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GameStop was finally in the news again over the past week or so, and for a good reason for once!  Dan and Will breakdown (at least in layman's terms) what happened with the GameStop stock, and the importance of what it means.  Later on in the episode we cover some crazy Nintendo news, Will played Hitman 3 and Dan is getting a new phone.
Another new year staple in the TSA Pod arsenal...our yearly predictions episode!  We sometimes make this a "bold predictions" episode, but really coming from 2020 into 2021....its hard to read.  We also report that Ubisoft is going to be making an open world Star Wars and we talk during "What We Played" about Final Fantasy 15 and Hollow Knight.
It's a pretty meager selection of new games for the start of 2021....a few Nintendo releases in Super Mario 3D World DX and Bravely Default 2 for February.  Later on in the episode we discuss some more Cyberpunk 2077, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, and have a somewhat spoilery discussion about The Last of Us 2.  Not to worry, we do give a warning!
The gang is all here for the TSA Pod's final episode of the year, the 2020 Thumbies Awards!  We have such classic awards as the Steamy Pile award, Best Ambassador game, and the ever favorite 2020's 2019 Game of the Year.....yeah, that one!  It also has a very 2020 finish....
Corey joins the pod this week to share his thoughts on the controversial Cyberpunk 2077 which we talk a little more in depth about this week.  Later on in the episode Will really sells us on a new under-the-radar game he's been playing and we recap our experiences with Winter Storm Gail, whose epicenter was right where we live!
Since Cyberpunk is such a huge game, we figured we would be doing the game an injustice by reviewing it so shortly after release.  Especially since Dan played the most at only about 15 hours, Will at about an hour, and Corey not having played any yet.  So expect a more thorough discussion further in the future and maybe as soon as next week even.   During Nibblebits we cover some of The Game Awards winners, and during "What we Played" some more Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity, and Dan covers Fortnite Season 5!
We finally get to experience the events that lead to the masterpiece that is Breath of the Wild in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.  It was most definitely an unexpected surprise announcement to come out of this year in gaming...with nobody anywhere either predicting a game like it would exist, or having any sort of leaks before the actual announcement.  A rarity in the industry these days! During "What We Played" there is of course a lot more Assassin's Creed Valhalla talk, since that is still the new hotness in the gaming world.
With Assassin's Creed Odyssey being one of our podcast's favorite games, Valhalla had some pretty big shoes to fill.  So we felt the need to compare and contrast pretty heavily between the two.  Later on in the episode Dan and Will give their early impressions of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.
Corey and Will relate their first few days with the new Xbox Series X, and we discuss the form factor, the UI, and the performance along with whether or not it was worth an upgrade.  During "What We Played" we give our first impressions of Assassin's Creed be covered in a full episode nest week!
Corey joins us for this week's episode as Dan talks about his experience with Watch Dogs: Legion and Ubisoft's new subscription service...which didn't go well at first. During nibblebits we learn that the Mass Effect Legendary Edition is on it's way, (an original trilogy remaster) and a new Mass Effect is currently being developed.   During "What We Played" Corey gets us caught up on what he's been playing, including Spiritfarer, some Civ 6 and a few others!
Just a tad over two weeks until the new consoles come out, so we do a quick and dirty comparison of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.  
The first episode on our current recording schedule of Sunday morning....Dan and Will cover the best titles released on the PS4 in it's lifetime now that most of the heavy hitters have come out.  If you've listened to us for any amount of time, you can probably guess some of the games that were on our lists...but also Dan hasn't owned a PS4 for a lot the generation.
We're back from our brief hiatus with some heavy hitting news on the new consoles....we've got release dates for both the PS5 and the Xbox Series X along with prices, launch titles, and PlayStation's answer for Xbox Gamepass.  We also hit a few other topics like Microsoft's acquisition of Zenimax, WoW Shadowlands delay, and the new Smash Bros character. During "What We Played" we talk about our experiences with Spellbreak and Super Mario 3D All Stars.  Lots to cover!
This week we cover Ubisoft's "Nintendo Direct" style event called Ubisoft Forward...where they gave some updates on released games, showed more from Immortals Fenyx Rising and announced Riders Republic.  It was a good event, jam packed with neat things.  We also FINALLY got some info on the releases for the Xbox Series X and S including a release date and price.   During Nibblebits Nintendo drops a bombshell announcement out of nowhere for Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity....and we're super excited for it.
Quality over quantity would definitely describe this year's fall games lineup...with not too many games coming out.  The ones that are though...heavy hitters like Cyberpunk 2077, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs Legion and the surprise of the day, Super Mario 3D All Stars!  We also cover a few of the other things announced during today's surprise Nintendo Direct, like the Super Mario 3D World port, Mario Kart Live Home Circuit and Super Mario All Stars on the SNES app for Switch Online.  
With E3 cancelled this year in favor of smaller and more piecemeal gaming announcements, it's nice to have Gamescom to look forward to!  Geoff Keighley again this year hosted an event called "Gamescom Opening Night Live" where he made some new game reveals, had developers announce updates to current games, and gave us a little bit of the E3 hype we've desperately been looking for.  Some of the stuff we recap is Season 2 of Fall Guys, World of Warcraft Shadowlands, Star Wars Squadrons, and Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond...among other things of course! Later on we talk about Will's new PC, Fall Guys cheaters, Fortnite Season 4, Horizon Zero Dawn on PC, and Will's adventures over the past two weeks.
In light of the crazy attention Fall Guys has been getting lately, we figured it would be a good time to dive into what makes it so interesting.  In addition to just talking about our thoughts for Fall Guys, we also offer up some tips on how to run the gauntlet and earn your first you don't end up like TimTheTatman and the be target of the Fall Guys twitter jokes.   Then during nibblebits we revisit the Epic/Apple lovers spat, and Corey played UnderMine on Xbox Gamepass.
Corey went and did it again....and dug up yet another indie gem that everyone needs to play stat!  This time it's Littlewood, where the battle against good and evil is already won, and our intrepid hero has to a community.  It looks legitimately great and I look forward to playing!  Later on in nibblebits we talk about the Halo Infinite delay, the Apple/Epic spat over Fortnite, and Dan played The Touryst for this week's episode. 
Will up and decided to buy everything for a brand spanking new gaming rig earlier in the week so we took it as an opportunity to talk about the selection process and had a discussion on the different parts involved in a gaming PC.  During Nibblebits we talk about Nintendo's soaring profits from the COVID 19 gaming boom, and during What We Played we covered some Animal Crossing New Horizons, Paper Mario The Origami King, and of course a little bit of Ghost of Tsushima.
We finally get to Ghost of Tsushima this week, with Corey, Will and Tito all having played it at various lengths.  And apologies for the spotty audio at the beginning...we've been having internet hiccups lately which disrupted some of the beginning of this episode.  Not to worry though, after a few minutes it clears right up.   Anyway, Ghost of Tsushima is great and Dan looks forward to it's release on PC someday!  Later on in the episode we talk some more Paper Mario: The Origami King, some of Obsidian's game announcements, and Will's ever changing living arrangement!
It's Corey and Dan for this week's episode, and Dan's newborn makes his debut during the first part of it!  Not to worry though, he only grumped a little bit during the beginning before we got down to brass tacks.  We talked a bit about Paper Mario and it's role a a successor to Super Mario RPG, and it's place in Nintendo's lineup...along with the game itself.  During nibblebits we discussed the Xbox Games Showcase along with Halo Infinite and some of the other announcements made all while lamenting the loss of E3.  And for "What We Played" a bit more AC Odyssey, and Dan started A Plague Tale: Innocence.
And it's time yet again for our mid year recap, where I play a little excerpt from some of the bigger releases to come out this year.  Keep in mind however, that we're unable to cover every release since we only cover games we buy.  It's also been a fairly lean first half, with the only games being covered this episode being DBZ Kakarot, Animal Crossing: New Horizons (twice), Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Minecraft Dungeons.  Slim pickings indeed!
Dan and Tito talk this week about the latest Naughty Dog release in The Last of Us 2....even though Dan hasn't played it!  Not to worry though, he's watching a Let's Play on YouTube to at least experience the story.  Other than that we talk about the Dr Disrespect Twitch ban, another TSA Pod family birth, and oh yeah...we played some videogames.
Oh boy, some heavy hitting news to cover this the PokeMOBA announcement we've been waiting for called Pokemon Unite, Mixer closing down and partnering with Facebook Gaming, and the purging of some predatory people in the gaming industry.  We cover some other stuff, but those were the biggest and most interesting stories from the week. During "What We Played" Will talks about his first few hours of Persona 4 Golden, and yes....we talk about AC Odyssey some more.  Sue me.
Tito joins us this week to talk about the new indie release Deep Rock Galactic...a game with drinking, mining, space faring dwarves.  It's extremely well rated and rightfully so, it seems!  Just watching some gameplay alone was mesmerizing. During Nibblebits we cover some of the announcements from EA Play, the New Pokemon Snap, and Cyberpunk 2077's delay. What We Played features some talk of Season 3 of Fortnite, Persona 4 Golden, Outer Wilds, and of course some Assassin's Creed Odyssey.
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Podcast Details

Created by
Daniel Murtha
Podcast Status
Aug 7th, 2011
Latest Episode
Feb 2nd, 2021
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
About 2 hours

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