Inside Xbox

New Inside Xbox Show Takes a Page From Nintendo’s Book

Xbox has a new monthly showcase that aims to give fans a combination of news, sneak peeks, developer interviews, community engagement and more. The new show is co-hosted by Major Nelson, Graeme Boyd, Jeff Rubenstein, Alex Hebert and Lydia Ellery, and it premiered on March 10th with a two-hour first episode. You can watch the show in its entirety in the player below.

I feel like Xbox is taking a page out of Nintendo’s book here, and I like it. When Nintendo wanted to change the narrative the games media had created for them in 2011, they started taking control of their own story with Nintendo Direct. That series has proven extremely successful for Nintendo, and I see no reason why it won’t for Xbox as well. The narrative on Xbox is that it’s hopelessly behind the PS4 now, and lacks the exclusives of both the PS4 and the Switch. The recent announcement that Xbox Game pass would include exclusive games was well-received, and Xbox clearly wants to build on that momentum.

What do you think of the new Inside Xbox show? Will you be tuning in monthly?


Games We’re Excited About: March 2018

March is pretty packed month for game releases, with a great mix of sequels, new exclusives and long-awaited remasters. Here’s what we’re looking forward to this month:



Kirby Star Allies (Switch) – March 16
Who doesn’t love Kirby?! No seriously, this game is actually about Kirby turning enemies into allies. I feel like Kirby is one of the most underrated franchises of all time, and I am stoked he’s coming to the Switch this month.



Burnout Paradise Remastered (PS4, Xbox One) – March 16
Easily my favorite racing game of the modern console era, Burnout paradise is back this month! Not only does the game look amazing, but its fantastic soundtrack is completely intact for this updated version.



Sea of Thieves (Xbox One, PC) – March 20
Rare’s multiplayer pirate adventure finally arrives this month, and I can’t wait to roucnd up the Co-Op crew and hit the high seas. I am also super tempted to get that exclusive Sea of Thieves Xbox One controller, as it is flat-out gorgeous.



Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (PS4, PC) – March 23
I had Ni No Kuni for the PS3 and put around 20 hours or so into it before falling off. The sequel looks great, and I haven’t sunk my teeth into a good JRPG in a while, so I’m hoping this one really hooks me.



Far Cry 5 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – March 27
Gotta be honest–I’m not the biggest Far cry fan. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is by far the most fun I’ve had with the franchise, but I’ve been following the development of Far Cry 5 with interest. This isn’t a day one purchase for me, but I’ll be p[aying cliose attention to how it’s being received, and I’m thinking it might be a summer game for me.



MLB The Show 18 (PS4) – March 27
While MLB’s RBI Baseball gets incrementally better each year, it’s not even in the same ballpark (see what I did there) as The Show. Sony’s exclusive franchise continues to set the bar, and this year’s entry will be no different. And since my San Diego Padres are looking like they’ll be competitive this year, I’m even more excited to get my hand on this one.

That’s our list for March–what games are you excited about?

NOOB QUEST! – Brian Plays Monster Hunter: World – EP 1

Brian jumps into his first Monster Hunter game with new character Osuria and her Palico companion Baddy. It’s noob city as Brian figures out how to play this game.

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About MHW:

Monster Hunter: World is an action role-playing game developed and published by Capcom. A part of the Monster Hunter franchise. In Monster Hunter: World, the player takes the role of a Hunter, tasked to hunt down and either kill or trap monsters that roam in one of several environmental spaces. If successful, the player is rewarded through loot consisting of parts from the monster and other elements that are used to craft weapons and armor, among other equipment. The game’s core loop has the player crafting appropriate gear to be able to hunt down more difficult monsters, which in turn provide parts that lead to even more powerful gear. Players may hunt alone, or can hunt in cooperative groups of up to four players via the game’s online services.


New Nintendo Direct Mini Showcases Kirby, Dark Souls and More!

This morning Nintendo dropped a new Direct Mini to preview some of the games that coming to both Switch and 3DS in the coming months.

For me there were four highlights–The World Ends With You (2018 release TBA), Kirby Star Allies (coming on March 16), the new Mario Tennis Aces (Spring 2018) and the big one, Dark Souls on Switch!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am ridiculously excited about Dark Souls coming to Switch on May 25th. I can now take one of the greatest games of all time with me when I travel for work.

It was also really cool to see the continued support of already released titles, like Mario Odyssey, Pokken Tournament DX and Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle.

This Direct Mini was the perfect way to assure current and future Switch owners that there are plenty of games coming int he first half of 2018, and the best Switch games of last year are still being supported. Nintendo is absolutely killing it right now.

You can watch the whole Direct Mini (which runs about 15 minutes) right here!

Season 2 Is Here–Co-Op Plays 7 Days to Die!

Welcome to Season 2 of our Let’s Play 7 Days to Die series. Nick and Brian spawn into a new world miles apart! Will they finally be reunited?


About 7 Days to Die:
7 Days to Die is a survival horror video game set in an open world developed by The Fun Pimps. It was released through Early Access on Steam for Microsoft Windows and OS X on December 13, 2013. Versions for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were released in June 2016 through Telltale Publishing.


New Metal Gear Survive Gameplay Video!!

IGN just posted a new video that shows off several minutes of Metal Gear Survive gameplay, and I’m completely sold on it. This is a game that a lot of people seem ready to just dismiss out of hand, but I think it looks pretty amazing. The Metal Gear stealth appears to be there, but the game also seems to be reminiscent of Fortnite and 7 Days to Die for me. Lots of crafting and base building, with periodic horde modes. I’m am so down for this.

Metal Gear Survive comes out on Ferbuary 20th in the US.

Return to Lothric! – Brian Plays Dark Souls III

Brian returns to Dark Souls III after a long hiatus! After defeating Yhorm and the Boreal Dancer, Molly Metalhead sets about exploring Lothric Castle, which is crawling with Knights of all kinds. NOTE: The audio on the commentary is a bit low, so I’ll get that sorted out for the next installment.


About Dark Souls III:
Dark Souls III is an action role-playing video game developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. The fourth entry in the Souls series, Dark Souls III was released in Japan in March 2016, and worldwide in April 2016.


Games We’re Excited About: January 2018

The New Year is here, and while January isn’t a smorgasbord of game releases that we’ve come to enjoy in the months leading up to the holidays, there are a couple of pretty bog releases this month. Here ate the ones we’re excited about:


Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition (PS4, PC)–January 16
I bought Street Fighter V for PS4 when it came out, and fell off of it pretty quickly. Capcom really screwed up the launch of SFV, and hopefully with this arcade edition, they can bring people back to it. This version will include all of the characters that have been previously released, a handful of new ones, as well as a new arcade mode and team battle mode.


Ni no Kuni: Revenant Kingdom (PC, PS4)–January 19
I put about 20 hours into the original Ni no Kuni, and while it was completely charming, I felt like it took a really long time to get going. I’m hoping its sequel–whch will no doubt be meant to appeal to those unfamiliar with the series as well–will bet better paced. But there is no denying that the visual style of Ni no Kuni is stunning, and that alone would have me checking this game out anyway.


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Lost Sphear (Switch, PS4, PC)–January 23
From the studio behind I Am Setsuna comes as new JRPG that hearkens back to the glory days of the SNES and PSX. I am expecially excited about the fact that this is coming to Switch, as Nintendo’s hybrid console is quickly becoming my RPG machine. The story in Lost Sphear involves a hero trying to save reality by restoring memories (I think).


Monster Hunter: World (PS4, Xbox One)–January 26
Monster Hunter is another series I have tried to get into a handful of times, mostly because of the comparisons to the Souls series. All of the previous games have been too dense to hold my interest, but I’ll be lining up to try again when Monster Hunter: World arrives. From what I’ve read so far, the tutorial system is better than in previous games, which has me excited.


And those are the games we’re looking forward to this month. What’s on your list? Let us know in the comments, or hit us up on Twitter @CoOpCritics!


Games We’re Excited About: December 2017

It’s hard to believe we’re almost at the end of 2017. This year has been one of the best years for game releases ever (something we’ll be talking about on the podcast soon). While most gamers have enough games to last them at least another year, we still have some releases to get to before we close out the year. Without further ado, here are the games we’re excited about for Decemeber 2017:



Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Nintendo Switch)–Dec 1
I didn’t play the last Xenoblade Chronicles game, but after seeing Zelda and Skyrim on the Switch, I am totally stoked for Xenoblade Chronicles 2. A huge world to explore, an epic storyline, and dozens of hours of gameplay? Sign me up.



Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris (PS 4, PC, Xbox One)–December 5
The first major expansion for Destiny 2 arrives this month, and I’m hoping it will provide some variety to a game that I was not terribly impressed with at launch. It looks promising, as the storyline focuses on a renowned Warlock named Osiris and takes place primarily on Mercury. There’s a new social hub, a new patrol space, a new Crucible map and more.



Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (Xbox One)–December 12
The battle royale-style game that has been tearing up the PC charts is coming to the Microsoft’s Xbox Game Preview program this month. It will be interesting to see how it stacks up against Fortnite: Battle Royale, which has been doing extremely well on Xbox One. In the game, players parachute into a giant island map and battle to see who’s the last one standing.



Resident Evil VII: End of Zoe/Not a Hero (PS 4, PC, Xbox One)–December 12
I absolutely loved Resident Evil VII (you can watch my playthrough on YouTube), and I’m particularly interested in these two episodes. End of Zoe is where we will learn about Zoe’s ultimate fate, and Not a Hero will feature series favorite Chris Redfield. The latter is free, while the former is $15. I’ll be grabbing both.

What games are you excited about for December? Let us know in the comments!

WELCOME TO CITY 17! – Brian Plays Half-Life 2 – EP 1

Gordon Freeman arrives in City 17, and plans to reunite with old friends immediately go awry.

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About Half-Life 2

Half-Life 2 is a first-person shooter video game developed and published by Valve Corporation. It is the sequel to 1998’s Half-Life, and was released in. Taking place some years after the events of Half-Life, protagonist Gordon Freeman is awakened by the enigmatic G-Man to find the world has been taken over by the alien Combine. Joined by allies including resistance fighter Alyx Vance, Gordon searches for a way to free humanity using a variety of weapons, including the object-manipulating Gravity Gun.