We're getting into the weeds of character creators this week. Fahey leads us in a bulleted conversation about the most and least important feature choices, Ash asks the team about the character creations we're most proud of, and lastly Nathan gets into the latest character creator drama in the headlines.
Got any SPF 10,000 sunscreen? Because this week Ash, Nathan, and Fahey are going straight to Hell. That’s right, Splitscreen descends into the depths of hell with discussions on our own personal video game hells, updates on the latest in hell news, and Nathan explains the Satanic Panic of games like Doom and Mortal Kombat like we're five-years-old.
For our first episode of the new and rebooted Splitscreen we’re discussing...wait for it...reboots! Join us as we chat about the difference between a reboot and a remaster, argue about which of our favorite reboots is the best, and Nathan holds us all hostage as he obsesses over the 2012 remake of the Atari hit SpyHunter.
We're bringing Splitscreen back in a whole new way! Yes, we have Maddy, Kirk, and Jason's blessing to do so, and we're hoping you too will give us a chance. We're going to be diving into all aspects of video games, arguing over them, and getting into the nitty gritty with a whole new feel. Welcome to the new Splitscreen!
Kirk and Maddy start by congratulating Jason on his new fatherhood, then get straight to the heart of the matter: video games. Maddy's still playing Fire Emblem and also tried two cool tabletop games, Sheriff of Nottingham and Escape from Aliens in Outer Space. Kirk's tabletop group is still playing Betrayal Legacy; Kirk also played the new Hitman level and... drumroll... Destiny 2: Shadowkeep. After a break (28:32), we bring on Kotaku's editor-in-chief Stephen Totilo to talk about Ghost Recon: Breakpoint and also attempt to define a sidequest (and shout out some of our favorite ones). We then close out with off-topic talk (1:08:15) about Elementary, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Can You Ever Forgive Me? Music pick of the week: "Oh My," Natalie Prass
1 hr 20 min
Episode 223: Kirk, Jason, and Maddy talk about Persona 5 and Animal Crossing, the cures for everyone's woes, then share some stories from listeners (43:19) about how they're coping with corona. Then they talk about a certain show that Jason's finally watching... (1:09:17) Music pick: “Tropicalia” by Beck from Mutations, 1998 Maddy's stream this weekend: https://www.twitch.tv/gamers4bernie
1 hr 29 min
Episode 221: Jason, Maddy, and Kirk talk about their adventures in Nioh 2, Black Mesa, and Persona 5 before taking a deep dive into the cancellation of E3 2020 (43:44), an unprecedented move that comes in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic. What will this mean for the video game industry? Then they get into off-topic (1:05:15) on I Think You Should Leave, Castlevania, and one fantastic episode of Reply All. Music pick of the week: “Blues Stride” by McCoy Tyner from Infinity, 1995 Animal Crossing (And Other Things Keeping Us Sane) Episode 223: Kirk, Jason, and Maddy talk about Persona 5 and Animal Crossing, the cures for everyone's woes, then share some stories from listeners (43:19) about how they're coping with corona. Then they talk about a certain show that Jason's finally watching... (1:09:17) Music pick: “Tropicalia” by Beck from Mutations, 1998 Maddy's stream this weekend: https://www.twitch.tv/gamers4bernie
1 hr 22 min
Episode 222: As the coronavirus pandemic upends all of our lives, let Kotaku Splitscreen distract you for a little while with talk of delightful video games. First up, Jason, Kirk, and Maddy talk about Kentucky Route Zero, Persona 5 Royal, and Ori and the Will of the Wisps, then dive into the recent PS5 spec reveal (32:44) and talk about how they're coping with self-isolation. Then it's time for off-topic chat (1:07:25) on The Wire, McMillions, and The Wrecking Crew. Music pick of the week: “Cabin Essence” by Brian Wilson from Smile, 2004
1 hr 18 min
Episode 220: Kirk, Jason, and Maddy talk about Kentucky Route Zero, Baldur's Gate 3, and a bit more Kirby before jumping into a few different topics (24:24) including their gamer personalities, a frustrating VentureBeat article about Quantic Dream, and the much-hyped Final Fantasy VII remake demo, which they have LOTS of thoughts about. Finally, off-topic discussion (1:28:38) on Curb Your Enthusiasm and Bojack Horseman. Music pick of the week: “Get By’ By Talib Kweli from Quality, 2002 Links: Quantic Foundry surveys, Jason's thoughts on Final Fantasy VII Remake, CanardPC on QuanticDream, Kirk and Leigh Alexander on Final Fantasy VII
1 hr 43 min
Episode 219: Jason, Kirk, and Maddy talk about Dragon's Dogma, Death Stranding, and Divinity: Original Sin 2 for a while before diving into the game that everyone's playing -- Kirby: Planet Robobot (33:27). Then they talk about how the coronavirus pandemic may impact the video game industry this year in some big ways and discuss whether Trials of Osiris will bring Kirk and Jason back to Destiny 2. Finally, some off-topic chat on Uncut Gems, RoboCop, and Better Call Saul. Music pick of the week: “By Fire” by Hiatus Kaiyote from Choose Your Weapon, 2015 Links: "The Universe Has Been Outsourced" - Michael Thomsen Apple Music playlist: https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/kirks-strong-songs/pl.u-V9D7mXEHJ7o0a Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1zRtCq81Z6kXKmGCK0Xm7u?si=2qwuFExCTfCkRFY9d3hUhA
1 hr 19 min