It's the deadest Q1 in years, but Kentucky Route Zero is an absolute homerun. Meanwhile, Animal Crossing characters can now take it off and Cloud is gorgeous. Also covered: trolling in max raids, pre-writing MGS6, and crazy expensive pretend goods.
2020 kicks off with a bang as James, Paul, and Rhett unleash the hottest takes around on the year's biggest releases. Meanwhile, Pokemon fever continues to grip the boys and The Witcher 3 is looking mighty handsome. Also covered: Don Corneo's chest hair.
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Every year, COGconnected editors gather in the Press X To Podcast battlebridge to suss out the ten best games of the year. Or maybe it’s better to say our best games of the year. There’s invariably a passion project or two that make the list out of the blue, and we think that’s a-ok. The catch? We have to agree on the list. COG’s category based awards are decided strictly by votes from the team, but the ten best games of 2019 is more… personal.
The next gen is now, and the F bombs start flying with Mr. Kojima in the audience. Meanwhile, Luigi might be Wayne Newton and Heidegger has that big dad energy. Also covered: f***ing muppets, muppet f***ing, and light speed as a suggestion. Don't worry, she'll totally forgive us.
Paul, James, and Rhett get real with Death Stranding, Jedi: Fallen Order, Pokemon Sword, and more. Meanwhile, taking lunch money from bug catchers is satisfying and we get trolled by Phil Spencer. Also covered: pineapple tall boys.
Ruffle those feathers and flap into fall with Tony's tales of Untitled Goose Game. Meanwhile, James says sayonara to his wild heart, and Paul gets buried in his pile of shame. Also discussed: the supergroup of Japanese games, being an a-hole, and misunderstanding what makes a great Souls game.
Paul and James go too far into the world of slash fiction, but keep a tenuous grip on reality by discussing Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Mario Maker 2, and Dr. Mario World. Also covered: drop kicking invincible digital children.
Weeeeeeee're baaaaack! Both from E3, and on the airwaves. In this episode, Paul, James, Trevor, and Alex discuss the best of E3 2019 including Cyberpunk 2077, Dying Light 2, Sayonara Wild Hearts, and the Outer Worlds (not Wilds, but that's cool too).
Paul, James, Garrett, and Trevor grab their switchblades and come to a consensus list of the 10 best games of 2018. Along the way, there are the usual shenanigans, plus some discussion of what the COGconnected team voted for in some other hotly contested categories.
James discusses how to correctly (or not) brush anime babes while Paul laments the frequency with which shirtless Greg Miller appears in his feed. Meanwhile, Call of Duty Blackout is shockingly good, we give Insomniac 10 fresh as hell game ideas, and shit gets said at the alien water cooler.
Paul and James consider the singularity of video game voice acting and sling turds at evil empires. Meanwhile, the boys discuss Spider-Man and Dragon Quest XI for almost an hour. Hang on, this one is chock full of shenanigans
Paul plays Spider-Man while Trevor hates on a nameless title. Meanwhile, everyone else doesn’t show up and we wax poetic about what makes a superhero super. Also covered: killing the walking dead, shitty game engines.
In this plagiarism free episode, Trevor chokes on delicious vodka sodas, James is in Dragon Quest purgatory, and Paul gives We Happy Few a paddlin’. Also covered: swampy comments, infinite betas, and not worrying about Spider-Man. Pull up your hockey socks listeners, because Rockstar don’t give a fuck.
Get a stiff dose of ice cold video games as Paul, Shawn, and Trevor discuss the 10 things you need to look forward to for the rest of 2018. Meanwhile, The Walking Dead still sucks, Trevor has bad opinions about Madden 19, and Shawn’s Nana makes a cameo. Also covered: Negan’s boob physics and Henry Cavill reloading his arms.
Shawn, Paul, and James can never not take the shot, and pretty much everywhere, it’s gonna be hot. Meanwhile, James is waist deep in mega men, Shawn continues to be old, and Paul needs to be plugged directly into the INTERNET. Also covered: d*** pics in space, Kevin Smith, and trance vibration.
We bless the rains down in Africa as Shawn wants to fight Uwe Boll, James discusses pains and gains, and Paul chucks a disco grenade. Meanwhile, our 16 bit hearts go deep on Octopath Traveler and Sonic Mania, and Nathan Fillion delivers the content we crave. Also covered: the best movie series ever, The Rock, and giving the woo-woo.
James stifles a 16 bit retro chub while Paul visits Nakatomi Plaza and Trev becomes the latest victim of Camilla. Meanwhile, the version of No Man’s Sky they should’ve released in the first place is coming out and people on the internet are dicks to each other, but some kick ass games are coming out! Also covered: painful anime cutscenes, gratuitous motion blur, and giant hard robots.
The E3 hangover from hell concludes with Paul, James, and Trevor talking up the Game Critics E3 Awards and announcing the best games of the first half of 2018 in the Perfect List. Meanwhile, we didn’t get access to the rub and tug edition of SoD2, we didn’t get to play Anthem, and there’s too much email. SALT AVALANCHE! Also covered: HORRIBLE single player games like God of War.
Also, Shawn did NOT invite us over.
Trev, James, and Paul are READY TO RAGE, which involves nuking everything from orbit. It’s an enchanting evening with Fallout 76, Spiderman, The Last of Us 2, Ghost of Tsushima – the hits are all here! Also covered: dancing Pandas, taking hobbits to Isengard, and Night Trap for some reason.
Yeah, we were too busy hustlin’ our buns at E3 to sit down and yap, but we brought the hottest of takes back with us. Paul, James, Trevor, and Shawn get stuck in on EA and Microsoft, crapping all over EA’s terrible conference while praising Xbox PR’s organization skills and OH MY GOD CYBERPUNK SWEET BABY JESUS. Also covered: staying out of people’s panties, unwelcome urinal requests, and boiling one’s potatoes.
Paul, James, and Shawn gather round the pit of knowledge to discuss what might happen at E3, and only 2 make it out alive. Anthem, The Division, Ghost of Tsushima, we’ve got it all. Meanwhile, the idea of Skyrim on a fridge gets at least one cast member semi-turgid. Also covered: The mistake that is the FF7 Remake, lingering torso shots, and the terrible might of Cyber-Gwent.
The world’s biggest Vegas Golden Knights fan, Shawn, returns to the cast and gets into his cups while discussing God of War and Detroit: Become Human. Meanwhile Trevor missed the soft kisses, and Paul can’t say much about Vampyr. Also covered: Andre the Giant’s massive toes, Steam swallowing its figurative foot, and the passing of Totalbiscuit.
God of War Spoilers from 4:20 (yeahhhh buddy) to 17:15.
Paul, James, and Trevor recklessly throw shade towards Call of Duty but are secretly curious about its cave of wonders. Meanwhile, James vows to never lick another E3 doorknob, Paul reads mean tweets from morons, and Trev is blissfully ignorant of the week’s releases. Also Covered: accessible gaming, too faithful SNES-like games, and the undeniable value of dick puns.
Paul, Trevor, and James mourn the loss of Boss Key by dragging Cliff Blezinski through the dirt yet again while also covering some great (God of War) and shitty (The Watchmaker) games. Meanwhile, James runs his mouth about the FF7 Remake, Paul enjoys a delicious Bomber Brewing product, and Trev is just happy to be alive again. Also covered: annoying piles of cash, Harry Potter’s incompetence, and finally getting that third boat.
With most of the regular cast away having ‘lives’ or some BS, Paul, Garrett, and James talk about motion captured horse junk, mobile pay to play, viral poopy pants, and the rapidly approaching E3. Also covered: God of War, E3 2018 hot predictions, casting yet more shade on poor Cliffy B.
WSAS enthusiast and general good guy James returns to the cast as Paul and Shawn go nuts for God of War. Besides Dad of Boy, we talk about Campo Santo, Swords of Ditto, talking ducks (again), and finally catch up on several weeks of email. Also covered: human soup, series that need to be overhauled, and beer.
Which one of us is the mad dad? You be the judge. Salty Shawn hates on Yakuza 6 and the Shenmue remasters, Trevor finished a game for once, and Paul goes ape for a good conspiracy theory. Also covered: DELICIOUS ice cold Parallel 49 Beer (they don’t pay us), Xbox shitting the generation, and 10ish Perfect Video Game Dads.
There’s blood in the water as fresh faced James talks about the disappointing Extinction and curses like a sailor at his computer. Shawn gets salty about bad journalism, and Paul defends the storytelling in Far Cry 5. It’s a 5 beer cast in honor of Spider-Man, ladies and germs – Kaz Hirai CEO would be proud. There’s a perfect list of perfect intro sequences too, the perfectness of which can’t be undersold.
Sea of Thieves is underwhelming, yet Shawn soothes his tender throat like a true pirate – with rum. Also: Far Cry 5, Why review scores are bogus, Atari VCS, and 10 absolutely perfect villains in games.
There’s shit to cover this week with Shadow of the Tomb Raider, God of War, Ni No Kuni 2, and Bruce Cockburn on the docket. Also: perfect video game trailers, Shawn gets whooped by his wife, Trev calls Paul names, and Mr. Drippy makes another saucy appearance.
Real life fails to get in the way of this 4 beers long episode where we talk the talk on roller derby, Black Ops 4, and copycat cycles. Also covered: the merits of Guitar Hero setlists, delayed games, and getting the cops called on you 101.
Get yourself a big ol’ bevvie, then settle in for 90 minutes of PS Plus, Into The Breach, Crackdown, Monster Hunter World, and 10 games that’d be perfect on the Switch. Also covered: getting old, sagging ships, and acronyms that start with F. Yeah, things got weird.
In this episode, Shawn sheds a tear, Trevor is shook by Mr. Drippy, Paul barely Survives, and The Walking Dead has sucked for years. Also covered: Black Panther, shocking in game item sales, greasy business practices, and casting mad shade on Konami.
We’re a day late due to technical troubles, but this here’s a jammed full cast including Fe, Metal Gear Survive, Burnout, and Twitch’s community guidelines. Also covered: flawless seduction methods, the art of the Ninja Turtles films, and games with 2’s in the title.