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Every week the Byte Me Podcast dips into the games you should be playing! Featuring news and reviews for PC, console and mobile games, along with fun discussions about games from the classics to new releases. Perfect for casual gamers or for casual gamers that want to be a little more hard core, join Byte Me and find your next favorite game!
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It's Mario's 35 Anniversary and Nintendo has "plans to re-release most of Super Mario's 35-year back catalog this year." That means we are getting a new Paper Mario and Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy should be hitting the switch. In other video game news: Finally, Some Good Coronavirus News  Ghost Recon Break Point Now Has a Friends Pass  Artifact is Back!  Gloomhaven Sequel Raises Millions in First Day on Kickstarter  E3’s Cancellation Has It’s First Confirmed Publisher Cancellation  Don’t Forget that Steam Lets You Play Couch Coop Over the Internet!  Microsoft Dungeons Officially Pushed Back  Why The Series X Controller Uses Batteries  What You're Playing Colby: Pikiniku, Animal Crossing, Yakuza 0Cliff: Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Civ 6Dylan: Animal Crossing Questions Vinny: What games do you play that you feel would benefit from seasonal events that don't do it already? Currently doing the Bunny Event for Animal Crossing and it is phenomenal. Megan: What game are you looking forward to playing the most this month? Benjamin Cee: Do any of you plan to Platinum/ fill up Gamer Cards for Final Fantasy VII Remake? Kim Cruz: Is there a dream guest you guys wish to have on the podcast? Mansocks: What is your goto food during your #stayathome time?  Cheap/Free Games HUMBLE CONQUER COVID-19 BUNDLE https://www.humblebundle.com/conquer-covid19-bundle UPlay Rayman Legends Game with Gold Project CARS 2 ($59.99 ERP): Available April 1 to 30 - Project CARS 2 is the thrill of intense racing action in beautiful cars at stunning venues. Authentic and intuitive handling, truly dynamic weather, and a wealth of game modes delivers racing fun for everyone. Knights of Pen and Paper Bundle ($22.49 ERP): Available April 16 to May 15 - Take on the roles of in-game players taking on the roles of their characters in a traditional pen and paper RPG session in the ultimate meta roleplaying experience. As both the playing characters AND the game master, you can choose which battles to fight. Put together a bunch of monsters to make for a challenging fight and your efforts will be equally rewarded! Fable Anniversary ($39.99 ERP): Available April 1 to 15 - Fable Anniversary is a spectacular HD remaster of the original Fable with all-new models, textures, lighting, achievements, The Lost Chapters content, and more! Toybox Turbos ($9.99 ERP): Available April 16 to 30 - Codemasters reboots the classic table top racing experience in Toybox Turbos! Collect & customize 35 vehicles, take on 18 crazy tracks & send your rivals into a spin with awesome power-ups, including mines, machine guns & giant car-mounted hammers! Master 6 modes in the single-player game, or take on 4 player multiplayer - local, online, or with a mix - perfect for one-more-go gaming sessions! Game Pass Totally Reliable Delivery Service (April 1) (Xbox) - Buckle up your back brace and fire up the delivery truck, it's time to deliver! Join up to three of your friends and haphazardly get the job done in an interactive sandbox world. Delivery attempted, that's a Totally Reliable Delivery Service guarantee! Nier Automata: Become as Gods (2 April) (PC & Xbox) Gears Tactics (28 April) (PC) Epic Game Store Gone Home: June 7th, 1995. 1:15 AM. You arrive home after a year abroad. You expect your family to greet you, but the house is empty. Something's not right. Where is everyone? And what's happened here? Unravel the...
April is what we'll call a bit of a lean month, with a few remakes and indies coming out, but not much in the way of AAA games. Totally Reliable Delivery Service (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – April 1 - $15 Pode (PC) - April 3 - $25 Resident Evil 3 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – April 3 - $60 ($50 on sale) Fallout 76 Wastelanders (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) - April 7 - Free Final Fantasy VII Remake (PlayStation 4) – April 10 - $60 Predator: Hunting Grounds (PlayStation 4) – April 24 - $40 Trials of Mana (PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – April 24 - $50 Gears Tactics (Xbox One, PC) – April 28 - $60 & Game Pass Moving Out (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – April 28 - $25 Minecraft: Dungeons (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – April ??? - $20/30 % Game Pass
After last week's announcement that the PS5 had only been tested with "about" 100 PS4 games, Sony came out this week and announced that they had actually tested it with far more games than that and that it would be compatible with at least some of them. How many? Who knows to be honest. In other game news: HP, Valve and Microsoft Are Building the VR Headset of the Future  Playstation Is Slowing Game Downloads in Europe, Could the US Be Next (and Would We Notice) Minecraft is Helping Kids Stuck at Home  Want a $2,400 Doom Eternal Statue?  What We're Playing Colby: Sword Art Online, Animal CrossingCliff: Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Journey to a Savage PlanetDylan: Animal Crossing: New Horizons Questions Vinny: Doom and Animal Crossing had a wonderful crossover campaign leading up to launch that I feel benefited both games. What other games do you feel could benefit from this kind of marketing? TheDonz: Since we're all stuck in quarantine what multiplayer games would you recommend avoiding so you don't rip your family apart before this is all over? IslandPizza: With animal crossing being the hot thing going right now. What animal would you be and what kinda services would you provide? Tr1pletrouble: What are your top 5 desert island games? No online games or co-op games. Just the consoles and games. Princess Megan: Are you enjoying working from home? How have you been spending your evenings? And how are your families doing? Mansocks: What is your favorite 2D Run and Gun game? Cheap/Free Games Epic Game Store Figment: Figment is an action-adventure game that invites you to explore a unique surreal universe filled with music, humor and multi-layered narrative. Tormentor x Punisher: Everything in Tormentor?Punisher can be killed in one hit, including bosses and yourself. Bosses change the shape of the arena, conjuring rooms and traps to make it more hellish and brutal. Demons adjust to your play style and punish you accordingly. Explore and discover new ways of killing enemies to gain cool upgrades. Reload your machine gun by firing your shotgun. Yeah, you read that right. PS Plus Uncharted 4: A Thief's End: Set three years after the events of UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception, Nathan Drake has presumably left the world of fortune hunting behind. However, it doesn’t take long for adventure to come calling when Drake’s brother, Sam, resurfaces seeking his help to save his own life and offering an adventure Drake can’t resist.         Dirt Rally 2.0: DiRT Rally 2.0 dares you to carve your way through a selection of iconic rally locations from across the globe, in the most powerful off-road vehicles ever made, knowing that the smallest mistake could end your stage. 
Playstation had the most incredibly boring presentation ever conceived of today, hosted by a guy that looked like Dana Carvey that talked like a cross between Ben Stein and Mr. Rogers. We learned a lot about SSD, backwards compatibility and how the number of flops in a PS5 compares to the number of flops in an Xbox Series X. Ultimately? They are both really fast computers.  In other video game news: Nintendo Features 22 New Games in Their Latest Nintendo Indie Showcase  Xbox Might Have Taken the Worst Inspiration from Sony  The New Xbox Series X Controller is Slick  Two Spanish Soccer Teams Play Their Game in FIFA Instead  Gamestop Employees Don’t Feel The Company Is Taking Coronavirus Seriously How to Clean and Sanitize Your Gaming Gear   Questions Vinny: Do companies like Xbox, Ubisoft, Bethesda, etc. Stay clustered around the E3 week or do they spread apart to give themselves more recognition? IslandPizza: With animal crossing dropping this week. What kinda crossovers would you like to see in the animal crossing world? Maybe Doom Guys helmet as a prop? A Kirby Tee shirt? PolyNerdic: Not sure if some form of this question has ever been asked but for some time now I have been hung up on certain games that are critically and publically lauded but I don't personally care for and find myself pondering why I don't like it even though I think I should. For example, I love the Metal Gear Solid series but after 40 hours with MGS V it occurred to me that I wasn't enjoying it. Anyone else experience this? If I may double-dip, I also was curious if anyone else has a game or genre they love but are terrible at? For me, Thumper is a clear example of this. I love the look and sound of the game but am terrible at the rhythm-based gameplay. JoeColeslaw: Inspired by that RIVETING "road to PS5" ... thing. What celebrity would you want to lead a conference IF (you want folks) hyped, excited, or bored out of their ever-loving minds? MisterPolite: What is your favorite Golden Raspberry for Worst Pictures? Cheap/Free Games Game Pass Console March 19 Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown: Soar through photorealistic skies with full 360-degree movement. Weather and environments affect your aircraft and HUD, making those dogfights just that more realistic. Kona: Northern Canada, 1970. A strange blizzard ravages Atamipek Lake. Step into the shoes of private detective to investigate surreal events in an eerie village while battling the elements to survive. The Surge 2 – Xbox One X Enhanced: On the way to Jericho City, your plane is shot down by a mysterious storm and crash-lands in the outskirts. In this hardcore, brutal melee combat game, The Surge 2 challenges you to unravel its hidden secrets. March 24 Bleeding Edge – Xbox One X Enhanced / Xbox Play Anywhere: Grab your team and tear it up in Bleeding Edge, an electrifying online brawler where every fighter comes mechanically enhanced for mayhem! March 26 Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid: It’s morphin time! Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid pits current and classic rangers and villains in 3 vs. 3 tag battles. Game Pass PC (Coming Soon) Astrologaster: A comedy game set in Shakespeare’s London, play as ‘Doctor’ Simon Forman and treat his patients using astrology and win him a medical license.  Bleeding Edge Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid The Surge 2 Humble Bundle Playstation...
We spend a lot of time talking about Coronavirus this episode, but let's be frank, it's kind of a big deal and is having a pretty big impact on video games. First Sony cancelled their PAX appearance, followed by GDC being cancelled and now E3 is also not happening. Where are gamers going to get their Gamer Christmas fix? In other video game news: Reggie Fils-Aimé is Going to Try and Save Gamestop  Nintendo and Lego are Teaming Up for...Something  Horizon Zero Dawn is Coming to PC and Gamers Are Losing Their Damn Minds  Maybe People Will Hate the EGS a Bit Less Now  EA Just Lost a HUGE Exclusive...Or Did It?  Who Bought the $300K Nintendo Playstation?  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Warzone is Out and It’s Free  Troll Corner: Don’t Play with Guns While You Are Live Streaming  Questions Vinny: Take one character from a video game franchise and put them in another. What're they doing in that world? Turndwn4wut: It’s the medieval times and video games exist. What type of games would be some of the hit titles? Kim Cruz: Not gaming related but from scale 1-10 how much do you fear the coronavirus at this point? Megan: There's a zombie apocalypse, which video game character will you choose to defend you from the hordes of undead? Kent Johnson: What is the first video game you ever played? Mister Polite: Is there a game that you played in the past that was your jam, but the newer games in that series just don’t hit that itch. I know for me, I was a huge fan of Harvest Moon 64 or the original Animal Crossing but every game after that never really hit me the same way. JoeColeslaw: What is your favorite "outbreak" game? If there was a video game inspired by a viral outbreak, in this climate what would it be like? Extra HP for handwashing? Defense Up for hand sanitizer? Attack up and area damage over time for sneezing? Bonus Question: Since you all are HUGE fans of this brand, and they may have leaked or broken this news: What will Devolver Digital do for their "direct/conference/shitshow" for their annual report to the public? I have a guess someone's head will explode. Cheap/Free Games Epic Games Store Anyodyne 2: Return to DustRun, jump, and drive across vast, dreamy 3D landscapes. Shrink into surreal, 2D dungeons inside of characters' bodies. Travel the world, meet strange people, and save the world from the dangerous Nano Dust. A Short HikeHike, climb, and soar through the peaceful mountainside landscapes of Hawk Peak. Follow the trails or explore the backcountry as you make your way to the summit. Along the way, meet other hikers, discover hidden treasures, and take in the world around you. MutazioneA mutant soap opera where small-town gossip meets the supernatural. Join Kai as she arrives in the mysterious community of Mutazione to care for her ailing grandfather. Discover scenic hangouts, magical gardens, new friends, and old secrets...
Riot is diversifying into games besides LoL with a new 5v5, free-to-play shooter called Valorant. The name is terrible, it has 25 round matches and is kinda generic looking, but it's 100% possible that it can compete with CS:GO, it's intended competition. Other Gaming News  The Coronavirus Continues to Wreak Havoc in Gaming  Dead or Alive 6 Might Have the Worst Money Making Mechanic Ever  FF7 Now Has a Playable Demo  Predator: Hunting Grounds has a F2P Weekend Coming Up  Thank God They Are Fixing One of the Most Annoying Things About Diablo 3 Couch Co-op  GameStop is Dying, Maybe Game Phoenix Can Resurrect Game Trading?  What We're Playing Colby: Eternal Sonata, Dead CellsCliff: Journey to a Savage Planet, Life is Strange 2, Arc, The Awesome Adventures of Captain SpiritDylan: Blood Roots Questions Vinny: Name three games that are a perfect 10 to you, preferably ones that aren't widely rated as 10's. (*cough* *cough* Red Dead 2) JoeColeslaw: Follow-up from last week's question...How have you been? What have you been up to? Ya know, personal experience and to better know you. JoeColeslaw: What are two games that you played that were out of your comfort zone, one that you loved and one that you hated. Turndwn4wut: You’re allowed to take one item from any video game. What do you choose and why? Megan: Since yesterday was Super Tuesday, which video game characters would be your first and last pick for president, and come up with their campaign slogans Grreat Britton: What things would you keep track of if you had a real-life HUD? Cheap/Free Games Epic Games Store GoNNER GoNNER is a tough as hell score-based procedurally-generated platformer with roguelike elements. GoNNER is also a story about friendship between Ikk, Death, and a space whale named Sally. Offworld Trading Company Mars has been colonized, and Earth's corporate titans fight to dominate this new market. Competition is fierce in this fast-paced economic RTS from Civilization IV Lead Designer, Soren Johnson. Game Pass Console  NBA 2K20 (March 5) Train Sim World 2020 (March 5) Ori & the Will of the Wisps (March 11) Pikuniku (March 11) Game Pass PC Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary (March 3) Train Sim World 2020 The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game Mother Russia Bleeds Ori and the Will of the Wisps (March 11) Pikuniku PS Now Control (available until Monday, August 31) Dead or Alive 5 Last Round Nascar Heat 3 Nights of Azure Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13 Shadow of the Tomb Raider (available until August 31) Toukiden 2 Toukiden Kiwami Warriors All-Stars Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
Video game releases are picking up with some really great games coming out in March. February might have been the last slow month we see this year. February Lumote (PC) - February 20 - $20 Bloodroots (PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – February 28 - $20 March The Division 2: Warlords of New York expansion [PC, PS4, Xbox One] – March 3 - $30 Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX (Switch) – March 6 - $60 Ori And The Will Of The Wisps (Xbox One, PC) – March 11 - $30/GP Nioh 2 (PlayStation 4) – March 13 - $60 Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch) – March 20 - $60 Doom 64 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – March 20 - $5 or preorder bonus Doom Eternal (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC) – March 20 - $60 Half-Life: Alyx (PC) – March 23 - $60 Bleeding Edge (Xbox One, PC) – March 24 - $30/GP Control: The Foundation DLC (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – March 26 - ??? Saints Row IV: Re-Elected (Switch) - March 27 - $40 Persona 5 Royal (PlayStation 4) – March 31 - $60
Phil Spencer released some new information about the Xbox Series X and it sounds like it's going to have some serious horsepower (can you convert teraflops to horsepower?) Other Video Game News The New PlayStation Controller Might Drink Your Sweat  Visit Every Airport in the World In MS Flight Sim  Ghost Recon Breakpoint Misses Update Deadline and Folks Are Mad  Red Dead Hackers Are Getting Random Players Banned Rainbow Six Siege Devs Want the Game to Go F2P  Riot Could Be On the Hook for a LOT of Money  What We're Playing Colby: Dead Cells, Eternal SonataCliff: GTA 5, Children of MortaDylan: Sea of Thieves Questions Vinny: What was the first game you ever completed? Megan: If you had to recommend someone play 5 games to really get a feel for you and your video game tastes, what five would you pick? Mister Polite: Watching the animal crossing direct I was like "Tom Nook is the worst." That made me think, Tom Nook isn't supposed to be a villain but I don't think there is anyone in the world that likes him. So the question I have for you all, "Who is your favorite villain that is supposed to be a lovable character". Or is Tom Nook the only example Turndwn4wut (Travis): If aliens invade the earth and you alone could save the planet by defeating them in a 1v1 game, which game would you choose? Cheap/Free Games Epic Game Store InnerSpace Games with Gold Batman: The Enemy Within – The Complete Season ($14.99 ERP): Available March 1 to 31 on Xbox One Shantae: Half-Genie Hero ($19.99 ERP): Available March 16 to April 15 on Xbox One Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 ($39.99 ERP): Available March 1 to 15 on Xbox One & Xbox 360 Sonic Generations ($19.99 ERP): Available March 16 to 31 on Xbox One & Xbox 360 PlayStation Plus Shadow of the Colossus Sonic Forces Game Pass Ninja Gaiden 2 (Feb 20) Console Reigns: Game of Thrones (Feb 20) PC World of Horror (Feb 20) PC Kingdom Hearts (Feb 25) Xbox Wasteland (Feb 25) Xbox & PC Two Points Hospital (Feb 25) Xbox & PC Yakuza 0 (Feb 26) PC Twitch Prime Furi Bomber Crew Epistory Typing Chronicles Whispers of a Machine Mugster Troll Corner Pro Gamer Trolls So Bad He Gets Banned from ALL EA Games
Sony is ditching PAX East a week before the convention starts citing safety concerns for their employees related to the Coronavirus.  Other video game news: Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct Thursday, Feb 20th at 6 am PST Overwatch and Diablo Cartoons in the Works The Sonic Movie is doing… well!? Amazon’s New MMORPG: New World GTA 4 Heading Back to Steam, without Multiplayer Questions Vinny: What reimagining of a game do you want next generation? JoeColeslaw: How have you been? What have you been up to? How's the work from home life? Turndwn4wut: What is the most evil thing you've done in a video game? Princess Megan: If video games/tv/movies/music no longer existed, how would you spend your free time? Mister Polite: What is your favorite Dad Joke or your newest favorite dad joke? Cheap/Free Games Epic Game Store Feb 20-27 Faeria Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
Anthem and The Division 2 have a roadmap that both games hope will help them get back on track with their respective player bases, but it remains to be seen if either of them can actually pull it off. Other game news: Stardew Valley Dev Has Two New Games in the Works Sony May Have Actually Convinced Me to Buy a PS5  Destiny 2 Might Have Lost All of Your Stuff  What We're Playing Colby: American Fugitive, Journey to the Savage Planet Cliff: My Time at Portia, Link's Awakening, Life is Strange 2 Dylan: Divinity: Original Sin 2 Questions Vinny: What're your thoughts on review scales? IGN recently changed their 100 point scale to a 10 point scale. Is this a good/bad/indifferent thing for you, and what would you personally wish would be the standard for reviews?  PS Question: What're your tips for attending Cons of any sort? I'm going to Pax East in a couple of weeks and am trying to plan for it ahead of time. Thanks! Josh: Often entertainment attempts to deliver a message to its consumers, games are no exception. What games stand out as delivering a powerful message (good or bad) to the consumer? What was the message and how did it resonate with you? Kevin: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck would? (New York state wildlife expert Richard Thomas found that a woodchuck could (and does) chuck around 35 cubic feet of dirt in the course of digging a burrow. Thomas reasoned that if a woodchuck could chuck wood, he would chuck an amount equivalent to the weight of the dirt, or 700 pounds.) Mister Polite: With Parasite winning best picture, it made me think is there a game or movie that has overwhelmed or underwhelmed you lately? Turndwn4wut: If you could, what video game would you make into real life? McWhopper: What 80s action film would you like to be turned into a game? What kinda game would it be? Princess Megan: Which video game character would you pick for your valentine? JoeColeslaw: With games coming around to seasonal battle passes. . . If a single player game and the campaign would adopt an episodic or seasonal release, would you buy in? Would you just stick to the "vanilla" release? Or would it turn you away completely? BONUS QUESTION! With Dreams coming out "this week" [Friday 2-14 and Tuesday 2-11 to early access users] What would be your wild, crazy creation, game, sculpture, environment, song, sound or compilation that you would make? Would you want to try to recreate games or mechanics? Or do something completely original? What would be something exclusive for the Byte Me brand? Cheap/Free Games Nintendo Online (Feb 19) Pop'n TwinBee Smash Tennis (SNES neither of which were originally released in the US) Shadow of the Ninja Eliminator Boat Duel Epic Game Store Kingdom Come Deliverance Aztez (Aztez is a unique hybrid of beat 'em up and turn-based strategy, set in the world of the Aztec Empire. Highly technical, real-time, beat-em-up combat events resolve ongoing conflicts in your expanding empire.)
In an interview with Phil Spencer says that he's not interested in fighting a console war with Sony and Nintendo "...while Amazon and Google are focusing on how to get gaming to 7 billion people around the world.” He goes on to say that other "traditional gaming companies" simply don't have the cloud infrastructure to compete in the coming decade. In other news: Jedi Fallen Order is Selling Way Better Than EA Had Hoped Castlevania Season 3 is Coming Out Next Month Get 3 Months of Geforce Now Free, then Pay $5 a Month for the Next Year Dan Houser Leaves Rockstar Games Wonderful 101s is Getting an HD Remaster on Kickstarter! Thousands of Old Flash Games Have Been Saved What We're Playing Colby: Stardew Valley, Hard West, Breath of the Wild Cliff: My Time at Portia, Link’s Awakening Dylan: Divinity 2  Questions DA VINSTER: Open-ended question, but what are your gaming goals for this year? Play more? Finish games more? Try out genres you don't normally play? McWhopper: With Wonderful 101 reaching all its Kickstarter goals, what other games do you guys see taking this route and pulling in the same crowd and funding? Turndwn4wut: What’s your favorite video game Easter egg? Mister Polite: What is your new favorite podcast? I've been digging Daily Dad. JoeColeslaw: Have you ever played a game to take a break from another game, only to leave it to fade away? What is your play style now, compared when the first episode of this show started? Princess_Megan: What is your favorite video game soundtrack and song from a video game? They don't have to be from the same game. The End of Time: Melancholy Music from Chrono Trigger  World of Ruin: Melancholy Music from Final Fantasy VI  Austin Wintory's Entire Discography  Ben Prunty's Chill Playlist  Doom (2016) Soundtrack  Red Dead Redemption 2 Soundtrack  Kim Cruz: What 8bit/16bit era games should get a modern era remake? Hans Addleman: What is your favorite breakfast eatery? Cheap/Free Games Playstation Plus BioShock: The Collection (available 2/4-3/3) The Sims 4 (available 2/4-3/3) Firewall Zero Hour (available 2/4-3/3) Game Pass Final Fantasy XV (February 6) Wolfenstein: Youngblood (February 6) Death Squared (February 13) Epic Game Store Carcassonne Ticket...
February is a little bit busier than January, but we are still in a bit of a video game drought! February 4 - Zombie Army 4: Dead War PS4, Xbox One, PC February 6 - Knights & Bikes (Switch) February 11 - Yakuza 5 Remastered (PS4) February 14 - Darksiders Genesis (PS4, Xbox One, Switch) February 14 - Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition (PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox One) February 14 - Dreams (PS4) February 18 - Hunt: Showdown (PS4) February 20 - Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late Switch (PS4) February 25 - Two Point Hospital (PS4, Switch, Xbox One) February 25 - Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) February 25 - Conan Chop Chop (PC, Switch, Xbox One, PS4) February 28 - Metro Redux Nintendo (Switch)
In perhaps the strangest news we've ever had, Atari is going to build a bunch of hotels that provide a “...unique lodging experience combining the iconic brand with a one-of-a-kind video game-themed destination”. No word yet if every room will have it's own Atari 2600. In other news: Torchlight Frontiers gets a name change (and a bunch of other changes too) Don’t let Square Enix cancel your FF7 pre-order There are strong rumors about a KOTOR remake Toss a Coin to The Witcher on Spotify Get your refund for your Mac or Linux copy of Rocket League now Sometimes All It Takes to Win a Pokemon Tournament is to Enter I guess you don’t have to worry about violating the civil rights of trolls in games anymore What We're Playing Colby: Stardew Valley, Super Lucky’s TaleCliff: My Time at Portia, Stardew Valley (which has sold more than 10 million
Apparently game design at Ubisoft is influenced by the "editorial team" a group of designers based in Paris that guides the direction of Ubisoft games. And Ubisoft doesn't think they have been doing a very good job based on the sales of Breakpoint and The Division 2. Other News: There are now 83 games you can play in Project xCloud Hunt Showdown is coming to PS4 and getting cross play with Xbox Save some money and get your own router Seven of the ten best selling games of the decade were Call of Duty Horizon: Zero Dawn might be coming to PC You're Going to need an invite to play Halo: Combat Evolved What We're Playing Colby: StardewCliff: My Time at Portia, Efootball Pro Evo SoccerDylan: Disco Elysium, The Witcher Questions Vinny: What is your most controversial video games/video games related opinions? Cpt Insano6: Why hasn't Adam been on the podcast in months? Princess_Megan: What was the best weapon you've ever used in a video game? What's your favorite fighting class: warrior, mage, or rogue, and why? JoeColeslaw: What would be the ultimate way to premier a game, product, announcement? What works, what is too played out? Examples: shadow drop, tweet, (mass social media post) take out a tv ad Superbowl/Championship game, tease a special stream. John Tysinger aka Krawdad: What game or games have you played for super long hours but never finished? For me, it would be every Final Fantasy. Vicky: What's a genre of games that you've always wanted to get into but it's just not for you? (For me its strategy games) Cheap/Free Games Epic's weekly free games will continue through 2020 Epic is putting up the cash needed to supply another 52 free games on the Epic Store this year. At the time of writing, platformer Horace is on offer for free. On the 23rd, the freebie will swap to puzzle game The Bridge. Every Half Life Game is Free Until April 1 Half-Life, Half-Life 2, and Half-Life 2: Episode One and Two Pandemic Express Has Gone F2P https://store.steampowered.com/app/939510/Pandemic_Express__Zombie_Escape/  Game Pass for PC Gris A Plague Tale: Innocence ScourgeBringer Sea Salt Children of Morta (already out) Game Pass for Xbox Children of Morta (already out) January 23 A Plague Tale: Innocence  Indivisible January 30 Sea Salt Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour
Sony has announced they won't be attending E3 this year even though they are releasing new hardware, instead choosing to participate "...in hundreds of consumer events across the globe", whatever that means. Other video game news: There won't be any Xbox exclusives this year, but does that really matter? Video games save lives To quote "A Christmas Story" you might shoot your eye out with this new arcade game Have you ever wanted to play your OG GameBoy games on your 4k TV? Pokemon Sword & Shield are getting new content this year The Australian wildfires are getting help from game devs Questions Vinny: What do you think of the idea of "fanboying"? Of course, there are always assholes who will taint the image of it but is it necessarily bad to be a "fanboy"? Would you call yourself a fanboy of one company over another (whether that be Microsoft and Sony) or fanboying developers? For some reason, it seems there is a negative stigma associated with fanboying one company over another, but if you're a fanboy of a developer like Naughty Dog, Respawn, etc it's not as bad? Turndwn4wut: If you suddenly realized characters in video games were sentient beings, which game would you regret having played? Princess Megan: What is your video game completion goal this year? Mister Polite: With a winter storm happening right now, what is your go-to winter drink? Alcoholic and non-alcoholic. JoeColeslaw: What do you look for in a brand new IP from a trusted company? How do you feel about some recent new IP games in the last year? Cheap/Free Games Game Pass Frostpunk (PC/Xbox) FTL (PC) Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet (Xbox) Tekken 7 (Jan 16 - Xbox) Epic Game Store Horace Humble Bundle Sweet Farm Bundle
It's GOTY time! We talk about our favorite Xbox, PS4, Switch and PC games, along with our favorite game not from 2019 and, of course, our favorite game from this year! GOTY Our game of the year voting probably works a bit different than other media outlets you follow. For instance, Xbox GOTY doesn't mean it's an Xbox exclusive, just that we played it on the Xbox. That's actually worked out pretty well the past three years, but this year we played...very few...PlayStation games. Xbox GOTY Cliff: Outer WildsDylan: Gears… I guessColby: Crackdown 3 PS4 GOTY Cliff: Concrete GenieDylan: Death StrandingColby: The Last of Us? Switch GOTY Cliff: Gris (HM: SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition)Dylan: PokemonColby: Katana Zero (HM: Link's Awakening ) PC GOTY Cliff: Disco ElysiumDylan: Hunt: Showdown?Colby: To the Moon?  GOTY Not from 2019 Cliff: Night in the WoodsDylan: Total War Warhammer 2Colby: Tacoma (HM: Turing Test, Minit, Yoku’s Island Express) Under the Radar Colby: World War Z  Overall GOTY Cliff: Disco ElysiumDylan: Pokemon?Colby: Outer Wilds (HM: Goose Game) Other Video Game News Alienware Shows Off a Switch Like PC at CES  Arcade1Up Announces a Bunch of New Arcade Cabinets  Can’t Decide Between a PC and Console? Why not both? Rise of the Skywalker Changes The Star Wars (Video Game) Universe  Rumors Are Swirling Around a New Switch in 2020  We Need One of Our Listeners in England to Send Us Some Stamps  Questions Vinny: What do you predict your 2020 GOTY will be? JoeColeslaw: What makes a game of the year... to you?! And you? And yeah, you're cool I guess, you too. Does the marketing bull have a lot to do with it? Easier availability? *cough* *cough* Game Pass! Does the online play really matter to you guys anymore? Another extremely awesome podcast I listen to had a similar question with a book-report type prompt, but I’ll keep it simple for you kind folk, is it well-rounded being the perfect middle of an elaborate Venn diagram with gameplay, story, soundtrack, immersion, atmosphere, sound, and message? Or is it solely on your personal experience and attachment as the player? With everyone so limited on their game time, some more than others, does the overall time to beat really have its effect on you? Cheap/Free Games Game Pass: Grand Theft Auto 5 Twitch Prime: Dandara Anarcute Kingdom: New Lands A Normal Lost Phone Splasher
I think that might actually have been the first time I've typed 2020 for something I'm actually currently working on! The game release schedule for January is mostly DLC and remasters, but there might be a few hidden gems in there as well! Monster Hunter World: Iceborne DLC [PC] – January 9 DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment [PS4] (US) – January 23  Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition [PS4, Switch] – January 23 Kingdom Hearts 3: Re Mind DLC [PS4] – January 23 Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD [Switch] – January 23 The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners [PC] – January 23 Journey to the Savage Planet [PC, PS4, XBOX] – January 28 Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire [PS4, XBOX] – January 28 Warcraft III: Reforged [PC] - January 28
I'll be honest, there was so little news that I almost thought about making some up. But we played a ton of games, so we talked about those instead! Other News:  Want to Use a PS4 Controller on Your PC? Get a Small Free Indie Game Every Day This Year  WWE2K20 Just Can't Catch a Break What We Are Playing  Colby: No Man's Sky, Rage 2, Pan Pan, Katana Zero, Ghost Recon: Breakpoint Cliff: Control, Untitled Goose Game, Disco Elysium, Pillars of Eternity Dylan: Total War Warhammer 2, Star Wars Battlefront 2 Questions Vinny: Most and least anticipated game from 2020? Cpt Insano6: With WWE 2K20 having so many bug issues, can you remember a game that had so many issues it was essentially rendered unplayable? Megan: We answer this very important question.   Cody Greenwood: First game you plan to play in the new year?? JoeColeslaw: If mascot characters old and new would have a new years resolution... what would they be? (Nothing like, kill less) TrnDwn4Wut: If you were to wake up as a toy what would your line/lines be when your button is pushed Cheap/Free Games Epic Game Store Darksiders Darksiders II Steep Playstation Plus Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection Goat Simulator Stadia Thumper Rise of the Tomb Raider Twitch Prime Enter the Gungeon Ape Out Witcheye Gato Roboto Heave Ho Support this podcast
Watching what games are getting played on Twitch year over year gives us a really interesting look into not only what is popular, but what is popular again. Not to be all Buzzfeed, but you'll never guess what game TRIPLED it's the number of hours it was streamed on Twitch this year vs. last year. Other Video Game News: What to do if you are buying someone a video game system (for Christmas 2020) Telltale is back and making some changes Google Stadia makes their first third party acquisition Netflix's Witcher series is having some off screen impact The devs behind Ori are making an ARPG Movie studios are patching movies like they were video games Questions Vinny: If you were an avid ESports watcher, what game that doesn't currently exist in the ESports field would you like to see? Can be funny, serious, etc. Joe Cole Jr: What game, in your opinion... is a gift that keeps on giving? Always something new to be discovered, or updating to promote the life of the game? What game would you like to gift to someone? Justin Salas: I see this question a lot on Reddit, If you are trying to get someone into gaming, a new friend or maybe boyfriend or girlfriend, what is a good game to start with? I said Dark Souls. Cody Greenwood: Sorry if this has been asked before but what games have you put the most hours into? Both multiplayer/online and single player/story games? Kim Cruz: Is nightmare before christmas a xmas movie or a halloween movie? Donald Good: What fictional holiday character would you like to play as in a sweet VR game? Drop off presents as Santa? Steal children as Krampus or be the Easter bunny or Tooth fairy any holiday magical being. It would be a action adventure game and yall design the mission. Mister Polite: What video game would adapt well for television? Cheap/Free Games Games with Gold Styx: Shards of Darkness ($19.99 ERP): Available January 1 to 31 on Xbox One Batman: The Telltale Series ($14.99 ERP): Available January 16 to February 15 on Xbox One Tekken 6 ($14.99 ERP): Available January 1 to 15 on Xbox One & Xbox 360 LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy($14.99 ERP): Available January 16 to 31 on Xbox One & Xbox 360 12 Days of Epic Game Store: https://www.epicgames.com/ Humble Jingle Jam: https://www.humblebundle.com/yogscast/yogscast-jingle-jam-2019
The Late, Late Episode

The Late, Late Episode

2019-12-1901:45:52

The Game Awards were last week and we're talking about them this week. See who won, who lost, what new games were announced and (maybe most importantly) what Xbox Scarlett news was announced! Other Video Game News Sony has a new button thingy that you can add to your DualShock Borderlands 3 has launched on Stadia...kinda You can also play Stadia on your regular non-Stadia Chromecast Ultra now The Huddle... Games We Are Playing Dylan: Mutant Year Zero Cliff: Rage 2 Questions Vinny: Do you think Xbox will launch with Project XCloud and/or Project Lockheart? What are the benefits/drawbacks if they do? Kim Cruz: Since RedBox is getting rid of their gaming rental service, and as far as I know only gamefly also do game rentals, how come psn, xbx, or launcher like steam, doesn't implement rental services? I know gamepass is almost like them, but the evolution of it is them letting you rent out triple A newly release game so why not? JoeColeslaw: What are you hoping will be under your tree next week? Turndwn4wut: What’s the real world equivalent of hearing boss music in a video game? Mister Polite: What is your favorite gift to give during a white elephant gift exchange? Princess_Megan: Which video game character would you most like to see coming down your chimney Christmas eve? Cheap/Free Games Game Pass The Witcher 3 Pillars of Eternity Untitled Goose Game Life is Strange Episode 5 Epic is Giving Away A Game Every Day Playstation Now Horizon Zero Dawn Uncharted Lost Legacy Overcooked 2  Small BitesGet Apple Arcade for $50 a year and save $10
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Justin Salas

love the show!! just sometimes I feel like there is rambling. sometimes I just stop listening because I want the topic to move on that's only my advice. love hearing the news and especially the cheap/free games because most of the time I know nothing about what is out there. thank you for the show

Jun 6th
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Joshua Fulkerson

A great podcast with a bunch of dudes (sometimes a girl), having a great time talking about video games. Weekly news and viewpoints from a variety of generations, with the occasional comedic relief, and interactive questions from the community, all compacted into one clip. Great for a listen in the car or anywhere you go. The online discord community are great people! come check it out!

Apr 26th
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Vinny DaVinster

Best Video Game Podcast in existence today. Give these guys some love and listen in week in and week out

Nov 2nd
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