Active Quest Episode 116: The PS5 Is Fastest Selling Console In History, We’ll Buy Resident Evil 4 One More Time

Joseph, Josh, and Chris go over some surprising sales results from March 2021 and discuss many indie standouts like Oxenfree 2, Before Your Eyes, and Emily Is Away <3. 

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Quick News

Nintendo is releasing a bright blue Switch Lite in May

 Taylor Lyles

https://www.theverge.com/2021/4/13/22381575/nintendo-switch-lite-new-color-blue-price-release-date

Amazon’s Lord Of The Rings MMO Canceled

Liana Ruppert

https://www.gameinformer.com/2021/04/17/amazons-lord-of-the-rings-mmo-canceled

Upcoming Releases/Announcements

Fortnite’s Aloy and Lara Croft team-up is delayed to next week

Andy Chalk

https://www.pcgamer.com/fortnites-aloy-and-lara-croft-team-

up-is-delayed-to-next-week/

Days Gone PC Release Date Announced

Adam Bankhurst

https://www.ign.com/articles/days-gone-pc-release-date-announced

Quick News

New Resident Evil Village demo comes to PS4 and PS5 April 17

Kellen Haney

Resident Evil 4 VR Announced for Oculus Quest 2

Matt T.M. Kim

https://www.ign.com/articles/resident-evil-4-vr-announced-for-oculus-quest-2

News

Oxenfree 2 and more new games announced at Nintendo Indie World Showcase

Joseph Yaden

https://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/nintendo-indie-world-showcase-april-2021-recap/

The PS5 is the fastest-selling console in U.S. history, according to March game sales data

Joseph Yaden

https://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/video-game-sales-report-match-2021/

Listener Questions

Jordan Aslett

@_JordanAslett_

Is the new Switch lite blue or purple?

Jeremy

@hostofhollows

It is not lost on me that if you combine those two games you get… olli olli oxenfree

Andrew McMahon

@McMahon_BearPig

Where the fuck is Hollow Knight Silksong? Also, shoutout to Oxenfree II and OlliOlli World. Both day one pick ups for me.

#1 Kingdom Hearts Fan

@No1KHFan

Hi there, long time no see! I thught I wasn’t wanted so I stupped ): 

Anyway, when do u think the next Kingdom of Hearts game will get announced? I’m running out of Hot cheetos and i need a pick me up.

What We’ve Been Playing

Joseph:

  • Dragon Quest XI
  • Warzone

Chris:

  • Before Your Eyes (review code for RetroWare)
  • Ashwalkers (review code provided for RetroWare)
  • Outriders (review code provided)

Josh:

  • Emily is Away ❤ (review code for Retroware) 
  • Pokemon Snap 
  • Pokémon Card GB2: Great Rocket-Dan Sanjō!
  • Silent Hill 2

Recommended Reading

Sony’s disregard for game preservation is bad for everybody, including developers | GamesRadar+

Active XP: Monster Hunter Rise Review

Monster Hunter newbie Chris and veteran Joseph are joined by GameRant’s Greysun Morales and Prima Games’ Jesse Vitelli to review the excellent Monster Hunter Rise for the Nintendo Switch.

Review code provided by Capcom. Thank you!

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Sounds used:

Ambient Nature Soundscapes » forestsurroundings.wav by Luftrum

Music from Monster Hunter Rise by Capcom Sound Team and Satoshi Hori.

Active Quest Episode 115: Pac-Man 99, An Unnecessary Remake For The Last Of Us, And Outriders

Joseph and Josh give their thoughts on Pac-Man 99 and Oddworld: Soulstorm. Also, they get into what’s reportedly happening at PlayStation.

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Quick News

Upcoming Releases/Announcements

Neo: The World Ends with You coming in July

Michael McWhertor

polygon.com/22375431/neo-the-world-ends-with-you-release-date-switch-pc-ps4

Destroy All Humans Remake Comes To Nintendo Switch In June

Brian Shea

gameinformer.com/2021/04/08/destroy-all-humans-remake-comes-to-nintendo-switch-in-june

Quick News

Mass Effect Legendary Edition Officially Goes Gold

Liana Ruppert

gameinformer.com/2021/04/09/mass-effect-legendary-edition-officially-goes-gold

Deathloop Delayed Until September

Liana Ruppert

gameinformer.com/2021/04/08/deathloop-delayed-until-september

Sony Signs Netflix Exclusivity Deal For Movies Like Uncharted And Morbius

Liana Ruppert

gameinformer.com/2021/04/09/sony-signs-netflix-exclusivity-deal-for-movies-like-uncharted-and-morbius

Yahoo Answers lives on in new Typing of the Dead mod

Michael McWhertor

polygon.com/22375631/yahoo-answers-typing-of-the-dead-steam-pc-mod

TimeSplitters 2’s 4K port has been locked inside the Homefront sequel for years

Owen S. Good

polygon.com/22375774/timesplitters-2-homefront-the-revolution-easter-egg-cheat-code-unlock-how-to

News

Report: The Last of Us remake coming for PS5, but at a cost to PlayStation morale

Owen S. Good

polygon.com/22375435/the-last-of-us-remake-ps5-release-dates-rumor-naughty-dog-days-gone-sequel

Listener Questions

#1 Turner and Hooch Fan

@TurnerandDouche

Hey buds, rip roarin question for yas: do you think The Proclaimers would have made that song if they had to walk 1001 miles instead of just 1000? Also, were they, being twins and all, singing about twins? Or did they both want to get with the same girl?

What We’ve Been Playing

Joseph:

  • Oddworld Soulstorm
  • Outriders

Chris:

  • Hopefully playing something for fun 🙂 

Josh:

  • Condemned: Criminal Origins 
  • Pac-Man 99 

Recommended Reading: Sony’s disregard for game preservation is bad for everybody, including developers | GamesRadar+

Active XP: It Takes Two Review

Joseph Yaden and Chris Penwell review Josef Fares’ latest epic It Takes Two. Spoilers: they absolutely loved it, but there are a few hang-ups to consider.

Review code provided by EA

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Active Quest Mario

Active Quest Episode 111: Our Favorite Mario Games And A New Life Is Strange Is Upon Us

Joseph, Josh, and Chris break down their favorite Mario games, Josh gives his thoughts on Sea of Solitude: The Director’s Cut, and Chris gives his predictions on the Square Enix Presents event. 

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Super Mario 3D World’s soundtrack by Nintendo, Mahito Yokota, Toru Minegishi, Yasuaki Iwata, and Koji Kondo

Upcoming Releases

TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge looks to channel classic arcade Ninja Turtles

Andrew Webster

theverge.com/2021/3/10/22323160/tmnt-shredders-revenge-trailer-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-game

Techland sharing Dying Light 2 dev update next week

Alex Calvin

vg247.com/2021/03/12/techland-dying-light-2-update/

News

‘Square Enix Presents’ Promises News On New Life Is Strange, Tomb Raider, And Balan Wonderworld

Kate Gray

nintendolife.com/news/2021/03/square_enix_presents_promises_news_on_new_life_is_strange_tomb_raider_and_balan_wonderworld

20 Bethesda games coming to Game Pass on Xbox, PC, and Cloud tomorrow

Matt Wales

https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2021-03-11-20-bethesda-games-coming-to-game-pass-on-xbox-pc-and-cloud-tomorrow

February 2021 NPD: Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury tops the charts

Jeff Grubb

Our Favorite Mario Games

What We’ve Been Playing

Joseph:

  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon
  • Apex Legends (Switch)

Chris:

  • Overwatch
  • Apex Legends
  • Battlefield 1

Josh:

  • Sea of Solitude: The Director’s Cut (review code provided)
  • [Under Embargo]

Active XP: Persona 5 Strikers Review

Chris Penwell reviews the amazing Persona 5 Strikers from Atlus, Koei Tecmo, and Omega Force. He explains why this game is “What You Wish For,” especially if you’re a fan of the original game.

Featured Image by Atlus & Koei Tecmo.

A review code was provided by Atlus.

Music intro from “What You Wish For” from the Persona 5 Strikers’ soundtrack by Atlus, Atsushi Kitajoh, Gota Masuoka, and Masayoshi Sasaki. The vocals are from Lyn Inaizumi.

Skyward Sword HD Active Quest

Active Quest Episode 108: You’re Wrong, The Nintendo Direct Was Good + Call of Duty: Warzone Is Going Downhill

Joseph and Josh discuss Nintendo’s controversial Nintendo Direct and the recent news from Blizzconline (yep it’s called that…)

Hosts:

Joseph Yaden – twitter.com/josephyaden

Josh Nichols – twitter.com/itsjerkjersh

Chris Penwell – twitter.com/PenwellWrites

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Upcoming Releases

Metro Exodus is getting ray tracing on the PS5 and new Xbox consoles

Jon Porter

https://www.theverge.com/2021/2/16/22285215/metro-exodus-pc-enhanced-edition-ps5-xbox-series-x-s-upgrades-ray-tracing-dlss-2-0

Marvel’s Avengers hits PS5 and Xbox Series X/S alongside Hawkeye DLC in March
Tom Ivan

https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/marvels-avengers-hits-ps5-and-xbox-series-x-s-alongside-hawkeye-dlc-in-march/

Rapid News

News

BlizzCon 2021 Announcements and Reveals, From World of Warcraft to Diablo

Felicia Miranda

https://www.ign.com/articles/blizzconline-blizzcon-2021-news-everything-announced-biggest-reveals

Nintendo Direct February 2021 Roundup: Everything Announced During the Presentation

Joseph Yaden 

https://yourmoneygeek.com/nintendo-direct-february-2021-roundup-everything-announced-during-the-presentation/

Listener Questions

Sabrina Rei

@StewOfBoo

Who among you is the best archer?

Andrew McMahon

@McMahon_BearPig

What is a game you played on Game Pass you otherwise wouldn’t that you loved. Also, what game isn’t on there that you think would be perfect for the platform

Lily Zaldivar

@CoolCatLilyZ

Excuse me but SPLATOON 3!?! What the frick mate!?

Michael Cwick

@The1stMJC

Origin story! 

How’d you all meet? Who’s idea was it to do the podcast and have you ever all met up in person?

What We’ve Been Playing

Joseph

  • Warzone
  • Super Mario 3D World
  •  

Chris

Josh

  • DOOM Eternal 
  • Resident Evil 4 (not going to say anything other than I beat it 3 times in 7 days because it’s still fucking awesome)
  • Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+

Recommended Reading

Active XP: Hitman 3 Is A Near Perfect Stealth Game (Review)

Chris and Joseph review the amazing Hitman 3 that has impeccable game design and graphics. 

Review code provided by IO Interactive.

Hosts

Joseph Yaden – twitter.com/josephyaden

Chris Penwell – twitter.com/PenwellWrites

Where You Can Find Us

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Music

Intro music from Hitman 3’s soundtrack by Niels Bye Nielsen and IO Interactive

Theme Song made by Novila. soundcloud.com/novila-edm

Synopsis

Hitman 3 is the conclusion of the World of Assassination trilogy in which you play as Agent 47 once again. In it, players explore expansive levels with the goal of taking out one or more targets — stealthily or Rambo-style. 

The game’s main hook is that it allows you to pretty much tackle each level how you see fit. Want to walk right up to the target and wipe them out with a gun right in front of everyone? You can do that, but you’ll have a fight on your hands. The game rewards you for planning and taking it slowly, giving you ways to sneak around and disguise yourself as personnel, or even use your surroundings to make your target’s death look like an accident.

Gameplay

Hitman 3 plays like the other games in the series — from a third-person perspective. It features six main missions that vary in design, from one that takes place in a giant skyscraper and even a small city. You have a number of gadgets at your disposal and as you complete each mission’s challenges, you unlock more items to use to take down your target(s). This creates high replay value, giving you an incentive to tackle missions in multiple ways. Certain missions have little side stories within that make them feel much more alive.

Story

The story in Hitman 3 takes place right after the events of the previous entry. Agent 47 is on the hunt for prominent Providence members as he seeks revenge against The Constant. His handler Diana, meanwhile, is on her own mission and her ambitions and loyalty to 47 remains unclear.

The cutscenes are brief, but somehow are super engaging as 47 comes out of his robotic shell. Pieces of dialogue that you overhear also add to the narrative of each character and target that you’re after. Goons, workers, and major characters all give valuable backstory that sounds natural rather than forced. They do repeat the lines at times, though, taking you out of the experience. IO Interactive are the masters of dropping lore to whoever is interested in it. 

Overall Thoughts

  • Music drops at random points. 
  • The graphics are phenomenal, especially in Chongqing where the neon lights are reflected within the puddles. 
  • So many ways to go about your target. It’s tooled to any kind of player. We recommend going about all options. 
  • Follow the tutorial as it’s essential to figure out how to play Hitman 3 and how the systems work. 
  • Hitman 1 and 2 passes are annoying. You need the gold edition of each game for it to work in Hitman 3. 
  • Hitman 3 walks that perfect line between serious overtones and hilarious situations/conversations. 
  • Overhearing possible solutions from the game’s dialogue encourages you to explore. 
Pumpkin Jack Active Quest Review

Active XP: Pumpkin Jack Review

Beware because Chris Penwell’s vampire alter ego reviews Pumpkin Jack for Active Quest. Will it be more trick than treat? Find out in this quick four minute review!

Thanks Headup Games for providing a review code.

Images via Pumpkin Jack by Headup and Nicolas Meyssonnier

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time Review

Joseph, Josh, and Chris review the superb Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time. Did it go over their expectations or was it too much of a blast from the past?

Review code provided by Activision

Music from Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time by Walter Mair