Watch Out for Fireballs!

A retro and non-current games podcast

About the show

Watch Out for Fireballs! is a game club podcast, focused on retro and non-current games. Every week, we play a game in its entirety, then discuss its merits and flaws at length. Most episodes begin with a short sketch, and we're pretty liberal about keeping tangents in. But it ultimately comes down to: Why do we like (or dislike?) this game.

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • 378: Torment: Tides of Numenera Part One

    Episode  |  December 1st, 2022  |  3 hrs 22 mins

    What is the value of one game?

    There are big shoes to fill and then there are comically huge shoes that can be made into houses for little old ladies. That was the job of Tides of Numenera, an excellent short story compilation that fails to capture the emotional resonance of it's predecessor. Here us talk about the generalities and Sagus Cliffs in this episode before hitting the end game next week!

  • WOFF! Dispatch: Oops! All Questions 2

    Episode  |  November 24th, 2022  |  1 hr 55 mins
  • Half Life Alyx (Preview)

    Episode  |  November 17th, 2022  |  59 mins 11 secs

    The Watch Out For Fireballs has been silent on the topic of The Half Life for a while now but it's time to wake up and smell the ashes! (I know this is mixing vortigaunt and g-man speak, and I don't care!)

    Half Life Alyx is our first major foray into VR and not likely to be our last. Alyx is a great game for this because it's dedicated to being a full franchise entry, a return to form, with few compromises. Though it's a little long and your experience will likely vary (that's the nature of VR), this game is a breath of fresh air.

    Thank you Elliot!

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  • 376: SUPERHOT

    Episode  |  November 10th, 2022  |  1 hr 34 mins
  • 375: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

    Episode  |  November 3rd, 2022  |  3 hrs 41 mins

    When they say nobody asked for this, that's Gary Butterfield erasure. I asked for this. I exist!

    I mean, sure, Adam Jensen is a pretty tough pill to swallow. He shaves his beard in an extremely obnoxious way. Further, this is clearly the middle chapter of a prequel trilogy, which might be the most direct recipe for an unimportant narrative. However....however....

    All of the above, plus a regrettable marketing campaign, basically eclipsed the entire conversation about this immersive sim that plays incredibly well. This number is worth your time for level design alone. Hear us talk about why.

  • Dispatch: Steam Deck

    Episode  |  October 27th, 2022  |  2 hrs 16 mins
  • WOFF 374 Preview: The Evil Within 2

    Episode  |  October 20th, 2022  |  50 mins 43 secs

    Warning: Fluid chat!

    It's sort of like limbo, in that you're seeing how low you can go but instead seeing how divorced a grizzled dadtagonist can get.

    This is a good ass game despite a nonsense story. The biggest issue is it throws away it's biggest strength half way through, pulling you out of the genuinely innovative semi open world stealth and into a series of MindRealms(tm). Still, the play is the thing, and the play is good.

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  • 373: Strangeland

    Episode  |  October 13th, 2022  |  2 hrs 14 mins
  • 372: Devotion

    Episode  |  October 6th, 2022  |  2 hrs 47 mins

    (Cryptkeeper Voice)

    Spooky month begins with the ultimate heebie jeebie, a real Boo-riffic blunder! So buckle up boils and ghouls and non die-scary siblings alike.

    Play Devotion before listening to this macabre tale of goof'em ups. Seriously, it's one of the best games we've done for the show and it's only 3 hours long. It's Silent Hill 2 tier.

    Until next grime, fiends! BWahahahahahaha

  • WOFF Dispatch: Kids' Media

    Episode  |  September 29th, 2022  |  2 hrs 47 mins
  • WOFF 371 Preview: Carrion

    Episode  |  September 22nd, 2022  |  50 mins 27 secs

    How far can an excellent premise carry a game? Looks like it's more than 2 hours but less than 5. Carrion has an unbeatable premise, a hall of fame premise, and aesthetics to back it up. Why on earth is it not more fun to play? Listen and find out!

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  • 370: Metal Gear Solid V (Part 2)

    Episode  |  September 15th, 2022  |  3 hrs 9 mins