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The Pixelated Sausage Podcast
50 minutes | Aug 12, 2022
If a Dream Falls in the Morning Woods... | The Pixelated Sausage Show
On this week's episode, Marc talks about The Witcher Netflix series after rewatching the first season and a bit of the second, a game about cats with nutcracker mouths, another where you kick the shit out of walls to climb them, one that plays itself...literally, another that feels like a mobile game but isn't a mobile game, and one that'll have you repeatedly asking, "What even is this shit?" Anyway, that's it and that's all. As always, thank you for watching or listening and I hope you enjoy the show. Topics Discussed: The Witcher DreadOut 2 Severed Steel Gigapocalypse South of the Circle Noel the Mortal Fate
34 minutes | Aug 5, 2022
You Better Enjoy That Frame 'Cause There's Not Much Behind It | The Pixelated Sausage Show
As I continue going through the growing pains of getting back into podcasting all proper like, I found even greater pains in the watching of season three of Star Trek: The Original Series, which somehow managed to be even worse than I was led to believe. I also talked about a handful of games as well, but none were particularly great, with the very best of the bunch being pretty to look at and little else. Anyway, that's it and that's all folks, so thank you for watching or listening and I hope you enjoy the show. Topics Discussed: Star Trek: The Original Series (1:42) // Quintus and the Absent Truth (4:56) // The Galactic Junkers (7:34) // Behind the Frame: The Finest Scenery (11:05) // Train Valley: Console Edition (15:48) // Patreon Questions (20:55)
47 minutes | Aug 2, 2022
That Time When I Still Loved Star Trek: The Original Series | The Pixelated Sausage Show
This episode was meant to be a short one as I talk about doing two shorter episodes a week instead of one long episode; however, I still managed to ramble on for a little over 45 minutes. I talked about Star Trek: The Original Series and a handful of not-too-shabby games, including a pair of visual novels. Anyway, that's it and that's all folks, so thank you for watching or listening and I hope you enjoy the show. Topics Discussed: Star Trek: The Original Series (2:50) // What to Watch Next/My Collector's Conundrum (9:43) // Mothmen 1966 (15:19) // Milky Way Prince – The Vampire Star (24:40) // Fobia - St. Dinfna Hotel (29:43) // Patreon Questions (39:32)
11 minutes | Jul 31, 2022
While Not Quite a Zero, It’s Far From a Hero: A Resident Evil 0 Review | Attack the Backlog
Hey there everyone! This episode of Attack the Backlog is all about Resident Evil 0, the prequel to Resident Evil starring Rebecca Chambers--aka, not Claire Redfield or Jill Valentine--and cool dude Billy Coen, with his super sweet tribal tattoo that apparently spells out “Motherlove” making me hate it (and him) even more than I already do. Billy hatred aside, 0 is a disappointing experiment that adds nothing of value to the series and, in some ways, takes a little away. At least it still looks great, eh...
57 minutes | Jul 27, 2022
Is That Three Bananas in Your Pocket, or Just a Really, Really Big One? | The Pixelated Sausage Show
Two weeks in a row doesn't mean much of anything, but it does at least mean I enjoyed the test episode enough to continue with this (hopeful) permanent return to solo podcasting. I talked about more than just games this week with a bit of anime, a sprinkling of TV, and a healthy helping of dumb Patron-submitted questions. Anyway, that's it and that's all folks, so thank you for watching or listening and I hope you enjoy the show. Topics Discussed: Anime Nonsense (1:29) // Star Trek: The Original Series (8:07) // The Hand of Merlin (9:55) // Floppy Knights (17:41) // Cloud Gardens (21:36) // Winkeltje: The Little Shop (25:39) // MOTHERGUNSHIP: FORGE (34:24) // The Tale of Bistun (37:58) // Patreon Questions (46:17)
8 minutes | Jul 22, 2022
I Serpently Hope You Have a Better Time Than I Did With The Serpent Rogue | FIRST!
This here episode of FIRST! is all about The Serpent Rogue, a game where you take on the role of a plague doctor who needs to discover all the resources in order to make all the potions in an attempt to stop all the corruption…or something like that. The game tells you the bare minimum, throws you into the deep end, and then makes a terrible first impression, followed by a decent second impression, only to throw all that good will away with a bad third impression. It's quite the roller coaster ride, if I do say so myself.
59 minutes | Jul 20, 2022
Is This The Return of the King, or The Desolation of All Things Pog? | The Pixelated Sausage Show
Hello and welcome to this here return to traditional podcasting for one Marc Kusnierz (aka, me). It's been quite a while and I'm definitely rusty, but I do hope you enjoy this first (but not first) episode as I talk about some of my plans for the show, as well as many games--all of which can be found below along with timestamps for all. Speaking of timestamps, a YouTube version of the podcast is also available and, if you choose to consume the show that way, you'll get to see my dumb face and easily get to what topic you want via the included timestamps. Anyway, that's it and that's all folks, so thank you for watching or listening and I hope you enjoy the show. Topics Discussed: Arcade Spirits: The New Challengers (4:18) // Project Warlock II (7:26) // Firegirl: Hack 'n Splash Rescue DX (11:47) // Redout 2 (17:44) // Road 96 (21:01) // Source of Madness (29:24) // Anuchard (33:36) // Arcadegeddon (38:41) // Matchpoint - Tennis Championships (49:29)
6 minutes | Jul 19, 2022
Redout 2 May Be Cool, but I’m Too Poo at the Game; Gotta Go Back to School | FIRST!
This here episode of FIRST! is all about Redout 2, a futuristic racer very much so in the vein of classics like Wipeout and F-Zero; however, Redout 2 opts to go down the more mechanical path, focusing on speed over combat and technique over accessibility. Because of this--the latter in particular--I never quite clicked with the game, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad game, just a bad game for me.
6 minutes | Jul 17, 2022
The Mean Greens Is What You Get When You Don't Eat Your Vegetables | Attack the Backlog
Hey there everyone! This episode of Attack the Backlog is all about The Mean Greens - Plastic Warfare--random, I know--a third-person competitive shooter where you play as toy army men and battle across familiar environments like backyards, kitchen tables, and fish tanks. If that sounds interesting to you, check out the episode to find out just how mean these greens be.
6 minutes | Jul 15, 2022
Donut Say No to Freshly Frosted | FIRST!
This episode is all about Freshly Frosted, a puzzle game about decorating donuts in the most relaxing factory ever, and I know a thing or two about factory work having spent a summer working in one during my youth; though, my factory experience was more sweaty, exhausting, unfulfilling, and about as far from pleasant as any singular experience could be. Freshly Frosted is the complete opposite.
6 minutes | Jul 12, 2022
Don't Have a Kao the Kangaroo, Man, Over My Mispronunciation of the Game's Name, 'Kay | FIRST!
This episode is all about Kao the Kangaroo, a 3D action-platformer that's solid in many ways and exceptional in none. It feels good to play and has an overall charming aesthetic with a nice amount of color, but the audio is lacking, especially the voice acting of the main character, and it's too often too tedious for it's own good, making what could have been a simple and pleasant game, a tedious and disappointing shame.
6 minutes | Jul 8, 2022
My Problem With Souldiers Is Both Random and Not Random | FIRST!
This episode is all about Souldiers, a metroidvania with a lot of promise that shoots itself in the foot with some of the worst design decisions I’ve seen in a while. Because of this, I’m not going to spend too much time talking about the game because none of it matters when one thing in particular kills the entirety of my ability to enjoy the game. What is that one thing? RNG. I can accept RNG in turn-based games (when done well), but as soon as you throw it into a game with real-time combat, I immediately lose interest (and that's exactly what happened to me when I started playing Souldiers).
11 minutes | Jul 5, 2022
A Good Story and Great Voice Acting Can’t Make Up for the Rest of INDUSTRIA's Shortcomings | FIRST!
This here episode is all about INDUSTRIA, a first-person shooter that takes you from East Berlin into a parallel reality, shortly before the end of the Cold War. You’re on the search for a missing work colleague and, during your search, you’re transported to a mysterious parallel dimension where a dark past reveals itself, including a second life you never knew your friend had. You’re all alone, at least at first, as you try and put the puzzle pieces together and, surely, try and find a way home as well. INDUSTRIA shows a lot of promise, but technical issues and questionable design choices kill what could have been a good, maybe even great, game. It's not a total failure and there's still a chance if it receives a patch or two, but until that (hopefully) happens, I'd pass on INDUSTRIA.
11 minutes | Jul 3, 2022
The Mafia Remake Is a Fresh Coat of Paint on a Car in Need of Heavy Tuning | Attack the Backlog
This episode of Attack the Backlog is all about Mafia, specifically the Definitive Edition, which is a remake of the original game from 2002. Technically, this is a bit of a cheat episode since I did play the original when it came out, but since this is a full-blown remake, I said, "Fuck it, this is my show, and I can do whatever the heck I want," and whatever the heck I did. Regardless of hecks given or taken, the real question is, is Mafia as good today as it was back in the day and, to answer that...
6 minutes | Jul 1, 2022
Metal Tales: Overkill Is Just The Binding of Isaac...but Metal...and Not as Good | FIRST!
Metal Tales: Overkill, for better or worse, is just The Binding of Isaac with a heavy metal filter over it. Does that sound like your jam? Do metal fans even use the word jam? Regardless of whether you jam or jelly, Metal Tales: Overkill does an okay job of mimicking The Binding of Isaac, but mimic Isaac is all it does and, if you ignore the whole metal thing, it's just a poor imitation of a much better game. The only standout are its boss fights, but as good as the boss fights may be, they aren't nearly enough to make up for the rest of the game's shortcomings.
6 minutes | Jun 28, 2022
Wildcat Gun Machine Is More Mild Than Wild | FIRST!
This one hurts. It hurts because I really wanted to love Wildcat Gun Machine (and was so sure I would). The art is great and the setup is even better–I love twin-stick shooters, bullet hell or not, and I love dungeon crawlers–so how could it possibly go wrong? Sadly, things did go wrong thanks to the game being too easy to make anyone ever confuse it with a "real" bullet hell game and, because of this, it failed to make much of an impression, leaving me with no desire to continue playing after beating the first area and dabbling in the second. I may return one day, but, like the bullets in Wildcat Gun Machine, I'm not in any rush.
6 minutes | Jun 23, 2022
The Perils of Baking Are Anything but Super | FIRST!
Super Perils of Baking is a remake of the 2018 platformer, Perils of Baking. As someone who's only played the remake and has zero experience with the original, I'm left wondering why this game deserved the remake treatment. Is Perils of Baking actually good? Was something lost in translation as it made the jump to 16-bits? I like platformers and have enjoyed many over the years, but Super Perils of Baking is not one of them; it's the kind of game I wouldn't even recommend if it was free on Game Pass.
11 minutes | Jun 21, 2022
If You Like Jank, RICO: London Will Gladly Accept Your Thanks | FIRST!
RICO: London is not a good game. The shooting and visuals are just okay, there are bugs and performance issues throughout, and the gameplay is incredibly repetitive; however, despite or because of all this, it's a surprisingly good time. It may seem weird to shit on a game only to follow said shitting with, "But it's a good time," but to try and act like I didn't have fun playing RICO: London would be a lie. All that said, I still wouldn't recommend the game to anyone because one's tolerance for jank varies wildly from person to person and, with a price tag of $50 (at least on Xbox), it's way too expensive for what you get. As it currently stands, RICO: London is good dumb fun, but even if you love good dumb fun, be smart and wait for a sale on this one.
10 minutes | Jun 19, 2022
The Last of Us Remains One of the Greatest Stories Ever Told in Gaming | Second Runs
"What the hell? This isn't Attack the Backlog! I demand a refund!" I'm sure at least none of you are saying that, but maybe one of you is thinking that and, well, this is a long time coming. Second Runs is a series I've been wanting to start for years--as made apparent in this episode--and I figured Father's Day was the perfect day to make it happen, especially since the first episode is all about The Last of Us. To keep things short, Second Runs is a series all about replaying games I loved back in the day to see if I still love them today. The plan, moving forward, is to alternate episodes of Attack the Backlog and Seconds Runs; however, I can't guarantee that'll happen right away, so no promises just yet. But that's enough about that, so here's to starting new things, here's to hoping you enjoy this inaugural episode, and here's to each and every father out there--you are so much more important than you'll ever know and I hope your Father's Day is just as wonderful as you are.
74 minutes | Jun 18, 2022
Don't Have a Cow, Man | Pixelated Playtime
It's dangerous to go alone, so join me as I play a game, or two, or more; we'll maybe have a good time, no promises, though, you've been forewarned. This episode's games include: Moo Lander -- a metroidvania that has plenty of weird, but not much else // Endzone - A World Apart -- a post-apocalyptic survival city builder that isn't all that interesting // and...that's it. As always, thanks for listening and I hope you enjoy the nonsense.
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