The world of video games never stands still, and we’re here to help you hit the pause button and take a look around! This week we consider the success and long-term fortune of Red Dead Redemption 2. We send LeGrande ON LOCATION* for his report of BlizzCon 2018, and things are a little wild there! We talk about big business and private developers and their future, and we bid a sad farewell to Mario.** We cover new releases and the month’s freebies, and we reminisce about the good old bad times of gamer outrage.
Intro: “Heroic Victory” & “Orc 3 (Temporary Alliances)” – Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos, by Tracy W. Bush, Derek Duke Glenn, Stafford
Outro: “Friendship” – Delta Rune, by Toby Fox
We’re at it again! We waited a day for the ghoulies to finish their haunting, but we will not be dissuaded from talking about VIDEO GAMES in the middle of the week! Dale and LeGrande and Jeremy fished out the candy-corn-grade chaff this week and brought you FULL SIZE opinions on Black Ops 4, Red Dead Redemption 2, Red Dead Redemption 1, Tetris Effect Weekend Demo, and Death Road to Canada. Dale also pops up with some impressions of Netflix Castlevania season 2. But it’s not scary anymore because it’s November now.
Intro: “Nobody Cooled It” – Death Road to Canada, by Joey Grady
Outro: “Far Away” – Red Dead Redemption, by Jose Gonzales
Dearly departed, we’ve been just DYING to share the latest episode of the GameBITES Show with you. In this top-of-the-shriek episode, we dig up the news of the week to stuff your delicious brain full of all the facts you need to lurch through the week. The dead, the dying, and the returned all make an appearance in the lineup, and we chew over each one until nothing is left. We cover the BOO releases, and a sale from beyond the veil. Finally, we dissect and dismember our favorite undead characters in video games! MWAHAHAAHAHAHA thunder and lightning.
Intro: “Bad Voodoo” – Red Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare, by Kreeps
Outro: “Cerberus Battle” – Devil May Cry 3, by “Tetsuya Shibata & Kento Hasegawa
It’s a video games bonanza! Jerod, Dale, and Jeremy are on hand to talk about the stuff they played this week and bring you along for the ride, to bask in our vicarious glow! This week, Dale rides again playing Red Dead Redemption, and we discuss some of the game’s strengths and weaknesses in advance of the sequel’s release. Jerod has played brand-new Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales, and For Honor’s also-brand-new Marching Fire expansion. Jeremy dons his fursuit for Armello on Android, divides the room (and more) in Jackbox Party Pack 5, and beats his younger brother at Ice Hockey on the NES.
Intro: “Wrath of the Fire Gods” – For Honor: Marching Fire, by Luc St Pierre
Outro: “Fire Fang” – Armello, by Lisa Gerrard & Michael Allen
Do you know your Dwemer from your Dunmer and your Khazad from your Khajiit? Of COURSE you don’t, but we’re here to fix you! While we’re at it, we’ll update you on the video game news of the week like Discord’s new storefront, Rockstar’s “crunch” controversy, and a whole slew of bad behaviors in games. Plus, which video game franchises just won’t die, no matter how hard we wish they would? (Just kidding, Pokemon. Sort of.)
INTRO: “Main Theme” – Return of the Obra Dinn, by Lukas “Dukope” Pope
OUTRO: “Emotional Labor” – Reigns Her Majesty, by Jim Guthrie
LeGrande and Jeremy bring a bounteous autumn harvest of video game impressions to satisfy your hunger for games for the middle of the week! We lead in by revisiting our very positive impressions of Arena of Valor and hit the brakes on unequivocal praise with a few questions and concerns about the popular MOBA. Jeremy got a deal on digital adaptation of Sentinels of the Multiverse, and details the rules of the complex solitaire/multiplayer hero battler. LeGrande has been playing the second-newest Assassin’s Creed game, and explains the combat system and the wily camel summons.
INTRO: Main Theme – Sentinels of the Multiverse, by Jean-Marc Giffin
OUTRO: The Alexandrian Pleiad – Assassin’s Creed Origins, by Sarah Schachner
Kick your week off with a mullet-like combination of serious video game business and doofy video game hijinx! We update you on the fix to a major Windows bug, and warn you about a major PS4 bug. Microsoft launches an Xbox cloud gaming service, Star Citizen looks pretty good but will never come out. Steam Link updates, Fortnite updates, Destiny 2 gets bundled, and… Gooigi. We discuss new releases and freebies, and we talk about open world promises that reeled us in!
Intro: “Psychedelic” – The World Ends With You, by Takeharu Ishimoto
Outro: “Training Theme” – Luigi’s Mansion, by Kazumi Totaka & Shinobu Tanaka
We’ve only played two games this week, but they’re both good ones. Dale, Jeremy, and LeGrande have all spent a bunch of time in our newest MOBA addiction, Arena of Valor. We’ve played on Switch and on mobile, and we compare and contrast the different versions and discuss what makes AoV different from others in the genre. Then, Jeremy talks about his experience on Google’s “Project Stream” and his time playing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on the worst available laptop in his house… and it’s amazing.
Intro: “World Cup 2018 Main Menu Theme” – Arena of Valor, by Jeff Broadbent, Matthew Earl & Zhao Hongfei
Outro: “Legend of the Eagle Bearer (Main Theme)” – Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, by “The Flight” (Joe Henson & Alexis Smith)
Jeremy, Dale, and LeGrande are back for the top-of-the-week episode to keep you informed and in the know about the goings-on in video games. We get good news about Clementine, a bunch of people are playing Marvel’s Spider-Man, the rumor mill is grinding about games, a high-level departure at Blizzard, and a live-action video game movie adaptation is confirmed. Plus, new releases and freebies, and we make OUR picks for game-to-movie conversions.
Intro: “Super Fighting Robot (Megaman)” – The Megas
Outro: “I am Murloc” – Elite Tauren Chieftain
Dale, LeGrande, and Jeremy have done the heavy lifting for you: we played the video games this week so you don’t have to! Jeremy gives his breakdown of Nintendo Switch Online service… has he changed his tune? He also spent some time with the Nintendo-partnered mobile game Dragalia Lost. Dale hones his skills and takes on Olmec in Spelunky and appreciates the majesty of Red Dead Redemption’s landscapes. LeGrande digs into the 2nd-top-rated game of 2018, Forza Horizon 4.
Intro: “BANG! (vocal version + instrumental version)” – Dragalia Lost, by DAOKO
Outro: “Grassland Overworld (nightmare remix)” – Super Mario Bros. 3, by Koji Kondo & Nintendo Switch Online latency