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PODCAST 49 E3 2012: Day Two

Posted June 6th 2012 by J. Edison Thomas.

Podcast 49  E3 2012: Day Two

Wrapping up the big show press conferences, the gang digs in on Sony and Nintendo's offerings. Adam Grayson, our resident Nintendo cheerleader, steps into the "hot seat" (he calls in over Skype) for the first time in our podcast's two-year history.

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Tags: itunes, Nintendo, Sony, E3 2012, playstation all-stars battle royale, new super mario bros u, nsmb2, the last of us, pikmin 3, nintendoland, vita, 3ds, Wii U, ps3, podcast

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IMPRESSIONS Phantasy Star Online 2 Beta

Posted May 16th 2012 by Oliver Chen.

Phantasy Star Online Beta Impressions

While I missed the boat on the original Phantasy Star Online for Dreamcast when it released over a decade ago, I played preposterous amounts of the later three Episodes on the GameCube and PC. The novelty of a "true" action MMORPG and an addicting rare loot system was fair incentive for me to spend hundreds of hours grinding across Ragol with friends both online and offline. Imagine my disappointment a few years later when I played Phantasy Star Universe, the next major Phantasy Star title, and discovered that most of that great PSO gameplay had been almost completely eviscerated. It could have totally passed as completely different series if not for a few trademark IPs present in the game.

Thankfully, Sonic Team realized they had blundered and began incorporating more and more of Phantasy Star Online's gameplay back into the subsequent spinoff titles on the DS and PSP. Some fans even joked that the next game might as well be "Phantasy Star Online 2" if the trend were to continue. Imagine their surprise when, at an event celebrating the tenth anniversary of the series, Sega announced a true sequel to PSO.

I recently had the opportunity to play in the Japanese closed beta for Phantasy Star Online 2 on the PC, and after about a week of playtime I can say that PSO2 more than lives up its predecessor's name. Not only does the game evoke ridiculous amounts of nostalgia for the original PSO, it also cherry-picks the best gameplay enhancements introduced in the Universe games while adding a plethora of features new to the franchise. Could this game end up being the best action MMORPG gaming has to offer when it releases later this year? More than likely, I would say.

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Tags: Sega, vita, PC, phantasy star, phantasy star online, phantasy star online 2

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PODCAST 45 EA's Indie Cred

Posted May 15th 2012 by J. Edison Thomas.

Podcast 45  EA's Indie Cred

Man, corporations just can't stop pissing us off. You've got Sony's flagrant Trials clone and Zynga's boneheaded attempt to control the social-gaming market by buying or copying anything that's popular at the moment. Thankfully, heroes like Mojang's Markus Persson hold the line, calling out EA for publishing an "indie bundle." The guys try out Mojang's Minecraft: Xbox 360 Version and revel in the indie wonderment and good-cheer to fellow gamers. Until... something horrible happens.

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Tags: ea indie bundle, EA, mojang, notch, minecraft: xbox 360 version, minecraft, draw something, omgpop, zynga, urban trials, Trials, vita, itunes, podcast, Indie

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