The Sega Addicts Podcast

This week on the worldwide-electronic-voice-box-place Nick, Brett and Scotty discuss the game Iron Man on the original Nintendo DS, because who else would? Is it great? It's is passable? Is it a cash-in? All this and more!

Fair warning there are major Life is Strange spoilers for anyone who has not completed the game yet.

We also try to decide whether or not character customization actually matters to us in video games and get confused as to who Mickey Rourke may or may not be. All in good fun, right? Except Nick really hates blue hair for some reason. He ain't foolin'.

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And hey! If you missed out on the insanity that was our special live edition of our 100th podcast episode you can always swing by our YouTube page to check it out as well as any other streams we have posted.

Finally, gang, are you looking to complete your Atlus collection now that they have joined forces with Sega? Trying to grab that crazy Hatsune Miku arcade controller?  Consider doing so through our affiliate link at PlayAsia!  Don’t even wanna buy anything?  Not a problem, princess!  It still helps us out if you so much as click on the link!

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This week on the show, Elle, Nick, Brett, and Scotty discuss the best use of your rod: Sega Bass Fishing! In a rare turn of events, we all really enjoyed this Game of the Week! But don't take my word for it, take our words for it.

We also talk about the latest Sega-related Nintendo Switch news and Nick makes us all feel like idiots by throwing some 10-dollar words around from that fancy college of his with the latest Questionarium regarding moral dilemas in video games.

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And hey! If you missed out on the insanity that was our special live edition of last week's 100th podcast episode you can always swing by our YouTube page to check it out as well as any other streams we have posted.

Looking to complete your Atlus collection now that they have joined forces with Sega? Trying to grab that crazy Hatsune Miku arcade controller?  Consider doing so through our affiliate link at PlayAsia!  Don’t even wanna buy anything?  Not a problem, princess!  It still helps us out if you so much as click on the link!

Don’t forget that you can still help raise more money for our ExtraLife campaign as we kick of 2017!  We beat our $500 goal during the Dreamcast Marathon but we hope to crush that number this year! Want to donate? Find out how right here!

Direct download: Ep101.mp3
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Audio File for Yakuza 0 Review

Direct download: Y0Review.mp3
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Audio version of Yakuza 0 First Impressions

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Finally, the moment we've all been waiting for.  Yakuza 0's release is on the horizon, with Kiwami and Yakuza 6 following not far behind.  In this incredible Year of Yakuza, we've all been waiting with bated breath to see just what Sega of Japan has in store for us, so let's cut right to the chase, shall we? 

Kazuma Kiryu is back and reliving his golden days as a fresh young Dojima Family grunt in his newest adventure. Starting from the very bottom of the food chain, Kazuma finds himself working as hired muscle collecting delinquent payments (i.e. beating the living tar out of debtors) for local loan sharks.  Everything changes after one such collection, when his target winds up dead and the Family's none too happy with the prospect of having a murder pinned on them as a result of Kiryu's actions.  It's up to Kazuma to tackle the seedy, fluorescent-colored underbelly of Kamurocho in order to prove his innocence and get to the bottom of what really happened to this seemingly random businessman.

Don't let those neon lights dazzle you, though- there's plenty to do in 1980s Kamurocho.  Between Club Sega, bar activities like darts and karaoke, learning new techniques and fighting styles, and sampling the lovely ladies that the hostess clubs have to offer, players will have their work cut out for them trying to complete everything there is to do.  This is, of course, on top of running a successful racket of your own, which already promises to keep your hands full. Not enough, you say? Fortunately for you, Yakuza 0 isn’t limited to just one character or even one city!  Goro Majima joins the fun and has a manic city of his own to manage in the form of Sotenbori, where there's yet another racket to run and even more on the side to keep you occupied.

By now, you may be wondering how it is that running successful businesses could be important in a brawler game.  What would you say if I told you that the success of your business could be vital to your survival and success in the main game itself?  "That makes no sense," you might say, but it's true- the amount of money you're able to earn determines how powerful you become and, more importantly, how quickly.  No more earning experience to beef up your characters- now, instead of spending skill points, players will spend their hard-earned cash to invest in themselves and unlock new skills and abilities.  No business sense?  No problem! Our heroes can earn their fortune by how well they do in fights as well, earning potentially large sums of cash by putting on a flashy, destructive show of dispatching the local hostiles.  Sure, money can't buy happiness, but it comes pretty close when it's used to directly impact how quickly and brutally you're able to destroy your enemies.

Let's not get so wrapped up in this world of fast money and faster women that we forget about the story, though.  I won't be spoiling anything in this piece or in the full review, but I can say for certain that Yakuza 0's story is shaping up to be stronger than Yakuza 5's was.  Every two chapters, players will switch between Kiryu and Majima, two young, relatively unknown grunts hoping to make it big in the Yakuza underworld, each with their own problems and power struggles to get swept up in.  As it doesn't build on any of the existing story surrounding our heroes, Yakuza 0 has the special privilege of serving as a perfect jump-off point for anybody contemplating trying the series out, and it makes a great opportunity to get to know some very important characters before Yakuza Kiwami, the HD remake of the very first game in the series, comes out in the West later this year.

Yakuza 0 releases for the Playstation 4 on January 24th.  Check back here on January 19th for our full review of the latest title in the well-beloved Yakuza series!

Direct download: Yak0First.mp3
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Awwwww yeah, we're partying like it's Episode 99...  because it... is.  YEP.  NAILED IT.

We'll hitting episode 100 and causing some utter pandemonium on January 9th at 9:30EST with a LIVE PODCAST TWITCH STREAM where we will be playing Anarchy Reigns on PS3, and we want YOU to be a part of it! We will have an open lobby and answer all the listener questions you can throw at us LIVE, along with others you can Tweet to us right now using the hashtag #SegaAddicts100. Dare I say it will be... ANARCHY?

This week, Brett, Scotty, and Elle discuss the latest Phantasy Star Online game to be prolific in the Americas, Phantasy Star Universe for XBox 360!  We ponder whether or not we live in too instantaneous of a world, with the proliferation of social media and the like, to be able to take the time to enjoy a game at our own pace, and Elle drops some relevant knowledge on how to avoid spoilers on Twitter, and to top it all off, we play second fiddle to those McGriddles.

Direct download: Ep99.mp3
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