When it comes to the YouTube video game reviewers, I prefer the ones who have only a few hundred or thousands subscribers as oppose to the millions and billions. While I do enjoy The Video Game Nerd, PeanutButterGamer, JonTron, and The Completionist, I would prefer watching Little Miss Gamer, GeminiLaser, or The Happy Video Game Nerd since they would talk about more obscure games with a calm, humorous, and charming way. But there was one YouTuber that would delve into not only obscure games, but discuss in detail about video game genres and give more attention to platformers in a time when there were few and far between due to the overabundance of first person shooters. His name is Keith Allen Weber, but you may know him as Gexup from It’s Tail Time.
As some of you know, 2 years ago he announced that he was leaving It’s Tail Time and quitting doing reviews due to concentrating on school. But recently, he appeared on an episode of It’s Tail Time Podcast with litestudios announcing that he was coming back! Â He will be doing new reviews and rebranding his podcast The Boochow Radio Podcast. So, in honor of his return, I looked back on his videos and I’m going to list my top 10 favorite Gexup episodes.
10. Gexup’sÂ Gaming in the 90’s
9. Blankets Review
8. Video Game Genres: 3D Platformers/MetroidVania
7. Top 20 3D Platformers
3D Platformers are Gexup’s favorite video game genre. So, he decides to list his top 20 favorites of all time. According to his top 10 favorite moments of 2010, this 3D platformers list was on it and talks about how passionate he was about it even doing the countdown. There are some obvious choices, but there are some that are less known. It’s a great countdown, especially if you’re a fan of 3D platformers, but this isn’t my favorite top 10 list from Gexup. We’ll talk about it later.
6. The Secret of Monkey Island reviews with The Hande.
Gexup and YouTube video game reviewer Zookstar1000 do a retrospective on the stealth 3D platformer series Sly Cooper discussing from Thievius Raccoonius to Honor Among Thieves. Even thought these videos came out before The Secret of Monkey Island reviews, these areÂ definitely more informative and polished with discussing about the setting, the plot, characters, and gameplay. Originally, Gexup was going to collaborate with his best friend and partner Amuia, but due to his busy schedule he was unable to do it. Zookstar1000 did an amazing job collaborating with Gexup having a good chemistry together. As some of you know, I’m a huge Sly Cooper fan dedicating two episodes of Casual Chats alongside with Manic Expresssion Brekclub85. For any fan of Sly Cooper, check it out. It’s very well done.
4. Platinum Platformer Awards 2010/2011
During a time when 3D platformers were slowly starting to become more popular, Gexup decides to do a special awards show choosing on what 3D platformer he felt was the best. However, unlike something like The Spike TV Game Awards in which they chose a game and didn’t discuss about it, he made it into a versus series and eliminated the loser of the each round until he chose a winner. What makes me laugh when watching it was when Gexup eliminated Super Meat Boy about how it wasn’t going to be influential compared to the other games that were on the list. Oh Gexup, if only you would known on how Super Meat BoyÂ became the starting point of the boom of indie games with others to come from Shovel Knight to Axiom Verge. With Gexup returning to doing reviews, I want him to bring back Platinum Platformers. Maybe he’ll do a quick recap on the games from 2012-2014 and do a full awards show for 2015. That would be great to see.
3. Top 10 Hardest Missions of Jak II
2. The Oddworld Quintology reviews
While 3D platformers is Gexup’s favorite video game genre, cinematic platformers are his favorite underrated video game genre. He has dedicated numerous videos on cinematic platformers such as Video Game Genres, an Eric Chahi tribute reviewing Out of this World and Heart of Darkness, and his top 10 cinematic platformers. But my favorite videos on this subject that Gexup did was the Oddworld Quintology reviewing the 4 games from the Oddworld series. At the time, most video game reviewers pretty much forgot about the game series and it faded into obscurity. That is until Gexup gave in depth reviews on the games. Today, the games are gaining a larger fanbase due to being released on the PlayStation 3 and Steam as well as the newest remake Oddworld: New n’ Tasty. While most people associate a video game reviewer who reviewed the Oddworld series with a YouTube video game reviewer named Caddicarus, Gexup did it 4 years before him.
1. Naughty Dog vs. Insomniac Games
Even still to this day, Gexup considers this versus series to be his “priceless baby” and one of his proudest moments. I can see why. Taking two of his favorite video game companies who do somewhat similar games and seeing which one was superior was not an easy task. But he dedicated over 10 rounds on each game and decided who was the winner. While it become a bit controversial when he said who won overall, he gave a fair explanation on why he chose each game and why he chose who won in the final round. There were so many memorable and funny moments in these videos that I can’t list them all here. But watch them and see for yourself. It would be nice to see this list updated with other games such as the other Ratchet and Clank games, Resistance 3, Uncharted 3, The Last of Us, and later on Uncharted 4. Only time will tell.
Those are my top 10 Gexup episodes. What are your favorite episodes from Gexup? Let me know in the comments below. If you haven’t yet, check out my interview with Gexup which, at the time, was the last interview he participated in. It’s still pretty fun to listen to.
That’s all for now. Hope to see you around Old School Lane soon. Thanks for reading.