RadioRadar podcast 103: Wrestling with our problems

We have to deal with a weird issue with the top 7, then it's on to happier days, including pro wrestling, Madden, assassins, Far Cry, and your love of Europe and oddities...

Hosts: Henry Gilbert, Ryan Taljonick, Anthony Snyder, Ashley Reed, Jann Jones

Question of the week: What game did you enjoy that your friends and peers just didn't get? Let us know in the comments and you might just win something!
Intro song by Danny Baranowsky




  • shawksta - August 28, 2014 12:09 p.m.

    QOTW: Paper Mario Sticker Star was absolutely hated by everybody who knew the Paper Mario name, including a few friends and even my brother. They didn't like that it was to them a "Stripped RPG with too much puzzles". But I feel really sorry for the game, it was a really great and funny game had people accepted it for what it is instead of constantly comparing it to past Paper Mario games. Most people don't understand that the game isn't what they see as a "Stripped RPG" but more or less, Sticker Star is a massive Puzzle game with RPG elements. The whole game revolved around puzzles with the stickers, battle system and especially the bosses who really tough if you didn't find the sticker they are weak too. The entire final battle with Bowser is literally just a giant puzzle segment. This is one of those cases where the IP being something else would've saved this game instead of being a Paper Mario game. Same can be said with Kirby's Epic Yarn.
  • rxb - August 27, 2014 5:31 a.m.

    Crazy coincidence with the Top 7. The thing that surprised me most was Sting's normal talking voice. He sounded like such a normal guy. Also thanks Henry for bring the European uppercut and 'the Shockmaster incident' into my life.
  • IAmARobotWhoTurnsIntoATruckAnd - August 25, 2014 7:28 p.m.

    There's an entire genre of games that I just can't get other people to play, and that's fighting games. To make things even harder, I mostly play anime fighters (most recently Under Night In-Birth, for example). Every time I talk about fighting games people either think that they're just button mashers with no depth, or that they require hours of practice and are all about doing combos all day long. And then there are the people who are just put off by the anime aesthetic. All of this REALLY sucks because the most important part about fighting games is having other people to play with.
  • cubeenigma - August 25, 2014 7:28 a.m.

    QOTW: Got to be the Katamari series. Found out about the game on XPlay (or whatever it was called before) and I told all my gaming friends and showed them my VCR recorded footage. They just looked at me like I was crazy. Game came out and it was soooooo crazy and I loved it. They tried it out. Still nothing. Even after the multiple sequels they still have no clue what's so great about it
  • supergiraffe - August 24, 2014 4:34 p.m.

    I have enough friends that even if most of them dislike a game I enjoy, at least one person I know can appreciate it. I have been that friend with LoL though. There was a while in high school where everybody would talk about League, and when I tried to play it I found it boring as hell. Luckily all my friends wuit because they hate League players to much.
  • NinjaHunter22 - August 24, 2014 3:40 p.m.

    Growing up I fell in love with the art style of Guilty Gear X2. I felt the animation was light-years ahead of what street fighter was doing with their sprites. My friend was a street fighter fanatic and never wanted to play. He thought it couldn't possibly compare to Street fighter. I did eventually get him to play and his Street fighter skills translated well, I could never beat him. Honorable mention: zone of the enders 1 and 2 multi-player. I never got anyone to play that with me. I love the game and I love the way Kojima translated the single player camera into something that worked with multi-player. I eventually resorted to playing by myself with 2 controllers just to see how the multi-player worked. PS. Goodluck finding episode 100 ;) Playstation 4 & Xbox 360 & ps2 & PC Steam Intel i7 HD 4000
  • GamesRadarCollanderCooper - August 24, 2014 3:24 p.m.

    Hope the GamesRadar crew is safe after today's earthquake
  • Psylockerules - August 23, 2014 7:04 p.m.

    on a side note its great to have Ashley Reed & Jann Jones on the podcast, always great to have a female perspective, 2 is twice the awesome!!
  • Psylockerules - August 23, 2014 7:01 p.m.

    QOTW= No more heroes and its fantastic sequel i recommended it to most of my friends and they just didnt get it, they thought travis was annoying as hell and the swearing and blood was over the top for a wii game...then complained that the Wii only had "baby games"...some people !!
  • Adamizerr - August 23, 2014 3:27 p.m.

    I'm going to get flak for this, but I really enjoyed Fuse, despite its flaws. I love Insomniac studios, maybe a bit to much, but I loved Fuse. I enjoyed the creative and unique weapon each character was outfitted with. Single player was lonely so I invited 2 friends to play. Needles to say, they were not happy, mostly because I kept using the guy with the shield and they kept trying to lone wolf it. Even when I showed them story mode they looked at me as if I had been dropped on my head. Despite a kinda crapy story and leveling system, Fuse is still a favorite of mine, plus I got all the achievements and blasting someone to nothing but blood and ashes with a shield is awesome.
  • winner2 - August 23, 2014 8:43 a.m.

    Greendog on the genesis. Mostly because that game was hard as balls at that young age, and my friends were just too weak to man up and keep trying. They gave up within a few minutes and said it was stupid and made no sense. But I still say it was a fine game. It was just a 2D platformer with awesome backgrounds and themes, and a truly glorious soundtrack. Even if it was a bit hard, I don't understand why I was so alone in my love for that game.
  • punishment - August 23, 2014 6:28 a.m.

    QOTW: I feel I'm one of the few in North America that strongly enjoy the Dynasty Warriors series. It may be pretty simplistic, but it's nice to turn off the brain and wipe out dozens of soldiers with one Halbred swing. Funny thing, the people that give me shit about buying the DW games consistently LOVE Madden....
  • Ghostwriter - August 23, 2014 12:26 a.m.

    QOTW despite the weird looks I got from my friends, I really enjoyed Dantes Inferno. Most of my mates wrote it off as a poor mans God of War but, as I didn't own a Sony console, that was fine by me. I thought the graphics and character designs were really cool and suited the whole "circle of hell" theme but my friends just thought it was weird ("erm why is the Devil attack you with his knob out?"). I enjoyed the game so much I read the actual book it was based on (heavy going, but still enjoyable).
  • winner2 - August 23, 2014 8:31 a.m.

    Oh I loved that game, it's definitely a little underrated
  • Cyberninja - August 22, 2014 10:18 p.m.

    I am going to say Persona 2. I have friends who enjoy the persona series but they always seem to gravitate toward the Persona 3 & 4 games because of the social links, so they don't understand what I enjoy in the older games. Then I usually say if you are in it for the social links you would be better off playing a dating sim, however if you want a more satisfying and fulling RPG with a story that doesn't boil down to friendship will save the world try the older games but even with all my efforts no one wants to give the older games a chance.
  • BladedFalcon - August 22, 2014 9:46 p.m.

    Zone of The Enders 2 It's not only a legitimately good game, but it holds up incredibly well, the action in it is fast and extremely varied, kinda like vanquish but with agile mechs and a focus on melee attacks instead of shooting. And like Vanquish, it never outstayed it's welcome or became a repetitive slog, allowing you to do awesome stuff like using a giant laser cannon to destroy an entire fleet of dreadnoughts, infiltrating a mine-riddled fortress, or taking part in a insane open battlefield with over 100 enemies and allies going on, and balancing destroying the enemy while keeping as many of your allies alive. ...Despite this, not a single person I've talked to about it seems to want to give it a legitimate try, most people simply shrug it off because the first game was mediocre, or because it's a anime-looking PS2 game. The one friend that I got it to play it turned it off in less than half an hour because he claimed it was your typical anime bull-shiz... Even though what mattered was the gameplay itself, and not so much the story. *Le sigh*
  • NinjaHunter22 - August 24, 2014 3:54 p.m.

    Agreed. Loved both Zoe 1 and 2. Got the Platinum for both in HD collection and paid to play it on PS Now for specifically that purpose. Here's hoping for a Zoe 3. Wish the HD collection had online multi-player :(
  • BladedFalcon - August 25, 2014 10:37 a.m.

    The tragic thing is that kojima DID announce he was gonna work on ZoE3, but when the HD collection failed to sell well, the project fell trough. So basically, it's the general gaming public's fault that we haven't seen the series again
  • shawksta - August 28, 2014 12:06 p.m.

    That dilemma can fall to a lot of things as the general gaming public's fault.

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