Critical Strike

Well this is it for the year folks, I hope everyone enjoys it and has a nice holiday! Kyle and I will return with the podcast in 2009 but until then just sit tight!

Music in this episode: Halo, Descent II, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Starship Amazing, Epic Pinball, Endless Ocean, Yerzmyey, Actraiser, The Megas, Air Buster, Amor Antiquita, Emerald Dragon, Final Fantasy XI, MDK, Thunder Force II, The Protomen

Direct download: Critical-Music_12_21_08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:30pm EDT

Together again to discuss more useless things like World of Warcraft, Animal Crossing: City Folk, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, Final Fantasy XI, Canadians, Naruto: The Broken Bond and of course our top 5 games of 2008!

Music in this episode: Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, Out Run

Direct download: Critical-Strike_12_7_08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:43pm EDT

We're back and once more we discuss such important things as poop, our newly found hatred of Silent Hill: Oranges, World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King, NHL 09, Naruto: The Broken Bond, Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness, Valkyria Chronicles and so much more.

Music in this episode: Mirrors Edge

*Sorry for my mic in this episode, my good one broke and I had to use a backup, it's now been fixed for the next episode!

Direct download: Critical-Strike_11_24_08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:12am EDT

The long awaited finale of the Critical Music HippoMix has finally come! Sorry for the delay folks, I had a lot going on and I also just didn't really feel up to working on this in the last few weeks but finally I've finished it up and now you can all listen to it!

Music in this episode: Ikaruga, J. Arthur Keenes - Automobiles, Killer7, PixelJunk Eden, Rocket Knight Adventures, Gareth Morris - (Atari ST) The Ancient Art of Chiptune, Castlevania, WipeOut Pulse, Zone of the Enders 2, Earthbound, Final Fantasy, Sonic CD, NHLPA `93, Boogerman, Tales of Symphonia, coda - Chocolate Rain 8Bit Remix, The Black Mages, The Go Team!, Tekken Tag Tournament, Double Dragon, Castle Crashers

Direct download: Critical-Music_11_19_08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:29am EDT

Finally back together, Kyle and I got together to get something out for you! Sadly we're still short one Keith Harbourt but this episode worked out pretty well even if it isn't our typical Critical Strike style show.

  • What we've been up to
  • Immortals flooding out of orifices
  • Some other... stuff

Music in this episode: World of Warcraft

Direct download: Critical-Strike_10_26_08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:44pm EDT

Sorry for the late release on this and a podcast, we've been very busy as of late so I wanted to at least get this out for those who have been asking for it! Thanks for all the support and interest, we'll get back to our normal selves very shortly!

Music in this episode: Onimusha 3, Burnout, Entertainment System, Rez, Descent II, NEMESIS, Space Manbow, Unreal Tournament, Metal Slug X, Jet Set Radio Future, OutRun, The Minibosses, Braid, Monster Party, Actraiser, M.U.L.E, Battletoads, Final Fantasy XII, Turrican II, Select Start

Direct download: Critical-Music_10_18_08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:43am EDT

Well here we are and we're back with another Critical Music episode! This time it's for a very special friend of ours and big supporter of the podcast, chiahippo! This is part one of three of the hippomix, I hope everyone enjoys!

Music in this episode: Contra, Kingdom Hearts II, Blood on the Asphalt, Lumines, Altered Beast, Glenn Rune Gallefoss (Acidjazz Evening), Final Fantasy 6, Marvel vs Capcom, 8bitpeoples, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Batman, Seiken Densetsu 2, Starship Amazing, Golden Sun, WarioWare Touched!, The Protomen, LocoRoco, Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Final Fight 2, Guilty Gear

Direct download: Critical-Music_10_4_08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:19am EDT

After a brief hiatus, Kyle and I get together and record the thirtieth episode of Critical Strike! It was nice getting back together and sitting down for a recording, hopefully this is where things start getting back to normal for us!

  • What we've been up to
  • Top 5 games we recommend
  • Video game music challenge
  • Kyle's childhood horror stories
  • Goodbye!

Music in this episode: Blood on the Asphalt, Wild Arms Advanced 3rd, Maximum Carnage

Direct download: Critical-Strike_9_29_08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:55am EDT

This isn't your typical episode of Critical Strike, in fact it isn't a episode at all! If you love video game music then be sure to check it out! If you don't then you'll probably want to wait until the next official episode which will hopefully be next week!

Music played in this episode: Entertainment System, Snatcher, Bionic Commando Re-Armed, Starship Amazing, Select Start, NeoGeo Battle Coliseum, Rygar, Super Castlevnia IV, MegaMan 9, SSX Tricky, Final Fantasy 7: Crisis Core.

Direct download: Critical-Strike_9_23_08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:12am EDT

Wow!  This will be our fourth release this month.  I'm rather impressed! The whole crew is back together again, and well, this is the result.  Sorry.

  • What we've been up to
  • Video game music challenge
  • What games tend to make us a tad bit cranky

As usual, please give us some iTunes reviews!

Music in this episode: Entertainment System, Starship Amazing

Direct download: Critical-Strike_8_31_08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:48am EDT

Short Mr Keith yet Kyle remained making it all good! This episode was kind of weird, Kyle and I seemed to go off on little ramble bits and of course at one point it ended up being a commercial for The Megas (go buy their album!) but thats alright by me!

  • What we've been up to
  • Lovely ice cream truck music
  • Top 5 games we were hopelessly addicted to
  • Why we think video game movies are full of fail

Music in this episode: MegaMan 3 with lyrcs intro, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee, The Megas.

Special thanks to mik and the pong world champion "announcer guy" from The Fanboys for the opening clip.

Direct download: Critical-Strike_8_18_08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:23am EDT

I've always been a big fan of what people now consider "retro" games, to me the best times in gaming are the Commodore 64, Atari 2600, Nintendo Entertainment System and so forth.

One thing I think that has sadly been lost on gamers of today is the fun factor in which these games bring out more than anything, at least to me. Today everything seems to be about graphics and big explosions, while back then they couldn't do that and had to focus on just making something that was fun (or completely horrible, heres looking at you McKids).

So anyway, I figured I'd make a little tribute video showing off some of my favorite games on the NES, I'll probably continue making these over time since it was a pretty cool project.

I've never had to release a video on the feed, lets hope it works! If it doesn't then you can always watch the video over on YouTube.

Direct download: NES_Part-1.mov
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:04am EDT

Congratulations to Kyle Dumond for his one year with the Playgasm / Critical Strike podcast! We were a bit harsh on him in this episode, kind of a throw back to us being dicks but hes a trooper!

  • What we've been up to
  • Top 5 games we want for the rest of 2008
  • Our view on DLC / user created content thus far in this generation

Music in this episode: Mike Tyson's Punch Out!, Bloody Roar

Direct download: Critical-Strike_8_4_08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:29am EDT

Now that E3 is out of the way, we decided to spend this episode discussing the June NPD numbers... Ok, not really. Just me and Keith on this one, Kyle lost his poor little dongle!

  • What we've been up to
  • VGMM winner (kinda)
  • E3 conference grading and discussion

Music in this episode: Zombies Ate My Neighbors, Chrono Trigger

Direct download: Critical-Strike_7_19_08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:02am EDT

Keith now returns to us after moving and buying a special item that fills his void while Kyle remains the same and still talks over everybody. Heres what we discussed:

  • Where the hell has Keith been?
  • What we've been up to
  • Video game music montage
  • Josh's problem with current generation games
  • Our E3 "predictions"

If you'd like to submit an answer for the video game music montage then head over here and private message "Josh".

Music in this episode: MegaMan 3 (OCRemix), Bionic Commando Rearmed (buy it), Rockman X7

Direct download: Critical-Strike_6_30_08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:41am EDT

Another episode and once more it's just me and Kyle, Keith was sadly not with us since he is currently in the process of moving. Heres what we discussed:

  • What we've been up to
  • Top 5 video game soundtracks
  • VGM challenge announced
  • Our view on hype for games
  • Kyle's lack of picking games on his own without reviewers validating his purchase

Thanks for the continued support and iTunes reviews, keep it up. If you'd like to suggest a top 5 topic for us to discuss then please send over an email and we'll give it a look.

Music in this episode: Castlevania Symphony of the Night, Space Invaders Extreme, Super Smash Bros. Melee, MetalStorm, The Megas

Direct download: Critical-Strike_6_9_08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:45am EDT

Welcome to episode 23, in this episode it's just me and Mr Kyle Dumond. Sadly, yes we are short one Mr Keith Harbourt but we made do anyway and Kyle really picked up the ball and ran with it. Heres what we discussed:

  • What we've been up to
  • Josh's hate for Mass Effect
  • Video game music challenge
  • Spiffy new LittleBigPlanet videos
  • When the hell is Kyle getting a PS3?
  • Microsoft's lack of a dashboard update and removal of failure XBLA titles

Music in this episode: Everyday Shooter, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, The Megas

As always, please hook us up with some iTunes reviews and if you'd like to submit an answer for the video game music challenge then head over to our forums.

Direct download: Critical-Strike_5_26_08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:54am EDT

Once more we gather to record a new episode, but this one is kind of special. This one is our one year anniversary of podcasting under the Playgasm / Critical Strike name! In this episode we discussed:

  • What we've been up to
  • Video game music challenge
  • What do we think of our past and future hopes
  • Montage of clips from past episodes
  • Our announcement of being affiliated with Platform Nation

As always, please give us some iTunes reviews, we'd appreciate the support. Also, no Grand Theft Auto 4 was mentioned on this podcast, you're welcome.

Special thanks: The Fanboys, Player One Podcast, GamerHusbands, The Megas, Steve519, PSH Radio

Music in this episode: MegaMan: Powered Up, F-Zero, Ghostbusters, Final Fantasy 6, Final Fantasy 7, New Super Mario Brothers, The Last Ninja (remix), StarTropics, Goonies 2, Ultima Online, Castlevania: SOTN, Diablo, MegaMan III, The Megas - Metal Dance

If you'd like to buy The Megas cd then head over here.

Direct download: Critial-Strike_5_11_08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:49pm EDT

At long last, we grace the world with our 21st episode! Sorry it's late, we have some technical problems and we had to convince Kyle to actually put on some clothes.

  • What we've been up to
  • Critical Strike action figures
  • Josh's Xbox 360 woes
  • Video game music challenge
  • Our gaming confessions
  • Our one year anniversary announcement

If you would like to submit a sound clip for the one year anniversary episode then you can do so by mailing it to josh[at]critical-strike[dot]org the deadline for that is May 9th.

Transition music in this episode: Gyruss, Lifeforce

Direct download: Critial-Strike_4_20_08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:16am EDT

Sorry we missed the release last weekend, we weren't feeling too good so we obviously didn't think it'd be wise to put out a show. Now we're back with a new release. Here's what we discussed:

  • What we've been up to
  • Video game music montage winner announced
  • Grand Theft Auto 4 expectations, worries, Kyle's dislike for the series
  • Some upcoming games we're looking forward to
  • Neat little things we can do with our consoles and hand-helds

As always, thank you for listening. Please give us some iTunes reviews and enjoy the episode.

Transition music: LocoRoco, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7

Direct download: Critical-Strike_4_6_08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:48am EDT

Once more we return to the world in full affect of fail! The difference? We're bringing down someone else with us this time, Thrillhouse17 from PSH Radio joined us to discuss:

  • What we've been up to
  • Top 5 underrated games
  • Video game music montage
  • Microsoft passing on Blu-Ray for the Xbox 360
  • Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix and Bionic Commando Re-Armed given the ok from Microsoft to exceed Xbox Live Arcade size limit
  • Are we for or against developers slapping a new coat of paint on classic games and releasing them on Xbox Live Arcade or Playstation Network

To submit your answer head over to our forums, register and private message Josh with your answers! Please give us some iTunes reviews or we will have to start putting Kyle back out on the street.

Transition music in this episode: Jet Set Radio Future, Bust a Groove, Sonic CD

Update 3/18/08: The video game music montage has been fixed within the episode. If you downloaded it on 3/17/08 you can redownload the episode to fix yours.

Direct download: Critical-Strike_3_16_08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:47pm EDT

Well, we are back and once more joined by Keith. The problem with this, Keith is cranky and Kyle is confused! So what does this mean? It's a rather interesting episode that is action-packed with ranting! Here's what we discussed:

  • What we've been up to
  • Our take on EA buying Take-Two
  • Sony decent news round up
  • Video game music challenge
  • What we think about this current-gen now that we're two years into it

Transition music in this episode: Xenogears, Leisure Suit Larry 6, Darkwing Duck

Direct download: Critical-Strike_3_2_08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:29am EDT

This episode we were joined by Mr Chiahippo, one of the co-hosts from PSH Radio, and we missed our very own Keith Harbourt. Here are some of the things we discussed:

  • What we've been up to
  • Mandatory Playstation 3 game installs
  • 16% failure rate on the Xbox 360
  • Video game music challenge
  • GDC predictions and what we REALLY want to see

Please give us some iTunes reviews, and if you'd like to submit an answer to the video game music challenge, then head over to the forum, register, and send Josh a private message with your answer.

Transition music in this episode: SplatterHouse 3, Cave Story, Geometry Wars

Direct download: Critical-Strike_2_17_08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:18am EDT

Josh thought it would be a good idea for this episode to forgo our usual fighty/shouty top five lists and the Video Game Music Challenge. Instead, we do what we do worst, we let our egos do the talking and tell how brilliant each of us is. We discuss our feelings and emotions, how we felt when we discovered that our princess was in another castle. We get in touch with our respective feminine sides (Josh can't keep his hands to himself!). Okay, that's not really how this podcast goes down, because no one wants to hear that crap. But we do talk a bit about ourselves, who we are, and what we like as gamers.

Late in this episode we discuss a few games that we would like to see updated (as necessary) and brought out on either Xbox Live Arcade or the Playstation Store. At the end, Kyle and I give out this ep's Fail Award (guess who gets it!).

So, without further ado, I give you Critical Strike Podcast, episode (pssst! josh, what episode number is this?) 15...16? Question mark?...The Nerd, the geek, and the sasquatch.

Transition Music: Marvel vs Capcom, Final Fantasy 7, No More Heros

Direct download: Critical-Strike_2_2_08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:20am EDT

Welcome back folks. In this episode we started a new trend where we want you, the listener, to vote in this post's comments on who was the podcast MVP. We know already that no one will probably post which one of us was their MVP, so I decided to start the failure trophy. With that said, Kyle won the failure trophy for this episode. Listen to find out why!

In this episode we discussed:

  • What we've been up to
  • Top 5 casual games
  • Video game music challenge
  • Our progress reports on our challenge from Playgasm episode 9

Transition music in order: Samurai Showdown 2, Chip`n Dales Rescue Rangers, Kirby's Adventure

Direct download: Critical-Strike_1_20_08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:20am EDT