Neo Geo

Episode 199: Zach Played the Game More Than Geremy [Metal Slug X]

Never before have we seen this much metal in so few slugs!  Actually, thinking on it, there aren't actually metal slugs in this game; they all seem to be energy pellets of some sort.  At any rate, there are now working graphics, tons of "vehicles", and a number of playable characters.  The same Metal Slug quirkiness, now sequelier and more functional!

The download that breaks the machine-gun-camel's back.

Show Notes

(01:45) An immediate tangent about Savage Dragon 

(03:45) Zach’s playing Disgaea 5

(18:45) Tyler’s been playing the smash-a-like Rivals of Aether

(24:45) Geremy has been playing the dangerously addicting Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle.

(32:45) The Assignment: Metal Slug X

(40:00) Ranking Slug

Next time on Last Time, Adventure Island!

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Episode 172: Nazi Mummies [Metal Slug 2]

Welcome back to Metal Slug, the game about running and/or gunning.  Now with infinity percent more mummies, you can storm your way through a slightly wider variety of baddies in a way that just feels slightly less satisfying than the first time you did it.  Also, slow-mo turkey.

Those slow down(load)s hurt.

Show Notes

(04:30) Tales of Tales.

(11:00) Fallout 4.

(16:00) "Tactics".

(24:00) Talking about the beginning of MS2.

(34:00) Ranking this game.

Next time on Last Time, Advance Wars!

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Episode 171: Where's My Trucker Hat? [Fatal Fury]

Back in a blaze of brilliant glory and snark, we're tackling the SNK game we meant to the last time we tried one. Complete with US 1 enthusiasts and Ryu cosplayers, fight with us through all sorts of birds, from ducks to the true migratory bird emperors: geese. Toss in some pre-video-arcade-simulators, and you've got a wild adventure. Or a meander through the streets.

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Show Notes

(02:00) Looks like we might get a 3rd Pokémon in a generation.

(05:30) RPG combat mechanics.  Specifically, Boy Band Simulator.

(11:00) If you haven't cleaned up after Doom Guy in space, it's hilarious.

(17:00) Pokémon parties, including everyone's favorite surfer dude!

(24:00) Zach talks about some of the games he played in 2016.  While we're at it, Geremy ended up writing his Year in Review piece he mentioned thinking about.  You should go read it!

(29:00) Mr. McGroove is rather amusing.

(30:30) In defense of Zach and Geremy disliking Rogue One, Tyler was moderately drunk while watching it.  It really does feel like a d20 game.

(38:30) Capcom vs. SNK, and why Terry is the best character in this game.

(41:00) Talking about the mechanics of this game.  Nothing super out of the ordinary for 2D fighters, but there's a foreground/background mechanic, but we could not figure out how to initiate it.  It's pretty decent human on human.

(47:00) Are you OK?!  BUSTER RANKING!

Next time on Last Time, Metal Slug 2!

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Episode 138: Archduke of Brawlers [King of Fighers '94]

How do you prove who the best fighter in the world is?  Arbitrarily group them by country and make them compete in teams of three!  Arguably, team "Terry and Andy are brothers and stuff" is probably going to win, but team "Ryu clones" has a fighting chance.  Sadly, King might have been better off tending bar.  Charge your super moves and punch your way to enlightenment with us!


Show Notes

(01:30) C'thulhumon!

(03:30) Cowboy Bebop is great!  And from the late 90s!  Doesn't explain their laser discs, though.  Outlaw Star is pretty good, too.

(06:45) Bravely Second in April, kids!

(09:30) Speaking of Metal Gears.

(17:00) XCOM 2!  These assholes...


(32:30) Who says you can't use a potato masher as a melee weapon?

(34:00) Which of us is the megalomaniac?

(35:30) Post-war economic miracles are great.

(38:00) Venom review! All caps? You decide!

(40:30) Heavy D! and friends.

(44:45) KoF XIV is, sadly, no longer gorgeous pixel art.

(51:00) Power RANKING!

(55:00) POWER STONE!  It's reminiscent of Ehrgeiz.

Next time on Last Time, Final Fantasy 6!

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Episode 129: Metal Slug Solid [Metal Slug]

Join us on the most festive of activities this winter solstice as we storm an enemy base and rescue POWs! "That's not festive" you say? Well, nothing says winter holidays to us like blazing through a jungle. Get ready to tank!

Our download has better guns.

Show Notes

(01:20) Why, Krampus?

(03:00) Mandela Effect.  It's not how physics works, kids.

(04:30) Chimps have good memories and generally outperform humans at abstract logic/pure math games.

(12:00) SKELL!  Just learned that's also slang for a homeless person, so... yeah.  Anywho, Zach talks about Xenoblade.

(24:30) Geremy talks about some of the improvements made in ORAS.

(27:30) Otakon?  Metal Sluuuuuug.  It looks good, there's nice hit feedback, and it's got a good sense of humor.  Double plus fun.

(29:00) Correction about "Ninja Spirits".  No idea what that was.  It should be Samurai Shodown , which rocks.

(38:15) Ranked!

(46:00) Geremy got us Persona 3.  I'm super excited!

Next time on Last Time, Blades of Steel!

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Episode 70: You're in the Anime Army Now [Shock Troopers]

Sadly, I think the best possible description of this game comes from Wikipedia's story summary:

The Bloody Scorpions have kidnapped a scientist and his granddaughter Cecilia in order to gain the powerful drug, Alpha-301, which converts normal people into superhuman soldiers. A special team must fight through their ranks in order to get to their leader and save the scientist's granddaughter and the world.

So, grab your guns and shoot only on cardinals and diagonals, because that's how this squad does it, kid!

Our download's special power is unfortunately similar to that other guy's.

(03:20) Steam sale chronicles!

(04:30) Football, apparently.  Distinct from gridiron.

(05:00) Zach talks about Dawn of War.

(14:00) Game Dev Tycoon!  Sadly, CarPG was not released this year.  Also, the morality of the game is a bit naive.

(22:30) Crusader Kings II and Geremy's adventures as Ned Stark.

(28:30) Naruto Adjectives is probably not worth the full price, but it's pretty good.

(30:30) Rogue Legacy.  It's not this generation's Ghosts n' Goblins.

(36:20) The Neo Geo.  It was absurdly expensive for a home console.  Here's this week's game; here are some others that came out before this.  In retrospect, it doesn't look bad for the time.

(42:00) Poor hit feedback for bosses, but pretty good otherwise.  The controls feel weird.  It's pretty mediocre, sadly.  Summary: go play Geometry Wars.

Next time on Last Time, Bomberman '93!

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