Three Nerds in a Basement

Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode PRE-201

A discussion about nothing and everything.

Starring Anthony Fallucco (@killroycantkill), Blaven Jaramillo (@BlavenBlave) & Vincent Sanchez (@VinceSanchez)

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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 200 - Kamen Rider Drive

Start your engines and shift into gear because TNIAB 200 is here and we check out Kamen Rider Drive! The group also discuss G Gundam, RKO Vines, pregnant anime character memes, Fate/Zero, Fate/Stay Night: Unilmited Blade Works (2014), Pix the Cat, Konhou Banchou, Belle Knox documentary and more!

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Starring Anthony Fallucco (@killroycantkill), Blaven Jaramillo (@BlavenBlave) & Vincent Sanchez (@VinceSanchez)

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Review - Final Fantasy Theatrhythm: Curtain Call

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This review is done by Anthony Fallucco. You can get more videogame news and thoughts from Anthony by following him on Twitter @Killroycantkill.

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I adore both rhythm games and the Final Fantasy series, so when Final Fantasy: Theatrhythm came out back in 2012 I was brimming with excitement, but the lack of songs and subpar multiplayer modes really hindered the experience. Now, with the release of Curtain Call, Square Enix has addressed quite literally every single complaint I had with the original title and also boost the library to a colossal 200+ songs, pre-DLC (downloadable content). It is everything the first game should have been, and more.

Getting right down to it, if you are not a fan of Final Fantasy or the music of the series then there is nothing for you here. The Theatrhythm series of games are pure unadulterated fan-service, they were made to celebrate the 27 year long franchise, and all of its music. For me, being able to go back to Final Fantasy I and reliving my nostalgia of the original battle theme hit a personal cord (ba-dum-tish) that few games in this vain are able to hit.

Just like in the first game there are three different song modes. BMS which has your party members battling against fiends from across the FF universe, FMS where your party tries to travel the longest distance possible in the length of the song, and EMS which let you play along to one of the famous cutscenes from each game. All three game modes are the same at their core, which is trying to get the highest score possible by hitting all the swipe, hold and regular notes with the best timing, but the way they present the notes to you is a much needed change when playing the game for long periods.

All that is nothing new in terms of gameplay in comparison to the first game, but what is new are the options you have to play the songs. Curtain Call allows you, in addition to the touch screen, use the 3DS buttons to tap along to your favourite songs. The face buttons are used for regular and hold notes while the analog stick can be used for the swipe notes. Or if you’re a crazy person you can use a combination of the touch screen and buttons. I should note that sometimes I have problems using the analog stick to hit swipe notes just due to it not registering, but I don’t know if that’s a fault of my 3DS or the game. This may sound like a small addition but it adds a lot in terms of gameplay and being able to play the game how you want.

Along with the regular pick a song mode, Music Stages, Curtain Call gets rid of the Chaos Shrine mode in favour of a new mode called Quest Medleys. In this mode you’ll be choosing a quest either obtained through regular progression in the mode or through Street Passes. Each quest has a length of Short, Medium, and Long while also having a recommended minimum level associated with it. Then you take your party down a series of branching paths, completing songs with the ultimate goal of defeating the final boss in the dungeon. It is a lot more involved than the old Chaos Shrine, also one of the best things about this mode is the fact that your scores you get on songs in this mode get recorded into the Music Stages library. Something that didn’t happen with Chaos Shrine. Quest Medleys is able to capture the spirit of a JRPG and translate it to a rhythm game.

Finally there is the new multiplayer mode. Where you, AI, or a friend battle it out with your own parties in a song duel to the death. Your party level really matters here, because you’ll be doing more damage with each hit the stronger you are. But there is an element of randomness to this mode because sometimes your “friend” Moogle will dole out some gameplay tweaks, like notes coming at the player faster, or the swipe notes will spin so you don’t know what direction it will be until the last second. With this the multiplayer actually feels like a fully fleshed out mode that I actually enjoy playing even just against AI, rather than a last minute addition.

While you are defeating fiends and completing all the songs you’re also gaining experience for your party. The game is littered with all of your favourite characters spanning all the 13 plus Final Fantasy games. They even have characters and songs from more obscure games like Mystic Quest. The unique style to the characters and fiends is very adorable and being able to make a dream party with all of the characters is fun in and of itself. Each one of your members also come with their own unique set of skills and stat growth rates. These will allow you to dominate fiends faster, travel farther in FMS mode and let you miss more notes before you fail a song. It allows you to min-max your party and come up with the most efficient combinations for the different song types, and what is a Final Fantasy game without min-maxing.

You’ve probably noticed by now that Curtain Call is the same game as the original but with a bunch of tiny improvements here and there, along with the new quest mode. But all those little additions, like having every difficult available from the get go, or the fact that after you play 4 songs it unlocks 95% of the 200+ songs in the game all at once make for a better and smoother experience than the previous game. It improves on an already great game and makes it into an utterly flawless rhythm game. A must own for fans of Final Fantasy.

5/5

Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 199 - TV Check-In Special!

It’s Thanksgiving here in Canada and because of that, finding the time to get together and record proved to be a little tricky. Nevertheless, here at TNIAB we’ll never go a week without some form of content! So with that said, It’s an all TV Check-in special with TJ & Vince.

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Starring Anthony Fallucco (@killroycantkill), Blaven Jaramillo (@BlavenBlave) & Vincent Sanchez (@VinceSanchez)

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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 198

It’s time for another regular episode of the TNIAB Podcast. It’s a full house this week and we team discuss many, many important things. Listen in to find out more!

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Starring Anthony Fallucco (@killroycantkill), Blaven Jaramillo (@BlavenBlave) & Vincent Sanchez (@VinceSanchez)

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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 197 - GOTHAM

The group is back together for this week’s TNIAB Podcast and we check out DC and Fox’s lastest TV Show - GOTHAM. We also manage to talk about new MTG infinite combos, changes coming to Destiny and some gunpla highlights from the All Japan Hobby and Model Show!

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Starring Anthony Fallucco (@killroycantkill), Blaven Jaramillo (@BlavenBlave) & Vincent Sanchez (@VinceSanchez)

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Three Nerds in a Basement - Solo Episode (Tokyo Gameshow 2014)

On this episode of Three Nerds in a Basement, one outa three ain't bad. Vince and Blaven are MIA and Anthony has decided to take over with a shorter solo episode. This week he talks about Microsoft buying Minecraft and the 2014 Tokyo Gameshow!

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Show Notes:

Microsoft Buys Minecraft
Metal Gear Solid 5 gets a dog!
Street Fighter 4: Omega Edition Patch
Final Fantasy XV Trailer

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Twitter: Anthony Fallucco (@Killroycanktkill) Vincent Sanchez (@VinceSanchez) Blaven Jaramillo (@BlavenBlave) TNIAB (@TNIAB)
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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 195 - DESTINY

On this week’s TNIAB Podcast, Blaven’s out on assignment so Anthony and Vince are joined by Tj and they give their impressions on the most anticipated video game of the year: DESTINY. Then the discussion moves over to the Apple iPhone 6/Apple Watch, uncovered video games and the future of cars.

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Starring Anthony Fallucco (@killroycantkill), Blaven Jaramillo (@BlavenBlave) & Vincent Sanchez (@VinceSanchez)

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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 194

On this week’s TNIAB Podcast, Anthony, Blaven & Vince gather around to discuss a new Donkey Kong record, GamerGate, The Fappening, Anime Hacking, DC’s latest movie casting, Youtube Fan Funding, The Legend of Korra Season 3, Battlefield 4 and some more random facts about our hometown.

Also, we got a new mic! Does that make us professional now?

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Starring Anthony Fallucco (@killroycantkill), Blaven Jaramillo (@BlavenBlave) & Vincent Sanchez (@VinceSanchez)

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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 193

It’s this week’s episode of the TNIAB Podcast, Anthony, Blaven & Vince gather together to discuss the new NEW 3DS, Pokken, Pornhub statistics, MTG Khans spoilers, Hello Kitty confirmed to not be a cat, Star Realms, Gunpla, Boyhood, Captain Harlock, Archer Season 5 and so much more!

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Starring Anthony Fallucco (@killroycantkill), Blaven Jaramillo (@BlavenBlave) & Vincent Sanchez (@VinceSanchez)

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