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Huge week of Xbox news! Project Scarlett's lower-cost option, Lockhart, is back in play. We discuss what it means for Xbox's next-gen efforts. Plus: the Xbox finally gets a proper Major League Baseball game, and it's...Sony's?! Also: 2K opens a new studio to make a new BioShock game, IGN's Game of the Year winner Control miiiiiight be coming to Xbox Game Pass, Resident Evil 3 Remake is official, and more!

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Lots of Scarlett next-gen talk this week! Hear why Cyberpunk 2077 won't be coming to Scarlett as soon as we think - and neither will VR. Plus: leaked concept art gives us our first glimpse of Playground's next-gen Fable reboot (allegedly...), Resident Evil 3 might be getting remade, Saints Row will return, and more!

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On this blazin' episode of our Xbox show, we look back at Xbox's past this week as the original Xbox turns 18, sharing our favorite (not best, although they're often one and the same!) games from Microsoft's first console. And then we look ahead into the future, recapping X019's Inside Xbox livestream and discussing everything we liked and everything we didn't that Microsoft is cooking up now.

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Microsoft's big X019 fan event in London is imminent and we've got lots of details, including which TWO DOZEN games are playable there. Plus: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is curiously omitted from EA's EA Access service, we unbox this year's absolutely glorious fan-made Unlock Block Trivia Challenge trophy, and more!

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Lots of huge Xbox news to discuss this week, from Ubisoft games that are now coming to Xbox Scarlett (Watch Dogs Legion, Rainbow Six Quarantine, and Gods & Monsters) to Scarlett games we'll have to wait a bit longer for (Battlefield 6, Battlefront 3). Plus: our hands-on impressions of Diablo 4 (!!) and Overwatch 2, and more!

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Chad Michael Collins joins us in the second half of the show this week for an interview about acting in one of the biggest games of the year. That interview starts at 42:04 if you'd like to skip straight to it. In the first half of the show, we give our Modern Warfare campaign and multiplayer impressions, detail a fantastic new program from Microsoft that might help ease the sting out of Scarlett's next-gen launch price tag, discuss Fallout 76's new $100 per year service option, and more!

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#ad #TacoBellPartner First we show off Taco Bell's new Eclipse Xbox One X giveaway bundle (with the new Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller!), and then we discuss Obsidian's new RPG The Outer Worlds with reviewer Dan Stapleton. Plus: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order impressions & more!

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We're joined by two developers from The Outer Worlds, the new first-person RPG from new Xbox first-party studio Obsidian Entertainment: co-director Leonard Boyarsky and narrative designer Nittai Poddar. It launches on October 25 (including straight into Xbox Game Pass!). We discuss the origins of the project with respect to Boyarsky's Fallout background, crazy things that have happened during playtesting, the importance of The Outer Worlds' deep character creator, and more!

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New PlayStation 5 details emerge – particularly about the controller – so we discuss what it might mean for the Scarlett's gamepad. Plus: Brandin finished reviewing Ghost Recon Breakpoint and talks at length about his likes and dislikes, Ryan gives his impressions of the Oxenfree developer's new game Afterparty, and more!

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Microsoft Flight Simulator. Yes, MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR! We discuss why it probably belongs on your radar. Plus: Bungie's future after Destiny, Ghost Recon Breakpoint's launch, and Gearbox's strange feud with voice actor Troy Baker.

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We're shot out of a cannon this week! Our Xbox crew recaps the news from this week's Inside Xbox, highlighted by the public Project xCloud preview. Plus: the rumored Batman: Court of Owls game, how Xbox owners are getting shortchanged in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and our Gears 5 spoilercast (at the end of the show, so if you don't want to hear it, you won't miss anything else!).

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Ryan and Brandin discuss and analyze the week's Xbox news, including the big changes proposed for E3 2020 and how they should make the event better, Ubisoft's doubling-down on large-scale blockbuster games, Gears 5's fast start on Xbox Game Pass, Madden's big sales and the surprising #2 selling game of August, the return of The Game Awards, and more!

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Our Xbox crew gives in-depth impressions of Gears 5's multiplayer as well as Borderlands 3. Plus: a surprising departure at Bethesda/Zenimax, a bit more on the next Resident Evil project, and the awesomeness that is Banjo and Kazooie appearing in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Destin and Brandin return from Gamescom and talk to Ryan about everything they saw there - including a playable build of Marvel's Avengers. Plus: Mortal Kombat's crazy new DLC characters, first impressions of the just-released Remedy game Control, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, Astral Chain, and more!

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On this week's Xbox show, new talent takes over Halo Infinite, Phil Spencer gives an idea of what to expect performance-wise from Xbox Scarlett, Gears 5 comes out swinging at Gamescom, PUBG does an awesome thing, and more!

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Lots of industry news to cover on this week's Xbox show! The former head of DOOM developer id Software has landed in an unexpected new location. Plus: Hello Games mastermind Sean Murray has started thinking about what's next after No Man's Sky, Call of Duty won't be changing its business model anytime soon, a former PlayStation-exclusive developer will now be making games for Xbox, and more!

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A keen-eyed Halo fan discovered an interesting audio Easter egg hiding in the Halo Infinite E3 trailer. We play it for you and speculate about what it means. Plus: the Xbox Dashboard is getting another refresh, the Blair Witch game finally shows itself, classic Doom games get re-released on Xbox - but things don't go super smoothly for Bethesda, and more!

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As we break in our brand-new studio, our Xbox crew discusses why Square seems to have had a change of plans with regard to an Xbox release of Final Fantasy VII Remake. Plus: the director of Halo Reach has a new first-person shooter, The Division 2's director contemplates a single-player spinoff, Gears 5 says no to smoking, and more!

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On this week's Xbox show, we give our hands-on impressions from the first weekend of the Halo Outpost Discovery fan experience, discuss a new Batman release from Rocksteady (not a new game, sadly), talk through the small glimpses we've been getting at Playdead's new post-Inside game, and more!

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Gears 5 boss Rod Fergusson joins us for an entire show of Gears talk, from taking over the beloved franchise from Epic to Gears Tactics to Gears 5 to Project Scarlett, and more!

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We continue our Xbox E3 recap by discussing most of the rest of Xbox's press conference announcements, including Bleeding Edge, Ori 2, Minecraft Dungeons, Gears 5, Blair Witch, Battletoads, and Avengers (even though that last one wasn't in the Xbox conference).

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Film and TV star Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, The Big Sick, Men in Black: International, Stuber) joins our live-from-E3 episode to recap Microsoft's biggest Xbox E3 announcements. We'll deep-dive into the rest on the next episode!

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On this week's Xbox show, we discuss the biggest E3 leak so far in Watch Dogs 3, gush over the just-released Outer Wilds, address Rainbow Six Siege's plan for next-gen, and more!

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On this week's Xbox show, it's time once again for a beloved pre-E3 tradition: making our Xbox E3 predictions! We discuss what could happen with regard to Xbox Scarlett's release date and specs, Halo Infinite, a new Xbox Elite controller, and more! Plus: our take on the big Call of Duty: Modern Warfare rumor, why Dead Island 2 is still alive, what Saints Row and Red Faction developer Volition might be up to, and more!

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Ghost Recon appears to be returning soon, as does Call of Duty. We debate what each might look like. Plus: Sea of Thieves Anniversary Update impressions, PlatinumGames laments how Microsoft has been treated in the wake of Scalebound's cancellation, Tekken x Street Fighter is probably never happening, and more!

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On this week's Xbox show, willl the Sonic the Hedgehog movie set video game movies back a decade or turn them into high art? Plus: Kansas City Chiefs fans have to reckon with the Madden Curse as the first details of Madden NFL 20 are announced, Games With Gold for May have been revealed, and more!

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Our Xbox crew gives our impressions of the just-released Mortal Kombat 11, discusses Respawn's Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and why we're optimistic about it, speculates on the motive behind the return of a Call of Duty co-creator after a six-year retirement, and more! Plus: how much next-gen will Microsoft talk at E3?

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Lots to discuss this week! James Duggan's impressions of The Division 2 and how it compares to other loot shooters. Plus: our headliner is Borderlands 3. It's finally official, but what kind of game will it be? We each give our take. We also detail the just-announced monster FPS Darkborn, wonder about Ubisoft's E3 press conference, and more!

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Our Xbox podcast crew gives detailed impressions of the just-released Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice as well as Remedy's upcoming third-person action game Control. Plus: a look back at the Elder Scrolls games that helped make the Xbox great as the franchise celebrates its 25th anniversary this week, more rumored details of the all-digital Xbox One S, a bit of Mortal Kombat 11 talk, and more!

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Another major publisher decides to skip its E3 press conference in 2019. We discuss what we think EA's decision means for Microsoft. Plus: Halo MCC gets Reach, Mortal Kombat 11 goes for the gusto in the story department, and more!

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A new report suggests the disc-less Xbox One S will be announced next month. We speculate on price, who it's aimed at, and more! Plus: Borderlands 3, Apex Legends' sweet revenge for Respawn, and more!

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We dive deep into the credible rumors surrounding Microsoft bringing Xbox Game Pass to the Nintendo Switch. Plus: Microsoft considered hiring Gearbox to make Halo 4. How would THAT have changed history?? Also: HoloLens 2 and its potential future in the Xbox ecosystem, and we say goodbye to our beloved Shark.

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Our Xbox crew deep-dives into Xbox's two biggest new releases, Anthem and Crackdown 3. Plus: BioWare says Mass Effect will return, but how and when? We discuss...

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IGN's Xbox crew discusses Apex Legends enormous success and it's potential, the future of EA, and a traveling Halo Amusement Park that may be headed your way.

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Our Xbox crew has a lot to chew on this week! Apex Legends reactions and impressions, Crackdown 3 impressions, Xbox Live's stunning extension to Nintendo Switch, Xbox's big E3 2019, and more!

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Three major games dominate the water-cooler conversation this week, including the controversial Anthem VIP demo, plus the releases of Resident Evil 2 and Kingdom Hearts 3.

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EA has been having a tough time with Star Wars: What went wrong and can it be fixed? Our Xbox crew discusses that and more on this week's show.

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Bungie is now a free agent. Here's what it means for Xbox fans. Will Microsoft buy Bungie again? Will Destiny 3 happen? What's after Destiny? Plus: Phil Spencer briefly mentions the future at CES, Resident Evil 2's demo is popular, and more!

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IGN's Xbox team kicks off the new year by discussing some of the games we're most excited about. Plus: one new Alien game not for Xbox and one that is, From Software's mystery new games, and more!

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Our Xbox crew looks back on all aspects of the Xbox world in 2018, from games to studio acquisitions to services and much more! Plus: a look ahead to the fast start we're set to get off to in 2019, what Xbox characters we'd like to see in Smash Bros., and more!

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Our Xbox crew recaps last week's Game Awards, reacting an analyzing the biggest Xbox-related announcements. Plus: tune in for a bonus Let's Play of Below with creative director Kris Piotrowski!

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Our Xbox crew makes some last-minute Game Awards predictions that are sure to be comically wrong. Plus: Rocksteady says they're not doing a Superman game. So what ARE they up to? Also: BioWare teases Dragon Age 4 and we cast the Gears of War movie.

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Microsoft's planets are all aligning towards E3 2020. We explain why it will be the most important moment in the last decade of Xbox. Plus: Red Dead Online impressions, The Initiative's big new hire, and more!

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Our Xbox crew discusses Sony's big E3 decision and what it means for Microsoft. Plus: in-depth Fallout 76 impressions, the rumored new disc-less Xbox One, and more!

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Tina Amini is joined by Destin Legarie, Jon Ryan, and Casey DeFreitas to talk about all of the Red Dead 2 spoilers that need to be talked about!

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Microsoft's jam-packed X018 fan event brought with it a ton of new announcements. We react to and break down the TWO new studio acquisitions, Winter of Arcade, Crackdown 3's multiplayer mode and new release date, and much more!

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Our Xbox crew discusses what TWO games Respawn looks set to release this year and how to make sure Titanfall 3 doesn't get Titanfall 2'd. Plus: Forza Horizon 4's impressive sales feat, why NDAs are serious, Microsoft's Minecraft-made campus renovation preview, and more!

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With Red Dead Redemption 2 finally out, we discuss its huge debut as well as the crazy things we've been doing inside its Old West world. Plus: Grand Theft Auto's future, Xbox Game Pass heads to PC, Battlefield V's Battle Royale mode gets a release date, and more!

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FPS/Battle Royale expert James Duggan joins Unlocked this week to discuss Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's Blackout mode after handling IGN's Blackout mode review. Is it Baby's First Battle Royale, or something more? Plus: Jade Raymond is out at the EA studio she founded, Devil May Cry 5 has one of the craziest special editions ever, four Valve classics get Xbox One X enhancements, and more!

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Longtime Xbox fan and military veteran Jeff Bartrom stops by to talk about Operation Supply Drop and 8-Bit Salute, the charity that helps active and retired military service members through video games. Plus: our Black Ops 4 Blackout impressions, Red Dead 2's 60-hour story, Diablo 4 (!...?), and much more!

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We discuss our day playing Bethesda's big new RPG. Plus: Impressions of Hitman 2, discussion of Microsoft's new Project xCloud initiative, Microsoft's apparent new studio acquisition, and much more!

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We talk AC Odyssey, Red Dead Redemption 2 and the return of the Xbox XO event!

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We discuss our hands-on impressions with Rockstar's latest, from hunting to battling wolves to horseback riding to shooting dudes in the eye. Plus: our reactions to Telltale's closure, Devil May Cry 5's microtransactions, and more!

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We discuss Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's just-completed Blackout battle royale mode beta. It was better than anyone expected, and it may not only make people forget about the lack of a campaign, but it puts Battlefield V's Firestorm in a tough position.

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Our Xbox crew discusses Xbox Skill, which will integrate Alexa and other household-voice-control devices into Xbox One in the wake of Kinect's demise. Plus: THQ Nordic acquires Kingdoms of Amalur, Xbox Australia comes up with the weirdest Xbox controller yet, and more!

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Forza Horizon 4 creative director Ralph Fulton joins us for the entire show to talk about everything Horizon, including topping themselves every time out, where their Halo and Hot Wheels collaborations came from, and more! Plus: a special edition Xbox One X and Elite Controller (yes, it's back!), EA's big Battlefield delay, and much more!

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Our Xbox crew looks at Xbox's potentially revolutionary new All Access program. Plus: Microsoft might not be done buying studios, Cyberpunk 2077 demo reactions, and more!

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Our Xbox crew discusses the ever-deepening relationship between Forza and Halo, what we thought of the Doom Eternal gameplay reveal (hint: HNNNNNNNNG!), new Xbox announcements from Gamescom, some new release dates, and more!

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We chat with Red Dead Redemption 2 expert Jon Ryan about other secrets from the gameplay trailer, Fallout 76 is looking a lot more fun, and we spent more time with Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

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Our Xbox crew digs in on the week's Xbox news, including Crackdown 3 being "pretty much done," the Halo TV series starring Master Chief after all, Superman wanting to play Geralt, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Beta Impressions, Madden impressions, and more!

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Our Xbox crew gives in-depth impressions of No Man's Sky on Xbox One. Plus: Epic Games's enormous Fortnite-fueled valuation, whether EA would or should make Battlefield Royale a standalone game, the removal of loot boxes in Forza, and more!

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Our Xbox crew dives deep on the latest Xbox Scarlet next-gen rumor. Plus: Impressions of the Halo arcade game, Xbox's milestone fiscal year, QuakeCon details, Fallout 76 beta news, and more!

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Our Xbox crew dissects a new report on the state of Crackdown 3 and looks at what its future potential is. Plus: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is getting not one but two multiplayer betas, Sea of Thieves has a major new content update, Code Vein checks out of 2018, and more!

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Our Xbox crew catches up on the week's news, including the green-lighting of Showtime's Halo TV series, EA Motive's new Star Wars project, Anthem's much-appreciated gameplay tweak, Dead Island 2's zombie-like revival, and more!

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Our Xbox crew looks at the new summer game releases in a normally dry time of year for gaming. Plus: we debate Gears (of War) 5's name change, discuss Minecraft's Xbox/Switch cross-play, salute Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, and more!

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Xbox had a stellar E3 and there's a lot to break down, including: Halo Infinite and the future of Halo, Phil Spencer's next-gen console acknowledgement, Microsoft's first-party studio shopping spree, our hands-on impressions of E3's biggest games, and much more!

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We've got one more show for you before we head down to E3, and there is much to discuss! Is Microsoft buying Playground Games? Plus: several new games have been announced, leaked, or announced and leaked. Also: some big games get release dates, Red Dead Redemption 2 tempts you with three different special editions, State of Decay 2 is doing great, and more!

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It's that time of year again! We've got a dozen E3 predictions for Xbox heading into the biggest gaming event of 2018. Plus: a bit of Fallout 76 talk as well. Thanks to our sponsor this week, Hims. Check 'em out at ForHims.com.

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On a jam-packed show, our Xbox crew gives hands-on impressions of both Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Kingdom Hearts 3. Plus: a big discussion on the newly announced Halo: Fireteam Raven arcade game and what it does and doesn't mean for Halo 6! Thanks to our sponsor this week, Hims. Check 'em out at ForHims.com.

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Join us as we talk about State of Decay 2, Jon Ryan's thoughts on seeing Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay for the first time, the end of Boss Key Productions, and some E3 news.  Thanks to our sponsor this week, Hims. Check 'em out at ForHims.com.

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This week, our Xbox crew discusses the plausibility of the crazy Walmart game listings, what it means for Xbox if in fact they're starting a new 'AAAA' studio in Santa Monica, an old favorite gets added to the backwards compatibility list, and more! Thanks to our sponsor this week, Hims. Check 'em out at ForHims.com.

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On this week's Xbox show, Alanah gives her impressions from playing Shadow of the Tomb Raider, we discuss the hype for Red Dead Redemption 2, we rank our Top 5 Halo vehicles ever, and more! Thanks to our sponsor this week, Hims. Check 'em out at ForHims.com.

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To commemorate episode 343 of our show, we go full Halo and discuss our favorite memories ever and then make our own top 10 list of our favorite Halo multiplayer maps ever. Thanks to our sponsor this week, Hims. Check 'em out at ForHims.com.

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Our Xbox crew digs deep into the huge new batch of original Xbox backwards compatible games announced this week, picking our favorites. Plus: a new batch of 360 games get Xbox One X enhancements, Michael Ironside AND Splinter Cell are back in Ghost Recon, and much more! Thanks to our sponsor this week, Hims. Check 'em out at ForHims.com.

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Our Xbox crew discusses No Man's Sky's upcoming Xbox release and how it might be received. Plus: Shadow of War looks to rehabilitate its image, Red Faction returns, more original Xbox games are on the way to backwards compatibility, and more!

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Most of this week's show is dedicated to taking stock of Sea of Thieves now that it's finally out. We discuss what's good, what's bad, and where it can go from here. We also talk about A Way Out, Telltale's Batman series, Hellblade coming to Xbox, and more!

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Xbox's Chris Charla sits in with us to talk about the ever-growing success that is Xbox's ID@Xbox indie game program. We discuss Cuphead, Inside, and the slate of upcoming ID@Xbox games including The Last Night, Below, and many others! Plus: Sea of Thieves launches, a new Lego game is on the way, and more!

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Rumors of Splinter Cell's return in 2018 have our Xbox crew's hearts aflutter. We discuss what we'd want to see in a potential new game. Plus: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 runs from Red Dead Redemption 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider's teaser campaign gets spoiled...by Square Enix themselves, Microsoft announces their E3 plans, movie reviews for both Tomb Raider and Ready Player One, and much more!

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Inside returns with a mystery $375 collector's edition that we can't make sense of. Plus: our impressions from playing State of Decay 2, Battlefield V and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 appear to both be real things, and more!

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Four beloved Xbox 360 games get Xbox One X enhancements, Cyberpunk 2077 seems to be coming out from behind the shadows, Sea of Thieves is getting a console bundle, and some stuff that's making us mad this week. Plus: meet the two coolest new Xbox One controllers, and more!

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Our Xbox crew discusses what may be going on behind the scenes with the Burnout Paradise remaster. Plus: mapping out Xbox's first-party release dates for 2018, gushing about Ys's long-awaited (by Ryan) debut on Xbox, and more!

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Rare Studio Head Craig Duncan joins our Xbox crew for an hour of Sea of Thieves talk. We discuss beta weirdness, Easter eggs, beta lessons, what post-launch might look like, and much more!

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Our Xbox crew discusses Red Dead Redemption 2's new concrete release date, its effect on other fall games, and why Rockstar earns gamers' respect. Plus: more rumor reactions, PUBG's new console bundle, and more!

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We share high-seas adventure stories from our time in the Sea of Thieves beta plus where a datamine reveals the game might go next. Plus: Monster Hunter World impressions, discussion of Anthem's not-unexpected delay, and more!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 8:57pm EST

In a special episode of Unlocked that featured a live studio audience of IGN fans, we worked with the crowd – and special guest Gary Whitta – to unofficially rank the best Xbox 360 games of all-time. We hope you enjoy it, even when it gets...a bit crazy.

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 1:00pm EST

Now that Xbox Game Pass will include day-one first-party releases starting with Sea of Thieves, we discuss whether or not Game Pass is the future of gaming. Plus: what a potential Duke Nukem movie starring John Cena REALLY means, the Sea of Thieves closed beta is underway, and more!

Direct download: Unlocked_Episode_330.mp3
Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 2:19pm EST

With Playground's second team now all but confirmed to be on a Fable revival, we discuss what the news means for Forza Horizon, for gamers, and for Fable itself. Plus: rumors of a new Xbox One Elite Controller, the New Duke gets priced and dated, a new Alien game bursts out of a new developer's chest, and more!

Direct download: Unlocked_Episode_329.mp3
Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 5:55pm EST

Rumors are swirling about Fable, Perfect Dark, and a new IP. We do our best to make sense of them. Plus: details on Xbox's new Achievement system, Dashboard update details, and more!

Direct download: Unlocked_Episode_328.mp3
Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 1:22pm EST

On this week's Xbox show, our Xbox crew rings in the New Year by making a dozen Xbox predictions for 2018. Plus: Microsoft's apparent PUBG marketing mistake, the last tie to Kinect is severed, and more!

Direct download: Unlocked_Episode_327.mp3
Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 7:41pm EST

On this special year-end episode of our Xbox show, we reflect back on the Xbox's year in 2017: the good, the bad, and everything in-between. Plus: a look ahead to Xbox's exciting prospects for 2018!

Direct download: Unlocked_-_2017_Xbox_Year_in_Review.mp3
Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

We debate whether or not you should play PUBG on Xbox in its current state. Plus: reacting to Xbox at The Game Awards, Predator in Ghost Recon, when you can play Metal Gear Survive, and much more!

Direct download: Unlocked_Episode_326.mp3
Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 8:10pm EST

Our Xbox crew predicts what we might see and learn at this week's Game Awards. Plus: our reactions to Mega Man 11, a new tennis game announcement, Destiny 2 getting Amazon Alexa integration, and more!

Direct download: Unlocked_Episode_325.mp3
Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 8:06pm EST

On this week's Xbox show, we discuss a bunch of stories we'd rather not have to report, including the Fortnite lawsuit involving a 14-year-old boy, the "sunsetting" of Marvel Heroes Omega, and the comatose state of the Deus Ex franchise. On a happier note, Square Enix's CEO shows integrity when speaking about Hitman and Io Interactive, single-player games thrive over Black Friday weekend, this year's Unlock Block trivia trophy gets awarded, and more! Also: if you would like to help former IGN editor and Marvel Heroes developer Anthony Gallegos raise funds for the chemotherapy treatments for his fiancee's awesome dog Shasta, please visit gofundme.com/healshasta.

Direct download: Unlocked_Episode_324.mp3
Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 8:13pm EST

On this week's Xbox show, we discuss just what the heck went wrong with Star Wars Battlefront 2. Plus: we go over all of the Xbox-specific nominees for this year's Game Awards, what original Xbox games we'd like to see added to Xbox One backward compatibility, and more!

Direct download: Unlocked_Episode_322.mp3
Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 3:58pm EST

We discuss Phil Spencer's recent comments about Xbox's first-party situation, Call of Duty: WW2 reviewer Miranda Sanchez joins us to dive into the new FPS, more Xbox One X-enhanced 360 games, and much more!

Direct download: Unlocked_Episode_321.mp3
Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 2:10pm EST

Xbox One X marketing head Albert Penello joins us to discuss the interesting origins of Microsoft's new turbocharged console. Plus: PUBG finally gets an Xbox One release date, gifting digital games on Xbox, and more!

Direct download: Unlocked_Episode_320.mp3
Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 9:23pm EST

On this week's Xbox show, we mourn the Kinect after its official discontinuation, discuss this week's original Xbox backward compatibility news, give impressions of Assassin's Creed Origins and Wolfenstein 2, and more!

Direct download: Unlocked_Episode_319.mp3
Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 4:17pm EST

Our Xbox show dissects the radical shift at EA that's resulted in the closure of Visceral Games, a change in direction for their Star Wars game, and an uncertain future at EA for Amy Hennig. Plus: Master Chief Collection is back, and more!

Direct download: Unlocked_Episode_318.mp3
Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 6:58pm EST

We give our impressions of Middle-earth: Shadow of War, the Star Wars Battlefront 2 multiplayer beta, and The Evil Within 2. Plus: four new Xbox One bundles, the hidden Master Chief inside every Xbox One X, God Eater 3, and more!

Direct download: Unlocked_Episode_317.mp3
Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 1:54pm EST

We celebrate Xbox's biggest week of 2017, including our extended impressions of the glorious Cuphead, our reactions to the Red Dead Redemption 2 story trailer, and our thoughts on Forza Motorsport 7. Plus: should Microsoft try to buy PUBG? We discuss that, and more!

Direct download: Unlocked_Episode_316.mp3
Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 8:57pm EST