Welcome to the Hidden Levels! We're a video games podcast talking about our love our passionate love affair of video games and the games industry by digging for the meaning just a little deeper than ET's Atari catridge. Hosted by writer/podcaster Caleb Masters and fellow gamers Austin Lucari and Tyler Johnson. Join us as we take a nose dive into the games industry and some of the most thought provoking games hitting a console near you.
Fall 2015 Preview - The Hidden Levels #7
The Hidden Levels has returned to talk about most anticipated video games of the fall 2015 season. It's looking to be a busy one with the likes of Halo 5, Fallout 4, and Star Wars: Battlefront all fighting for your dollars and valuable attention this holiday season. Before delving into the biggst releases of the year, we catch you up to speed on what we played during the summer months with The Witcher 3 being a big point of conversation. Did you favorite game make the list? Tune in to find out
Post-PAX-A-Palooza - The Hidden Levels #6
Austin and Caleb have returned from PAX and can't seem to get the jitters out of their thumbs. On this special episode the traveling duo talk about their demos and experience from Seattle's finest gaming convention. Austin talks about his newfound optimism for the new Star Fox and Caleb talks about his suprising run-in with the e-Sports booths. This conversation is so stacked, it even features a cameo from Tim Schafer. Don't miss this discussion of one of gaming's biggest fan events of the year!
PAX Pre-Game Special - The Hidden Levels #5
Austin and Caleb are heading to PAX Prime in Seattle this weekend and they can't wait to check out all of the latest games, booths, and live events. What's PAX? What are they geared up about? Tune in to find out!
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The Hidden Levels: E3 Reactions
E3 is the magical place where even the most absurd gaming announcements can be made a reality and 2015 has been no exception! The Hidden Levels has returned to discuss the high points from this year's hottest press conferences from Bethesda, Sony, and Nintendo. Bethesda finally dropped the Fallout 4 bomb we've all been waiting for and we weigh in and decide whether or not the grand debut lived up to several years of hype.
Sony brought back a couple of golden oldies with The Last Guardian and the long awaited Final Fantasy VII remake finally being revealed. They never fell short on games, but their first party support for 2015 seems a bit thin. Luckily they had a couple of new IPs like Horizon Zero Dawn and the illusive "Dreams" project from Media Molecule to blow our minds.
The big N decided to share all of their smashing suprises on Sunday which left anticipation for their digital event soaring through the roof. With the new WiiU Zelda project already ruled out, we talk about the suprising lack of Retro Studios or a proper Metroid. Despite being short on a triple A surprise unveiling, we discuss the better parts of their presentation including Mario Maker and some of Nintendo's lesser known Japanese franchises like Yo-Kai Watch that didn't get much screen time. And what's the deal with the Zelda Triforce Heroes and Metroid Prime: Federation Force?
E3 is the superbowl of the gaming industry and we can't wait to see what else is still in store for the rest of the show. Tune in and keep your eyes peeled for the next episode of The Hidden Levels for more E3 discussion.
Annual Game Franchises - The Hidden Levels #4
What do you do when your favorite game franchise gets a new entry every year? In this week's episode of The Hidden Levels-- Caleb, Austin, and Tyler discuss the current trend of yearly game releases for the Madden, Assassin's Creed, and Call of Duty franchises. Does the expected release hurt the quality of otherwise strong IPs or do these brands more development time? We discuss it all after talking the news of a Netflix/Nintendo partnership of a Legend of Zelda TV series.
Gaming Under Construction - The Hidden Levels #3
Day 1 patches. Game breaking bugs. Beta testing. Has the game industry become too relaxed with releasing incomplete games? In this episode of the Hidden Levels; Caleb, Austin, and Tyler discuss the merits and drawbacks of games having post-release fixes. Is the industry destined to make this a permanent addition to the gaming experience? Before jumping into this week's topic, the team talks the return of Rock Band, GDC, and the closure of the Maxis campus. Caleb also reflects on his experience visiting the IGN offices in San Francisco for the live episode of Nintendo Voice Chat after the gang talk about their latest gaming experiences.