Ryan attempts to trick Jocelyn into bringing more TV content on to the show, but it doesn’t fly, so he settles for books. This week, Ryan brings the Ask Iwata book to the show, which includes interviews with the late Nintendo President Saturo Iwata. We offer our thoughts on whether Resident Evil Village is in our future, thanks to Ryan’s time with the demo. Finally, we close out What We’re Playing by closing the book on our return to Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (for now). In the news, Microsoft commits to PC gaming with a few cool announcements, Mass Effect Legendary Edition is confirmed to have a large Day One patch, Sony invests in Discord for future partnerships with PlayStation, and a few high level details from the ongoing Epic vs Apple trial (like Sony’s insistence on being paid for cross-play and Metroid possibly coming to Fortnite).
We kick off the show with a story of saying goodbye to Ryan’s PlayStation 4 Pro. Then, as promised, we accept the challenge to return to Xenoblade Chronicles 2 on Nintendo Switch. You’re welcome Discord! Finally, we close out the show with the news, featuring a change to the weird Resident Evil Village demo schedule, Super Mario Party FINALLY gets more online support, and Former Dignitas and Houston Rockets execs launch Esports Certification Institute.
Jocelyn returns to the inn with a brand new 4v1 scary game called Home Sweet Home: Survive. Ryan on the other hand, tries another 99 battle royale game, this time featuring the lovely PAC-MAN. Also there’s a new episode of Mythic Quest available to bridge the gap between Season 1 and 2 (we swear this isn’t a TV podcast). In the news, the release of Days Gone on PC has us talking about that other Days Gone news, Luigi joins his brother in LEGO form this August, and Resident Evil has a lot of fun planned for their 25th anniversary.
Travis from Pixel Mountain Pop Art guests this week to bring Horizon Zero Dawn back on The Gamers’ Inn! And speaking of returns, Travis has been working his way through the mainline Final Fantasy games and goes over the Lightning Trilogy of Final Fantasy XIII. Ryan on the other hand is exploring Oddworld Soulstorm on PlayStation 5 thanks to PlayStation Plus this month. In the news, Bioware shows off their work on the new Mass Effect Legendary Edition, Aloy arrives in Fortnite (like everyone else not associated with Nintendo), and a new Jason Schreier report shares inside details from some of PlayStation’s internal studios.
New guest host Dustin (@TriplePhase3 on Twitter and Twitch) joins the show to help Ryan break down what’s fun, and what’s weird about the new co-op sci-fi shooter Outriders. We both played it on Xbox Game Pass, and chat about the story, gameplay, and of course those random transition cutscenes. Dustin also talks about his time with the new killer in Dead by Daylight, and slowly solving puzzles through the creepy worlds of Little Nightmares I and II. In the news, Game Pass gets another boost with backwards compatible games coming to xCloud, and the ESA confirms a digital only E3 2021.
Josh joins us on The Gamers’ Inn to discuss the brand new co-op adventure game It Takes Two. He played through the entire game with his sister, and they even produced a Trophy Guide! Ryan played the Friend Pass version of the game, which includes a Free Trial of the first level, and allows you to play with a Friend who has purchased the game at no additional cost. Ryan has also been continuing his adventures in Fire Emblem Three Houses for our Game Club on Summoner’s Call. Josh concludes our What We’re Playing segment with his time in Valkyria Chronicles. Over in the news, Valve has announced dates for the next Steam Next Fest, Ghost of Tsushima is being adapted into a movie, CD Projekt RED shares it’s future plans for development, and Sony confirms the closure of some older digital stores.
Jim joins us on the show to bring some anime to the inn, with talk of the Trails series and 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim. Ryan brings Stubbs back from the dead with the re-release of Rebel Without a Pulse, and Square Enix attempts to resurrect Marvel’s Avengers with a next generation upgrade (and two Hawkeyes). Moving into the news, we go over the highlights from the Square Enix Presents event, video games continue to be delayed out of 2021 with Gotham Knights being the latest, Sony unveils the new PSVR controllers, and Microsoft may be throwing even more money around in the industry for Discord.
While Jocelyn is away, Ryan welcomes Crofton from Dungeons & Diapers to chat about his “games to play when there are no games coming out” collection. Featuring the triumphant return of Uncharted 4, No Man’s Sky, and Breath of the Wild. On the other hand, Ryan tests out his direction instructing skills by playing We Were Here Together. Plus, just one more loop in Loop Hero! Moving into the news, lots of Game Pass going around, but the most interesting has to be the confirmation that Outriders will be available at launch with the service on April 1st. Finally, Dark Alliance makes it’s return this summer!
Jocelyn runs the numbers with Democracy 4, a politics simulator that is heavy on the stats, graphs, and Steam mods. Ryan then updates us on his time with the PlayStation 5, exploring the wonders of downloading (and accidentally deleting) both PS4 and PS5 versions of the same game. He then chats about his time with Maquette (which he consistently calls Marquette, leading to some not so helpful internet searches). Moving into the news, new reports show an upgraded Switch is likely for 2021, Valve is ceasing development on Artifact 2.0, Marvel’s Avengers does it’s best to stay in the news for the wrong reasons, and Xbox officially welcomes Bethesda to the family.
Ryan received his PlayStation 5 and proceeded to watch progress bars for a few days as he moved into the next generation of PlayStation. But eventually, he got to play some games with Miles Morales and Astro’s Playroom. TGI has upgraded and we’re now fully capable of covering the next generation of consoles (when new games come out). We’ve got plenty of news from the latest State of Play and Pokemon Presents announcements. There’s also a good chunk of info out of Bioware with Anthem Next being canned, the next Dragon Age being single player focused, and Henry Cavill teasing a Mass Effect project.