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276: The Last of Us, Hyper Scape and the Troubling State of AAA Games

July 06, 2020

Brett finally beats The Last of Us and talks about the painful gameplay towards the end but the overall fantastic story throughout. He also dives into The Last of Us Part 2 and talks about some initial reactions to the first hour of gameplay after coming hot off TLOU1. We also shockingly dive back into Destiny 2. We play some story missions this time and experience a different take with Brett’s experience returning to it after months of not touching the game. The biggest challenge? Which character he left with.

In our news, Tencent reveals a new Cyberpunk game which is a total ripoff of Cyberpunk 2077. Good luck we say. Ubisoft announces their take on battle royale with a new game called Hyper Scape. It features a ton of verticality and fast-paced movement that has some potential. We also talk about the new Playstation Indies initiative, a Fallout TV show from the Westworld showrunners and Apple Arcade finding games that yield higher engagement.

In our discussion, we talk about a statement from Shawn Layden, former boss at Sony where he says the current state of AAA games is unsustainable. We agree and talk about some ideas that could help bring it back under control. There is also talk of games being more expensive with the next-generation of consoles going from $59.99 to $69.99. Do we need more expensive games or games with less content?

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Show Notes
    • 3:56

      The Last of Us 1 and Part 2

    • 27:44

      Destiny 2: Season of the Arrivals

    • 45:34

      Tencent Cyberpunk, Hyper Scape, Playstation Indies, Fallout TV Show and More

    • 1:27:01

      The Troubling State of AAA Games

    • 1:56:18

      Upcoming Video Game Releases

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