Ep 33: Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army (Pt. 4)

October 8, 2018

As we wrap up our journey through the world of Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army, we learn what it takes to defeat a soulless god (destroying a satellite powered by perpetual motion, obviously,) discover a shocking detail about our old frenemy Rasputin, and enter a time void to prepare for our final battle with a sentient battleship. And that's not even close to describing all the crazy stuff that happens in this game's finale! 

But in the end, we learn that what truly matters is what we've learned from random NPC's along the way.

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Ep 32: Bonus ep: SMT: Liberation Dx2

September 3, 2018

Allisa and Paul delve into the first original SMT mobile game, Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation Dx2, and find out that...it's good? We chat about the mechanics, design principles, the general story, and the fact that while this is a gacha game, anyone with a limited knowledge of SMT games can break the game wide open and never need to pay a dime.

Note: There are plot spoilers from the beginning of the game, through to Chapter 2-4, so if you haven't made it to that point in the story, beware!

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Ep 31: Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army (Pt. 3)

August 5, 2018

What does a general want with an army of undead soldiers? And how does an ancient tree monster play into his plans? We discuss these questions and other imponderables on our latest episode about the first Raidou game. Along the way, we discuss the General's further plans, which include a HAARP-style conspiracy theory and using a perpetual motion machine to create a satellite to resurrect a soulless god.

(Note: Because of technical issues, we lost the second half of Allisa's audio track, so unfortunately she only appears in the first half of the episode.)

Image by alegria via Zerochan.

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Ep 30: Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army (Pt. 2)

June 13, 2018

As we journey through a demon-haunted Taishō era Japan, we have an enigmatic encounter with the very-still alive Rasputin, do battle with the Marquis of Hell, and are forced to turn down an offer to let a corpse army kill the rich. Meanwhile, we learn more about the enigmatic red caped figure and learn more about the curse befalling Kaya Daidōji.


Ep 29: Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army (Pt. 1)

May 18, 2018

We jump back to the early 20th Century to join the adventures of apprentice detective Raidou Kuzunoha and his trusty talking cat. When a client in distress requests that Raidou and his boss kill her, they're ambushed by mysterious men wearing red capes who kidnap the client. Raidou is then thrust into a dimension-spanning investigation to get to the bottom of the case, but the apprentice detective has one advantage against the forces that stand in his way: the ability to summon demons.


Ep 28: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (Pt. 3)

March 26, 2018

We conclude our coverage of Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers, which poses the question: can demons truly conquer a digital world? Or maybe they already have? Along the way, we get to the bottom of the Algon Soft mystery, wonder whether a planned city ever works out, and face off with one of the forgotten old gods, who may represent little more than nothingness.

Apologies for the delay releasing this late: due to some life issues, and some audio problems that were difficult to work around, the editing process took much longer than expected. The audio on this isn't as polished as we'd like, and we're working to fix the issues before our next recording.

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Ep 27: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (Pt. 2)

January 18, 2018

We dig deeper into the secrets of cyberpunk city, Amani City, and its virtual reality counterpart, Paradigm X. Along the way we battle robot chimps, get sexy sax man Judah's devil-summoning saxophone, and face off with a dolphin.


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Ep 26: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (Pt. 1)

December 28, 2017

A new era of Megaten Marathon kicks off as Paul and new permanent co-hosts Alex D’Arata-Wolfe and Allisa James delve into Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers. As you may have gathered from the title, this is a game where you summon demons. But there’s a twist: the demons are invading a very ‘90s version of cyberspace!

Alissa's Shin Megami Tensei 4 articles for DualShockers:

Review: Shin Megami Tensei 4

A Beginner's Guide to Shin Megami Tensei 4



Ep 25: Persona 5 (Pt 9): Endgame

October 30, 2017

We close out our coverage of Persona 5 with a journey into the collective unconscious, a battle with the Holy Grail, and a curious definition of "aesthetics".


Ep 24: Persona 5 (Pt 8): December & Ship Palace

August 8, 2017

We embark on the seas of sunken Tokyo and infiltrate a ship full of elites, lying, stealing and fighting our way to get letters of introduction. Who is the Cleaner? The mysterious IT guy who never leaves his cabin? And what lies behind the golden door?