Evolve: Thumbstick Athletes Podcast Episode 187

I think everyone is starting is to realize that the first-person shoot genre in gaming has gotten relatively stale as of late.  Specifically the multi-player FPS seems to have been recycled and rehashed to death, so it's nice to hear when developers are trying to change the pace a little.  Last year it was Titanfall who tried to shake up the genre with mechs and parkour tossed into the standard multi-player affair.  This year it's Evolve's turn to tweak the formula with asymmetrical 4v1 multi-player where 4 players team up to take down an ever evolving, giant monster.  Will takes the lead in this episode, giving a rundown of the characters, abilities and gameplay and the conversation turns to DLC later on with Evolve's strange implementation of of their season pass and different versions of the game.

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New 3DS XL: Thumbstick Athletes Podcast Episode 186

Nintendo continues their tradition of naming their products weird things with the New 3DS XL.  At first glance you would just think it was a new 3DS XL and not an entirely new product.  Just the like whole Wii/Wii U debacle, the average consumer would probably have no idea what the difference is.  Bad name and lack of charging cable aside, three out of the four Thumbstick Athletes picked up the new 3DS last Friday.  We of course covered the features and differences between the New 3DS XL and standard 3DS and 3DS XL, (It's even confusing to type for someone who knows the difference)  as well as giving our impressions of the system at this point.  Buyer beware...transferring your Nintendo Network ID from an old system can be quite the process.

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Why we Didn't buy CoD: Advanced Warfare: Thumbstick Athletes Podcast Episode 173

Why we Didn't buy CoD: Advanced Warfare: Thumbstick Athletes Podcast Episode 173

For a little something different this week, we discuss why none of us decided to buy this year's Call of Duty, subtitled Advanced Warfare.  This is particularly shocking for Eric and Will, who despite swearing off the franchise, still seem to get the "Duty" itch and make the purchase every year.  Dan and Corey don't normally buy the Call of Duty games and explain why, and Will and Eric list their reason for resisting the foul CoD temptress, despite the generally positive reviews and a more interesting futuristic setting.  Later on we briefly touch on Assassin's Creed: Unity and the Master Chief Collection during "What We Played."

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