We’ve got plenty of news to discuss this week, as Jocelyn and Ryan think about renaming the news section to “Layoffs and Lawsuits”. But before that mess, Ryan has been mining to survive in Deep Rock Galactic Survivor, while Jocelyn played the very complex sounding (and looking) board game Eclipse. As we move into the news, we catch up on the Nintendo Partner Showcase that unveiled 2 of the 4 Xbox Studios games arriving on other platforms, Pokemon Company celebrates Pokemon Day with a few announcements, and we have our first full trailer for the Borderlands movie. In the layoffs category, PlayStation will be laying off 900 staff, and for lawsuits, Nintendo is suing Yuzu. To end on a more fun note, we got our first look at the Elden Ring DLC launching in June!
Who’s ready to talk about video games? We are! Ryan updates us all on the TGI Game Club for The Last of Us Part I as they wrap up the main game and prepare for the DLC. Jocelyn on the other hand follows Dead by Daylight dev Behaviour Interactive over to Islands of Insight, which they published. Finally, Ryan jumps between new phone and PlayStation 5 with Honkai Star Rail. In the news, it’s all about waiting, as Nintendo may not launch the Switch successor until March 2025, the next Nintendo Direct will be a Partner Showcase, a Pokemon Presents airs next week, and the Borderlands movie spins up the marketing machine as we speed towards their summer release.
This week we delve into known and unknown territory for The Gamers’ Inn. First up, into the unknown as Ryan recounts his adventures in Star Citizen. Then we travel back to Dead by Daylight with Jocelyn’s experience with the limited time mode Lights Out. Over in the news, and the main reason for a later in the week episode, Xbox had that business announcement, Sony confirms no major first party games before March 2025, Embracer continues to be the worst, and Princess Peach Showtime has a few new outfits!
We kick off the show with Jocelyn’s update on befriending everyone in Coral Island, then her experience with Lil Guardsman. Also as promised, Ryan and Jocelyn journey into Alan Wake II, discussing the first few chapters that introduce Saga Anderson and Alex Casey. Over in the news, we mentally prepare alongside the rest of the Internet as Microsoft will announce “Xbox business plans” next week, SONIC NEWS, and Disney invests $1.5 billion into Epic to create an expansive and open games/entertainment universe.
We start the week a bit late so we can catch up on the latest announcements from PlayStation on the first State of Play for 2024. But before we get to all the news, Ryan has been enjoying Lil’ Guardsman on Steam Deck, while Jocelyn has been trying to make friends with everyone in Coral Island. Back to the news, Xbox reveals some 2024 plans in the latest Developer Direct, then lays off 1,900 staff from Activision Blizzard King and Xbox.
Ryan can’t help but check out Palworld on Xbox Game Pass as his subscription comes to an end in a matter of days. While Jocelyn returns to Sea of Thieves to report back on Season 11 and the creation of a TGI Guild! Over in the news, we focus on 2024 video games we’re looking forward to, while also chatting about the announcement that Until Dawn will be getting a movie adaptation.
Ryan wraps up his Cookie Cutter Metroidvania adventure with a little help from his PC. He also shares a hardware recommendation with the 8BitDo Ultimate 2.4G Controller. Jocelyn returns this week with an update on Disney’s Dreamlight Valley and the Rift in Time expansion. In video game news, Season 2 of Halo gets an official trailer, Smite Night may return in the future with Smite 2, and Frostpunk 2 shows off its gameplay for the first time.
Jocelyn is out this week, so Travis joins Ryan to get an update on all the holiday gaming that went on. Ryan returns to Darkest Dungeon II on his Steam Deck for The Binding Blade DLC, and also checks out a new Metroidvania game called Cookie Cutter. Over in the news, Sony provides an update on various adaptations, Xbox announces their first Developer Direct of the year, and The Last of Us on HBO casts their Abby.
It’s been a busy year for video games, and a busy year for the innkeepers at The Gamers’ Inn! But that won’t stop us from going over our favourite games of 2023. We kick things off with our Top 5 Picks, followed by Honourable Mentions. Then we go over the games we missed this year. Finally, we close the show with a look at some favourites from the community! Thank you for listening and supporting us in 2023, see you in 2024 for more gaming fun!
With our second to last 2023 episode of TGI, Ryan squeezes in some virtual reality zombie slaying with Arizona Sunshine 2, and Jocelyn eagle dives into Assassin’s Creed Mirage. Then before tackling The Game Awards winners and announcements, we discuss the announcement that E3 is officially no longer happening.