Podcast: What are the best monsters?

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They lurk, they creep, they skulk and weep. Monsters in videogames can be as simple as a big spiky cyclops ball, or as unsettling as a sobbing woman in a rainy alleyway. This week on the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, the team is talking about their favourites, from flaming skulls to digitally possessed diving suits, and the clever ways in which game monsters inspire heebies, jeebies, creeps and sometimes even willies.

Opinions are divided on what wins the monster medal though. Alice reckons you can’t beat a good skeleton. The ones in Dark Souls just gather their bones together again and come back to life. Katharine explains how to defeat the demon plaguing the villagers of Okami (you get all of its eight heads drunk). And Adam ponders the gameiness of certain movie monsters like the antagonistic sex curse of It Follows.

But we’ve also been playing things without mons– oh no wait, there’s monsters here too. Slay the Spire gets even more praise as Alice’s acrobatic stabber takes on the surreal shapebeasts of the Spire. Adam has been tracking a classic gigantospider in an early version of Hunt: Showdown. And Katharine has been acting the most monstrously of the gang, playing games on a Nintendo. Dis-grace-ful.

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You can also get the RSS feed here or find it on iTunes, Stitcher or Pocket Casts. The music has been broken down and remade from the same bits by Jack de Quidt.

Want to write in with questions or suggest a theme for a future episode? Now you can, to podcast@rockpapershotgun.com.

Links:

The RPS verdict on DOOM

Final Fantasy’s bomb

Our official policy as regards to skeletons

Dark Souls has some good skeletons

Look, these ones are wheels

Okami review

How do you get THIS THING drunk?

Murlocs are adorable

Have you played… Left 4 Dead 2?

Neon Maniacs is a b-movie about killing things with water and such

Have you played… Soma?

It Follows is a movie about a sexually transmitted curse

Slay the Spire has some mad possibilities

Hunt: Showdown is about monsters also

Final Fantasy Explorers was a bad go at Monster Hunter

Anatomy by Kitty Horrorshow on Itch.io

Depths of Fear review

The Deadly Tower of Monsters

19 Comments

  1. Chaoslord AJ says:

    DS gaping dragon is great also the undead dragon design. They are as pitifully wretched as threatening.

    • MooseMuffin says:

      The gaping dragon’s design and intro are pretty cool, but it loses quite a few points for basically being harmless. It just does a very slow head-smash, and then slowly walks forward.

  2. BillyBumbler says:

    The Monster Hunter franchise has some great “monster” designs and challenging AI to match. I’m still a huge fan of the creatures from Demons Souls and Bloodborne.

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    magnificent octopus says:

    The godbeast in Gorogoa is probably the most beautiful monster I’ve ever seen.

    And I feel like the invisible monsters in Duskers deserve a mention. For monsters I never saw or interacted with directly, they were incredibly scary.

  4. Horg says:

    There is only one best monster:

    ”You still don’t understand what you’re dealing with, do you? The perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.”

    That it is so recognisalbe from this quote alone is all the qualification it needs.

  5. zenorogue says:

    My favorite monster is the Rosebush from Alphaman. “The rosebush smells nicely” forcing you to move in its direction. If you are too close, you will go right into its thorns. The Rose Garden in my HyperRogue has been inspired by this.

  6. shrieki says:

    those creepy dwarfs in shadow of Chernobyl – and the snorklers….
    head-crabs in half life…
    chaurus in skyrim…

    but for me best atm are the cannibals in the forest- those are scary af

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    zigguratvertigo says:

    The monsters in Devil Daggers are certainly memorable. And that game will never take as long as 20 minutes.

  8. Turkey says:

    The scariest monsters are the manallalongs. It’s no wonder they’ve been used in so many videogames.

  9. fish99 says:

    Bloodborne has some very gross and freaky monsters.

  10. Vodka, Crisps, Plutonium says:

    Funny that Gaping Dragon’s mug was chosen for the article headline, since the screenshots of this magnificently horrible beast were responsible for my coming back to Dark Souls months later after bouncing off it hard just a few minutes later of trying make sense of what I’m exactly doing here.
    I think, best monsters are like anything best else in this world – has to be unique, make sense and make us feel like there’s a grander story behind its looks right after a first glance at it.

  11. buzzmong says:

    The answer is people, innit?

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