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Radiophonic Sea Creatures#26: Your Grandmother!

Episode 26V2

Lock up your elders because the Radiophonic Sea Creatures have resurfaced once again!

This week in the shallows we discuss The Expanse, Transformers Devastation, Batman: Arkham Knight, Xenoblade Chronicles X, One Punch Man, Spectre and 007 in general… Not to mention Human Metal’s grandmother.

Then in the depths we go spaceballs deep into Star Wars: The Force Awakens with spoilers galore.
All that and more can be enjoyed right here: http://www.mediafire.com/listen/9t2re5a0idkokpy/RadiophonicSeaCreatures%2326_-_Your_Grandmother.mp3

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A Timeless Top 5

Gaming is a progressive medium. Kids raised on Call of Duty and Uncharted would easily thumb their noses at the likes of Pac Man or Rad Racer. But some games are truly timeless. Some just simply don’t age. They looked charming then and they look charming now. They were fun to play then and they’re still fun to play now. Here is the Chuchu’s personal top 5 list of awesome games that never get old. Each of these badboys are dusted down and replayed regularly. If you haven’t played these titles, then you really owe it to yourself to give them a try!

5. Duck Tails (NES)

Low Blow! Kick that spider in his icicles!

Low Blow! Kick that spider in his icicles!

The original DuckTales was a short, sharp masterpiece. It had perfect controls, an uncomplicated graphical style that still charms to this day and an unforgettable soundtrack. Capcom made all the right moves in this Disney licensed game. Even the brevity of the game (only 5 stages) kept it from getting repetitious. Full of memorable enemies and hidden secrets, DuckTales was one of the true gems of the NES library. Testament to the original’s greatness was Way Forward’s remake from a couple years back. Whilst a fine attempt (superior boss fights), it still came up short against the charm of the 8-bit original (enforced exploration and… well… that undefinable ‘x’ element). Oh… and I know I’m repeating myself here but… That soundtrack!

4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (SNES)

Foot soldiers really rack up their frequent flyer mileage in this game.

Foot soldiers really rack up their frequent flyer mileage in this game.

Turtles in Time on the SNES is the best TMNT game ever made. It is also probably the best 2D scrolling beat ’em up ever made. Certainly on the 16bit consoles, anyway. It was bright and colorful, full of memorable stages, had a great difficulty balance and was sooooooooo much fun to play. Then there was the TMNT fan service that saw a great array of bosses and enemies taken from the 1980’s cartoon. The SNES even scored points over the arcade original by having an extra stage and replacing a generic rock boss with the more recognizable Slash from the cartoon (even though he became the most difficult boss in the game). I still go back and play this title about once a year with my daughter in tow. And again… The modern day ‘Reshelled’ remake isn’t fit to lick it’s boots.

3. Metroid Zero Mission (GBA)

Riddle me this, riddle me that... Who's being a bit of a twat?

Riddle me this, riddle me that… Who’s being a bit of a twat?

Onto an amazing remake this time round. Metroid Zero Mission is the best 2D Metroid title out there. Super Metroid was phenomenal and may have redefined action-adventure games, but Zero Mission truly perfected the formula. Better controls, graphics and pacing make Zero Mission the number one ‘go-to’ 2D Metroid title in my opinion. It is, of course, a remake of the original NES Metroid title but it’s just so much better that it renders the original completely redundant. For me, Zero Mission is 2D perfection and the bar for which all other 2D action platformers must be measured against.

2. Dragon Force (Sega Saturn)

NOT to be confused with high pitched metal bands...

NOT to be confused with high pitched metal bands…

Dragon Force is the greatest ever JRPG that no one ever got to play. Seriously… No one knows about this game. And that’s a shame because it was AWESOME! Those who did play it will tell you of it’s 8 playable nations, spectacular soundtrack, relaxing cathartic gameplay and beautiful anime story scenes. Not to mention the fact that it’s as addictive as crack cocaine! Put this game in and whole days will slip by in the blink of an eye. This game is eater of time and the warmer of souls. Each play session leaves you feeling relaxed and refreshed. It was the best game on the Sega Saturn and also the best reason to get yourself an emulator pronto. I replayed it last year and it hasn’t lost a single beat. RPG perfection!

1. Doom (Every device ever made in the history of forever)

And it still looks more convincing than the Hollywood movie...

And it still looks more convincing than the Hollywood movie…

Onto the game I have re-bought more times than any other. Seriously. I have bought doom on (deep breath) SNES, Atari Jaguar, Sega Saturn, Playstation, Playstation 3 (twice) and PC (twice). Phew… The reason being is that I just can’t get enough of this amazing game! When I first played Doom as a boy, it blew my 15 year old mind out of my skull. It was so much fun back then. And that aspect simply hasn’t diminished for me. The way the weapons feel, the overwhelming number of enemies that come at you, the way it still delivers jump scares after all these years. Modern FPS titles look better and have more interesting stories or emotional beats, but few are as flat-out fun as Doom. And that is why I’m still playing the game to this very day (this morning in fact)!

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Radiophonic Sea Creatures#14: We Don’t Have Listeners, We Have Family!

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Try to look super-tough while talking about your emotions because the Radiophonic Sea Creatures have resurfaced once again!In the Shallows this week we talk about the Netflix series Daredevil, Kingsman: The Secret Service and Furious 7.

Then in the Depths we do our first full-series retrospective, which in this case is the Fast & Furious series. All the films in the franchise get some detailing and a good tuning up.

All that and more can be enjoyed right here: http://www.mediafire.com/listen/ia4ch3noihaf0i8/RadioPhonicSeaCreatures#14_-_We_Don‘t_Have_Listeners,_We_Have_Family.mp3

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Radiophonic Sea Creatures#12: Cash In and Bang a Bunch of Models

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Make a snorkel from a pair of panties and dive into a pool of cocaine because the Radiophonic Sea Creatures have resurfaced once again!

In the Shallows this week we chat about Hotline Miami 2 and The Order 1886.

Then in the Depths we discuss the gaming behemoth that is EA. We ponder both the positive and negative sides of the company, taking detours through games such as Mass Effect, Burnout, Battlefield, Mirrors Edge and many others.

All that and a lot more can be enjoyed right here: http://www.mediafire.com/listen/cbbkc8rs73aarrv/RadiophonicSeaCreatures#12_-_Cash_In_and_Bang_a_Bunch_of_Models.mp3

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Radiophonic Sea Creatures#11: Five Minutes of Fish Head

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Make a bizarre cultural gesture that nobody understands because the Radiophonic Sea Creatures have resurfaced once again!In the Shallows this week we talk about Big Hero 6, Ollie Ollie 2 and (finally!) Alien: Isolation.

Then in the Depths we flip the Oscars ceremony on it’s head and give out a bunch of our own (dildo shaped) awards including Best Actor / Actress, Best Supporting Actor / Actress, Best Director, Best Action Sequence, Funniest Scene and Most Annoying Movie Moment of the year.

All that and more can be enjoyed right here: http://www.mediafire.com/listen/k83avxayy7k447a/RadiophonicSeaCreatures#11_-_Five_Minutes_of_Fish_Head.mp3

As a personal aside, i must apologize for getting a ‘wee’ bit too drunk in the latter third of this episode. Damn that rum and coke! Damn it all to hell!

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Radiophonic Sea Creatures#10: Dick in the Famicom

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Lock up your pet pigs for their own safety because the Radiophonic Sea Creatures have resurfaced once again!In this week’s Shallows we discuss Sony ceding Spider-Man back to Marvel, Netflix’s Legend of Zelda TV show and The Knick.

The in the Depths we talk about our favorite romantic movies including the likes of Scott Pilgrim Versus the World, Her, Drive, Up and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

All that and more can be enjoyed right here: http://www.mediafire.com/listen/r3mb8u6iwiv3icb/Radiophonic_Sea_Creatures#10_-_Dick_in_the_Famicom.mp3

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Radiophonic Sea Creatures#9: It’s Good to be the King!

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Stuff your face full of Susan’s blubber because the Radiophonic Sea Creatures have resurfaced once again!

On this week’s cramped Shallows we discuss Archer, Arrow, District 9 and Elysium.

Then in the Depths we talk about Stephen King movie adaptions including Thinner, The Shawshank Redemption, The Shining & The Green Mile.

SPOILER WARNINGS for District 9, Thinner, The Shawshank Redemption, The Shining and The Green Mile. We go in depth on these films.

This ramshackle, boisterous episode can be enjoyed right here: http://www.mediafire.com/listen/5k7ccha1kf4981c/RadiophonicSeaCreatures#9_-_It‘s_Good_to_be_the_King.mp3

 

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