The sequel to Firaxis' kickin' sci-fi strategy game, XCOM 2, is the big release of the week and we're psyched to dish about it on this week's episode. Ben Reeves joins us to talk about his arduous trials fighting against his alien overlords. Matt Miller joins us to tell tales of his dog-eat-dog adventures in The Division's treacherous Dark Zone. The perpetually bearded Jeff Cork also offers some insight into Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and how it offers canonical bridges to gaps in the lore. Tim Turi is your host this week as Ben Hanson is out for gruesome reasons that we dive into on the podcast.
We also return to answer your emails, which spark discussions about cool stuff like whether game reviewers hold rivalries and what awesome shows we've been watching. Jesse Schell of Schell Games also joins us for our final segment to talk about his James Bond-inspired VR game, I Expect You To Die, along with the lowdown on his cancelled Oregon Trail MMO.
Game Club Update: Due to unforeseen circumstances our first GI Game Club powwow about Final Fantasy VII will be delayed until next week. To find out the shocking, visceral reason we had to delay and why Ben Hanson isn't on this episode, you'll have to tune in. For more info on our new Game Club, read our introductory post.
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To jump to a particular point in the discussion, check out the timestamps below…
5:01 – XCOM 2
22:12 – LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
32:46 – The Division Beta
51:10 – The Witness
53:19 – Listener Feedback
1:18:09 – Interview with Jesse Schell of Schell Games