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PlayStation finally shows up with a showcase and it’s worth the wait. Wolverine and Spider-man overshadow their fellow Guardians, KOTOR is remade, and Kratos is revealed running on the PS5. With fan favorite Alan Wake coming back into the light, and No Man’s Sky earning a “mostly positive” rank on Steam, it’s a week for big franchise wins. 00:01:06…
 
We examine the PlayStation 5 from multiple angles - its new subtly advanced model, recently announced 2021 Showcase, and cloudy PS4 upgrade path for Horizon Forbidden West. Also, Dead Space looks early which is cool, and is Nagoshi leaving Sega? 00:01:20 - Corrections 00:03:43 - Starring Role 00:06:27 - Dead Space early look 00:22:55 - The New Play…
 
Gamescom is live and the announcements are many. Opening Night Live drops some new IPs and revives old franchises while Halo Infinite and Xbox showcase a little less than anticipated. 00:01:19 - Corrections 00:03:45 - Starring Role 00:06:46 - Gamescom Opening Night Live 00:12:10 - Saints Row 00:17:05 - Marvel Midnight Suns 00:21:45 - DokeV 00:24:31…
 
This week we sail on a sea of updates and announcements. Vanguard tests the stability of the CoD franchise, Quake looks better than ever, Pokemon presents a bunch of new stuff, and Grimoire of Souls is seemingly back from the dead. 00:01:24 - Corrections 00:02:19 - Call of Duty: Vanguard 00:12:14 - QuakeCon 2021 00:18:38 - Pokemon Presents 00:36:14…
 
It’s a celebration of indies! ID@Xbox and Nintendo game-pass and shadow-drop some exciting titles while the Amiga gets its own mini-console and Twitch tries a dash of unexpected transparency. 00:01:17 - Corrections 00:02:24 - ID@Xbox Indie Showcase 00:23:55 - Nintendo Indie Direct 00:44:46 - A Word From Our Sponsors 00:46:35 - Twitch Transparency 0…
 
Team ASOBI teases their biggest game ever, and Zool Redimensioned kicks off a team of new developers. After PS5 and Xbox numbers drops, Nintendo touts one million-selling game after another, while Blizzard and Fullbright face the oncoming wave of industry change. 00:00:45 - Corrections 00:01:42 - Team ASOBI’s Next Game 00:11:17 - Zool Redimensioned…
 
Following a heavy news week, we kick back with some casual speculation and anticipation. Annapurna shows off their first showcase, Splitgate hits max capacity, the Pokemon live-action universe continues, and That’s No Moon hypes up a new hope for AAA development. 00:00:59 - Corrections 00:06:02 - Annapurna Showcase 00:23:13 - Next-Gen Sales Updates…
 
Bloodworth moderates a mixed week of gaming news. EA has one of their best showcases in years, but working at Activision/Blizzard sounds worse than ever, and Ubisoft can’t stop announcing shooters or developing Skull & Bones. 00:01:31 - EA Play 00:10:29 - Dead Space Remake 00:16:09 - Battlefield Portal 00:24:36 - Other EA Play games 00:29:43 - Cali…
 
Valve finally revealed their handheld, the Steam Deck. As we try to drop five bucks on one, Takuya Kimura’s agency might cancel the next Judgment, Netflix might start making games next year, and classic games might start selling for over a million dollars. 00:01:25 - Corrections 00:03:35 - Steam Deck 00:26:12 - Takuya Kimura and Judgment 00:35:44 -…
 
This week we got a very Nintendo announcement for the Switch, and a very Ubisoft announcement for Assassin’s Creed. This might not be what we want, but at least we’re getting a new RoboCop game in 2 years, and a bunch of fun third party stuff headed to PS5. 00:00:58 - Corrections 00:03:03 - Deathloop State of Play 00:21:05 - Assassin’s Creed Infini…
 
In a super-sized, 2-plus-hour episode we look ahead to the rest of the summer. Our quarterly multi-game preview picks the hottest and coldest releases from July, August, and September 2021. 00:00:41 - Corrections 00:02:55 - Q3 Preview July 00:32:46 - Q3 Preview August 01:08:51 - A Word From Our Sponsor 01:10:42 - Q3 Preview September 01:43:51 - Als…
 
Now that the E3 news train has left the station, we dive into some truly strange headlines. Blue Box continues to deny the Kojima rumors, Harada kind of admits Tekken X Street Fighter is canceled, and Facebook wants to get you closer to their ads than ever before. 00:00:40 - Corrections 00:01:50 - Blue Box and Hideo Kojima 00:16:07 - Tekken X Stree…
 
This year’s digital E3 has come and gone, and there was no way to watch absolutely everything from the show. We search our heads and hearts for hype levels surrounding Nintendo, Xbox, Ubisoft, Square Enix, Capcom, and Devolver, along with the PC Gaming Show and Wholesome Direct. 00:00:50 - Corrections 00:02:44 - E3 ‘21 Impressions 00:13:13 - E3 ‘21…
 
Elden Ring is real, and E3 is just kickin’ off. The opening to the Summer Game Fest, including Day of the Devs, gives us plenty of announcements to review, not to mention Battlefield 2042. 00:00:51 - Corrections 00:02:24 - Elden Ring gameplay reveal 00:15:34 - SGF Kick-Off announcements 00:33:54 - SGF Kick-Off updates 00:54:11 - A Word From Our Spo…
 
E3 is upon us! Whatever form this year’s show will take, Ubisoft, Microsoft, Square Enix, Nintendo, and many more are getting ready to make big news. We handle our expectations with care while going down the event list, day by day, unlikely announcement by unlikely announcement. 00:01:18 - Corrections 00:03:25 - Silver Lining 00:04:38 - Ubisoft at …
 
Four big, eagerly-anticipated, pre-E3 game updates lead us right into recording, including Dragon Quest, Horizon Forbidden West, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Dying Light 2. As we rank their significance, two heavy handheld rumors tease exciting announcements later this year. 00:01:28 - Corrections 00:03:28 - Silver Lining 00:05:46 - Dragon Quest 35th An…
 
As usual, Geoff Keighley plans to kick off “E3” this year, but what should we expect? We brace for another weird summer as Timesplitters re-appears, WB Games gets broken up, more publishers submit financial reports, and Apple v Epic makes us chuckle some more. 00:00:41 - Corrections 00:03:23 - Silver Lining 00:04:16 - Timesplitters studio formed 00…
 
With updates on the next Vive and PSVR, we start with a look at upcoming VR tech. Then it’s earnings time has several publishers end their fiscal years, the Video Game Hall of Fame inducts 4 more titles, and the silliness of Epic v Apple continues. 00:01:01 - Corrections 00:05:13 - Silver Lining 00:06:51 - PlayStation 5 VR update 00:20:18 - Ubisoft…
 
While we’re unqualified to examine the court case between Epic and Apple, the documents released from it are fun to peek at. We chuckle at financial reports and private emails while pondering a return to Sunset Overdrive, Game Builder Garage’s surprise announcement, the best-selling Star Wars games ever, and our favorite moments from Giant Bomb. 00…
 
Ratchet once again shows off the power of the PS5. As we marvel at the details, Marvel might be working with Netherrealm on a new fighter, a lost Castlevania demo returns from the dead, and Riot enforces their Jibber Jabber policy in potentially disappointing ways. 00:00:55 - Corrections 00:03:48 - Silver Lining 00:04:44 - Ratchet & Clank State of …
 
Sony goes for the rare gaming-news hat-trick by keeping the PS3 and Vita stores open after a rumor and announcement rile up their fans. Also, Blizzard loses Jeff Kaplan, and Amazon loses their LOTR MMO, but Oculus gains a Showcase. 00:00:47 - Corrections 00:02:50 - Silver Lining 00:04:24 - Jeff Kaplan leaves Blizzard 00:15:47 - Sony keeping PS3 and…
 
Tarts and Strudels go head to head in a bloodbath of gaming hype-checks as we look at the next 3 months of big releases. Also, Resident Evil announced even more projects, and Sony might want to remake The Last of Us already. 00:00:47 - Corrections 00:02:12 - Silver Lining 00:03:38 - Resident Evil Showcase 00:24:34 - Q2 2021 Preview - April 00:38:36…
 
There is lots of good news to celebrate this week. Pac-Man fans battle for free, E3 begins the road back to relevance, MLB The Show comes to Xbox, and Kojima gets “Abandoned.” 00:00:58 - Corrections 00:05:21 - Silver Lining 00:06:30 - Pac-Man 99 Announced 00:18:37 - E3 is back 00:39:39 - MLB The Show on Game Pass 00:47:26 - A Word From Our Sponsors…
 
Sony’s actually going to shut down the PS3, PSP, and Vita stores, which wasn’t confirmed until this week. As we all weighed what to hurriedly buy and download, Platinum announced a shmup, the Ever Given mystifies our panelists, and two PGA Tour franchises face off on the green. 00:01:19 - Corrections 00:03:05 - Silver Lining 00:05:56 - Sony’s actua…
 
Spring has sprung for the Future Games Show while Amazon takes another crack at creating a new IP and Australia panics over Disco Elysium. Then it’s a round of pure speculation as rumors circle about Microsoft buying Discord and Sony shutting down old-gen marketplaces. 00:00:39 - Corrections 00:02:07 - Silver Lining 00:04:09 - Future Games Show Spr…
 
Sony made big moves this week, acquiring Evo and partnering with Jade Raymond to create Haven Studios. We try to foresee the outcome of these investments, while getting excited about Forspoken and the next chapter of Life is Strange. 00:01:08 - Corrections 00:02:40 - Silver Lining 00:03:41 - Sony buys Evo 00:17:53 - Life is Strange: True Colors 00:…
 
Microsoft now officially owns Bethesda and, following recent statements from Phil Spencer, we speculate what franchises will be exclusive to Xbox forever. Also, Paragon gets a second life as Predecessor, Valve halts development on Artifact, and the Ninja Turtles are back for another brawl. 00:00:52 - Corrections 00:04:03 - Silver Lining 00:06:03 - …
 
As the week ends we’re now anticipating open-world Pokémon adventures and co-op Aliens shooters we didn’t even know existed. We’ll be enjoying these later this year while we lament the “reorganization” of Japan Studio and our lack of Hololens 2 headsets powered by Microsoft Mesh. 00:00:44 - Corrections 00:02:48 - Silver Lining 00:05:12 - Aliens: Fi…
 
It was a big week for Final Fantasy VII and Diablo fans, with remake updates and mobile spin-offs celebrating the best of each beloved series. Also, Sony is hard at work developing the next-generation of PlayStation VR, and BioWare gets a break from fixing Anthem. 00:00:44 - Corrections 00:01:53 - Silver Lining 00:04:06 - PlayStation State of Play …
 
This week our expectations were put to the test. How much can Nintendo fit into a 50 minute Direct? How should we feel about our first look at the new Mortal Kombat movie? And is someone, anyone, getting ready to announce a new Silent Hill game? 00:00:40 - Corrections 00:03:40 - Silver Lining 00:05:37 - Splatoon 3 00:12:39 - Project Triangle Strate…
 
Final Fantasy XIV blasts off for the moon with Endwalker, and WBIE’s new patent all but guarantees a return trip to Monolith’s Mordor. What’s less certain is when we’ll get to play the Sands of Time Remake and when the creator of Terraria will get his Google account back. 00:00:51 - Corrections 00:02:15 - Silver Lining 00:03:23 - FF XIV Endwalker R…
 
We relish in the opportunity to chuckle at Google and Amazon’s development efforts after Schreier eviscerates Amazon and Google stops making games. At the same time it’s nothing but good news for multiple Warhammer franchises, Gearbox Entertainment, and the Mass Effect trilogy. 00:00:44 - Corrections 00:02:18 - Silver Lining 00:03:36 - Total War: W…
 
GameStop shares and Xbox Live prices are going up. Or are they going down? We search for answers while lamenting Vicarious Visions getting absorbed by Blizzard, catching up on the Borderlands movie cast, and pondering Gabe Newell’s battle for your brain. 00:01:03 - Corrections 00:03:39 - Silver Lining 00:07:36 - GameStop Stock Squeeze 00:25:36 - Xb…
 
Resident Evil gives us chills by how creepy Village feels and how weird Re:Verse looks in their recent Showcase. After replaying the Maiden demo a few times, we discuss Capcom’s plans for a successful 2021, the EU’s fines for companies that geo-block, and the big gaming investments of 2020. 00:01:02 - Corrections 00:03:46 - Silver Lining 00:06:07 -…
 
Lucasfilm re-invests in games so we share our excitement as Indiana Jones rides again and Ubisoft opens up the galaxy far, far away. Also worth speculating: new trademarks made by Square Enix, a very quick end-screen of upcoming Sony exclusive release dates, and some games you might not have heard of among Twitter’s biggest stats of 2020. 00:00:39 …
 
It’s time to look ahead at the next three months of releases using a time-honored tradition of ridiculous breakfast food comparisons; a Q1 2021 preview with sprinkles and spreadable frosting. Also, Amazon reveals its list of the top 100 best-selling products from last year and we try to find something on it to analyze that isn't a gift card or a ga…
 
This has been a strange and sometimes uncomfortable year to sort through, but before we tackle another 12 months we need to sort through the biggest headlines and most interesting stats of 2020. Also, Tencent picks up another handful of studio stocks and Star Citizen delays something yet again. 00:00:58 - Corrections 00:03:17 - Silver Lining 00:04:…
 
What games got banned in Australia? What games have the best nightlife? What’s the best game we’ve never played? What the heck does “Best Direction” mean? The answers to these and many more burning questions are answered in this special Love & Respect episode. 00:01:31 - Silver Lining 00:03:12 - L&R - What came first in 2020? 00:07:02 - L&R - Favor…
 
November’s NPDs give us a clearer picture of what everyone wanted and was able to buy when next-gen launched, before we also dig into reports of EA outbidding Take Two for Codemasters and evaluate the big 3’s big ideas on “Safer Gaming.” But the real breaking news is Cyberpunk’s continued launch woes, including a hot headline hitting while the podc…
 
The Game Awards changes its format but still delivers plenty of surprising announcements and winners. We rattle off our favorite moments from the annual ceremony and share the early bugs, memories, records, and scandals of Cyberpunk 2077’s launch. 00:00:49 - Corrections 00:02:11 - Silver Lining 00:03:24 - Game Awards Top Headlines 00:41:55 - Game A…
 
BioWare says goodbye to a pair of creative leads and faces an uncertain future, and 2020’s Black Friday weekend isn’t as lucrative as expected. Still, things are looking bright for Travis Scott’s bank account, Super Nintendo World’s impending launch, and Aardman Animations’ newest IP. 00:00:38 - Corrections 00:02:12 - Silver Lining 00:03:42 - Casey…
 
Random glitches with our fancy new consoles continue including PS5 crashes and Xbox loading issues. While we wait for a fix, it’s therapeutic to celebrate a new sequel announcement, discuss the current state of gaming mental health, and share what we’re thankful for from this tumultuous year. 00:00:40 - Corrections 00:02:10 - Silver Lining 00:03:17…
 
The Game Awards have been announced, so we have to discuss the inevitable shoe-ins and snubs. Also, IOI and 007 join forces, initial next-gen sales numbers come out of Japan, Twitch has a record October, and Embracer Group can’t stop buying companies. 00:00:35 - Corrections 00:04:38 - Silver Lining 00:05:30 - The Game Awards nominees announced 00:3…
 
Whether you bought them and they actually shipped or not, the launch of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S means the next-generation is now the current generation. We follow the updates and odd reports surrounding both consoles before guessing Q4’s total revenue and predicting Square Enix’s future based on their recent financial ups and downs. 0…
 
Only one week remains until the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S are upon us, so it’s time to grade the marketing, hardware, and games of both consoles. What wins and losses led us to where we are, and what expectations should we have for launch week? 00:00:59 - Corrections 00:02:31 - Silver Lining 00:03:43 - Xbox Series X Next-Gen Report Card 00:…
 
We finally got to touch the PS5 and Xbox Series X with our bare hands, so how do we feel about next-gen now? We also cope with perhaps the nastiest Cyberpunk 2077 delay yet, contrast Sony’s latest quarter financials with its personal next-predictions, and say goodbye to the Nintendo Partner Showcase series of 2020. 00:00:38 - Corrections 00:02:22 -…
 
Gaming’s bottom line is looking good, with another NPD that brings record-breaking results for multiple games. But your average streamer’s bottom line is in jeopardy, with Twitch purging video collections that use licensed music. Also, Ubisoft Connect follows a trend of service updates, and Devolver Digital buys Serious Sam. 00:00:00 - Opening 00:0…
 
To celebrate our Patron Party event, here's a bonus hour of questions from our $5 tier on Patreon. Moving past the week's headlines our panelists discuss the importance of back-of-the-box art, Sony fatigue versus saving Xbox's reputation, the future of the Ring Fit peripheral, and a few standout co-op releases from this year. 00:00:00 - Opening 00:…
 
We recently learned of the 30 games officially launching on Xbox Series X, and also 10 PS4 games that won’t run on PS5, so we discuss what we will and won’t be playing. Also, the PS5 UI reveals itself, SEGA celebrates 60 years, and Amazon’s Crucible halts development. 00:00:00 - Opening 00:00:36 - Corrections 00:02:04 - Silver Lining 00:03:32 - Xbo…
 
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