Firmware Update 2.03: Game of the Year 2017, Part 1

February 14, 2018

On this edition of The Firmware Update, it's finally time for our long-overdue 2017 Game of the Year tournament. Scheduling has been hectic, so we're splitting it into two episodes, the first of which covers all eight first-round matchups. In an incredibly loaded year for video games, what shakes out as the cream of the crop? Join Joe, Malcolm, and returning guest Tyler Lee to find out!

Talking Points: The first round of The Firmware Update's 2017 Game of the Year tournament!

Follow along with the final 2017 Game of the Year bracket!

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Firmware Update 2.02: The Road to Game of the Year 2017

January 24, 2018

On this edition of The Firmware Update, Joe & Malcolm are back after a long time away to discuss all the news from The Game Awards. And hey, founder and former co-host Tyler Lee helps to get the ball rolling on our own Game of the Year awards by hashing out the final seed for our upcoming tournament.

Talking Points: All the announcements, awards, and drunken rants that highlight The Game Awards; the best possible release date for God of War; the original Dark Souls gets a PS4 remaster; betas galore as we get a taste of Monster Hunter World, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and Dissidia Final Fantasy NT; David Cage is exactly who Joe thought he was; Yuji Naka joins Square Enix; Gravity Rush 2's servers evade a premature death; setting up the 16th entry for the 2017 Game of the Year tournament.

Click here for our preliminary tournament bracket!

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Firmware Update 2.01: Life Before Death Stranding

December 7, 2017

On this edition of The Firmware Update, Joe & Malcolm are hours away from a busy weekend that features both The Game Awards and PlayStation Experience. With Hideo Kojima and his superpals all in the LA area, we've got a pretty good idea of what's going to feature prominently at both shows. Other stuff is happening too, though!

Talking Points: Microtransactions in Star Wars Battlefront II are gone, for now; the possible legislation surrounding lootboxes; a sad end for Marvel Heroes; the stars come out for The Game Awards; get excited, but not too excited, for PlayStation Experience; the Blue Bomber makes a welcome return; Valkyria Chronicles rises from the ashes; not the Portal game we wanted; October 2017 NPD results; Final Fantasy XV keeps on trucking with fresh updates; Deus Ex isn't dead, but it's not coming back anytime soon; scabs.

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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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