It’s good-cop-better-cop time again as Dale and Jeremy tackle the video game news of the week for your entertainment and edification! This week the big issues range far and wide, from PSN name changes to weird Labo ads starring toad. In between, the Disney+ service will come to consoles, Respawn reveals their Star Wars game, Final Fantasy 15’s director is working on a game for the Paralympics, and a real world politician has been ousted from office in EVE Online. We cover the new releases and headline-grabbing updates, and we discuss some great new business startup ideas in the game space, inspired by FFX/FFX-2 ads at our local boba tea place.
Intro: “Warrior King (remix)” – Shadowgate, by Jake “Virt” Kaufman
Outro: “Tahnti Park” – Detective Pikachu, by Takuto Kitsuta
This week Dale and Jeremy present a dichotomy of mobile games, and we invite you along for the ride! First, Dale plays what appears to be a mobile-platform game upscaled to PC. Braveland is a hex-based strategy game that MIGHT approach X-COM or King’s Bounty, but does it hold up to other “big boy” games? Jeremy comes at us with the new The Elder Scrolls Blades, which is hearkens back to early games in the long-running and respected series. But has it become “free-to-play-mobile-ified”, or does it maintain its integrity as a proper gaming experience? Let’s find out!
Intro: “In the Heart of Battle” – King’s Bounty The Legend, by Lind Erebros
Outro: “Main Theme” – The Elder Scrolls Blades, by Inon Zur
Round and round game news goes, can we do it in 30? Nobody knows. Dale and Jeremy came back again this week to share with you the most important happenings in the world of video games. This week, Anthem gets a teardown by Kotaku. Labo brings VR to the switch. Valve gets Indexed. Foot-based motion controls will come to PSVR. Epic is all about them exclusives again, but Octopath Traveler may come to PC, while John and Brenda Romero strike up a strategy deal with Paradox. We cover new releases and some good sales, including one on, ew, books. We then take some time to recollect the most important game-related news articles that impacted us.
Intro: “Can’t Hold Me Down” – Griz, Borderlands 3
Outro: “America Theme – Atomic Age – Hard Times Come Again No More” – Civilization 6, by Geoff Knorr
The crew has played some games and it is time to jam about them. LeGrande has been teasing Pyre, and we get to dig into all our burning questions about the weird similarities it bears to Space Jam. Dale has been playing Awesomenauts, but is it awesome, or naut? Jeremy is sleuthing for clues in Hot Tin Roof: The Cat That Wore a Fedora, but is it as clunky as the title seems to suggest?
Intro: “Thrash Pack” – Pyre, by Darren Korb
Outro: “Walkin the Beat” – Hot Tin Roof: The Cat That Wore a Fedora, by Nathan Madsen
It’s been a week of news! That might make a great name for a current events periodical but here at the GAMEBYTES SHOW, it means a new podcast! This week we catch up with Sony’s State of Play, Apple Arcade, and the announcement of SGDQ 2019. The Lord of the Rings returns, along with Dance Central, and Myst! Valve wants a “do-over” on Artifact, Microsoft wants a “do-over” in Minecraft, and more! Plus, we talk about comedy games and the studios that make them!
INTRO: “Fight Club” – Assassin’s Creed 3, by Lorne Balfe
OUTRO: “MainFrame” – Borderlands The Pre-Sequel Claptastic Voyage, by Jesper Kyd
Dale and Jeremy take the helm this week to steer the course through the video game news of the week. On the right, Google Stadia and the future of game streaming. On the left, GDC awards. On your other right, Nintendo’s “Nindies” Showcase, and on your other OTHER right is Sony’s “State of Play” event. And there’s so much more! We discuss the new releases of the week, and we talk about the prohibition on crappy games on the Epic Games Store, and whether Tim Sweeney can and will uphold his promise!
Intro: “The Nuclear Throne Theme” – Nuclear Throne, by Jukio “Kozilek” Kallio
Outro: “Life Will Change” – Persona 5, by Shoji Meguro
Lunch is on us this week, and we’re making a video game sandwich. Video games in the middle, and video games on either side. This week, Jerod is bringing Dawn of Man for some procedural, complicated caveman-city-building. Jeremy enchants us with Spellbreak, the alpha version of the newest battle royale game starring wizards and “infinitely variable” magic slotting, and then Jerod closes our open-face sandwich with a good bit of The Division 2, and all the improvements it makes over the original!
Intro: “Food Court” – Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, by Ola Strandh
Outro: “”Main Menu” – Spellbreak, by Proletariat Games
With a new week comes new news, and a new podcast in the new week to bring the new news to yous. This week, Epic responds to claims of data mining. PSVR2 patent indicates a leap in technology? Discord’s marketplace evolves. Apex Legends adds AI. Steam Link and No Man’s Sky get updates, an Octopath Traveler sequel is in the works, and more! We discuss the new releases and we talk about series reboots that were either big hits or misses!
Intro: “Keygen 11” – Dubmood, Lost Floppies
Outro: “PlayOnline Viewer Music” – by Square Enix
In the second of our two weekly podcasts, well… you know the drill. We don’t just TALK about games. We sometimes play them. And then talk about playing them. And sometimes you listen! And here you are! This week, LeGrande gets into Dragon Age Inquisition after a lengthy absence (it is very Dragon Agey). Jeremy tries out the free-to-play version of Dissidia NT Final Fantasy on PC (it’s a bit different from the PSP version)! Finally, Dale blesses the rains down in Resident Evil 5, and we talk about how the game has aged along with its single-player co-op mechanics (quite well)!
INTRO: “Battle Theme from Final Fantaxy X” – Dissidia NT Final Fantasy, by Takeharu Ishimoto & Keiji Kawamori & Tsuyoshi Sekito
OUTRO: “Rise (Tavern Song)” – Dragon Age: Inquisition, by Raney Shockne, Elizaveta Khirpounova & Nick Stoubis
Every time we knock down the news, it gets back up again. It’s like we’re never gonna keep it down! Dale, LeGrande, and Jeremy are back with a rundown of arguably the most important news of… this particular episode! We cover Fortnite lawsuits, Google’s rumored controller and game streaming service, Valve layoffs (including Artifact), new developments in PS4 remote Play, the new Devil May Cry, Battlefield 5’s battle royale mode, and more! New releases and freebies get their moment in the sun, and we talk about Games As A Service. It’s a GAAS!
Intro: “Fingerstyle” – Assault Android Cactus, by Jeff van Dyck
Outro: “The Moon (Piano Arrangement)” – Ducktales Remastered, by Hiroshige Tonomura & Jake Kaufman (+ “Della’s Moon Lullaby” by Paget Brewster and written by Jake Kaufman, Mark Mueller and John Smith)