The Sega Addicts Podcast

Have you ever wondered what it was like to challenge Death himself? Chakan did it, and the Sega Addicts are here to talk about it! Keeping with the retro Game of the Week theme somehow, Pocky X, The Nic Flair, Brett the Hatfield and ScottyMo discuss another "gem" this week on the Genesis/Mega Drive: Chakan: The Forever Man. And boy howdy do they have some feelings on this retro classic.

The Addicts also discuss what makes a game, "worth it," in terms of price and expectations and get waaaaaay too involved in dipping sauces and Rescue 9-1-1.

Suggested talking points: Bubsy, Too Many Games, Half-priced Seaman, Cringeworthy Cosplay, Mr Creepy Pasta

 

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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!

Direct download: Ep113.mp3
Category:video games -- posted at: 10:00am EST

It's that time of year again! The Addicts have risked it all to show their faces on the show floor and bump fists with video game super stars. Brett, Stevie, and Scotty talk to all the big names in games in this episode from Randy Pitchford and Tim Schafer to Tim Burton and Sheldon Cooper! Never mind that Brett almost ends up in jail for murder, it's time to talk those serious video games! It's all happening! The business is being PICKED UP.

Suggested talking points: E3 2017, Alice in Wonderland, Scarlet, I have done a crime, Shenmue 5

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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!

Direct download: Ep112.mp3
Category:video games -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Have you taken your Boomerang Lizard out to play lately? Well you probably should, and the Sega Addicts are here to tell you why! That's right, TJ, the Pocky X, and Scotty discuss Alisia Dragoon for the Genesis/Mega Drive.

Also surprisingly one our of the simplest Questionariums turns into one of the longer discussions as the Addicts try to describe an individual game they each love in just one sentence. And an Addict Alum prompts a pretty great discussion on games that the crew once hated and grew to love.

Suggested talking points: Can you feel the sunshine? Does it brighten up your day? Don't you feel that sometimes you just need Tom Cruise?

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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!

Direct download: Ep111.mp3
Category:video games -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Don't be fooled by the title, the Addicts actually discuss video games this week!

Join the Nick Flair, TJ Kitsune, and ScottyMo as they discuss another Genesis classic this week: Road Rash 3. Do the guys dig the gritty music, digitized graphics, and rage-induced highway battles? Hop on your crotch rocket and find out! Or just hit "play."

The Addicts also discuss some of their most uncomfortable experiences in video games, not including when Mom would barge in during that certain cutscene.

Suggested talking points: Road Rash, David Cage, Basic Sex Math, Muppet Bodies

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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!

Direct download: Ep110.mp3
Category:video games -- posted at: 10:00am EST

AAAAAAAAAAND WELCOME to our brand new movie show sure to drive you BANANAS! This week, we're chatting up the new movie by Makoto Shinkai, Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa). Join Pocky X, Scotty Mo, and the Nic Flair for some discussion cleverly edited to sound educated. 

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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!

 

Direct download: Second_Banana_1_Final_Mix.mp3
Category:movies -- posted at: 10:00am EST

For this episode, it's our longest in awhile as we completely cover Persona 5! Join myself, Nick, Cullen, and Pocky X as we go over our thoughts on the so-far surefire game of the year. Beware, if you haven't beaten the game yet, we do hit some heavy spoilers in the second part of the show, so make sure to turn off before then!

Suggested talking points: ScottyMorgana, Tom is Yusuke, stealing your pet's crush, Haru's glorious fivehead, how not to pronounce Japanese names, delicious pancakes, we're sorry Elle

Direct download: 109.output.mp3
Category:video games -- posted at: 9:00am EST

We've got some Blast Processing coming at you this week with a discussion of Streets or Rage 3. If you forgot about the 90's at all, Streets of Rage 3, and Iowa, sure will remind you how colorful it was and how much the kids love their basketball. And if they aren't then they be 'ILLIN'.

Us Addicts also chit chat about the best "movement" in games from flying and running, to driving and... Downwell? And for some reason everyone tries to guess the first CD Scotty bought (as if we ever stay on track anyway)?

Pocky X also loses his mind at one point, and we discuss our favorite amusement parks after sharing some stories related to theft, vomit, and first dates. It's amazing someone listens to this, isn't it? Thanks!

Suggested talking points: Nick played by a cluster of sperm, Scotty played by James Van Der Beek, and Brett played by a 600ft Dany DeVito

Check it out! We just debuted on iTunes! Subscribe and be sure to give us a review, because we would love you even more!

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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!

Direct download: Ep108.mp3
Category:video games -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Did you know Persona 5 released? Well you will, because that's almost all anyone played. Except Scotty, because he's real cool.

The Addicts also discuss Sonic Lost World in more detail than expected. Hopefully you really can decide if you want this game or not, because the Addicts are all over the place with our opinions.

And what do you think of Subs & Dubs? More specifically, subtitled video games and anime vs. dubbed. These dudes have a lot of feelings about them.

Finally, the Addicts spend more time than they probably should discussing ways that Pocky X should fit phallic objects into his artwork. Oh, and also these weirdos talk about unfair boss fights. Won't You?

Check it out! We just debuted on iTunes! Subscribe and be sure to give us a review, because we would love you even more!

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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!

Direct download: Ep107.mp3
Category:video games -- posted at: 10:00am EST

This week the lads discover just how much they love the new Power Rangers movie. And by that, I mean Scotty almost loses his breath telling you why you should spend your money on literally anything else. That aside, the Addicts are happy to be back and talking' some good ol' vidja games again!

Brett has some big news, Scotty can't discuss Resident Evil 7 spoilers no matter how much he wants to, and Nick sure does love hitting' people with fire extinguishers. It's good to be back, folks!

Brett, Pocky, TJ, Nick and Scotty also discuss their views on microtransactions- a topic that could honestly encompass an entire podcast itself. What do you think?

Check it out! We just debuted on iTunes! Subscribe and be sure to give us a review, because we'd love you even more! 

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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!

Direct download: Ep106.mp3
Category:video games -- posted at: 10:00am EST

If there was a single Visual Novel series to recommend for newcomers to get into the genre, it’d have to be Zero Escape for blending complex puzzle solving gameplay and decision based visual novel storytelling. The Nonary Games is Spike Chunsoft and Aksys’ swan song for the trilogy; a re-release of the first two titles of the series, a complete HD remake of Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, aka 999, the second title being an improved port of Virtue’s Last Reward.

Both 999 and VLR are set around the “Nonary Games”, involving 9 strangers trapped in a closed space. Each participant has a bracelet locked onto their wrists that can end their lives if they break the rules given by the mastermind known only as “Zero”.  In 999 you play as Junpei, who wakes up on a mysterious cruise ship with 8 other people. They are given one goal: find a door with a【9】on it and escape the ship that will sink in 9 hours. Each bracelet has a unique number, and they must use different combinations to enter different numbered doors, solving escape the room puzzles along the way. If any person breaks Zero’s rules, a detonator will go off in that person’s bracelet, activating a bomb in their stomach. VLR has you in the shoes a new protagonist named Sigma, who wakes up in a different facility with 8 other people and is forced to play the Nonary Game: Ambidex Edition. This death game features a voting system, where each person must vote to Ally or Betray against people they have worked with in puzzle rooms. The goal is to receive enough points from these AB games to get 9 points and escape the place. With a cast of mostly new faces, and a gigantic facility to escape from, Sigma has to make a copious amount of decisions that will decide the fate of his fellow participants.

The story sections stay engaging for the players, due to the plot’s masterful writing and puzzle pacing. In 999, the puzzle rooms are pre-rendered spaces you can move around in by clicking the L and R buttons to change your perspective. You interact with objects using either the touch screen or a pointer controlled by the left analog stick, a welcome addition inspired by VLR. VLR on the other hand, uses fully explorable 3D rooms, giving you more freedom in the puzzles you solve, and much more challenging puzzles as well. A new feature in VLR is the ability to switch between your held item with a flick of the right analog stick, a huge time saver. Sadly for touch-screen enthusiasts, the PS4 version ditches all touch control, using only analog stick movement.

When you aren’t in escape rooms, you’ll be seeing the story unravel and making choices to change the path you go down. 999 now has the story flowchart feature of VLR, allowing you to jump to different parts of the story; it’s convenient but it can get a little confusing to navigate it sometimes. However, since the original game made you start over every time you wanted to see a new ending, this is a welcome change. The flowchart removes the artificial length the original had from having to replay the entire game to reach different endings, and makes achieving the true ending less of a hassle.

One last new feature to note in the remake of 999 is the 2 modes of experiencing the game: Adventure and Novel. Adventure mode only shows the player lines of dialogue, similar to how the DS version’s top screen was utilized. Novel mode provides all the original narration from the DS version, and has text over the characters instead of a text box. They can be switched between at nearly every moment with just a press of a button. I spent most of my playthrough playing it on Adventure, and it was a great way to experience the story. Dialogue has been changed so Adventure mode can provide all the information players need, and the game changes to Novel mode if a scene requires the narration.

The environments in the 999 remake look crisp and incredible in HD, but certain sprites weren’t so lucky. The hardware limitations of the DS made 999’s original sprites incredibly pixelated, which is no longer the case; effort was taken to bring this art to current gen consoles. While some character art benefits from this, a couple sprites look unflattering. The art definitely shows it’s age, but stays faithful to the original  Each character retains their charming animations from the 2009 release, which look even better with the cleaned-up art. VLR retains its 3D character models and environments are largely unchanged since the 2012 Vita release. This game’s content has remained largely untouched besides a couple typo corrections, those who opt for the PS4 version of this game shouldn’t expect incredible graphics. The game is running at a higher resolution and does have much smoother animation, but texture quality remains the exact same and might be jarring for those used to games made for PS4. I’m the kind of person that prefers these type of games portable, so that’s where I spent most of my time playing these and had no problem. It’ll really come down to preference, so if you prefer handheld or console you’ll be sure to still get a great experience.

The music is just as good as it ever was, and Shinji Hosoe’s tracks sound absolutely chilling. The soundtrack is constantly making you feel tense, rarely easing up. All the music tracks remain the same, but I couldn’t help but think that 999’s soundtrack had some improvements made to it. This is the first time 999 has had voice acting, while VLR launched with it. The ambitious second title in the series really set the bar with it’s phenomenal dub, even going as far to outshine the Japanese audio track, so there was a lot of pressure for the new dub of 999. Fear not: the dub is pretty great. There are still some awkward lines here and there, but once I got used to the voices I grew to love them. The two performances that completely stole the show were Junpei’s and Santa’s. Evan Smith returned from Zero Time Dilemma to voice Junpei, and he did a fantastic job bringing the fan favorite protagonist to life. Santa’s voice actor, Sean Chiplock, delivered an absolutely perfect performance.The entire cast does a good job, and overall there’s a great dub here. The games also carry a Japanese audio track, but I’ve never found the Japanese audio track in the Zero Escape games to be as good as the English ones.

Despite some very minor presentation flaws, The Nonary Games provides the definitive version of Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and Virtue’s Last Reward. There’s definitely more value here for newcomers to the series, but hardcore fans will definitely enjoy the update on the series’ first entry. I’d recommend getting it on Vita if you have the option, but the PS4 version is still great. It’s a wonderful package with some of my favorite games on them, and I can’t recommend this enough.

Final Score: A

  • With this definitive version, all three games now sit at the same level of quality, which is great because 999’s artificial length made it hard to recommend.
  • If you get addicted to these two games, make sure to check out Zero Time Dilemma.
  • A better name for this game would be: Zero Escape 2.5 HD Remix – Hope You Like Numbers
  • Buy/Rent/Avoid: It’s a perfect package for people who haven’t had a chance to experience these fantastic games. Fans can also be pleased by improved versions of both, so everyone wins.
  • I was filled with a childlike excitement while going through these again, and I truly hope this gets more people into this wonderful series.
Direct download: ZEreview.mp3
Category:video games -- posted at: 12:57am EST