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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey & Black Ops IIII: Ep 27



Alaina is out this week but Mike “The Bomb” Grimm steps in once again to fill the extra seat this week. The foursome digs into Assassin’s Creed Odyssey with Mike playing on console, Josh playing on PC and Zach playing through Google’s Project Stream. We give our thoughts on the game and apply our conversation last week about its microtransactions to see how we feel after playing the game ourselves.

Josh also dives into his experience with Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII on PC and Shannon gives us his early impressions of Dragon Quest 11 on PS4. We also discuss Rockstar Games and the rumor surrounding grueling 100 hour work weeks for employees and a potential Bully sequel.

Afterwards we talk Apple Watches, life in the Bay area and car wreck aftermath in our Week in Review segment.

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Astro Bot & Assassins Creed’s Monitizations: Ep26



This week on the show, we’re having a conversation about Assassins Creed Odyssey’s microtransaction storefront and the controversy surrounding it. Many claim Ubisoft is preying on consumers, while others think its fair. We take a look at the arguments on both side and give our thoughts on all of the drama.

We also celebrate the 2nd year anniversary of Playstation VR by discussing how’s it’s performing, the volume of titles releasing for it and its future.

Josh gives his review of Astro Bot: Rescue Mission for PSVR and takes Mega Man 11 for a spin. Alaina tells us all about her feelings on Maple Story 2. Zach gushes more over Forza Horizon 4 and we review Hori’s D-Pad Joy-Con for the Nintendo Switch.

Afterwards, we wrap everything up with tales of landscaping problems, birthday celebrations and more in our off-topic Week in Review segment.

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Forza Horizon 4, Mega Man 11 & Life is Strange 2: Ep25



It’s a big week for releases this week, so the gang sits down to talk about everything they’re been playing. We dive into Forza Horizon 4, Mega Man 11, Life is Strange 2, Dragalia Lost and more. The crew also announces their first annual Halloween challenge with the community, so listen for details!

Aside from new releases, the four hosts also discuss the success of Insomniac’s Spider-Man and what it could mean for Holiday sales and the future of Marvel properties in gaming. Also, we chat about the recently announced Playstation Mini.

Finally, we wrap it all up with discussions about the Halloween season, rad games of laser tag and more.

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Telltale and Sony Shockers: Ep24



Two pretty big announcements happened this week, and the TPL crew are here to discuss them!

Telltale Games’ shocking and sudden announcement of the closing of the studio dropped and we discuss what happened here and how this impacts the industry. Also, Sony surprised us all by actually adhering to cross-platform play. Was this a stunt to push them forward next generation or simply a case of doing the right thing? Find out what we think.

Also, we discuss the games we’re currently playing this week. Josh checks out Dark Souls Remastered’s network test for the Nintendo Switch, Alaina finally sits down to play the original Life is Strange, and Shannon shares his Spider-Man fatigue.

In our off-topic segment, we review the iPhone XS, talk about how we combat depression and more.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Nintendo Online & iPhone XS: Ep23



This week, the crew welcomes Michael “The Bomb” Grimm to the show to discuss Nintendo’s latest Direct. A lot of goodies were revealed to us last week and we’re breaking down the biggest announcements and giving our thoughts on each of them. Afterwards, we give our take on Nintendo Online launching this week and whether or not we feel this is the online subscription service Nintendo fans deserve.

In our Weekly Console-tation segment, Josh and Mike give their impressions of Shadow of the Tomb Raider; Lara Croft’s latest adventure in the rebooted franchise. Is this the best one of the bunch or a step back from the previous entry? Also, Josh discusses his impressions of the Forza Horizon 4 demo, Alaina talks Mario Tennis Aces and Zach gives us the scoop on his progress through Marvel’s Spider-Man.

We wrap up the show with our thoughts on the recent iPhone XS announcement from Apple and the controversy surrounding the prices of these new devices. Come find out which one of the hosts jumped on board with a preorder!

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Spider-Man & The Sinister Easter Egg: Ep22



The TPL gang celebrates the release of Marvel’s Spider-Man for Playstation 4 by giving their thoughts and feelings on the game this week. Did Spider-Man live up to the hype? How does it compare to other highly rated superhero titles? Listen to find out!

Aside from Spider-Man, the crew also gives their thoughts on the Battlefield V beta, the Mega Man 11 demo and more.

For industry buzz this week, we discuss the recent Spider-Man easter egg story revolving around a marriage proposal that went south. Also, we talk about the latest THQ Nordic acquisition that makes us a little excited.

We wrap it all up with discussions about brand new cars, monster truck rallies, birthday celebrations, and gaming with your family.

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Shenmue HD & Industry Ups & Downs: Ep21



This week, we dive into a lot of industry buzz that are both positive and negative. First the gang discusses the recent shooting in Jacksonville, Florida at a Madden 19 tournament and it’s impact on eSports and the country. Afterwards, we get more positive by discussing some of the awesome announcements including the Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay showcase, Streets of Rage 4 and Onimusha HD.

Also, we dive into the Xbox All Access program and whether or not Microsoft will find success in this subscription service. Is it a better deal? Would we personally sign up for this? We break it down for you here.

In our Weekly Console-tation segment, Josh gives his thoughts on the Shenmue I&II collection for Xbox One X. Zach shares his experience with No Man’s Sky on Playstation 4 Pro. Also, Alaina talks about her time with Yakuza Kiwami and Shannon explains his first VR experience with Beat Saber.

Afterwards, we wrap it all up with landscaping troubles, tattoo do’s and don’ts and car accident aftermath.

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Gamescom Goodies & Path of Exile: Ep20



This week the gang reveals some Gamescom news and our thoughts on it all, including the new NVIDIA RTX graphics cards and a lot of Switch ports. Afterwards we get into a discussion about the plethora of ports being dropped on the Nintendo Switch and whether or not this is a problem for the platform and if it’ll continue.

Josh talks about his time with Path of Exile, the PC and Xbox One free-to-play Action RPG that takes him by surprise. Also, Shannon shares his opinions of Dead Cells after the rest of the crew talked him into buying it. Does he enjoy it as much as the rest of us or was it a massive mistake?

We finish it all up with Josh’s PC upgrade nightmare that cost him a lot of time and hard drive data and Zach’s weekend wreck that totalled his vehicle. Don’t worry, he’s fine!

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We Happy Few & Dead Cells: Ep19



This week the gang digs deep into Compulsion Games’ trippy adventure title We Happy Few. Josh isn’t the only person in need of some joy pills after playing this one. We discuss the gameplay mechanics, the narrative and a nasty situation that almost made us give up the game entirely. Is it a complete waste? Listen to find out.

Dead Cells is also discussed in length as Josh, Zach and Alaina give their impressions of the Nintendo Switch version of this rogue-like action game that took us all by surprise. Normally this type of game turns us off, so find out what Dead Cells accomplishes that made us sing a different tune entirely. Also listen as we struggle to talk Shannon into playing it himself.

Other topics we discuss are Doom Eternal’s gameplay reveal, Moonlighter for the Playstation 4, Nintendo’s latest Direct presentation on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and our do’s and don’ts on how to propose to your significant other!

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Sonic Mania Plus & An IGN Oopsie: Ep18



In this episode, we discuss the controversy surrounding IGN and their accusation of plagiarism for a review of Dead Cells. Was this act a simple case of poor choices or pressure to get timely reviews out to the public? We also discuss the leak that suggests Final Fantasy VII Remake is an action game and not an RPG. Is that want we want out of this remake?

Games we discuss this week are:

  • Sonic Mania Plus and the additions to the game.
  • Stardew Valley and cheating on your dates.
  • Shin Megami Tensei D2 Liberation for iOS.

We wrap the show up with some fun ghost stories from the crew. Do we believe in ghosts? Has something happened to us that makes us believers? Listen to find out!

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