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#63: Returnal Review (Spoiler-Free)
This week, I decided to review Housemarque's PS5 exclusive; Returnal. I've never played a 'AAA' rogue-like before, and I break down how rogue-likes work in general, before sharing my thoughts on this particaur iteration. Absolutely 100% spoiler-free, too.
#62: E3 2021 Predictions
Every video game podcast is contractually obligated to do an E3 predictions episode, so we fulfill said obligation on the show this week. I make a dozen predictions (that almost certainly won't come true), and a bunch of the hot dogs call their shots as well.
#61: Games That Need a Sequel
This week, we're talking about games that really need and/or deserve a sequel. I list off my top 5 picks, read a bunch of the community's picks, and kick myself for forgetting some obvious titles. Hopefully, we 'will' at least one of these games into existence.
We're talking Super Mario Bros on RTG this week, so I thought the time was right to dedicate an entire podcast to gaming's Babe Ruth - Mario. We share our Mario memories, talk about our favourite Mario games, and look at his influence on the industry in this week's podcast.
#59: Best Video Game Sidekicks
Who's the greatest sidekick in the history of video games? Luigi? Tails? Diddy Kong? We talk about our favourites, and shine a little light on the forgotten "player twos" of gaming this week. (PS, the best sidekick is a dog, but you'll have to listen to the episode to find out who it is)
#58: Mini Indie Reviews - Vol. II
This week, I thought we'd do another 'Mini Indie Review', where I give three indie games a bite sized, 10-15 minute review. This time around, I look at the uber-tough RPG Darkest Dungeon, the hack and slash roguelike Dead Cells, and the 2D tactical shooter Steamworld Heist.
#57: Underrated Games
Anyone that grew up playing video games has at least one game they feel doesn't get the love it deserves. So on this episode, we're righting that wrong. I talk about some games I feel are criminally underrated, and share a ton of yours as well.
#56: Pac-Man 99 Review
Pac-Man is the latest franchise to get the battle royale treatment, and like Tetris 99 and Super Mario 35 before it, it's free to play with your Nintendo Switch Online subscription. I've put some time into it now, and decided to share my thoughts, along with some strategies I've been using, what they could improve with the game, etc.
#55: What Would You Do If You Were President of Playstation?
It's your first day as the brand new CEO/President/Owner/Whatever at Playstation. Anything you say goes. What would you do? We "fantasy GM" the station that plays this week, and share our (somewhat realistic) ideas to improve Playstation.
#54: Ranking My 10 Favourite Wrestling Games
Its WrestleMania week in the world of WWE, which is the perfect excuse to talk about wrestling video games! For this week's episode, I decided to countdown my ten favourite wrasslin' games ever. Titles from the NES right up to the PS4 snuck onto this list.
#53: Video Game Rental Stories
The Last Blockbuster is all over Netflix right now, so while everyone is full of nostalgia about going to the video store, I thought we'd talk about our favourite (and least favourite) memories of renting video games on the show this week.
#52: Couch Co-op Memories
From giving your little brother/sister the broken controller, to burning a hole in your palm playing Mario Party, to accusing your buddy of watching your screen, there was nothing like couch co-op. We share our favourite multiplayer memories on this week's episode of the show.
#51: God of War (2018) Spoiler-Free Review/Spoilercast
By popular demand, I'm reviewing 2018's God of War this week. I played this for the first time recently, and I see why some people call it the game of the generation now! As with all our reviews, the first portion is a spoiler-free review, and then after a warning, a short spoiler-cast will follow.
#50: Ranking My 20 Favourite SNES Games
It's the big episode 5-0, and I wanted to do something special for it. So I'm finally gonna rank my favourite SNES games. As you all know, I'm a SNES fanboy to the max, and this turned out to be way harder than I thought. God, I love the Super Nintendo.
#49: Happy 4th Birthday, Nintendo Switch!
The Nintendo Switch turned four this week! They grow up so fast, don't they? So I figured we'd look back at the Switch's first four years. The highs and lows, the yearly game releases, the hardware itself, and what the future looks like for Nintendo's baby boy.
#48: Every Console's 'Must Own' Game
This topic came straight from the minds of the hot dogs, and I love it. We go through every Nintendo, Playstation, Xbox and SEGA console, and pick the definitive 'must own' game from each library.
#47: Best/Worst Controllers
Controllers are the unsung heroes of gaming. We talk games and consoles all the time, but without controllers, none of that matters. So this week, I run through every controller I've used, from the NES to current gen iterations, and talk about the days and nays from each generation.
#46: Play One/Remake One/Erase One - Hot Dog Edition
Every week, we play 'Play One/Remake One/Erase One' on Remember The Game? And you guys yell at me for making it too hard. So this week, I let our patrons submit their own Play/Remake/Erase entries, and I talk my way through each one. This one was tough...
#45: Cyber Shadow Spoiler-Free Review/Spoilercast
Cyber Shadow is a retro style indie game that dropped on all the major consoles a couple weeks ago. It's inspired by Ninja Gaiden, it's really tough, and it's fucking awesome. I hit you with a 100% spoiler-free review, and then tack a short spoiler-cast on at the end (after tons of warning, of course)
#44: The Worst Enemies in Gaming
We all have 'em. Those piece of shit enemies that ruin this delightful hobby of ours. For this week's episode, we vent about the baddies that make us maddies. The cheap, the too hard, the annoying, and the Zubat; they're all in here. Seriously, go away, Zubat.
#43: 2021 Gaming Predictions
Every gaming podcast in the world is legally required to do a predictions episode in January, so as per Government regulations, here's ours. I make some bold Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo and Stadia (!) predictions, and share some of yours as well.
#42: Ghost of Tsushima Spoiler-Free Review/Spoilercast
Ghost of Tsushima is awesome, and it took the gaming world by storm in 2020. For this week's show, I break down what's so great about it with a thorough, almost hour long, SPOILER FREE review. And then follow that up with a 20 minute spoilercast, as well. (You'll be warned MANY times before the spoilers start, don't worry).
#41: The First Annual Blankies!!!
Anyone can give away a trophy. Here at RTG Industries, we award Blankies. The first (hopefully) annual edition of our year end game awards is here! I spoof awards shows, and name the best Playstation, Nintendo, Xbox, and overall game of 2020 (as voted by you!). I reveal my top 3 games for each category as well. Let's go the The Blankies!
#40: New Year's Gaming Resolutions
New year, new me! With a new calendar comes New Year's resolutions. And instead of resolving to not drink so much, lose weight, or one of those boring things you don't want to do, dedicate the year to being a better gamer! Let's share our New Years (Gaming) Resolutions!
#39: The Airing of Gaming Grievances
"I GOT A LOTTA PROBLEMS WITH YOU PEOPLE! AND NOW, YOU'RE GONNA HEAR ABOUT IT!"
It's time for Festivus, and it's time for the airing of gaming grievances. I share a few of my own, and react to a ton of listener issues as well. I hope you enjoy the show, and Happy Festivus!!!
#38: Games We SHOULDN'T Love, But Do...
A couple weeks ago, we broke down some games that should be favourites of ours, but for whatever reason, just aren't. This week, we're doing the opposite. Let's talk about games we SHOULDN'T like, but do anyways. I list some of mine, and share a few listener picks, too.
#37: My Top 10 RPGs of All-Time
Ranking episodes are my favourite Ex Pass podcasts, and this is a list we've talked about doing for months. From the SNES to games released in 2020, I rank my favourite RPGs of all-time, and talk about a ton of listener's favs as well. If you're an RPG fan, put on your podcast pants and get comfy - this one's for you.
#36: Games We SHOULD Love, But Don't...
This episode's topic comes straight from our Patreons. And I actually really like it. Everyone knows of at least one popular video game that they WANT to like, but just don't for whatever reason. Well, this week I break down a bunch of mine, explain why I just can't get into them, and share some of yours, as well.
#35: Mini Indie Reviews - Volume 1
I LOVE indie games. They're clever, creative, and unfortunately, often overlooked. So for this week's podcast, I'm hitting you with spoiler-free reviews of THREE games I proudly award the RTG Industries illusive Seal of Approval - Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, Steamworld Dig 2, and Into The Breach.
#34: Ranking the Mega Man Games
Holy fuck do I love Mega Man. So much in fact, that the Blue Bomber is getting his very own ranking episode of Expansion Pass! I'm going to sort the 11 core Mega Man games from worst to best, go over what I like and dislike about each game, and shout out the coolest and lamest robot master in each entry as well.
#33: Looking Back on the PS4/Xbone Generation
Next gen is here! By the time next week's podcast goes live, the PS5 and Xbox Series X will be released on the world. So for this week's podcast, we take a look back at the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. What went right, what went wrong, our favourite games, stuff like that.
#32: The Playstation 2 is 20 years old!
Does that title make you feel as old as I do right now? Holy shit. I don't celebrate every console's birthday each year, but the PS2 is all-time best selling system ever, we don't show it enough love on the show, and 20 is a nice round number. So let's talk Playstation 2!
#31: Our favourite scary/Halloween themed games
Halloween is only a few days away, so it only makes sense to make this episode of Expansion Pass as scary as possible. (It's not scary at all). I talk about my favourite scary games from the NES right up to today, and share a bunch of our listener's favourite horror games as well. Happy Halloween!
#30: The SEGA Dreamcast
We finally covered our first Dreamcast game on 'Remember The Game?' this week, and SEGA teased a Dreamcast Mini could be coming at the same time. Seems like a good excuse to look back at SEGA's final console. What did it do right? Why did it die? Underrated? Overrated? Let's talk Dreamcast.
#29: Predicting who the remaining Smash Bros. fighters are
Even if you don't like Smash Bros, the roster is jaw dropping. The recent addition of Minecraft Steve proves that anything is possible. So this week, I breakdown who I think the four remaining fighters are, and share a bunch of your predictions as well!
#28: Ranking the Mario Kart Games
Mario Kart is probably my second favourite franchise in gaming, after the core Mario games themselves (which we already ranked here on Expansion Pass). So this episode is dedicated to the kart racer that could. We rank all the core games, talk about your favourite games in the series, and basically talk Mario Kart for an hour.
#27: Patreon Q&A - September 2020
Answering listener questions, including: "Play One, Remake One, Erase One (with consoles and their entire libraries)", "If you could take over any studio and their IPs, who would it be?", "What was your most awkward moment as a comedian?" and more!
#26: Our Gaming Confessions
Every gamer has a few skeletons in their closet. Popular games they hate, or horrible games they love. Franchises they can't get into. Terrible things they've done to characters. This week, some of our listeners come clean about their game shames (and I judge them harshly), and I reveal some secrets of my own.
#25: Battletoads 2020 Spoiler-Free Review
It's been 26 years since Zitz, Rash, and Pimple has graced our screens with a new Battletoads game. Rare started promoting a return of the 'Toads last year, and the new game is finally available on Xbox One and PC. Is it worth your time? Is it as hard as the old Battletoads games? Is it...good? Have a listen and I'll tell ya!
#24: 'High Score' Netflix Series Review
In August of 2020, Netflix released a 6 part series called 'High Score'. It's a docu-series (I think that's what it's called?) about the history of video games. Space Invaders, Pac-Man, the rise of Nintendo, SEGA during the console wars, etc. I break down each episode and talk about what I liked and didn't like about the series.
#23: Patreon Q&A - August 2020
Answering listener questions, including: "What games scared you as a kid?", "Did you play SEGA Saturn or DreamCast in their prime?", "Best Sideshow Bob episodes of The Simpsons?" and more!
#22: What Characters Should be on Gaming's Mt. Rushmore?
I've wanted to talk about this for a while. If there was a gaming Mt. Rushmore, which four characters would be on it? It's one of the best debates in gaming, and in this episode I'll give you my foursome, and share some of our listeners picks as well.
#21: What SHOULD have been on the Playstation Classic?
The Playstation Classic was heartbreaking. Nobody can fault Sony for trying to get in on the mini console fad after the success of the NES & SNES minis, but what they ended up producing was hot garbage. What was right about it? What was wrong with it? And what games SHOULD have been on it? Well, I'll tell you.
#20: Ranking My Top 20 NES Games
If you listen to the show with any regularity, you know that I'm a Nintendo fanboy, and an SNES homer. But I have the softest of soft spots for the NES, because without it I wouldn't be the nerd I am today. So on this episode I go over my 20 favourite NES games, and share our listeners favourites as well!
#19: Paper Mario - The Origami King Spoiler Free Review & Spoilercast
Is Paper Mario - The Origami King the return to form Paper Mario fans have been begging for? This episode consists of two chapters; a 100% spoiler free review, and a full-out spoiler cast where I go over what I liked, disliked, and HATED about the latest Paper Mario game.
#18: Patreon Q&A - July 2020
Answering listener questions, including: "What are your top 3 Final Fantasy moments?", "Are there any games you love but refuse to play again?", "If the Series X flops, will Microsoft quit making consoles?", "What was Phil Hartman's best Simpsons character?"
#17: Slay The Spire - Review
If you listen to show with any regularity, you've probably heard me talk about my admiration for Slay The Spire at some point. Why do I love that game so much? I spend an hour explaining why it's becoming one of my favourite games of all-time on this week's show.
#16: 2020 Gaming News - Half Year in Review
For as rough as 2020 has been on everyone's careers, sanity and health, it's been fantastic for gaming! This week, we look back on the first 6 months of 2020. Gaming news, releases, highlights. Could it be the best year in gaming history?
#15: The Last of Us Part II - Spoilercast
I made it through the entire review without spoiling anything, but I have a lot to say about this game and it's story. Seems to go without saying, but this episode is full of spoilers. You've been warned.
#14: The Last of Us Part II Review (Spoiler Free!)
My most anticipated game in years is finally here! Did it live up to the hype? Should you play it? Should you play the first game before this one? Is it good!? I answer all these questions, and do it without ANY spoilers, too!
#13: Patreon Q&A - June 2020
Answering listener questions, including: "Should retro games be criticized if their mechanics haven't aged well?", "Are 'Adults Only' ratings poison for games?", "What game should a new gamer start with?", "Why does Adam hate Bret Hart?"
#12: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly - Wii U Edition
The Wii U is pretty universally considered Nintendo's biggest misstep (aside from the Virtual Boy). But those of us that liked the thing, loved it. On this episode, we look back at what went right, and everything that went wrong, with the Wii U.
#11: Ranking The 94 Games We've Covered on Remember The Game?
We've talked about 94 different titles/series on Remember The Game? So for this edition of Expansion Pass, I ranked all those games from worst to best, and shared some of our listener's top 3 games as well!
#10: Save States, ROMs, and Retro Game Preservation
Is it OK to use ROMs and emulators to play old games? Are retro games at risk of being lost to history without them? Are save states considered cheating? I weigh in on retro gaming in 2020.
#9: Streets of Rage 4 Review/Spoilercast
It's been 26 years since Streets of Rage 3. Does the newest entry hold up? I give a deep, in-depth (spoiler filled) review of the newest Streets game, from the viewpoint of someone that has never played a previous game in the series.
#8: Patreon Q&A - May 2020
Answering listener questions, including: "What old school gaming trends do you wish would come back?", "What's the best video game movie?", "How does VR fit into the future of gaming?", "What's the best Monopoly piece?"
#7: How Would I (Try To) Save GameStop?
Like it or not, GameStop seems to be following in Blockbuster's footsteps. How would I try and save the company? I explain my ideas on this week's episode.
#6: Ranking My 10 Favourite Consoles of All-Time
I've owned most of the major North American video game consoles that have released since the NES. On this episode, I rank my top 10, and give some honourable mentions, too
#5: Xbox Series X & PlayStation 5 Predictions
News about the next generation of gaming will start breaking pretty fast, so I decided to steal a page from every other gaming show in existence and make some predictions about the Series X and the PlayStation 5.
#4: Final Fantasy VII Remake Review & SpoilerCast
This episode is all about the insanely anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake. The first half is a 100% spoiler-free review, and the second half is a spoiler filled discussion about the game.
#3: Patreon Q&A - April 2020
Answering listener questions, including: "Why does everybody hate Final Fantasy VIII?", "What games will be considered 'classics' in the future?", "If you could experience a game for the first time again, which would it be?"
#2: Xbox, PlayStation and Switch Sales Recommendations
The big 3 are holding incredible sales right now. I go over all 3, and share my recommendations for games you should pick up on the cheap. (If you're listening after these sales, most of these games are worth your time even at full price)
#1: Ranking The Core Mario Games
Mario is my favourite franchise ever. Particularly the Super Mario platforming games. I've played them all, and in this episode I rank them from best to worst. This was hard, but really fun.
**Prior to launching 'Expansion Pass' in April of 2020, Patreons received two bonus podcasts per month:
A Q&A episode and a game review. All of those episode are listed below & available with your pledge as well**
March 2020 Q&A:
Answering Patreon questions, including "Do you have any ideas for games you want to see made?", What game do you like that everyone else hates?", "What games, if any, do you play with your girlfriend?"
Top Secret Episode #9: Sonic-Mania Review
Everyone knows I grew up in a Nintendo house, and I have mixed opinions on the Sonic the Hedgehog games. That said, Sonic-Mania is awesome. It's the best Sonic game ever made, and I tell you why on this episode.
February 2020 Q&A:
Answering Patreon questions, including "What games need a sequel in the worst way?", "You hate the Wii, but do you have a top 5 Wii game list?", "What are your favourite NES & SNES box art designs?"
Top Secret Episode #8: Shovel Knight Review
Spoiler - I love Shovel Knight. So much. I've bought it on multiple consoles, played it over and over, and on this Top Secret episode I explain why it's the best retro-inspired indie game ever made.
January 2020 Q&A:
Answering Patreon questions, including "What retro games would you like to see DLC for?", "Have you played any of the big PC games (Warcraft, Diablo, etc)?", "What was your favourite game to play with your brother as kids?"
Top Secret Episode #7: Golf Story Review
By popular request, Mark McCue and I review the retro inspired indie golf game; Golf Story.
December 2019 Q&A and My Top 10 Games of the Decade:
On this special Q&A podcast, I answer a bunch of our patrons questions like always. But before I do, I breakdown my top 10 games of the decade (2010-2019). Enjoy!
Top Secret Episode #6: Pokemon Sword & Shield Review
My friend Miklos and I breakdown the most recent entries into the Pokemon universe. They're taking a LOT of heat online, but do these games deserve it?
Top Secret Episode #5: Celeste Review
Reviews all over the internet are calling Celeste a masterpiece. Is it warranted? Mark McCue and I discuss it as we review the indie inspired platformer; Celeste. (And yes, it is warranted.)
November 2019 Q&A:
Answering Patreon questions, including: "What are the best & worst controllers of all-time?", "Who are your favourite and least favourite characters in gaming history?", "What were your favourite gaming magazines?"
October 2019 Q&A:
Answering Patreon questions, including: "Any good arcade stories?", "What games have disappointed you the most after buying them?", "What are your thoughts on Skyrim, will we get an episode about it?"
Top Secret Episode #4: Link's Awakening Remake Review
Mark McCue and I drop a thorough, spoiler filled review of Nintendo's Link's Awakening remake. Is a Game Boy game worth full price in 2019? Yes, it is.
September 2019 Q&A:
Answering Patreon questions, including: "Virtual Console or Nintendo Online?", "What are my five favourite Simpsons characters?", "Are mobile games considered 'real video games'?"
Top Secret Episode #3: The Messenger Review
If you grew up playing Ninja Gaiden, Shonibi, or any other kick-ass 8 or 16bit action game, you should play The Messenger. We tell you why on this Top Secret Episode.
August 2019 Q&A:
Answering Patreon questions, including: "As a Nintendo fanboy, what do you think of the PlayStation when it came out?", "Do you have any SEGA memories?", "Is VR legit, or just a gimmick?"
Top Secret Episode #2: Octopath Traveler Review
Every JRPG fan has a soft spot for some 16-bit games from the genre. Final Fantasy, Phantasy Star, Chrono Trigger, you could argue the 90's were the golden age of JRPGs. Octopath Traveler tries to pay homage to the classics.
July 2019 Q&A:
Answering Patreon questions, including: "What would you make if you could make a brand new video game?", "Why did you get into stand-up comedy?", "Best video game endings?"
Top Secret Episode #1: Cuphead Review
Cuphead might just be the best looking video game I've ever played. It looks like a cartoon from the 30's, and it's absolutely captivating. It's also really fun and REALLY hard. It's rad. We'll tell you why on this episode.