#116 – Microsoft’s X018 and Tetris Effect

Microsoft is trying to drill something into our collective brains in their X0 event return: a nail, finely engraved with the following message: it’s a URL which points to a website where you can sign up for their email mailing list. The message on the ensuing email? ‘We’re focusing on games’. Our reply? ‘Finally’. No use though, it’s a no-reply email and we get a bounce back from mailer-daemon.

This week we’re also discussing Tetris Effect, Microsoft purchasing Obsidian Entertainment & inXile Entertainment, Crackdown 3’s release date, Void Bastards, the return of Xbox’s Winter of Arcade, new games coming to Xbox Game Pass, The Game Awards 2018 and Red Dead Redemption 2.

And finally, we list our Top 3 Mobile games, and play RESET Mini-game: Character crossover.

#115 – Red Dead Redemption 2

We’ve spent a healthy amount of time this week rootin’ tooting’ cowboy shootin’ in Red Dead Redemption 2 and you can bet your bottom yen we’re going to be talking about it. Tegan also played Square Enix’s The Quiet Man and unfortunately it’s not.. uh.. quite as good as Red Dead Redemption 2?

This week we’re also discussing Diablo Immortal, Playstation Classic, Overwatch’s new hero Ashe, Warcraft 3: Reforged, Playstation Classic, Smash Bros. Direct, Deltarune, Medieval and Bubsy: Paws on Fire.

And finally, we list our Top 3 Open worlds in gaming, and play RESET Mini-game: Chronoloco.

#114 – Best of PAX Aus 2018

PAX Aus 2018 has come and gone and we’re sad and scared and tired. Particularly tired. In this lovely episode of RESET, we wax poetic about the things we saw and played at PAX Aus that excited us the most. We also discuss our (maybe overly-) critical first impressions of Red Dead Redemption 2.

This week we’re also discussing Days Gone, Follow JC Go, Kingdom Hearts 3, Pokemon Let’s Go, the rumoured Super Smash Bros Ultimate roster leak, Knuckle Sandwich, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Little Reaper, Resident Evil 2 remake, Untitled Goose Game, Hitman 2, Soundfall, My Cousin Pedro and Alan Wake being available to purchase again.

And finally, we list our Top 3 Best of PAX Aus 2018, and play RESET Mini-game: Metacritic Madness.

#113 – PAX Aus 2018 Preshow

Whoa, PAX Aus 2018 is this week. You going? No? Why not? Well never mind, we are, so feel free to live vicariously through us. This episode is our big bad PAX Aus 2018 preshow. We’re discussing what you can expect to see and do at PAX Aus this year, including all the AAA playable titles, exciting local indie games, interesting panels and everything in between.

This week we’re also discussing our excitement around the imminent release of Red Dead Redemption 2, Days Gone, Little Reaper, Double Shot, Spin Rhythm, Soundfall, Untitled Goose Game, Knuckle Sandwich, GenerOzity, upcoming news about the MediEvil Remake and Sean Bean in Hitman 2.

And finally, we list our Top 3 Indie Games were looking forward to seeing at PAX Aus 2018, and play a one-off RESET Mini-game: PAX Trivia.

#112 – Rumours can be fun

When all the gaming news we have to report on is made up of rumours and speculation, there’s only one thing to do: report on them with poise and extreme grace. But hey, we’ve also played some games this week, including the absolutely fantastic Forza Horizon 4.

This week we’re also discussing the upcoming PAX Aus, the leaked upcoming Harry Potter RPG, rumours of a new Diablo game, rumours of a New Nintendo Switch model, Rockstar potentially casting for Bully 2, Microsoft potentially buying Obsidian Entertainment, Sony rolling out PSN ID name changes, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Super Mario Party and Jackbox Party Pack 5.

And finally, we list our Top 3 Characters we want in Super Smash Ultimate, and play RESET Mini-game: Who’s that sound.

#111 – Michael killed Telltale

Surely Michael’s fabled uttering that “Telltale should take a break” and the subsequent news that Telltale is closing down are a coincidence at best. It would be ridiculous to think that such enigmatic words could cause the closure of a beloved studio. It’s a moronic thought, really. And yet, here we are.

This week we’re also discussing Life is Strange 2, XBOX X018, no Playstation Experience for 2018, PS4 getting cross-play support, Forza Horizon 4, The Ace Attorney Trilogy, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Nintendo clarifying cloud save expiries, Super Mario Party Cartridge selling on eBay and Nintendo winning a lawsuit against Tokyo Mario Karting.

And finally, we list our Top 3 Games that NEED to be on the Playstation Classic, and play RESET Mini-game: 20 Questions.

#110 – Playstation? Classic

Has anyone ever noticed how weird the word ‘classic’ is? Seriously, look at it. Starts and ends with a ‘c’ and a double ‘s’ in the middle. Weird. But hey, you know what’s not weird? Sony releasing the Playstation Classic. It’s just money in the pock. Invest in Sony? As your trusted source for investment opportunities, RESET podcast says ‘yels’.

This week we’re also discussing Aussie indie game The Gardens Between, getting excited for PAX Aus, Switch Online Service’s NES catalog, Playstation Now allowing game downloads, EB Games’ ‘interesting’ Playstation loot box, Red Dead Online, Capcom Vancouver shutting down and Horizon Zero Dawn.

And finally, we list our Top 3 Gaming franchises that should take a break, and play RESET Mini-game: The List of Us.

#109 – Shadow of the (obnoxious) Tomb Raider

There’s something not quite right about Lara Croft’s personality in ‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’, and we can’t quite put our fingers on it. Oh wait, yes we can. Lara has turned into an obnoxious jerk. How the hell did that happen?

This week we’re also discussing the Nintendo Direct, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Switch Online Service controversy, NES controllers for Switch, new RPG ‘Town’ from Game Freak, Forza Horizon 4 Demo, Isabelle coming to Super Smash Ultimate, the upcoming Tokyo Game Show, the Playstation Line-up tour (PSLUT), EB Games ‘Zero Regrets’ trade-in policy and the Overwatch Busan patch going live.

And finally, we list our Top 3 Puzzle games, and play RESET Mini-game: Would you rather.

#108 – Look out, here comes the Spiderman

Spiderman released on PS4 this week and it’s spun a web so tightly around our hearts that we’ve both been hospitalised. But never fear, we’ve signed a indemnity waiver to be released early so we can talk about our experience with this lovely game on the podcast.

This week we’re also discussing the Melbourne eSports Open, Yoshi’s Crafted World, Spyro Reignited Trilogy, Cyberpunk 2077, Nintendo Direct being postponed, Battlefield 5 Beta, Civilization 6 for Switch, Mega Man 11, The Division 2, Metal Gear Solid’s 20th birthday, Madden Longshot mode, Streets of Rage 4, Sony ending support for the PS2, Ori and the Will of the Wisps and Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s impending release.

And finally, we list our Top 3 Horror games, and play RESET Mini-game: Metacritic Madness.

#107 – Staying up all night to watch Gamescom trailers

It’s late August, so you know what that means: it’s time to get ready for September. It also means it’s Gamescom week. So we’ve got plenty to talk about this week gaming-wise, for something completely different.

This week we’re also discussing returning We Happy Few (good riddance), Michael buying the Resident Evil 2 collector’s edition (moron), Horizon Chase Turbo, Transference demo, the upcoming Melbourne eSports Open, The Dark Pictures Anthology, Overwatch, Devil May Cry 5, Cyberpunk 2077, Life is Strange 2, The Division 2, Hitman 2, The Settlers History Collection, Game/On Melbourne retro gaming festival and The Adventure Pals.

And finally, we list our Top 3 Games we stayed up all night to play, and play RESET Mini-game: Dis or Dat.

#106 – Celebrating our favourite indie games (and We Happy Few)

This episode is so indie. Like you wouldn’t believe. This week we’re discussing our favourite indie games of all time, including the newly released indie title (debatable?) We Happy Few. Spoiler alert: “it’s interesting but also sh*t”.

This week we’re also discussing our excitement around Gamescom 2018, the mysterious PS4 game tentatively titled ‘Project Mephisto’, new Melbourne gaming bar B. Lucky & Sons, Diablo 3 coming to the Switch, anxiety around the Resident Evil 2 Remake Collector’s Edition, the Spyro Reignited Trilogy being delayed and Marvel’s Spider-Man.

And finally, we list our Top 3 indie games, and play RESET Mini-game: Character Crossover.

#105 – Where have all the Demos gone?

Not unlike the cowboys, the days of Demos are over. Well, not really, but it’ll never be the same. In this episode we cry and reminisce about the good old days and our favourite demos.

This week we’re also discussing We Happy Few, the Nintendo Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct, the Red Dead Redemption Gameplay Trailer, the Overwatch Summer Games event, Commander Keen: Complete Pack, DOOM ETERNAL and Dead Cells.

And finally, we list our Top 3 Demos, and play RESET Mini-game: Metacritic Madness.

#104 – Pure WarioWare Gold?

So the first WarioWare game has come out in 9 years. But is it pure gold like it’s namesake suggests? Or is it akin to one of the more common metallic elements? Warioware Zinc, perhaps?

This week we’re also discussing Spyro: Re-ignited Trilogy not including Spyro 2 and 3 on the retail release disc, Spiderman going Gold, some Overwatch League news, Yakuza Kiwami, a new Ocarina of Time speed run world record and some gaming sales records.

And finally, we list our Top 3 Worst Trends In Games Right Now, and play RESET Mini-game: The List of Us.

#103 – The Sim(ple) life

Okay, first of all: how dare you. I can hear you all mocking the episode title in my mind’s eye. Well consider this: clever pun-based episode titles are difficult to think of and we obviously lack the intellect required to come up with one. So take that. We’re talking about Simulation Games in this episode.

This week we’re also discussing Germany banning pre-orders on games with no release date, the new Spiderman story trailer, Nintendo suing ROM sites, Rocket League’s 3rd anniversary event, the Nathan Fillion Uncharted fan film, Xbox teasing their appearance at Gamescom, Monster Hunter World PC details, World of Warcraft and God of War.

And finally, we list our Top 3 Simulation Games, and play RESET Mini-game: Chronoloco 2.

#102 – Hacking and slashing into God of War

Hack into this episode and slash your mum’s car tyres because it’s time to listen to RESET Podcast and this week we’re discussing hack and slash games, if you can believe that. We also answer the age-old question: is God of War a good game? The answer: Eh… probably, yeah.

This week we’re also discussing Rocket League’s 3rd birthday, We Happy Few being re-classified to R18+ in Australia, Nintendo releasing a new “product” by the end of the year, The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, Owlboy, Crash Bandicoot’s new ‘Future Tense’ level, Parappa the Rapper Remastered, Monster Hunter World PC details and Warframe getting a Switch release.

And finally, we list our Top 3 hack and slash games, and play RESET Mini-game: The Game Name Game.

#101 – Single player games for replayability

We’re finally on the other side of 100, and none too soon because at this age we should really be in a nursing home.

This week we’re discussing HITMAN 2, PlayStation Cross Play, Pokemon Go, Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee, Amy Hennig leaving EA, new Overwatch hero ‘Hammond’, Hollow Knight and the Westworld mobile game / Fallout Shelter lawsuit.

And finally, we list the Top 3 single player games for replayability, and play RESET Mini-game: 21 questions.

#100 – RESET Podcast E3 2018 Press Conference

Tune in for the inaugural RESET Podcast E3 2018 Press Conference, recorded LIVE from the Los Angeles Convention Center.

We’d like to quickly dispel any potential future rumours that this episode was faked and that it was all scripted, recorded in Tegan’s house and then edited to sound like we were doing it live in front of a crowd at E3. First of all, how dare you. Integrity is one of the key tenets of RESET Podcast – alongside divine wisdom and general precariousness.

We have nothing further to say. It’s our 100th episode. Send kudos (and cash).

Special – E3 2018: Square Enix, Ubisoft, Sony and Nintendo Press Conferences

Time for round two. As we do every year, let’s discuss the second half of the E3 2018 Press Conferences in a special episode. For the second special, we’re discussing Square Enix, Ubisoft, Sony and Nintendo.

For Square Enix, that includes talk about Shadow of the Tomb Raider and The Quiet Man. For Ubisoft, we’re talking The Division and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. For Sony, we’re talking The Last of Us Part 2, Ghost of Tsushima, Control, Resident Evil 2 Remake, Death Stranding and Spiderman. For Nintendo, it’s all about Super Mario Party and Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

Special – E3 2018: EA, Microsoft, Bethesda and Devolver Press Conferences

Another year, another E3 and consequently; another year closer to death for us all. Fun times. As we do every year, let’s discuss the first half of the E3 2018 Press Conferences in a special episode. For the first special, we’re discussing EA, Microsoft, Bethesda and Devolver Digital.

For EA, that includes talk about Anthem and Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order. For Microsoft, we’re talking Halo Infinite, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Forza Horizon 4, Devil May Cry 5, Battletoads and Cyberpunk 2077 (ooohhh!). For Bethesda, we’re talking Doom Eternal, Fallout 76 and Elder Scrolls 6. And Devolver? Well, not much.

#99 – Detroit: Become Human doesn’t disappoint

The world is in turmoil and everything sucks, but shut up and relax because we’ve got some really good news: Unlike a parent’s sentiment towards a child who listens to country music, Detroit: Become Human has not disappointed us. And thank goodness for that.

This week we’re also discussing Mushroom Racing, We Happy Few being refused classification in Australia, Runescape Classic shutting down, The Wolf Among Us 2, Battlefield 5 and Sony discussing PS5 timelines.

And finally, we list the Top 3 narrative/stories in a game, and play RESET Mini-game: Chronoloco.