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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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Music

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

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.

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

Active XP: Jessika Review

Chris reviews a new FMV game called Jessika and while it has a riveting story, there are a few issues that mar it. 

Review code provided by Assemble Entertainment. Thanks for sending us a code our way!

Image from Jessika by Tritie Games and Assemble Entertainment.

Music:

► Music Credit: ‘Low.F.M’

Track Name: ‘Plebejer’

Music By: Low.F.M

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Official “Low.F.M” YouTube Channel HERE – https://www.youtube.com/LowFrequencyM…

Official “Low.F.M” Spotify HERE – https://open.spotify.com/artist/5BGRZ…

DOWNLOAD @ https://www.chilloutmedia.com/low-fre…

License for commercial use: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported “Share Alike” (CC BY-SA 4.0) License.

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Music promoted by NCM https://goo.gl/fh3rEJ @

https://www.LoFi-HipHop.com

Active XP: Marvel’s Avengers Review

Chris and Joseph feel optimistic about Marvel’s Avengers and love the campaign, but currently, it fails to deliver with its multiplayer mode.

Review code provided by Square Enix. Featured image by Square Enix and Marvel.

Hosts:

Joseph Yaden – twitter.com/josephyaden

Chris Penwell – twitter.com/PenwellWrites

Active XP: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 HD Review

Chris and Josh are joined by Michael Cwick (Digital Days Gaming) and David Restrepo to talk about Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2.

A review code was provided by Activision.

Michael Cwick: https://twitter.com/The1stMJC

David Restrepo: https://twitter.com/Darkwatchman28

Michael Cwick’s podcast Digital Days Gaming: https://digital-days-gaming.simplecast.com/

Michael’s awesome interview with the Producer and Director of the Tony Hawk documentary Pretending Like Superman: https://digital-days-gaming.simplecast.com/episodes/interview-pretending-im-a-superman

Active XP: Ary and the Secret of Seasons Review

Chris reviews the disappointing Ary and the Secret of Seasons from Modus Games, eXiin, and Fishing Cactus. A review code was provided by the publisher.

Image from Ary and the Secret of Seasons by Modus Games, eXiin, and Fishing Cactus

Chris Penwell – twitter.com/PenwellWrites

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Music

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

Ary and the Secret of Seasons Review Notes

  • Puzzles are a bit awkward. There was a lever that needed to be pulled but there isn’t a pulling animation until later on. So I had Ary walk into it to pull the lever. It was super strange and took me out of the game. The puzzles are terrible. I had to finagle my way through them rather than thinking of a proper solution. It doesn’t give you a clear thought process on what to do. I literally had Ary walk into a ball to make it roll. Then, I was given a tool to pull things across; that would have been nice earlier rather than awkwardly pushing Ary into a ball by running into it. 
  • Combat Isn’t that fun. Parrying, rolling, and striking. There aren’t any special moves. Combat is dull and there’s only so many times I can hear Ary say, “Son of a cow” before it gets old. 
  • It’s cool that the dialogue changes when you alter the season around characters. NPCs mention they’re cold when you make their area winter. You can also heat up their environment by using the summer ability. 
  • The characters and the animations are so adorable. 
  • The graphics are down right ugly at times. 
  • The art behind the bad graphics stands out. I loved seeing fireworks set in front of the castle. 
  • Frame rate is choppy, despite my laptop being able to run it easily. 
  • Repeating dialogue. “Son of a cow” was cute a few times, but when I hear it a dozen times over one play session…
  • Ary is so adorable. You could make plushies out of her and they’d sell. 
  • It carries such a light hearted tone 
  • The game is unfinished. Doors aren’t unlocking in the Winter Temple and it mocks me with an opening noise. I can tell something is on the other side by looking through the crack. 
  • After leaving the cathedral to upgrade Ary so I can fight the hyenas more effectively, I couldn’t go back in. Issues like this make me worry that I can’t continue the game. I’ve tried to progress but I’ve literally had a block that won’t let me through, hence reviewing this earlier than I’ve wanted to. 
  • Music is generic, repetitive, and mixed awkwardly from field to battle. I don’t know why they bothered marketing the album release as it’s painfully lifeless. 
  • Side quests failed at being interesting distractions to the main story. I would have loved to know more about the world around her rather than generic fetch quest missions. 

3/10

Active XP: The Last of Us Part 2 Spoilercast – A Huge Deep Dive Into The Story & Characters

Joseph, Josh, and Chris are joined by Michael Koczwara from The Hollywood Reporter and Vaughn Hyde from Indie Pod and have a huge almost 3 hour deep dive on one of the best games of the year, The Last of Us Part 2.

Hosts:

Joseph Yaden – twitter.com/josephyaden

Josh Nichols – twitter.com/Mrjoshnichols

Chris Penwell – twitter.com/PenwellWrites

Special Guests:

Michael Koczwara (The Hollywood Reporter, IGN, and more) – https://twitter.com/SuperZambezi

Vaughn Hyde (Indie Pod, Go Beyond, and more) – https://twitter.com/HydeLegion

Music:

The Last of Us Part 2 – Sony Interactive Entertainment and Gustavo Santaolalla

Featured Image: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Active Quest Episode 78: Ghost of Tsushima and Rocket Arena Both Rock, The Last of Us Part is a #1 Seller, The Curious Case of Dr. Disrespect

Today, the crew is joined by Jesse Vitelli from Twinfinite! We discuss Ghost of Tsushima and Rocket Arena, plus the growing confusion over Dr. Disrespect’s Twitch ban.

Joseph Yaden – twitter.com/josephyaden

Josh Nichols – twitter.com/Mrjoshnichols

Chris Penwell – twitter.com/PenwellWrites

Special Guest Jesse Vitelli (Twinfinite) – https://twitter.com/jessevitelli

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Music

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

Quick Notes

Switch’s Free-To-Play Ninjala Hits 3 Million Downloads

Dylan Warman

https://screenrant.com/ninjala-switch-free-to-play-3-million-downloads/

Uncharted Movie Finally Begins Shooting [Updated]

Adele Ankers

https://www.ign.com/articles/uncharted-movie-production-begins

Modder Makes A Kinect Version of Super Mario 64

Chris Penwell

https://www.thegamer.com/modder-makes-kinect-version-super-mario-64/

Quick Upcoming Releases

No Man’s Sky Desolation

https://www.nomanssky.com/desolation-update/?cli_action=1595029206.867

A Lego NES Console Is Coming, Complete with Retro Lego TV

Matthew Razak

https://www.escapistmagazine.com/v2/a-lego-nes-console-is-coming-complete-with-retro-lego-tv/

News

NPD June 2020: Switch and The Last of Us: Part 2 are tops

Stephany Nunneley

https://www.vg247.com/2020/07/17/npd-june-2020-switch-last-us-part-2-top-charts/

Dr Disrespect talks about his Twitch ban, the rumors, and his future

Steven Messner

https://www.pcgamer.com/interview-dr-disrespect-talks-about-his-twitch-ban-the-rumors-and-his-future/

Microsoft discontinues Xbox One X and Xbox One S digital edition ahead of Series X launch

Tom Warren

https://www.theverge.com/2020/7/16/21327330/microsoft-xbox-one-x-s-digital-edition-discontinued

Microsoft to launch xCloud streaming free with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate in September

Tom Warren

https://www.theverge.com/2020/7/16/21326797/microsoft-xcloud-launch-xbox-game-pass-ultimate-free

Listener Questions

#1 Turner and Hooch fan – Will the “and more” section cover the 1989 box office hit film Turner and Hooch? If so, my question is why the heck haven’t they made a sequel called Turner and 2-ch?!

What We’ve Been Playing

Joseph:

  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Paper Mario: The Origami King
  • Rocksmith 2014 (just mention I can play Raining Blood’s intro now)
  • The Witness

Chris

  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Rocket Arena
  • Deadly Premonition: Origins

Josh

  • Fortnite
  • OK/NORMAL
  • The Witcher III

Jesse

  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Deadly Premonition 2

Featured image – Ghost of Tsushima via Sony Interactive Entertainment