Video Game Hangover

Randy takes up teaching in Fire Emblem: Three Houses but runs into trouble adjusting to campus life. D.J. keeps it wholesome (and mildly creepy) while delivering mail in Tiny Echo. Also: Dig Dugging ever deeper into Dragon Quest Builders 2.

Episode Timeline

00:26 - Intro/Dig Dug and the Case of the Too Casual Pants

07:49 - Fire Emblem: Three Houses

28:03 - Tiny Echo

35:53 - Dragon Quest Builders 2

55:17 - Outro

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Randy gets wholesome by taking A Short Hike up a mountain. D.J. deals with a toilet conundrum (don't worry about it) in Dragon Quest Builders 2, then breaks his one rule in Final Fantasy XIV. Also: 2019's backlog champion revealed!

Episode Timeline

00:26 - Intro/Backlog Attack winner

06:20 - Deadly Premonition: The Movie

08:37 - Final Fantasy Mystic Quest

13:16 - A Short Hike

33:11 - Dragon Quest Builders 2

42:03 - Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers

49:48 - Outro

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We travel far into The Outer Wilds before settling into quiet life on a farm in Dragon Quest Builders 2. Also, the Backlog Attack wraps up with Theatrhythm Final Fantasy and Deadly Premonition.

Episode Timeline

00:26 - Intro

03:16 - The Outer Wilds

31:05 - Dragon Quest Builders 2

47:57 - Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call

1:09:10 - Deadly Premontion

1:22:36 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_404_-_Anime_Lady_Singing_in_Japanese.mp3
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The end of the Backlog Attack is in sight as we get into Wario Ware Gold, Tomb Raider Anniversary, and reveal your picks for our listener's choice games. Also: Randy has some words about that Switch Lite.

Episode Timeline

00:26 - Intro/Bathroom Break

04:54 - Switch Lite!

17:58 - Wario Ware Gold

35:28 - Tomb Raider Anniversary

48:25 - Backlog Attack week III.8 Final Chapter Prologue

58:47 - The Outro Wilds

Direct download: VGH_403_-_Dinosaurs_Immediately.mp3
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We're beating the summer heat with a crippling drug habit in Dr. Mario World. (That's how Dr. Mario works, right?) Also, the Backlog Attack continues with Professor Layton: The Next Generation (actually his daughter) and Front Mission Evolved.

Episode Timeline

00:26 - Intro

09:16 - Layton's Mystery Journey

29:19 - Front Mission Evolved

43:24 - Dr. Mario World

1:02:24 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_402_-_Sudoku_Is_Math.mp3
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The Backlog Attack kicks off with Randy cheerfully slicing and dicing robots in Kirby: Planet Robobot. Meanwhile, D.J. struggles to make sense of the Flashback HD remake, but that's OK, because there's Shadowbringers.

Episode Timeline

00:26 - Intro/New music

05:00 - Stranger Things Moment

06:34 - Flashback

25:30 - Kirby: Planet Robobot

35:45 - Ritual of the Moon: The Finale

46:46 - Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers

1:00:29 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_401_-_Nugs_Not_Drugs.mp3
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We're commemorating our 400th episode in the only way that makes sense: By definitively naming the best 400 video games ever made. Also, we kick off this summer's Backlog Attack!

Episode Timeline

00:26 - Intro

01:35 - Backlog Attack/The greatest 400 video games of all time, comprehensively and definitively ranked

1:02:39 - Outro

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We're beating the summer heat in the frozen mountains of Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, and the... air-conditioned spectral movie theater of Persona Q2, I guess? Also, the Ritual of the Moon nears its end, and handy tips for staying alive.

Episode Timeline

00:36 - Intro/Backlog Attack: Prologue

07:11 - Become what you must

23:41 - Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

37:43 - Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth

58:45 - Ritual of the Moon

1:05:07 - Outro

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With E3 and Keanu Reeves distant memories, Randy and D.J. settle back into the Nintendo groove in Cadence of Hyrule, with mixed results. Also: What to avoid, an what to avoid avoiding while slaying the spire, and another status update from the moon.

Episode Timeline

00:36 - Intro/E3 wrap-up

05:56 - SGDQ hype

12:20 - Ritual of the Moon

22:10 - Cadence of Hyrule

45:22 - Slay the Spire

1:09:24 - Outro

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons is real, and we have opinions on it. Also, all the other big E3 2019 scoops, like Watch Dogs: Legion, Doom Eternal, Final Fantasy VII Remake, The Avengers, and your favorite unreleased JRPGs from the 90s!

Episode Timeline

00:36 - Intro/Animal Crossing: New Horizons

14:01 - Phantasy Star Online 2

15:53 - Microsoft/Project xCloud

24:54 - Doom Eternal/Watch Dogs Legion

28:37 - Final Fantasy VII Remake

32:26 - Cyberpunk 2077

35:24 - The Weird Avengers

37:55 - Legend of Zelda trifecta

43:33 - More old games

50:35 - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

52:37 - Luigi's Mansion 3

54:04 - 12 Minutes

58:22 - No-shows

1:02:22 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_397_-_E3_2019.mp3
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Randy and D.J. finally initiate the month-long Ritual of the Moon. Also, hunting monsters with inadequately sized axes in Dauntless, and reevaluating our life choices in Slay the Spire. And: E3 looms.

Episode Timeline

00:36 - Intro/E3 hype gondola

21:57 - Ritual of the Moon: Week 1

37:21 - Dauntless

54:04 - Slay the Spire

1:12:55 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_396_-_Take_Your_Switch_to_Work_Day.mp3
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In a shocking twist, Randy sets up a factory farm on a remote planet in Slime Rancher. Meanwhile, D.J. navigates the ups, downs, and excessive spikes of adventure-puzzler The Way. Also, anyone want a Gameboy with a hand crank?!

Episode Timeline

00:36 - Intro

02:09 - Ritual of the Moon

04:28 - Playdate

24:16 - The Way

45:26 - Slime Rancher

1:08:51 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_395_-_Exotic_Plorts.mp3
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Randy embarks on a magical journey to the world of Culdcept Revolt. D.J. faces his greatest fear in Cosmic Star Heroine. Also: What does The Division 2 have in common with Final Fantasy XIV?

Episode Timeline

00:36 - Intro/Tetris 99

08:07 - Ritual of the Moon

11:12 - Phantasy Star

16:19 - The Division 2

22:46 - Culdcept Revolt

46:46 - Cosmic Star Heroine

57:54 - Outro

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Randy finds his calling as a traveling bard in Wandersong. Meanwhile, D.J. gets extra weird with Eternal Senia, which is probably a clicker game, then takes a lightning tour of Japan to explore Kyoto's red gates in, naturally, Explore Kyoto's Red Gates.

Episode Timeline

00:36 - Intro/Surprise! It's the Flash

06:44 - Phantasy Star

12:08 - Eternal Senia

23:35 - Wandersong

41:28 - Explore Kyoto's Red Gates

55:21 - Outro

1:00:05 - Signing Off

Direct download: VGH_393_-_Uniquely_Qualified_as_a_Bard.mp3
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A fun bear teaches Randy the ancient samurai code in Bushido Bear. D.J. plays the equally ancient Phantasy Star. A thoughtful conversation about a creator's responsibility devolves into a debate over whether or not hedgehogs should have human teeth.

Episode Timeline

00:36 - Intro

02:50 - Koji Igarashi's horrible trailer

20:05 - Bushido Bear

38:08 - Bushido Blade

40:37 - Bushido Phantasy Star

1:05:53 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_392_-_The_Mayor_of_Japan.mp3
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Randy returns to the world of Boxboy (and Boxgirl), now in lavish high definition. D.J. gets Fire Emblem in his Dragalia Lost. And the second part of our Labo VR experience, featuring Super Mario Odyssey and Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Episode Timeline

00:36 - Intro

03:23 - The Avengers, Part Deux

13:46 - Nintendo Labo VR (feat. Mario and Zelda)

39:18 - Boxboy + Boxgirl

58:38 - Dragalia Lost x Fire Emblem Heroes

1:12:21 - Outro

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Randy unleashes his secret weapons in the brand new Steamworld Quest. D.J. subjugates his adorable neighbors in The Battle of Polytopia. Paul gets slimy in Assassin's Creed Odyssey.

Episode Timeline:

00:40 - Intro
01:45 - The Avengers!!!!!!!!!
09:35 - Steamworld Quest: The Hand of Gilgamech
29:20 - The Battle of Polytopia
44:35 - Assassin's Creed Odyssey
67:45 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_390_-_Ancient_Greasy.mp3
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Randy contemplates his new life as a fox in The First Tree. Meanwhile, D.J. contemplates his new life as a guy with cardboard strapped to his head as he delves into Nintendo Labo's VR kit. Also, making a triumphant return to the show: It's Battlefield 3!

Episode Timeline:
00:40 - Intro
02:51 - Tom Clancy's Battlefield 3
18:02 - Nintendo Labo VR
54:25 - The First Tree
72:10 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_389_-_A_Bazooka_for_Your_Face.mp3
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Randy discovers the joys of papercraft in Yoshi's Crafted World. Paul finally gives into Gwent in Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales. And D.J. ruins the idyllic landscapes with a giant circus tent in Islanders.

Episode Timeline:
00:42 - Intro
03:40 - SwitchFix wrap-up
07:02 - PlayStation Now
24:50 - Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales
38:55 - Yoshi's Crafted World
55:04 - Islanders
70:00 - Outro

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We've live from PAX East 2019! Hear about weird weasel things, and simple sandwiches. Fin~

Episode Timeline:
00:36 - Intro
02:05 - PAX East 2019
70:08 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_387_-_Live_from_PAX_East_2019.mp3
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On this week’s show, we’re dancing the night away with Crypt of the Necrodancer. We also spend some time with the latest Tom Clancy opus: Baba is You. Plus, Golf Peaks, and more competently crafted Ubisoft experiences™.

Episode Timeline:
00:40 - Intro
01:45 - PAX East hype
07:45 - Google Stadia
14:55 - Golf Peaks
24:02 - Crypt of the Necrodancer
36:27 - Baba is You
47:03 - Division 2
67:55 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_386_-_Tom_Clancys_Baba_is_You.mp3
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Part 1 of our 25637852-part series on Tom Clancy's The Division 2. Randy discovers a new way to hold his Switch. Also, D.J. starts a shady underground robot fight club after getting kicked out of a shady underground mahjong fight club.

Episode Timeline:
00:44 - Intro
01:50 - PAX East hype
06:35 - Switchfix
17:50 - Doman Mahjong feat. Final Fantasy XIV
32:05 - Tom Clancy's The Division 2
59:25 - Front Mission
67:55 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_385_-_Maybe_Youre_Not_Smart.mp3
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Word Stacks and Crackdown 3 and Word Stacks and Final Fantasy XII and Front Mission and Word Stacks and Word Stacks and Word Stacks and Word Stacks and Word Stacks and Word Stacks.

Episode Timeline:
00:35 - Intro
01:49 - PAX East / Lebanon, Kansas hype
06:18 - Tetris 99
12:50 - Word Stacks
18:50 - Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
43:08 - Front Mission
56:08 - Crackdown 3
68:58 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_384_-_Tending_to_My_Hats.mp3
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The gang tries on some practical outerwear in The Division 2. Randy tries extra hard not to kill anyone in Deltarune. D.J. has had it with his coworkers Dragalia Lost. And you won't believe the lengths we went to in order to acquire a PlayStation 2.

Episode Timeline:
00:50 - Intro
02:48 - New music: Option Fire by Wally Chantek
05:48 - PAX East hype
08:40 - PlayStation 2 hype
18:40 - Deltarune
31:50 - The Tom Clancy's Division 2
51:58 - Dragalia Lost
60:40 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_383_-_Hungry_for_Flavor.mp3
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We take Tetris 99 for another spin (get it) before jumping into an anime robot in Daemon X Machina and continuing to Warhammer things in Vermintide 2. Also, after countless grueling hours of Etrian Odyssey Nexus, Randy starts Etrian Odyssey Nexus.

Episode Timeline:
01:06 - Intro
02:30 - Tetris 99
15:10 - RIP Reggie
19:25 - Warhammer: Vermintide 2
32:14 - Etrian Odyssey Nexus
48:13 - Daemon X Machina
57:33 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_382_-_Epaulets.mp3
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After a delicious taco-y detour, VGH's agents make their cases about what it truly means to Crack Down in Microsoft's latest. Also, a professional monster hunter joins the Monster Hunter cast, and Tetris battle royale is real and we played it.

Episode Timeline
00:31 - Intro 
00:43 - Taco Bell
05:40 - Monster Hunter
25:26 - Crackdown 3
43:15 - Apex
47:30 - Tetris
59:15 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_381_-_Still_Cracking_Down.mp3
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We set out on the Sea of Thieves to learn practical skills like how to hold a compass, and how to maintain composure while getting owned by Xbox Live bilge. Also: Apex Legends, The Division 2, and Forza Horizon 4.

 

Episode Timeline:
00:40 - Intro
04:05 - Will Smith is blue
06:10 - Sea of Thieves
28:15 - Apex Legends
44:00 - Forza Horizon 4
58:30 - The Division 2: Division Harder
72:45 - Outro

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D.J. learns how to fly a man-sized jet in Anthem, the new Destiny-like/Mass Effect-not-entirely-like. Paul gets acquainted with the Warhammer universe in Vermintide 2. And Downwell finally brings its gunboots to the Switch.

Episode Timeline:
00:32 - Intro
01:15 - contractually obligated banter
04:05 - Anthem
39:50 - Warhammer: Vermintide 2
54:14 - Downwell feat. Flip Grip
70:45 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_379_-_The_Maestros.mp3
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With Earth finally shielded from interplanetary attack, we can finally concentrate on the things that matter, like Randy's 1000th playthrough of Uncharted 2. Also, Ace Combat 7, Pillars of Eternity 2, What Never Was, and not Metroid Prime 4.

Episode Timeline:
00:41 - Intro
02:01 - Metroid Prime 4
06:52 - Ace Combat 7
28:25 - What Never Was
34:20 - Uncharted 2
42:20 - Pillars of Eternity 2
61:45 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_378_-_The_Protective_Barrier_Around_the_Earth.mp3
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After 13 long years, it's finally back: Taco Tuesday. To celebrate, D.J. sits down with Kingdom Hearts expert, BTG Inferno, to find out why Kingdom Hearts III is such a big deal.

Direct download: Taco_Tuesday_01-29-19_Kingdom_Hearts_III.mp3
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Randy is somehow tricked into playing New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (and Bowsette has nothing to do with it). Also, Pokémon Battle Trozei, and D.J. sees blue in the latest Final Fantasy XIV update.

Episode Timeline:
00:32 - Intro
07:42 - New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
27:10 - Final Fantasy XIV: Blue Mage is here
46:38 - Pokémon Battle Trozei
61:45 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_377_-_The_Deep_Dark_Dungeon_of_Luigi.mp3
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Paul takes an ultimate look at Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Randy takes a hazardous vacation in Just Cause 4. D.J. can't believe how many cookies he can afford thanks to Realm Grinder. And we gaze into our crystal ball to see what's in store for 2019.

Episode Timeline:
00:40 - Intro
05:15 - We are excited for video games in 2019
23:50 - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
46:05 - Just Cause 4
70:50 - Realm Grinder
84:38 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_376_-_And_Thats_How_I_Ended_Up_with_a_Flying_Jet_Ski.mp3
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We've arrived in 2019 to tell you about our favorite Yakuza and non-Yakuza games from 2018.

Episode Timeline:
00:45 - Intro
03:15 - The video games of 2018
66:05 - Outro

 

Direct download: VGH_375_-_Spontaneous_Horse_Combustion.mp3
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