Active Quest Episode 87: Microsoft Buys Bethesda, Amazon Luna Joins the Competition, and Marvel’s Spider-Man PS5 Confusion

Joseph, Josh, Chris, and special guest Kaitlyn Red Wing discuss Microsoft’s purchase of Bethesda, Amazon’s new cloud-based gaming service, and the confusion of Marvel’s Spider-Man on PS5.

Joseph Yaden – twitter.com/josephyaden

Josh Nichols – twitter.com/Mrjoshnichols

Chris Penwell – twitter.com/PenwellWrites

Kaitlyn Red Wing – twitter.com/KaitlynRedWing

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Music

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

News transition music from Fallout 4 by Inon Zur. Added with fair use.

Quick Notes

Animal Crossing Halloween event announced, fall update coming Sept. 30

Nicole Carpenter 

polygon.com/2020/9/25/21455764/animal-crossing-new-horizons-halloween-event-fall-update

Resident Evil Village Could Come To PS4 And Xbox One, Capcom “Looking Into It”

Liana Ruppert

gameinformer.com/2020/09/25/resident-evil-village-could-come-to-ps4-and-xbox-one-capcom-looking-into-it

Xbox Game Pass Subscriptions Have Shot Up By 50% Over The Past 6 Months

Johann Hamilton

screenrant.com/xbox-game-pass-subscriptions-increase-50-percent/

Michel Ancel Accused of Toxic Management at Ubisoft

Robert N. Adams

https://techraptor.net/gaming/news/beyond-good-and-evil-2-delays-reportedly-caused-by-dysfunctional-management

Quick Releases

Metal Gear, Metal Gear Solid, and more Konami classics come to PC on GOG.com

Owen S. Good 

polygon.com/2020/9/25/21455745/metal-gear-pc-metal-gear-solid-konami-classics-gog-com-contra-castlevania-collection

Doom Eternal Is Rip And Tearing Onto Game Pass Next Month

Kyle Campbell

thegamer.com/doom-eternal-coming-to-game-pass/

Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory Demo Coming Next Month

https://twitter.com/KINGDOMHEARTS/status/1309466430174363648

News

Microsoft To Buy Bethesda In $7.5 Billion Deal, Acquiring Fallout, The Elder Scrolls

Reese Oxner 

npr.org/2020/09/21/915308028/microsoft-to-buy-bethesda-in-7-5-billion-deal-acquiring-fallout-the-elder-scroll

Amazon Announces Luna, Another Cloud-Based Streaming Game Service

Mike Fahey

kotaku.com/amazon-announces-luna-another-cloud-based-streaming-ga-1845170977

Sony clarifies that PS5 Spider-Man remaster is not a free upgrade for PS4 Spider-Man players

Chris Moyse

destructoid.com/stories/sony-clarifies-that-ps5-spider-man-remaster-is-not-a-free-upgrade-for-ps4-spider-man-players-604643.phtml

Xbox Series X’s expandable storage is very expensive, but Microsoft says an SSD is necessary for new games

Brett Makedonski

destructoid.com/stories/xbox-series-x-s-expandable-storage-is-very-expensive-but-microsoft-says-an-ssd-is-necessary-for-new-games-604681.phtml

Listener Questions

Bella, Associate Editor / The Gamer

If Konami really did offer up a next-gen MGS remake that looked cool and had a good team behind it, would you be on board or nah?

#1 Turner and Hooch fan / The world’s #1 fan of Turner and Hooch

Hey, #1 Turner and Hooch fan here. What are your thoughts on a pizza covered in fruity pebbles? Do you think it would make for a rockin’ good time? Would it concrete my popularity among the cool kids? Or do you think it would just be good for stoners?

Also, have you ever been to this site? http://Celebritiesbutbald.com

Ghostintheglass

excited for the possibility of New Vegas 2?

Efase

Other than Mass Effect, what are some trilogies that you’d LOVE to see remastered, on the Switch or otherwise?

What We’ve Been Playing

Joseph

  • Dark Souls II 
  • Dark Souls III

Chris 

  • Hades
  • Marvel’s Avengers (review code provided)

Josh

  • Minecraft

Kaitlyn 

  • Hades 
  • Replaying Batman Arkham series

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 Quest Episode 86: Oculus Quest 2 Could Be A Game Changer, The Big PS5 Showcase, and Did Super Mario 3D All Stars Fail to Deliver?

Joseph, Josh, Chris, and special guest, Bella Blondeau discuss the recent Nintendo Direct, the PS5 showcase, and all things next-gen!

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Music

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

Quick Notes

Michel Ancel Leaves Gaming, Production on Beyond Good & Evil 2 and WiLD Continues

Brianna Reeves

playstationlifestyle.net/2020/09/18/beyond-good-and-evil-2-development-ancel-retires/

PS5 pre-orders might not arrive on time, Amazon warns

Patricia Hernandez 

polygon.com/2020/9/18/21445949/ps5-pre-order-playstation-5-amazon-shipment-release-day-sony

News

Oculus Quest 2 Launches On October 13, Will Cost $299

Chris Penwell

thegamer.com/oculus-quest-2-release-date-price/

Nintendo Direct Developer Showcase Wrap Up

Andrew Webster

theverge.com/21441352/nintendo-direct-mini-switch-ori-long-dark-monster-hunter

PlayStation Showcase Wrap Up

Wesley Yin-Poole

eurogamer.net/articles/2020-09-16-heres-everything-sony-announced-during-tonights-playstation-5-showcase

Listener Questions

Zac LaRocque-Walker

What launch title is your must have for ps5?

#1 Turner and Hooch fan

Hey guys, how’s it hanging? I just wanted to ask you if you guys wanted to meet me at the beginning of this trail and go for a hike? Thanks!

What We’ve Been Playing

Joseph

  • Bloodborne
  • Hades

Chris 

  • Watch Dogs 2
  • Marvel’s Avengers (review code provided) 
  • Nexomon Extinction (review code provided)

Josh

  • Cloud Gardens (Received Review Code) 
  • The Suicide of Rachel Foster (Received Review Code)     
  • Plants vs Zombies (Was almost called Lawn of the Dead)  

Bella 

  • Marvel’s Avengers
  • Super Mario 3D All-Stars
  • Tetris 99

Active Quest Episode 85: Why We Think Xbox Is Bringing It Next-Gen, Ubisoft Forward, and PS5 Showcase Thoughts

In this episode, Joseph, Chris, and Josh discuss the Xbox One S reveal, Ubisoft Forward, and the upcoming PS5 showcase!

Image: Craig from Microsoft’s Halo Infinite and Xbox Series S from Microsoft

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Music

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

Quick Notes

Watch Live: PlayStation 5 Showcase on Wednesday, September 16

blog.playstation.com/2020/09/12/watch-live-playstation-5-showcase-on-wednesday-september-16/

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer revealed

blog.playstation.com/2020/09/09/call-of-duty-black-ops-cold-war-multiplayer-revealed/

Scott Pilgrim game is back after years of being delisted

Patricia Hernandez

polygon.com/2020/9/10/21430717/scott-pilgrim-game-vs-world-ubisoft-forward-bryan-lee-o-malley-edgar-wright-anamanaguchi-anniversary

Kena: Bridge Of Spirits Slips To 2021 Release

Jeff Cork 

gameinformer.com/2020/09/11/kena-bridge-of-spirits-slips-to-2021-release

Quick Releases

Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calamity Is The Prequel To Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

Jason Guiaso

gameinformer.com/2020/09/08/hyrule-warriors-age-of-calamity-is-the-prequel-to-zelda-breath-of-the-wild

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake brings the classic back for Xbox One, PS4, and PC

 Chaim Gartenberg

theverge.com/2020/9/10/21429389/prince-of-persia-the-sands-of-time-remake-xbox-one-ps4-announcement-ubisoft

Ubisoft’s Gods and Monsters is now Immortals Fenyx Rising, coming Dec. 3

Ryan Gilliam

polygon.com/2020/9/10/21430840/immortals-fenyx-rising-gods-and-monsters-zelda-ubisoft-forward-trailer-reveal

News

Control’s PS4 owners get — then lose — Ultimate Edition granting next-gen upgrade

Owen S. Good

polygon.com/2020/9/11/21432215/control-ps4-upgrade-ps5-xbox-one-xbox-series-x-ultimate-edition-base-game-season-pass-deluxe-edition

Xbox Series S official reveal trailer goes live with release date confirmed

Alex Avard, Connor Sheridan

gamesradar.com/xbox-series-s-revealed/

Listener Questions

#1 Turner and Hooch fan (@TurnerandDouche)

Piping hot Q here for Joseph: why is THE_BERRY a stone cold killer?

Zac LaRocque-Walker (@zaclw)

What does Sony have to do to convince you to buy a ps5?

GhostintheGlass (@ghostintheglass)

What Prince of Persia remake would you prefer? Sands of Time or giving PoP 2008 a second chance/sequel? 

Connor Ewing (@connoerewing)

I’m personally having trouble with being excited for any of Ubisoft’s upcoming titles (even Immortals, which I’ve been anticipating) given their consistent mishandling of the systemic workplace abuse/toxicity situation. Is this something you guys are feeling as well? Thanks!

What We’ve Been Playing

Joseph: 

  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 (review code provided)
  • Marvel’s Avengers (review code provided)

Chris:

  • Watch Dogs 2 
  • Ary and the Secret of Seasons (review is up now) 
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (review code provided)
  • Bounty Battle (received review copy)

Josh:

  • Fortnite 
  • Plants vs Zombies 

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 – Mortal Shell Review

In this episode, Joseph Yaden, Axl Bosso, Steve Vegvari, and Jared Eden give their impressions of the new action RPG, Mortal Shell. It’s a fantastic game that newcomers might gravitate towards. 

  • Joseph Yaden — @JosephYaden
  • Axl Bosso — @Axl_Bosso
  • Steve Vegvari — @SVegvari
  • Jared Eden — @Ragevirus_X

A review code was provided by the publisher to Active Quest. 

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Music

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

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Synopsis

Mortal Shell is an action RPG developed by Cold Symmetry and published by Playstack. It follows a similar formula as Dark Souls, but features stark differences that make it stand out on its own. 

In it, you play as a faceless character who can inhabit Shells.These Shells are one of its main features, which are sort of like costumes that all include their own unique abilities. There are four of them that are found throughout the world and you’ll want to experiment with all of them to find one that suits your playstyle. 

The game’s story is as ambiguous as you’d expect with it being a Soulslike, so don’t expect a narrative that will hold your hand. You’ll find some environmental storytelling here and there, but for the most part, the main focus is on the combat.

General Impressions

At this point, we should discuss our general impressions of the game, without going into too much detail. We’ll get into all that further down. 

Shells

Here, we’ll discuss the Shells, their mechanics, and our overall impressions of them. 

  • Harros, The Vassal — Middleground, all around Shell.
  • Tiel, The Acolyte — Stamina Shell
  • Solomon, The Scholar — Resolve Shell
  • Eredrim, The Venerable — Durability Shell

We’ll discuss the Harden technique, along with Shell abilities, and how the Shells work when you die. 

Combat, Bosses, and Mechanics

This portion will focus on the game’s other mechanics, like weapon usage, Resolve, combat (parrying), its controls, items, leveling up the Shells/weapons, the Tar system, and how the game feels, overall. 

We should also discuss whichever bosses stood out to us, if possible:

  • Imrod, The Unrepentant
  • Tarsus, The First Martyr
  • Crucix, The Twiceborn
  • The Unchained

Exploration of the World

During this segment, we’ll discuss everything about the world, like the fog, enemies, Sesters, and the locations themselves.

  • Fallgrim
  • Shrine of Ash
  • Seat of Infinity
  • Crypt of Martyrs

We’ll also talk about which locations stood out the most and what we liked/disliked about them.

Final Thoughts

Finally, we can cover our overall thoughts about Mortal Shell at this point before we end the episode.

Active Quest Episode 84: Super Mario 3D All-Stars Is Real And Marvel’s Avengers Is Actually Good

Chris, Joseph, and Josh discuss the fantastic Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2, Marvel’s Avengers, and Super Mario 3D All-Stars!

YouTube Link:

 

Joseph Yaden – twitter.com/josephyaden

Josh Nichols – twitter.com/Mrjoshnichols

Chris Penwell – twitter.com/PenwellWrites

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Music

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

Quick Notes

Ubisoft Forward Returns for a New Digital Showcase Next Week

George Yang

https://www.escapistmagazine.com/v2/ubisoft-forward-returns-for-a-new-digital-showcase-next-week/

A Prince of Persia remake announcement is planned for Ubisoft Forward, journalist claims

Tom Ivan

https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/a-prince-of-persia-remake-announcement-is-planned-for-ubisoft-forward-journalist-claims/

Gods & Monsters Officially Renamed Immortals Fenyx Rising

Joe Skrebels

https://www.ign.com/articles/gods-monsters-officially-renamed-immortals-fenyx-rising

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to the next generation!

https://thewitcher.com/en/news/32792/the-witcher-3-wild-hunt-is-coming-to-the-next-generation

Capcom Promises to Unveil More Resident Evil Village Details During TGS 2020

Brianna Reeves

https://www.playstationlifestyle.net/2020/09/01/resident-evil-village-news-tgs-2020/

Quick Releases

Kate Bishop joins Marvel’s Avengers in October

Tom Phillips

https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2020-09-02-kate-bishop-joins-marvels-avengers-in-october

PlayStation Now Gets Four New Games, Includes Final Fantasy XV and Resident Evil 7

Chris Penwell

https://www.thegamer.com/playstation-now-four-new-games-final-fantasy-xv-resident-evil-7/

Coming Soon to Xbox Game Pass for PC & Console: Destiny 2, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Tell Me Why, and More

Megan Spurr

https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2020/09/01/xbox-game-pass-coming-soon-september-2020/

News

PS5 won’t be backward-compatible with PS3, PS2, or PS1, Ubisoft says

 Michael McWhertor

https://www.polygon.com/2020/8/31/21408828/ps5-backwards-compatibility-ps3-ps2-ps1-rumor

Marvel’s Avengers Might Get More Black Heroes In The Future

Chris Penwell

https://www.thegamer.com/marvels-avengers-might-get-more-black-heroes-in-the-future/

Nintendo Announces Super Mario Remasters And Much More In Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary Direct

Gavin Lane

https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2020/09/nintendo_announces_super_mario_remasters_and_much_more_in_super_mario_bros_35th_anniversary_direct

Listener Questions

Josh from Indie Pod — Relevant question: Do you think the Mario game timed exclusives actually mean something bigger for Nintendo or are they just stirring up some unnecessary hype?

Not Relevant Question: What’s that one embarrassing story about yourself that your parents always want to tell others.

Even more not relevant question: If you were a type of cheese, what type would you be?

Jaymes Smith — Tiddies

#1 Turner and Hooch fan — Another hot ask comin your way gamers: do you think we will get a remastered Burger King games trilogy for next gen?

I would play a next gen game that plays like Dead Space that’s set in an abandoned burger king corporate office. Imagine it featuring you sneaking around trying to uncover where they went horribly wrong in their marketing that led to the king being axed from commercial spots.

What We’ve Been Playing

Joseph

  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 
  • Marvel’s Avengers

Chris 

  • Ary and the Secret of Seasons (review code from Modus Games)
  • Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2 (review code from Activision)
  • Marvel’s Avengers (review code from Square Enix)
  • Fortnite

Josh

  • Fortnite

Featured Image from Super Mario 3D All Stars by Nintendo and Marvel’s Avengers by Square Enix and Marvel

Active Quest Episode 83: Gamescom Reveals and a Possible New Nintendo Switch Model

Chris, Joseph, and Josh discuss the events of Gamescom Opening Night Live, a possible new Nintendo Switch, and what we’ve been playing!

Hosts and Info

Joseph Yaden – twitter.com/josephyaden

Josh Nichols – twitter.com/Mrjoshnichols

Chris Penwell – twitter.com/PenwellWrites

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Music

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

Quick Notes

12 Minutes Stars Daisy Ridley, James McAvoy and Willem Dafoe

Chris Penwell

thegamer.com/12-minutes-stars-daisy-ridley-james-mcavoy-and-willem-dafoe/

Gotham Knights Is Not A Games As A Service, Has Self-Contained Story

Michael Leri

gamerevolution.com/news/657289-gotham-knights-not-games-as-a-service

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Has Optional 60FPS Mode on PS5

Stephen Tailby

https://www.pushsquare.com/news/2020/08/ratchet_and_clank_rift_apart_has_optional_60fps_mode_on_ps

Netflix Reveals First Official Details Of Live-Action Resident Evil Series

Brian Shea 

gameinformer.com/2020/08/27/netflix-reveals-first-official-details-of-live-action-resident-evil-series

Quick Releases

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Delayed To 2021

Chris Penwell

thegamer.com/lego-star-wars-the-skywalker-saga-delayed-2021/

Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory Set for Launch on November 13

Will Harrison

https://www.playstationlifestyle.net/2020/08/26/kingdom-hearts-melody-of-memory-release-date-november/

News

Everything Announced At Gamescom’s Opening Night

Zack Zwiezen

kotaku.com/everything-announced-at-gamescoms-opening-night-1844869976

September’s free PS Plus games: PUBG, Street Fighter V

Adam Michel

https://blog.playstation.com/2020/08/26/septembers-free-ps-plus-games-pubg-street-fighter-v/

New Games with Gold for September 2020

https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2020/08/27/new-games-with-gold-for-september-2020/

Rumor: Switch Pro Could Release Next Year, May Support 4K

Chris Carter

destructoid.com/stories/the-rumor-that-nintendo-is-planning-a-switch-pro-popped-up-again-could-come-next-year-601587.phtml

Listener Questions

There’s 3 of you and 3 PowerPuff Girls.
So Who’s the Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles of the podcast?

Michael Cwick – DigitalDaysGaming podcast

What We’ve Been Playing

Joseph: 

  • Fortnite
  • Warzone
  • A Short Hike

Chris:

  • Fortnite 
  • Kandagawa Jet Girls (review code provided) – cringe
  • My Hero’s One Justice 2

Josh:

  • Spiritfarer (Xbox Game Pass) 
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Active Quest Episode 82: How Will Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War Connect With Warzone? Gotham Knights and Suicide Squad Revealed

Chris, Joseph, and Josh discuss Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Gotham Knights, and the new Suicide Squad game!

Joseph Yaden – twitter.com/josephyaden

Josh Nichols – twitter.com/Mrjoshnichols

Chris Penwell – twitter.com/PenwellWrites

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Music

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

Quick Notes

Prince of Persia Remake Listing Appears Online

George Yang

https://www.escapistmagazine.com/v2/prince-of-persia-remake-listing-appears-online/

Deathloop Delayed To 2021

Joe Juba

gameinformer.com/2020/08/18/deathloop-delayed-to-2021

Remnant: From the Ashes Was Claimed Over 10 Million Times Already on the Epic Games Store

Alessio Palumbo

https://wccftech.com/remnant-from-the-ashes-was-claimed-over-10-million-times-already-on-the-epic-games-store/

Fall Guys PS4 Reportedly Has Nearly 16 Million Players

Michael Harradence

https://www.psu.com/news/fall-guys-ps4-reportedly-has-nearly-16-million-players

Quick Releases

Watch Crysis Remastered attempt to redeem its graphics ahead of new September 18th release

Taylor Lyles

https://www.theverge.com/2020/8/21/21395755/crysis-remastered-pc-ps4-xbox-one-tech-trailer-new-release-date

Baldur’s Gate 3 goes into early access Sept. 30

Owen S. Good 

https://www.polygon.com/2020/8/18/21373689/baldurs-gate-3-release-date-early-access-steam-pc-stadia-larian-studios

News

Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Officially Announced, Reveal Coming Soon

Steve Watts 

gamespot.com/articles/call-of-duty-black-ops-cold-war-officially-announc/1100-6481163/

Control publisher tries, fails to explain why next-gen upgrade is limited to Ultimate Edition

Nicole Carpenter 

polygon.com/2020/8/20/21377188/control-ultimate-edition-upgrade-505-games-xbox-series-x-ps5-explanation

Batman: Gotham Knights gameplay trailer revealed at DC Fandome

 Jordan Gerblick 

https://www.gamesradar.com/batman-gotham-knights-gameplay-trailer-reveal-dc-fandome/

Suicide Squad Reveal 

(Developer Tweet)

https://twitter.com/suicidesquadRS/status/1297326553106325504?s=20

Listener Questions

#1 Turner and Hooch fan

@TurnerandDouche

Yeah hi there, long time listener, often time questioner here: is there a game out there where I can competitively milk a virtual cow? Thanks in advance.

Wesley LeBlanc

What are the chances that this new Batman game utilizes Shadow of Mordor’s Nemesis system considering both are under the WB umbrella?

Indie Pod 

What are your opinions on shadow drops? From a games media perspective and a hobbyist standpoint.

What We’ve Been Playing

Joseph: 

  • Mortal Shell (review code provided by publisher)
  • Warzone

Chris 

  • Rad
  • EarthNight
  • Banjo-Kazooie

Josh

  • Road to Guangdong (review code provided by publisher) 
  • Thomas Was Alone (Finished)
  • Gone Home (Finished)  

                                                                                                                                                                                       Recommended Reading

kotaku.com/creepypasta-spins-the-strange-and-unsettling-circumstan-1844788097

Featured Image from Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League by DC, WB Games, and Rocksteady

Active Quest Episode 81: Is Mortal Shell A Great Souls-Like Game? Fortnite vs. Apple and Google, Halo Infinite Delayed To 2021

Joseph, Chris, and Josh are joined by IGN freelancer Wesley LeBlanc to talk about the crazy Fortnite drama between Epic and Apple/Google. Joseph also gives us his first impressions of Mortal Shell.

 

Hosts:

Joseph Yaden – twitter.com/josephyaden

Josh Nichols – twitter.com/Mrjoshnichols

Chris Penwell – twitter.com/PenwellWrites

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Music

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Quick Notes

The Last of Us Part II update adds Grounded difficulty, Permadeath mode, and more

Matthew Gallant

blog.playstation.com/2020/08/11/the-last-of-us-part-ii-update-adds-grounded-difficulty-permadeath-mode-and-more/

Scott Pilgrim Writer Says Ubisoft Has Contacted Him Amid Growing Campaign To Bring Game Back

James O’Connor

gamespot.com/articles/scott-pilgrim-writer-says-ubisoft-has-contacted-hi/1100-6480948/

Quick Releases

Splinter Cell’s Sam Fisher Enters Rainbow Six Siege As New Operator

Chris Pereira

gamespot.com/articles/splinter-cells-sam-fisher-gears-up-for-rainbow-six/1100-6480833/

Mortal Shell is Getting a Physical Release

Daniel Tack

gameinformer.com/2020/08/13/mortal-shell-is-getting-a-physical-release

Rockstar & GTA Producer Lazlow Jones Part Ways After Almost 20 Years Together

Chris Penwell

thegamer.com/lazlow-jones-gta-producer-leaves/

Kena: Bridge of Spirits Will Have a Free Upgrade For PS5

Chris Penwell

thegamer.com/kena-bridge-of-spirits-free-ps4-ps5-upgrade/

News

Fortnite for Android has also been kicked off the Google Play Store and App Store

Dieter Bohn

theverge.com/2020/8/13/21368079/fortnite-epic-android-banned-google-play-app-store-rule-violation

July 2020 NPD: Paper Mario and Ghost of Tsushima have strong debuts

Jeff Grubb

venturebeat.com/2020/08/14/july-2020-npd-paper-mario-and-ghost-of-tsushima-have-strong-debuts/

Microsoft delays Halo Infinite to 2021

Tom Warren

theverge.com/2020/8/11/21363769/halo-infinite-delay-launch-2021-release-date-xbox-series-x

Listener Questions

Are boneless wings, wings?

Which is the best non-buffalo flavor wing sauce?

  • Wesley

Hey gamers, what movie would you insert @Reggie into from the 90s and which actor would he replace? My pick is replacing Tim Allen in Jungle2Jungle. Okay, that’s all the time I’ve got. I got to get back to playing Animal Crossing New Leaf on my Nintendo 3DS.

  • #1 Turner and Hooch fan

What We’ve Been Playing

Joseph:

  • Mortal Shell (review code provided by the publisher)

Chris

  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Trivia Royale

Josh

  • EarthBound
  • Rayman Legends*
  • Fall Guys*
  • Moving Out (Xbox Game Pass)*

Wesley

  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Necrobarista
  • Avengers Beta