September 23, 2020
A quarantine, lockdown, and an untrustworthy government...but at least we don't have demons to worry about (yet). Allisa, Paul, and special guest Ethan try our best to ignore our own death countdown clocks as we cover Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor. It's a tactical RPG-meets-visual novel where the pervading sense of doom feels very appropriate for the time.
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June 19, 2020
It's the end of the world as we know it...no, we're not talking about real life, we're talking about the final third of Persona 3. Our heroes take on a death cult, a death god, while wrestling with existential crises, Junpei's love life, and a seriously dodgy new student.
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March 24, 2020
When we decided six months ago to do a series of eps about a game about death, we didn't really expect it'd be released in the midst of a pandemic. That caveat aside, Persona 3 is a phenomenal game, the one that solidified the Persona formula as we know it all, while having an incredibly rich story and some of the most engaging characters the series has ever known.
Few games succeed as well as this one at presenting an utterly compelling world while being so damn mechanically solid. Join us at the beginning of this three-part series about the value of life, the inevitability of death, and some truly surreal setpieces.
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October 2, 2019
Allisa, Alex, and Paul enter a post-dystopian world that has been separated into tribes, which can only subsist on demon (and human) meat. Enjoy as we get sidetracked into how many video games feature cannibalism while we delve into one of the oddest Shin Megami Tensei's entries yet.
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April 22, 2019
On the occasion of Joker joining the Super Smash Brothers Ultimate roster. Allisa and Paul take a deep dive into Persona-related fighting games. Is Joker the best fighter to join the Smash roster? Can we officially ship Joker and Bayonetta now? What is Blazblue and why do its characters want mysterious shards from our favorite P4 protagonists? What does Fletch have to say about ARC System Works? And why oh why does Persona 4 Arena need to be canon? Allisa and Paul ponder these questions while going on any number of tangents in this pretty loose and freewheeling ep.
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February 14, 2019
We spend the second half of Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE on the hunt for a mysterious antagonist (who probably won't be too much of a mystery to anyone who's played a Fire Emblem game before). Along the way, we become P.A.'s to demons while on a TV shoot, in a shockingly accurate portrayal of the experience of an actual P.A.'s duties, and discover Barry's secret heavy metal shredding side. There are monitor puzzles, stepping puzzles, and again a legendary hero and antagonist whose identities are more shocking than a Twilight Zone twist.
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December 17, 2018
Once upon a time, Nintendo and Atlus announced a crossover between Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem. What we got was an ersatz pop idol-themed Persona with some Fire Emblem characters playing the role of personas. Still, there's a lot that's interesting about Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE: its creative puzzle dungeons, unique battle system, use of the Wii U gamepad, and role as sort of a dry run for Persona 5. Alex, Allisa, Paul and special guest Robert take a deep dive into a game that doesn't get much love among SMT or Fire Emblem fans, but is worth some attention on its own.