- STADIA WITH ME
Billions of megacorp cash and Stadia still couldn’t mount a serious challenge to consoles launching in an era of chip shortages, pandemics, and recessions.
- FI FA FO FUM
This podcast isn't about FIFA, but we've been told to do more stuff on FIFA, so.
- HORROR ENGINEERING
Striking Distance wants to kill you, sure – but according to Striking Distance’s CTO, Mark James, it’d much rather scare you to death than bludgeon you.
- BLOCKY GRAPHICS
Lego’s latest build aimed at older fans is designed to stoke the fandom and memories of 90s kids – and despite some superfluous inclusions, it’s a great set.
- Yohra good’un
Being able to play Square Enix’s cult RPG hit on the go – whether you’re NieR or far – is better than I was expecting.
- Lydia! Noooo!
Can't wait to lose Lydia on a mountain and then get burned to death by a dragon I didn't see.
- COME OUT TO LA
Standing on a beach, looking at the water and the moon and the massing undead… my jaw dropped.
Everyone's favorite spandex-wearing, cigar-chomping Canadian furry hasn’t been in many games – so it’s time for the X-Men Origins: Wolverine redemption arc.
- If it aint broke
Weapon degradation and durability is a sore topic with some gamers, but Dambuster Studio defends the mechanic and its inclusion Dead Island 2
- fellow kids
It never felt so good to be late to a party.
- Time is money
As we hear that A Plague Tale: Requiem is anywhere between 15 to 18 hours long, with no filler, I rejoice that shorter games are becoming more accessible.
E3 returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center in June 2023, and once again it'll host public and business areas over four days.
- TRICKY BUSINESS
It’s hard not to think about how the excellent Star Fox Adventure was criticized as not ‘true’ Star Fox – only for the series to then have 20 years of disasters.
The wool has been pulled over our eyes on more than one occasion.
- Tunes for Chooms
If Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 and Blade Runner: Black Lotus left a bad taste in your mouth, try chewing on Cyberpunk 2077: Edgerunners for a bit.
Take it from someone who knows, you've all got no idea what you're on about when it comes to GTA 6.
- Orbital decay
Mundanity, repetition, hopelessness... these aren't things you'd usually consider essential. So how does Hardspace: Shipbreaker make them feel so poignant?
Look, I’m a simple creature. I just want games to look spiffing marvelous.
- take a leak
One of gaming's most idiotic recent controversies shines a light on a very ugly side of the video game industry.
- Colt in our stars
Once a PlayStation 5 exclusive, Arkane’s tightest game yet is now on Xbox – and it’s Day One, too. That’s hugely important for Microsoft.
- HOT TAKE
Twitter sees gaming as a central part of the platform’s appeal, and has a dedicated team to help its gaming community grow.
- ZACK ATTACK
Square Enix’s remaster of the most important Final Fantasy 7 spin-off is one of the most impressive I’ve ever seen, though it’s still a PSP game at heart.
- Die, nasty warriors
Move over Nioh, there’s a new upstart coming for the FromSoftware crown, and it’s quicker and more vicious than anything that’s come before.
- Audiotore de force
We're altairibly sorry, but our game is a lot like yours.
- GO FOR BROKE
We’ve played around with another build of Street Fighter 6, trying out both Kimberly and beloved World Warrior Ken. And you know what? It still slaps.
- Shifting times
Talking to fans, shoutcasters, and Riot staff, we try and figure out where the MOBA stands right now.
- wave a magic bond
If this week's news has left you shaken and stirred, you ought to read this
- eat your heart out
After the disappointment of Kirby’s Dream Buffet, we’ve all been hankering for something like Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe.
- Into the Frey
We’ve all had a good laugh at Forspoken, but the game’s co-director Takefumi Terada wants you to know it’s more than a one-note viral joke.
- Will of the people
It may have the pre-established crowd hype, but those outside that group still aren't all in.
Xbox has managed to upset more or less everyone with the announcement of its new GoldenEye 007 releases. Well done to all involved.
- live and let die
It could have been so easy for Microsoft and Rare to get this one in the back of the net – so what went wrong?
- ALIEN CONFLICT
People always think of Perfect Dark as a sequel to GoldenEye, a game about a super-spy. But what made it special is far beyond Bond’s imagination.
- Luminous Projections
It might not win any awards or sell 10 million copies, but I’d own Forspoken just to see it running on the PlayStation 5.
- Off the cuff
Forspoken creative producer, Raio Mitsuno, responds to that infamous Forspoken trailer, and tells us what lessons the studio learned from its viral status.
- King for a day
The King of Iron Fist Tournament is back, and in animated form – and it may be the first Tekken adaptation that doesn’t totally suck.
- LOVIN' THE WEEKEND
Not much going on for the next couple of days, so why not play some games?
- Full Motion Vidiots
Games really wanted to be films, didn't they?
- elf-help group
No, thank you! We don’t want any more Lord of the Rings spin-offs, expansions, or distant relations!
- the harada they fall
The Bandai Namco team behind the Mishima Zaibatsu tournament should pay attention to NetherRealm.
- It's a celebration
Pablo Alonso and Rebecca Ford talk about Styanax, their goals for the frame, and how it reflects nine years of experience.
- night city limits
Yes, CD Projekt RED is leaving last-gen behind – but it's dead weight that finally needed to be dropped.
- respect your elders
Despite all the modern game design ideas and tech innovations available, the key to making the sixth Elder Scrolls an all-timer lies in its own past.
- Strings of power
11 years later, the Rocksmith experience is back and better than ever – and once again, it’s making me a better musician.
- Focus home to roost
Evil West, Aliens: Dark Descent, Atlas Fallen, and A Plague Tale: Requiem – a stellar line-up of great games that made Gamescom worth going back to.
- alien autopsy
If there’s one thing we don’t want from a Perfect Dark reboot, it’s another Perfect Dark Zero.
- LONG WEEKEND FUN
It's Labor Day weekend in the US, which means it's time to relax a bit.
- love hurts
Till death do us part (or until we fall out over a podcast topic)
- german on the edge
Sure, there were no massive new games to show off, but the little morsels we did get are more than enough... for now.
- A real contender
“Smash I love you, but you’re bringing me down.”