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11
Oct 2021

Dialogue Options Podcast Episode 189: Metroid Dread Early Impressions

The fated day has arrived!

Metroid Dread is finally here! The long awaited fifth (and final) entry in the original Metroid story arc has officially released on the Nintendo Switch just last week. So we decided we'd strike while the iron was hot and sit down to dish on our early impressions on the newest Metroid title.

We do our best to avoid major spoilers beyond what was initially shown in the game's early E3 showing and a few of the trailers, but we fully intend to break it all down in a full spoilers episode at some point in the not too distant future so be sure to keep an eye out for that.

Until then, sit down and plug in some headphones. Kyran's been waiting a long time to do this episode.

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29
Sep 2021

Dialogue Options Podcast Episode 188: Nintendo Directs Our Attention to Bayonetta

Greetings listeners!

On this week's show we have a PACKED Quest Log, both Joel and Kyran have early impressions for both Dreamscaper and Tales of Arise respectively, both games they'll be circling back on at a later date. We then talk about how we've been finding Eastward, the first game from Chinese developer Pixpil, and gush about how much we love the game's visuals and Zelda-like gameplay. Lastly, we've also finished a new game! We talk about our time with The Artful Escape whilst keeping spoilers to a minimum, if you have access to a PC or an Xbox it is absolutely a game we recommend checking out.

Meanwhile, over in the Bonus Round we breakdown the latest Nintendo Direct that was packed with some pretty big surprises. We got our first look at a 3D Kirby, Nintendo confirmed rumours that N64 (and Sega Genesis) would be joining the Nintendo Switch Online line up in October for an undisclosed additional cost, our first official glimpse at the highly anticipated Bayonetta 3 and the entire internet was left reeling after the cast announcement for the Super Mario Bros. animated movie coming next year featuring Chris Pratt as Mario.

Segment Timecodes
Quest Log: 0:13:53
Bonus Round: 1:09:21

Metroid Dread is coming, Kyran is looking forward to hearing from all of you next week when the game drops and we are all collectively playing it on our Switches.

As always thank you for your support, if you want to reach out to us then feel free to hit up the links below!

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Joel: https://twitter.com/joelymac

Kyran: https://twitter.com/lemonmanx

17
Sep 2021

Dialogue Options Podcast Episode 187: The PlayStation Showcase

Greetings listeners!

Sorry about the episode being a little late, this week has been another bumpy one in a long string of similarly bumpy ones as we continue to feel a bit fatigued by the endless barrage of stuff that 2021 continues to throw our way.

First up we've got a Quest Log where Kyran goes over his return to Destiny 2 with the recent launch of the Season of the Lost ahead of 2022's release of the new Witch Queen DLC, he has quickly been sucked back in by Bungie's incredibly fun shooting mechanics and the ever addicting act of making the numbers go up. Meanwhile, Joel has gone back in time to finish Psychonauts among all the excitement for the sequel and he fills Kyran in on his thoughts on the game, how it has aged, and how excited he is to play the sequel.

Elsewhere in the show we go through each game shown at the latest PlayStation showcase, billed as the show for the PlayStation 5. We talk about whether we thought it delivered and talk about the highs (like the insane talent over at Insomniac and how good the new God of War looks) to the lows (like that incredibly pointless GTA5 trailer). It doesn't make the console easier to get, but it does look like the future is looking good for PlayStation 5 owners as we move further into next generation becoming the current generation.

Segment Timecodes
Quest Log: 0:10:43
Bonus Round: 0:55:11

If you want to get in touch with us then feel free to hit us up using the links below!

2
Sep 2021

Dialogue Options Podcast Episode 186: Gamescom Opening Night Live 2021 Breakdown

Greetings listeners!

On this week's Quest Log we've got a bit of a mixed bag of impressions from Joel who's been spending a little time with Art of Rally, the Ollie Ollie games on Switch, and dipped his toes in the Riders Republic open beta that recently took place. Meanwhile Kyran managed to finish NEO The World Ends With You and attempts to tell Joel how cool it is to have a sequel to an underappreciated Nintendo DS gem (and lament how the original game is hard to emulate on anything but a DS given the control scheme it used)

Then we jump over to Dope or Nope where we've got a brand new Gamescom Opening Night Live to break down that featured a few surprises and updates to both new and unannounced games, our personal highlights being Marvel's Midnight Sons and the newly announced Saints Row reboot. We also make a bit of time at the end of the show to talk about the recent very early look at Motive Studio's Dead Space remake.

Segment Timecodes
Quest Log: 0:09:38
Dope or Nope: 0:50:46

We're closing in on the release of Metroid Dread, so get yourselves ready for a bumper dose of Metroid excitement when that game drops in just over a month's time.

If you want to reach out to us feel free to hit us up using the links below!

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18
Aug 2021

Dialogue Options Podcast Episode 185: Heading Into The Boyfriend Dungeon

Greetings listeners!

Joel fills Kyran in on his fresh enrolment at Dodgeball Academia where he sharpens his Dodgeball skills to kick off this week's Quest Log. We also talk about our very early impressions from the recently released Boyfriend Dungeon (date those weapons!) and facing the hordes of the undead in Back 4 Blood's Open Beta.

Meanwhile over in the Bonus Round we break down the most recent Indie World featuring plenty of indies that either shadow dropped on the day and we now want or are coming out soon and we desperately want them. There's a lot to love from this latest showcase!

Segment Time Codes
Quest Log: 00:09:42
Bonus Round: 01:06:14

See you next mission (hit us up using the links below if you want to get in touch with us)

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Kyran: https://twitter.com/lemonmanx

5
Aug 2021

Dialogue Options Podcast Episode 184: The (Shaky) Ascent to Cyberpunk Heaven

Greetings listeners!

It's been a bit of a weird couple of weeks, so we hope you'll bare with us for this week's episode.

First up we've got the Quest Log, where both Kyran and Joel have synced up on a couple of games that have come out fairly recently! We start with Pokémon Unite, a free to play Pokémon themed MOBA that dropped on the Switch, and are both quite surprised at how enjoyable of an experience it is for short bursts. Lastly, we have spent a little bit of time with The Ascent, a twin-stick shooter cyberpunk-themed co-operative game, after its recent release on Xbox Game Pass. We've got a bit to say about how much we are enjoying it and about how it really feels like the game needs a few more patches to really be a truly great experience.

Meanwhile, over in Dope or Nope we talk about the still unfolding debacle over at Activision Blizzard after the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a lawsuit against Blizzard over sexual harassment, unequal pay and more. We try not to talk about it too much, as it has been developing over the last two weeks and largely where we stand is alongside many others that have touched on this. Taking a stand against this behaviour and calling it out when you notice it essential, accountability is so important and it sadly seems like this sort of behaviour isn't at all uncommon in the games industry. We also break down the recent Annapurna Interactive presentation and talk about how excited we are about the newly announced Dead Space remake.

We cap off the show with a short Bonus Round so that Kyran can remind everyone that this week Metroid will officially celebrate its 35th anniversary (on August 6th, specifically) and wants to bring some attention to it. There's no better time to jump in than now, which is why it is so disappointing that Nintendo is making it so difficult for this criminally underrated series to find new players. At the very least, Super Metroid is available on the Switch's SNES Online, but if you've got a Wii U still kicking around the nicest thing we can say about it is that it plays almost all of the currently available Metroid games.

Segment Time Codes
Quest Log: 00:15:48
Dope or Nope: 00:53:43
Bonus Round: 01:40:55

See you next mission (hit us up using the links below if you want to get in touch with us)

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21
Jul 2021

Dialogue Options Podcast Episode 183: Steam Deck Does What Nintendon’t

Greetings listeners!

On this week's episode of the show Joel's been playing Boomerang X and gives Kyran the low down on it in the Quest, additionally we talk a little too much about Mass Effect without saying anything because we can't help ourselves, and Kyran has reached credits on Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart. He also tries to convince Joel to play Metroid (and hopefully Zero Mission) as we close in on Metroid's 35th anniversary early next month, he also invites any listeners to do the same and hit him on Twitter or via e-mail if you've got any thoughts you want to share on them.

Meanwhile, over in Dope or Nope we got a massive announcement from Valve last week as they fully unveiled the Steam Deck, a portable PC that is pretty much what many people hoped the currently non-existent Switch Pro would be. We go over the prices and specs (while also lamenting it not being available in our region yet) before moving onto the Nintendo Switch (OLED Model) and Nintendo's new statement in response to a Bloomberg piece about its profits margins whilst also taking some time to talk about the new model. We also look at the reveal trailer for the newest Ubisoft Original Tom Clancy's XDefiant, talk about how many EA is going a bit too far about keeping everyone's expectations in check for the imminent EA Play this week, and get cautiously excited about Atlus preparing to celebrate the Persona series hitting its 25th anniversary starting from September of this year.

Segment Time Codes
Quest Log: 00:14:57
Dope or Nope: 00:55:44

As always thank you for listening, if you are reading this and want to share anything about your time with the Metroid series then now's your chance to get in touch with us using the links below. Next episode Kyran will no doubt find time to rant about his love for it with actual purpose.

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6
Jul 2021

Dialogue Options Podcast Episode 182: Is Mario Golf Super Rush Par For The Course?

Greetings listeners!

On this week's Quest Log we've been dabbling in some different games. Joel and Kyran share their early impressions on the demo for Neo: The World Ends With You (a game that we still can't believe actually exists). Kyran tells Joel about his very early thoughts on Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart for the PS5, and lastly Joel's been getting a hit of FPS throwback nostalgia in Prodeus from Xbox Games Preview and walks Kyran through his time with Mario Golf Super Rush so far.

Over in Dope or Nope we've got a stack of tasty headlines as the industry continues to shuffle forward as the dust of E3 settles. Sony has made some studio acquisitions, Konami and Bloober Team are working together on something horror related, BioWare confirm that they won't be at this year's EA Play (placing all expectations on the newly rumoured Dead Space remake), Ghost of Tsushima's Director's Cut is officially launching next month, and the Kojima/Xbox partnership appears to have reached a new milestone via a Jeff Grubb rumour. Plenty to discuss and plenty to chew on!

As always thank you for listening and if you want to hit us up across the internet you can find a variety of links below with which to do so.

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22
Jun 2021

Dialogue Options Podcast Episode 181: The E3 2021 Wrap Up Bonanza

Greetings listeners!

We're back after taking a week to process E3 and scroll through the lists of games that were announced or updated over the course of five or so very crazy days. Our E3 wrap is a little different this year, purely because of how condensed every presentation was and the lack of free time we actually had to break it all down (it'd be so many episodes) we decided instead to put together lists of the games that caught our attention as well as including some general discussion about how we felt the event worked this year.

I think we can all agree it was preferable to how spread out everything was last year, but it is also fair to say that maybe we don't really need the ESA and E3 side of things and instead just pivot towards a weekend in June to celebrate games. It'll be interesting to see what happens in 2022 if an in person E3 happens again.

Is there anything from E3 and the Summer Game Fest that is on your radar that we missed? If so, tell us! There was so much announced that it was incredibly hard to keep track of it all and we'd love to have even more games to follow. Let us know by hitting up the links below!

Additionally, we've now been doing this show for five years! That's crazy, so thank you for sticking with us as we use this space to specifically unload our video game thoughts into a podcast.

Email: contact@dialogueoptions.com

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3
Jun 2021

Dialogue Options Podcast Episode 180: E3 2021 Is Coming

Greetings listeners!

We're back with another episode and it just so happens to be a super sized one. In the Quest Log we talk briefly about our time with the recent Scarlet Nexus demo, a new anime game from Bandai Namco, before moving into a surprisingly busy Dope or Nope packed with updates on Dragon Quest, Far Cry 6, and a new Horizon: Forbidden West State of Play.

Lastly, in the Bonus Round we foolishly break down Jeff Grubb's neatly listed out rundown for next week's festivities as they currently stand. This includes speculation about we hope to see at E3 and Summer Game Fest from the likes of Xbox + Bethesda, Bandai Namco, Ubisoft, and Nintendo ( + more, but some are really hard to speculate on). In classic video game fashion a bunch of stuff happened just after we finished recording as well, including Nintendo officially locking in their E3 time and Sony confirming God of War Ragnarok will not be releasing this year.

Segment time codes:

Quest Log - 00:03:37
Dope or Nope - 00:23:44
Bonus Round - 00:57:32

It's an exciting time to be into video games! If you've got any hopes or dreams then send them our way, otherwise join Kyran in calling upon whatever powers above exist for a Metroid game on the Switch.

Hit us up using the links below! 

Email: contact@dialogueoptions.com

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Joel: https://twitter.com/joelymac

Kyran: https://twitter.com/lemonmanx

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