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Nerds Without Pants Special: The List 2- Part One

Oops, we did it again...

Welcome to a special edition of Nerds Without Pants! The guys are having to take a break from regular recordings, so we got together a few months ago to do another of these silly list things, because you all seemed to like it the first time around. This time, it's the PlayStation 2! Join us for a walk down memory lane. 

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06/06/2021 at 10:17 AM

You crazy bastards, you actually did it!  Wow, The List 2 - Listxtreme: Part One Rebirth (because this is the Xtreme PS2 era and everything had Xtremely stupid names).

Ugh, I can't hear the words Ape Escape without being a little meloncholy, I really liked the series as a kid and followed news sites for years after it was announced that Million Monkeys was being localized (it eventually faded away without an official cancellation).  I remember really liking 3 but funny enough I never played Primed and Pumped which Million Monkeys was kinda a sequel to (in actuality it's less minigame focused by a lot which was what Primed and Pumped was like all of.  I want to say that's why I skipped it but at the time I kinda doubt it, I just wasn't aware of its existance).  It's also doubly sad now that Japan Studios is no more!

So many games already I was like, "I've played that!  Oh, wait, no, that was the GBA version."  I forgot the GBA got so many "ports" of games.  I'm fairly certain that included Barbie Horse Adventure, a game I downloaded for a laugh and can remember nothing of so I'm sure it was worth it.

The Ace Combat series (at least the early ones) and Cookies and Cream are some of the last old From Soft games I've wanted to play but never have (aka, the last of the good ones, Otogi is on that list since I only briefly had an XBOX).  On top of that, I forgot Baroque was on the PS2, while I've never played it it's this super ambitious but janky as all get out roguelike that's ambitious, horrible, and weirdly deep in a way only Japanese games tend to be all at once.  The Wikipedia article for it is sure something.  Here's a quote out of context (in context it's no better): "Sometimes as descriptions, Yonemitsu would send Iwata a short poem, but even then it was difficult for Iwata to create satisfactory [music] tracks."  You don't say.  I remember when the Wii came out with a remake of it although iirc there's debate about which is the version worth playing!

Julian Titus Senior Editor

06/06/2021 at 03:30 PM

I haven't looked, but I wouldn't be surprised if Baroque is one of those super expensive PS2 games. There were definitely some games we read out that I wish I had bought or at lease played. 

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