#75 – Shadow of War and Fortnite Battle Royale

It’s been a delish week: Tegan finally got her hands on the much anticipated Middle-earth: Shadow of War and Michael lost his Battle Royale virginity with Fortnite. They say you never forget your first time, unless it’s your first time forgetting something, I guess.

This week we’re also discussing Golf Story, Star Wars Battlefront 2 Beta, Epic Games suing Fortnite cheaters, Super Mario Odyssey demo speedruns, Destiny 2 releasing on PC, Mike Laidlaw leaving Bioware, a new Game Boy trademark, IGN acquiring Humble Bundle and Cuphead.

And finally, we list our Top 3 Games with unique visual art styles, and play RESET Mini-game: Metacritic Zero User Reviews. And also: a big shout out and thank you to Aidan for this week’s intro theme.

#74 – EB Expo 2017 Round-up

This last week, we jumped on a flight from stupid gloomy Melbourne to sunny Gold Coast to attend EB Expo 2017. And boy oh boy, what a delish expo it was.

This week we’ll be discussing our hands on time with Detroit: Become Human, Gran Turismo: Sport, Monster Hunter World, The Inpatient, Call of Duty: WW2, Xbox One X, Forza Motorsport 7, Middle Earth: Shadow of War, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Super Mario Odyssey, Far Cry 5, Wolfenstein 2, Dragonball Fighter Z and Ni No Kuni 2. We’re also discussing a new PSVR headset, some Wolfenstein 2 controversy and the Untitled Goose game.

And to cap off our round-up, we list our Top 3 at EB Expo 2017.

#73 – We suck at Cuphead

Some people are saying Cuphead is style over substance. To those people I say ‘hush’ while putting my finger on their lips and then into their mouth to induce vomiting. To be fair though, they’re kinda right, and now I have vomit all over my hands for nothing. Whatever the case, Cuphead is still a buttload of fun and definitely worth a pickup. Hold on I’ll be right back, I’ve got to wash my hands.

This week we’re also discussing Red Dead Redemption 2, Star Wars Battlefront 2’s upcoming Multiplayer Beta, the SNES Mini, Ataribox, Commodore 64 Mini, PUBG, Aussie indie game Damsel on Kickstarter, Metal Gear Solid 5 on PS Plus, Nintendo restricting streaming on Youtube, Road Redemption and our excitement about the upcoming EB Expo. See you all on the Gold Coast.

And finally, we list our Top 3 2D Platformers (other than Mario), and play RESET Mini-game: Two truths and a lie.

#72 – PlayerUnknown’s Legal Battlegrounds

So Bluehole, developers of PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, don’t like that Fortnite has a new Battle Royale mode. Out of spite, we’re creating a new Battle Royale game. It’s going to be called RESETPODCAST’S PICK-YOUR-BATTLES (…GROUNDS). It’s actually not a game at all, it’s just an executable that flashes the text “Bluehole don’t own Battle Royale” and then ejects your disc tray. We’ve already been funded on Kickstarter.

This week we’re also discussing Madden 18, Left Alive, Monster Hunter Worlds, a potential Satoru Iwata tribute embedded on every Switch, Fortnite breaking the console cross-play barrier, Final Fantasy 9, Steam implementing review histograms, Overwatch’s new Junkertown map, Battleborn going into ‘maintenance mode’ and a special AGPN PAX event announcement!

And finally, we list our Top 3 Platform exclusive games, and play RESET Mini-game: Dis or Dat.

#71 – Mario’s got nips

So it turns out our boy Mario has a pair of M’areolas. Fair enough I say, a chest without nipples is pointless. Boy oh boy, I’m so terribly sorry: episode synopses are hard, not unlike Mario’s hot aforementioned nips.

This week we’re also discussing Nintendo Direct, Super Nips Odyssey, Doom and Wolfenstein 2 coming to the Switch, Snipperclips Plus, Rocket League on the Switch, Mario Party: The Top 100, Okami, itch.io Epistle 3 Game Jam, PUBG, Warner Bros not making any more Arkham games, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Destiny 2, whether loot boxes are gambling, the NES Mini coming back in 2018 and Lawbreakers’ dwindling player base.

And finally, we list our Top 3 Couch co-op games, and play RESET Mini-game: Marry shag kill.

#70 – Destiny 2 and Tabletop Games

Okay, here’s the brass tacks: we bought Destiny 2, we played Destiny 2, we passed Destiny 2. Was it worth it? Yeaah-noe? You know? You know it’s maybe. Maybe for sure. I definitely wouldn’t never say it’s not never un-worth it, if you catch my drift. How about you just stop asking all these frivolous questions and listen to the episode? Oh, and if there’s one thing all Destiny fans love besides Destiny: it’s tabletop games. Those two obviously go hand in hand, so we’ll be talking about our favourites for this week’s Top 3.

This week we’re also discussing South Park: The Fractured But Whole’s difficulty slider, LA Noire being re-released, Borderlands 3, No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again, Resident Evil 7 Gold Edition, The Cyanide & Happiness Adventure Game on Kickstarter and Windjammers.

And finally, we list our Top 3 Board/Tabletop games, and play RESET Mini-game: Dis or dat.

#69 – Our SNES caught fire. It is what it is.

Despite what you may have read in the episode title, I’d like to quickly dispel some scathing non-existent rumours: our SNES did not catch fire. Well not yet anyway, we haven’t received the Street Fighter 2 re-release cartridge. But our plan is to pop it in when it arrives, place it under a giant Ryu effigy and host an Australian version of Burning Man. It’s going to be great.

This week we’re also discussing DropMix, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Miiverse shutting down, South Park: The Fractured But Whole releasing uncensored in Australia, some exciting new Nindies, PUBG accolades, First 4 Figures Solid Snake Statue, Zelda Symphony of Goddesses, Overwatch changes, EB Games rental service Swap ‘n’ Play and the original Xbox One model being discontinued.

And finally, we list the Top 3 Games we’d like to see remade in fully immersive VR, and play RESET Mini-game: Character Crossover.

#68 – Gamescom and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

It’s been a very eventful week, so I don’t think I’m exaggerating in the slightest when I say we’ve got billions of hours of content for you in this episode. Gamescom (or ‘GamesCON’, sorry) is over and it’s left us with a buttload of trailers and announcements to talk about. And hey we’ve also both passed Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and spoiler alert: it’s a video game. And it’s good.

This week we’re also discussing the Xbox One X (or XBONEX), Age of Empires 4, Microsoft talking to Sony about cross play, Final Fantasy: Windows Edition, Jurassic World Evolution, Cuphead, Super Mario Odyssey, Secret of Mana remake, Gran Turismo Sport, Shenmue 3, Fe, the dissapointing state of Bethesda VR, ANNO 1800, SNES Edition 3DS XL, Overwatch’s new Australian map: Junkertown and the SNES Classic.

And finally, we list our Top 3 favourite pieces in our gaming collection, and play RESET Mini-game: Keyword Countdown (with special guests Ben and Trevor from Bit Storm).

#67 – Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is super creepy and we love it

Think you’ve already got the game of the year pegged? Well guess what, you probably do. But that doesn’t mean we can’t suggest a close second, or third. Or fourth, perhaps. It’s been a big year for games so it’s tough to say. Whatever the case, you’d be out of your mind (no pun intended) not to play Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. We’ve passed it this last week, and we’ve got a lot to say about it.

This week we’re also discussing Blizzard flip-flopping on Battle.net, Batman: The Telltale Series Season 2, Microsoft’s upcoming Gamescom Press Conference, We Happy Few getting a release date, Sonic Mania, Switch outselling PS4 and Xbox One, Level 5 EB World Memberships, Mewto coming to Pokemon GO and Crackdown 3 being delayed to 2018.

And finally, we list our Top 3 video game trailers, and play RESET Mini-game: Two truths and a lie.

#66 – Oi Blizzard, make these Overwatch skins

An open letter to Blizzard: “I lost my retainer a few days ago, you guys haven’t seen it by any chance have you? Let me know. That’s all. Oh, wait wait, and also: in this episode we’re discussing Overwatch skins which you guys should add to the game, so uhh, do that. They’re good, I swear. Anyway, that’s all. Say hi to Jeff.” – RESET

This week we’re also discussing Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Overwatch’s upcoming deathmatch mode, Esports being considered for the Olympic Games, No Man’s Sky finally getting (basic) multiplayer, upcoming Valve card game Artifact, Middle-earth: Shadow of War going pay-to-win, Paper’s Please on iPad, the upcoming XBOX One and PS4 updates and Lucioball.

And finally, we list our Top 3 Overwatch skins which should exist, and play RESET Mini-game: The Game (Character) Name Game.

 

#65 – Games we got in a cereal box

Here’s one of the kids: some breakfast cereals used to include free copies of video games. Don’t believe me? Well I mean, what’s your problem? It’s true. How exactly have I managed to gain your mistrust? Whatever, nevermind. We’re talking about that this week. But that’s not all, oh no no no. We’ve played indie gem Papers, Please and a little bit of Jackbox Party Pack 3.

This week we’re also discussing the Roo Teeth Charity Stream 2017, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Overwatch Summer Games (in Sydney), The Next Gamer: An Australia League of Legends reality show, The Witcher 3 colouring book, Stardew Valley multiplayer details, Sundered and indie game Comedy Night.

And finally, we list our Top 3 games we got in a cereal box, and play RESET Mini-game: Metacritic Zero User Reviews.

#64 – Nintendo Sixty FOOOOOOOOOOUR

What were you guys doing on April 1, 1997? No need to ponder, it’s a rhetorical question. I can’t remember what I was doing yesterday, let alone a single day more than 20 years ago. Come to think of it, I’m not even sure that’s technically a ‘rhetorical question’. I don’t even know why I asked it, the Nintendo 64 was released on March 1, 1997. This whole thing has been a waste of time. Anyway, enjoy the episode I guess. We’ve finished Night in the Woods, played Sundered and the Lawbreakers BETA.

This week we’re also discussing Doomfist in Overwatch, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, Overcooked on the Switch, the great potato cake/potato scallops war, hints that we’re getting a Nintendo 64 Classic, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy DLC, PS Plus and XBOX Games with Gold for August 17 and PS Plus prices going up.

And finally, we list our Top 3 Nintendo 64 games, and play RESET Mini-game: Preorder Quiz (another mini-game submission from friend o’ the podcast Sammy Deedge).

#63 – Destiny 2 certainly feels like Destiny

I could say that it was our destiny to play the Destiny 2 Beta this weekend, however that’s both untrue and also a really lame thing to say. So I shan’t say that. Again. But, yes, we have played the Destiny 2 Beta and unsurprisingly it feels a lot like Destiny. Hear what we, as lukewarm fans of the original, have to say about that.

This week we’re also discussing Runescape hitting mobile platforms, Overwatch World Cup 2017 and the impending public launch of Doomfist, Crash Bandicoot Stormy Ascent DLC, Call of Duty: WWII Zombie mode details, DOOM going free with multiplayer DLC, Telltale announcing new seasons for three of their franchises (Batman, Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us), Nintendo Switch Companion App voice chat woes, Night in the Woods, Middle-earth: Shadow of War and Brief Battles.

And finally, we list our Top 3 Banned games, and play RESET Mini-game: Dis or Dat (Marvel or DC Universe).

#62 – Top games of 2017 (so far)

What a strange year it’s been: It started in January, and now we’re right in the middle of it. Really makes you think. Anyway, it’s mid year so we’re talking about our favourite games released so far.

This week we’re also discussing Kingdom Hearts 3, first details about the Ataribox, Playstation 5 predictions, Star Wars Battlefront 2 open beta, a big day for Valve bans, Mario Kart VR, Gran Turismo Sport, Ni No Kuni 2, The Surge demo, The End is Nigh and indie gaming subscription service Jump.

And finally, we list our Top 3 games of 2017 (so far), and play RESET Mini-game: Two truths and a lie.

#61 – Celebrating video game soundtracks

If the prospect of discussing video game soundtracks is music to your ears, then you may be suffering from tinnitus. Consult your doctor immediately. Whatever the case though, you’re in luck cause that’s what we’re blabbing on about in this week’s episode.

This week we’re also discussing new Overwatch hero Doomfist, Nintendo Switch Online app, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Evil Genius 2, Netflix’s Castlevania series, Tekken 7 Bowl Mode, Pokemon GO Anniversary event, The Wonderful 101, Little Nightmares the Depths DLC, Five Nights At Freddy’s 6 cancellation, Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, GunboundM, That’s You, Night in the Woods and Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC 1.

And finally, we list our Top 3 Video game soundtracks, and play RESET Mini-game: 21 questions.

#60 – Crash Bandicoot is back, baby!

Like a pair of proud zombie parents, we’re crying tears of joy at our boy Crash graduating from the grave this last week in the Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy. And not even the expensive graduation ceremony, nor the long line for graduation photos can hide the fact that I’ve completely lost control of this analogy. Arguably, it didn’t even make any sense to begin with. Anyway, here’s the brass tacks: Crash is back. We’ve played the N Sane Trilogy. Spoiler alert: it’s good.

This week we’re also discussing the announcement of the SNES Classic, Dragon Age news being teased, Final Fantasy XV Update, GunboundM, Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC, Until Dawn and other PS Plus July games, Star Wars Battlefront 2’s loot box system, RUST refunds, Lawbreakers Open BETA and Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series.

And finally, we list our Top 3 annoying video game characters, and play RESET Mini-game: Marry shag kill.

#59 – Crash Bandicoot hype intensifies

Four more days, people. Four more days until the ground-up remake of our childhoods is in our collective hot-little hands. But that’s still four days away. “Boring, what about now?” I hear you all groan. Well jeez, okay: Tegan’s played Garfield GO this week as promised, and she’s also picked up Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition, so there’s still plenty of non-Crash discussion for all you nay-sayers. Four more days.

This week we’re also discussing some additions to Pokemon GO, the Steam summer sale, HITMAN free trial, Detroit: Become Human, Overwatch, Undertale coming to PS4 and Vita, SEGA Forever, Death Squared on Switch, COD Modern Warfare Remastered and failed kickstarter game Project Rap Rabbit.

And finally, we list the Top 3 Games that made us feel powerful, and play RESET Mini-game: 21 questions.

#58 – Best of E3 2017

Another E3 has gone by, and that can only mean one thing: the concept of time does in fact exist, and it is ever moving. It also means we’ve got plenty to talk about including our hands-on time with GOTY contender Garfield Go. And if that’s not enough titillation for you, we’ve also played WipEout Omega Collection and more of Life is Strange (finally).

This week we’re also discussing Shadow of the Tomb Raider leaks, a new Bubsy game, Killer Instinct on Steam, XBOX Avatar revamp, PS4 Playlink, Hidden Agenda, IO Interactive going independent, Atari’s new console, GTA Modding tool ban, Minecraft cross play, Kickstarter game Blasphemous, Shenmue 3 being delayed and Spy Chameleon.

And finally, we list our Top 3 Best of E3 2017, and play RESET Mini-game: Dis or dat (our first mini-game listener submission).

Special – E3 2017: Ubisoft, Sony and Nintendo Press Conferences

To cap off our special E3 2017 press conference coverage, here are the final three: Ubisoft, Sony and Nintendo. Again, we mention everything announced in quick fire, and then discuss our stand outs. Oh, and we’ve also watched Devolver Digital’s press conference. Worth it.

For Ubisoft, our standouts are Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Skull and Bones, Transference, Far Cry 5 and Beyond Good and Evil 2. For Sony, it’s all about Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Days Gone, Shadow of the Colossus remake, The Inpatient, God of War, Detroit: Become Human and Spider-Man. And for Nintendo, we’re talking Pokemon coming to the Switch, the announcement of Metroid Prime 4, a new Yoshi game and Super Mario Odyssey.