Thumbstick Athletes

Dan gives the other dudes a week off and recaps some of the game releases from earlier in the year before heading into the the Thumbies next week.  Clips include our coverage of Dying Light, Monster Hunter 4, Bloodborne, The Witcher 3, and Heroes of the Storm.

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Eric once again carries the episode on his back, with the Xbox One timed exclusive Rise of the Tomb Raider as the subject of this week's episode.  Corey and Will also talk about Her Story in a spoiler free manner.

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Eric again carries the episode, breaking down the tactical FPS Rainbow Six Siege.  Later on in the episode Dan and Corey briefly cover the mammoth Xenoblade Chronicles X and Eric and Will give quick first impressions of Rise of the Tomb be covered more in-depth next week.

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The four of us played the newest Assassin's Creed...even Dan!

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Eric and Will cover BLOPS 3, even though they swear it off every year.  Later on Will talks about the Overwatch beta, we get into some more Fallout 4, and Dan briefly played Yoshi's Wolly World.

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We once again return to the wasteland in a lengthy main segment on Fallout 4.  All 4 of us played and had different amounts of time roaming ruined Boston, giving a nice perspective of both the early and later game events.

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We all recap our Extra Life marathons, the games we played and experiences.  We also give our first impressions of Fallout 4, with the full review episode coming next week.  Corey and Will talk Rampage Knights, and Corey played the new Hearthstone Adventure called League of Explorers.

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It's the Xbox One's time to shine, with the release of the newest Halo which Will and Eric played.


We also discuss our plans for our Extra Life steams.

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We played quite a few games over Eric's bachelor party weekend, including the newly released Rock Band 4. 


In nibblebits Eric covers the Sony conference from the Paris Games week.


We also talk first impressions of Halo 5 and Assassin's Creed Syndicate.

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We do a retro review of the classic Final Fantasy Tactics, which is in the top 5 favorite games of all time for Dan, Corey, and Will.


Corey also talks about his experience playing Soma.

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All 4 of us played the Battlefront Beta and.....well...just listen.

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It's a little later than usual, but we finally got our fall games preview out.

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Eric and special guest Tito from LA tackle Destiny 2.0 as well as the Taken King expansion.

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We cover a lot of things in gaming starting with the letter B.

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Nintendo's strange controller/tablet hybrid control scheme finally makes sense.  It was put there all along to create Mario levels.

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Kojima's swan song Metal Gear game, and also the best yet?

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We cover the Disney Infinity games for the first time, with Eric talking about 3.0.

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We cover the very un-Final Fantasy-like FF Type-0 HD for this weeks episode.  Find out what makes it so different, but also a very difficult game to describe.

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A new type of episode where we cover everything in gaming with a letter of the alphabet, allowing us to touch on topics we wouldn't be able to get to otherwise.

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Another title in the line of interactive story games, find out what Everbody's Gone to the Rapture has to offer.

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A few of us upgraded to Windows 10 last week, so we relate our upgrade experiences and how the new OS has treated us so far.

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We scratch the surface of the Minecraft-esque MMORPG Trove, covering our first few hours and early impressions of combat and exploration.

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One of the first games in awhile all 4 us have played, and an all around excellent competitive multiplayer game, Rocket Leauge is way more fun than it has any business being.

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The title says it all, we discuss 5 of our favorite games of the first half of 2015 in no particular order.

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Eric is back and we can talk about Batman!  However, in attempt to not spoil any of the juicy story details we talk mostly about the Batmobile.

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The Wii U had a pretty poor showing at this year's E3, leading some to believe Nintendo's focus is shifting towards it's next console codenamed the NX.  It gave us a good opportunity to speculate what we think the console could be.

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Just some final thougts on some things we saw at E3, some Nintendo stuff as well as thoughts on some of the VR that was shown.

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Our lengthy recap of all the major press conferences from E3 2015, starting with Bethesda and ending with the first ever PC Gaming conference.

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Time again for gamer Christmas starting next week, so we cover the main presenters and some of their expected announcements.  We also throw in a few of our own predictions for the heck of it.

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We know...we've been talking about it for months now, but HotS is finally out for everyone.  At the very least you can be sure it's the last time we'll talk about it at length!

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was just released and SPOILER's amazing!!  We discuss the usual likes and dislikes, and after the outro do a little more on early game spoilers and plot recap.

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200 episodes since we started and 100 since we last talked about our top 10 games, we decided to revisit our top 10 lists.

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In anticipation for the launch of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, we cover the first two games in the Witcher series.

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We took an episode to anwser any and all questions posed to us by our listeners, some gaming related and some not.

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Since Nintendo once again came through with excellent DLC for Mario Kart 8, we decided to cover with a full episode.

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We cover some of this week's gaming news in this episode, which was shortened due to playoff hockey.

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A two game episode this week, with Eric covering Mortal Kombat X and Dan and Corey briefly covering Titan Souls.

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Dan and Corey cover the throwback isometric RPG Pillars of Eternity for this week's episode.

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This week Dan and Eric cover From Software's Dark Souls-esque PS4 exclusive Bloodborne in all of its bloody, and brutally difficult glory.

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This week, the new direction from the Battlefield series with cops and robbers battling one another.  Find out if Hardline differentiates itself enough from past Battlefield games or if the differences are even for the better.

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We cover the new 3DS strategy game this week in Code Name: STEAM.

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We cover two new indies in depth this week, as well as do an overview of some of the upcoming indies to look forward to this year.

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Nearly a month after it's release, we can finally do a review episode on Monster Hunter 4.  It's a game with lots of different facets, so we wanted to give it plenty of time.

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For this week's episode we evaluate The Order: 1886 in all it's cinematic glory.

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Will takes the lead for this week's main segment, covering the newest iteration of the multiplayer FPS in Evolve.

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We give our first impressions along with a list of the new features on the aptly and uncreatively named New 3DS XL.

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We cover the year's first AAA release in Dying Light.  Just another zombie killing simulator or is there something more to it?

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With all 4 of us in studio this week, we pick each other's games to beat in February as well as the 3 games for fans to vote on.

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For this week we all picked a handful of games coming out later in the year to cover.  These are of course the unscheduled releases which may or may not come out in 2015.

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Our yearly coverage of the upcoming game releases.  Part 1 too, which covers the scheduled releases from January-March and a few later than that.

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We decided to kick off 2015 with our Bold Predictions episode first, again, with some predictions being more bold than others.  Hopefully we can listen back at the end of the year and have many of them be make us look smart of course.

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