#81 – Need for Speed Pay-pack. It’s wordplay.

It’s Awards season baby and you know what that means. Or at least we’re hoping you do, cause we don’t. Shoot us an email and let us know please. Anyway, one of us seems to have developed an obsession with terribly mediocre games and has picked up Need for Speed Payback. Spoiler alert: it’s terribly mediocre. The other picked up Rocket League on the Switch, so there goes that mystery.

This week we’re also discussing the ongoing fallout from EA’s implementation of microtransactions in Star Wars: Battlefront 2, an interesting Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice dev diary from Ninja Theory, FIFA 18 facing a boycott with the #FixFIFA campaign, Marvel Heroes being shut down, Playground Games working on an action adventure RPG, To the Moon 2: Finding Paradise and indie skateboarding game Session on Kickstarter.

And finally, we discuss the winners of the first RESET Award for 2017: The ‘One game for the rest of your life’ Award, and play RESET Mini-game: 20 Questions.

#80 – We (kind of) regret buying Star Wars: Battlefront 2

Okay, so last week we said we weren’t going to buy Star Wars: Battlefront 2. Well we lied. We couldn’t help it, and now we’re on a one-way trip to h-e-double hockey sticks. We’ll say hi to the EA executive team when we get there. But in the meantime here’s a bit of a shanghai surprise: the game is good, particularly the single player campaign. So does it deserve all the hate it’s getting? Well, yes.

This week we’re also discussing The Game Awards nominations, Final Fantasy XV’s Noctis in Tekken 7, playing new Overwatch hero Moira, The Golden Joystick awards and kicking off The RESET Awards 2017.

And finally, we list our Top 3 lines of gaming dialogue, and play RESET Mini-game: Dis or dat.

#79 – Celebrating the Xbox One X and all gaming consoles

Console yourself for this week’s episode cause we’re talking about gaming consoles like the lovely new Xbox One X, with a value proposition that simply can’t be beat: 6 teraflops and no games. We’ve had hands on time with the world’s most powerful console this week, so join us while we discuss the primordial question: should you buy one? We’ve also passed Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, so plenty to talk about.

This week we’re also discussing Telltale Games laying off a quarter of their staff, Extra life fundraising marathon, Niantic working on a Harry Potter game called Wizards Unite, Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer expansion: Comrades, Grand Theft Auto 5 being the best-selling videogame of all time in the US, Xenoblade crossover in Zelda: Breath Of The Wild and Red Dead Redemption 2’s recurrent consumer spending.

And finally, we list our Top 3 Gaming Systems/Consoles/Platforms, and play RESET Mini-game: Who’s that sound.

#78 – Super Mario Odyssey is an absolute delight

Alright, here’s the 411 folks: we’ve both passed Super Mario Odyssey and we can confirm the game is deee-lish. If you’ve got a Switch but haven’t picked up Odyssey yet, stop reading this episode synopsis and leg it to your nearest gaming outlet and hand the sales assistant a blank cheque. Actually, scratch that: listen to the episode on repeat and send the aforementioned blank cheque to us instead. Cheers.

This week we’re also discussing Playstation at Paris Games Week including Ghost of Tsushima, some exciting Blizzcon news including a new Overwatch character and map, Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ Xbox One release date, Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back, Monster Hunter World not doing loot boxes, LA Noire on the Switch and Sony Rewards.

And finally, we list our Top 3 Characters in the Mushroom Kingdom, and play RESET Mini-game: Chronoloco.

#77 – Best of PAX Aus 2017

PAX is over for another year and now it’s time to cry til our tears fill up the room so we can eventually go swimming and feel happiness again. That’ll take a while though so in the meantime give us a listen, cause we’re doing a PAX Aus 2017 round-up. And spoiler alert: that means we’re talking indie games like Projection, Damsel, Eastward, The Gardens Between, West of Loathing, Rumu, Virtually Impossible, Sky Noon and more.

This week we’re also discussing Super Mario Odyssey, Sea of Thieves, After You, Playstation promising some new games at Paris Games Week, Papers Please short film adaptation, Microsoft stopping Kinect production, Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back, Gamecube support on the Switch, Steve Gilmour leaving BioWare, Metal Gear Survive being always-online and Hitman: Game of the Year Edition.

And finally, we list our Top 3 Best at PAX Aus 2017, and play RESET Mini-game: Keyword Countdown (with special guests Andrew, Paul and Sammy from The Inconsolables).

#76 – PAX Aus 2017 Preshow

You heading in to PAX later this week? No? Oh. Well if you are, strap in and hold onto your butt cause we’re taking you on a PAX Aus 2017 crash course. From AAA exhibitors to indies, we’ve got you covered. And if that’s not enough: well obviously theres no pleasing you. But relax, cause we’ve also played South Park: The Fractured But Whole and Dropmix and we’re talking about them too.

This week we’re also discussing the Nintendo Switch 4.0 update, Steam sale dates, Sony’s new publishing label Unties and EA shutting down Visceral Games.

And finally, we list our Top 3 Indie Games were looking forward to seeing at PAX Aus 2017, and play RESET Mini-game: 20 Questions.

All the indie games at PAX Aus 2017

So you can plan ahead at PAX Aus 2017, we’ve prepared a list of all the indie games in the Indie Showcase and PAX Rising sections of the show floor.

Did we miss something? Or is anything wrong? Let us know here.

#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.