Podcast Episode #7: The One About Sequels

This might seem like a direct follow-on from the last episode, regarding remasters, but looks can be deceiving. Episode seven is an entirely new instalment which carries on the story from last time but with better graphics, gameplay, mechanics, and a whole lot of new bells and whistles. Well, not really. But the new edition of the Bleeping Sickness podcast is about sequels! Join us, won’t you?

00:20-23:00 This week Mike is in the hosting seat, and makes things all late-night and smoooooth. Until Sean ruins it. First up we run through what we’ve been playing in the time between episodes: Tom runs through a session of (NON-COMPUTER) game Fiasco the rest of the group also took part in, Pete binge-played the Telltale Game of Thrones series, Sean is holding a candle for Pyre, and Mike gives an update on his Final Fantasy XII progress.

23:24-43:11 After some cynical chat about the current spate of spin-offs, annual instalments, sequels and reboots, we settle into our main topic of what makes a good sequel. Mike is a Valve stan w/r/t their varied sequels (Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal) and catches everyone out with a surprise shout-out to Midnight Club 2 and then Burnout 3: Takedown — which causes some debate — whilst everyone agrees with Tom that Majora’s Mask is the best Zelda game, Pete makes a good case for the often overlooked Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, and Sean demands The Last Guardian be considered a sequel (to some further consternation).

43:20-1:07:04 After a brief sojourn to the blissful lands of Silent Hill 2 and Resident Evil 4, Sean extols the virtues of Titanfall 2, Pete hearkens back to the glory days of Ridge Racer: Type 4, and Nier: Automata‘s unusual place as a fantastic game but something of a crummy sequel to what came before is discussed, and Sean has his mind cracked open by the revelation that Super Mario Bros 2 is not an actual Mario game in origin.

1:07:16-1:07:18 METAL GEAR SOLID 2: SONS OF LIBERTY IS THE GREATEST SEQUEL EVER MADE I.D.F.T.

And that’s our show! As per, we’d really appreciate it if you got in touch through our Twitter or email inbox and, if you liked the show, if you could rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts!

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About Tom

Tom is a freelance culture writer. His work has appeared on Comic Book Resources, About.com and WhatCulture.

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