Vidjagame Apocalypse (general)

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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Our two-part countdown of 2021's best games concludes this week with our five favorite games of the year, with help from special guests Micah Seff; Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski of Wii Universe; Kat Bailey of IGN and Axe of the Blood God; Leif Johnson; Jorge Albor of Experience Points; Tony Wilson of Framework; and Greg Moore. Which games captivated us enough to merit almost two hours of chatter? Start listening and find out!

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It's time once again to look back on another great year for games and pick our favorites, and this year we're breaking from tradition: Instead of one gargantuan show to mark the end of the year, we're splitting our top 10 across a more digestible two episodes, with this week's show covering entries 10 through 6. But don't fret - we're still going big on these, with a rotating lineup of guest hosts including Brendan Hesse, Steve Guntli, Woody Ciskowski, John Brandon, Anthony Abatte, Jorge Albor, and Tony Wilson. And come back next week, when we'll tear through 5 through 1!

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2021 is drawing to a close(!), and all things considered it's been a pretty great year for videogames. Before we begin our annual GOTY countdown next week, let's invite Tony Wilson of Framework for a look at five of our favorite downloadable expansions this year, after which we'll dig into the Game Awards, some big Assassin's Creed news, and the most expensive gaming accessories you've ever bought.

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December is here and the snow is upon (some of) us, so this week, we're taking a look at games that let us step back from the action, take a deep breath, and nail someone real good with a snowball. Then we'll get into early impressions of Halo Infinite, jump belatedly into Solar Ash, get excited for Dr. Dre in GTA Online, and hear your thoughts on whether PlayStation Plus and Games with Gold should stick around.

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When is the end not the end? When a hinky-looking credits sequence is interrupted to let you know the game's not over yet. This week, PNB's TL Foster rejoins us to talk about five times games faked us out with false endings, after which we'll (finally!) talk about Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, get excited for an anti-scalper-bot bill, and hear who you'd want to purchase Sega (were it ever for sale).

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Happy Black Friday, everybody! With Thanksgiving on our minds this week, we dedicated this week's Top 5 to cooking minigames in bigger, non-cooking-themed games, after which we'll wonder at the possibilities of WB's MultiVersus, delve into a few highly topical game deals, and look at the villains you'd like to play as.

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With this week’s release of the Vaas: Insanity DLC for Far Cry 6, we welcome first-time guest Doug Trein of Basileus Games for a look at five other sequels and expansions that let us embody one of a game’s villains, even if just for a little while. Then we’ll move on to Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy, Halo: Infinite multiplayer, the last batch of backwards-compatible Xbox games, and your favorite videogame liars.

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An "unreliable narrator" can mean that a character is withholding information or deceiving you, or it can, in a very literal sense, mean a narrator who just doesn't have their shit together. Leif Johnson joins us for a look at the latter this week, as we delve into five games that shift and bend to the whims of their narrators' disembodied voices, after which we'll get into Call of Duty: Vanguard, Forza Horizon 5, the promise of double-digit game reveals in this year's Game Awards, and the IP you think deserves its own Smash game.

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Delivering a good, solid kick in a game feels great, especially when it sends your enemies flying helplessly into spikes or off cliffs. This week, the regular VGA crew pays tribute to five of the greatest, meatiest kick attacks ever to grace first-person games, after which we'll start to unpack Unpacking, try not to say too much about Inscryption, see Seth Rogen get his own Donkey Kong movie, and hear which games you think deserve Halloween-themed missions.

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Halloween is almost here, so Anthony Abatte joins us for a look at five times games set aside a chunk of their (non-seasonal) storylines to celebrate Halloween with themed levels or missions! Then we'll wrap up our final show of Spooptober '21 with Resident Evil 4 VR, Riders Republic, Guardians of the Galaxy, reactions to the Uncharted trailer and PlayStation State of Play, and your favorite in-game animal companions.

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Ready to face what lurks in the shadows? No? What if you had... A DOG? Greg Moore rejoins us this week for a look at five horror games that pit you and a canine partner against unspeakable terrors, after which we'll get into The Good Life, be surprised about God of War coming to PC, and look at the settings you'd like to see in more horror games.

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Metroid Dread has launched the series in a suspenseful new direction, and given us an excuse to spend this week talking about some of our favorite horror games set in space, with special guest Alex Faciane of Chilluminati and Super Beard Bros! Then it's on to (of course) Metroid Dread, Back 4 Blood, the official announcement of the Grand Theft Auto trilogy, and the childhood toys you think deserve great videogame adaptations.

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There's something inherently eerie about an empty or abandoned hotel - especially if it's only been abandoned by the living. With Framework's Tony Wilson on board for our second week of Spooptober '21, let's look at five highly memorable haunted hotels, after which we'll talk Far Cry 6, Metroid Dread, Hot Wheels Unleashed, the Twitch hack, and your dream Mario-movie casting.

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Today marks the return of Spooptober, when all of our shows are Halloween-themed for a whole month — but since it's just getting started, let's ease in with guest Greg Moore and five games that let you play as a psychopomp, someone who guides the dead into the afterlife (or, y'know, just punches their ticket, one way or another). Then we'll pivot to ActRaiser Renaissance, Death Stranding Director's Cut, Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye, last week's Nintendo Direct (including THAT casting news), and whether you like episodic games better than stories you get all at once.

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Grand Theft Auto V just turned eight last week, just months shy of its launch on a third console generation - so let's grab PNB's TL Foster for a look at five other games that just keep coming back, with endless re-releases, remasters, and remakes on new hardware. Then we'll investigate Lost Judgement, Kena: Bridge of Spirits, the fallout from Epic v. Apple, and the game-ds trends you'd like to see more (or less) of.

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Deathloop is out this week, and we're excited to talk about it - but first, let's ease in with some a look at five other top-tier time-loop games that came along since we last covered the topic in episode 250. Then it's on to Deathloop, The Artful Escape, WarioWare: Get It Together, last week's PlayStation Showcase, and the game characters you'd want to see kaiju-sized.

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Being normal-sized is cool and all, but what if you could - just for a little bit - get really, enormously huge and just stomp all the monsters or whatever who thought they could push you around? This week, Leif Johnson joins us for a look at five games that (temporarily!) grow their heroes to giant size, after which we'll get into FIST: Forged in Shadow Torch, Sonic Colors Ultimate, Lake, chip-supply shortages, and your best camp stories.

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With another summer more or less over, this week's show takes a look at five games that used summer camp - a place alternately associated with freedom, fun, or terror, depending on the context - as a backdrop for adventure (or muuuurder)! Then we'll dig into No More Heroes III, Maneater: Truth Quest, Yakuza's creator reportedly leaving Sega, and the games you'd love to see get an expanded director's cut.

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This week marks 30 years(!) since the North American launch of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System - by our measure, one of the best consoles ever. To celebrate, we invited Tony Wilson of Framework back on to talk about five of our favorite characters that debuted on Nintendo's 16-bit monster, after which we shift to Psychonauts 2, Twelve Minutes, Gamescom news, and the game worlds you'd love to take a road trip through.

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When it comes to crucibles that test the bonds of friendship or family, few burn hotter than the one where you lock yourselves into a moving vehicle for hours and hours and hours. As summer winds down, we've invited Tony Wilson of Framework for a look at some of the best games built around long road trips, letting us experience the fun and camaraderie of the road without the tedium and frustration (usually). Then it's on to Marvel's Avengers: War for Wakanda, Road 96, Boyfriend Dungeon, and the underrepresented animals that you'd like to see make more game appearances?

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This week has seen an unusual surge in rodent-related media, with star turns for rat swarms in both The Suicide Squad and Assassin's Creed Valhalla. So this week, PNB's TL Foster joins us for a look at five games that featured unstoppable gnawing rat hordes, after which we'll jump into Axiom Verge 2, AC Valhalla's rat-infested The Siege of Paris expansion, Nintendo's Indie World Showcase, and your favorite videogame auteurs.

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Only a few big-name game developers are generally seen as "auteurs" — creators with authorial control over (and who get most of the credit for) the games they make. Every so often, one of them strikes out on their own with a bold new project that gets a lot of people excited... and then falls flat on launch. This week, Steve Guntli of Ultra 64 and Wii Universe for a look at five such beautiful disasters, after which we'll dig into The Ascent, Here Comes Niko!, Street Fighter V's final character, and your favorite Ghostbusters games.

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Neo: The World Ends With You is out this week, giving us the first completely new TWEWY since the DS original, as well as an excuse to revisit Shibuya, one of Tokyo's coolest neighborhoods. Let's celebrate with a look at five other games that let us explore the streets around the Scramble Crossing, after which we'll dig into Death's Door, The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, and Bloodroots; get overwhelmed by Microsoft Flight Simulator's Xbox debut; and hear your thoughts about whether Steam Deck is worth grabbing.

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With Steam Deck and the OLED Switch vying for preorders last week, now seems like an opportune time to grab Greg Moore for a look back at five handhelds that tried and failed to take on Nintendo, but made us love them just the same. Then we get swept away by Cris Tales, Cotton Reboot, and Death's Door; muse about Netflix entering the game industry; and look at the genres you think Donkey Kong should tackle next.

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Donkey Kong, just like the plumber who debuted alongside him in 1981, has expanded far beyond his arcade roots to appear in everything from racers to rhythm games over the years. To celebrate Kong's 40th anniversary, let's take a look at five different genres covered by the ape's impressive oeuvre of games, after which we'll get into Chris' impressions of Zelda: Skyward Sword, scratch our heads over the $1.5 million Mario 64 cart, and hear the historical periods you think Assassin's Creed Infinity should explore.

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Wise old men who lurk in caves to dispense advice and magical weapons are a trope as old as time – but as far as games go, their heyday was firmly in the ’80s. So this week, three cave-dwelling old men named Mikel, Chris, and Matt impart the wisdom of bearded 8-bit hermits to young hero Robert Beach, on loan from PNB. Once that’s over, we’ll dive into Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin, Space Jam: A New Legacy – The Game, Nintendo’s OLED Switch announcement, and your personal games of the (half-)year.

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We've passed the midpoint of the year, so with help from Alex Faciane of Chilluminati and Super Beard Bros, it's time to look back at five games that did the most to light up our first six months of 2021. Then we'll dig into Scarlet Nexus, Cruelty Squad, some interesting Sony rumors and acquisitions, and the long-neglected EA properties you hope to see make an overdue comeback.

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Any fictional feud that goes on long enough is bound, sooner or later, to be put on hold for an episode where the hero and villain team up to survive or fight a greater enemy. And this week, PNB's TL Foster joins us for a look at five games where long-established archnemeses (briefly) put aside their differences and worked together. Then we'll dive into Mario Golf: Super Rush, Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance, the return of a live PAX West, and your favorite announcements from E3 2021.

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E3 came back! Holy crap! And don't worry, we'll get deep in the weeds about it on this week's show, but first we welcome PNB's Brendan Hesse and take a look at our favorite episodes of Conan O'Brien's Clueless Gamer, which recently took its last gasp. Then it's on to Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, a MASSIVE spate of E3 news, and the save-related memories that defined you.

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We've always been great fans of so-called trash pandas at VGA, so when this week's release of Backbone cast one as a down-on-his-luck detective, we indulged our love of raccoons with a Top 5 about games that let you play as them. Then it's on to Chivalry II, the resurfacing of Playdate, Yuji Naka leaving Square Enix, and the most valuable games in your personal collections.

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This week, we stumbled onto PriceCharting.com - a huge database of videogame resale values - and thought it'd be fun to invite retro specialists Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski (of Wii Universe) to talk about which (non-sports, non-game show) games PriceCharting thinks are worth the least on various platforms. Then we'll shift to Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World, Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown, Horizon: Forbidden West's gameplay reveal, a new cut of the old Super Mario Bros. movie, and the Japan-only games you've longed to get your hands on.

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A few weeks ago, we passed the 26th anniversary of the Sega Saturn's deeply weird US launch, so as a belated celebration, Greg Moore joins us to talk about five of the best games that never made it stateside for Sega's wildly underrated 32-bit console. Then we'll jump into Biomutant, Knockout City, rumors of a Final Fantasy Soulslike, and the children's stories you think should get a bit darker.

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Well, here it is, episode 420 - but we already did games that let you smoke pot 311 episodes ago! So instead, let's look at celebrities who've appeared in videogames and now have their own (legal!) cannabis brands, with help from PNB's TL Foster. Then it's on to Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, eBay banning sales of AO-rated games, and the ways our listeners are related to fame.

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Resident Evil Village has its hooks firmly into the whole crew this week, so let's invite PCMag.com's Mike Williams back on to talk about it (and Assassin's Creed Valhalla's Wrath of the Druids DLC) a whole bunch more! We also keep the Resident Evil theme going this week with a look at five standout zombie games from before the first RE debuted, after which we grouse about PS5 shortages, recoil at Yoko Taro's ideas for Monster Hunter, and hear about your favorite (if not fond) Blockbuster Video memories.

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Resident Evil Village is out, and the rampantly fetishized Lady Dimitrescu joins the hallowed ranks of Resident Evil's iconic, nigh-indestructible "stalker" enemies. So let's kick off this week's show with five of the most memorable pursuers from Resident Evils past, and then invite PCMag.com's Mike Williams to tell us about his experience reviewing Village. Then we'll talk Returnal, get into sordid details from the Epic v. Apple lawsuit, and hear about your dream Mortal Kombat guest characters.

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We've just passed two important Mortal Kombat milestones: the 10th anniversary of the franchise-revitalizing Mortal Kombat 9, and the release of a new MK movie that doesn't suck. To celebrate, Anthony Abatte joins us for a look at five of the best guest characters to show up for recent Kombats, after which we'll look at NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139..., Star Wars Pinball VR, and the most memorable demos you've ever played.

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The formerly PlayStation-exclusive MLB The Show is now on Xbox, which is... kinda weird, right? Almost as weird as finding out that developers now closely associated with (and owned by) Sony used to make games for competing platforms, which is what we're delving into this week. Find out what studios like Guerrilla, Naughty Dog, and Sucker Punch were up to before becoming PlayStation mainstays, after which we'll take a look at Immortals Fenyx Rising - The Lost Gods, Sony reversing course on closing its old stores, and unique things about your hometowns.

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The San Francisco Bay Area is home to 2/3 of the VGA crew (along with a big chunk of the games industry), and it's been re-created in a handful of games over the years - so now that our episode count matches our area code, let's grab Tony Wilson of Framework and look at the five games we think did it best. Then we'll shift to Nintendo Indie World announcements, The Last of Us remake drama, and how closely you like your game movies to stick to the script.

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Thankfully, we're well past the point where any unforgiving game gets compared to Dark Souls. What we're talking about this week, with special guest Leif Johnson, are our favorite Souls-likes - that is, games that consciously borrow parts of Dark Souls' formula (but aren't made by From Software). Then it's on to Outriders, Pac-Man 99, Borderlands movie news, and your favorite memories of the 3DS.

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The 3DS turned 10 this week, so let's grab friend of the show Micah Seff and celebrate the revolutionary, unassailable, beloved powerhouse of a handheld... by looking back at five ways it nearly dropped the ball in its first few rocky, uncertain months. Then we'll get deep into Monster Hunter Rise, Magic Legends, Ghost of Tsushima movie news, and your favorite un-emulatable games.

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There's something about the arcade experience that's just tough to capture at home - especially for games that involve ridiculously bespoke hardware that would be impractical to set up in a living room. This week, we welcome back Dan Amrich for a look at five of our favorite arcade games that just don't translate to a home setting, after which we'll touch on Balan Wonderworld, Immortals Fenyx Rising - Myths of the Eastern Realm, PlayStation Store axing three platforms (sort of), and the OG Xbox games or series you think are due for a comeback.

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This week marks one year since the first shelter-in-place orders went into effect in the US. To mark this dubious occasion, we invited PNB's TL Foster on to talk about five of the best games ever to take place within a single house. Then it's on to the return of Stubbs the Zombie, the even-more-zombielike sort-of return of Toys 'R' Us, and your fondest Mario memories.

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They may be gray and a little saggy, but there's a certain kind of elderly man who, like a lobster, only ever seems to grow bigger and tougher with age. This week, we invite Greg Moore to help us pay tribute to the old game characters who could still kick our asses, after which we'll dig into Loop Hero, the Bethesda-Microsoft merger, TMNT: Shredder's Revenge, and the things from vidjagames you'd love to try in real life, but probably shouldn't.

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If you haven't commandeered a car by jumping to it from your own speeding whip, can you really be said to have commandeered it at all? This week, we celebrate five games that let us accomplish the impossibly awesome feat of launching from one high-speed car to another, fluidly booting out the driver, and taking control. Then it's on to Ghosts 'n' Goblins Resurrection, Switch Pro rumors, Sony's State of Play, and the games that helped you through a year of lockdowns.

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Everyone loves a good revenge story, so this week we're joined by Mike Williams of PCMag to take a look at five of the most gripping stories of single-minded, systematic payback produced by videogames. Then we'll explore Bravely Default 2, get lost in Persona 5 Strikers and Valheim, look at the news from BlizzCon, and hear your thoughts on series that should switch genre.

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With Persona 5 Strikers - the Dynasty Warriors-flavored sequel to the original P5 RPG - out this week, we're joined by special guest Emmett Watkins of VGU.TV for a look at five sequels that switched to a new genre, forever changing the trajectory of their series. Then we'll dig into to Bowser's Fury, get stomped in Valheim, go through the Nintendo Direct news with a fine-toothed comb, and discuss the characters you'd want to see turn evil.

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Abrupt heel-turns are always fun, especially in fighting games where a goody-two-shoes hero gives in to the Dark Power within and becomes a corrupted, evil version of themselves (usually with cooler moves). This week, we welcome Anthony Abatte to help us take a look at five fallen heroes of fighting games, after which we'll talk about Little Nightmares 2, casting HBO's The Last of Us, listen to some reconstructed Mario tunes, and hear about your parents' attitudes toward your gaming.

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Los Angeles is the setting of roughly 500% of all motion pictures, and yet relatively few games have tried to turn its sun-baked sprawl into a game world. So this week, let's grab PNB's TL Foster for a look at five games that turned the City of Angels into an open(-ish)-world playground, after which we'll dive into The Medium, EA Sports bringing back college football, Stadia shuttering its studios, and the games you think should be adapted as anime.

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Train levels are a pretty well-worn trope by this point; start at the caboose and fight your way up to the engine, all in a linear, narrow environment that allows for some variety as you move from car to car. As frequently as we've seen these, some are a lot more memorable than others, and a few even do something unique with the idea. So let's look at five of our favorites this week, after which we'll look at Cyber Shadow, try to understand the GameStop stock situation (as of Wednesday), and talk about your favorite everyday items to use as weapons in games.

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With the rebooted Hitman series hitting its third installment this week, we're joined by Tony Wilson of Framework for a look at three other franchises whose reboots were successful enough to spawn sequels and become new trilogies unto themselves. Then we dig into Hitman 3, talk about Mortal Kombat movie news, and look at the mostly dead gaming genres you'd love to bring back.

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Ready to feel old? 2001 was a watershed year for videogames, with powerful 3D consoles and classic games that laid the groundwork for the modern era of gaming. It was also 20 years ago, meaning all those games are now two decades old. We've invited Larry Charles of Striking Distance Studios to help us through this sad realization by celebrating five unforgettable games from the now-distant past, after which we'll talk about Street Cleaner, the return of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game AND Lucasfilm Games, and your New Year's gaming resolutions for 2021.

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We're back on our traditional yearly bullshit this week, kicking off the new year with a look forward at at five games we're especially excited for in 2021 (assuming they arrive this year). This is one of our shortest shows in years, but don't worry/get too comfortable, as we'll be back in full force next week.

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It's the end of the worst year in recent memory, but a great year for games - so let's take one last look back and anoint our 10 favorites! Clocking in at just under 4 hours, this year's show features appearances from Jorge Albor, Kat Bailey, Chris "Cbake" Baker, TL Foster, Steve Guntli, Leif Johnson, Micah Seff, Tony Wilson, and Kayla Zumbaum. It's a veritable explodaganza of long discussions about amazing games, so join us as we fondly remember the best parts of the worst year!

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We really wanted to go with a holiday theme for our last real show of 2020, but in the end, what's more appropriate to Holiday 2020 than grabbing Greg Moore for a look at how videogames have portrayed the collapse of brick-and-mortar retail? Then it's on to Super Meat Boy Forever, Nintendo's Year in Review, and your thoughts on playing games right at launch vs. waiting for bugs to get fixed.

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2020 has been a terrible year for most things, but a stellar year for games - including a smattering of remakes that took a fresh look at old favorites. As we lead up to our big year-end show on the best games of 2020, we've grabbed PNB's TL Foster and given five amazing remakes that didn't fit in our top 10 their own show. Then it's on to plenty of Cyberpunk 2077 chatter, a few announcements and anointments from The Game Awards, and your preferences vis-a-vis dark or light futures.

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Cyberpunk 2077 came out hours before we recorded this week's show, so we don't have a lot to say about it yet. Luckily, there are tons of cyberpunk videogames not named "Cyberpunk," so we grabbed Leif Johnson for a look at five of the greatest cyberpunk series of all time. Then it's on to (what else?) initial impressions of Cyberpunk 2077, a smattering of movie news, the Persona 5 Strikers reveal, and the games you feel will define the PS4 era.

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This week, we pay overdue tribute to the passing of the PS4 era with help from Gamespot/LaserTime alum Tony Wilson who’s launching a new video channel called FrameWork, and who helps us look back on five of the best PS4 exclusives (all of which are still fully exclusive, and which came out pre-2020 so we don’t repeat ourselves on this year’s Game of the Year show). Then it’s on to Immortals Fenyx Rising, Chronos: Before the Ashes, Super Nintendo World opening soon, and the games you’d prefer to haunt for eternity.

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With Ready Player Two out this week, we've decided to turn up the nostalgia dial to absurd levels by recruiting Greg Moore for a look at five videogames that, one way or another, were about nostalgia for videogames. Then it's on to some chat about Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, the holiday console-scalping epidemic, cloud gaming, and the open worlds you'd love to revisit.

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We're coming back to the table this week with clearer impressions of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X - but first, let's take a look at five of the rare few open-world games that actually re-used their open worlds, with PNB's Kayla Zumbaum! Then we'll bite into Bugsnax, Demon's Souls, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, The Game Awards announcements, and your favorite third-party launch games.

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IT'S NEW-CONSOLE WEEK! We're super-excited for the debut of the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5, but before we get to those, let's grab PNB's TL Foster for a look at five times third-party games swept in and stole the show in a new console's launch lineup! Then it's on to Assassin's Creed Valhalla, early Xbox Series X impressions, Yakuza: Like A Dragon, Prodeus, and the arcade classics you'd like to see return as Arcade1up-style replicas.

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As November begins and we're faced with the mystery of who our next President will be, it's as good a time as any to lose ourselves in the fictional mysteries of our favorite detective games with Octobug developer Eric Bailey. Then we talk about Sega selling off its arcade business, Arcade1up introducing its first sit-down driving cabinet, and the historical settings you'd like to see horror games in.

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We're closing out Spooptober 2020 with the grimmest, bleakest topic we could think of: horror games set in, around, and within the (sometimes literal) fallout of the Soviet Union. With history buff Jeremy King of Tweakalicious.tv on board, we'll also dig into Watch Dogs: Legion, Ghostrunner, Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues, news from Nintendo's final Direct of 2020, and the politicians and celebs you'd like to see stream a game next.

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High school is a breeding ground for all sorts of lifelong fears and anxieties, so of course it's a perfect setting for otherwordly terror. With friend of the show Micah Seff in attendance, we talk about five games that used locker-lined halls and impersonal classrooms to create scares, after which we talk about Torchlight III, Blizzard possibly moving away from RTS games, and your hometown cryptids and legends.

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Our greatest Spooptober episode yet is here! The inimitable Alex Faciane of Chilluminati Podcast (among other things) joins us for a look at five real(ish) cryptids — creatures people swear they've seen but whose existence remains unconfirmed — that have made multiple videogame appearances over the years. Then it's on to a heated discussion of the Monster Hunter movie trailer, Sega's surprise 60th-anniversary games, and the classic Nintendo games you think should get the battle royale treatment.

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Spooptober continues with a look at the Greek pantheon's gloomiest god, as Leif Johnson rejoins us to sift through some of Hades' more memorable videogame appearances. Then we shift to talking about Star Wars Squadrons, Crash 4, Super Mario Bros. 35, and Baldur's Gate III, before moving on to Sony's PS5 teardown video and your favorite zombie games with a twist.

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It's the start of October, which means we're switching to horror-focused topics and bad Dracula impressions between now and Halloween! We're kicking things off with a look at five zombie games that - despite featuring the most cliched enemies imaginable - managed to stand out with unique gameplay hooks. Then it's on to Genshin Impact, Mafia: Definitive Edition, Peter Parker's new face, and your favorite memories of the 3DS.

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Nintendo's 3DS is officially kaput, so this week we invite Ultra 64's Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski to help us celebrate nine stellar years of no-glasses 3D with a look at five of our favorite 3DS essentials. Then it's on to extensive chat about Super Mario 3D All-Stars, Hades, Microsoft acquiring Bethesda, a week of nonstop preorder clusterfucks, and your next-gen plans now that most of the cards are on the table.

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With Spelunky 2 out this week, we're rejoined by Experience Points' Jorge Albor for a look at five games that started life as freeware projects before moving on to commercial success. Then it's on to PlayStation 5 news, Paradise Killer, Fight Crab, Ubisoft Forward's reveals, and whether the Xbox announcements changed your next-gen plans.

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