Tony has officially embarked on his med school journey, but that doesn’t mean that his chair will remain empty. After interviewing a secret applicant, the guys dive into Castlevania: Harmony of Despair, either the most enjoyable or the most broken multiplayer experience on the XBLA. Kaz and Tom help Alan Wake find his signal, Nick jumps into Arc Rise Fantasia and Justin still gets his butt kicked by the casual ModNation Racers patch. Plus, multiplayer pipe dreams, guilty gaming pleasures, Georgia O’Clinton and your required community service hours.
Man’s “Best” Friend, BIGDOG
Lyrics for Sonic and the Secret Rings (Sing along!)
Stop waddling and listen up! Though the Pack is down two men, Tom, Justin and Kaz are still here to deliver the goods. Justin continues to bag/tag ’em in Dragon Quest IX, Tom boots up Mother 3 on his magical VCR and Kaz pumps out vespene gas in StarCraft II. On top of that, there’s D.J. Hero scratching, Face Pilot gliding, Hydro Thunder cruising and 3D technology speculating in this very packed episode.
Poor Samba de Amigo Monkey
Rev up your chainsaws and prepare for a bloody good time, because this week, the Pack talks with Jeff Agala, Creative Director of Shank. Jeff discusses the animation process, beat ’em up inspirations and the recently announced co-op campaign. Before that, Justin takes charge of an orphanage in Yakuza 3, Tony hunts Dracula’s vampire horde in Helsing’s Fire, Nick gets on the Peace Walker conga line and Kaz defends against an Alien Swarm. Plus, Justin May Crying over a Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 announcement, an in-depth LIMBO discussion and Tekken flamebait.
Note: The interview with Jeff starts about 50 minutes into the show.
Jeff Agala’s Art Spot
Sim City 4 Megalopolis
Crack open a can of Edie Gourdo grass jelly and sit back for the tastiest show yet! This week, the Pack is burning down the house with Tyler Barber, co-host of Rebel FM. Tyler discusses Transformers: War for Cybertron and probably wonders why Tom and Tony are willing to subject themselves to nasty Chinese soft “drinks.” Justin shines a light on the spooky LIMBO, Tony rides an emaciated donkey unicorn in DeathSpank, Kaz remains addicted to Super QuickHook and Nick shows off his threads in Dragon Quest IX. Plus, indie developer battles, a moment of silence for 1 vs. 100 and a Louie Anderson kill-streak.
Eat. Sleep. Game.
The Reason Why Justin Received “el F” in French Class
A Saturday Morning Tragedy
If the Scatman can do it, so can the Pack. This week, the guys don’t let anything hold them back. Resident oracle Tom cross-pollinates Best Buys to score a copy of Blur, Justin wanders through New York City for fellow Dragon Quest IX taggers and Nick embarrasses the world by reading the Deathsmiles marketing slogan. Tony and Kaz also discuss the ton of iPhone games they’ve been playing. Plus, zombie doctors, Persona 3 “butt rap,” Puzzle Agent matchstiq and multicolored tentacles.
Wired’s Interview w/Hideki Konno (details on 3DS tag mode)
Frank Cifaldi’s “Controversial” Monkey Island 2 Review
It’s time to “return to nature,” as they say. This week, Tom and Kaz collect a dollarful of fists in Puzzle Quest 2, the new and improved sequel of an old pooper favorite. Justin rolls with his homies in ModNation Racers, while Nick wears out his turbo thumbs on the final boss of Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? Meanwhile, Tony allows some fancy camerawork to lure him back to friends-of-the-show Kane and Lynch. Plus, John Goodman cosplay, a GameCube rant, Marple Syrup, Skip’s little-known taxidermy game, a Steam bounty and the latest Justin remix.
Leprechaun in Mobile, AL
It’s time to put your money where your mouth is! This week, Nick pleads with the guys to pick up Sin & Punishment: Star Successor, a hardcore miracle that probably has no business being released in the States. Fans of Treasure will definitely dig it. (“Shake shake!”) Justin does a backflip for Joe Danger, Kaz finally shambles towards Plants vs. Zombies and Tony recommends N3II: Ninety-Nine Nights to everyone but himself. Kaz also reports back from the 2010 Origins Game Fair in Columbus, OH. Plus, co-op cow herding in Red Dead Redemption, “boffing equipment,” Daniel Stern and out-of-reach Agility Orbs.
Through your ears and into your dreams, this week’s show is sure to keep you up at night. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker disrupts Nick, Tom and Tony’s sleep cycles, but that doesn’t stop them from getting into their offline lovebox. Meanwhile, Justin and Tom pray to cyber-elf Beesus in Mega Man Zero Collection and Kaz unleashes* a doghouse death orgy in Snoopy: Flying Ace. Plus, the blood-soaked side of E3, Justin merch and respawning bears.
Tiny Cartridge’s List of DS No-Shows
Jeremy Parish’s “Over the Line”