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Every two weeks, Jens Dietrich and Randy Isbelle get together and discuss a video game that they are both playing. Think of it as a book club for video games. The two break down the game in every aspect, from gameplay to story, side characters to bosses, music to the atmosphere, and more.... Show More

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February 26, 2021 81 min
Previously on Chapter Select, Jens challenged Randy to complete Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order on Jedi Master difficulty within a fortnight. That time is now up for our intrepid hero. Will Randy emerge from his ordeal with his head held high and an appetite for more? You’ll have to listen to find out.

In the episode’s B plot, Jens harbors the delusion that the show’s newfound sponsors imbue it with legitimacy, causing him to go overbo...
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Randy and Jens continue down the dark path of Resident Evil movies with Resident Evil: Retribution. Alice continues to battle Umbrella while the guys continue to battle to understand how any of the movies make any sense. Jens gets upset at the continued retconning going on by Paul W.S. Anderson while Randy loses all sense of hope as a veritable who's who of characters from the games get shoehorned into the terrible movie. With ...
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In picking Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Jens hoped that Randy would take his first step into a larger world: the world of Soulslikes. Will Randy internalize the lesson to do or do not, there is no try? Will Jens spend the bulk of the podcast comparing Fallen Order to other games? And what’s the deal with Cere Junda? Listen to perhaps find out.
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Resident Evil: Afterlife marks Paul W.S. Anderson’s glorious return to the director’s chair, stuffing the series’ first 3D installment to the brim with gimmicky nonsense. Randy and Jens discuss.
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January 29, 2021 45 min
Randy and Jens embark on a pacificatory journey through the indie darling Undertale. Along the way, both find a lot to like, but also totally different things to dislike.
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Paul W.S. Anderson relinquishes his directing duties once again, but this time to actual real director Russell Mulcahey (Highlander, Highlander II: The Quickening, The Shadow). The result is a weird outlier for the series that features some of its most competently assembled set pieces. Unfortunately, it is still written by Anderson, who contradicts himself and barely moves the overarching plot forward. Randy and Jens discuss.
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January 14, 2021 71 min
Randy is so happy that we are at the end of Cyberpunk 2077, but what did Jens think of the ending to Night City?
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The guys follow the T-Virus into Raccoon City. The second video game took big steps forward for the franchise. Did the second movie do the same or did it take a Nemesis-sized dump? Find out what Jens and Randy think when they review Resident Evil: Apocalypse.
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December 25, 2020 59 min
It's the most contentious episode of Chapter Select yet, as Jens turns into a full-blown CDProjektRed apologist in the face of Randy's vexations with Cyberpunk 2077. Most of the episode consists of general gameplay impressions, bug nitpicking, and Sunday Morning Quarterbacking the development decisions. When the guys finally get to the plot, they end up covering Act One and its early aftermath in Act Two.
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December 18, 2020 37 min
This week Jens and Randy go down a Tyrant-sized rabbit hole as they start their journey through the entire Resident Evil movie franchise. Randy believed the first movie was the only "Ok" one in the series, but after revisiting The Hive does he still feel that way?
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December 11, 2020 72 min
Astounding plot revelations abound in the second half of Binary Domain, raising fascinating questions about transhumanism and what makes a robot a robot. In the course of their discussion, Jens makes an impassioned case to Randy for Binary Domain being counted among similar great works of science fiction such as Blade Runner and Ghost in the Shell. Caveat: in the process Jens ends up SPOILING Blade Runner 2049 so if, like Randy, yo...
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December 4, 2020 31 min
Randy and Jens check out the anime adaptation of Animal Crossing by Jōji Shimura, the director of Tamagotchi: The Movie (stay tuned for that one at some point in the future of this show). While they agree a valiant effort was made to adapt the game’s story, and to include as much fan-service and as many recognizable characters as possible, a spirited argument arises around the big questions “Who is it for?” and “Does it work as a m...
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November 27, 2020 39 min
Armed with a laundry list of complaints, Randy confronts Jens about his pick for this week’s assignment: the cult-classic sci-fi 3rd person shooter Binary Domain from Toshihiro Nagoshi and the Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio. While empathetic to Randy’s less than ideal experience on PC, Jens nonetheless makes an impassioned case defending a favorite underdog of a game.
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November 20, 2020 33 min
Randy has never played a single Wing Commander game. Jens has been a die-hard fan of the series since the ‘90s. Together, they complain about its 1999 film adaptation by none other than series creator Chris Roberts himself.
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November 13, 2020 32 min
Despite various setbacks, Randy and Jens finish The Evil Within and try to make sense of its story. Whether or not they succeed in the latter is for you to judge. They also talk about their favorite bosses, how the game lived up to their expectations, and if it whets their appetites for the sequel. They also talk about some other games they’ve been playing, such as Dragon: Marked for Death and Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time...
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November 6, 2020 43 min
After 2007’s Like a Dragon, one may understandably be skeptical about Takashi Miike adapting yet another story-heavy classic game. However, in the case of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Miike decides to stick lovingly to the source material, much to Randy and Jens’s surprise and delight. Listen to them expound on the finer points of what will be a difficult yardstick to beat for future contenders to the video game movie throne.
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October 30, 2020 48 min
Despite their promises to the contrary, Randy and Jens only manage to play chapters 7-10 for this episode. The longer The Evil Within goes on, the more Randy appreciates its level and boss design. Meanwhile, Jens gets increasingly frustrated with every setback.
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October 23, 2020 38 min
When it was first announced, Justin Kurzel’s ambitious $130 million adaptation of Assassin’s Creed seemed like it might break the mold for video game movies. Kurzel’s previous film MacBeth earned him considerable prestige, and practically the entire creative team and half that film’s cast came along to Assassin’s Creed as well. Why then is Assassin’s Creed one of the most disappointing video game movies we’ve ever seen? Randy and J...
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October 16, 2020 55 min
After having successfully leveraged the Halloween season to subject Jens to The Evil Within, Randy begins to have doubts about the game he chose, lamenting its sub-par technical performance and frustrating encounter design. Meanwhile, Jens tries to make sense of its so far challenging story. It’s not all bad though, as Jens and Randy have also played 13 Sentinels, Crash Bandicoot 4, and Star Wars: Squadrons on the side.
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October 8, 2020 57 min
In this premier installment of Chapter Select At the Movies, Randy and Jens discuss Takashi Miike’s 2007 adaptation of Ryū ga Gotoku: Gekijô-ban (aka "Like a Dragon" or "Yakuza" in the West). Jens wonders who this helter-skelter version of a once great story could possibly be for, while Randy enjoys himself despite the confusion.
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