The Experience Points Podcast
A weekly video game podcast from the co-writers of ExperiencePoints.net

Much like the World Cup, the Olympics, the movies themselves, Star Wars makes a strong showing on our podcast every few years. We're due to return to that far, far away galaxy and what better time to return? Details on Jedi: Fallen Order are coming in hot and the trailer for Episode 9 has all of us searching our feelings for answers. Listen in for some extremely nerdy references to lore and half-baked fan theories.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_522_-_Fallen_Order.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:02pm PDT

Grab your materia and ready your chocobo listeners, we're headed to Gaia! This week on the EXP Podcast, we kick off the first in an ongoing debrief of Final Fantasy VII. If you are playing along with us (and you really should!), this episode reviews the beginning of the game through escaping Midgar. It's a renowned introduction to a game world - and for good reason.

Give it a listen and send us your thoughts via email. We'd love to know about your memories and experiences with Final Fantasy VII!

Show Notes:

- Runtime: 47 min 35 sec

- Music from the Final Fantasy VII OST

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_521_-_Final_Fantasy_VII_Debrief__Part_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:29pm PDT

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, the katana are thirsty for blood, and we're playing some video games! This week we do a quick check in on some of the games we've been playing over the past few weeks. It's been a busy first quarter of the year apparently, as we're covering everything from FAR: Lone Sails, The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince, Baba is You, The Division 2, and (of course) Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_520_-_Springtime_for_Sekiro.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:52pm PDT

OnLive is dead. Long live Google Streaming! We are back after a short hiatus to bring you thoughts on Google's announcement of Stadia, a games streaming service that looks is aiming to transform the way we buy, play, and sell video games. There's a lot to be excited about! But, we also have some big concerns - many of which are related to Comcast.

Show Notes:

- Runtime: 45 min 36 sec

- Music from Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_519_-_Stadia_Ready.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:56pm PDT

Despite all my rage, I am still just an massive silverback gorilla in a cage. What's this? A single weakened bar? Well this should get interesting.

This week, we debrief on Ape Out. Do yourself a favor: support your fellow primates and play this game.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_518_-_Ape_Out_Debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:26pm PDT

This week on the EXP Podcast, we say goodbye to Reggie, who will now spend all of his retirement getting good at Smash Bros. Ultimate, hitting the competitive circuit, and making children cry when they dunked on by Isabelle.

Also, the Detective Pikachu movie is coming out and it raises more questions than answers.

- Runtime: 37 min 21 sec

- Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_517_-_Detective_Reggie.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:40pm PDT

Behold the modern battlefield: a dusty techno-future teeming with mercenaries and killer robots.  And then, from the heavens falls a mighty obelisk.  As it slots perfectly into place, the plateau you've been standing on evaporates.  The remnants rain down mercilessly on your opponents and you think to yourself: "Maybe I should go make some Mario levels instead."

 

This week we do a check in Apex Legends, Tetris 99, and some highlights from the latest Nintendo Direct.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_516_-_Direct_Battle_Royal.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am PDT

Time is a flat circle and in this timeline, we're playing Resident Evil 2... again. As of today, we'll also be playing Final Fantasy 9 again, which is great because it gives us a JRPG to play while we wait for Final Fantasy 7 - the game that came out before FF9 but whose remake will come out first and may or may not be a significant departure from what the game actually was ORIGINALLY!

Phew... But will Final Fantasy be around in 100 years? You tell us!

 

Show notes:

- Runtime: 34 min 14 sec

- Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_515_-_Re-Re-Remix.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:57pm PDT

Sometimes, you just accidentally stumble backwards into a podcast theme.  What do Anthem, Travis Touchdown, and apologetic Nintendo execs all have in common?  They're cool dudes in cool suits of course!  Listen in for some impressions on Anthem, Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, and some Metroid Prime 4 news.

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_514_-_Cool_dude_check_in.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:26pm PDT

This week on the EXP Podcast, we debrief the artfully crafted Gris, one of our top contenders for prettiest game of 2018. The first game from Nomada Studios, Gris brings a ton of inspiration from Journey, drawing not just themes, but almost entire sequences - so you can imagine why Scott and I would be so interested in this game. Check out the podcast then try out the game and let us know what you think!

- Runtime: 36 min 52 sec

- Music from the Gris soundtrack

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_513_-_Gris_Debrief.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:57pm PDT

We've finally reached the end of the long, dusty trail partners.  But what did we find at the end of our journey?  A dead end?  Redemption?  A nice pre-fabricated house?  This week, we do a full debrief on Red Dead Redemption 2.  We cover everything from the UI to spoiler-filled character arcs, so saddle up!

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_512_-_RDR_2_debrief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am PDT

2019 is here and the future is bright! Well, at least for games. This week on the EXP Podcast, we look at some of our most anticipated games of 2019 - from underground platformers to weird space indies, there are many, many, games to look forward to this coming year. What are you most excited to play?

- Runtime: 38 min 27 sec

- Music by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_511_-_The_Year_Ahead_2019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:30pm PDT

2018 is over but before it's out of site we're going to take a quick look in the rear view mirror.  As always, there were some great games that didn't make it into our GOTY-cast.  This week, we give them their due and ponder another important question: should we call this show "The Leftoveys" or have I truly snapped?

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_510_-_2018_Leftoveys.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am PDT

The best games of 2018 are here! This week on the EXP Podcast, we kick-off 2019 with a discussion of our top 3 games from 2018. Some of these choices are predictable and some might surprise you. 

There have been a ton of great games this year, so honing down our favorites took some serious work. Let us know your top games of 2018! Also, be sure to toon in next week when we discuss some of the leftover games that didn't make the list but are worth thinking about (and playing) in 2019.

 

 

Show Notes (SPOILERS):

 

 

 

- Runtime: 41 mins

- Music by Brad SucksThe MessengerSpider-ManInto the BreachReturn of the Obra Dinn, and God of War

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_509_-_2018_Games_of_the_Year.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:47pm PDT