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Podcast Unlocked Episode 226: The 2015 Outtakes

[WARNING: Unlike regular episodes of Unlocked, this episode contains explicit language!] Continuing the tradition started last year, we're giving you an episode full of 2015's Unlocked outtakes while the Xbox world rests for the holidays. These outtakes span the entire year, will in some cases make absolutely no sense without any context, and you might think this episode is pointless and/or totally dumb. But you might also think it's hilarious. Let us know, and Happy Holidays! We'll be back with regular episodes of Unlocked starting January 6!

Direct download: Podcast_Unlocked_Episode_226.mp3
Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT

Podcast Unlocked Episode 225: Kojima Chooses PlayStation

We discuss Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima's decision to sign with Sony for his next game, and whether or not Microsoft pursued the big-name free agent. Plus: we debate what Gearbox's new Quebec studio might be working on, what EA's commitment to eSports means for the industry, and more. Also, don't miss the end of the show this week, as an Unlock Block Trivia champion for 2015 is crowned in a shocking finale.

Direct download: Podcast_Unlocked_Episode_225.mp3
Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 8:27pm EDT

Podcast Unlocked Episode 224: What Xbox Can Learn From PSX

We review the Xbox-related announcements at last week's Game Awards. Plus: we attended PSX, and we discuss what Microsoft can learn from Sony's fan-service event. Also: we predict what Bethesda's new Montreal office might get up to, Gone Home is finally about to arrive home on Xbox, the Unlock Block Trivia challenge's quest for the Duke-y trophy gets super tense this week. Can Mitch clinch the trophy?

Direct download: Podcast_Unlocked_Episode_224.mp3
Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 7:17pm EDT

Podcast Unlocked Episode 223: We Design a Superman Game...Badly

We discuss our thoughts on Rainbow Six Siege, our Xbox expectations for The Game Awards, what we'd like to see from PlatinumGames's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Game, what DC Comics superhero games Batman: Arkham Origins developer WB Games Montreal might be making, and more. Plus: we attempt to design a good Superman game. As you might expect, it doesn't go well.

Direct download: Podcast_Unlocked_Episode_223.mp3
Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 6:36pm EDT

Podcast Unlocked Episode 222: Remembering 10 Years of Xbox 360

The Xbox 360's 10th anniversary has us reflecting back on our favorite memories of Microsoft's second console, including the first time we played it, the legendary holiday 2007 season, the faceplates, and much more. Plus: Take-Two confirms more BioShock will be on the way, so we give our picks for who we think should develop it. Happy Thanksgiving!

Direct download: Podcast_Unlocked_Episode_222.mp3
Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 2:14pm EDT

Unlocked 221: Star Wars Battlefront's Pricey (but Fun!) Future

Star Wars Battlefront is here, and we've got a lot to say about its present and future. Plus: the NXOE dashboard, Deus Ex's totally OK delay, we're in love with Rise of the Tomb Raider, Ronda Rousey gets EA cover cursed, and more!

Direct download: Podcast_Unlocked_Episode_221.mp3
Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 8:26pm EDT

A new Dashboard, backwards compatibility, and more are all here, meaning the Xbox One is now Phil Spencer's machine, full-stop. We discuss how the Xbox One has practically been relaunched, and when it might ACTUALLY relaunch. Plus: our thoughts on Fallout 4, are you and Elder Scrolls person or a Fallout person? Is Battleborn screwed? And how about that Mass Effect Andromeda teaser?! All of this and more!

Direct download: Podcast_Unlocked_Episode_220.mp3
Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 6:35pm EDT

Podcast Unlocked Episode 219: Halo 5's Huge Debut and Jon St. John on Being Duke Nukem

Halo 5 gets off to a big start, Activision paid HOW MUCH for the Candy Crush creator, the first big game delay of 2016 happens, Skyrim gets ported to Xbox One but you won't get to play it, Konami gears up another Metal Gear, and more. Plus: a 45-minute interview with Jon St. John, the legendary voice actor best known as the voice of Duke Nukem. He explains his radio origins, coming up with the Duke Nukem voice, his career as a video game voice actor, and much more.

NOTE: The Jon St. John interview starts at the 45:19 mark.

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Direct download: Podcast_Unlocked_Episode_219.mp3
Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 6:37pm EDT

Podcast Unlocked Episode 218: Halo 5 Reactions (SPOILER WARNING)

**WARNING: HALO 5 SPOILERS IN THIS EPISODE! IF YOU DON'T WANT TO HEAR HALO 5 SPOILERS, SKIP AHEAD TO THE 1:11:00 MARK.**

Halo 5: Guardians is finally here, and we have very strong – and in some cases unexpected – reactions to it. We spend the first 1:11:00 of the show in full spoiler mode, discussing the good, the bad, and the ugly of Halo 5. So if you haven't finished the Halo 5 campaign yet or otherwise don't want to hear Halo 5 spoilers, skip ahead to 1:11:00. In other news, we discuss the just-announced release date for the New Xbox One Experience Dashboard and Xbox 360 backwards compatibility, some good news for Rock Band fans, and more!

Direct download: Podcast_Unlocked_Episode_218.mp3
Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 7:24pm EDT

Podcast Unlocked Episode 217: Nathan Vella (Super Time Force, Below) in the Studio

On this week's Xbox show, Capybara Games co-founder Nathan Vella (creator of Super Time Force and Below, among others) sits in on the whole show. He updates us on the Xbox One-exclusive below, shares Xbox development insights, talks Back to the Future Day with us, September NPD sales numbers, EA vs. Square Enix on remasters, and more. Plus: your chance to win a Halo 5 prize pack including a copy of the game and an Astro A40 Halo headset!

Direct download: Podcast_Unlocked_Episode_217.mp3
Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 9:58pm EDT