Podcast Unlocked

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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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

Halo 3 celebrates its 10th anniversary, so we reminisce with our memories of the campaign, the multiplayer, and the cultural impact it had. Plus: Square Enix doubles down on "games as a service," Xbox creator Seamus Blackley brings "The Duke" controller to Xbox One, and much more!

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This week, the crew talks about their Guardians, thoughts on the Tomb Raider trailer, and Fortnite (momentarily) ending the console war.

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On this week's Xbox show, we discuss our Destiny 2 opinions after more time with it -- as well as its impressive first-week player count -- plus PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is getting Sea of Thieves's water tech, and more!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 7:07pm EST

Our Xbox crew discusses Rockstar's just-announced remaster of LA Noire, plus Destiny 2 first impressions, where Crystal Dynamics's Avengers game may be headed, Call of Duty's future possibly being in the past, and more!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 10:00am EST

On this week's Xbox show, the Xbox One X gets off to a flying start. Could Microsoft be hitting the wave at the perfect time? Plus: a dramatic reading of South Park: The Fractured But Whole's ESRB description, Telltale's Game of Thrones is on hold, and more!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 7:19pm EST

On this week's Xbox show, we recap and analyze Microsoft's Gamescom announcements, including a new Jurassic World game that probably isn't what you're expecting, some family-friendly Kinect remasters (yes, really!), the stunning special-edition Minecraft console, Crackdown 3's delay, and much more!

 

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 6:08pm EST

On this week's Xbox show, we discuss Microsoft's desire to revamp Achievements. Plus: Ubisoft's new studio and their first game, PayDay developer Starbreeze announces a new game out very soon, a classic comes to Xbox for the first time, and more!

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On this week's Xbox show, we answer your Xbox questions, including our feelings on Shadow of War and other games implementing "loot box" microtransactions. Plus: Titanfall's future, Rainbow Six Siege's success, and more!

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On this week's Xbox show, we detail the new adventures to come in Wolfenstein 2, discuss EA's internal merger, lament the loss of BioWare designer Corey Gaspur, and more.

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On this week's Xbox show, we examine the latest in the ongoing drama that is Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite. Plus: Xbox One X preorders approach, Crackdown 3 concerns, the best-selling games of June, and more!

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Ex-BioWare designer Casey Hudson returns to the RPG developer. We analyze what it means for the future of the studio. Plus: new Xbox Live features and Kingdom Hearts gets a release window...but do we believe it?

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On this week's Xbox show, we discuss the impressive developer benchmarks for the Xbox One X uncovered by Digital Foundry. Plus: big games getting 4K updates for the X, Star Wars Battlefront 2 beta details, and more!

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On this week's Xbox show, we discuss the new games added to Xbox Game Pass for July, more on the Inside co-creator's departure, the Destiny community's awesome act of generosity, and more!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 6:59pm EST

On this week's Xbox show, we talk about how silly it is for Activision to have a timed exclusive on a 10-year-old game. In happier news, the new game from the co-creator of Limbo and Inside looks incredible, and much more!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 10:30pm EST

On this week's Xbox show, we take 80 minutes to fully unpack everything that happened at Microsoft's E3 press conference. Listen/watch for our hands-on thoughts of the Xbox One X, Sea of Thieves, Crackdown 3, and much, much more! Plus: with Io Interactive going independent, should Microsoft buy them (and thus Hitman as well)?

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 9:34pm EST

We celebrate our 300th episode from E3 2017 in Los Angeles. It's our quick-and-dirty reactions to some of the biggest Xbox games and announcements of the week, headlined by the Xbox One X. Enjoy!

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Four Unlocked hosts. Twelve Xbox predictions -- some safe, some...a bit nuts. Plus the rest of the week's Xbox news!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 10:00pm EST

On this week's Xbox show, we discuss our thoughts on the gameplay features of Far Cry 5 we know about so far, what Square Enix might do with Hitman, Take-Two's surprising indie purchase, and much more!

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We discuss who wins and who loses in the wake of Red Dead Redemption 2's delay. Plus: Destiny 2, Scorpio, and the potential scourge of the exclusive marketing deal; BioWare's future is clearer, Far Cry 5 gets teased, South Park: The Fractured But Whole's final-final (?) release date, and more!

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This week, the crew talks about Halo 6 and Halo 3: Anniversary not being at E3, quick Injustice 2 thoughts, and pour one out for Alan Wake.

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With word of a shakeup at BioWare Montreal, we ponder Mass Effect's future. Plus: news on BioWare's new IP, this year's Need for Speed, and a goodbye to Ryan's beloved companion, Maggie the Boxer.

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Alanah gives us a report from her hands-on time with the just-announced Darksiders sequel. Plus: new Sea of Thieves gameplay details, the future of Xbox Game Pass, the possibility of Fable 4, new details on Quantum Break developer Remedy's next game, and more!

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On this week's Xbox show, we discuss 343 Industries's admission that having Master Chief in only 20% of Halo 5 probably wasn't a good idea, and what it means for Halo 6. Plus: Marty's Call of Duty: WWII impressions from a visit to Sledgehammer Games, Forza Horizon 3's awesome-sounding new expansion, why Scorpio's exact release date this fall is a big deal, and more!

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This week, the crew digs into the upcoming Star Wars game, the strong opening of the next Telltale series, and Prey thoughts.

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This week, the crew chats about the best games on the console, the spiritual successor to Banjo, and the highs and lows of Kinect.

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On this week's Xbox show, it's all about Project Scorpio. The next Xbox had its official specifications revealed, and we discuss what it means for the console, for the price point, what the box might look like, and what Microsoft promises it will do for non-4K displays. Plus: NBA Playgrounds gets announced and channels the dormant spirit of NBA Jam and NBA Street, Agents of Mayhem resurfaces with a release date, Sega is teasing...something with Bayonetta, and more!

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We discuss the Xbox One's home theater strengths, where Mass Effect can go from here after the reaction to Andromeda, the latest on Call of Duty heading back to World War II, and more!

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This week, Alanah, Marty, Destin, and Miranda get together to gab about Mass Effect: Andromeda, updates to the Xbox One UI, Evil Within 2 rumors, and good bangin'.

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In an otherwise slow Xbox news week, our Xbox crew debates and casts their vote in each BAFTA nominee category. Plus: Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy gets a voice cast, another Resident Evil game is on the way to Xbox One, and more!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 7:44pm EST

Our Xbox crew discusses Bungie's should-please-everyone solution to transferring your Destiny 1 character into Destiny 2, the cancellation of Dean Hall's Xbox-exclusive Ion, some new release dates, and more!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 7:24pm EST

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer sits in for the entire show and answers our questions about Project Scorpio, E3, Xbox Game Pass, and more! Don't miss this episode!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 7:45pm EST

We finally got to play a few hours of Mass Effect Andromeda. We spend a good chunk of time discussing it in a totally spoiler-free way. We also got to play the first hour of Prey and offer the same thing: extensive impressions without any spoilers. Plus: we analyze Microsoft's decision to move their E3 press conference to Sunday, and more!

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Unlocked 283: Our Ghost Recon & Halo Wars 2 Impressions

We reflect on our experiences – both positive and negative – with the recent Ghost Recon Wildlands closed beta and then Ryan gives his take on Halo Wars 2 now that he's finished it. Plus: Destiny 2 and Call of Duty speculation, why you shouldn't expect any Valve games on Xbox anytime soon, and much more!

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Unlocked Episode 282: Will Playground's New Game Be an Xbox Exclusive?

Our Xbox experts discuss Forza Horizon developer Playground Games' new non-racing second project, including where we might see it and what tech it might (or might not) use. Plus: tips for attending E3 now that the famous trade show is selling tickets to the public, what Grand Theft Auto V's latest incredible sales milestone means for Red Dead Redemption 2 and the inevitable Grand Theft Auto VI, and more!

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Unlocked 281: Where's the Hype for Halo Wars 2?

Our Xbox crew wonders why there's no buzz for Halo Wars 2, speculates about BioWare's Destiny-sounding new IP, pieces together EA's E3 2017 lineup, analyzes the ramifications of Zenimax's $500 million lawsuit victory over Oculus, discusses what former GTA mastermind Leslie Benzies is up to with his new game, and more!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 7:54pm EST

Unlocked Episode 280: Managing Scorpio Expectations

Our Xbox crew reacts to new Scorpio tech info, celebrates Prey's (fairly close!) release date and what it means for the inevitable Wolfenstein sequel, discusses Playdead's teaser for their new (probably very far off) game, and more!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 8:17pm EST

This week, the crew chats about a strange Gears of War lawsuit, and predicts Scorpio's launch lineup.

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On this week's episode, the crew talks through Scalebound's cancellation, a Halo game that never was, and Mass Effect: Andromeda at CES!

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Unlocked Episode 277: Our Most Anticipated Xbox Games for 2017

Fresh back from the holidays, our Xbox crew reconvenes to discuss what we played over the break, as well as what game we're most excited for in 2017. Red Dead Redemption 2, State of Decay 2, Cuphead, Sea of Thieves, For Honor, Mass Effect Andromeda, Crackdown 3, and more! Plus: Mass Effect Andromeda's release date is finally revealed!

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Unlocked 276: Ask Us Anything (Well, Like 6 Things)

On this week's Xbox show, we field a bunch of questions from the kind folks in the Unlocked Facebook group in our final episode of 2016. Plus: catching up on the Xbox news we missed last week. Happy Holidays!

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Unlocked Episode 275: Our Xbox Predictions for 2017

On this week's Xbox show, we quickly see how we did with our 2016 Xbox predictions before launching into our bold Xbox predictions for 2017. Scorpio games, release date, Minecraft 2, Destiny 2, original Xbox backwards compatibility, and more! Plus: The Essy trophy is awarded as Destin and Marty battle out an epic tiebreaker in the Unlock Block trivia segment.

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 7:10pm EST

We wonder if Microsoft might be readying a PlayStation Experience-like event for Xbox fans to be timed along with Scorpio's launch in 2017. Plus: Duke Nukem makes Bulletstorm great again, our suspicions about Crackdown 3 are confirmed, Capcom comes back from the Dark Side, and more!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 273: Our Xbox Holiday Wishes

We ask Santa Spencer for some Xbox gifts as the holiday season gets in full swing. Plus: the Halo TV project returns...sort of, some neat stuff to play in December, and more!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 272: Our Halo 6 Predictions

On this week's Xbox show, as Halo 5 boss Josh Holmes leaves 343 Industries, we wonder where the studio might take Halo 6. Plus: October's software sales rankings, The Walking Dead's return, a custom Final Fantasy XV Xbox One console giveaway, and more!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 271: Our Original Xbox Memories

On this week's Xbox show, we give our impressions so far on Watch Dogs 2 and Dishonored 2. Plus: we spend most of the show reminiscing about the original Xbox in the wake of the console's 15-year anniversary this week. And much more! 

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We learn more story details about Mass Effect Andromeda and debate whether or not we want it to be a three-part trilogy or a single-game experience. Plus: our thoughts on Titanfall 2, the Tomb Raider sequel leak, a killer Black Friday Xbox One deal, and more!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 269: Marty's Mass Effect Adventure

We discuss Bethesda's public proclamation to not facilitate Day 1 reviews of their games anymore, talk about the upcoming Skyrim Monopoly board game, chronicle Marty's adventures playing Mass Effect for the very first time, and more!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 268: Red Dead Reactions & Gears 4 Spoilercast

On this week's Xbox show, we react to the teaser, announcement, and trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2. Plus: Xbox wins NPD again, Xbox superfan and military veteran Jeff Bartrom sits in to discuss the video game-fueled Operation Supply Drop charity, and we finally do our Gears of War 4 spoilercast (at the end of the show – you'll have plenty of warning!).

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 267: Waiting for Cuphead

On this week's Xbox show, we talk about why Cuphead's delay isn't a big deal and what we think the developers should (or shouldn't) do until it comes out. Plus: Mass Effect Andromeda's release date may have been outed. Also: horses. So many horses.

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 266: Gears of War 4 Is Awesome

We give our spoiler-free impressions of Gears of War 4, delight in the completely unexpected announcement of Voodoo Vince's return, break down Phil Spencer's recent quotes about Scorpio (including its price), and more!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 265: The Futures of Rocksteady and Gears of War

On this week's Xbox show, we discuss what Rocksteady might do now that they're done with Batman, what other genres might make sense for Gears of War, how the just-announced Firewatch feature-length film could work, our Forza Horizon 3 impressions, and more!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 264: Firewatch Creators Discuss Xbox Version

On this week's Xbox show, Firewatch releases on Xbox One, so we talk to creators Sean Vanaman and Jake Rodkin for an hour or so. Learn what it takes to make a game, plus a few interesting Telltale Walking Dead Season 1 anecdotes too (both Sean and Jake were instrumental in that game prior to making Firewatch).

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 263: We Audition for Mass Effect Andromeda

On this week's Xbox show, BioWare is holding auditions for two small voice-acting parts in Mass Effect Andromeda. So yes, we're auditioning. Plus: what should Microsoft's next Scorpio move be in the wake of the PlayStation 4 Pro reveal event last week. We also give ReCore impressions and more!

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Ryan's out in New York City, so Marty, Alanah, and Sean got together to chat about Xbox at PAX. Gears of War 4's Horde 3.0 is dope, Sonic Mania is a return to form, and we didn't realize that we actually missed Duke Nukem. They also chat about Tacoma, which is this month's IGN First.

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On this week's Xbox show, we fill a slow news week by discussing the just-completed Titanfall 2 Tech Test and wondering which single developers are most valuable to their studios. Also: Tomb Raider gets a new game director, Forza Horizon 3 gets a new car fit for a Spartan, and more!

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Unlocked 260: Forza Horizon 3 Developer Interview

In between raving about Disneyland and arguing about pizza, we celebrate The Witness's imminent arrival on Xbox One, lament Below's latest delay, discuss the top-selling games for July, and best of all, interview Forza Horizon 3 creative director Ralph Fulton!

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Ryan's on vacation this week, so Marty "Cracker Barrel Old Country Store" Sliva and Alanah "Bucca di Beppo" Pearce take the wheel and are joined by Miranda "Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar" Sanchez and Sean "Red Robin Gourmet Burgers & Spirits" Finnegan. The crew talks about the lackluster Metal Gear Survive debut, Miranda's awesome Gears of War 4 visit, this fall's slew of shooters, Mass Effect Remastered rumors, and whether or not sheep have sex with other sheep.

I'm very sorry.

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 258: Our Gears of War and Forza Developer Visits

On this week's Xbox show, we discuss our recent visits to Gears of War 4 developer The Coalition and Forza Horizon 3 co-developer Turn 10 Studios. Plus: theories on why the just-released 2TB Xbox One is already gone and not coming back, debating what Project Scorpio will cost, the advantages to a proper "Destiny 2" compared to continuing expansion packs, and much more!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 257: All About the Xbox One S

On this week's Xbox show, we discuss our Xbox One S impressions so far, episode 1 of Telltale's Batman series (no spoilers), the Xbox One Summer Update, and more!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 7:42pm EST

Podcast Unlocked Episode 256: Revisiting Old Xbox Favorites

On this week's Xbox show, a lack of current Xbox news leads us to reminisce about the past, including our favorite original Xbox games as well as what dormant Xbox series we'd like to see brought back. Plus: Xbox One S bundles, Summer Spotlight returns, Sonic's new 2D game, and more!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 255: Learning About 4K HDR TVs

Shopping for a 4K HDR TV in advance of the Xbox One S and/or Scorpio? It turns out HDR isn't so cut and dry. We discuss what we've learned so far. Plus: Tomb Raider's pleasant Season Pass surprise, Rocket League's potentially historic game update, Xbox One S release details, and more!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 254: Microsoft's Crazy Xbox Summer

On this week's Xbox show, we discuss Microsoft's crazy Xbox summer, from their lack of press conference at the upcoming Gamescom event to Xbox Australia jumping the gun on Sea of Thieves' release date to Halo 5's post-release success to the dark Kinect secret lurking for would-be Xbox One S buyers. Plus: deciding which original Xbox games we should do Let's Plays of, and much more!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 253: The Call of Duty That Wasn't + Inside Spoilercast

On this week's Xbox show, we discuss the recently unearthed Call of Duty prototype called Call of Duty: Roman Wars. Would it have worked? Could it have worked? Also: Red Dead Redemption finally arrives on Xbox One, Xbox Avatars get more detailed and more inclusive, our thoughts on the BioShock Collection, and at the end of the show is our eagerly anticipated Inside spoilercast.

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 252: Playdead's Inside is Glorious (No Spoilers!)

Our Xbox show celebrates Inside, gets excited for Halo Wars 2, and tries to figure out what happened to the Batman: Return to Arkham remaster.

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 251: Xbox E3 Analysis + State of Decay 2 Interview

We analyze everything from Xbox's E3, from Project Scorpio to the Xbox One S to Sea of Thieves and much more. Plus: an interview with Undead Labs founder Jeff Strain – the studio's first since announcing State of Decay 2!

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Podcast Unlocked 250: Our Xbox E3 Post-Show With Xbox Creator Seamus Blackley

Our 250th episode aired live at E3 2016 with special guest and Xbox creator Seamus Blackley, so here it is in case you missed it. This was our live reactions to everything that had just happened at the Xbox press conference. Hope you enjoy it! And by the way, look for episode 251 at its regular time this Wednesday evening!

And we've got our own YouTube channel too! Subscribe here: youtube.com/ignunlocked

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 249: Our Xbox E3 Predictions

Finally, it's the E3 predictions episode you've been waiting for. Listen for our predictions about Dead Rising 4, Xbox Live Arcade/Summer of Arcade, Oculus Rift on Xbox, and much more. Plus: So many E3 leaks! We discuss them all.

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 7:42pm EST

Podcast Unlocked Episode 248

On this week's Xbox show, we celebrate the unexpected return of Fable, guess what the rumored VR game for Xbox is, share our Overwatch impressions, wonder what Remedy might do now that Quantum Break is out, argue about the viability of a Mirror's Edge TV series, and look at what the latest Xbox One "temporary price cut" really means.

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 247: The Xbox 1.5, For Real This Time

We analyze the very credible new Xbox Slim and Xbox Next rumors. Will Oculus come along for the ride? What will it be called? How much will it cost? We discuss. Plus: how Doom's excellence may have saved id Software, what's next for that studio, and more!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 5:55pm EST

Podcast Unlocked Episode 246: Welcome Back, Doom

What we think of Doom so far, including our theories on why Bethesda didn't send out advance copies for review. Plus: Rockstar's next game approaches, Batman gets a more exciting remaster than we expected, Yarny gets another adventure (YARNYYYYYYY!), how you can (maybe) get your dream Gamertag, and more!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 7:59pm EST

Ryan's out, but the crew holds down the fort and chats about Battlefield 1, Battlefront 2, probably something with a 3, and Fable 4.

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 244: Remembering Lionhead

We fondly remember everything Lionhead gave Xbox fans as the studio closes its doors for good. Plus: Respawn's third-person Star Wars game, our reactions to Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and the not-sold-separately Modern Warfare remaster, our Xbox E3 hopes, whether or not Microsoft will showcase upgraded hardware at the big show, our favorite Xbox 360 games ever, and more!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 8:06pm EST

Podcast Unlocked Episode 243: Gears of War 4's Statue and Season Pass

Gears of War 4 unleashes a pricey season pass and an even pricier collector's edition. We evaluate the pluses and minuses of both. We also lament the latest Mirror's Edge Catalyst delay, debate where Call of Duty is heading after its title has apparently leaked. Oh, and, uh...rugby.

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 242

The Xbox 1.5 rumors won't go away – particularly in light of the hot-and-heavy PlayStation Neo rumors, so we discuss what a mid-cycle upgrade could look like for Microsoft. But should it even happen? Plus: Quantum Break's last boss frustrates us (no spoilers though!), Batman joins the remaster party that we don't want to be invited to, Red Dead might be returning, and more!

Link to IGN PAX East meet-and-greet #1: https://ignpresentsbattleborncommunity.splashthat.com 

Link to IGN PAX East meet-and-greet #2: https://ignmeetngreetpresentedby2k.splashthat.com 

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Podcast Unlocked Episode 241: Gears of War 4 Director Interview

Gears of War 4 boss Rod Fergusson joins us for a 30-minute interview about the new game as well as taking over the franchise. Plus: our thoughts on Quantum Break so far, the ex-GTA developer's lawsuit against Rockstar, Titanfall 2, the rumored effort to save Fable Legends, and more!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 10:35am EST

Podcast Unlocked Episode 240: About That Gears of War 4 Release Date...

We discuss Gears of War 4's just-announced release date and what it means for the rest of the holiday 2016 Xbox lineup. Plus: Xbox 1.5, Mass Effect 4, Doom beta thoughts, Bethesda's public E3 presence, Final Fantasy XV demo reactions, and more!

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Mitch's last show is weird, wonderful, and chaotic.

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 238: Halo 1 and Shadow Complex Developer Interviews

On this week's Xbox show, Shadow Complex creator Donald Mustard sits in for a lengthy interview about his history on Xbox (Advent Rising, Undertow, Shadow Complex, the newly released Shadow Complex Remastered, and...maybe...Shadow Complex 2?)! And then we have Halo 1 designer Jaime Griesemer on to talk old Halo war stories with him. You won't want to miss either interview. We kick off with just Ryan and Mitch, as Ryan says goodbye to his longtime partner-in-crime. Don't miss this episode!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 237: Gears of War 4's 30fps vs. 60fps Debate

Microsoft opens the door to cross-network play across Xbox One, PC, and maybe PS4 too. Plus: Gears of War 4's campaign will be 30fps and its multiplayer will be 60fps. Opinions vary on that! We also detail Xbox Indie Showcase highlights of what we played, Tacoma's delay, a new ARK game, and more!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 236: Is Fable Dead?

We analyze the cancellation of Fable Legends and the apparent closure of Lionhead Studios. Could either have been saved? Can and will Fable continue on, or is it dead? Plus: our first impressions of The Division, Gears of War 4 continues to divide us, Doom multiplayer inches closer, Overwatch and Battleborn have a silly (albeit one-sided) feud, and more!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 7:44pm EST

Podcast Unlocked Episode 235: Phil Spencer Interview and Xbox Showcase Reactions

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer joins us for a quick interview about the future of Xbox (hint: you probably won't lose access to your Xbox One games on the next-gen Xbox console years from now). Plus: our reactions to the Xbox Showcase event from last week – and to Quantum Break in particular, analyzing the Mass Effect Andromeda delay, how cool a World War I-set Battlefield 5 could be, and we tell Capcom how we feel about their creative output so far in this console generation.

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 234: Halo 5 Drops the Mic and Major Nelson Stops By

On this week's Xbox show, it's all good news. First, it took four years, but Xbox's own Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb sits in with us for the entire show. Together, we talk about this week's awesome Halo 5 news, including the return of a beloved multiplayer mode and an even more beloved old weapon. Plus: Fallout and Elder Scrolls boss Todd Howard speaks about game PR cycles and their next projects. We analyze his comments, and much more! Oh, and of course we also send Larry back to Microsoft with a clear message: #BringBackXBLA

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 6:59pm EST

Podcast Unlocked Episode 233: The Internet's Quantum Breakdown

We analyze last week's Internet meltdown over Quantum Break's PC version, detail the first wave of Fallout 4 DLC, discuss what the departure of Mass Effect: Andromeda's lead writer means for both that game and Destiny 2, and much more!

P.S. We apologize for the problem with Mitch's mic this week. We're tracking down the problem and we'll have it squashed ASAP.

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 232: About That Titanfall 2 Single-Player Campaign...

On this week's Xbox show, we discuss the now-confirmed Titanfall 2 solo campaign, DOOM's release date, Red Dead's imminent backwards compatibility, 2015's most tweeted-about games, continued love for Yarny, and more!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 231: Will Elder Scrolls VI Be Announced at E3?

Bethesda announces that they'll put on another E3 press conference. We speculate about what will – and won't – be there. Plus: a 40-minute interview with Unravel creative director Martin Sahlin, The Division beta reactions, how we'd kill Spartan Locke in the first scene of Halo 6, and much more!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 8:17pm EST

Podcast Unlocked Episode 230: Burnout Returns...As a Golf Game...Sort of...

We celebrate the very Burnout-y new golf game (yes, golf game!) from the original creators of Burnout. Plus: praise for the word-of-mouth hit ARK: Survival Evolved and the awesome adventure that is Oxenfree. We also discuss the potential awesomeness of PlatinumGames's just-announced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game, share what you're getting for your $50 season pass in Star Wars Battlefront, lament Mighty No. 9's latest delay, and tell you how you can attend E3 with EA.

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 229: Why Call of Duty 2016 Won't Be Ghosts 2

We speculate on what this year's Infinity Ward-developed Call of Duty might be like given all of the big-studio talent Activision's been hiring for it. Also, Microsoft files a couple of new game software trademarks we are hesitant to get excited about, the top 10-selling games of December are revealed, and much more!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 228: Congratulating our Game of the Year Winners

We discuss our Game of the Year votes, lament the end of an era with one of the key creators of Grand Theft Auto, recount the insane development history of Homefront: The Revolution as it gets dated, weep at the lack of Psychonauts on Xbox, and more!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 6:58pm EST

Podcast Unlocked Episode 227: Our Xbox Predictions for 2016

Happy New Year! We kick things off with our longest episode ever! Gone Home creator Steve Gaynor (who you may also know as the creator of BioShock 2's highly acclaimed DLC Minerva's Den) sits in for the whole show to talk about next week's Xbox One release of Gone Home. We also ask him about his time on BioShock 2 as well as his next game, the Xbox One-exclusive Tacoma. Plus: we make our Xbox predictions for 2016 and review how we did with our 2015 predictions. And we discuss the Scalebound delay, the Assassin's Creed leak, and much more!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 8:14pm EST

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!

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

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.

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 8:27pm EST

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?

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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.

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 6:36pm EST

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!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 2:14pm EST