One Controller Port Podcast – Episode 17: GameStop PepsiCo

This week I talk about way too many games that I played at GameStop Expo. I won’t bother tagging it all.

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ESWAT: City Under Siege — Duke Oda Powered Up

E-SWAT - City Under Siege Box

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I have a soft spot for everyday characters who play roles in extraordinary stories. Despite not being a super powered hero, chosen one or whatever excuse there is to overcome excruciating odds, they still contribute. Yet, not every person off the street who happens to do something important fills this role. To appreciate a character’s place, a broad enough perspective of the game’s world is required. There also needs to be a level of modesty in their actions and the influence they have.

ESWAT: City Under Siege for the Sega Genesis is quickly disqualified by featuring a character with a super-powered suit, but the game does give the player taste of his life before he gears up as an American Mega Man box art model.

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Feeling the Cold Winter of Shenmue

Shenmue Snow Top Cut

Many like to boil Shenmue down to an open-world adventure game. Fundamentally they wouldn’t be wrong, but it undermines the title’s ambition. What makes the game special is not the countless items you can examine, the number of characters or size of the towns. It’s the craftsmanship of the world, its citizens and how the two interact.

Part of what completes Shenmue is its weather system, which can change the atmosphere of the environment. It’s something I would largely overlook if I didn’t have a surreal experience with it.

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Can Phantasy Star Online on Xbox be Played Offline?


For some reason, I have this strange fascination with Phantasy Star Online for the original Xbox, despite it being nearly identical to the release on the Nintendo GameCube. However, unlike the GameCube versions, Phantasy Star Online for the Xbox costs only a few bucks. There is one issue though — That little orange tag on the box that says, “Xbox Live required to play.”

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Project X Zone: A Franchise Sampler

Oculins Box Xzone Header

Project X Zone is all about tickling the inner fanboy in all us as a large variety of franchise characters from Capcom, SEGA and Namco Bandai mix together thanks to dimensional rifts.  Half the fun is seeing your favorite characters team up to battle familiar foes. Despite it being a title built around the idea that players will grab onto characters they’ve know for years, I’ve found myself enjoying meeting new faces from titles and series I’ve yet to unearth more than anything else.

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Never-Ending Backlog: Shinobi (Arcade)

1987, the year of Shinobi! Well, the year of the franchise’s first entry with this arcade classic. While later releases would take on a bit of a different form, the original release is just as challenging and fun to play.

Thanks to SEGA’s endless rereleasing of their classic titles, Shinobi’s arcade release can be found across a variety of modern platforms, but is probably most affordable through Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Of course, you could always go out of your way to find the original arcade cabinet.

You can find the video after the jump.

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Never-Ending Backlog: Phantasy Star Portable

Did you hate Phantasy Star Universe at launch? You may want to give Phantasy Star Portable a try! This 2009 PSP release from SEGA takes many of Phantasy Star Universe’s online improvements and puts them on a retail disc for you to enjoy. However, the title only supports local wireless – so don’t expect to play alongside friends from around the world.

With the PC and PS2 servers down, and the Xbox 360 servers soon shutting down as well, Phantasy Star Portable will soon be the most up-to-date version of Phantasy Star Universe in its original form that you’ll be able to play.

You can find the video after the jump.

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