Videogame Review: Transformers (2004)

Time to Roll Out that PS2 and play us some Transformers. WARNING SPOILERS!!! Yes I will speak of things that if you have not played the game or watched the TV shows or also the movies.

You start out with a beautiful cutscene on Cybertron showing the epic battle between Autobots and Decepticon, Megatron vs. Prime. Then a beam lands between them with the location of the Mini-Cons on earth. And our story begins with these two factions racing to see who can reclaim the Mini-Cons first.

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Turn 43 – RPG Love 2002-2004

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Featuring John “MusiM” Beauchamp and Michael “Boston” Hannon

Music: Untitled tracks by MusiM

This week marks the fourth installment of our RPG series.  For this turn we discuss our favorite RPG’s between the years of 2002-2004 with our special guest from That Video Game Podcast (TVGP.TV).  Games discussed include Kingdom Hearts, Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter, Dark Cloud 2, Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht, Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, Final Fantasy XI, Final Fantasy X-2, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, Pokemon Fire Red / Leaf Green, Shadow Hearts: Covenant, World of Warcraft, Disciples 2, Arc the Lad, Arc the Lad Twilight of the Spirits, The Elder Scrolls Morrowind, Neverwinter Nights, Knights of the Old Republic, Chaos Legion, Final Fantasy Tactics Advanced, Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne, Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines, Yu Yu Hakasho Tournament Tactics, and many more.

Turn 26 – Robots have feelings too

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Featuring John “MusiM” and Suzy “Specter”.

Music: Untitled by MusiM;

This week its a menagerie of topics primarily centered around video games but also dipping into comics and movies.

On videogames we discuss Vanquish, Shining Tears, Shining Force Neo, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Final Fantasy 6, Fallout: New Vegas, Game Dev Story, Shadow of the Colossus, Chibi-Robo, Costume Quest, Metal Saga, and Shining Tears.

And in other we discuss Atomic Robo, IDW and Darkhorse on Buffy and Angel, Kinect, Playstation Rewards, and a new Silent Hill movie.

Turn 25 – Zombies

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Featuring John “MusiM”, Suzy “Specter, Stretch, Trent, and Justyn.

Music: Untitled by MusiM; Eat – MusiM (on the album “Stories”, buy now at http://listentomusim.com/discography/)

This week we feature the finale to the horror series just in time for Halloween.  The topic: Zombies.  This turn has been split into two parts.  Part one features videogames and part two features movies, books, and comics.

On videogames we discuss Zombies Ate My Neighbors, Spooky Castle, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the Resident Evil franchise, the Fallout franchise, Borderlands, Half Life 2, the Dead Rising franchise, Minecraft, the Left 4 Dead franchise, Stubbs the Zombie, Doom3, Onimusha, the Castlevania franchise, the House of the Dead franchise, Run Zombie Run, and many more.

On literature we discuss Marvel Zombies, The Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z, The Walking Dead, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Night of the Living Trekkies, and many others.

On movies we discuss Night of the Living Dead, Return of the Living Dead, Versus, Fido, Doom 3, Serpent and the Rainbow, Zombieland, Shaun of the Dead, Spaced, Dawn of the Dead, Dead Alive, 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, Undead, The Crazies, Samurai Armageddon, Planet Terror, Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, and many others.

Visit Justyn and Trent at www.tiltcast.com

Turn 24 – Safe word: Gamma Ray

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Featuring John “MusiM” Beauchamp, John “Knobs” Knoblach, and Michael “Boston” Hannon.

Music: Untitled by MusiM; Middle and Outro: Serene (Lost in the Eyes of God)

This week welcome our special guests from That Video Game Podcast (http://tvgp.tv) as we discuss video game expectations such as game length, cut scenes, preorders, and reusing proven design/mechanics.  Games included in discussion are The Viking, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, God of War, Bayonetta, Mirror’s Edge, Halo 3, Halo: Reach, Vanquish, Gungrave, Godhand, Rez, Too Human, Gears of War 2, Stellar 7, Kane and Lynch 2, Zone of Enders, Gears of War, Final Fantasy 7, Catacombs, Blake Stone, Ultima, Doom, Doom 2, Stonekeep, Heimdall, Fallout, Grim Fandango, Wolfenstein, Police Quest, Scorched Earth, Xenogears, Quake, Blood, Shadow Warrior, Rise of the Triad, Quake, Duke Nuke ‘em, Commander Keen, Command and Conquer, Dune, Warcraft, Herzog Zwei, Sewer Shark, Night Trap, Hell, Ninja Gaiden, Super Mario Brothers 2, Super Mario Galaxy, Dot Hack, Tales of Destiny, Resident Evil, Eternal Darkness, Xenosaga, Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, Alpha Protocol, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Jak 2, Dead Space 2, Ratchet and Clank, Infamous, Tony Hawk, Dragonquest, Marathon, Crackdown, Terminal Velocity, and many more.

Visit Boston and Knobs at http://tvgp.tv

NOTE:  Okay so I didn’t setup the scheduled post right and it didn’t post to libsyn but turn 24 is now posted and available to listen to.  Apologies for the delay!

Turn 23 – Olds Gods New Gods

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Featuring John “MusiM” Beauchamp and Suzy “Specter”.

Music: Untitled by MusiM

This week its video games and movies where we discuss Red, Gamer, Castlevania, Dragonquest IX, Sword of the Berserk: Guts’ Rage, Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner, Flower, Linger in Shadows, God of War, Shadow of the Colossus and many more.

Videogame Review: SMT: Digital Devil Saga

Shin Megami Tensei Digital Devil Saga is an RPG with a linear storyline for the Playstation 2 released by Atlus.  The voice acting is top notch featuring Steve Blum and Crispin Freeman among others.  And in turn, the story is fantastic as well.  The game uses the engine from Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne.  If you like RPG’s and don’t mind a well written, well acted linear story that doesn’t make much sense towards the end, then this game will be awesome for you.  Its extremely hard to write an intro for this game so I’ll just leave it at this: Dude, demonic cannibals.

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Videogame Review: SMT Nocturne

Shin Megami Tensei (SMT) :Nocturne is probably one of my favorite games of all time and it is a game that many should be thanking.  Persona 3 and 4, Digital Devil Saga, they all owe their fighting mechanics to Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne.  Oh yes the system has been there at least since the first Persona hit United States shores, but this is the system and graphics engine that has been used and reused constantly since Nocturne’s Ps2 debut.  This game is pretty much an under appreciated piece of history.

SMT: Nocturne is a turn based RPG with a large world that is explored in sections.  The biggest difference between Nocturne and other RPG”s is the inclusion of a robust demon fusion system, consisting of around 200 fusable demons.  Add a skill inheritance mechanic and the customization options are fairly limitless.  For the world you explore the inner side of a sphere filled with demons and various factions all petitioning god to remake the world in their own image.  Did I mention it is a highly philosophic game as well?  Unfortunately the adult working a 40-50 hour work week will probably never have the time to fully explore the game.

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Turn 16 – The Vagina Analogues


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Featuring John “MusiM” Beauchamp, Justyn “Knaustalgia”, Holly, and Suzy “Specter”.

Music: Intro – Untitled by MusiM; Outro – Untitled

This week continues our Women of Gaming series where we discuss everything under the sun in terms of games and the females’ opinions thus of.

Links:
http://www.co-optimus.com

Microsft USB information: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/hardware/accessories/storage/

PLEASE NOTE: Next week’s episode will not continue our women of gaming series as a conflict of schedules. Instead next week we will air an episode allegedly on videogames (but more about dick and fart jokes) for the interim.

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