Vidjagame Apocalypse

We're continuing to play with format this week, starting with a non-traditional Top 5 about sequels that went by completely different names. Why's it non-traditional? We don't even start with a set list, and debate to decide it right there on the show! Then we'll delve into a slew of new releases including Palworld and Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, the reveals from the Xbox Developer Direct, and the franchises you think should be re-rebooted.

Question of the Week: What's your favorite game that could be considered a knockoff of another, more successful game?

Break song is A.M. 180 by Grandaddy. Vidjagame Apocalypse theme by Matthew Joseph Payne.

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Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown is out this week, and we're all big fans! Before we dig into it on the show, though, it also inspired this episode's (traditionally formatted) Top 5, about series that have gotten more than one reboot over the years. Then we'll talk about Billy Mitchell settling with Twin Galaxies, GameStop backing off NFTs, and the series-outlier games whose gameplay you wish they'd revisit.

Question of the Week: What once-rebooted franchise do you think could benefit from another big reset? 

Break song is Mond, Mond, Ja, Ja by Die K√•fer. Vidjagame Apocalypse theme by Matthew Joseph Payne.

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With Tekken 8 launching in a matter of weeks, this week's Top 5 pays homage to other series that managed to hit at least eight games (and kept the number somewhere in their titles) - but with a twist, as we continue to experiment with new Top 5 formats. This week, we combine a trivia contest and a debate over which games should be included... to, uh, uneven results. Then we'll get into HBO's The Last of Us casting its Abby, SAG-AFTRA striking a game-voiceover deal with an AI studio, and your most anticipated games of 2024.

Question of the week: What's an outlier or unusual game in a long-running series whose gameplay formula you wish they'd revisit? 

Break song is The Count Sings About 8 from Sesame Street. Vidjagame Apocalypse theme by Matthew Joseph Payne.

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Let's start off 2024 right: With a look at five games we're especially looking forward to in the next 12 months! Then we'll get into the Polymega retro console (and Mikel's nearly four-year wait to get one), the 14,000 games Steam added in 2023, the first human being to "beat" NES Tetris, and your personal Games of the Year for 2023.

Question of the Week: Which game are you most looking forward to in 2024?

Break song is New Year's Resolution Song by Rhett & Link. Vidjagame Apocalypse theme by Matthew Joseph Payne

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