about five games that took ages to get English releases, after which we sharpen our claws on Stray and MultiVersus, speculate about John Romero's new shooter, and get into the weeds with your childhood anecdotes that kids today just wouldn't understand.

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"1980s kids in peril" has been pretty thoroughly mined as a concept by now, and yet relatively few games have tried to recapture the (heavily idealized and romanticized) experience of being a kid in that strange decade - so let's grab Leif Johnson and talk about five of them! Then we'll get into Monster Hunter Rise's Sunbreak expansion, Last Call BBS, Robocop's new game announcement, and your earliest memories of being wowed by games.

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We're pretty big suckers for Super NES nostalgia, to the point where we decided it'd be a good idea to grab Greg Moore and talk in a non-visual medium about five games that made incredible use of the 16-bit console's most striking visual effect. Then we'll talk more about Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course, the Skull and Bones reveal, and your favorite games of 2022 so far.

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We're at the halfway point of another year, which means it's time to look back and anoint our five favorite games of 2022's first six months, with help from TL Foster! Then we'll get into the Capcom Fighting Collection, Cuphead's Delicious Last Course, more Neon White discourse, Nintendo Direct news, and your favorite videogame dinosaur moments!

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One of humanity's greatest regrets is that we never existed at the same time as dinosaurs, and therefore never got to fight them in a planetwide Thunderdome for control of existence. So instead, we imagine the conflict over and over in videogames. This week, Chris picks out five of the best games to feature human-on-dinosaur violence, after which we'll get into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge, Neon White, news about Final Fantasy VII Remake and Dragon's Dogma sequels, and your favorite multi-version games.

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Videogames aren't always the most welcoming medium for newcomers, and one way they can confuse is through their titles; some series are easy enough to decipher, while others are Byzantine jumbles of numbers and subtitles. With game-industry legend Chris Baker on board, we look at five series with nonsensical titles, after which we'll dig into Summer Games Fest, the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase, Capcom's reveals, and the announcements from the above that you're most excited for.

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If they were to happen in real life, the events of a lot of videogames could leave a person seriously messed up - and yet, videogame protagonists always seem to effortlessly bounce back in time for a new adventure. Every so often, though, the events of one game will leave a hero at their breaking point in the next, and this week we invite Tony Wilson of Framework for a chat about five standout examples of heroes who had a hard time coping with the things they'd seen and done. Then we'll get into The Quarry, Sony's State of Play, and the movie characters you think more games should shamelessly rip off.

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Back in the '80s, Rambo (along with a lot of other action and sci-fi movie franchises) had a huge influence on game developers, and there was a point when the standard uniform for serious arcade action heroes was just a pair of pants and a headband. This week, TL Foster joins us for a celebration of five of gaming's most memorable John Rambo clones, after which we'll dig into Sniper Elite 5, Diablo Immortal, PlayStation's TV and movie plans, and the fad toys that disappointed you the most as kids.

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Roller Champions is out this week, so to mark the occasion, we decided it'd be as good a time as any to look at five action games starring rough-and-tumble badasses who are strapped into a pair of roller skates the entire time for some reason. Then we'll talk about Microsoft Flight Simulator's Top Gun expansion, Pac Man Museum+, EA acquisition rumors, and your favorite games based on kids' cartoons.
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This week was sandwiched between an elaborate MultiVersus Trailer and the new Rescue Rangers movie, so naturally our thoughts gravitated toward children's TV animation — specifically, five of our favorite games based on it — and we invited Jeremy King of the Film Heat podcast on to help us talk about it. Then it's on to Sony's latest PS+ announcements, rumors of new Silent Hills, and the EA games you'd like to see get a remake.

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With this week's release of Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising — a side-scrolling prequel to the upcoming JRPG Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes — we've invited Anthony Abatte on for a look at five other times big games gave players a little taste with all-too-brief (non-demo) prequel games before launch. Then we'll slash our way through Trek to Yomi and Salt and Sacrifice, revisit Rogue Legacy 2, speculate about EA's upcoming projects, and hear about the pack-in games you spent the most time with.

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Some (mostly older) game consoles launched with generation-defining games packed into the box; others found them a little later down the line. This week, we'll take a look at five of the best games ever to be added as a bonus after their native consoles had already been around for a little while, after which we'll get into Nintendo Switch Sports, The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe, Square Enix selling off its western studios, and the books you think would make the best games.

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Dune: Spice Wars hit early access on PC this week, and its based-on-the-movie-based-more-closely-on-the-book status inspired us to invite Ryan Harig of Conspiracy Therapy on for a chat about five games that directly adapted novels and short stories. Then  we'll get into Norco, Sony's game-preservation efforts, the Mario movie getting delayed, and your favorite "lesser" versions of more prominent games.

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With The Batman hitting streaming this week, our dormant interest in The Caped Crusader has been rekindled, and we've invited Dan Amrich on for a chat about five of the best (non-Arkham) Batman games. Then we'll get into the Ghostbusters VR reveal, Sega's alleged Crazy Taxi and Jet Set Radio reboots, and the properties you'd like to see folded, inevitably, into the Kingdom Hearts universe.

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Even the best games aren’t flawless; in fact, some even have moments that can (almost) derail the whole experience. PNB’s TL Foster joins us this week for a look at five of the most glaring examples, after which we’ll get into Chinatown Detective Agency, the Kingdom Hearts 4 reveal, Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s box-office success, and the creators you’d like to see return to the game industry.
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Not only did this week's launch of Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga pleasantly surprise us — it inspired us to invite Greg Moore on for  a Top 5 about lightsabers in non-Star Wars games. Then we'll mourn E3's cancellation, revisit Tunic, and hear your thoughts about Sony's PS+ plans.

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There's an argument to be made for videogame graphics being TOO detailed when that detail starts to include rendered, clearly visible buttholes on little dogs, giant pigs, and other things we won't mention here. But we WILL mention them in the show, as Tony Wilson of Framework joins us to talk about five games that didn't hide their shame, after which we'll get into Weird West, Tiny Tina's Wonderlands, Breath of the Wild 2 getting delayed, and the lesser-known games you'd adapt as TV shows.

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The reappearance of a certain recurring deceiver in Elden Ring inspired this week's Top 5, in which we take a look at some of gaming's most prolific, remorseless, and - inevitably - successful liars ever to repeately pull a metaphorical football away from our digital Charlie Brown at the last second. Then we'll get into Ghostwire: Tokyo, A Plague Tale coming to TV, and your favorite Final Fantasy himbos.

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Usually, games based on a popular media franchises let you embody the main characters from movies, TV shows, or books. This week, though, we'll rope in Brendan "The Crawl" Hesse for a look at five games that cast you as some new nobody who just gets to hang out with the heroes. Then we'll talk about Stranger Of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin, Tunic, Paradise Killer, ID@Xbox, somehow more Elden Ring, and the longest amounts of time you've invested in getting an achievement or trophy.

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WWE 2K22 launches this week, inspiring us to take a look at the way wrestling matches have been represented in non-"sports entertainment" games over the years. Then we'll dig into Gran Turismo 7, lots more Elden Ring, Sony's State of Play, and your feelings on cryptic vs. straightforward games.

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Elden Ring is here, and we can't shut up about it! But before we start being unable to shut up, let's grab Tony Wilson of Framework for a look at five of our favorite open worlds created by Japanese developers. Then we'll talk about GRID Legends, Martha is Dead, Destiny 2 The Witch Queen, Shadow Warrior 3, rumors of Amiico's premature demise, and the games you got the furthest in without actually finishing them.

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Some plot twists are just too good to keep under wraps for long, whether because of a game's popularity, loose-lipped fans, or sequels that build their lore on formerly secret knowledge. This week, Larry Charles joins us for a look at five once-shocking plot twists that have become too broadly known to even be considered spoilers anymore; we're talking "I am your father!"-level, here (but you'll get warnings and timestamps anyway, just in case). Then we'll get into Horizon: Forbidden West, Perfect Tides, Final Fantasy VI Pixel Remaster, the Street Fighter 6 reveal, and the 3DS and Wii U exclusives you think people should grab before they disappear.

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Horizon: Forbidden West is out! To celebrate, we've invited Anthony Abatte to help us take a look at five games set in post-apocalyptic futures where swords, sorcery, and monsters reign supreme. Then we'll talk about King of Fighters XV, Infernax, Nintendo's move to shutter its 3DS and Wii U shops in 2023, and the game characters you'd like to play old versions of.
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Sifu is out this week, and its grow-old-instead-of-dying mechanic inspired us to pull together a top 5 about other games where your character grows up and gets old, with special guest Mike Williams of Fanbyte. Then it's on to Dying Light 2, OlliOlli World, news from the latest Nintendo Direct, and the videogame tunes that get stuck in your heads, unbidden.
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Pokémon Legends: Arceus has us thinking about isekai stories – where a hero is unexpectedly dropped into another world or time period, and struggles to get back – so with PNB’s TL Foster on board, let’s talk about five of our favorites. Then we’ll talk a whole bunch more about Pokémon Legends: Arceus and why it’s getting love even from Pokémon haters, plus Bloodborne PSX, more game-industry acquisitions, Mina the Hollower, and the series you’d want to see go open-world.
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Pokémon Legends: Arceus is out this week, and while it's not quite an open-world game, there was a point when a lot of people thought it was going to be - so with Leif Johnson on board, let's take a look at five series that ditched linearity for an open-world approach. Then we'll shift gears to talk about Windjammers 2, more news from the Microsoft-Activision merger, and some of the dream projects you'd like to see after it happens.

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Rainbow Six Extraction is out this week, pitting three players against the creepy mutant Archaeans - and we had so much fun playing it as a trio that we decided to talk about five of our favorite videogame trios (as a trio, naturally) in the first half of the show. Then it's time to talk about our experience with Extraction, Microsoft buying Activision, and the ways you like to combine fitness and gaming.

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January is the time for new-year's resolutions - and what resolution is more popular, more strenuous, and more quickly abandoned than the one to get in shape? This week, we grab PNB's Robert Beach for a look at five games that make exercise more fun, after which we'll jump into Gar Cry 6's Pagan: Control DLC, Take-Two's Zynga acquisition, in-person E3's cancellation (again), and the games you're looking forward to most this year.

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Another new year begins, as we shake off the holiday cobwebs and get back up to speed with a look ahead at five games we're especially excited to get our hands on in the next 12 months. Will all of them see the light of day? Finding out is part of the fun! With that done, we'll pay tribute to departed icon John Madden, speculate about PSVR2, and hear which 2021 games were your personal GOTYs.

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