Hippie Hooray – Vidjagame Apocalypse 332

Everyone loves hippies! Right? Or at least enough to put a few of them in videogames. This week, PNB Podcast’s TL Foster returns for a look at some of the ways games have depicted counterculture dropouts, after which we’ll dig into Astral Chain, Blair Witch, Final Fantasy VIII Remastered, and a slew of other new releases, along with a ton of Nintendo Direct news and the games you’d like to see in hand-animated 2D.

Question of the Week: What’s a classic game that’s never been re-released, but that you’d like to see get a second chance?


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9 thoughts on “Hippie Hooray – Vidjagame Apocalypse 332

  1. QotW: Two games that have never been re-released that deserves second chances are Hotel Dusk and its sequel, Last Window . I know it’d be virtually impossible since Cing is all but gone, but not re-releasing them was a lost opportunity, especially with the late 2010’s mini boom of visual novel/adventure games. a 3DS remake of both would’ve been nice

  2. QotW: partially inspired by his presence as a Mii Fighter costume, Mystical Ninja starring Goemon from N64. I figured the main issue for it being ported was issues taking the N64 memory card into account. I know it was overshadowed by Ocarina of Time a few months later but it’s still a fun game.

  3. QotW: I would have said Metroid Prime, but I fully expect those games will return with Metroid Prime 4, released date TBD. So instead, I will say, Rogue Squadron, which went from a console release game for Nintendo to completely non-existent. We now live in a world where our only flight simulators are Ace Combat and “free to play” games like War Thunder. We need those simulators back! I think the best way would be to bring Rogue Squadron II Rogue Leader back. That game was beautiful at the time, and really showed the upper limit of what the Gamecube could do. Unlike the original from N64 that looks like crap, this game could somewhat pass as a modern game and has not been re-released. I really wish it could come back like its contemporary Jedi Knight II. And just like Jedi Knight II this would help spark a return of the series.

    I want to make absolutely clear, the flying only modes in Battlefront 2 again, do not count, they are just pale imitations of what I really want.

  4. QOTW: I would hope that you guys consider this game a classic but Simpsons Hit and Run needs to make a comeback,, yea it was basically a gta clone with a Simpsons skins BUT WHAT IS WRONG WITH THAT, THIS NEEDS TO HAPPEN, Imagine it on switch *muah*

  5. Two games spring to mind. First, Persona 3 FES, which I am desperate to play, but running it as a ps2 game on a ps3 pains me. Second would be Chu Chu Rocket. Why the fuck has this not been ported to EVERY SINGLE CONSOLE?!? It seem absolutely perfect for online play with friends, or with randoms so I can find out what the latest swear words are with the kids these days. Honorable mention to Bishi Bashi Special, but I’ve ripped that onto my PS1 classic and so far that has been the only thing I’ve used that £16 piece of shit for.

  6. QotW: This may not count, but I would say “Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain” needs a re-release of some kind. It was released on the Playstation and was then downloadable as a PS1 Classic on PS3. Right now on gog.com you can buy all the other Legacy of Kain games, except this one. Grr!

  7. I’ll keep it short and sweet: Powerstone 2. Now whether we are considering the Dreamcast ‘classic’ or not probably depends on the amount of grey hairs we have to pluck each morning, but judging by my salt and pepper mug, 20 years is definitely classic. It was pure competitive fun, but the changeable levels made it so even beginners had a chance. The weapon crafting system was delight that kept you playing and co-op mode against the bosses, I don’t think has ever been matched. If only I knew a former Capcom employee to harass until I got my wish…

  8. QotW: Project Justice is trapped on the Dreamcast seemingly forever and that’s a damn shame. The PS1 Rival Schools games made it to the Japanese PlayStation store, but do not have the graphical fidelity or expanded roster of their next-generation sequel. The game commands a princely sum these days and it would be nice if more people could experience the high-flying, Street Fighter-lite-in-an-anime-high-school gameplay, and witness Nagare’s synchronized-swimming team super. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNE5PpQcc7A

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