I enjoyed the first season of Stranger Things but lost interest part way through Season 2. Stranger Things 3: The Game convinced me to binge the rest of the series, and I'm glad I did (S2 gets much better around Episode 7 btw).

If you want to be fully surprised by S3 I would watch the first episode or two before playing but there really aren't any significant spoilers. You'll just get more out of it if you know the source material:

 

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Fallout: New Vegas is our favorite Fallout, probably because developer Obsidian made it instead of Bethesda. They infused it with a great story, improved mechanics and game dynamics, and a memorable soundtrack. The only thing missing so far from The Outer Worlds is the soundtrack (which frankly just would not fit here).

And there are new things, like an emphasis on humor that is generally lacking from New Vegas (as fit the tone for that game). There's also a story reason for the VATS-esque time dilation, which helps make this game seem less of a Fallout knockoff and more its own thing.

Overall, I'm impressed and I'm only about 37 minutes in. Take a look and see if this is the sort of place you want to get lost in for the next several months (or possibly years - I'm still chipping away at New Vegas):

 

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Borderlands 3 may be my favorite game of 2019, certainly my favorite shooter. Bloody Harvest is a limited-time event that started today. I booted up my Xbox One to give it a spin and found it a little tricky to follow at first. Don't worry, it's easy and so far seems leveled to my character. Clear some space in your backpack though: Ghost-infected enemies tend to drop more than the usual loot!

You'll need to have unlocked Sanctuary to kick things off, and this brief intro will show what to do without any significant spoilers. The event ends December 5, so you better get started:

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Felix the ReaperWe had caught wind of Felix the Reaper before PAX West 2019 but after finally playing it on the show floor, we had to get an interview. It's a puzzle game with a unique premise and play dynamics that defy description - but this 4 minute interview conveys what it's about quite nicely.

The game is out now on Xbox One (free with Game Pass) as well as PlayStation, Switch, PC and Mac (despite what is said in the interview, a delay in launch seems to have lined the Mac release up with the other platforms.

This is one of our show floor interviews from PAX West 2019. More are on the way!

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Every PAX we keep an eye out for that game that will melt our hearts while tickling our brainstem. Felix The Reaper is that game for PAX West 2019. It's a unique puzzler where you must hide in the shadows while rigging the elements of the world to perpetrate death while putting on some wicked dance moves.

Yeah, you kind of have to see it to believe it:

 

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I'll admit it: I only played Dead Cells for the Microsoft Rewards Quest. And it's really not my kinda game: a punishing roguelike platformer with lite RPG elements. That said, I had some fun with it. But when I earned my second achivement, I was done.

If this sounds more like your sort of game, take a look:

 

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One Night Stand looked like an amusing game for $5 on Xbox One, and I'd say the price is right. There's not much to it: Wake up in a strange bed, either bail on the girl you find sleeping next to you, or try to piece together the events of the night before and maybe woo her (good luck with that).

The first 30 minutes contains two playthroughs, each with a different outcome:

 

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I love a good pinball game but I've never found a decent pinball platfomer. A few have tried but Yoku's Island Express is the first one I've played that succeeded.

The game continues to get harder. I'm now 5+ hours in and totally addicted. Check out how it starts with basic story and core play mechanics (which will evolve throughout the game):

 

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Borderlands is one of the best shooter franchises (at least in our house), and Borderlands 3 promises to deliver more of what we love: loot, booms, and an entertaining story. Plus some new stuff such as mantling up surfaces and sliding into enemies, who are smarter than before.

The first 10 minutes are mostly prologue and cut scenes, so I went a little long (closer to 45 minutes). Also, I kinda didn't want to stop playing:

 

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Gears is not really my jam; I'm much more into Borderlands. But I have to say, I'm warming to it. I played a bit of Gears 4 co-op earlier this year and got decent at it, and Gears 5 so far feels like more of the same. .

I spent almost 30 minutes on the "boot camp" intro so I went another 30 minutes to capture the start of the campaign:

 

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There was something magical about the first time I played Bastion at PAX some nine years ago. The 10 Years of Supergiant Games events this year at PAX West 2019 reminded me that I had never started the game on Xbox One, so here goes. I'm tempted to stream the final 30 minutes as well - one of the best endings of a game ever.

Take a look if you've never played. It's a great game:

 

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Supergiant Games Orchestra

10 Years of Supergiant Games Panel If you've been following us at all, you know we love Supergiant Games - from Bastion to Transistor and Pyre plus their latest promising entry, Hades. We'll have a podcast interview on Hades coming soon.

For now, you'll want to listen to the excellent 10 Years of Supergiant Games Panel, which chronicles their humble beginning, how they developed their first slow-burn hit that gradually captivated an ever-growing fan base, and their efforts to reinvent themselves with every title.

Then kick back for an excellent musical performance by the Supergiant Games Orchestra conducted by Austin Wintory and featuring composer/vocalist Darren Korb and singer Ashley Barrett.

Both of these gems are available from iTunes, or via RSS feed. You'll find many great podcast segments on Supergiant stuff, including our first 2011 interview with Darren Korb about his musical inspirations for Bastion, pre-launch show floor interviews for Transistor and Pyre, and a very fun Bastion review with many great sound clips.

A Thirst Unquenched: Sexy Characters for the Rest of UsAttending panels at PAX West wasn't easy this year. Most of the time, you'd have to leave the convention center - meaning up to a 40-minute wait in line through metal detectors and crowded escalators to get back in.

This late night panel was a short walk from dinner, and happened after most of the throngs had turned in or went off in search of an industry party. It's more or less a sequel to last year's panel (also in our podcast feed): Sexy or Stupid? The Great Video Game Sex Scene Debate.

You might think this panel is primarily for women and LGBTQ folks, but you'd be wrong. It's for anyone who works in a creative field (such as videogames) who wants another perspective on what people find attractive, and how the industry has been slow to recognize this and be inclusive of varied tastes (though a few companies seem to "get it"). It's an interesting panel no matter who you are and what you find sexy. You won't be able to see the slides or videos but that's not what this is about. It's real people talking about what turns them on, and that can be fascinating if you are open to it.

Needless to say, this one isn't PG so it's been marked EXPLICIT in the podcast feed, available from iTunes, or via RSS feed.

Line for Gearbox panelWe waited in line for nearly three hours to see the Gearbox Software panel at PAX West 2019 so you can listen to it all here.

There were many announcements including Homeworld 3, the just released Risk of Rain 2, end game features of Borderlands 3 that will keep your comin back for more, a Penn & Teller VR game, and more.

There's even a way, if you act within the week, to enter for a chance to purchase the limited edition Borderlands Loot Crate that sold out months ago (game not included but there's lots of cool stuff inside). There was an interesting "giveaway" during the panel that you won't want to miss!

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What the Golf?As a fan of golf games, the more outlandish the better, I took to What the Golf? immediately. It's almost more of an interactive toy than game, but that's OK because the evolving play mechanics will keep you guessing and sometimes laughing out loud as you toss a hole into a number 1-shaped slot in the ground to score a hole in one, or as you solve other quick but "punny" levels.

Each "hole" is more nuts than the last, and eventually gets out of hand as it becomes (at least briefly) something of a shooter game.

Despite the developer's optimistic release schedule in the interview, the game is now expect to release in 2020 for PC on Steam.

This is the last of our show floor interviews from PAX West 2018 (read our show summary).

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Untitled Goose GameWe really expected Untitled Goose Game to have a final name by now, but it seems the developers are busy working on the game itself and not too concerned about what to call it. Or perhaps, in some meta level joke, this is the name.

Either way, expect to have lots of fun playing as a "horrible goose" who gets into everyone's business in his efforts to advance the story or just mess with people because you can.

Due to release for Nintendo Switch and PC on Steam, probably sometime after it gets a real name..

This is one of our show floor interviews from PAX West 2018 (read our show summary).

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Boyfriend DungeonHere's another PAX game with a fun name: Boyfriend Dungeon. It's not what it sounds like, unless you are thinking of an isometric role-playing game where the dungeon you crawl is a mall and the weapon you wield is your boyfriend, who you also date when you get tired of hacking and slashing and want to enjoy a dating sim.

Yeah, it's quite the game and a short but fascinating interview. Boyfriend Dungeon is due to release "when weapons are beautiful enough" for PC on Steam.

This is one of our show floor interviews from PAX West 2018 (read our show summary).

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Disco ElysiumWhen scouring the PAX show floor, sometimes it's the title that grabs you. This was the case with Disco Elysium, a detective story with a cool art style and the promise of deep role-playing mechanics.

We're still not sure when but the game is due to release for PC but you can watch for it on Steam and Humble Store. Explore the story behind the game in our quick and fun interview.

This is one of our show floor interviews from PAX West 2018 (read our show summary).

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Artifex Mundi is known for making the best console hidden object games, which I love. But Irony Curtain is a step in a new direction for the Polish game developer. It uses the poin-and-click adventure model, popularize by LucasArts in the '90s, to share a thinly veiled satire of what it's like to live in the shadow of a socialist regime. It's both funny and challenging.

If you want more background on the game and their other recent release, My Brother Rabbit, listen to our PAX West 2018 show floor interview.

In the first 42 minutes of Irony Curtain (I got absorbed and went a little long), you'll get the backstory and see how the core gameplay works. That said, it gets much harder a few hours in and the game mechanics evolve quite a bit over the course of the game:

 

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Meow WarsWe're a sucker for a game with cute kitties, and Meow Wars delivers. It's also free to play on mobile and emphasizes quick and easy card combat over collecting, making it more like a quick-to-pick-up puzzler than an epic card battler.

It's very easy to learn but could take you some time to master. And you can play solo with AI opponents or against real-world friends.

Play Meow Wars now for free on Android and iOS, or for a small fee with your PC on Steam. Got a minute? Listen to our quick take on this furry and fun game.

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