RTG: Expansion pass Episode Archives

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Expansion Pass is our second weekly podcast, available exclusively to our supporters on Patreon. New episodes go live every Sunday.


Modern game reviews, ranking lists, thoughts on the world of video games and a monthly Q&A, every Expansion Pass is different!

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#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.

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