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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]
The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild Active Quest Episode 110

Active Quest Episode 110: Nintendo Switch Celebrates Its 4th Birthday, Elden Ring Leaks, and Aliens: Fireteam

In this episode, Chris, Joseph, and special guest Cristina dive into the 4th anniversary of the Nintendo Switch, Elden Ring leaks, and Alien: Fireteam.

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Music

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

Upcoming Releases

Guilty Gear Strive Delayed Until June

Joseph Knoop

https://www.ign.com/articles/guilty-gear-strive-delayed-until-june

Epic acquires Fall Guys developer Mediatonic

Matt Wales

https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2021-03-02-epic-acquires-fall-guys-developer-mediatonic

News

A leaked Elden Ring trailer has surfaced

Natalie Clayton

https://www.pcgamer.com/a-leaked-elden-ring-trailer-has-surfaced/

Aliens: Fireteam is an all-new, co-op bug hunt for the Colonial Marines

Michael McWhertor

https://www.polygon.com/2021/3/2/22308993/aliens-fireteam-announcement-release-date-platforms

Nintendo Switch Trends on Twitter on the Console’s 4th Anniversary

Noah Vaca

https://gamerant.com/nintendo-switch-twitter-trending-anniversary/

Listener Questions

Jake Free

What was your first writing assignment?  How did you prepare for it? Was the process what you thought it would be?

PlayStacin

Mediatonic is known for their work on “Fall Guys” so my question is: What would an “Active Quest” Fall Guy look like?

#1 Turner and Hooch Fan

HEY FELLERS and guest, I have a question: are your ps4 disc drives able to play a slice of salami? I read somewhere it could but I tried to put it in there and it got stuck and my Playstation won’t recognize it. Do you think it’d work if I update my firmware?

What We’ve Been Playing

Joseph:

  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Sea of Thieves

Chris:

  • Sea of Solitude: Director’s Cut (review code provided)
  • Bravery Network Online (review code provided)
  • Overwatch

Cristina:

  • Pokemon Cafe Mix
  • Immortals Fenyx Rising
  • Concrete Genie

Active Quest Episode 109: PlayStation State of Play, Pokémon Presents, and Persona 5 Strikers

This week, Chris, Joseph, and Josh discuss the latest State of Play event, the recent Pokémon presentation, and more on Persona 5 Strikers.

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Music

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

Rapid News

🏳️‍Trans rights are human rights 

Upcoming Harry Potter game keeps brewing trouble

Patricia Hernandez

polygon.com/2021/2/24/22299095/harry-potter-jk-rowling-hogwarts-legacy-wb-games-troy-leavitt-youtube-resetera

News

PlayStation State of Play February 2021 Roundup: Everything Announced During the Event

Joseph “Give me Wario” Yaden

yourmoneygeek.com/everything-announced-during-the-february-2021-playstation-state-of-play-event/

New Details Emerge On The World Of Halo Infinite

Matt Miller

gameinformer.com/2021/02/25/new-details-emerge-on-the-world-of-halo-infinite

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes are coming to Nintendo Switch

Nicole Carpenter

polygon.com/pokemon/2021/2/26/21301048/pokemon-diamond-pearl-remake-nintendo-switch-game-freak

New Pokémon Game Is An Open-World Story Set In Feudal-Style Sinnoh Region, Pokémon Legends Arceus

Liana Ruppert

gameinformer.com/pokemon-presents/2021/02/26/new-pokemon-game-is-an-open-world-story-set-in-feudal-style-sinnoh

Listener Questions

Sabrina Rei

@StewOfBoo

Who among you is the best archer?

Sabrina Rei

@StewOfBoo

What does Sony have to do or show you to make you excited about its newly announced follow up to the PSVR headset?

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?

Jake Free

@JakeFreeDieHard

When it comes to remakes of games like the RE2 and 3, Tony Hawk 1 and 2 or even Final Fantasy Remake, who do you trust more? A review from someone who played the original or someone playing the remake of the game for the very first time?

Christian

@CTH73

With the death of Anthem how long do you think it will be before we see EA/Bioware try and pull off a similar game. Maybe not as far as gameplay, but for the looty shooty genre?

Sara Green

@98saraFLOPS

With the reveal of Intergrade, how long do you think it’ll be till we hear anything on Final Fantasy Remake pt 2?

Daniel Linton

@DanielLinton91

What are your thoughts on the newly announced Pokémon Legends: Arceus and Sinnoh Remakes?

What We’ve Been Playing

Joseph

  • Warzone Season 2

Chris

  • Persona 5 Strikers (it’s pretty good) (pretty good review code provided)
  • Ring Fit Adventure 
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Josh

  • Littlewood (Review code provided) 
  • Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze 
  • StarTropics (for an article – very fun! First time playing!)

Recommended Reading

uppercutcrit.com/why-final-fantasy-viis-trans-story-resonates/

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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Music

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

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 Quest Episode 107: Persona 5 Strikers Is A Great Sequel So Far And Jack Black Should Play Everyone

Chris, Joseph, and Josh discuss the CDPR hack, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, Persona 5 Strikers, and The Last of Us HBO show casting.

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Email us @ ActiveQuestPodcast@gmail.com

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Music

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

Upcoming Releases

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart arrives on PS5 June 11

blog.playstation.com/2021/02/11/ratchet-clank-rift-apart-arrives-on-ps5-june-11/

The Kingdom Hearts Franchise Is Coming To The Epic Games Store March 30

Jason Guisao

gameinformer.com/2021/02/11/the-kingdom-hearts-franchise-is-coming-to-the-epic-games-store

Crash Bandicoot 4 Coming to PS5, Xbox Series, Switch in March 12

Jonathan Dornbush

ign.com/articles/crash-bandicoot-4-release-date-ps5-xbox-series-x-switch-pc

Jack Black Will Voice Claptrap In Borderlands Movie

Jason Guisao 

gameinformer.com/2021/02/11/jack-black-will-voice-claptrap-in-borderlands-movie

News

January 2021 NPD: PS5 Breaks Decade Old Dollar Sales Record
Sammy Barker

pushsquare.com/news/2021/02/january_2021_npd_ps5_breaks_decade_old_dollar_sales_record

Pedro Pascal To Star As Joel In ‘The Last Of Us’ HBO Series Based On Video Game

 Nellie Andreeva

deadline.com/2021/02/pedro-pascal-star-joel-the-last-of-us-hbo-series-video-game-playstation-1234691935/

Stolen Cyberpunk and Witcher data reportedly sold after ‘$7 million auction’

Tom Ivan

videogameschronicle.com/news/stolen-cyberpunk-and-witcher-3-data-reportedly-sold-after-7-million-auction/

Listener Questions

Greysun Morales

@GreysunMorales

Are you guys happy with TLOU casting choices so far? And also, who do you want to see as the other characters such as Tess and Tommy?

PlayStacin

@PlayStacin

If there’s a female Ratchet and a parallel Nefarious, do you think there’s other characters from other dimensions? Will we see other Clanks, Qwarks, and Lawrences?

Sabrina Rei

@StewOfBoo

So about that female Lombax…

Jake Free

@JakeFreeDieHard

What video game fight do you think you could win in real life? Personally I think I could win the garage  fight in the beginning of RE7

What We’ve Been Playing

Joseph

  • Super Mario 3D World
  • Little Nightmares 2

Chris

  • Persona 5 Strikers (review code provided)
  • Ring Fit Adventure (lost weight!)

Josh

  • DOOM 3 
  • (tried playing) Nuts (review code provided)
  • Resident Evil 4 

Active Quest Episode 106: Persona 5 Strikers, Ring Fit Adventure, and No Overwatch 2 or Diablo 4 This Year

Chris, Josh, and PlayStacin discuss the lack of Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 in 2021, Ring Fit Adventure, and Persona 5 Strikers!

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Follow us on Twitter @ActiveQuestShow

Email us @ ActiveQuestPodcast@gmail.com

Rate us on Apple Podcasts, and Podcast Addict so we can continue to grow. Reviews are so helpful for discovery and opening doors in the industry for us!

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Music

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

Quick News

Prince of Persia Puts the Sands of Time on Hold Until a Later Date

Sammy Barker

pushsquare.com/news/2021/02/prince_of_persia_puts_the_sands_of_time_on_hold_until_a_later_date

Yip! Yip! Avatar: The Last Airbender TTRPG Announced

Chris Penwell

thegamer.com/official-avatar-last-airbender-korra-ttrpg/

News

Embracer Group Acquires Gearbox Software And Aspyr Media

Tuffcub

thesixthaxis.com/2021/02/03/embracer-buys-gearbox-aspyr-media-easybrain-borderlands-3/

Activision Blizzard Doesn’t Expect To Release Overwatch 2 Or Diablo 4 This Year

Joshua Henry

thegamer.com/activision-blizzard-earnings-call-release-overwatch-2-or-diablo-4-2022/

‘Final Fantasy VII Remake’ developers want to surprise players with sequel

Surej Singh

nme.com/news/gaming-news/final-fantasy-vii-remake-part-two-details-suprise-2869323

Listener Questions

Jake AKA Creamydave

When do you think the average person will have no issues getting a PS5?

Andrew McMahon

What is your favorite sports video game of all time. Also, did you ever enjoy them because you felt like you where living the dream of a pro athlete vicariously through playing it?

#1 Turner and Hooch Fan

Hey gamers, I have to say, I’m looking forward to the day I have enough copies of Turner and Hooch on vhs that I can build a gaming throne out of them. My question for you is this: if I stick a controller up my ass, will I become a peripheral? Asking for scientific reasons.

Sabrina Rei

Rocket league is basically soccer with cars, what other sports mashups do you think could potentially work?

#1 50 Cent Blood on the Sand Fan

alright so you know I need to ask 

do you think Resident Evil 8 will have 50 Cent in it? Obviously as like a cosmetic DLC because the game would be over almost immediately if you were playing as 50 Cent.

Joseph Yaden

Were y’all as confused as I was when you you first heard Combustion by Meshuggah? It has this hi-hat countdown in the intro that sounds like it’s off beat…but it couldn’t be. It’s Meshuggah, after all. Turns out, the song starts on the upbeat, making it sound like the hi-hat…

..count-in is off time — but it’s not. If you play the entire intro sequence with a metronome and start it on the downbeat before the song actually starts, the hi-hat countdown will make sense and will be absolutely 100% on time.

https://youtu.be/YsYClJk8Zv4

What We’ve Been Playing

Joseph

  • Persona 5 Strikers (review code provided)

Chris

  • Uno: Ultimate Edition (review code provided)
  • Coromon Demo
  • Ring Fit Adventure

Josh

  • Resident Evil 4 

Stacin

  • Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
  • Crash 4: It’s About Time
  • Worms: Rumble

Active Quest Episode 105: The Medium, More on Cyber Shadow, and Xbox’s Huge Success

Chris, Joseph, Josh, and special guest, Adam Bankhurst discuss The Medium, Cyber Shadow, and Resident Evil!

Joseph Yadentwitter.com/josephyaden

Josh Nicholstwitter.com/itsjerkjersh

Chris Penwelltwitter.com/PenwellWrites

Adam Bankhursttwitter.com/adambankhurst

You can find us on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spotify, and Google Play. You can also subscribe through our RSS feed

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Music

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

Quick News

EA founded a new studio to work on the long-awaited ‘Skate 4’

Igor Bonifacic

engadget.com/ea-full-circle-skate-4-studio-175608905.html

PlayStation Plus Games for February 2021 Announced

Adam Bankhurst

ign.com/articles/playstation-plus-games-for-february-2021-announced

Tomb Raider Series Coming To Netflix

Joe Juba

gameinformer.com/2021/01/27/tomb-raider-series-coming-to-netflix

Lara Croft’s two timelines will be unified, says Tomb Raider studio

Owen S. Good

polygon.com/2021/1/28/22254376/tomb-raider-25th-anniversary-canon-timeline-crystal-dynamics

News

Activision Is Resisting Diversity Hiring Push by America’s Unions

Lauren Kaori Gurley and Patrick Klepek

vice.com/en/article/n7vkb8/activision-is-resisting-diversity-hiring-push-by-americas-unionsMicrosoft’s Recent Net Earnings Were $15.5 Billion, Or “About Two Bethesdas”

Chris Penwell

thegamer.com/microsofts-recent-net-earnings-were-15-5-billion-or-about-two-bethesdas/

Listener Questions

#1 Kingdom Hearts Fan

Hey there, #1 Kingdom Hearts fan reporting in! How many heartless wud it take to fit a football stadium? Preparing for the super bowl and need some snaks. I think I’ll get the flamin hot cheetos but they make me fart. Laters!

Sabrina Rei

Have you ever played a game that prompted a change in your lifestyle? (eg. Ecco the Dolphin made you stop eating canned tuna fish, lol I dunno.)

Wes Bates

Simple question – what game has your favorite UI or HUD and how would you like to see games utilize their UI/HUD differently than the standard, boring life bar, ammo count or mini-map?

#1 50 Cent Blood on the Sand fan

It’s almost the 12th anniversary of 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand.

 What do you think the chances are of @THQNordic

 bringing back one of the best co-op games of 2009 with a remaster or port?

Steven Beaumont

Who is your favourite RE character and why is it Jill, Ada or Leon?

#1 Turner and Hooch Fan

Hey fellers, just letting you guys know I dumped my entire life savings into GameSpot stock. I’m gonna buy millions of copies of Turner and Hooch.

…Oh yeah, a question? Uhhh fuck I dunno, are you scared of spelling bees? I’m scared of the ones that sting personally.

What We’ve Been Playing

Joseph

  • The Medium (review code provided)
  • Cyber Shadow (review code provided)

Chris

  • Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & The Secret Fairy (review code provided)
  • Hitman
  • Tetris 99

Josh

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2 (finished)
  • Resident Evil 2 remake replay (finished)
  • Resident Evil 3 Remake (started)

Adam

  • Cyber Shadow
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Final Fantasy XIV                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Recommended Reading:

The fallout from GameStop’s wild Wednesday has been ugly

polygon.com/2021/1/28/22254264/gamestop-stock-robinhood-trades-discord-wallstreetbets-amc

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

You can find us on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spotify, and Google Play. You can also subscribe through our RSS feed

Follow us on Twitter @ActiveQuestShow

Email us @ ActiveQuestPodcast@gmail.com

Rate us on Apple Podcasts, and Podcast Addict so we can continue to grow. Reviews are so helpful for discovery and opening doors in the industry for 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. 

Active Quest Episode 104: Resident Evil Showcase, More on Hitman 3, Cyber Shadow + Atelier Ryza 2 Impressions

Joseph. Josh, Chris, and special guest, Sabrina Rei discuss Resident Evil Village’s release date, Hitman 3, and Cyber Shadow.

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Music

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

Quick News

Microsoft Not Changing Xbox Live Gold Pricing, Free-to-Play Games Unlocked

Adam Bankhurst

ign.com/articles/microsoft-not-changing-xbox-live-gold-pricing-free-to-play-games-unlocked

Xbox Games With Gold gets Gears 5, Resident Evil, and more in February

Owen S. Good

polygon.com/2021/1/22/22244315/xbox-free-games-with-gold-february-2021-xbox-one-xbox-360

News

Resident Evil Village launches in May, also coming to PS4, Xbox One

Michael McWhertor

polygon.com/2021/1/21/22242532/resident-evil-village-release-date-xbox-one-ps4-capcom

Sources: Capcom has overhauled its plans for a Resident Evil 4 remake

Andy Robinson

videogameschronicle.com/news/resident-evil-4-remake-overhauled/

Listener Questions

Vaughn Hyde
Do you think you’ll play in first or third person in the new Indiana Jones game? While Machine Games showed they’re fantastic at making first-person shooters with Old Blood and New Colossus. I think the IJ license would be somewhat misused in first person.

#1 Kingdom Hearts Fan
Hey there, u shud talk more about Kingdom Hearts. Who cares aboot Xbox? Indiana Jones issss old.

Btw, Chris is not the #1 Kingdom Hearts fan. I am! Poser!

Hey there, THE #1 Kingdom Hearts fan here, important question coming up. How much Cheetos do you think you can put in Sora’s shoes? 

bonus: do you think Joseph can sign my keyblade? Thanks, bye.

also, idk who this 

@TurnerandDouche

 guy is, but he sounds lame. like, really lame. he seems like one of those guys that want to see The Mighty Ducks in Kingdom Hearts.

#1 Turner and Hooch Fan

If a train is traveling at 65 mph and it takes 1hr and 39 minutes to completely watch Turner and Hooch, how many times can I watch T&H on a train trip from Boston to Dallas?

Yeah, I got a question guys: is it bad to inflate my ass with helium?

Andrew McMahon

Is Game Pass still the best deal in gaming as of the recent Xbox live price increase?

Nvm, I see Josh talked to his people and laid the hammer down

Josh Broadwell

If Resident Evil 6 used the same gameplay/story formula but just focused on one narrative instead of several, do you think it would have been received better?

Hatsube

Do yall drink hot tea and if so what flavor?

Steve Vegvari

Is a Pop Tart a ravioli?

Zac LaRocque-Walker

Do you think the Capcom teasers mean we will see a resident evil 4 remake shown off this month? Releases in October? Also, how many times have you all bought it? I got it on GameCube, wii, xbox one and ps4 thus far.

Jake Free

What about the marketing for hitman suggests that it’s a wacky sandbox type. I’ve always thought that it was a straight up secret agent type game like 007 and never thought otherwise until I heard podcasts like yours talking about the Hitman 3.

Kevin except really fast

I salute the nod to Resident Evil 6! 

What We’ve Been Playing

Joseph

  • Cyber Shadow (review code)
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Resident Evil Village demo 

Chris

  • Cyber Shadow (review code)
  • Atelier Ryza 2 (review code)
  • Hitman 3 (review code)

Josh

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2
  • Resident Evil 6

Sabrina

  • Hitman 3 on PSVR exclusively
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla -just finished it
  • Resident Evil – Maiden Demo
  • Ghost of Tsushima: Legends multiplayer (pre-raid)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Recommended Reading

The State of The Representation: A Manifesto for Trans Games Criticism

uppercutcrit.com/the-state-of-the-representation-a-manifesto-for-trans-games-criticism/