440: What’s Your Endgame?

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This week! Mike returns! Plus: LEGO Dimensions, jobs at Nintendo, Small studio dreams, Pokémon Rumble World, Axiom Verge, Never Alone, Bloodborne, Grim Fandango, Agent Alice and Spotify for PS4. Join us, won’t you?

Check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 15 now available) – click here. And take a trip over to Phil’s YouTube Channel to see some awesome retro game vids.

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Running time: 1:24:44

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439: It’s a Simplified Dynasty Warriors

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This week! We talk about some Bloodborne, BOXBOY!, Forza Fast & Furious, Pokémon Shuffle (what?!), Halo 5, the Nintendo Direct from last week, Quantum Break delay, Sony buying OnLive, and the Vita class-action lawsuit settlement (amongst other things). Join us, won’t you?

Check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 15 now available) – click here. And take a trip over to Phil’s YouTube Channel to see some awesome retro game vids.

Own an iPhone/iPod touch? We’ve got an app for that–the Player One Podcast player app is available now. Play shows new and old, read show notes, access the show Twitter, website, email, and more! Click here to download.

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Running time: 59:36

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438: Talk to the Doll

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This week! We talk about some Bloodborne. Oh, wait. Other things happened this week too? We talk about Zelda Wii U being delayed, Batman Arkham Knight’s short delay, Future Shop closes down, the PS4 system update, Pier Solar (Genesis), Kick & Fennick, CounterSpy, Final Fantasy XV demo and the Forza Horizon 2 Furious 7 standalone game. Join us, won’t you?

Check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 15 now available) – click here. And take a trip over to Phil’s YouTube Channel to see some awesome retro game vids.

Own an iPhone/iPod touch? We’ve got an app for that–the Player One Podcast player app is available now. Play shows new and old, read show notes, access the show Twitter, website, email, and more! Click here to download.

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Running time: 1:16:51

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437: All According to Ka-ki-ku-ke-ko

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This week! Nintendo gets into the mobile games business, announces new hardware, Hideo Kojima to leave Konami once MGSV is done, Atari blocks next-gen system TxK. Plus: We talk Rogue Legacy, Counterspy, Phantasy Star II, The Order 1886, Xeodrifter and Elliot Quest. Join us, won’t you?

Magic Leap’s AR Game reel
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Bleem!

Check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 15 now available) – click here. And take a trip over to Phil’s YouTube Channel to see some awesome retro game vids.

Own an iPhone/iPod touch? We’ve got an app for that–the Player One Podcast player app is available now. Play shows new and old, read show notes, access the show Twitter, website, email, and more! Click here to download.

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Running time: 1:31:55

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436: Clash Fighter’s Card

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This week! Uncharted is delayed, there’s a new Xbox One bundle, new PS4 OS update with suspend/resume coming, PlayStation Gear Store, YouTube stars, Apple Watch, Out Run 3D, Olli Olli 2, Pure Pool, Shadowrun Returns, Counter Spy, Codename STEAM and much, much more. Join us, won’t you?

Check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 15 now available) – click here. And take a trip over to Phil’s YouTube Channel to see some awesome retro game vids.

Own an iPhone/iPod touch? We’ve got an app for that–the Player One Podcast player app is available now. Play shows new and old, read show notes, access the show Twitter, website, email, and more! Click here to download.

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Running time: 1:30:24

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435: Doesn’t Actually Sit On Your Face

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This week! GDC, VR, Rock Band 4, Olli Olli 2, Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars and some other stuff.

Check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 14 now available) – click here. And take a trip over to Phil’s YouTube Channel to see some awesome retro game vids.

Own an iPhone/iPod touch? We’ve got an app for that–the Player One Podcast player app is available now. Play shows new and old, read show notes, access the show Twitter, website, email, and more! Click here to download.

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Running time: 54:07

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WELCO METOT HENEX TLEVEL – Midnight Raiders

MidnightRaiders_MCD_US_Box_FrontPublisher: Sega
Developer: Stargate Films
Released: 1994

By 1994 full-motion video games had fallen into a few different formulas. There were the multithreaded stories fashioned after Night Trap, running stories riddled with timed button presses a la Dragon’s Lair, and basic shooting galleries like the offerings from American Laser Games.

In mid-94 Sega and developer The Code Monkeys hit on a new formula that was quite engaging with the game Tomcat Alley. At its most basic this fighter jet simulator was a shooting gallery, but it featured an innovative system to randomize the encounters by using small clips of the characters saying generic lines or the planes flying across screen to hide the seek time for the next encounter footage.

Midnight Raiders is basically the same game. You play as Joker, a rookie gunner on a team of two helicoptors sent on a mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist being forced to develop a lethal toxin. As this is a rail shooter, you have no control over where you go, only over what you shoot.

The actual shooter bits are arguably better than Tomcat Alley. The very fact that you’re in a helicopter allows for more interesting enemy types, as the closing speed is slow enough that you can see your enemies for a longer period of time.
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Unfortunately the transitional bits are pretty terrible. There are a lot of really jarring cuts and nonsensical bits butting up against each other.

Midnight Raiders goes a step further, though. Along with the sections in the chopper, Joker actually spends part of the game on foot. Here you have to be ready to shoot anyone you see, as well as reload your gun before the clip runs out of bullets. These levels should offer a welcome reprieve to the flying sections, but I found them to be frustrating as hell. Everything is too dark and too fast to get a read on your targets (remember, this game does not support light guns, it’s all controller driven), and I never seemed to have any luck reloading my weapon before the next cinematic scene played (rendering controller inputs null).

Tomcat Alley was a triumph. It showed that FMV games could be exciting again. But while Midnight Raiders apes the formula almost exactly it completely fails to capture the excitement.
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This is one of a handful of FMV games that was developed (in whole or in part, it’s not totally clear) by a company called Stargate Films. There isn’t a lot of information around about the company at the time, though it still exists today as a special effects house called Stargate Studios that’s contributed to some major films and television shows, including The Walking Dead.

Stargate worked very closely with Sony Imagesoft on further FMV titles for the Sega CD, which Sony apparently abandoned as soon as it changed course and began planning the release of the PlayStation. The story is that Sony abandoned the games and failed to pay Stargate. A couple of the games – Bug Blasters and Star Strike – were eventually picked up and released by Good Deal Games years later. They both follow the exact same formula used in Tomcat Alley and Midnight Raiders.

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434: 50 Shades of Phillips

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This week! Guest Rich Grisham joins Greg and Mike (gasp!) for some good talkin’. Thrill to conversations about The Order 1886, Rock Band, games as a service, VR headsets, Life Is Strange, The Wolf Among Us, Apotheon and more! Join us, won’t you? Support the show via our Patreon!

Be sure to check out the other shows Rich is on – the Press Row Podcast and the Doddcast.

Check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 14 now available) – click here. And take a trip over to Phil’s YouTube Channel to see some awesome retro game vids.

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Running time: 1:21:52

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433: In Theory, Well-Made and Brief

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This week! Guests Pete Dodd and Rich Grisham join Greg and CJ for some video game chat. We talk The Order 1886, new Rock Band, Twitchcon, Majora’s Mask 3D, The Last of Us: Left Behind (SPOILERS!), The Wolf Among Us (SPOILERS), Pokémon Shuffle and a whole lot of other stuff. Join us, won’t you? Support the show via our Patreon!

Follow Pete Dodd on Twitter @atpetedodd and check out DoddScientifics.com or listen to the Doddcast wherever you listen to fine podcasts.

Be sure to check out the other shows Rich is on – the Press Row Podcast and the Doddcast.

Check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 14 now available) – click here. And take a trip over to Phil’s YouTube Channel to see some awesome retro game vids.

Own an iPhone/iPod touch? We’ve got an app for that–the Player One Podcast player app is available now. Play shows new and old, read show notes, access the show Twitter, website, email, and more! Click here to download.

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Running time: 1:58:31

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432: You’re Thinking of Battle of Olympus

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This week! Guest T.J. Lauerman joins Greg, Phil, and CJ for some firey video game chat. We talk New 3DS, that RPS interview with Peter Molyneux, cheap PlayStation TVs, Majora’s Mask 3D, King Kong, Rogue Legacy, Peggle Blast, 10000000, Zelda 2 and a whole lot of other stuff. Join us, won’t you? Support the show via our Patreon!

Check out T.J.’s site thatsportsgamer.com, Operation Sports’ Press Row Podcast, and follow him on Twitter @ThatSportsGamer.

Check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 14 now available) – click here. And take a trip over to Phil’s YouTube Channel to see some awesome retro game vids.

Own an iPhone/iPod touch? We’ve got an app for that–the Player One Podcast player app is available now. Play shows new and old, read show notes, access the show Twitter, website, email, and more! Click here to download.

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Running time: 1:14:23

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