Firmware Update 2.00: SIX BUUUUUUUUUUXXXZ

November 15, 2017

No one stopped us when they had the chance and now we're here: a giant-size 200th episode of The Firmware Update, guest starring founding co-host Tyler Lee. Our hubris and your negligence let this happen -- now let's talk about some video games!

Talking Points: Seriously, who let this happen?; the biggest news out of Paris Games Week; gearing up for PlayStation Experience; NPD results for September 2017; the sustainability of Xbox One X's early success; Star Wars Battlefront II is a damned mess; terrible men are finally getting what's coming to them; redeeming your PSN trophies for straight cash, homie; Sony's Black Friday deals; after shuttering Visceral, EA acquires Respawn; PlayStation VR delays; PSN's top sellers for October 2017; two different fighting games each add surprise characters; hip tossing an old man; nominees for The Game Awards 2017.

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Firmware Update 1.99: Gimme the Loot

October 18, 2017

With a milestone episode of The Firmware Update approaching, Joe & Malcolm think it’s time to transition the show into one that talks exclusively about the iPhone 8 and all its shortcomings. They quickly decide maybe video games are still the way to go.

Talking Points: Phone shopping; Andrew House leaves Sony after 27 years; PS4 software version 5.0 is out now for everyone; EA shuts down Visceral Games; EA inserts loot boxes into Star Wars Battlefront II; happy birthday to PlayStation VR; Sony Music dips its toe into multiplatform publishing; SIE is still stubborn about cross-platform play; $46,000 for a copy of Gran Turismo Sport; Street Fighter V confusingly gets an Arcade Edition; Hitman lives.

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Firmware Update 1.98: Tokyo Late Show 2017

September 25, 2017

It's been a few weeks, but the latest news episode of The Firmware Update is all about Tokyo Game Show 2017! Take a load off and hear about all the news that's clear to hear for North American PlayStation fans. 

Talking Points: Moving pains; August 2017 NPD results; Monster Hunter World gets a worldwide release date and pristine special edition PlayStation 4 Pro; storied Metal Gear Solid artist Yoji Shinkawa's latest project; Final Fantasy IX comes to PS4; Noctis enters the fray for Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT; Vanillaware brings something new and something old to PlayStation 4; Rockstar teases something for Red Dead Redemption 2; South Park: The Fractured but Whole might be pissing off the right people; five entries in, Nier: Automata may well launch a franchise; Nioh gets a last bit of DLC; the one true Kaz Hirai dips out.

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Firmware Update 1.97: Dumb As a Shenmule and Twice As Ugly

August 26, 2017

In the latest news episode of The Firmware Update, Joe & Malcolm get their first real look at Shenmue III along with the rest of the world and...hoo boy. At least we've got NPD numbers to talk about!

Talking Points: The games Joe & Malcolm have been playing; PS4 software gets upgraded to 5.00; July 2017 NPD results; someone get the Xbox One some damn games; Microsoft tries to bridge the gap between Xbox Live and PlayStation Network; cutting ties with Mass Effect: Andromeda, and the franchise's uncertain future; Gran Turismo Sport's confusing PS4 bundle; Shenmue III's looking a little rough for being two years in the making; Secret of Mana gets remade for PS4 and Vita; Final Fantasy XV's VR fishing experience launches in November; Yakuza 6 gets a date, while Yakuza Kiwami 2 is on the horizon; NBA Live 18 will launch at a discount, while 2K18 has to reshoot their cover star; We Happy Few comes to PS4, but now has a lot to prove.

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Firmware Update 1.96: Dance Dance Revolution

August 9, 2017

In the latest news episode of The Firmware Update, Joe & Malcolm feel the beat with not one but two all-new Persona dancing games! Plus, WB decides to throw a wet blanket on everyone's excitement for Middle-earth: Shadow of War. Boogie down and get in here!

Talking Points: Malcolm has all the time in the world; Joe's moving house; Horizon: Zero Dawn's expansion gets a November release; big things are happening for Dragon Quest; microtransactions come to Mordor; Persona gets footloose; Wolfenstein II gets a pretty good season pass; Ni no Kuni II, not so much; NBA Live 18 gets an actual distinguishing feature over 2K18; microwaved Chun-Li; Dying Light is getting more free DLC all this time later; taking one in the Pokemon Go-nads.

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Firmware Update Review - Sundered

August 1, 2017

In the latest episode of The Firmware Update, Malcolm takes everyone on a deep dive of a flashy new action platforming game, Sundered. How does it stack up against other titles in the burgeoning Metroidvania class? Listen and find out!

Talking Points: Sundered!

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Firmware Update 1.95: EVO Within

July 22, 2017

In the latest news episode of The Firmware Update, Joe & Malcolm are still buzzing about the EVO 2017 fighting game tournament and all the announcements that came along with it. They've also played the Destiny 2 beta, and Telltale has a handful of announcements. Busy times!

Talking Points: Malcolm catches up on Nier: Automata; cautiously optimistic about Destiny 2; NPD results for June 2017; game and character announcements out of EVO 2017; Gran Turismo Sport is (probably) coming in October; Kingdom Hearts III is (probably not) coming in 2018; Ni no Kuni 2 slips out of 2017; Telltale announces new seasons of Batman, The Wolf Among Us, and The Walking Dead; Casey Hudson returns to Bioware; Destiny 2 brings a sweet new PlayStation 4 Pro bundle to the table; import your greatest nemesis into Middle-earth: Shadow of War; The Tomorrow Children is over as quickly as it started; Undertale comes to PlayStation in August; Crash Bandicoot sees an N. Sane boon;  6.66 means good things for Doom; Blizzard's Overwatch League butts heads with...Major League Baseball?!

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Firmware Update Review - The Walking Dead: A New Frontier

July 20, 2017

In the latest episode of The Firmware Update, the latest season of Telltale Games’ flagship series is up for review – The Walking Dead: A New Frontier. How does it stack up to previous seasons? Shamble on in and find out!

Talking Points: The Walking Dead: A New Frontier!

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Firmware Update Review - Injustice 2

July 17, 2017

In the latest episode of The Firmware Update, it's a superhero showdown as Malcolm reviews the latest from NetherRealm Studios, Injustice 2! What's to love, and what could have used some work? Come find out!

Talking Points: Injustice 2!

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Firmware Update Mailbag - July 13th, 2017

July 13, 2017

In this special edition of The Firmware Update, Joe & Malcolm dive into their mailbag and answer a lengthy email from longtime listener Reneid Klein. We thank our first-ever Patreon supporter, Joe fawns over Nier: Automata and gears up for Horizon: Zero Dawn, discuss bitchin' movie gun fights, the genius of Norm Macdonald, and our favorite underappreciated movies.

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