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    Elden Ring Review Discussion

    Elden Ring Review Discussion

    Elden Ring Review Discussion
    It's time! FromSoftware's hotly anticipated, massively open, and hugely explorative Elden Ring is upon us. After spending some time with it, Alex finishing it twice, Scott about halfway through, we dive into our thoughts on Elden Ring.
    Alex's Thoughts:
    I obviously cover most of it in our discussion, but Elden Ring is definitely excellent. It has a huge variety of options, fun nooks and crannies to explore, and let's exploration be a reward instead of a checklist. Much like the more innovative open world games before it, FromSoft trusts the player to set goals, find NPCs, and explore on their own terms, which just naturally complements their more freeform, nonlinear game design. On top of that, combat is the best it has ever been in a FromSoftware title, excluding the outlier Sekiro, which still remains the king.
    Weapon Skills serve a huge purpose here, as opposed to what felt like missed potential in Dark Souls 3. Build variety, weapon variety, and welcomed returning mechanics like dual wielding make combat feel really deep, and more than ever you have dozens of ways to approach Elden Ring's best and most exciting challenges. I do think the back half of the game suffers from repetitious, a de-emphasis on exploration, and loses a lot of the magic the first 75% of the game contains, especially with the huge list of "palette-swap" enemies, but even still, it's final few bosses do make up for it as being some of the best and most epic in the entire game.
    It's huge, it's very FromSoft, and it'll have you coming back to try new things, so Elden Ring is absolutely a resounding success.
    Played by the reviewer predominantly in performance mode on a PlayStation 5 Digital Console with a copy purchased by the reviewer.

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Tunic Review Discussion

    Tunic Review Discussion

    Episode Notes
    Review Discussions are interview-style discussions hoping to discuss specific aspects of the game in question that may or may not be included in the written review. In some cases, the discussion will be the only critical conversation we put out for a game, in others it may complement a review.

    Tunic is finally here and Alex and Mike are loving its amazingly designed world and uncovering all its secrets. Spoilers ahead as they both get into an in-depth discussion on what makes Tunic so special!

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    Articles, videos, and podcasts on gaming plus the world around them. Hangout of some good friends. Follow Us Here: Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrrationalPod

    • 49 min
    Destiny 2: The Witch Queen Review Discussion

    Destiny 2: The Witch Queen Review Discussion

    Episode Notes
    Review Discussions are an interview-style discussion hoping to discuss specific aspects of the game in question that may or may not be included in the written review. In some cases, the discussion will be the only critical conversation we put out for a game, in others it may complement a review.

    The Witch Queen expansion has been out for a few weeks and Mike & Alex have been playing A LOT. It's finally time for our full thoughts on Destiny 2's latest expansion.

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    Follow Alex on Twitter – http://twitter.com/alfighter27
     
    Final Thoughts:
    The Witch Queen sets a new standard for high-quality Destiny 2 content. Its storytelling, world-building, and character development push the franchise forward like never before. Newly introduced systems like 3.0 subclass updates and weapon crafting allow for deeper character build crafting even if they aren't perfect and need to be tuned. Destiny 2 is better than ever for its fans but still can struggle to capture a new audience. Even so, this is the biggest and best expansion for its fans to date.


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    • 2 hr 1 min
    Pupperazzi Review Discussion

    Pupperazzi Review Discussion

    Review Discussions are an interview-style discussion hoping to discuss specific aspects of the game in question that may or may not be included in the written review. In some cases, the discussion will be the only critical conversation we put out for a game, in others it may complement a review.
     
    For this review discussion, Quin Hoffman is joined by Jarrett Green as they discuss the latest game from Sundae Month & Kitfox Games, Pupperazzi!
     
    Quin's Thoughts in Review: Dogs? DOGS!

    • 17 min
    Patch Notes 2.01 - New Year, New Games, Same Fantasy League

    Patch Notes 2.01 - New Year, New Games, Same Fantasy League

    Episode Notes
    Its a new year! And so with it a new season of Patch Notes! Alex and Nabeshin sit down to discuss various topics across the video games space, their favorite games, or just whatever they want to talk about at the time.
    This time, to kick of the beginning of the year (and we recorded this pretty obviously BEFORE Microsoft bought ABK [also: f**k Bobby Kotick]) with our good friend Brandon Gann to continue our yearly tradition of playing Fantasy Critic with video game scores. It's a fun time, and we also get to talk about what we're hyped for in 2022.

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    • 2 hr 18 min
    Nobody Saves the World - Review Discussion

    Nobody Saves the World - Review Discussion

    Hello and welcome back to another Review Discussion, a feature we're hoping to do much more of in the future! For the uninitiated, a couple of our Irrational Passions hosts and folks sit down and review a game together, either by interview-style or by discussing their time with it!
    This time I, Alex O'Neill, am joined by the wonderful Quin Hoffman as he picks my brain on DrinkBox's new title: Nobody Saves the World!

    Music Featured from Nobody Saves the World OST, available here.
    Opening - Grand Castle, by Jim Guthrie
    Closing - Empty Eyes, by Jim Guthrie

    Alex's Reviewer Notes:
    I just had a blast playing Nobody Saves the World. It's a little too long to just be a "weekend game" by average indie standards, and I had no qualms with that. It's on GamePass, so I think it's in that huge camp of a "no brainer" to just try, but I also think NStW is worth that time too. It's fun, and it layers this very simple systems of unlocking new powers and characters on top of each other that just inevitably leads to some very overpowered characters. But the journey to get there has parts adventure, parts dungeon crawl, and they're both super fun to engage with. I'd often find myself trying to do one more run just to try and unlock a new ability or level up another character. It's fun, it just the right amount of complex, and it's just not super serious, which is a nice departure for me right now. If you're craving something simple and grindy but also fun and layered, this is your game.

    • 30 min

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