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The Gory Life And Death Of Splatterhouse

The Gory Life And Death Of Splatterhouse

April 2, 2020

Arnaldo and Anthony are joined by author and video game historian, Rob Strangman, as they discuss the first video game series that truly married the medium with horror, Splatterhouse! The guys start off talking about how Rob got into gaming and founding the definitive Splatterhouse website, West Mansion (2:30). The crew moves onto talking about the original Splatterhouse arcade game and its legendary conversion to the PC-Engine / Turbografx-16 (15:00) and little known variants and spinoffs, such as Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Grafitti for the Famicom (47:00). The Genesis / Mega Drive sequels are up next (59:30) and the show wraps up with some behind the scenes stories from the 2010 Splatterhouse remake Rob consulted on, including why it ultimately failed and probably won't return (1:36:00).

 

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Splatterhouse 2010 - Zombies In The Mausoleum

RFG Pocket - Our Thoughts on the Final Fantasy 7 Remake Demo

RFG Pocket - Our Thoughts on the Final Fantasy 7 Remake Demo

March 26, 2020

Geoff, our in-house Final Fantasy 7 diehard, is joined by Anthony, Arnie and Ozzy to discuss their thoughts on the unexpected release of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake demo. Topics on the episode range from the change in the combat mechanics, to whether Cloud's heartthrob looks work in 2020 and even go into unexpected, hard to reach places. So if you are even just a fraction as excited as we are about a game that has been long awaited, make sure to take a listen to this very special Pocket episode.

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Our Listeners Share Their Spiciest Video Game Hot Takes!

Our Listeners Share Their Spiciest Video Game Hot Takes!

March 19, 2020

Crazy episode today with Geoff, Arnie, and Paul going through the hottest video game opinions our listeners sent us. We start off discussing whether LeBron James was a Nintendo or Sony guy (4:00) before discussing whether Zelda: Ocarina of Time was actually terrible or if, as usual, the N64 controller is the culprit (6:30). We then talk about whether Saints Row IV is actually better than GTA V (31:00), whether Lost Odyssey is actually the best Final Fantasy game (36:30), and whether the Dreamcast was the worst system of its generation (44:00). The remaining highlights include a discussion on whether The Last Of Us is overrated (52:30), whether Dark Souls is unfair or merely difficult (1:02:30) and Arnie's preferred cosplay character (1:28:30).

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Sonic Boom - Forest Battle

Lost Odyssey - An Enemy Appears!

The Last Of Us - The Last Of Us

King of Games 98: Panzer Dragoon Saga vs. Spyro the Dragon

King of Games 98: Panzer Dragoon Saga vs. Spyro the Dragon

March 12, 2020

It is a tale of two dragons, as Paul and Ozzy are joined by Kelly, a/k/a @sierranight_gaming, as they discuss whether Spyro the Dragon can leverage its nostalgia against the mythical (and expensive) allure of Panzer Dragoon Saga. Will Team Andromeda's cult-classic fantasy RPG stand up to the lovable mass appeal of Insomniac's Spyro the Dragon? Find out on the last match in the Round of 16 of the King of Games 98!

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Capcom’s Lost Generation: Bionic Commando, Dark Void and Dragon’s Dogma

Capcom’s Lost Generation: Bionic Commando, Dark Void and Dragon’s Dogma

March 5, 2020

Ozzy, Arnie and Geoff are joined by Rob Howard, host of the Grid Snaps podcast, to talk about some of the games released by Capcom in the 7th generation that deserve another look. The crew starts out by discussing Rob's career path as a professor of game design at Purdue University, including his work on Earth Defense Force and his wholehearted defense of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The crew then starts the Capcom procession by discussing the swinging grim world of the Bionic Commando 2009 reboot (33:08). Afterwards, they discuss the jetpack escapades of Dark Void (1:09:05), and then finish the episode by chatting about the many charms of Dragon's Dogma (1:28:41).

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Music in this episode:

Above the Canopy - Bear McCreary (Dark Void)

The Laws of Nature - Trond-Viggo Melsen (Bionic Commando)

Gran Soren Metropolitan Area - Various (Dragon's Dogma)

Valley of Doom - Bear McCreary (Dark Void Zero)

King of Games 98: Grim Fandango vs. Starcraft

King of Games 98: Grim Fandango vs. Starcraft

February 27, 2020

On the penultimate episode of the Round of 16, Arnie and Paul are joined by Benja Hiller (a/k/a @frau_lametta) from Welcome to Last Week, to pit Grim Fandango against Starcraft. On one hand, Grim Fandango is one of the best examples of the point and click adventure genre. On the other hand, Starcraft is probably the game that did the most to expand the popularity of the real time strategy genre and remains popular in competitive play to this day. Does the underdog Grim Fandango ever stand a chance of taking down the mighty Starcraft? Find out on another episode of The King of Games 98.

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Sly Cooper - Sony’s Forgotten Mascot

Sly Cooper - Sony’s Forgotten Mascot

February 20, 2020

On this episode, Ozzy, Paul and Arnie are joined by fellow Canadian Mike Doucet to discuss the history of Sony's Sly Cooper franchise. The episode is tinged with heavy doses of nostalgia, tons of raccoon facts and Paul showing an unusual level of concern for turtles. The crew first explores the creation of Sucker Punch Productions, the origin of Sly Cooper and discuss the first game (27:35), then discuss the very good reception of Sly 2 and the more muted acclaim of Sly 3 and whether it was warranted (1:09:41). The crew closes out by briefly discussing Thieves in Time and then pondering on the future of Sly (1:49:50). 

King of Games 98: Metal Gear Solid vs. Banjo-Kazooie

King of Games 98: Metal Gear Solid vs. Banjo-Kazooie

February 13, 2020

On the sixth episode of the round of 16, Paul and Arnie are joined by cartoonist and retro gamer Ryan Medlock a/k/a @videogamebear to tackle a perennial underdog match-up, as the sublime stealth action of Metal Gear Solid squares off against the whimsical platforming of Banjo-Kazooie. Will the googly-eyed charms of Banjo-Kazooie be enough to take down Hideo Kojima's masterpiece? Will the lack of Ozzy tilt the scale in Banjo's favor? Will Arnie ever make a final decision? Find out on another episode of The King of Games 98.

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Banjo Kazooie (Grant Kirkhope) - Main Title

What Have We Been Playing? PSVR, Killer Queen Black, Hotline Miami, and more!

What Have We Been Playing? PSVR, Killer Queen Black, Hotline Miami, and more!

February 6, 2020

Today, Anthony, Arnaldo, and Paul talk about the video games they've been playing lately, starting with Arnaldo and the game that's good no matter how many times you play it, Yakuza Kiwami 2, shortly followed by Hotline Miami (11:00). Anthony's current video games are up next with SUPERHOT and Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes (40:00) while we also tackle the question of whether the PSVR beats out the Sega-CD as history's greatest video game add-on (43:30). Paul finishes up with some Nintendo Switch multiplayer goodness in Killer Queen Black, River City Girls, and NBA2K Playgrounds 2 (1:00:30).

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Hotline Miami - Perturbator

Killer Queen Black - Main Theme

King of Games 98: Baldur’s Gate v. Tekken 3

King of Games 98: Baldur’s Gate v. Tekken 3

January 30, 2020

On the fifth episode of the round of 16, Anthony, Geoff and Ozzy come together to pit Baldur's Gate,  Bioware's seminal computer RPG, against Tekken 3, the most polished 3D fighter Namco had released up to that point. Will Baldur's Gate's complex systems and deep narrative prevail? Or will Tekken 3's timeless pick up and play appeal place the RPG in a chokehold? Find out on another episode of The King of Games 98.

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Music:

Dr. Bosconovitch Theme - Various (Tekken 3)

The Friendly Arms Inn - Michael Hoenig (Baldur's Gate)