MisanthroPlay Episode #21

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Persona 5's just dropped in Japan, and right on time: September 20th 2016 marks the twenty year anniversary of Atlus' beloved flagship JRPG of metropolitan friends fighting mythic figures. A special occasion calls for a special guest, so we invited the charming Bob Mackey (RetronautsUSGamerTalking Simpsons) to discuss the ins and outs of Persona and how it's changed over the years.

Oh, and it's our first anniversary! Head on over to the MisanthroPlay Blog to have a listen, and maybe wish us happy birthday if you're feelin' frisky.

MisanthroPlay Episode #20 Beat Them Up

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This week we tackle the most homoerotic of all video game genres: beat em ups. Glistening abs and unbridled masculinity take rough justice to the streets! Everybody knows Final Fight and Streets of Rage, but have you heard the good word of Knuckle Bash? Now you will.

Also We Play Mirrors Edge Catalyst, Panzer Dragoon Saga, Shining the Holy Ark, Soul Sacrifice Delta, Furi, Robert tries Alvin's HTC Vive, and Alvin spends fifteen minutes with Pokemon Go.

Head on over to the MisanthroPlay blog to have a listen.

MisanthroPlay Episode #19 A Quarter Century of Super Nintendo

MisanthroPlay celebrates 25 Years of Super Nintendo, looking at its hardware, the weird and wonderful FX Chip, and our essential games, as we also relate our own fond memories of this influential machine. Would you believe it revitalized the visual novel genre in Japan? Listen and find out more.

In What Have You Been Playing, we're both sneakin' around in Deus Ex Mankind Divided. Alvin watches Final Fantasy XV Kingsglaive.

Head on over to the MisanthroPlay Blog to have a listen.

MisanthroPlay Episode #18: Wonder Boy in Licensee Land

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If he's a good boy, it's a Wonder! This week, MisanthroPlay covers the game series that went on to inspire the Michael Chabon novel: Wonder Boy. Starting as a Mario derivative before developer Westone became obsessed with Wizardry, Wonder Boy's lifespan may have been short at just under a decade, but it's undeniable that the series has produced some of the best exploratory platform adventures long before anybody had ever uttered the phrase MetroidVania. We finish up by looking to the future, where not one but two officially licensed Wonder Boy titles are due out before the end of 2016.

And if you're wondering if we get into that whole Adventure Island business, you bet we do, along with Bikkuriman, Dynastic Hero, Turma de Monica and all the greats. Even you, Saiyuki World! Take a bow.

In What Have You Been Playing, Alvin hacks and slashes through Odin Sphere Leifthrasir and decides to stay in Inside, while Robert is underwhelmed by Zero Time DIlemma, but surprised and impressed with Uncharted 4. Also, an investigative report: is Tokyo Mirage Sessions and Digimon Cyber Sleuth the exact same game? All this, and less.

Head on over to the MisanthroPlay blog to have a listen.

Writing Round-Up, August 2016

by Robert Fenner

It's safe to say that, outside of your bi-weekly MisanthroPlay episodes, I've been pretty lousy about keeping MisanthroPop subscribers updated with what I've been up to over the past few months. But that's all set to change, starting now! Below you can find the latest writing I've done from around the web.

Hardcore Gaming 101: Paladin's Quest / Lennus

  • Remember this B-Tier RPG from Copya Systems and Enix USA? The one with the weird colors and character designs not unlike a Moebius comic? Mechanically it was a snooze-fest, but its world deserves a closer look. So that's just what I gave it, along with its Japan-only sequel.

RPGFan: Oxenfree Review

  • Night School Studios sent me a review code for the PS4 Director's Cut of their inaugural character-driven horror adventure, and I fell in love with it. You'll see why in my review, but fans of well-written narrative simply must play this game.

RPGFan: The Silver Case Preview

  • I love old-school Suda 51 -- Y'know, back when his games were messes of subversive postmodernism, and before he stepped away from the director's chair to slap his name on a bunch of derivative Robert Rodriguez rip-offs -- so I'm hyped for this autumn's release of The Silver Case. That said, its Steam demo hasn't set my world alight. Read and find out why not.

RPGFan: Magical Eyes: Red is For Anguish Review

  • Between its slipshod writing and its male Mary Sue protagonist and his doe-eyed obsessive girlfriend, Magical Eyes is a fart of a doujin visual novel. Ya failed the Bechdel Test harder than most, buddy.