We’ve got Starfield on the brain as both Jocelyn and Ryan have started their adventures in the Starfield. Before that we confirm that Jocelyn will be taking a bit of a break from TGI as she welcomes Baby Kearney into the world. But fret not, as Jocelyn Will Return, aiming for around Extra Life Game Day at the start of November. Look forward to awesome guest co-hosts over the coming weeks! Moving out of Starfield, Jocelyn updates us on Hearthstone and the latest Twist. Over the in the news, we’ve got Unity with egg on it’s face, and the latest Nintendo Direct and PlayStation State of Play.
Ryan and Jocelyn are ready to chat about Baldur’s Gate III as Jocelyn has now had a chance to play the game. We talk about the initial learning curve and talk through some of those early hurdles in the game. And yes, the Quick Save/Quick Load conversation pops up again. In the news, Nintendo hosted a Super Mario Bros Wonder Direct and may have shown the Switch 2 behind closed doors. Also Lenovo unveils another Steam Deck competitor and Saints Row developer Volition has been shutdown.
Yes, you read that correctly, Jocelyn watched Sonic 2 because of your awesome Extra Life donations in 2022. However, we didn’t record an audio commentary, as we figured a podcast discussion would be the most accessible way to hear Jocelyn’s journey through this SEGA epic. While we didn’t think we could talk about Sonic 2 for an hour, we sort of did… But fear not! We have a few video game news stories as well with the increase in price for PlayStation Plus tiers and the confirmation that Elder Scrolls 6 has entered early development.
We kick things off this week with a look forward to Starfield as Ryan contemplates how he’s going to finish Baldur’s Gate III by September 6th, although he did just wrap up Act I and is making his way through Act II of BG III. Jocelyn on the other hand checked in on the Texas Chain Saw Massacre game, which shouldn’t surprise anyone given her love of Dead by Daylight. Finally, Ryan took a break from clicking through a giant RPG with the latest swashbuckling adventure, En Garde! Moving into the news, Charles Martinet is stepping back as the voice of Mario, Xbox has some new wraps for the Series X, PlayStation Portal is the new Remote Play device from Sony, and our highlights from Gamescom 2023.
After a bit of a break for summer vacation and sick kids, we return with “Cozy MMO” Palia which is now in Open Beta. As promised, we’ve also been playing Baldur’s Gate III. Just first impressions for now, so expect more Baldur’s Gate III on future episodes this month! Over in the news, Netflix is testing games on TVs (and soon PC/Mac), THQ Nordic had a showcase, and Xbox highlights their new strike system to address bad behaviour.
As Ryan and Jocelyn prepare for Baldur’s Gate III, they share why they’re excited for the massive RPG arriving this week. Jocelyn shares her thoughts on the latest Hearthstone expansion that is live now. While Ryan travels back in time with Tamagotchi and Psychonauts 2 (join our Game Club in the Discord). For video game news, Final Fantasy XIV is heading to Xbox (and possibly more), Nintendo may have a Switch successor ready for the second half of 2024, and Alien is coming to Dead by Daylight.
Thanks to a busy schedule, Ryan has a few quick mobile hits to share including GuessThe.Game on the web and Coffee Golf on iOS/Android. Also, Ryan dived into the latest first person puzzler Viewfinder. Jocelyn on the other hand has been surviving in the post-apocalypse atop a giant lizard in The Wandering Village, which is now on PC Game Pass. Over in the news Blizzard will be bringing their games to Steam, Xbox has created a pizza scented controller, Mortal Kombat 1 confirms their first guest characters, and a few updates on the Microsoft acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
We’ve got some Netflix fun this week with the release of Oxenfree II. But before Ryan chats about that, he goes back and plays Oxenfree I. Both were played on an iPad with the Netflix subscription. There be some time travel discussions in this here segment! Moving to the news, we have a very Microsoft heavy list kicking things off with the change of Xbox Live Gold to Xbox Game Pass Core starting September 14th and Xbox will be launching a new voice reporting feature. And of course, all the latest news on the Microsoft acquisition of Activision Blizzard, including it’s legal fight with the FTC, pausing legal battles with the CMA in the UK, and Sony finally signing a Call of Duty deal.
Jocelyn returns and has a quick update on Tears of the Kingdom before discussing her early time with Final Fantasy XVI. Ryan on the other hand has been diving deep into the depths of Dave the Diver on his Steam Deck. Over in the news, EA has announced a single player Black Panther game, Baldur’s Gate 3 revealed some Druid specific romance scenes, and Square Enix is considering more remasters.
Travis guests on the show this week to discuss his time with the new PlayStation 5 exclusive: Final Fantasy XVI. Ryan joins in on the chat thanks to his time with the demo. Moving into our next game, Elden Ring returns to the show thanks to the Patron Backlog Choice. In the news Nintendo fills us in on their Fall lineup, Meta reveals their VR subscription service, and the latest from the Activision Blizzard acquisition hearings.