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The Escapist Show
The Escapist Show, hosted by Jack Packard and The Escapist Editor-in-Chief, Nick Calandra, is a weekly look at the games we've been playing and discussion about the hottest video game news items of the week.
1 day ago
Outriders Is a Surprisingly Fun Looter Shooter
Today on The Escapist Show, Nick is joined by special guest Parris Lilly of GamerTag Radio and Kinda Funny to discuss their thoughts on Outriders and whether or not the industry has already moved on from E3.
Apr 4, 2021
Sony's Disinterest in Preserving PlayStation's History is A Missed Opportunity
This week on The Escapist Show, Nick and Jack discuss Sony's sudden closure of the PS3 and PS Vita's stores and their apparent disinterest in preserving PlayStation's history.
Mar 22, 2021
How Game Pass Could Be Used To Give Failed Games Like Evolve A Second Chance
This week on The Escapist Show, Nick and Jack discuss how a subscription service like Xbox Game Pass could breathe life into games that failed to find an audience on their initial release.
Mar 15, 2021
Microsoft Has Officially Acquired Bethesda, So What's Next?
This week on The Escapist Show, Nick and Jack talk about the games they’ve been playing and discuss Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda and what that overall means for Xbox.
Mar 7, 2021
What Does an Open World Pokémon Game Actually Look Like?
This week on The Escapist Show, Nick and Jack discuss the Pokémon Legends reveal and ask: What does an open world Pokémon game actually look like?
Feb 21, 2021
How Did We Feel About The Latest Nintendo Direct?
Nick and Jack discuss their thoughts on the latest Nintendo Direct and why it was a bit...meh.
Feb 16, 2021
The Mass Effect...Butt Controversy?
The latest gaming controversy involves...a digital butt.
Feb 7, 2021
Did Google Just Signal the End of Stadia?
Google just killed Stadia's first party studios, does that mean the end of the platform too?
Jan 31, 2021
Jack & Nick's Biggest Gaming Shames
Jack and Nick share their biggest gaming shames.
Jan 24, 2021
The LucasFilm Games Revival & What's Next For Star Wars
This week on The Escapist Show, Nick and Jack breakdown the LucasFilm Games revival and predict what's next for Star Wars games...and hope that the MachineGames Indiana Jones title isn't a first person shooter.
Jan 17, 2021
How Gears 5: Hivebusters Might Hint at An Exciting Future For Xbox IP
This week on The Escapist Show, Jack plays more Dark Souls and previews Loop Hero, while Nick is daydreaming about the future of established Xbox IP thanks to Game Pass.
Jan 10, 2021
Elden Ring Is The Best Game We've Never Played
This week on The Escapist Show, Nick and Jack discuss the games we've been playing and get very hyped for Elden Ring.
Dec 27, 2020
Nick & Jack's Favorite Games of 2020
It's time for our games of the year episode.
Dec 20, 2020
Getting Started With and Discovering the Magic of the Souls Games
This week on The Escapist Show, Nick discusses his journey to getting started with the Souls genre after years of trying and failing.
Dec 13, 2020
We All Need to Relax Over Game Reviews
This week on The Escapist Show, we discuss the games we've been playing, the recent Halo delay, and the ridiculous discourse over Cyberpunk 2077 reviews and game reviews in generals.
Dec 6, 2020
How Much Does Online Presence Tie into Credibility?
This week on The Escapist Show, Nick & Jack discuss how online presence ties into credibility.
Nov 29, 2020
The Open World Bloat Problem (and How Assassin's Creed Valhalla Kinda Fixes It)
This week on The Escapist Show, Jack is back in Dark Souls, Nick finished Sekiro and we discuss the open world bloat problem currently plaguing the AAA games industry.
Nov 22, 2020
Demon's Souls Is Stunning on the PS5
This week on The Escapist Show we discuss Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, Spider-Man: Miles Morales and provide our first impressions on the PS5.
Nov 15, 2020
Our First Impressions of The Xbox Series X
This week on The Escapist Show we finally have our hands on next-generation hardware, so I provide my first impressions of the Xbox Series X and Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, while Jack has been spending more time in the cloud (Stadia) checking out Baldur’s Gate III.
Nov 1, 2020
Breaking Down The "Should Streamers Pay Developers" Controversy
This week on The Escapist Show, Jack and Nick discuss the games they've been playing and then breakdown the big Twitter controversy from earlier in the week about whether or not streamers should pay developers for streaming their games.
Oct 25, 2020
Immortals Fenyx Rising Preview - Not Quite Breath of the Wild
This week on The Escapist Show, Nick and Jack both got to preview Ubisoft's upcoming Immortals Fenyx Rising game, and Jack finally tried cloud gaming...his response may surprise you.
Oct 18, 2020
Cyberpunk 2077, Media Gatekeeping & What We're Excited About For Next-Gen
This week on The Escapist Show, we talk a little bit more about Spelunky 2 and Star Wars Squadrons, plus new details on the Cyberpunk 2077 crunch situation and even more social media drama. We end the episode on some next-gen excitement, and promise that next week we'll be getting back to the fun stuff.
Oct 11, 2020
Cyberpunk 2077 Crunch, Online Toxicity and Platform Responsibility
This week on The Escapist Show, we discuss our time playing Crash 4, Spelunky 2 and Star Wars: Squadrons, the Cyberpunk 2077 crunch news, the online toxicity surrounding it and being responsible with your platform.
Oct 4, 2020
A Second Opinion on Google Stadia & Cloud Gaming
This week on The Escapist Show, Jack has been playing some Breakpoint and Rocket League, while Nick took a little break from gaming. We also took a second look at Google Stadia after the ZP review earlier this year and Nick has some new thoughts on Cloud Gaming.
Sep 27, 2020
Microsoft Buys Bethesda and Is Poised To Become The Netflix of Games
Microsoft bought Bethesda, Nick beat his first souls game and more in this week's The Escapist Show episode.
Sep 20, 2020
Turns Out Sony Does Believe in Cross-Gen Games
This week on The Escapist Show, Nick finally takes a crack at Bloodborne, almost destroys his office, and we discuss the latest PS5 event which showcased not only the games coming to PS5, but PS4 too apparently.
Sep 13, 2020
Why Does Nintendo Get A Pass On Its Weird Business Decisions?
Nick, Jack and special guest Marty discuss their time with Marvel's Avengers and take a look at why Nintendo gets a pass in the industry when it comes to weird business decisions.
Sep 6, 2020
Don't Sleep On Spiritfarer
Nick and Jack both highly recommend you check out Spiritfarer, and we discuss all the new content coming to The Escapist.
Aug 30, 2020
The Amount of Games As A Service Titles Is Getting Ridiciulous
This week on The Escapist Show we take a look at the Marvel's Avengers beta and discuss games as a service and how the industry is being bloated by it.
Aug 24, 2020
The Oculus Store Is The Least Consumer-Friendly Digital Storefront
This week on The Escapist Show we take a look at a bunch of different games we've been playing, our thoughts on Sony dipping their toes back in multiplayer, the Facebook / Oculus controversy and our thoughts on all the delays currently happening around next-gen consoles.
Aug 16, 2020
Delaying Halo Infinite To 2021 Was The Right Call
Halo Infinite has been delayed to 2021, leaving Microsoft in a tough spot this holiday season with the launch of the Xbox Series X, but ultimately it's the right call.
Aug 9, 2020
No, Games Shouldn't Return to Just Black and White Morality
This week we breakdown the controversial Polygon article about morality in video game narratives.
Aug 2, 2020
The Xbox Games Showcase Wasn't The Slam Dunk It Needed To Be (with Special Guest Parris Lilly)
Microsoft still has a lot to prove after the lackluster July Xbox Games Games Showcase.
Jul 26, 2020
Is The Games Industry Ready For Next-Gen?
This week we discuss whether or not the industry is actually ready for next-gen consoles to launch in just a few short months.
Jul 19, 2020
Microsoft's Big Gamble on Halo Infinite
This week on The Escapist Show Jack and Nick discuss the games they’ve been playing, along with an extended discussion on what 343 Industries needs to do to make sure Halo Infinite is a success with fans of old.
Jul 12, 2020
Final Thoughts on The Last of Us Part II's Divisive Narrative
This week on The Escapist Show we wrap up our coverage of The Last of Us Part II now that Jack has finished the game.
Jul 6, 2020
Next-Gen Games To Be Priced at $70?
This week Nick checks out his first JRPG in over a decade and Jack plays From Software's first (actually, second) game. They also discuss the upcoming video game tv show adaptions, and a possible price increase for next-gen titles.
Jun 28, 2020
Let's Talk About The Last of Us Part II
This week's episode dives deep into the narrative of The Last of Us II and why it left Nick feeling conflicted about whether or not he liked it.
Jun 21, 2020
EA Play Live Was A Bit of A Bummer
This week on The Escapist Show, Nick and Jack discuss the games their favorite games from The Escapist Indie Showcase and the EA Play Live conference.
Jun 15, 2020
The Last of Us Retrospective
Jack and Nick take a look back at The Last of Us ahead of the release of The Last of Us 2 this week. Also take a look at The Escapist Indie Showcase and of course, the PS5 reveal event.
Jun 5, 2020
Our PlayStation 5 Event Predictions
This week on The Escapist Show, Jack and Nick share their predictions for the upcoming PlayStation 5 reveal event.
May 29, 2020
Shirley Curry & Backseat Gaming
This week on The Escapist Show we dig into the games we've been playing, Shirley Curry scaling back her YouTube usage due to backseat gaming and health issues, the Snyder Cut and how developers really feel about video game leaks.
May 22, 2020
It's All About Immersion
Today on The Escapist Show we discuss Hell Let Loose, My Time at Portia, the latest Ghost of Tsushima gameplay reveal, the Mafia 1 Remake, and our thoughts on Unreal Engine 5.
May 21, 2020
Assassin's Creed: Valhalla is Making Smart Design Changes
This week on The Escapist Show, we chat about the games we've been playing, Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, the Xbox Series X showcase reveal and of course, Tony Hawk.