Random Encounters, Ep. 64: ‘Persona 5’, ‘The Walking Dead’ and How to Re-Invent a Franchise

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This week on Random Encounters, we’re starting things off with a bit more Persona 5, before moving onto PaRappa the Rapper. How come it’s so easy to screw up a remaster exactly? We go off on a tangent (among tangents) discussing some screwed up HD remasters.

Next we move onto The Walking Dead: A New Frontier. More zombie-killing action, same grueling life choices. Don’t worry, no spoilers.

On the plate next is Tearaway Unfolded. Looking at one of last month’s free PS Plus games makes it readily apparent how hard it can be to translate a portable game to a console. On that topic, we look over some examples of this problem before moving on to our main topic.

Topic, you say? Indeed. This week we’re looking into another talking point, and asking what it takes to re-invent a franchise. How long can you run a series on status quo before you need a major shift? And how do you fix a stagnating series? We talk at length on the idea.

Music/Media:

Metal Gear Solid Alert Sound-Konami
Final Fantasy VII Victory Fanfare-Square Enix
Bathroom Rap-PaRappa the Rapper
Leprechaun Rap-Leprechaun in the Hood
Pterodactyl Trailer

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Mike Worby is a human who spends way too much of his free time playing, writing and podcasting about games. Through some miracle he’s still able to function in society as if he were a regular person, and if there’s hope for him, there’s hope for everyone. He’s the managing Games editor for Goomba Stomp, creator of the weekly Buffyversed column, and can be found bi-weekly on the Random Encounters podcast.