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Joe and Malcolm talk about all things PlayStation - news, reviews, and much more!

The Firmware Update Joe Garcia & Malcolm Spinedi

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Joe and Malcolm talk about all things PlayStation - news, reviews, and much more!

    Firmware Update 2.24: Games of the Year 2020

    Firmware Update 2.24: Games of the Year 2020

    It's that special time of the year where Joe & Malcolm talk about the best games of 2020, and wouldn't you know it -- one of the worst years of our lifetimes was also jam-packed with quality video games! The traditional tournament format to declare a definitive game of the year is cast aside, and the guys instead present ordered lists of their personal favorite games. It's a good time! Get in here!
    Talking Points: The very best games of 2020!
    Hosts: Malcolm Spinedi (@PSMalc), Joe Garcia (@Wons23)
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    • 2 hr 53 min
    Firmware Update 2.23: Out to Launch

    Firmware Update 2.23: Out to Launch

    Joe & Malcolm both have shiny new PlayStation 5's, and dang it they're gonna tell you all about it! With three weeks of next-generation gaming under their belts, here are their impressions of the DualSense controller, system software, and, best of all, some dang video games. This is a good one, so come and get it!


    Talking Points: Adventures in reselling old consoles; navigating the PS5's shiny new UI; dipping our toes in backwards compatibility; the not-so-straightforward process of upgrading certain PS4 games to PS5; the glory of the DualSense controller; the sheer delight of exploring Astro's Playroom; Destiny 2's Beyond Light expansion keeps its hooks in Malcolm; Yakuza: Like a Dragon's seamless transition to a new protagonist and gameplay genre; Bluepoint Games outdo themselves with the Demon's Souls remake; Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales is the latest step in the young hero's mainstream takeover; Joe samples Assassin's Creed: Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion on Xbox Series X.
    Hosts: Malcolm Spinedi (@PSMalc), Joe Garcia (@Wons23)

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    • 2 hr 2 min
    Firmware Update 2.22: Live from the Impact Zone

    Firmware Update 2.22: Live from the Impact Zone

    Joe & Malcolm have their next-gen consoles all preordered, so now it's time for them to play the waiting game. Obviously that means playing other, actual video games in the meantime. Come hear about 'em!
    Talking Points: Malcolm hits the big four-oh; preorder woes; Microsoft just ups and buys Bethesda, as a treat; Peter Parker, transformed; PSN trophies get an overhaul; Yakuza: Like a Dragon is out on everything but PS5; Genshin Impact takes the world by storm; plugging away at Destiny 2; Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning casts its spell; the curious case of Super Mario 3D All-Stars; Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 is the remake all classic games deserve; getting chummy with Maneater.
    Hosts: Malcolm Spinedi (@PSMalc), Joe Garcia (@Wons23)
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    • 2 hr 14 min
    Firmware Update 2.21: PlayStation 5 Guys

    Firmware Update 2.21: PlayStation 5 Guys

    The sprint towards the next generation is on, as Sony has finally revealed the price and date for the upcoming PlayStation 5. Prices! Release dates! Bombshell game reveals! Preorder fiascos!

    Talking Points: Final Fantasy XVI?!; Miles Morales pulls it together; Hogwarts Legacy poofs into existence; Resident Evil 8: Village looks spooktacular; Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War cribs from Furious 7; loopy for Deathloop; Devil May 5 Special Edition revs up on PS5; Oddworld: Soulstorm is the latest in a long-running series we've never played; Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach brings our nieces and nephews into the next generation; Demon's Souls sees a mammoth overhaul on PS5; the PlayStation 5 is officially priced and dated; adventures in preordering; Kratos brings Ragnarok down on God of War.
    Hosts: Malcolm Spinedi (@PSMalc), Joe Garcia (@Wons23)
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Firmware Update 2.20: All Falls Down

    Firmware Update 2.20: All Falls Down

    Joe & Malcolm join the rest of the world in mourning the tragic loss of Chadwick Boseman, whose iconic turn as Black Panther meant so much to so many people. Rest in power, king.
    They soldier on to talk about the games they've played in August, including the return of a classic franchise and an absolutely infectious new battle royale. Come on in, the water's fine!

    Talking Points: Rest in Power, Chadwick Boseman; Joe scores a platinum in Ghost of Tsushima; creepy crawly Carrion; Battletoads makes a worthwhile comeback; the trials and tribulations of a Destiny 2 raid; the overnight phenomenon that is Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout.
    Hosts: Malcolm Spinedi (@PSMalc), Joe Garcia (@Wons23)
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Firmware Update 2.19: All Caught Up

    Firmware Update 2.19: All Caught Up

    So now that we've spent several hours catching up on 2018 and 2019, Joe & Malcolm get together to...spend several hours catching up on 2020! We've relaunched with a new monthly format, but we did that in the middle of a good year for games, so with this we're all up to speed. Come on in and have a listen, will ya?
     
    Talking Points: Touching on Crystal Dynamics's upcoming Avengers game; lessons learned from The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa; Persona 5 Royal improves on an all-time classic; Malcolm finds a mobile game worth a damn; Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a game for our times; the redemption of Destiny 2; Streets of Rage 4 is a worthy successor; the knee-buckling beauty of Ghost of Tsushima; Final Fantasy VII Remake is the game it needed to be; a house divided by The Last of Us Part II.
     
    Programming Note: The discussions for Final Fantasy VII Remake and The Last of Us Part II are filled to the brim with spoilers! Here are the timestamps for each conversation if you want to skip and come back to them later:
     
    Final Fantasy VII Remake: 1h 49m
     
    The Last of Us Part II: 2h 20m 23s
     
    Hosts: Malcolm Spinedi (@PSMalc), Joe Garcia (@Wons23)
     
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    • 3 hr 42 min

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