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We’re not quite there yet at the following link.

I don’t think we’ve done a four person show in quite a few months now and we aren’t about to break that streak with this episode. PAX is on the horizon but more so for a lot of people – The Phantom Pain is on their horizon and, from the look of reviews, it’ll be worth the wait. Before we get there, however, 2 games are releasing this week…exclusives for each system, in fact…Until Dawn on the PS4 and Gears Of War Remastered on the Xbox One. Each of these seems easy enough to run through while waiting for next Tuesday.

Then we’ve got about 15 days before a few of us on the show step back into Destiny. We’re a bit surprised to say that ourselves but from the sound of things…they’re improving the game in the right direction we’d have liked to seen it go to begin with.

 

We’re unboxing old boxes at the following link.

The guest host rotation will soon come to an end but for now we welcome a regular caller into the studio. Chris has called in on almost every episode for the past few months and decided to show up and bring a few items with him. This is one of those segments that really lends itself to video more than it does radio so if you’re interested in what you’re hearing, then hit up our YouTube page (or just watch above) to see what you’re missing.

 

We’re re-cutting all our vocals with Nolan North at the following link.

Matt’s back! But don’t get used to it cause he’s gone again for the next episode. However, while he’s here we get to find out what he’s been playing while away and what he’s looking forward to playing coming up.

Microsoft seems to dominate Gamescom and we give a rundown of some of the news on that front. Plus a nice chat about the changes coming to Destiny.

Also, there’s this weird thing in the beginning where we kinda run way off topic. These don’t happen often so forgive us this once won’t you?

 

We’re digging out our floppy’s at the following link.

It’s hard at times not to fall back into the hole that is gaming nostalgia. We could honestly do it every single episode but there’s shows out there that are specifically created for just such a purpose and we’ll leave it to them to get it right. That being said, we still dive into our memories of gaming past right at the very beginning of this episode. Pardon our dust.

It’s also in this episode we welcome back a guest we haven’t spoken with since 2008. Metanet’s Raigan Burns joins us to talk about N++ and the journey of what it took to make a sequel along with what this sequel actually means to Metanet.

 

We’re collecting and displaying at the following link.

What makes a system seller? When that question came up in discussion during the show this week, we were trying to figure out the reasoning for having a full year exclusivity for Rise Of The Tomb Raider. And when we began to talk about it, we realized from the chat room that a system seller turns out to be a very subjective question. Turns out, a system seller seems to be whatever game compels you to buy a system to play it. But I’m sure numbers exist somewhere that show a release of a game and a rise in system purchases, we just didn’t have that kind of data at our fingertips during the show. A fun discussion nonetheless.

Also, we asked for in the episode and I’m asking here as well, please…send us your game collections! Memorabilia, displays…whatever you’ve got in your home on display that’s related to gaming, we’d like to see it!

 

We’re short on staff but gained a guest at the following link.

Nate and myself take to the mics for this episode as we’re short quite a few people this weekend. Arjay was out in Las Vegas for the EVO tournament and actually does call in to give us an update. Meanwhile, Matt is off doing Star Wars charity work so we can’t hold that against him. Meanwhile, we’re joined in studio by a long time listener and friend of the show Sara, (MedusasMirror) who made the long drive just to join us and pitch in for 2 hours.

There’s a bit more of Batman to speak of, and honestly, when a company screws up this bad on a PC port, the layers just keep falling back revealing more and more of just how badly they did screw up (they’ve set a standard, pretty much). Plus we talk with Sara and get an idea of her gaming background and history.

 

We’re probably done talking about Batman at the following link.

The first hour of this show should come with a spoiler warning as we go over Batman: Arkham Knight since at least 3 of us have finally finished the game.

Outside of that, we welcome Nate back and find out what he’s been up to the last two weeks. ArJay is off to Vegas for EVO this coming weekend so while he won’t be on this coming week’s show, we hope to have some kind of update on how things are going with his two matches in the tournament.

Next week, it’s just Nate and myself although it looks like we might be joined by a special guest or two in the studio.

 

We’re pretty sure someone got Burnout in our Batman at the following link.

Have you had a chance to play Her Story? If you have, I’m really curious how you would explain that to someone else without spoiling anything. If you know of a way you can do that and still make it interesting for the person to want to play it, let me know. Seriously, send us an email or something and let me know cause I have a damn hard time trying to do it in this episode.

There’s also more Batman talk to be had and since I haven’t finished the game, there is likely more coming in the next episode.

 

We’re just gonna be over here, on our PS4’s, at the following link.

Where to begin? Seriously, I don’t even know how to start this or where to start it in relation to this episode. It’s pretty much all Batman related, but it isn’t good news. Well, I take that back. Everyone seems to be okay with the game proper, but when it comes to the PC version, it’s just one big mess. This is the one I was looking forward to. This was my big summer game and the one that would hold me over for a good while until the fall. The one that I would jump into at any given time just to play the combat. The one I wanted on PC cause it was sure to be the better version.

The one that crushed all my hopes and desires.

 

We’re as surprised as you at the following link.

We’re back from E3 and we’re not sure what to think of everything. Microsoft, we felt, had a very decent showing and Sony was more than we ever expected as far as the megaton’s were concerned. While we do hit each and every showing at E3, it’s the remake of Final Fantasy 7 that gives us the most conversation. It’s a nostalgia I am not familiar with, but one I wish I was after listening to James talk about it and reading the chat room.

For some things, you just had to be there.

 

We’re clicking ourselves into carpal tunnel at the following link.

Well, here we go again. You’re getting this so early, because this entire episode will be outdated in 24 to 48 hours. We touch a bit on the Steam sale, but for the most part, this is ALL E3, with a touch of VR thrown in for good measure, but that kinda falls under E3 as well, doesn’t it?

Enjoy the show. I have a plane to catch. Be back here next weekend so we can sort through all that’s about to happen!

 

Our directional awareness is a little…skewed at the following link.

So it looks like we’re shipping up to Boston (whoaaa) for Fallout 4! We expect by this time next week we’ll have a date for the game’s release. Hell, by this time next week we’re going to have a lot of dates and news considering E3 will be in full swing.

This episode comes chock full of information. Witcher 3 is finally able to run on my PC, some Fallout 4 talk, lots of Steam discussion on refunds, controllers, and machines, plus we quickly mention the 6 games added to the first ever Video Game Hall Of Fame. Also, lotta calls this episode, which was nice – you folks keep doing that.

We’ll see you on the next episode for our E3 Prediction Show!

 

We’re not at all excited for E3 at the following link.

We started a discussion about what MS & Sony had to show at E3 and we sort of finished that discussion off-air. Or well, we added to it without actually finishing it. You never really finish a discussion when you’re making predictions on a future event. What we came to, after the show was over, is that while both Microsoft and Sony seem to have a pretty lackluster showing for E3 from what we can tell 2 weeks out, it’s Sony who REALLY seems to have nothing. At least nothing in the way of exclusives. We figure Uncharted 4 and VR will be shown off, but we couldn’t come up with anything else from any Sony first party studios. We know it’s probably out there. We know they have to have something to fill in the 2 hours, but how much of it belongs to them and isn’t something we can pick up on PC or Xbox One?

Time will tell. Also, next week’s show we’ll have a Witcher 3 update on if I could get it to run on my PC or not – this looks to be turning into a weekly feature of the show it seems.

 

We’re not completely optimized at the following link.

Witcher 3 was released and at the time of this show’s recording (Saturday), I couldn’t really tell you much about it. It doesn’t work for me. Well, it didn’t work for me for a good part of the week but testing it as of this writing (Monday), it’s working fine. And that’s good, but I’m far too distracted now with a much smaller (and cheaper) game.

Seriously, I know Witcher 3 is the big beautiful game right now, but if you love exploration and the Metroid-vania style of gameplay (heavy emphasis on Metroid) then do yourself a favor and play Axiom Verge. I talked about this game last week, this past week and I’ll be talking about it again this coming week. It is a fantastic game and no matter how much time I put into it whenever I sit down to play it, I always discover something new. A new power up, a new hidden item or area. Something new is always found no matter if I play for an hour or just 5 minutes.

Which is more than I can say for Witcher 3 at the moment.

 

We’re not at all doing anything illegal at the following link.

It might be because of the games coming out or just me doing research as of late, but it really feels like PC upgrading is in the air for us. James just upgraded to a 970 while Matt and myself have been looking into doing upgrades on our machine. Well, I’m just looking at graphics cards while Matt seems to be building a dream machine. Since the show ended he’s scaled back a bit on his build, but has assured us he’ll keep us informed on the progress of what he’s going to go with.

One of those games coming out that has given some of us this upgrade bug is Witcher 3 and almost a month later both Batman Arkham Knight and the expansion for FF14. But when we look beyond that, we don’t see much else on the horizon. I think we normally have some idea of some holiday releases and we do in the sense of the tried and true fall schedule (CoD, AC, etc), but nothing that stands out. We hope E3 might change things but we aren’t too confident that’ll happen. Here’s hoping however.