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Firmware Update 2.22: Live from the Impact Zone

Firmware Update 2.22: Live from the Impact Zone

October 25, 2020

Joe & Malcolm have their next-gen consoles all preordered, so now it's time for them to play the waiting game. Obviously that means playing other, actual video games in the meantime. Come hear about 'em!

Talking Points: Malcolm hits the big four-oh; preorder woes; Microsoft just ups and buys Bethesda, as a treat; Peter Parker, transformed; PSN trophies get an overhaul; Yakuza: Like a Dragon is out on everything but PS5; Genshin Impact takes the world by storm; plugging away at Destiny 2; Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning casts its spell; the curious case of Super Mario 3D All-Stars; Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 is the remake all classic games deserve; getting chummy with Maneater.

Hosts: Malcolm Spinedi (@PSMalc), Joe Garcia (@Wons23)

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Firmware Update 2.21: PlayStation 5 Guys

Firmware Update 2.21: PlayStation 5 Guys

September 20, 2020

The sprint towards the next generation is on, as Sony has finally revealed the price and date for the upcoming PlayStation 5. Prices! Release dates! Bombshell game reveals! Preorder fiascos!

Talking Points: Final Fantasy XVI?!; Miles Morales pulls it together; Hogwarts Legacy poofs into existence; Resident Evil 8: Village looks spooktacular; Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War cribs from Furious 7; loopy for Deathloop; Devil May 5 Special Edition revs up on PS5; Oddworld: Soulstorm is the latest in a long-running series we've never played; Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach brings our nieces and nephews into the next generation; Demon's Souls sees a mammoth overhaul on PS5; the PlayStation 5 is officially priced and dated; adventures in preordering; Kratos brings Ragnarok down on God of War.

Hosts: Malcolm Spinedi (@PSMalc), Joe Garcia (@Wons23)

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Firmware Update 2.20: All Falls Down

Firmware Update 2.20: All Falls Down

August 29, 2020

Joe & Malcolm join the rest of the world in mourning the tragic loss of Chadwick Boseman, whose iconic turn as Black Panther meant so much to so many people. Rest in power, king.

They soldier on to talk about the games they've played in August, including the return of a classic franchise and an absolutely infectious new battle royale. Come on in, the water's fine!

Talking Points: Rest in Power, Chadwick Boseman; Joe scores a platinum in Ghost of Tsushima; creepy crawly Carrion; Battletoads makes a worthwhile comeback; the trials and tribulations of a Destiny 2 raid; the overnight phenomenon that is Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout.

Hosts: Malcolm Spinedi (@PSMalc), Joe Garcia (@Wons23)

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Firmware Update 2.19: All Caught Up

Firmware Update 2.19: All Caught Up

July 30, 2020

So now that we've spent several hours catching up on 2018 and 2019, Joe & Malcolm get together to...spend several hours catching up on 2020! We've relaunched with a new monthly format, but we did that in the middle of a good year for games, so with this we're all up to speed. Come on in and have a listen, will ya?

 

Talking Points: Touching on Crystal Dynamics's upcoming Avengers game; lessons learned from The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa; Persona 5 Royal improves on an all-time classic; Malcolm finds a mobile game worth a damn; Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a game for our times; the redemption of Destiny 2; Streets of Rage 4 is a worthy successor; the knee-buckling beauty of Ghost of Tsushima; Final Fantasy VII Remake is the game it needed to be; a house divided by The Last of Us Part II.

 

Programming Note: The discussions for Final Fantasy VII Remake and The Last of Us Part II are filled to the brim with spoilers! Here are the timestamps for each conversation if you want to skip and come back to them later:

 

Final Fantasy VII Remake: 1h 49m

 

The Last of Us Part II: 2h 20m 23s

 

Hosts: Malcolm Spinedi (@PSMalc), Joe Garcia (@Wons23)

 

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Firmware Update 2.18: Games of the Years

Firmware Update 2.18: Games of the Years

June 26, 2020

OK, then! We fell way behind our 2018 Game of the Year show and tried to get things going in May 2019. We haven't recorded a regular episode of the show since and find ourselves smack dab in the year 2020, two GOTY shows behind.

The solution? Adopting a new monthly format, baby! Going forward, news will take a backseat in favor of talking about the games we've played over the past few weeks. For now, though, we each talk about our own personal favorite games of 2018 and 2019 to offer some kind of Game of the Year content, dang it.

Oh, and the world as we knew it a year ago is upside down, and there's a whole new PlayStation coming. It's a big episode.

Talking Points: Where the damn hell have we been?!; disturbing allegations rock different parts of the entertainment industry; our favorite games of 2018; our favorite games of 2019; the PlayStation 5 is finally revealed.

Hosts: Malcolm Spinedi (@PSMalc), Joe Garcia (@Wons23)

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Firmware Update Review - The Surge 2

Firmware Update Review - The Surge 2

November 4, 2019

In the latest episode of The Firmware Update, Malcolm dives into The Surge 2, the follow-up to 2017's surprise hit. Is it a worthy successor, or does it go into the scrap pile? Take a listen and find out!

Talking Points: The Surge 2!

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Firmware Update 2.17: The Road to Game of the Year 2018

Firmware Update 2.17: The Road to Game of the Year 2018

May 29, 2019

*looks at episode title*

*looks at calendar*

LOL

Look, we know. Things happened! We're not getting into them here and now, but let's get back on track with our annual behemoth Game of the Year tournament shows! Joe & Malcolm's old pal TL Foster joins in to start things off with the dark horse bracket to see which game gets the honor of making the main bracket featuring 16 of 2018's greatest hits. Get in here, the water's fine!

Talking Points: Eight Cinderellas go head-to-head for the right to fight God of War on the next show!

Follow along with our bracket!

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Hosts: Malcolm Spinedi (@PSMalc), Joe Garcia (@Wons23), & TL Foster (@TravisLFoster)

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Firmware Update 2.16: The Monster at the End (and Middle (and Start)) of this Podcast

Firmware Update 2.16: The Monster at the End (and Middle (and Start)) of this Podcast

December 17, 2018

On the latest episode of The Firmware Update, Joe and Malcolm talk all about the 2018 Game Awards as Joe's apartment is suddenly accosted by terrible, sporadic construction noise that he can't do anything about and forces the show to run shorter than planned. A real treat for the ears!

Talking Points: Red Dead Redemption 2 is a job; Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a love letter to video games; the actual awards given out by The Game Awards; Far Cry 5 gets a direct sequel; marvel at the return of Ultimate Alliance; one of the rare good non-Mario kart games gets its due; taking a trip to The Outer Worlds; a new Dragon Age is imminent, come hell or high water; Mortal Kombat 11 is gory as hell; Psychonauts 2 is coming along nicely; the first Smash DLC promises to take your heart.

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Firmware Update 2.15: Classically Trained

Firmware Update 2.15: Classically Trained

November 12, 2018

On the latest episode of The Firmware Update, Joe has felt Tetris Effect's warmth and is ready to spread its gospel to all who will listen. Meanwhile, a whole lot of people are rootin' and tootin' around the wild west, and the full lineup of games featured in Sony's PlayStation Classic microconsole leaves a lot to be desired.

Talking Points: Have you heard the good word about Tetris Effect?; Rockstar ships 17 million copies of Red Dead Redemption 2 in a matter of days; Grand Theft Auto V is still wildly popular; an awful lot of omissions from the PlayStation Classic's lineup; Final Fantasy XV's DLC is abruptly canceled and the game's director leaves Square Enix entirely; EA unveils Project Atlas; is a new Titanfall due for 2019?; Destiny 2's Forsaken expansion sells below expectations; No Man's Sky plunders the depths of the sea; Just Cause 4 goes gold; some damn PlayStation furniture, for some reason.

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Firmware Update 2.14: The Telltale Heart

Firmware Update 2.14: The Telltale Heart

October 23, 2018

The latest episode of The Firmware Update is, uh, real late. It's a good thing nothing terrible has happened in nearly two months since Joe & Malcolm last recorded, right? Everything's fine!!

Talking Points: Two ding dong months; the tragic fall of Telltale Games; the fate of the final season of Telltale's The Walking Dead; crunch time for Rockstar Games and Red Dead Redemption 2; Capcom shuts down its Vancouver studio; Sony is developing a PlayStation 5, and water continues to be wet; Sony finally allows cross play for Fortnite; cross play isn't coming to Fallout 76; PlayStation Experience skips 2018; the DongLord69's of the world finally get to change their PSN IDs; Marvel's Spider-Man sells like gosh dang gangbusters; Days Gone is delayed two months; the hot new Borderlands game on everyone's lips; miserable piles of secrets no more; the latest from the team behind Yakuza; a legend takes a sabbatical.

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