We try our best to keep things positive, but Tim screws it up in the home stretch. The topic is "New RPG's We (Mostly) Love" and that means Dragon Quest IX, Etrian Odyssey III, Puzzle Quest 2, and DeathSpank. Guess which one we don't love! Plus we premiere a new segment: "Quote of the Week." With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, and Tim "Spahnk" Spaeth.

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Topics discussed:

  • 1 vs. 100
  • Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
  • Etrian Odyssey III
  • Puzzle Quest 2
  • DeathSpank

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Tim Spaeth

Tim Spaeth

Cleveland native Tim Spaeth grew up in a happy household – a household with a father whose major client happened to be an Atari games distributor. This led directly to Tim's first nickname: "The kid who got Atari games before anyone else." Indeed, he knew Pac-Man and E.T. were colossal bombs weeks before the rest of the world, and the resulting celebrity brought him great pleasure.

Through the years every aspect of Tim's life has been touched by gaming. He mastered typing thanks to Space Quest, honed his poker skills on The Sierra Network, and learned to hate after a particularly traumatic game of Tecmo Super Bowl.

Today, Tim lives in Chicago with his three kids and strives to find that perfect balance between family, career, and Warcraft. He enjoys broadcasting, martial arts, rock and roll, growing and shaving his beard, singing show tunes to the homeless, and losing at Mario Kart to his lovely, talented, and amazing girlfriend.

In late 2008, Tim became the producer and host of the GameCritics.com Podcast, and he's thrilled to be bringing GameCritics' unique editorial voice to a brand new medium.
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crackajack
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crackajack
5 years 11 months ago
[quote=Chi Kong Lui]It was really more a question of what DQIX offered that allowed it to feel less predictable and formulaic despite it also being a game that follows its own formula pretty closely.[/quote] I haven’t played any DQ or FF or any j-rpg so i don’t care too much for them and may have not listened careful enough to get any point what makes them less formulaic but i just think punching Zelda for being Zelda is kind of unfair because it’s almost a genre of its own. How many “rip offs” were there? Okami, i think Darksiders also… Read more »
Chi Kong Lui
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Chi Kong Lui
5 years 11 months ago
[quote=crackajack]Criticizing Zelda for giving no rpg-freedom is like criticizing Richard Burns Rally for not being arcade-fun like Dirt. It doesn’t want you to be able to play in a fully open world. Same as The Witcher, Jade Empire, Okami or Mafia (1). And it doesn’t want to be an rpg, no j-rpg and no western rpg.[/quote] I don’t think either Mike or I were trying to assert that Zelda needed to be more like RPGs and any other type of game. It was really more a question of what DQIX offered that allowed it to feel less predictable and formulaic… Read more »
crackajack
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crackajack
5 years 11 months ago
Criticizing Zelda for giving no rpg-freedom is like criticizing Richard Burns Rally for not being arcade-fun like Dirt. It doesn’t want you to be able to play in a fully open world. Same as The Witcher, Jade Empire, Okami or Mafia (1). And it doesn’t want to be an rpg, no j-rpg and no western rpg. I would also like if Zelda would try to be more innovative than they were with Majoras Mask, but as Wind Waker got an timeless art style, was innovative in that way, and only TP, after 10 years!, can be called a very similar… Read more »
Jonathan
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Jonathan
6 years 20 hours ago
Yeah, permadeath is frustrating, but in the console Fire Emblem games, you can save in the middle of battle and load your save if you lose a character, which helps a little bit, but there is no quick way to load a save game. Usually I press the home button and reset the game. Nintendo makes the argument that permadeath adds to the tension in the battle, thus making it more exciting. I think this is true, but at the same time, the battles in Fire Emblem are so long and complex that it would still be very hard to… Read more »
Brad Gallaway
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Brad Gallaway
6 years 1 day ago
I actually have played the Fire Emblem games, the ones on the GBA/DS at least. I started out loving them, but I grew to hate them… I really can’t stand the permanent death of characters if you lose one, and every single FE has a huge difficulty spike at the final boss. I hate to admit it, but I’m pretty sure I’ve gotten to the end of every FE game I’ve played and then quit out of frustration. The Etrian series is certainly quite difficult, but it takes a lot of steps to take the pain out of playing. It… Read more »
Jonathan
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Jonathan
6 years 1 day ago

After hearing your description of Etrian Odyssey, I want to play it, but I have to ask, have you all played the Fire Emblem games? I feel like if you like deep strategy and nail-biting risks in your turn based games, you’d love Fire Emblem.

Mike Bracken
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Mike Bracken
6 years 2 days ago
I’d definitely recommend the Deathspank demo before purchase. I think you’ll know from that brief bit of time whether it’s a game you’ll want to put ten or so hours into or not — and if it’s not, you save 15 bucks. I went back and tried the demo one more time after we recorded the show and my opinion didn’t improve at all. The melee combat doesn’t feel right to me at all, the humor wears thin quickly, and it’s not all that much fun — and I’m a huge loot whore who loves these kinds of games. Glad… Read more »
Mike Bracken
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Mike Bracken
6 years 2 days ago

Coyls3,

I hate that I didn’t know it, although to be fair it was the tagline for the film — and it’s not even a good or memorable one at that. I’ve only seen Child’s Play 3 twice — and that was really two times too many. :p

Zolos
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Zolos
6 years 3 days ago

From what i can tell only the first Etrian Odyssey was released in Europe. Although the US versions work on the European DS, i prefer to buy the European versions for 2 and 3.

Does anyone know whether they are going to be released here?

Chi Kong Lui
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Chi Kong Lui
6 years 3 days ago

[quote=reason49]
Gallaway got me all excited about Etrian Odyssey (I need a new portable game soon) only to reveal the September release date. Insert big pout.[/quote] As a follow up on the podcast, I was able to find used copies Etrian Odyssey 1 & 2 for $10 and $13 dollars respectively at GameStop relatively easy. Each store will only have one copy at best, but using Gamestop.com, you can find which ones have it relatively easy. The only downside was part 1 didn’t have the box, but part 2 was near mint condition.

reason49
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reason49
6 years 3 days ago

Also, (sorry for the double post) I’m more than a little bummed about 1 vs 100’s fate. During Season 2, I would eagerly await the next live show. It was a great game to play with friends or family. With all this said, I can agree that it was a little difficult to understand how to enter, the rules, etc…

Hell, if it wasn’t for 1 vs 100, I would have never gotten my copy of Rez HD. 🙂

reason49
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reason49
6 years 3 days ago

Good podcast. I enjoyed the listen!

I’m a little awed to see such mixed reactions (between podcasts and communities) when it comes to DeathSpank. Sounds like the only way to truly find out if I will like it or not is to download the demo.

Gallaway got me all excited about Etrian Odyssey (I need a new portable game soon) only to reveal the September release date. Insert big pout.

coyls3
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coyls3
6 years 3 days ago

@ Tim, I liked the old theme better, and don’t know about the ching.

@ Mike: Mike, my man. How does a horror geek not know the name of a chucky movie? lol, just teasing don’t get mad.

Mike Bracken
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Mike Bracken
6 years 3 days ago

ah to be 36 again — when I had my whole life in front of me and the world was an endless horizon of possibilities…

I will refrain from answer the ching question because I already did in private. Nailed it in one guess, because I’m fucking awesome like that.

Tim Spaeth
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Tim Spaeth
6 years 3 days ago

[quote=Vince]I turned 37 this year too. Yay to us rapidly approaching the hill.[/quote]I’m only 36, so now I feel like a young boy just getting his start in the world.

For everybody: Yay or Nay on the new opening / theme song? Also, can anyone identify the source of the “CHING”?

Chi Kong Lui
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Chi Kong Lui
6 years 5 days ago
There was a point made by eaps from our forums about our previous episode that I didn’t get a chance to mention on the show that I think also applies to DQIX. [quote=eaps]As you all were discussing what made the 16-bit era so important, I was reminded of the concept of “synthesis.” I’m an opera singer and one of the goals of my work is to reach the point of synthesis- where acting, music and singing all come into balance. As individuals, you can work on it by yourself, but in the case of a show, where many people are… Read more »
Vince
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Vince
6 years 5 days ago

I turned 37 this year too. Yay to us rapidly approaching the hill.

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