It's all about sequels this episode on the podcast! From Super Mario Bros. 2 to Devil Survivor 2, we're all over them! Also, Mass Effect 3: has BioWare reclaimed Brad's seal of approval? What about the ending controversy? All that plus thumbs, AND a birthday! With Dylan Collins, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Richard Naik and Mike "I live near a den of spiders" Bracken.

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Drew
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Drew
4 years 4 months ago

Way to represent nerds/rappers Dylan!

Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 4 months ago

I know I’m a little late to comment, but when you guys started talking about good sequels King’s Field: the Ancient City was literally the first thing that popped into my head. Lo and behold Mike Bracken mentions it moments after I thought it. This podcast seriously made my day.

Mike Bracken
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Mike Bracken
4 years 4 months ago

Haha! The spiders don’t scare me, but yeah…probably good advice.

mr.pants
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mr.pants
4 years 4 months ago

Watched chasing ghosts it was very good however Mike you should stay far away from the guy in the trailer if you know what’s good for you. As exciting as those spiders were I would keep my distance from that one

Mike Bracken
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Mike Bracken
4 years 4 months ago

Haha! I hated Frasier too. :p

Pedro
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Pedro
4 years 4 months ago

Good show folks, kept me smiling on a long drive this morning so thanks!

I cannot believe Chi is the only one who likes Seinfeld. I guess the rest of you are Frasier fans, huh? A sickening display.

😉

Li-Ion
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Li-Ion
4 years 4 months ago
[quote=Flo]If you’re truly roleplaying, though, you will, most of the time, not end up with a “pefect” renegade/paragon score. And while each individual dialogue prompt will not offer a wild variety of options, all of them combined do add up to innumerable possibilities. Sure, the number of possible outcomes is not affected, but the image you concoct of “your” Shepard is. Thus your strong identification with the role.[/quote] I agree. My feeling is that no ‘real’ person would be 100% paragon or 100% renegade, but in the gray area in between. The way I played I ended up with roughly… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 4 months ago

I really don’t like looking like I’m trying to hide, so just wanted to add that “anonymous” above, c’est moi.

— Haki “aushaki” Crisden

Richard Naik
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Richard Naik
4 years 4 months ago

@Zolbrod

I’ve actually been told that about MMX8-I’m saving it for now though, since I want to record a blind run of it eventually. Also, it’s somewhat comforting to know that there’s more MMX still out there, totally unknown to me 🙂

Flo
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Flo
4 years 4 months ago
[quote=Li-Ion] Isn’t that all a bit smoke and mirrors though? Generally you have two main responses: renegade or paragon. Sometimes something in between. A lot of people stick to either renegade or paragon throughout their playthrough. Which results in a lot of people having very similar experience after all. [/quote] True, many players will deem it favorable to stick to one side of the paragon/renegade system… which I don’t do, because that’s missing the point as far as I’m concerned. It’s also my biggest issue with ME3 that it basically eliminates all nuance in the dialogue options by reducing them… Read more »
Li-Ion
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Li-Ion
4 years 4 months ago
WARNING, SOME ME3 SPOILERS AHEAD [quote=Anonymous]All these things happen to set the stage for the future in the ME universe, but then you render that setting defunct because, no matter what you choose, Shepard must destroy the mass relays. All possibility of a galactic community is gone, permanently.[/quote] No, they aren’t FTL Travel is still possible after all. It’s just that travelling between systems will now take months or years instead of minutes. Also, the Mass Relays are not some voodoo-magic which is forever lost. It’s technology. Technology can be (re)invented and there’s no reason why the races of the… Read more »
Mr.  Muffin
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Mr. Muffin
4 years 4 months ago
I have to say, I was positively surprised by Dylan. I did not comment after the audition as I am inherently pessimistic and skeptical, but he proved me somewhat wrong. I was afraid that he would not be able to make the show “his own” in a sense, but he felt far more comfortable on the air in this episode than in the audition. Especially the start made me laugh. As for the rest of the episode, I still felt like the transition from one subject to another was not as organic as it could be. I do not know… Read more »
Zolbrod
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Zolbrod
4 years 4 months ago
Awesome show guys, as usual! I have to admit though, that I skipped over the Mass Effect 3 part. I’m still playing 2 in preparation for 3 (man, how I LOVE ME2, by the way) and I have so far been able to avoid all spoilers, and I’d like to keep it that way. REALLY curious as to what the infamous ending is going to turn out to be. I found myself agreeing a lot with Richard this week, especially concerning the Mega Man series. I also think MM4 was the pinnacle of the series, because it just got everything… Read more »
mr.pants
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mr.pants
4 years 4 months ago

Thanks for the show I really enjoyed it I always await these podcasts with anticipation so thanks for the upload.

adembroski
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adembroski
4 years 4 months ago
I had really hoped the single best gaming site on the web would have taken the time to understand the argument. **SPOILER START** There’s a semantic misunderstanding here. That the ending “invalidates” the rest of the series is an in-story concept, not meta-story. The ending, indeed, undoes everything SHEPARD accomplishes, no matter how he/she went about it. Create peace between the Quarians and Geth? Doesn’t matter, the entire Quarian flotilla is sentenced to death because they’re stuck in the Sol system and can’t eat human food. United the Turians and Krogan? Doesn’t matter, they’ll never see one another again. The… Read more »
Mike Bracken
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Mike Bracken
4 years 4 months ago

I suspect the same thing will likely happen.

Flo
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Flo
4 years 4 months ago
[quote=Mike Bracken]I also think it’s pretty interesting to see people so emotionally invested in a series that it inspires this sort of reaction. This seems like sort of a milestone in the potential evolution of the medium — I’m just not sure if we’ll look back on it in a decade as a positive or negative moment. [/quote] Mass Effect is kind of special in the way it lets you define its main character Shepard. Not only in the big universe-altering decisions that get carried over from game to game, but also in the many little choices through which you… Read more »
Mike Bracken
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Mike Bracken
4 years 4 months ago
I figured that segment would get a lot of response — and found it interesting that the two people who’ve actually played the game (Richard and Brad) had the same feelings about the ending. I haven’t played ME3 (because I still haven’t played ME2), so I avoided reading a lot of stuff about the issues with the ending because I didn’t want it spoiled for me (a good idea in theory that has now totally failed in execution), but I find the whole thing pretty interesting (although like some of you, I’m sick of hearing about it at this point).… Read more »
Flo
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Flo
4 years 4 months ago
Mild spoilers ahead! Really, I didn’t want to engage in the ending discussion yet again, but you brought this unto yourselves, seeing that your discussion was kind of one-sided. To give an educated answer to Mikes’s question (no offense Richard, but you’re a bit out of touch here): No. The lack of a “super happy” ending is not the “bulk of the complaints”. Granted, there are a lot of people who would love to have the OPTION to such an ending, but the main complaint here is really about the way the whole ending scenario is disconnected from the rest… Read more »
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Anonymous
4 years 4 months ago
I’m really disappointed there wasn’t a more thorough presentation and explanation of the dissenting opinion on this show. Nearly every other serious reviewer and critic I have heard has taken the “all these people who are upset are idiots or just wanted a happy ending”. I really was hoping that gamecritics.com, of all places, would be different. I came here all excited about your podcast and ready to praise you for taking the discourse to a new level — as I have come to expect from this podcast. This is a real letdown. The Forbes writer was high? It’s all… Read more »
Eric Bowman
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Eric Bowman
4 years 4 months ago
Great show guys, nice work Dylan! To me, the Mass Effect 3 ending felt like it had been done by a writer who had never heard of Mass Effect, had taken a lot of acid, and had just watched End of Evangelion. After three games of hard science fiction, the direction of the ending was pretty baffling to me, and the massive number of plot holes didn’t help. Considering Bioware had made comments in the past about “wildly different” endings based entirely around your decisions of the past games, I couldn’t help but feel the ending was overall really poorly… Read more »
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