Podcast Unlocked

On this week's Xbox show, Rainbow Six Siege's map count leads us to wonder how it'll be received. Plus: Fallout 4's season pass annoys us, Star Wars Battlefront gets a mini-fridge, we're excited for the imminent New Xbox One Experience Dashboard, Xbox One gets two new games in a genre it sorely needs them in, and more!

Also: after we recorded, Ubisoft issued a correction to their developer who was quoted as saying Rainbow Six Siege will ship with 10 maps. It will actually be 11.

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 211: The 'Xboy' Handheld Was Almost Real

We make an otherwise slow Xbox news week interesting by discussing notable 9/9 gaming birthdays, discuss former Xbox boss Robbie Bach's comments on how an 'Xboy' handheld almost came to exist, analyze what we learned about Destiny thanks to a court decision involving a former longtime Bungie employee, and give our ideas for what rides we think should be at Ubisoft's planned real-life theme park in Malaysia. 

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 210: What the Xbox One Elite Console Will and Won't Do

Microsoft's newest Xbox One console bundle is extra special because it includes the hot new Elite gamepad as well as a 1TB SSHD hard drive. We break down the benefits you can expect as well as whether or not it might be worth upgrading to. Plus: we analyze Halo 5's newly released opening cinematic, take a guess at the real reason DICE is doing a Star Wars Battlefront beta, dry heave at Square Enix's pre-order incentives for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and...oh yeah, we give away a custom Gears of War-painted Xbox One console too.

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 209: Should Master Chief Be Unmasked?

Mitch and Ryan shake and bake their way through this week's Xbox show, tackling, among other questions: Will we ever see Master Chief's face? What are the odds of Xbox One actually getting original Xbox backwards compatibility functionality? Should you take Just Cause 3's $50,000 cash prize, or the mysterious actual real-life island they're offering? And much more! Polite College Duke Nukem stops by as well!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 208: Rainbow Six Siege's Bold Decision

This week's Xbox show analyzes Rainbow Six Siege's daring delay and what it means for the franchise this year and in the longer term. Plus: we express sadness (but not anger) regarding the absence of Big Team Battle from Halo 5's launch, theorize what Gearbox might do with Duke Nukem now that their IP ownership lawsuit is settled, discuss Forza 6's new "mods," and more!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 207: Grand Theft Auto 6 Is Gonna Be HUGE

This week's Xbox show recaps Gamescom from the IGN guys who were there, explains why the Halo 5 console bundle might not be such a good deal, details how the Halo TV show isn't dead, laments Capcom's remakes/remasters-or-bust strategy, and more!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 206: Xbox Just Killed it at Gamescom

After Xbox's killer Gamescom, we just couldn't wait until Wednesday to do our next show. So here we are, talking about everything from Gamescom, including Halo Wars 2, Crackdown 3, Scalebound, Quantum Break, Homefront: The Revolution, the Halo 5 Xbox One console, new ID@Xbox games, strange Destiny news, Xbox One TV DVR functionality, and Xbox One's downright ridiculous 2016 lineup!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 205: Our Xbox Gamescom Predictions

Microsoft is set to have a big presence at Gamescom. So, we play our ol' predictions game, making 12 Xbox predictions for what we think might happen. Plus: Tomb Raider's exclusivity is dated, 343 explains the lack of any split-screen multiplayer support in Halo 5, Windows 10 begins rolling out to change the Xbox ecosystem forever, and much more.

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 204: Brothers in Arms and the Return of WWII Shooters

As news of a new Brothers in Arms game starting development surfaces, we revisit the smart, stellar, historically-based first-person shooter/strategy series and why we'd be excited for it to return – as well as if it could help bring WWII shooters back in general. Plus: all of Sony's marketing dollars still won't let you play Star Wars Battlefront on PS4 first, Xbox One gets another clever bundle, and much more! Special guest star Jared Petty joins the Unlocked crew this week.

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 203: Our Xbox Games of the Year (So Far)

With the year half over, it's time to give our picks for our Xbox Games of the Year...so far. Plus: the latest chapter in the Hideo Kojima/Konami divorce is as wacky as ever. We wonder if there will even be another AAA Metal Gear game, and who might do it. Also, Dead Island 2 has lost its developer, so we debate who might pick up the ball on that and run it into the end zone. Furthermore, two $200 special editions of upcoming big games generate wildly different reactions from us, and finally, don't miss the debut of the real-life Dukey trophy!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 202: What if Microsoft Bought AMD?

It's impossible to follow the once-in-a-lifetime episode 201, but we do our best by dissecting a rumor that suggests Microsoft may be looking to buy Xbox One and PS4 chipmaker AMD. What would it mean for the current consoles? How about the Xbox 4 and PlayStation 5? We discuss it in detail. Plus: we lament some of the E3 Game Critics Award winners and give our take on the first trailer for Telltale's Minecraft: Story Mode.

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 201: Phil Spencer, Peter Moore, and Seamus Blackley Reunite and Reminisce

We don't believe three generations of Xbox leadership have ever been brought into the same room before to share secrets and stories of Xbox history. Until now. In a once-in-a-lifetime episode, Xbox creator Seamus Blackley, Head of Xbox during the 360 launch Peter Moore, and current Head of Xbox Phil Spencer talk for 90 minutes about all three Xbox consoles, including beating Sony in the living room, where the Duke controller came from, how Gears of War influenced a critical decision for the Xbox 360 hardware, and so much more!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 200

Episode 200 finally happened, and it happened live with 450 IGN fans in San Francisco. It was an incredible event where we celebrated the history of Xbox, sharing our favorite original Xbox and 360 games as well as those of the fans in attendance. We even snuck in a teaser for a very special episode 201! We hope you enjoy listening if you couldn't make it, or reliving it again if you did!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 199.5: Xbox E3 Reactions and Analysis

We are all finally back from E3, rested, and ready to bask in the glory that was the week of Xbox awesomeness at the show. Sea of Thieves, Cuphead, HoloLens, Halo 5, and so much more all blew us away. We analyze what worked (almost everything) and what didn't (there isn't much) about Xbox's just-completed E3, and paint a pretty bright picture for Xbox in 2016 while we're at it. Join us for this epic episode!

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Podcast Unlocked at E3 2015: Phil Spencer Interview

In the wake of Microsoft's fantastic E3, we sat down with Head of Xbox Phil Spencer to discuss everything from backwards compatibility to Kinect, Xbox Live Arcade, winning the console "war," and much more. NOTE: this interview was recorded the day before Summer Spotlight was announced, so when you hear Phil play coy with our question about whether or not he'd ever bring XBLA back, now you know why. :-)

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Podcast Unlocked at E3 2015: Matt Stone and Trey Parker Interview

In this special mini-episode, bucket-list edition of Podcast Unlocked, we sit down with Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the Emmy Award-winning, Tony Award-winning, and Oscar-nominated comedy geniuses. They've got a new video game, hilariously titled South Park: The Fractured But Whole, that serves as a follow-up to the New Kid's adventures in The Stick of Truth. Here, Stone and Parker discuss the game, how they see the show ending one day, whether or not we'll ever get a Book of Mormon movie adaptation, and more!


Podcast Unlocked Episode 199: Reacting to Huge Halo 5 News

In light of the big Halo 5 campaign details and multiplayer bomb dropped by 343 Industries, we spend a good chunk of the show getting SUPER EXCITED for Halo 5. Plus: reactions to the 1TB Xbox One announcement, a talk about how Forza is a victim of its own success, why we love Mirror's Edge Catalyst's new title, and much more. And, yes, there's another In-N-Out bet made over Games With Gold and, specifically, PoolNation FX.

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 198: Fallout 4 Reactions

You know what we're talking about this week: Fallout 4. Join us for a 26-minute reaction segment to the announcement and the trailer. We discuss what gameplay elements the trailer suggests, why we think we're going to get a very long demo at E3, when we think the game is coming out, and more. Plus: what the Gears of War developer's studio rebranding means for the series, why the Rise of the Tomb Raider teaser trailer bugged us, details on the big Unlocked 200 celebration, and so much more! It's a 90-minute epic episode of Podcast Unlocked!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 197: Our Best and Worst E3 Memories

As E3 2015 approaches, each of our Xbox podcast crew shares his best – or worst – E3 memories. Plus: we get teased by Halo 3: ODST releasing for Xbox One (but ultimately it didn't), teased by a real baseball game on Xbox (nope, it doesn't have the MLB license), and more!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 195: Does Star Wars Battlefront Need Iron Sights?

We react to Star Wars Battlefront bucking the recent years' trend of using iron sights in the upcoming first-person shooter. We also give our take on the newly announced Assassin's Creed Syndicate. Plus: why we're happy about The Division's delay, all of LEGO Dimension's toy tie-ins leak out early, praise for the May Xbox One System Update, and more!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 194: We Guess Titanfall 2's Release Date

EA drops some vague release date windows for Titanfall 2 and Mirror's Edge on their quarterly earnings call, so we take more specific shots at pinning them down – as well as detailing why DICE's E3 presentation of Mirror's Edge will likely either send the game's hype train ahead at full speed or derail it completely. Plus: Disney Infinity 3.0, more Star Wars Battlefront talk, our thoughts on The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and more!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 193: What the Gears of War Remake Must Do To Excite Us

We try to find humor in what is otherwise a downer of a week: the Astro A40 Xbox One gaming headset isn't good, Silent Hills is canceled and Konami doesn't look long for this world, Black Ops 3 fails to excite us, Batman: Arkham Knight's DLC Season Pass is laughably expensive, and more. On the bright side, it looks like we're getting a Gears of War 1 remake/update, Halo 5: Guardians may finally let us play with Master Chief's best Spartan-II buddies, State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition and a Battletoads-infused Shovel Knight are out for Xbox One, and more!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 192: Why We're Worried About Star Wars Battlefront

Fierce debate grips the Unlocked crew this week, as we discuss whether Star Wars Battlefront is offering enough content out of the box to justify its $60 price. Is this the new normal? What lessons can we learn from Titanfall and Destiny? Mitch and Ryan even make an In-N-Out bet about it. Plus: we speculate on what Phil Spencer means by the expected "new, exclusive IP" for Xbox at E3 this year, how stoked we are about Mass Effect 4 after a pile of gameplay details purportedly leak, the never-finished Alan Wake 2 prototype, and more!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 191: Guitar Hero Live vs. Rock Band 4

With World Music Game War II official, we break down the surprising pros and cons of Guitar Hero Live and Rock Band 4 and ultimately come to a pretty happy conclusion. Plus: a government agency whines about the Xbox One's power consumption rates, and then whines again when Microsoft pledges to fix it. We respond. Meanwhile, Destin isn't happy about Destiny's latest expansion, House of Wolves, and Xbox One owners will get first crack at Star Wars: Battlefront this fall.

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 190: Deus Ex: Fankind United

The announcement of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has the Unlocked crew standing as Fankind United. Yes, we're excited. We break down the newly revealed new-gen sequel, including where we think it's heading and how we prefer to brush up on the last game. Plus: Quantum Break gets officially moved to 2016 (called it!), former Xbox executive Don Mattrick escapes his first post-Xbox job on a golden parachute, Phil Spencer would like to see Banjo in Super Smash Bros. (plus: who we think should make a new Banjo game on Xbox), and more!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 189: What Halo 5's Release Date and New Trailers Mean

The weekend gave us not one but two Halo 5: Guardians trailers, and you needed to see both of them in order for your mind to be fully and properly blown. We dissect what each trailer's version of the truth means, and we talk at length about Halo 5's surprising October release date – including what it means for the rest of Microsoft's holiday Xbox One lineup. Plus: a nugget of Gears of War 4 news to chew on, a couple of April Xbox One system update features we really like, and more!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 188: Why Kojima's Possible Exit Isn't a Surprise

Noted Metal Gear fan Max Scoville joins Podcast Unlocked this week to discuss the whole (alleged) Kojima/Konami fiasco. And we have what may be an unpopular opinion about the entire thing. Plus: why the hell is there a Russia-only Halo Online game for PC? Will the next Xbox hit in 3-4 years instead of 7-8? What's the deal with Conker in Project Spark? Also: Shark Finnegan explains how to get thrown out of a Denny's.

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 187: What We Want From Titanfall 2

Now that Titanfall 2 is a real, confirmed thing, we've got some ideas as to what it needs. In fact, we all agree on what that is. Meanwhile, we give a refresher course on the long-dormant Homefront: The Revolution now that it's been officially delayed to 2016. Plus: another hilarious round or marketing-spun NPD results, Rory McIlroy Highlander-kills Tiger Woods, and more. Also be sure to watch the full video episode of the podcast on the IGN Xbox One app if you haven't tried it!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 186: Our Most Emotional Gaming Moments

A discussion about our early Ori and the Blind Forest impressions turns into an impromptu chat about our most emotional gaming (and movie) moments. Plus: we have a theory on the timing of this week's Halo: The Master Chief Collection Xbox One bundle, another theory about how Kudo Tsunoda's promotion proves last week's Phil Harrison rumors, why Quantum Break would be better off releasing in 2016 regardless of the validity of this week's rumors, and more! Plus: a very personal, 40-minute interview with Adr1ft creator Adam Orth. He discusses how his personal life is reflected in the new game, what his life was like during the #DealWithIt controversy, and more.

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Podcast Unlocked 185: What Is Battletoads Going to Be on Xbox One?

What a packed show! Chris Charla, the head of Microsoft's ID@Xbox program, stops by for a chat about choosing indie games for the program, how crazy (in a good way) Cuphead is, and more. Then we talk about Phil Spencer's latest Battletoads tease, freak out because Rock Band 4 is a real thing, discuss our experience playing one of GTA Online's Heists, and much, much more.

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Podcast Unlocked 184: Battle of the Bands

On this week's IGN Xbox podcast, we discuss running out of Xbox One hard drive and what decisions go into choosing an external hard drive to buy. Plus, rumors suggest that both Rock Band and Guitar Hero may be returning for the new consoles (and why we're FREAKING OUT), Microsoft makes a genius move to partner Forza with Fast and Furious, Batman: Arkham Knight's 'M' rating, why MMOs are finally hitting Xbox consoles, and much more!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 183: Marty Gets Battle-trolled

This week's episode of Podcast Unlocked is packed! We predict what Bethesda will announce at their first-ever E3 press conference in June, including Fallout 4. Plus: reacting to Phantom Dust's developer shift, lamenting Shadow Realms' cancellation and what it means for 4v1 games, making our picks from the ongoing Xbox Ultimate Game Sale, and remembering Super Mario Bros. 3 and how it changed our lives as we note its 25th (USA) anniversary.

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 182: On the Phone with 343

Halo 5 dominates our show this week, as not only do we talk to 343 Industries Halo 5 Studio Head Josh Holmes and Multiplayer Designer Quinn DelHoyo about what they learned from the now-completed Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta (skip to 1:02:57 for that), we also discuss all the changes made as a result of player feedback. Plus, a release date for the Halo 5 art book suggests that Halo 5 might not ship in November as we've all been expecting. We discuss why that might make a ton of sense. Oh, and get our thoughts on Evolve, hear some of the best 2015 Xbox predictions we got from you guys, and learn what's going into the February Xbox One system update.

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 181: Our 2015 Xbox Predictions

Four editors. Three predictions each. That means we've got 12 Xbox predictions for 2015 that you can hold us to come Christmas-time. Plus, we can bet on them! Which of us is Nostradamus (probably none of us), and which of us is Nostra-dumb-us (probably all of us)? Plus: A few Sony games look like they're on their way to Xbox, Condemned 3 might happen, Grand Theft Auto V's sales numbers continue to astound us, Dying Light isn't being ignored (yay!), and more.

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 180: Is the Xbox 360 Dead?

The Xbox's sales are down year over year for the fourth quarter, largely due to dwindling Xbox 360 sales. So it's time to wonder: is the old console toast? Also, IGN tech editor Alaina Yee joins us to share her first-hand, behind-the-scenes account of the Windows 10/HoloLens event she attended last week at Microsoft Campus. Plus: EA makes bank, the Xbox One's controller gets a firmware update, and we give you an In-N-Out Burger history lesson you absolutely didn't ask for.

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 179: Phil Spencer Is a T-Shirt Tease

Packed show! We distill the Windows 10 event down to what it means for Xbox, including the HoloLens AR glasses that may sound familiar if you remember "Fortaleza" from the big Xbox One leak in 2012. Plus: we reflect on the Halo 5 beta, the Xbox One goes back to $349...again, and Undead Labs CEO Jeff Strain sits in for an epic 50-minute interview that covers his fascinating past working at Blizzard, his present-day State of Decay success, and his online future.

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 178: Revealing Our Game of the Year Votes

IGN's Game of the Year has been announced. We discuss how we cast our individual votes. Plus: a big MOBA hits Xbox One, Forza Motorsport 6 gets announced...in Detroit, Microsoft may be bringing back a "beloved" strategy game, Xbox One wins an Emmy(?!), and more!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 177: Let's Buy the Blinx Trademark!

As Microsoft abandons their trademark on show favorite Blinx: The Timesweeper, we discuss what we'd do with it if we bought it (which we might). Plus: what does the Xbox One going back up to $400 mean for 2015? Will Xbox Avatars ever matter on Xbox One? Will Far Cry 5 pit you against...vampires? And what will Xbox One developers do with more power thanks to the newest XDK tools? Oh, and we give a warm Podcast Unlocked welcome to new IGN host Max Scoville. Say hi, won't you?

Thanks to Walter Hill (@walt_disknee) for the new outro music for 2015, and Ryan Quintal for the new logo!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 176: The Outtakes of 2014

We'll be up front: you might not even like this episode. It's a collection of random, out-of-context outtakes from the past year of Xbox podcasting. Strange stories. Off-topic conversations. Alex Solomita's 15 minutes of fame on ESPN. On the other hand, some of you might think it's hilarious. So give it a listen. It's only 16 minutes long. Then let us know what you think! If you find it boring and/or dumb, we won't do it next year. But hopefully you'll get some enjoyment out of it. And besides, the alternative was to not have any show at all this week. :-)

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 175: All Halo Breaks Loose

"I'm not even supposed to be here today!"

We'd planned to be on holiday break this week, but too much Halo happened! First, 343 Industries announced that Halo 3: ODST will be brought to Halo: The Master Chief Collection in 1080p/60fps – for free! And that an Anniversary remake of "Relic" would be added to MCC for free as the seventh Halo 2 Anniversary map. On top of that, we spent all weekend playing the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta during an early access period. Needless to say, we have a lot to say on all of this. Join us for the next 70 minutes or so, won't you?

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As the year winds to a close, Microsoft celebrates a November NPD victory. What about December? What about the future? Will they put the system's price back to $400? We discuss. Plus: the big annual year-end Xbox games sale has begun, Grand Theft Auto V finally delivers a peek at online heists, remasters get an ultimatum from us, and more. Oh, and THANK YOU for listening this year. We appreciate your support more than you know!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 173: We'll Miss You, Street Fighter

Sony strikes back, securing Street Fighter V exclusively after Microsoft bagged Rise of the Tomb Raider. We discuss the situation, as well as what other games this could happen to. Plus: after Sony's PlayStation Experience Event, should Microsoft do something similar? Also: Adr1ft gets announced, The Witcher 3 gets delayed, and much more. Most importantly, we welcome back Jared Petty!

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 172: Tales from the Black Friday

We catch up on everything we saw and played over the Thanksgiving break, including passionate (spoiler-free) discussions about Sunset Overdrive, Tales from the Borderlands, Game of Thrones, Limbo, and more. Plus: Xbox One's Black Friday success and whether or not the $350 price point will revert back to $400, Xbox's neverending struggles in Japan, hackers targeting Xbox Live, and much more.

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 171: Dreaming of Half-Life 3

As Ryan's old friend and podcasting partner Dan Amrich sits in to discuss Rocksmith 2014 for Xbox One (which Dan now works on), the crew discusses their thoughts on Xbox One's first birthday and the big Microsoft giveaway that goes with it. Plus: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's campaign, Dumb & Dumber To, game show video games (like 1 vs. 100!), Titanfall's just-announced Deluxe Edition, and more!

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What should be a celebration of one of the biggest weeks of the year for Xbox games is instead clouded by rough launches for both Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Assassin's Creed Unity, as well as online issues for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. We discuss what the root of the cause might be, as well as what recourse gamers have to combat Day One woes. Plus: Halo 5 multiplayer impressions, Just Cause 3 gets announced, Game of Thrones game details from Telltale, Phil Spencer sees a new game at Rare, and more.

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 169: Cheeseburger in Paradise

The world's #1 Xbox podcast crew discusses the significance of the Xbox One price drop, and there's a *slight* chance we get derailed into an In-N-Out vs. Shake Shack vs. Five Guys cheeseburger conversation. Also: Destiny 2 gets confirmed, and we discuss what we want out of the sequel. Also don't miss our Grand Theft Auto V new-gen chat about the new first-person view, and when we might see a slimmed-down refresh of the Xbox One.

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 168: Max Hoberman Talks Halo 2

If you don't know how Max Hoberman is, here's the elevator pitch version: he's not only the Halo 2 lead multiplayer designer, but he helped invent all of the amazing party and matchmaking systems that Halo 2 pioneered that we all now take for granted. And now, he has his own studio, Certain Affinity, where they build maps for many multiplayer games, including Halo 2 DLC, Halo 3 DLC, Halo 4 (shipping version and DLC), various Call of Duties, and now Halo 2 Anniversary. Max shares some incredible insights on the making of Xbox Live's killer app, and then shares his gut reactions to every map from Halo 1 and 2. His answers may surprise you...

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 167: Phil Spencer Interview

Microsoft Head of Xbox Phil Spencer makes his first Unlocked appearance in a year, dicussing a range of topics including when certain features will be added to the Xbox One via the monthly system updates, what he wants out of the next Gears of War, why there is no special-edition Halo-themed console to pair with The Master Chief Collection, what the hell Rare is up to, and much, much more. 

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 166: Xbox Is a Hell of a Drug (Mule)

Find out what happens when four guys get busted for trying to use an original Xbox to smuggle cocaine. At the very least, it produces the funniest moment in the history of the show. Also, a new Halo game got announced, HBO Go will soon be usable on Xbox 360 or Xbox One without a cable/satellite TV subscription, a new Assassin's Creed Xbox One bundle provides pretty good value (and we share our favorite special-edition consoles ever), and much more.

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 165: Assassin's Creed Unity (of Resolutions)

On this week's episode of the world's #1 Xbox podcast, we discuss why Ubisoft messed up badly with their explanation as to why Assassin's Creed Unity will run at 900p on both Xbox One and PS4. Plus: how much of Halo 5 will Agent Locke star in? Why did Kingdom Hearts 3 switch to Unreal Engine 4? Why is Mitch worried about Geometry Wars 3? And find out which special guests will be appearing on the show this month.

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Podcast Unlocked Episode 164: The Destiny Story

Alleged NDA-breaking sources claim Destiny's story was VERY different earlier in development. We discuss. Plus: love for Screamride and its Crash Mode-esque feature, why you should get pumped for the release of Thomas Was Alone next month, pouring one out for Burnout, and hacking is bad, mmm-kay?

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 9:04pm EDT

Podcast Unlocked Episode 163: Michael Condrey Interview

Want to know how you can have no artistic or programming talent and still end up becoming the head of the studio making the biggest game of the year? Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's Michael Condrey shares his fascinating career story of how he went from beach bum to co-founding Sledgehammer Games and working on the world's biggest shooter franchise. Plus: Destiny's raid, Rudy Giuliani's defense of Activision against...Manuel Noriega (!), Grand Theft Auto V's next-gen first-person mode, D4 pulls a Beyonce (and why that's bad), and more!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 8:48pm EDT

Podcast Unlocked Episode 162: Dissecting Destiny

We're back, and so much has happened! In this jumbo-sized 90-minute edition of the world's #1 Xbox podcast, we spend nearly an hour discussing Destiny -- what it is, what it isn't, what it could evolve into, and more. Plus: Jose Otero's Halo: The Master Chief Collection impressions, our analysis of Microsoft's big Minecraft developer purchase, and much more!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 9:37pm EDT

Podcast Unlocked Episode 161: For Whom the Bell Tolls

An annoying bell is left behind in the podcast studio, and we abuse it before finally hurling it out a window. More importantly, Halo pro and superfan Sean Finnegan discusses how it felt to play the new Lockout in Halo 2 Anniversary multiplayer. We also dive into the "WTF?" Saints Row expansion that's coming to Xbox One as well as 360. Plus: Get to Know Your Locksmiths gets a bit serious, discussing the topic of bullying.

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 9:20pm EDT

This week, we're down Ryan McCaffrey, so it's a shorter show as we discuss HD remakes, Dragon Age: Inquisition's multiplayer, Shadow Complex's 5th anniversary, and what we think of Microsoft selling Kinect for $150.

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

Marty and Destin return from Gamescom in Germany, where they got to be among the first in the world to play Halo 2 Anniversary multiplayer. They tell us how Halo 2-y it feels. Plus: Madden 15's time limit on EA Access, a bigger hard drive for...Xbox 360, a Reddit app for Xbox One, what to expect in the September Xbox One system update, and the return of Get to Know Your Locksmiths.

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Podcast Unlocked Episode 158: About Tomb Raider's Exclusivity...

First, we apologize for this week's audio issues. It's a bit quiet for the first half or so of the show, and then we tried to fix it and were successful...except somehow and for some reason Ryan's microphone cuts out. You can still hear him being picked up by the other mics, but...sigh...

Anyway, this week we discuss Rise of the Tomb Raider's controversial Xbox exclusivity, our first glimpse of the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's multiplayer reveal, and everything else that came out of the big Gamescom show in Germany.

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 4:26pm EDT

With Gamescom approaching, we make our Xbox predictions for the "European E3." What will Microsoft announce? What will they show off? We speculate. Plus: another last-gen game looks like it's getting an Xbox One port, Bungie has a supply-and-demand problem with Destiny, Evolve gets delayed, and more!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 4:54pm EDT

Podcast Unlocked Episode 156: Mass Effect 4's Mako-ver

So much to discuss on this week's Xbox podcast! Mass Effect gets its Mako back, Destiny's beta goes well, Homefront fans get good news, Gamestop wants to help you ruin your credit rating, and more. Oh, and Marty sends notes from Comic-Con, which Ryan ruins by doing a dramatic reading.

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 9:30pm EDT

Podcast Unlocked Episode 155: The Shooter Shuffle

Battlefield Hardline has been delayed into 2015, and the move has major ramifications for EA, for the other major first-person shooters of fall 2014, and for you. We dissect the decision and figure out what the heck we're going to have time to play this holiday. Plus: Dragon Age Inquisition is also delayed -- slightly -- but Ryan fears the worst. Conversely, he's super stoked for the possible return of Rock Band, the new Doom is finally shown off, legendary composer Marty O'Donnell settles his lawsuit with Bungie, and more!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 3:04pm EDT

Podcast Unlocked Episode 154: Bungie Stops By

Bungie Community Manager DeeJ stops by on the eve of Destiny's beta kickoff on Xbox platforms. We discuss the state of discourse in the video game community, how to give constructive feedback to your favorite developer, and much more. Plus: some very sad and unfortunate news at Microsoft overshadows strong Xbox One sales numbers, we discuss whether or not Homefront: The Revolution will ever come out a key staffer joins many others who've left Crytek recently, Tekken 7 is revealed, and Grand Theft Auto V on next-gen may have just had its release date leaked. P.S. Congrats to our prize winner this week: Parker Smith. Sorry for not writing your name down, Parker!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 4:03pm EDT

Are Xbox owners really getting the short end of the Destiny stick? And as Coagulation is announced as the second Halo 2 map to get the Xbox One "Anniversary" treatment in Halo: The Master Chief Collection, what might the other four be? Plus: Gearbox announces their new game (Hint: it's not Aliens: Colonial Marines 2), Alien: Isolation gets Sigorney Weaver, a couple of games are given sent-to-die release dates, and more!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 8:08pm EDT

Podcast Unlocked Episode 152: War is Good for Business

Is EA's Peter Moore right about the console wars being a good thing? Is an analyst right about Destiny being 2014's biggest-selling game? What kind of game is Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinksi about to announce? The world's #1 Xbox podcast discusses.

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 8:32pm EDT

Podcast Unlocked Episode 151: Ryse Up

It appears that developer Crytek is in serious trouble, and the fallout has already resulted in Ryse 2 being cancelled. We speculate on how Microsoft could still get the game made, making hypothetical picks on who might make it and what engine they'd use. Plus: Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson continues to get wealthier by the day, and we couldn't be happier for him.

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 12:36am EDT

Podcast Unlocked Episode 150: Mail Call

We celebrate our mini-milestone episode by finally dipping into the Podcast Unlocked mailbag. Plus: Our personal E3 Game of the Show picks, Gearbox's Randy Pitchford criticizes Destiny, Capcom opens itself up to a hostile corporate takeover, and and an unpronounceable series of choices in the Unlock Block trivia challenge.

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 1:28am EDT

Podcast Unlocked Episode 149: E3 2014 Edition

Recorded live from a haunted theater in Los Angeles, it's Podcast Unlocked! In our E3 2014 special edition, we dissect Microsoft's press conference, discussing what we liked, what we didn't, and what we wished had been there. Plus: What does Xbox's 2015 look like, and what are our Game of the Show picks? Tune in for the answers!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 1:18am EDT

Podcast Unlocked Episode 148: E3 Predictions

On the eve of E3, the crew makes a dozen bold Xbox predictions. Plus: several big-name games got announced this week ahead of the show, a pile of new apps are on the way to Xbox One (including an update on HBO Go), and Marty has a grade-A meltdown over the Unlock Block trivia question.

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 9:15pm EDT

Podcast Unlocked Episode 147: The Business of Backwards Compatibility

In the calm before the E3 storm, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella makes it clear that the Xbox business isn't going anywhere. Plus, EA leaks its own game, Minecraft on Xbox One gets a release date and a sweet upgrade deal, another publisher wants us to pay again for a recent game, and Mitch hates Batman Beyond spoilers. Oh, and why we may need to call in sick for the entire month of October.

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 8:22pm EDT

Podcast Unlocked Episode 146: Master Chief is Everywhere!

Are we about to get FIVE Halo games in the next 18 months? Maybe, but one of them is definitely Halo 5: Guardians. We discuss. Plus: bad news for Rare that could have a silver lining, an unexpected delay from Ubisoft, Far Cry 4 is real, Fable Legends is being shown soon, and more!

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

Nathan Vella from Capy Games joins Marty Sliva, Destin Legarie, and Mitch Dyer to discuss Super TIME Force's launch, Xbox One's new Kinectless model, Games With Gold's benefits (and potentially harmful consequences), and more in this nutty, chaotic episode of Podcast Unlocked.

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 1:46pm EDT

Podcast Unlocked Episode 144: Death and Trash

Can a promising new Call of Duty from a promising new developer make Ryan care about the franchise again? Will Mitch forgive Destiny for...whatever it is about it that upsets him? What's a "New Titanfall Experience"? Why is Need for Speed taking a year off? When is the Xbox E3 press conference? And what did Naomi learn when visiting the site of the E.T. Atari game excavation in New Mexico?

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 8:49pm EDT

Podcast Unlocked Episode 143: A Whole New World

Xbox One is heading to China. So what does that mean? We're not even sure but we have theories. Plus: Is Gamestop closing 2% of its stores a harbinger of Doom? And now that we finally got to play Destiny, why are we still not crazy excited?

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 8:56pm EDT

Podcast Unlocked Episode 142: Crickets

As Ryan returns from vacation, Destin and Marty go missing, so they're replaced by Naomi and Brian Altano. The group discusses the Xbox One's mixed results in the March NPD figures, while also chatting about Dragon Age Inquisition, making our Games With Gold guesses for May, and more!

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

IGN's Mitch Dyer, Marty Sliva, and Destin Legarie welcome Brian "BRAP BRAP" Altano to Podcast Unlocked this week, in an episode free of Ryan McCaffrey's typical order. Structure is out the window. Sanity, lost. Sense? None. Profanity? Prevalent.

On the agenda this week, the Locksmiths discuss whether or not Marty O'Donnell's departure from Bungie means much for Destiny, and where we'd like to see him go. After that, we wonder about Tales From the Borderlands -- the core is great, but do we really want to play it? Finally, we hit on Trials Fusion, which has a price tag that has some fans wondering whether or not they want in at all.

Download Podcast Unlocked Ep. 141: The Bungie Situation (MP3).

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 1:13pm EDT

Podcast Unlocked Episode 140: Megalo-Don Cheadle

Turn 10 Creative Director Dan Greenawalt stops by to chat about all things Forza Motorsport, including how (or if) DirectX 12 can improve games on Xbox One, whether or not the Drivatar technology could be applied to other Xbox One games in other genres, and more! Plus: the hidden feature in Titanfall for Xbox 360, how a five-year-old helped Microsoft fix their security on Xbox Live, the next Xbox One system update features, a sci-fi show you'll be watching on Xbox TV, Bruce Lee anachronistically joining EA Sports UFC, and a bunch of other stuff.

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 8:04pm EDT

Podcast Unlocked Episode 139: Phil 'Er Up

One of our own listeners has been named the new Head of Xbox at Microsoft! Yes, Phil Spencer has been promoted, and he calls in to tell us about his new role. Sorry in advance for the crappy phone-recorded audio. We'll use Skype next time! 

Also, Alien: Isolation gets a dangerous release date, Devil's Third isn't dead, and more!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 2:51pm EDT

Podcast Unlocked Episode 138: Linkin Spark

What DON'T we cover this week?! Facebook buying Oculus Rift, Xbox One price cuts, the return of Truskill on Xbox One (sort of...), the Wolfenstein collector's edition that's missing a particularly important component, Diablo III gets confirmed for Xbox One (kinda...), Far Cry 4 details leak, and Linkin Park meets Project Spark.

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 1:13am EDT

Podcast Unlocked Episode 137: Marc Whitten's Quittin'

News-plosion! Another Xbox executive heads for the exit, Xbox allegedly gets in the virtual reality headset game as Sony announces their Project Morpheus VR, Xbox One gets a release date in an unlikely country, and the next-gen Assassin's Creed leaks...again.

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 9:38pm EDT

Podcast Unlocked Episode 136: State of the Xbox Union

With Titanfall out along with the February and March System Updates -- and the Twitch broadcasting app too -- the Xbox One is a much different (and better!) console than ever. We discuss. Plus: Titanfall reactions, game announcements and delays, and more!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 8:52pm EDT

Podcast Unlocked Episode 135: An Elop-ology

Winter must be almost over because things are heating up in the world of Xbox. This week we're talking about Rocksteady's new Batman: Arkham game, the next-gen project BioWare is considering, the return of Watch Dogs (we played it!), more Titanfall, the massive Xbox One March update, hypothetical scenarios in which Microsoft could sign the recently-ousted creator of Uncharted, and more! Plus: a mea culpa of sorts for new Xbox boss Stephen Elop.

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 1:18am EDT

Podcast Unlocked Episode 134: Elop-ing It

Big changes are afoot in the Xbox world this week, as Twitch finally hits Xbox One with some fun new features, Titanfall gets bundled in for free with new Xbox Ones, and the Xbox division of Microsoft gets a new boss who has a...curious track record.

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 1:10am EDT

Podcast Unlocked Episode 133: Doom Too

After gushing about the incredible Lego Movie, the world's #1 Xbox podcast crew discusses the surprising revelations about Titanfall (hint: if you played the beta, you ain't seen nothin' yet!), the Xbox One's ongoing 1080p problem, Halo 2 Anniversary's he-said, Chief-said situation, and Doom 4's surprising re-emergence under a dangerous new name.

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 9:16pm EDT

IGN's resident Call of Duty expert/superfan Bobby "Bobbya1984" Amos joins the podcast crew to give his take on Titanfall -- and it's not all sunshine and rainbows. We discuss how the games battling each other can be good for gamers, and we tell you how to get into the Titanfall beta too. Plus: we rage over the criminal pricing of the new Xbox One chat headset adapter and stereo headset, we discuss Call of Duty's new developer, share our excitement for Evolve, and more!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 9:30pm EDT

Two much-needed Xbox One system updates are coming very soon, so we detail what they include and what Microsoft needs to address next. We also discuss the alleged Xbox One leaks that sprung just after we published last week's episode. Do we believe them? Do they make sense? What do they mean? Also, Microsoft gets a new CEO, we put a new Xbox One game on your radar, and Destin pronounces "Halo" funny.

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 9:07pm EDT

We sneak in 12 bold Xbox One predictions for 2014 before January ends, including thoughts on Minecraft, Halo, Elder Scrolls Online, and more. Plus: the Titanfall beta is confirmed, our take on the big Gears of War acquisition news, and good news for 1 vs. 100 fans.

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 8:56pm EDT

Lionhead is reportedly working on non-Fable things. Do we even want them to go back to Fable after Legends? Plus: the (good) possibility of a Titanfall open beta, why Xbox One's holiday sales mean a price drop or Kinect-free version probably aren't happening anytime soon, the return of Tetris, an Xbox exclusive gets delayed, and more!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

With IGN's 2013 Game of the Year out of the bag, we go over our own personal ballots, including our Xbox One and Xbox 360 votes. In the news, we discuss the future of the Xbox as a platform and what Microsoft's Phil Spencer has to say about it, the is-it-really-that-great return of RBI Baseball, and why Xbox fans should expect plenty more State of Decay in the future.

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 9:15pm EDT

Happy New Year! Much to discuss in our first show of 2014, including outrage over Titanfall's 12-player limit, three big new first-person game announcements, the end of the Burnout era as we know it, if Xbox One can succeed in China, what we played over the holiday break, and more!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 9:49pm EDT

It'll definitely be a happy holiday for Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson, as the Xbox 360 version surpassed seven million copies sold. Plus: Naomi, Marty, Mitch, and Ryan share their favorite holiday traditions, Xbox TV is still coming, Battlefield 4 still seems to be broken, and The Walking Dead: Season 2 debuts, and more!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 9:06pm EDT

As we wish legendary first-person shooter DOOM a happy 20th anniversary, we dissect each of the big game announcements from over the weekend -- including two very interesting ones from Walking Dead creator Telltale Games. Plus: the first major system update for Xbox One, filling up the new console's hard drive, demos on Xbox One, and an evil hoax. Oh, and now we know what day you'll want to call in sick for in order to play Destiny.

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 8:16pm EDT

We love the Xbox One, but there are a few puzzling interface oddities that have left us scratching our heads -- things that weren't broken on Xbox 360 but have been "fixed" anyway for Xbox One. We discuss ways to fix the Achievements system, the accessibility of the interface, the Party Chat system, and the data management methods (or lack thereof). Plus: how we spent our Thanksgiving holidays, and more!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 12:38am EDT

In this Turkey Day edition of Podcast Unlocked, the crew discusses the aftermath of the Xbox One launch: what went well (Xbox Live), what didn't go so well (some people's disc drives), and what's annoying the heck out of us (crashes!). Plus, why one programmer's departure from 343 Industries is extremely bad news for Halo fans, why you should keep it clean on your Xbox One Upload Studio clips, EA's NBA Live apology, and the end of a legendary first-person shooter era. Oh, and we pick our favorite holidays in Get to Know Your Locksmiths!

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 3:16pm EDT

The Xbox One is finally here, and we're talking about EVERYTHING: all the games (including the big wild-card, Ryse: Son of Rome), the Kinect, the Dashboard...all of it. A special occasion demands an extra-special crew, so we're bringing five Locksmiths to the table this week: Ryan, Mitch, Destin, Marty, and Naomi -- with a bonus appearance by Andrew Goldfarb. Plus: can Xbox One's Kinect see your junk?

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 1:29pm EDT

Ryan has started playing the Xbox One version of Call of Duty: Ghosts...and hates the campaign. Mitch and Destin share their thoughts, while Marty (wisely) abstains. Meanwhile, you get another chance to acquire the rare white Xbox One and help a charity in the process, we see the Xbox One Dashboard in action, Xbox One reviews are coming in, an Xbox One launch game gets delayed, and a new Middle-earth game gets announced.

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 8:03pm EDT

The Internet's #1 Xbox podcast tackles the entire Xbox One launch lineup this week after playing most of the games. Plus: Call of Duty: Ghosts' sales numbers, a special-edition Xbox One is going to raise a lot of money for charity, Peggle 2's good and bad news, Metal Gear Solid's strange move, the South Park RPG gets delayed yet again, and more.

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 9:12pm EDT

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 1:08pm EDT

Say hi to Ryan, Marty, Naomi, and Justin as this week's show is dominated by discussion about the Call of Duty: Ghosts 720p controversy, NBA 2K14 next-gen impressions, the scariest game we've ever played, the insane Titanfall collector's edition (and a release date!), Fable Legends, the Mister Chief avatar, Kinect 2.0's mininum operating distance, and whether women are as shallow as men.

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 9:09pm EDT

It's only fitting that we interview Steve Downes -- the voice of Master Chief himself -- on this special 117th episode of the world's #1 Xbox podcast. Steve talks about getting the role of a lifetime, his first video game voice work (hint: it wasn't Halo!), the end of Halo 2, if he thought he'd be replaced after Bungie left Halo, and much, much more. It's a 35-minute interview you won't want to miss. Plus: a major Xbox One launch game gets delayed...to a place that might end up being much tougher.

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 5:50pm EDT

With Destin and Marty at New York Comic-Con, Ryan and Mitch invite Naomi and IGN Tech editor Scott Lowe onto the show to discuss this week's Xbox news -- including the Xbox One GameDVR functionality, Microsoft's begrudging acceptance of the "Xbone" nickname, Call of Duty: Ghosts news for Xbox 360, and more. Plus: learn what our personal killer apps have been over the years, and we unexpectedly learn everyone's respective man-crushes (or in Naomi's case, woman-crush).

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 8:29pm EDT