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Episode 227: Castlevania Circle of the Moon

Nothing says "dark age fun times" like resurrecting the legendary Lord of Darkness and draining the life from an old man! Plus, the guest of honor is sure to enjoy the pre-meal entertainment: two teens aimlessly wandering the remains of his old castle. One of them seems to be particularly plucky. Follow Nathan "Definitely-Not-A-Belmont" Graves through traps and travails with us as we dive into the first mobile Castlevania!

Episode 181: Cool Guy Pose [Contra III: The Alien Wars]

When the situation is bad, it's time to get rad!  When you need revenge, you should attack aggressively, which is exactly what not-Jimmy and not-Bimmy intend to do on their testosterone fueled rampage against their alien bureaucrats.  Avoid timed obstacles, fight almost-3D bosses, and generally be a bad enough dude to survive!



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Show Notes (Notes for the show!)

(01:55) Spoilers for Logan if you haven’t seen it and care about those.

(03:00) Tyler is talking about the opening cinematic for DCU Online

(04:00) Tyler’s still playing Tales of Zestiria.  It's a Sorey Storey.

(14:00) Fuel is the game Geremy was trying to think of.

(17:30) Prolific Voice Actor Stephen Blum

(20:30) Apparently the rights to Megas XLR were used in some sort of tax writeoff and a revival isn’t a thing that can happen.

(26:30) Top Down levels!

(32:20) Contra III: The Alien Rankings


Next time on Last Time, Donkey Kong Country 2!

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Episode 163: Little Girl Power [Castlevania Rondo of Blood]

Montages are cool and so is Dracula fighting!  Follow our surprisingly anime protagonist through the deadly traps of Drac's castle... at least until Mario takes over and does everything for him.  Heroic!



Aria of downloads!


Show Notes

(01:00) At least one of us was thinking of this.

(02:45) Stars protect us!

(03:10) Now with 'poons.  It actually sounds pretty good, though.

(12:30) MGSV Spoilers, guys!

(15:20) Motorsnakles.

(19:30) End of spoilers nukes!  Not at all relevant to anything, is Gyarados a bird?

(35:10) US-1.  It was a thing.

(41:00) Windfishing.

(48:00) Rondo of intros!

(1:00:30) Rank of shadows!


Next time on Last Time, Soccer!

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Episode 140: Swamp Steve [The Adventures of Bayou Billy]

One man's swamp is every man's death trap. For as much as people make fun of Australia as being a place where all life evolved to kill humans (except koalas, I suppose), swamps are pretty deadly. There are blue shirted guys, scuba guys, guys with rocks, croco-guy-les. Truly, the deadly forces of nature are arrayed against our brave hero, who just can't seem to G-R-A-S-P how to effectively fight in the bayou.



Downloads make better weapons than Billy's fists.

Show Notes

(02:45) Pennies are inefficient.

(07:10) OMG Slimes!  Slime Rancher is super adorable and shaping up to be a pretty great game.  It's currently only got about 4-6 hours of content, but it's got a lot of potential and the devs appear to be really dedicated.

(12:30) Want to blow a few minutes finding Waldo?

(26:30) Who actually wants to control their trained fighters?

(31:30) ASU is not actually in a swamp, in case you're curious.

(35:00) 3 different game types!  Punching, shooting, and drive-shooting!

(39:00) Amanda Conner actual does cool arts.

(41:00) Don't cry any crocodile tears over this rating.  Too much?


Next time on Last Time, Mega Man II!

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Episode 130: *garbled noise (Get the Pass)* [Blades of Steel]

Wayne Gretzky would be proud. Or maybe not, but there's a lot of punching and also some hockey. Skate into the new year with us as we tackle another NES sports title that's not ball-themed.



Hat trick!


Show Notes

(06:45) And Larry.

(08:30) Man, Point Break.  That sure was a movie that needed a remake.  Awesome main character name, though.

(14:15) Brief discussion of "good enough" games.

(16:30) 7DTD.  The new update's great.  If you're interested, the server's at home.lasttimeonvideogames.com on the standard port.  Ask someone who's on to invite you to an Axon chat room.

(30:45) Blades of Mythril!  Hector continues to be the best hockey player.

(34:00) Punch out.

(40:45) Chairzard, go!

(41:30) Rankin'.


Next time on Last Time, Super Mario World!

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Episode 125: Hallowhip [Super Castlevania IV]

Such potential for spooky, but so much was wasted. Who wants to be a badass Dracula hunter when you could be a cowering horror movie star? I'm seeing a lot of hands... Well, I suppose you're in luck, because we've got a Belmont with whip in hand to go fight some monsters!



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Show Notes

(02:30) History!  A quick note, though: Napoleon was exiled to Elba, not Sardinia.

(02:45) Some back and forth on Neptunia.

(07:00) Coin Crypt!  It's a Rogue-like with coins!  And surprisingly few crypts!  Ignore the story trailer, though - they completely miss their opportunity to showcase the awesome music.

(13:00) MGS V continues to be great, even if it has some tonal dissonance.

(18:45) Talking about the difficulty curve and mechanics that help (or don't) reinforce it in Castlevania IV.  Specifically, whipping any direction makes the subweapons much less useful and physics-defying jump arcs make the platformer much easier.

(25:00) The worst room in the game.  Too many peanuts.

(32:45) Where does this game fall on our list?


Next time on Last Time, Golden Axe!  Not a structurally sound axe material.

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Episode 121: Shoot to Kill! [Super C]

Bill, your country (and planet) needs you! Go kill a bunch of clones with a ridiculously adaptable gun so that you can shoot the aliens threatening out planet! Also, take this other guy with you, I guess? It'll be fun, we swear!



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Show Notes

(01:15) We're not quite Type 1.

(02:30) Gratuitous spoiler editing.  For horror!

(04:00) Smiting is fun.  Too bad Guan Yu isn't there.

(11:00) Ghosts are cool, especially if they're wolves.

(20:20) Super C!  It's fun!  The overhead segments are kinda lame, though.

(35:00) Rank is the best weapon.  This week: Donkey Kong Country, Mystic Quest, and Castlevania: The Adventure.


Next time on Last Time, R-Type!

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Episode 119: This Game is So Bad We Didn't Even Mention Dracula [Castlevania: The Adventure]

You know what was awesome about Castlevania?  Precision movement, perfectly sized platforms, methodical and premeditated advancement, and a satisfyingly effective attack coupled with special weapons suited for a variety of situations.  You know what this game has?  None of that.  Also, falling platforms and endlessly spawning bats over them.  Also, no color.  The music's still pretty good, though!



Our downloading isn't well suited to its challenges.

Show Notes

(29:45) Whippin' out them rankings.  Baseball (BG), StarTropics, and Alien Storm get lashed at.

Next time on Last Time, Pokemon Trading Card Game!

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Episode 62: Dracula Killing Club [Castlevania 3]

Back during the Black Plague years, the Belmont family was so powerful, they were kicked out of Europe. Yes, the entirety of Europe. That is, of course, excepting Trevor Belmont, who was apparently either less powerful or just not a dick. He then went on an epic journey (which way he went depends on who you asked) and gathered companions who had suspiciously similar jump arcs. Together, faced Dracula. How does the story end?!
*Spoiler: Dracula loses.  It's cool, though; he just comes back*



If you chose the wrong path, you might end up with a different companion download.


(01:55) Not to say that we have perfected storytelling these days.

(02:45) #11: The Matchstick City.

(03:00) Behold, the Sword of Some Dude!  Magnificent.

(08:00) Buy this, get a second game free.

(08:30) Geremy enumerates the Humble Comic Bundle.

(10:30) Deadlands on Xbox?  Might be pretty sweet.  We discuss Xbox One exclusive series and the economic viability thereof.

(16:00) Encrypted conversations, and the importance of people not listening to our League chat.

(22:00) Prequel land!  Check out this sweet intro.

(24:00) Related: the castle that likely inspired Stoker's Dracula is up for sale.

(26:00)  Zach's feelings on matrimony... with your jump arc.

(27:15) Vampire Killer is an oddly specific name for a whip.

(33:00) Alucard is basically Kirby in this game.

(35:30) Out-of-theme enemies.  Also, sadly, you can't just dump Trevor.  Also, Alucard can't attack on stairs.

(39:10) How hard was it?


Next time on Last Time, Kirby's Dreamland 2.

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Episode 61: Cyber Suit Mobilnator [Cybernator]

In a universe where people watch a lot of anime, some mobile suits were constructed. However, they weren't called that, even though they were totally Zaku II models. Then some people wanted to fight... or something. It's a game with giant robot suits in space; what more do you want?!



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(01:00) Depot walling.  Imagine what we could build!

(04:30) Pentastation: More Sony than you can shake some sticks at.

(06:20) That site with card games Geremy mentioned.

(08:00) In case you're confused by a "no sell"

(10:10) More card games, anyone?

(12:15) Sadly, Deathbird is not actually on the podcast with us.  That was just Zach.

(15:30) Did someone say... mystery gift?

(18:00) Have you guys played FTL yet?  Do so.

(25:00) Gundam?  Wing!!!...!

(27:30) A la carte channel subscription.

(28:15) Ancient tape magics!

(28:50) Assault Suit Valken, the much better name of this game.

(30:00) Phallic powers, activate!

(33:45) Archaic mechanics, but excellent style.

(37:45) As Zach comments, MechWarrior feels like your heavy moves faster than your suit in this game.  There's just so much wasted potential.


Next time on Last Time, Castlevania 3: Dracula's Curse!  Oh, crap...

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Episode 41: We Will Build A Wall [Life Force]

This week, we look at the sequel to one of our (read: Tyler's) favorite games for the show: Life Force!  It's basically Gradius, but not!  Get ready for some fancy flying as we veer up and slightly to the left of a pretty good game and into the territory of what we're actually playing.



I'd take an option that just downloads things for me while I walk around.


(01:30) Sweet new mixer time!  Internet celebrities.

(04:00) Join the hosts (not Tyler) in playing LoL some time!  State of Decay is still awesome.  Pills are super helpful.  Also, I found this, and it's awesome.

(09:30) Another DayZ comparison; maybe Tyler has PTDZD.

(10:20) These flash games are fun.

(14:00) For posterity!  It's an anime-themed fighter.

(17:20) Seriously, don't give these people money.

(18:45) Geremy's 3 gripes with Arkham Origins' combat changes.

(24:00) Detective mode!

(28:00) *Sean Connery voice* Yesh, fluffy...

(32:00) Spoilers(?) for New Horizons.

(36:30) Join Geremy's Fantasy eSports league!

(39:30) Life Force!  It has some arbitrary problems.  It's basically Gradius with cooler bosses and multiplayer.

(46:30) We talked about this one a while ago, but apparently it's applicable to a space shooter?

(50:00) Consequenceless deaths as a teaching tool.  It can also be painful.


Next time on Last Time, it's Tecmo Bowl!

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Episode 37: Master of English, Hahahahaha! [X-Men]

In a world where people mutate to be able to shoot lasers n' stuff somehow, some of those people are dicks. Some of these dicks also happen to be Master of Magnet! Help us disco laser him, X-Chicken!



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(01:00) Other X-Men games.  Tyler's got a vanilla Minecraft server up constantly; email him if you want in.  Zach's been playing The Bigs 2, an arcade baseball game, which is way cbetter than Bases Loaded.  We talk about Zelda timelines for a bit, so go watch this thing +Edgar Diamond found.

(08:45) We talk about Mass Effect 2 compared to Bioshock for a bit.

(12:00) Pokemon.  Because of course.

(17:30) Hearthstone.  Their landing page says it all.

(23:00) All the goofy things this game says.  Just... this.  There's also a plot, I think.  Xavier seems to like ranting about it, at least.

(30:00) Mutant powers!  All the bosses monologue, which is just great.

(40:00) Between the Japanese and the American version, the Japanese has powerups and is therefore superior.  As an added bonus, this game is up to 6 players.  It's pretty mediocre aside from the camp, though.

(44:00) Wolverine is headmaster.  That explains the wonderful decisions the students regularly make.

Next time on Last Time, Punch-Out!!...!

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Bonus Episode 4: Castlevania

For our first Halloween, why not a vaguely horror themed game?  We only talk about it every episode, so it's about time we got around to recording one on it.  Alex rejoins us, and we talk about character alignments!  Whip it good!




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(00:30) We talk about sexy existential dilemmas.

(06:00) Jump arch matrimony!

(08:50) Angry lesbian stories.  Also, wall chicken.

(18:00) Sub-items, and why they're actually useful in this game.

(21:00) Mechanics!  Not that kind.

In summation, play Castlevania.  It will enrich your life.

Episode 29: Somebody Call Me a Belmont [Castlevania: Symphony of the Night]

This week, we tread where no man dare to tread.  No man except a vampire!  And most people who own a PSX way back when.  It's a terrible night to not know how to backdash!



Let us download tonight for pleasure.  The bandwidth is still great.

(01:00) A brief alcoholic interlude, followed by what we've been playing.  Geremy and Zach played some SC2.  Nocturne, for the uninitiated, is a game about demons n' stuff.  Wonderful 101 is super weird, but kinda fun!  Bat nipples...  Tyler talks a bit about Thomas Was Alone.

(10:30) In Showdown Effect, katanas are the default.  Also, Burnout: Paradise is a pretty cool game that doesn't afraid of crashing.

(13:15) Videogame treadmill.  It's a thing that needed to be.

(14:10) When to get a new console.  Bungie continues to lend its mighty aid to Microsoft.  The PS2 may have been a thing.

(18:30) Why buy a console over a computer.

(21:40) What game would you play for the rest of ever if you only had one?

(23:00) Castlevania: SotN is pretty sweet.  CD loading roomsAmazing.  Zach and Tyler briefly debate the merits of 2D games and whether they should exist.

(28:15) WHY?!

(29:30) Cross-douken!

(30:30) Just a list of things this game does...

(31:30) What Zach was talking about.  Also, Alucard definitely gets vengeance.  Nooo!  My powerups!

(35:20) Sweet opening music. The rest of that video has the full soundtrack; it's killer.

(39:45) Pointlessness of sub-weapons.  They may help you get it all done.

(43:30) What is a man?  Die you monster!

(45:30) Just text is worth exploring.

(47:30) Play it!  It's worth the price.


Next week, you'll be cool enough to play Mega Man X!

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Episode 25: Dude, Where's my Castle? [Castlevania II Simon's Quest]

We start to dig into the meat of sequel month with a game that forever changed a franchise.  Whip yourselves into shape to explore the most inscrutable logic in a Castelvania game, and embark with us upon Simon's Quest!



I bet you can't find the way to the download without a guide.

(01:30) A quick shout out to the only guy who has left us an iTunes review:






















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Episode 9: Ninja Legends Suck [The Legend of the Mystical Ninja]

Once a decade, when the moon is full and the spirits are restless, the lone ninja rises from the shadows to quell the growing unease in the world. Then his fat companion trips on the way up the hill and ruins the scene. This week, it's The Legend of the Mystical Ninja, who, as it turns out, isn't really all that mystical.  He does fight an octopus horde, though, so that ought to be good for something.



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(1:00) What we've been playing.  *SPOILERS* Geremy's been playing the stuff he was last episode.

(3:40) Mystical Ninja, with no articles, is a much better game than this.  It has bazookas.

(6:15) We start getting into the meat of this.  How generic is this game?  Very.

(10:35) Ewww... I got some Japan on my game.

(13:33) Difficulty and enjoyable challenge, and why they're not necessarily the same thing.

(17:05) Co-op is good, surprising everyone.  One person even had a heart attack upon hearing that.

(19:25) Biting off more than even Goemon's comically large mouth can chew in game design.

(20:35) Theme vs. The Translators vs. Disjointed Plot.  This game is filled with things that have no purpose.

(23:40) Grinding in my action game?  Soooo repetitive.

(26:35) Finishing thoughts and the ambition of ActRaiser.  At least this game looks good.

(31:15) Our apologies to the audience for this game.


Next time, it's Gunstar Heroes for the Sega Genesis.  You can rest assured that, if nothing else, this game is not as large a waste of money as our ninja adventure.  Additionally, we're encountering a wandering guest host!

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Episode 8: What Exactly is a Gradius? [Gradius]

Disclamer
***
First off, we apologize for the poor audio quality on this episode, especially on Tyler’s end.  We have a new audio setup, and he was turned down a bit further than he should have been, while Geremy was up a bit higher.  This should be fixed for the next episode.
 ***

Our zany adventures continue as we fight our way through hordes of wacky moai misfits and belligerent bionic battle suits in the arcade classic, Gradius!  This game has a record for being incredibly difficult, a testament to the adopted slogan "Nintendo Hard."  For the sake of this, we'll ignore that Gradius is on every system ever.  Listen in as we test out some new audio equipment and find out whether this game withstood the test of time.



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(2:00) What we’ve been playing and watching.

(5:30) We talk about Slender and discuss this video a bit.  NSFW (Language) www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvYrA9rCjy4

(7:00) The Assignment: Gradius

(10:00) Power-Up!

(18:00) Just how hard is Gradius?

(21:00) Gradius compared to Mario, and the transition from Arcade to Home Console.


Next week, we jump back forward to the Super Nintendo and take on some Japanese Culture with The Legend of the Mystical Ninja.  Probability of Naruto jokes 95%!  Don’t miss it!

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