Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 173 - Captain America The Winter Soldier Review

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On this week’s TNIAB Podcast, we finally get around to reviewing Captain America The Winter Soldier. Be prepared for spoilers!

Then things get heated as the group check out the Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct which eventually leads them into the hotly debated subject: Is SSB a real fighting game?

Finally, Vince plays video games no one cares about, Anthony picks up a new manga based on cycling, and Blaven gives us his report of the MTG scene down in Philadelphia.

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

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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 172

It’s time for another episode of the TNIAB Podcast! This week’s discussion revolves around the latest Formula 1 politics, the Tamashii Nations Summer Collection, MTG Born of the Gods Spoilers, and a roundup of our favourite April Fools pranks!

Finally, the group have answer a letter in regards to Dark Souls 2, Anthony plays the Grand Theft Auto IV DLC and Blaven fulfills his sponsorship duties with Dungeon Comics.

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

Timeline
00:00:00 – Intro
00:01:21 – Picks of the Week (click for the link!):
- Merc Advantage Revealed
- League of Legends Ultra Rapid Fire
- Tamashii Summer Collection

00:18:58 – Mail Time!
00:25:35 – Vince’s Week
00:39:41 – Anthony’s Week
00:48:12 – Blaven’s Week
00:59:38 – Outro
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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 171

It’s time for another episode of the TNIAB Podcast! This week’s discussion revolves around the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer, the double life of Leland Yee, the upcoming all Spider-Man comic, Chris Evan’s future as a director and the announcement of a new Macross anime.

Finally, Anthony gives his take on Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, Vince buys metal toys and Blaven makes us all proud as he steps up to the highest level of Magic the Gathering competition - The Pro Tour.

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

Timeline
00:00:00 – Intro
00:01:06 – Picks of the Week (click for the link!):
- Leland Yee
- One comic, all the Spider-Men
- New Macross Anime

00:20:01 – Anthony’s Week
00:31:41 – Vince’s Week
00:50:48 – Blaven’s Week
01:12:49 – Outro
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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 170 - BOSS MONSTER

On this week’s show, the group sit down and review the card/board game BOSS MONSTER!

You can also look forward to discussions about the Step Up All In trailer, Gundam the Origin OVA, Flappy Bird’s return and a new Transformers Cartoon.

Finally, Anthony plays both Dark Souls 2 and Final Fantasy X HD, Vince builds a trio of Gundams and Blaven checks out a the new card game, Legend of the 5 Rings.

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

Timeline
00:00:00 – Intro
00:07:36 – BOSS MONSTER | Board Game Review
00:18:23 – Picks of the Week (click for the link!):
- Step Up All In
- Flappy Bird Returns
- Gundam The Origin Anime

00:28:57 – Anthony’s Week
00:39:21 – Vince’s Week
01:01:01 – Blaven’s Week
01:08:01 – Outro
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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 169

Here's the thing:

We recorded this episode late, hence why it's a week late. Sorry guys!

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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 168

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It’s TNIAB 168 and it’s full of things you probably don’t care about! Such topics include: Batman Arkham Knight trailer, Trans4formers’ new starlet, how Hasbro is celebrating GIJoe’s 50th anniversary, insane arcade driving and how irrelevant celebrities from the late 90s come together and prank the world with a hoverboard.

Plus, the guys on are full weeaboo mode this week as Anthony and Blaven head out to a Kyary Pamyu Pamyu concert and Vince builds a Gundam.

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

Timeline
00:00:00 – Intro
00:01:59 – Picks of the Week (click for the link!):
- Arkham Knight Trailer
- Hasbro Celebrates 50 Years of GI:Joe
- Trans4formers Trailer
- Initial D Driving
- Hoverboard Prank

00:22:57 – Vince’s Week
00:36:03 – Blaven’s Week
00:48:25 – Anthony’s Week
00:54:48 – Outro
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Bravely Default: Review

I can’t remember the last great RPG (Role Playing Game) I’ve played this generation, in fact, I’d have to go back all the way to the PS2 for a RPG I truly found amazing. Final Fantasy for better or worse has left the old grindy/min-maxing ways for a more streamlined approach, and the niche JRPGs (Japanese Role Play Games) like Disgaea and the Tales series don’t quite recreate the feeling of the old greats. Bravely Default is a game that goes back to RPGs of yore, remembering where the old games shined and failed, using both modern and old game design to craft an experience that pulls at your nostalgia string but still manages to be a great game in its own right.

The place Bravely Default shines is in the gameplay. Using a job system, characters are blank slates in terms of classes. Any hero can be any type of character you want them to be, which leads to very fun and creative party combinations, especially when you start using sub-jobs and complementing skills from outside jobs. I had most of my fun in the early game just customizing characters, seeing which jobs compliment each other and the classes of my other heroes. It was also treat talking to other people, seeing how differently one can play the game, discussing combinations you wouldn’t have thought of.

The game also takes a unique spin on typical turn based battles, by allowing you to store turns by using Default on your turn, or spend turns in advance to dish out more damage at one time by using Brave. I really enjoyed this system because it allowed me to play to enemies weaknesses and also never made a boss battle boring since they all have their own strategies for when they Brave and Default.

Unfortunately the game has some weaknesses. Enter the obligatory party of four, the four warriors who will journey and grow together, awaken the ancient crystals and eventually save the land. This is a story told over and over again in Square games, and just because the style of Bravely Default is of an old school RPG doesn’t make it any less mundane. Story is the only place I feel this game falls short, the story of awakening the four crystals is still very mundane and even though there are some amazing twists in the story they don’t make up for the monotony in between those parts.

Though traveling with the cast of characters does a lot to deal with the plodding of the main story. Tis, Anges, Ringabell, and Edea really together to really pull you into their lives, they all bring their own personalities to the story and interact well and humorously with each other, while the same could be said for the side characters of the game as well. It feels like such a waste to be using these colourful characters on such a boring repetitive plot.

The modernizations and social aspects of Bravely Default also were both super helpful and fun. Rebuilding the town of Norende actually had me opening my DS for street passes for the first time in a while. Also being able to change difficult and encounter rate on the fly was such a big help when grinding and navigating through old dungeons. Just being able to turn random battles off made my time with the game so much more enjoyable after I maxed out my levels.

Even despite the bland story, Bravely Default manages to put together a great experience by mixing the old with the new, by being able to move forward with a genre while not forgetting its roots. It strikes a perfect balance in an JRPG and is a great way to start off 2014 in games.

4/5

Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 167

TNIAB 167 is here and it’s filled with discussions about Godzilla, the weather, Ultra Street Fighter IV, Bandai’s latest gundam offerings, Veronica Mars, FFXIII-3, Diablo 3, Twitch plays Pokemon Crystal, Magic vacations and so much more.

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

Timeline
00:00:00 – Intro
00:07:28 – Picks of the Week (click for the link!):
- Godzilla Trailer
- USFIV Patch Selection Mode

00:26:14 – Vince’s Week
00:39:07 – Anthony’s Week
00:54:45 – Blaven’s Week
00:59:06 – Outro
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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 166

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On this week’s show you can expect to hear our thoughts on the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer, our sadness over the news of Irrational Games studio closure, our confusion with HEROES Reborn and our joy Nintendo toys!

In the second half, Blaven reveals he has the diet of a teenage girl, Anthony watches a handful of Jason Statham films, and Vince likes robots. Big surprise.

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

Timeline
00:00:00 – Intro
00:01:29 – Picks of the Week (click for the link!):
- Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
- Irrational Games Closing
- HEROES Reborn
00:40:18 – Blaven’s Week
00:45:02 – Anthony’s Week
00:54:48 – Vince’s Week
01:07:01 – Outro
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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 165 - The LEGO Movie

Everything is awesome on this week’s TNIAB as we check out The LEGO Movie!

In the second half, Vince falls in love with Transformers all over again, Anthony finds himself unable to put down Bravely Default and Blaven… well he hasn’t finished playing MTG from last week. Or year.

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

Timeline
00:00:00 – Intro
00:01:00 – The LEGO Movie | Movie Review
00:17:47 – Picks of the Week (click for the link!):
- New Legendary Pokemon
- Twitch Plays Pokemon
00:34:44 – Vince’s Week
00:45:17 – Anthony’s Week
00:55:21 – Blaven’s Week
01:04:57 – Outro
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