Having children is wonderful when it’s not the most tiring, life-changing thing you can do to yourself — and even then, you only remember the wonderful parts. When your child smiles at you for the first time and it’s not a bunch of gas… wonderful. When your child says “Dada” not as part of a series of completely random sounds… wonderful. When your child laughs at you for doing something they would only laugh at… wonderful.
Like I said, it’s not always wonderful. Waking up four times a night… not wonderful. Standing in a stressful position to hold the hands of a small child trying to walk… not wonderful (but also wonderful). Constantly tidying up things that are never actually neat… not nice.
But if there’s one thing that makes having little kids special, it’s this: It’s 4 p.m. on a Saturday. Essentially the evening if you are a parent. It’s a little early for dinner, but at least you know it’s soon and then bedtime isn’t far away. The sweet relief from bedtime. Anyway, you see a nugget of chocolate that just sat in a crevice of your shirt. As noted, dinner is still a few minutes away, so feel like grabbing a quick bite. Delicious! Chocolate. But you forgot for a split second that you had a baby.
Welcome to VG247’s Best Games Ever Podcast: Episode 18 – The best game you thought was one genre turned out to be another.
Please let us know what you think of the show – and if this is your first time listening to the show, come back to listen to previous episodes. If you have any topic suggestions, we look forward to them. If you’re a Connor fan (there must be some of you out there) make them related or at least adjacent to Fighting Game as that’s pretty much all he knows about.
“What’s VG247’s best gaming podcast of all time?” you ask, while wondering if the intro story is what you think it is and if it really happened. Yes and yes. I don’t recommend it. Anyway, this podcast, which is why you’re on this page, is essentially a 30 minute panel show where people (me and a few others on VG247) vote on the best game in a given category. That’s it. It’s good. Listen to it.
We’ve got some details on the show’s content below (if you want a refresher before heading to the comments section for a wonderful, considered post, or don’t want to listen but want to know which games we’ve picked), so If you want to avoid spoilers, don’t scroll past this fan-made creation that shows what Chris Bratt would look like if he were in Bugsnax. (Support friends of VG247, People Make Games, on Patreon).
The best game you thought was one genre turned out to be another
This is the subject of the eighteenth episode of VG247’s Best Games Ever Podcast. Here’s a rundown of who picked what.
Looks. Many of you are all going to say, “It’s not really a different genre, is it?” and to that I say, “poo poo.” If you haven’t experienced the horror of Bugsnax, you can’t comment on it. Easy. It’s upsetting. The PlayStation Access video above does a great job of explaining everything if you have no intention of ever playing the game yourself.
Alex – Brutal Legend
It might seem like the obvious choice — and that’s because it is. But honestly, who cares? Brutal Legend is absolutely the prime example of a game that you think is one thing…but turns out to be another. Publisher EA is also partly to blame – almost all of the marketing beats of this game sold it as an action-packed hack-and-slash game set in a heavy metal world. And that’s it… for a while.
But halfway through Brutal Legend, it reveals its secret Ace of Spades: it’s not just an action game set in a heavy metal album cover-inspired world, it’s a real-time strategy game. Soon you’ll engage in savage battles with masses of troops and fight demons for the fate of a world populated by Ozzy, Lemmy and other metal greats. It’s brilliant – even in the harsh turn to RTS it has put many players off.
Connor – Dead or Alive Xtreme 2
Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 is a game for perverts, but I had no idea, I swear. I swear to god I didn’t know. Me, a pure 13 year old, thought I’d buy a cheap fighting game. So what if it had bikinis on the front, how would I have known it was soft core porn? The guys at GameStation let me buy it, it’s their fault when you think about it.
If you like beach volleyball, it is said to be the main focus of the game. You are designed to develop friendships with a variety of women to improve your overall performance in water sports. You can also play tug of war and butt battles poolside, but you can’t even parry incoming ass kicks, so what’s the point, to be honest. You can also, believe it or not, jet ski race. In fact, according to respected DOA historians, it was one of the game’s top selling points.
It did have a casino, which was fun, but the game was a completely different package than I expected. In hindsight, I probably should have thought of a thought-provoking genre-shifting game, but the moment I saw the podcast synopsis Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 was the only thing that came to mind. I’m sorry.
Come back in a week for another episode of VG247’s Best Games Ever Podcast.