Thumbstick Athletes (general)

The Far Cry Series' first trek back in history, and it goes way back....10,000 BCE to be exact.  Far Cry has swapped vehicles for woolly mammoths and guns with bows and spears as the protagonist Takkar tries to rebuild the Wenja tribe while fending off the violence of neighboring tribes. 


During what we played we talk some more Fire Emblem Fates and give first impressions of Stardew Valley.  (to be covered next week)

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We talk about the wonderful Fire Emblem Fates games this week, with Will covering Birthright and Dan covering Conquest.  We're looking forward to the release of the third part, Revelations!


During Nibblebits (news) we talk about the leaked Fallout 4 survival mode, BioShock Collection being rated in Brazil, and the Necromancer coming to Heroes of the Storm.


During What We Played we cover The Division Beta, Danganronpa: Tigger Happy Havoc, and Will gives his brief first impressions of Far Cry Primal.

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It's a host's choice episode where we talk about gaming addictions, Fallout 4, and some ideas for video content. 

During "What We Played" we talked some more XCOM 2.

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XCOM 2 picks up after the inevitable failure of the XCOM project in XCOM Enemy Unkown.  We discuss our thoughts on some of the changes made for the second game and get into some of the performance issues as well.


During "What We Played" we talk about the newly released Firewatch and Unravel and talk some more about The Witness.

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Some of the other Athletes got a chance to play The Division Beta so we had our episode on it this week.  During "What We Played" Corey and Will talk some more about The Witness.

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For this week we have a dual indie game main segment covering Jonathan Blow's first person puzzle game The Witness and sanity management dungeon crawler Darkest Dungeon.

During "What We Played" Dan talks about The Division beta.  Stay tuned after the outro for a special clip dug up by Tito, where the Athletes eerily predict Pokemon GO over two years ago.

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In part 2 of our 2016 games preview we each pick a handful of games to cover that may or may not end up coming out in 2016.


During "What We Played" we cover the PC port of Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen, Pony Island and That Dragon, Cancer.

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Dan and Corey nerd out over the complex JRPG, Xenoblade Chronicles X.

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Though I said in the beginning of this episode that we would have our 2016 games preview all in one episode, we decided towards the end that there were a lot of games we didn't cover and will be doing a Part 2 next week.

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Our 3rd annual Thumbies awards episode where we revisit the good and bad of this year's games, along with our usual discussions on why we picked the games that we did.

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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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The annual Thumbie awards for the calendar year 2014, a legnthy and booze-fueled ode to this year in gaming.

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For this week's episode we cover some of the games we wish we had played this year.  Usually a Thumbies category, we decided to cover it a week early.

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While it's not necessarily a highlights episode, I do play some clips from episodes where we covered some of the year's biggest releases.

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Finally we get to cover the highly rated third enrty in the Dragon Age series. 

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We go back and revisit our predictions from earlier in the year to see which are wrong and which are correct...and argue about Steam Machines...again!

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Another dual release episode, but this time much higher praise from the Athletes than last week.  Tune in to hear Eric's thoughts on the new Smash Bros, as has hated previous entries in the series.

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Two piss poor games to review this week.  Usually we're not that negative, but damn...try harder next time.

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A little change of pace this week, talking about why we didn't purchase this year's Call of Duty.  Particularly Will and Eric, who usually make the Duty plunge, express their thoughts on why they didn't get it.

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An XBox One exclusive for this week's episode in Sunset Overdrive.  It was described as a mix of Saint's Row, inFamous, and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater....sounds like fun!

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It's Civ, but all Sci-Fi!  Find out how different, if at atll, Beyond Earth is from previous entries.

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More Borderlands abound in The Pre-Sequel, good news if you're a fan of the series and bad news if you're not.

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The newest entry in the multi-billion dollar Skylanders franchise involves trapping baddies escaped from well as the usual emptying of your wallet!

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Shadow of Mordor is finally out and we get to experience what an Assassin's Creed, Batman Arkham, LOTR mash up would be like.  Hint: pretty sweet!

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The Thumbstick Athletes cover the kickstarted old-school RPG Wasteland 2 this week, after Corey briefly discussing last week.

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We had a little different pace for this week's episode, as we asked listeners to sumbit topics of discusson on or off the usual subject of gaming.

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It's finally here!  After several long years of waiting for the next title from Bungie, gamers can finally get their hands on the MMO/FPS hybrid and find out if it lives up to it's lofty expectations.

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In anticipation of the upcoming Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, we go back and cover all of the LoTR games from the beginning and reminisce about the ones we've played.

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The second part of our Fall Games preview, in which we cover November, December and unscheduled releases.

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Our yearly preview of some of the games coming in the Fall of 2014.

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Skyrim is a game that is meant to be modded, and the community certainly doesn't disappoint!  Graphics, weapons and armor, even entirely new landmasses were all created by players for Bethesda's already gigantic RPG.

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Lots of big announcements from Gamescom this week, so we cover some of the bigger ones in a very E3-esque way.

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We again don't have main topic this week, opting instead to cover some of this week's news stories in more depth.

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In lieu of unifying main topic, we instead move the roundtable segment up and each bring a topic worthy of some discussion.

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THe one of us that doesn't have a computer capable of playing The Crew Beta is the one that got the key.  Luckily he passed it on so we were able to get some time in for this week's episode.

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We finally have a full on episode on Blizzard's hit card game Hearthstone.

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In which we list our 5 favorite co-op games of all time.

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Valiant Hearts is Ubisoft's new UbiArt Framework game which follows 4 people caught up in the events of World War I.

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For this week's episode, the Athletes welcome back Jarad to talk Tomodachi Life.  It's one of those games that only Nintendo can pull off.

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No NDA means we can talk about our experiences with the Destiny alpha without fear of legal action!  Find out what we thought of Bungie's ambitious MMO/FPS/RPG hybrid.

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Every gamer's favorite time of the year!  E3 2014 has just ended and we, the Athletes, share our views on the different press conferences and offer up some winners and losers from this year's Expo.

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We don't do anything necessarily special for our 150th episode, but do cover a special game in Mario Kart 8.

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Watch_Dogs is finally out!  The hype.  The delays.  More hype.  As usual, find out our thoughts!

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Two games are the main topic for this week, with Eric talking about the new Wolfenstein game and Dan and Will covering Transistor.

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Will takes this lead for this week's episode on MLB 14 The Show.  It's only fair to let him lead the main segment, as he's the biggest baseball fan out of all of us...and well...he's the only one that bought it.

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This week we cover the new artistic RPG Child of Light, from Ubisoft Montreal, makers of the very different Far Cry series.  It's one we all played too, so you get to hear the perspective of all the Athletes for the first time in awhile.

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The gang is all here for our epsiode on Dark Souls II!  Find out our thoughts on the brutal and unforgiving action RPG.

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Just Dan and Will this week, so they combine a regular episode with Dan's Watch Out For and do a Child of Light preview.

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For this week's episode, something a little different.  We list the top 5 things we wish the other members of the podcast liked, with some games and genres being things listed and some a little off topic.

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One of the Athletes finally got an XBOX One, so we can weigh in on the menus, games, kinect, controller and draw some comparisons to the PS4.

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