Best Lit Crit podcasts we could find (Updated March 2019)
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Jonathan discusses Banjo Kazooie, the apex of the Nintendo 64, 3rd person, 3D platformers, still available on Xbox One.
 
Jonathan and Nick discuss Nick's new writing project, work on improving it, and pontificate writing theory. This also represents an example of the Patreon Exclusive Writing Workshop material, which you can experience or participate in if you're a backer.
 
Jonathan waxes nostalgic about Earthworm Jim 3D, a goofy, third-person version of our favorite worm-based-hero game. This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm
 
Jonathan and Nick discuss the new Stellaris update 'Le Guin'. It's complicated, but an overall improvement, much like the game in general. This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm
 
Jonathan discusses Earthworm Jim 2: more goofiness, more Jim, more groovy. This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm
 
Nick and Kevin discuss Fallout 76, Bethesda's foray into a multiplayer experience: not their strong suit. Also, Jonathan chimes in.Kevin's page: http://theResistanceIsDead.comKevin's books: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M0SM27UKevin's mad theories: https://youtu.be/rbvgfoedzLg This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm…
 
Jonathan discusses Earthworm Jim, one of the best platformers of the second-generation game consoles. The art and character are not to be missed. There is a bit of controversy about the creator, but don't let that affect your enjoyment of the game itself. This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm
 
Jonathan and Nick discuss Subnautica, the undersea survival exploration adventure, a great new flavor for the genre, and solid single-player experience. This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm
 
Jonathan discusses Metroid 2, another side-scrolling space-marine shooter / platformer, with exploration, items, and monsters in the network of caves withing SR388, the home of the Metroid species. This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm
 
Jonathan and Nick discuss Oxygen Not Included, the Klei game about tribe survival inside a space asteroid, with their usual lovable artwork used to portray remarkably complex systems: a fantastic addition to the genre. This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm
 
Jonathan discusses Castlevania 3, a return to original form with a new twist, this is one of the best of the early Castlevania games. Available on the Konami collection CD: http://www.amazon.com/Konami-Collectors-Castlevania-Contra-PC/dp/B00006969T
 
Jonathan and Nick discuss Persona 5, the latest installment in one of the best jrpg franchises, with an interesting story, several quality-of-life enhancements over its predecessor, and all the mechanics, lore, and art we've come to expect from Shin Megami Tensei.
 
Jonathan discusses Odin Sphere and its upgraded rerelease Leifthrasir, a Japanese 2D beat-em-up with marvelous art and story, and a personal favorite. Check it out https://atlus.com/osl/index.html This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm
 
Jonathan and Nick discuss Red Dead Redemption 2, a loyal continuation of the well-developed and deservedly popular cowboy action franchise. This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm
 
Jonathan discusses Castlevania 2, the true first Metroidvania game, and one of the first open-world experiences. It shows its age, but is still a lot of fun. Find it on the Konami Collector Series: Castlevania and Contra. This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm
 
Jonathan and Nick discuss the Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game The Elder Scrolls Online, a game that keeps faith with Bethesda's themes, atmosphere, and play style from the other single-player Elder Scrolls games. It's currently only pay-to-buy: there is no requirement for continuous payment. As such, it is definitely worth the pric ...…
 
Jonathan discusses the Nintendo classic Super Mario Brothers 3, a great platformer, and a staple of the industry. It's a 2D sidescroller that still holds up. Available on the Nintendo store for 3DS, Wii, and Wii U.https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/kS7M2dEEey0WWhQzDyKaRVdZRBBAChJLAs of this recording it's not yet available on the Switch. Thi ...…
 
Jonathan and Nick discuss the Double Fine game Massive Chalice, a new spin on tactical, turn-based, fantasy battles, including VERY long-term city planning. As usual, Double Fine does not disappoint. This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm
 
Jonathan discusses Zelda 2: the Adventure of Link, the odd man out in the Legend of Zelda franchise, being an actual platformer. It's simple and compact, but successful and fun. Don't miss it. This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm
 
Nick and Jonathan discuss Motora with Calum from Twisted Bit Games. It's a competitive, worker-placement, resource-management game. Carefully designed and lovingly tested, you can feel the love they put into this game. You can support the kickstarter now:https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1323929220/motora?ref=587141&token=2de574b6 “Motora”ht ...…
 
Jonathan discusses Legacy of Kain: Defiance, the final and best game of the narrative-action series. It brings together all of the previous games, and binds them all together one one fantastic satisfying whole. Get this one from Good-Old-Games (gog.com) and play it. If you love vengeance, action, and puzzles, you'll love this.https://www.gog.co ...…
 
Jonathan and Nick talk with the makers of the Witcher tabletop RPG, Lisa and Cody Pondsmith. Find them at rtalsoriangames.com. This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm
 
Jonathan discusses Blood Omen 2: Legacy of Kain. It has some good story in it, and more glorious Simon Templeman, but is the weakest of the series, in puzzle and in writing. You can find it on Good Old Games gog.com. This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm
 
Jonathan and Nick discuss Scythe, an extremely well-designed, fast-moving, competitive nation-building production/war game. It's very accessible, fast, yet complex. One of the best games I've played. This game is great in person, but feel free to check it out on Steam's TableTop Simulator, though the full digital version is very slick, and take ...…
 
The narrative masterpiece of the Soul Reaver series continues with Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2. This game is where they take all of the narrative elements and spin them into a twisted gold fabric of vengeance and smiting of foes. My favorite game of all time until the next one in this series. Available on gog.com. This podcast is powered by Z ...…
 
Kevin Mooseles returns with Nick and Jonathan as they discuss Dying Light, the first-person melee zombie game and spiritual successor to Dead Island. Kevin's books A new take on Zombies The Illuminatus Trilogy
 
Jonathan discusses the Action Story classic 'Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver'. It brims with attitude, though clearly was made in the PlayStation 1 age. A great story, you can find it on Good Old Games gog.com.
 
Jonathan and Nick discuss Divinity: Original Sin, a turn-based, extra crunchy, story-heavy, combat-heavy RPG.
 
Jonathan discusses the action adventure game Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain. It's an old Playstation game, but overflows with stellar voice acting and compelling story. I recommend it. Contact me if you find it for legitimate sale beyond the original PlayStation disk: all I've been able to find is the videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watc ...…
 
Jonathan and Nick discuss Conan Exiles, a server-based multiplayer online game that's quite good, but with some troubling Atmospheric / Ethos elements. Find our Conan Exiles server by searching for LiterateGamer in the game server list, or 172.107.16.135:29700
 
Jonathan speaks about Double Dragon 2, an old Nintendo classic, and remarkably good beat-em-up with a surprising amount of atmosphere.
 
Jonathan and Nick spoke with the makers of Vampire the Masquerade 5th edition direct from GenCon, Karim Muammar and Jason Carl. https://www.worldofdarkness.com/store/item/59994/Vampire_The_Masquerade_5th_Edition_Corebook. Find out more about The Vampire Sabbat event in Austin from The Dark Archive's interviews in May. Check out the upcoming Aus ...…
 
Jonathan discusses the true advancement of the franchise so far, Mega Man 6. Find it on the Mega Man Legacy Collection This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm
 
Jonathan and Nick discuss the new MMO large beast hunting game 'Dauntless'. At the time of this recording it is still in beta, but it shows significant promise. This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm
 
Jonathan evaluates continued refinement of the Mega Man franchise with the fifth installment, including the expanding role of Protoman. Check out the work of the unofficial Mega Man fan band "The Protomen":The HoundsUnrest in the House of Light This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm
 
Jonathan and Nick discuss Talisman, a classic game of fantasy and competition that's fun and accessible.Available now in reprint at game stores, or on Steam. This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm
 
Jonathan discusses Mega Man 4. The franchise has found its stride, and mega buster! Now available for the Nintendo Switch in the Mega Man Legacy Collection. This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm
 
Jonathan and Nick discuss NorthGard, a real-time-strategy game with a completely different pace and feel. Definitely check it out on Steam. This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm
 
Jonathan examines Mega Man and Mega Man 3, now available for the Nintendo Switch in the Mega Man Legacy Collection. This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm
 
Jonathan and Nick discuss Diablo 3, the Jason Statham of Action RPGs. This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm
 
Jonathan discusses Metal Gear for the original Nintendo, back when it was still a quasi-open-world action game, but still ammo collection and stealth. This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm
 
Jonathan and Nick discuss Zelda: Breath of the Wild, arguably the best Zelda game so far. We're back to open world, action, and the best exploration experience for several years. This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm
 
Jonathan talks about the Nintendo classic 'The Legend of Zelda', source for one of the greatest franchises in video gaming, and one of the original jewels of the medium. Even today this is a fun and wonderful work. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Legend_of_Zelda This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm…
 
Jonathan and Nick discuss Machi Koro, a brilliant board game that's fun and accessible. We recommend the base game and harbor expansion, or alternatively the all-in-one rerelease 'Bright Lights, Big City'. https://www.target.com/p/machi-koro-bright-lights-big-city-board-game/-/A-51093080 This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm…
 
Another platformer classic: Contra! Still available easily on PC via the "Konami Collector's Series: Castlevania & Contra"https://www.amazon.com/Konami-Collectors-Castlevania-Contra-PC/dp/B00006969T The Konami Code:Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start(or select start for 2 player) This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm…
 
Nick and Jonathan Discuss the latest iteration of tabletop roleplaying classic, Dungeons and Dragons: 5th edition. This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm
 
Jonathan talks about Mega Man 2, a benchmark not just for a prolific franchise, but for the entire platforming side-scrolling genre. Jaunty remixes of the amazing music found here This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm
 
Jonathan and Nick discuss a wonderful variety of Couch Co-op games on the Nintendo Switch. Overcooked, Crawl, Moon Hunters, and other gems. This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm
 
Jonathan talks about BattleToads, the hardest game made, a missed opportunity for a wonderful Intellectual Property. This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm
 
This week Nick and Jonathan discuss Monster Hunter World, the latest in a franchise of third-person action dinosaur boss battles (no robot dinosaurs!). This podcast is powered by ZenCast.fm
 
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