Vidjagame Apocalypse 206 – Epic Trilogies

It’s Mass Effect week, so we honor its legacy by starting off with a list of some of the biggest, most important trilogies in gaming – ones that told overarching, three-part stories that stuck in our minds for years afterward. Then it’s time to finally dig into Mass Effect: Andromeda, Zero Escape: The Nonary Games, the unexpected return of the Floigan Bros., and your favorite Mass Effect romances.

Question of the Week
What’s your favorite video game trilogy ever?

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36 thoughts on “Vidjagame Apocalypse 206 – Epic Trilogies

  1. Obsidian is better than Bioware, that is all I have to say (also, great episode)

  2. “I have no choice but to beat you up and suck your dick”
    I love you you chris

  3. Does Jeremy have to be there for every Retronauts session? Because it sounds like an opportunity for West branch to do a Fire Pro Wrestling history episode.

  4. Halo 4 and 5 are great games. Halo 5 at this point might be my favorite. I like how Halo’s story was cut down as so serious and full of itself and then the MGS stuff came up that is so full of itself in a confusing and ridiculous nature.

    Also want to point out from my mass effect andromeda experience on xbox one. No crashes, no glaring technical issues.

    And I’m loving Andromeda so much right now. It’s a great new adventure and it makes sense they would model the nexus after the citadel BECAUSE the citadel was their hub at the time when they left. The combat is fantastic with favorites for powers and ability to vary your skill trees. I’m loving the story and character interactions as well.

    1. I’m not trying to sound like an ass in my first part, I just see a lot of shit for xbox-related stuff and I’ve gotten a lot more reactive to it. Everything has problems but feels like that platform gets a higher proportion of it, at least lately.

      I like you guys and don’t want to seem like a gigantic asshole.

  5. QOTW: The Metroid Prime Trilogy was a lot of fun and would likely make for the best VR games ever.

    1. To elaborate, they had some of the most immersive worlds I’ve ever seen in a first person game where every aspect of their worlds are well thought out and deliberately chosen. The creatures in each environment make sense in their respective ecosystems and the way Phazon pervades them drives home the point that its mutating everything without having to tell you every 5 seconds how it’s oh so terribly toxic. At the same time, the manufactured environments show that same level of detail and thought. They are all crafted to suit their respective species and have narrative purpose as opposed to being a jumble of gameplay mechanics taped together with the similar coats of paint, and it’s astounding they were able to do this throughout 3 games. It’s a wonderful trilogy that has yet to be surpassed by any of the imitators that have appeared in the past 14-15 years.

    2. I’ve never been able to get into that series. I tried several times to get into Metroid Prime but can’t do it. Most recent time I tried I couldn’t even get off the first level.

      1. There was a lot I hated about Prime 1 when I first played it. I tried to play it like an FPS so the controls aggravated the hell out of me, scanning everything seemed like a giant pain, and I rushed through as much as I could so it felt disjointed and I had no idea what I was doing, so I stopped playing after a couple of hours. I put it away for months before I started a new game, and decided to take my time with it. After playing it within the boundaries of its mechanics, it got a lot better. By the time I got to Phendrana Drifts, I fell in love with the game and couldn’t stop playing it. At this point, I think the weakest aspect is that it reuses Ridley yet again and I think their creative talents could easily create new and better antagonists.

  6. I’ve really been enjoying my time with Andromeda. Yeah it’s got some bugs, but it’s nothing game breaking (so far) and I’ve seen worse in current gen stuff like Telltale’s Batman and Fallout 4, and I still enjoyed those games a lot. For me anyway, these 5 long years have been worth the wait.

  7. QOTW: My favorite gaming trilogy ever is easily the Jak and Daxter trilogy. The games are just insanely fun. Jak II inparticular stands out to me because it did the platforming/shooting/vehicles the best of the 3 games, and also had a fantastic story full of twists and interesting characters. God, I miss 3D platformers.

  8. My first thought was any of the story-heavy DS/3DS Trilogies (Layton/Phoenix Wright/No Escape) but if it doesn’t have to be an official trilogy, I’m going to have to say Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1-3. Sure, there isn’t exactly a cohesive story that ties them all together but they all share the great game play and endless replayability that seemed to get worse with each subsequent Tony Hawk game.

  9. QOTW: The answer is fairly obvious to anyone who is a TRUE gamer: The absofuckinglutely fanfuckingtastic Bubsy Trilogy. Whether it’s his much heralded debut in Bubsy in Clawed Encounters of the Furred Kind, his avant-garde tour de force best known locally as Bubsy 2: Bubsy in Fractured Furry Tales, or the piece de resistance, the sublime, simply magnifique Bubsy 3D. Bubsy has everything you could ever want from a videogame trilogy: t-shirts, cats, and funny. This trilogy is catafuckingriffic!

  10. QOTW: While it may be weird to pick a trilogy out of a series with nearly 50 entries, Street Fighter, Street Fighter II, and Street Fighter Alpha create the core of what is my favorite series of all time. Looking for a story line in a fighting game is a lot like playing Dance Dance Revolution for tax advice, but the lore surrounding those three SF titles was amazing. Ryu fights Sagat for supremacy in SF I, and Sagat kills Go Hibiki, Dan’s Father. In SF II, you re-meet Sagat, still scarred and embittered from his encounter with Ryu, and he’s in league with a madman that kills Guile’s best friend and Chun-Li’s father. In SF alpha, you see the origins of Ryu, Ken and Chun-Li, meet Guile’s erstwhile best friend way before he was erstwhile, and get to meet the psychic (Rose) who taught M. Bison the power to become a madman! To bring it all around, you also meet Dan Hibiki, the son of the man Sagat murdered in SF I and Akuma, the baddest ass of all time. It’s all very fan-fictiony, but I love it, and the SF universe still intrigues me to this day.

  11. Hi guys,

    just want to mention someting here:
    I LOVE YOU!!!! THE PODCAST IS BRILLIANT!! LASER TIME IS BRILLIANT!!

    (i could add my lifystory here and write how your podcasts really helped me to go through difficult times and made me laugh out loud when there was not much to laugh about in my life, but well…)

    keep up the good work! Lasertime 4 life bros 🙂

    greetings from germany,
    Rainer

  12. QOTW: Borderlands. Finally a shooter with a sense of humor and great to play with friends. Excellent games with excellent DLC. Not only are the DLC add ons creative they are as long as some new games. They are the only season passes that I haven’t regretted buying. And despite the pre-sequel not getting as much love as the previous two games it was still fun as hell.

  13. Man I don`t know about these top 5 list. First there`s the Lasertime top 20 that excludes Monster Hunter; now your’re excluding Metroid Prime Series, Batman Arkham series, Donkey Kong Country, Jax and Daxter Series and the Sly Cooper Series. Solid games that are actual trilogies and don`t need to have 3 from a 3+ series Frankenstein-ed l to fit “list of some of the biggest, most important trilogies in gaming “. You’re reasoning’s are you`re own I guess. (I’m half joking here. Half. )

    Metroid Prime Trilogy for me springs immediately to mind; and the collection available on Wii/Wii U is a fantastic value that cements this even further. As always thanks for the great podcast!

  14. QOTW:
    Here’s my Top 5
    1. Dark souls 1-3
    2. Mass Effect 1-3
    3. Arkham-verse trilogy (Asylum, City, Knight)
    4. Gears of War (1-3)
    5. Halo 1-3

  15. Ever since Chris’ tirade about killing with blowjobs, the song “Eatin’ Pussy (Suckin’ Dick) and Kickin’ Ass” by Wheeler Walker, Jr. has been stuck in my head. It’s my new Antista anthem.

  16. Angry Rant Chris is my new favorite Chris! This former Marine has your back (with the fighting stuff, not the sex stuff. I’m married…)

    1. QotW: Hate to be so commercial and also pick one from the list but the AC2 Ezio trilogy is my choice. A great and complete story that evolves the gameplay as the series continued and had a true character arc for the hero. Revelations was a bit of a letdown but Brotherhood was so good that it more that compensates and was the best AC until Black Flag.

  17. QOTW: the epic trilogy that I really enjoyed takes place in the world of Ivalice. That being Final Fantasy Tactics (ps1) , Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift (DS) and Final Fantasy XII (ps2). The original Tactics was the first ps1 game i ever owned, such a great and innovative use of the job system. Tactics A2 was a great refinement of the original Tactics on the go. I cant remember the last time a handheld game sucked me into its great gameplay enough to sink 80+ hours into it. FF XII was a departure from the traditional gameplay found in previous Final Fantasy’s. It was a large open world and played like a single player offline MMO. I enjoyed it a great deal even if after 80 hours and 2 playthrus I still don’t understand the fucking Gambit system.

  18. I’m always late, so yeah: I’d rail Tali to death.

    Anyway…. I have to be the penis here.
    I loved Sonic 1-3.

    3’s music and odd “variety” of gameplay types were good. During Halloween Night, jumping and clinging to bones to open new paths, Tails straight swimming away from danger in Hydrocity Zone… the elemental shields…

    It wasn’t much, but worked very well for the progression of a weak concept like Sonic, but 3’s Time Trials and music blew the hole out off my ass.

    I spent HOURS stomping the trials just to hear the music and test my speed, as well as loving the Ice Cap Zone’s music, just like the excellent Launch Base Zone, and (don’t judge me) the wonderful Nazi-march-esque Flying Fortress track.

    Look em up, they’re awesome. Especially the Nazi one.

  19. QOTW: I have to say that my favorite trilogy of all time has to be the Zero Escape series. I only recently finished the final entry of Zero Time Dillemma and I can’t believe the weird and crazy stuff I’ve been exposed to by this series. It’s one of the first series I’ve ever played that ties one of the most ubiquitous game mechanics of simply playing a game again into the narrative! I highly recommend folks picking up the Nonary Games rerelease and then either finishing with the Steam or Vita Zero Time Dilemma.

  20. A lot of the talk about Mass Effect Andromeda doesn’t seem to fully understand why the game is set so much after the events of the last games. While the first Mass Effect trilogy took place across different planets and different solar systems, the distances were traversed due to the mass relays. The entire game still took place within the Milky Way galaxy, where is where Earth and our solar system is. So setting the new game in the Andromeda Galaxy means its set in a place that is 2.5 million light years away from our Milky Way galaxy, that’s an astronomical difference in distance compared to the distances traveled in the first trilogy. This puts an enormous amount of time and space between where this game is set and where the previous games were set (though even with the pseudo-science behind the technology they have, its still hard to believe they traveled to Andromeda in just 600 years), it would take an even greater leap of pseudo-science to try to explain away connecting the Andromeda Galaxy to the Milky Way. That’s aside from the merits of the game itself though, from its announcement, it should have been pretty clear this game was not going to be connected to the previous trilogy, though it probably should be a lot more different than it appears to be from what I’ve seen so far.

  21. QOTW: I know this is late, but Crash Bandicoot all the way. The first three games were amazing . Loved them. They need more retro podcast love.

  22. QotW: The Marathon trilogy. Since I was an Apple fanboy from the Apple IIe to the PowerMac G4, I had a different PC gaming trajectory than others. Since Bungie started out on Mac and I had already played Pathways into Darkness, my first real FPS was Marathon. The story of rogue AIs is great and the gameplay was amazing. The story continues through the following games, Marathon: Durandal and Marathon Infinity. The multiplayer was fun and I spent a lot of time in the computer lab in high school playing over the LAN until those types of games were outlawed district-wide.

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