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Listener Responses: February 2018 (Mech Month)

2/22/2018
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Mech month was a lot of fun, and you turned out in force to share your thoughts about these games. Next month we're covering Ikaruga, Jamestown, The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone, and the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Duration:01:04:52

Episode 185: Titanfall 2

2/15/2018
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Will you learn to love a weapon? No, no you won't. However, you will love the way Titanfall 2 feels to play. The way it handles shooting and movement is something to behold. Though the story leaves a lot to be desired, the game's standout levels and breezy pace made this a perfect conclusion to Mech Month.

Duration:02:40:42

Episode 184: Armored Core: For Answer

2/8/2018
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Before Souls, FromSoft made Armored Core. And this is our first real exposure to it... and it turns out it's very good. Despite outward appearances, there's a good deal of variety in the Armored Core series, with For Answer being the fastest and most action-oriented among them. But it retains that important element of mecha customization that lets you tailor your character to the situation and your play preferences. Listen in, and see if this forgotten game is for you.

Duration:02:40:49

Episode 183: Jumping Flash!

2/1/2018
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Let's take it way back to the earliest days of 3D platforming. It's everyone's favorite failed mascot: Robbit! (Pronunciation yet to be determined). The story of Jumping Flash! is kind of sad, because it nailed so much about how to make a platformer feel good... then just kind of went away. It's an evolutionary dead end that lives as a footnote about the PlayStation, and little more. But you shouldn't ignore it.

Duration:01:42:34

Listener Responses: January 2018 (WarioWare, Child of Light, Dungeon Keeper)

1/25/2018
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We read your responses about our three games from January, and discuss the new FromSoft announcements and how they effect our plans.

Duration:00:44:49

Episode 182: Dungeon Keeper

1/18/2018
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It's good to be bad. I'm pretty sure that's the tagline from something, but I don't want to look it up. This week we take a look at Bullfrog's evil overlord simulator Dungeon Keeper. It occupies a nebulous place somewhere between an RTS and a simulation, and kind of suffers for that. But its theming is pitch perfect, and it gets tons of points for creativity. Listen in to find out more.

Duration:02:32:28

Episode 181: Child of Light

1/11/2018
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A muddled game that gets the blame, which truly is a crying shame. This week we talk about Child of Light, a recent smaller title from Ubisoft that takes RPG mechanics, slaps a very pretty coat of paint over them, and saddles them with a rhyming gimmick that sinks the story. Listen in to hear us mull over exactly how this is a confused product that can get some things right but still fall pretty far short. Special thanks to ZChocobo for executive producing this episode!

Duration:02:46:54

Episode 180: WarioWare

1/4/2018
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Nintendo went a little crazy, and we all benefitted. This live episode from the Portland Retro Gaming Expo 2017 is all about the stinky vice goblin Wario, his friends, and the bonkers games they made. We cover the entire series, hitting all of the ways it evolved to match Nintendo's wacky platforms. Then we talk about the experience of this year's convention, and share some stories from the floor. We'd like to extend a huge thanks to the people who came out to see us, Brayton and Nick for...

Duration:01:25:02

Episode december2017: December 2017 Listener Responses

12/28/2017
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More people wrote in to talk about the Witcher 3 than any other game on WOFF! And in this episode, we get to the business of hearing the praise and damnation.

Duration:01:25:04

Episode 179: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Secondary Quests

12/21/2017
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The majority of this game is secondary quests... so it makes sense that our episode about those quests would be one of our longest yet. In this episode, we cover Contracts, Scavenger Hunts, Races, Brawling, Gwent, and all kinds of Secondary Quests. Huge thanks to Will Hughes for coming on to talk about Gwent!

Duration:03:42:08

Episode 178: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Main Quest (Part 2)

12/14/2017
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From Skellige to realms even further beyond, we recover Ciri and put an end to the Wild Hunt once and for all. The next episode will cover the many side quests in the game. You should listen in!

Duration:03:03:14

Episode 177: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Main Quest (Part 1)

12/7/2017
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Let us walk the path. This episode about the excellent Witcher 3 covers the first half of the main quest, up until the departure to Skellige.

Duration:03:01:27

Episode 176: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Basics

11/30/2017
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Welcome to the big show. And we mean big. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the largest, densest game we've covered on Watch Out for Fireballs!. In fact, there's so much going on here that we're dividing the coverage up into four episodes, with this first installment being two hours dedicated solely to the mechanics and generalities of the game. Don't worry if you've never played a Witcher game before, or read a Witcher book. The Witcher 3 is excellent and self-contained enough to warrant your...

Duration:02:11:59

Episode november2017: Listener Responses: November 2017

11/23/2017
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November turned out to be a bit of a club banger, with three big, good, and otherwise important games. Let's find out what the listeners thought of Transistor, Thimbleweed Park, and ActRaiser.

Duration:00:51:47

Episode 174: Thimbleweed Park

11/9/2017
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We're unabashed in our love of Maniac Mansion and other early LucasArts adventure games. So it shouldn't be a surprise that we jumped all over the Thimbleweed Park Kickstarter when it was announced. And we were right to do so, because Ron Gilbert, Gary Winnick, and company have made something truly great in Thimbleweed Park. It feels right at home with those older games, but has a level of complexity and care that makes it feel very modern too. It's a delight to talk about something so...

Duration:02:19:49

Episode october-2017: Listener Responses: October 2017 (Resident Evil Month)

10/26/2017
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We found a filthy notebook full of people's thoughts on the Resident Evil games we covered. Let us peer within.

Duration:00:34:57

Episode 172: Resident Evil 7: biohazard

10/19/2017
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Resident Evil month rounds out with a very new, very good game. Something has twisted the Bakers. Ethan Winters just wants to rescue his missing wife, but he's welcomed into the family instead. Resident Evil 7 is a radical departure for the series, moving gameplay to the first person perspective. However, in a lot of ways it's a return to form. Claustrophobic and dreadful, RE7 is the reboot this series desperately needed.

Duration:02:59:50

Episode 170: Resident Evil 3: Nemesis

10/5/2017
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Resident Evil month begins with a bang, just like Nemesis does. Capcom was in a weird spot. They were developing several Resident Evil games at the same time, trying to make hay of a popular series while also preparing for the next generation of consoles. From that shuffle came what might be the most mechanically sound classic Resident Evil game. Nemesis is rich with ideas and also kind to the player, introducing a dodge mechanic and ammo crafting to make the game empowering while keeping...

Duration:02:26:46

Episode august-2017: Listener Responses: August 2017 (Final Fantasy IV)

8/31/2017
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This is the first of our monthly listener response episodes under the new model, gathering your thoughts on the Final Fantasy IV saga. Up next in September, we have Bat Month. Which means the Batman NES game, and Batman: Arkahm Asylum. October brings us Resident Evil month, featuring Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, Resident Evil: Code Veronica, and Resident Evil 7.

Duration:01:33:28

Extrasode: Elite Beat Agents / Rhythm Heaven

8/4/2016
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Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Elite Beat Agents and Rhythm Heaven.

Duration:00:15:49

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