Podcast Unlocked

Podcast Unlocked


Love Xbox? IGN's Podcast Unlocked is your source for everything Xbox One and Xbox 360. If you live and breathe Halo, Gears of War, Forza, and more, Podcast Unlocked has you covered. Tune in every week for the latest video game news for Xbox junkies around the globe.


Podcast Unlocked Episode 208: Rainbow Six Siege's Bold Decision  

This week's Xbox show analyzes Rainbow Six Siege's daring delay and what it means for the franchise this year and in the longer term. Plus: we express sadness (but not anger) regarding the absence of Big Team Battle from Halo 5's launch, theorize what Gearbox might do with Duke Nukem now that their IP ownership lawsuit is settled, discuss Forza 6's new "mods," and more!

Podcast Unlocked Episode 207: Grand Theft Auto 6 Is Gonna Be HUGE  

This week's Xbox show recaps Gamescom from the IGN guys who were there, explains why the Halo 5 console bundle might not be such a good deal, details how the Halo TV show isn't dead, laments Capcom's remakes/remasters-or-bust strategy, and more!

Podcast Unlocked Episode 206: Xbox Just Killed it at Gamescom  

After Xbox's killer Gamescom, we just couldn't wait until Wednesday to do our next show. So here we are, talking about everything from Gamescom, including Halo Wars 2, Crackdown 3, Scalebound, Quantum Break, Homefront: The Revolution, the Halo 5 Xbox One console, new ID@Xbox games, strange Destiny news, Xbox One TV DVR functionality, and Xbox One's downright ridiculous 2016 lineup!

Podcast Unlocked Episode 205: Our Xbox Gamescom Predictions  

Microsoft is set to have a big presence at Gamescom. So, we play our ol' predictions game, making 12 Xbox predictions for what we think might happen. Plus: Tomb Raider's exclusivity is dated, 343 explains the lack of any split-screen multiplayer support in Halo 5, Windows 10 begins rolling out to change the Xbox ecosystem forever, and much more.

Podcast Unlocked Episode 204: Brothers in Arms and the Return of WWII Shooters  

As news of a new Brothers in Arms game starting development surfaces, we revisit the smart, stellar, historically-based first-person shooter/strategy series and why we'd be excited for it to return – as well as if it could help bring WWII shooters back in general. Plus: all of Sony's marketing dollars still won't let you play Star Wars Battlefront on PS4 first, Xbox One gets another clever bundle, and much more! Special guest star Jared Petty joins the Unlocked crew this week.

Podcast Unlocked Episode 203: Our Xbox Games of the Year (So Far)  

With the year half over, it's time to give our picks for our Xbox Games of the Year...so far. Plus: the latest chapter in the Hideo Kojima/Konami divorce is as wacky as ever. We wonder if there will even be another AAA Metal Gear game, and who might do it. Also, Dead Island 2 has lost its developer, so we debate who might pick up the ball on that and run it into the end zone. Furthermore, two $200 special editions of upcoming big games generate wildly different reactions from us, and finally, don't miss the debut of the real-life Dukey trophy!

Podcast Unlocked Episode 202: What if Microsoft Bought AMD?  

It's impossible to follow the once-in-a-lifetime episode 201, but we do our best by dissecting a rumor that suggests Microsoft may be looking to buy Xbox One and PS4 chipmaker AMD. What would it mean for the current consoles? How about the Xbox 4 and PlayStation 5? We discuss it in detail. Plus: we lament some of the E3 Game Critics Award winners and give our take on the first trailer for Telltale's Minecraft: Story Mode.

Podcast Unlocked Episode 201: Phil Spencer, Peter Moore, and Seamus Blackley Reunite and Reminisce  

We don't believe three generations of Xbox leadership have ever been brought into the same room before to share secrets and stories of Xbox history. Until now. In a once-in-a-lifetime episode, Xbox creator Seamus Blackley, Head of Xbox during the 360 launch Peter Moore, and current Head of Xbox Phil Spencer talk for 90 minutes about all three Xbox consoles, including beating Sony in the living room, where the Duke controller came from, how Gears of War influenced a critical decision for the Xbox 360 hardware, and so much more!

Podcast Unlocked Episode 200  

Episode 200 finally happened, and it happened live with 450 IGN fans in San Francisco. It was an incredible event where we celebrated the history of Xbox, sharing our favorite original Xbox and 360 games as well as those of the fans in attendance. We even snuck in a teaser for a very special episode 201! We hope you enjoy listening if you couldn't make it, or reliving it again if you did!

Podcast Unlocked Episode 199.5: Xbox E3 Reactions and Analysis  

We are all finally back from E3, rested, and ready to bask in the glory that was the week of Xbox awesomeness at the show. Sea of Thieves, Cuphead, HoloLens, Halo 5, and so much more all blew us away. We analyze what worked (almost everything) and what didn't (there isn't much) about Xbox's just-completed E3, and paint a pretty bright picture for Xbox in 2016 while we're at it. Join us for this epic episode!

Podcast Unlocked at E3 2015: Phil Spencer Interview  

In the wake of Microsoft's fantastic E3, we sat down with Head of Xbox Phil Spencer to discuss everything from backwards compatibility to Kinect, Xbox Live Arcade, winning the console "war," and much more. NOTE: this interview was recorded the day before Summer Spotlight was announced, so when you hear Phil play coy with our question about whether or not he'd ever bring XBLA back, now you know why. :-)

Podcast Unlocked at E3 2015: Matt Stone and Trey Parker Interview  

In this special mini-episode, bucket-list edition of Podcast Unlocked, we sit down with Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the Emmy Award-winning, Tony Award-winning, and Oscar-nominated comedy geniuses. They've got a new video game, hilariously titled South Park: The Fractured But Whole, that serves as a follow-up to the New Kid's adventures in The Stick of Truth. Here, Stone and Parker discuss the game, how they see the show ending one day, whether or not we'll ever get a Book of Mormon movie adaptation, and more!

Podcast Unlocked Episode 199: Reacting to Huge Halo 5 News  

In light of the big Halo 5 campaign details and multiplayer bomb dropped by 343 Industries, we spend a good chunk of the show getting SUPER EXCITED for Halo 5. Plus: reactions to the 1TB Xbox One announcement, a talk about how Forza is a victim of its own success, why we love Mirror's Edge Catalyst's new title, and much more. And, yes, there's another In-N-Out bet made over Games With Gold and, specifically, PoolNation FX.

Podcast Unlocked Episode 198: Fallout 4 Reactions  

You know what we're talking about this week: Fallout 4. Join us for a 26-minute reaction segment to the announcement and the trailer. We discuss what gameplay elements the trailer suggests, why we think we're going to get a very long demo at E3, when we think the game is coming out, and more. Plus: what the Gears of War developer's studio rebranding means for the series, why the Rise of the Tomb Raider teaser trailer bugged us, details on the big Unlocked 200 celebration, and so much more! It's a 90-minute epic episode of Podcast Unlocked!

Podcast Unlocked Episode 197: Our Best and Worst E3 Memories  

As E3 2015 approaches, each of our Xbox podcast crew shares his best – or worst – E3 memories. Plus: we get teased by Halo 3: ODST releasing for Xbox One (but ultimately it didn't), teased by a real baseball game on Xbox (nope, it doesn't have the MLB license), and more!

Podcast Unlocked Episode 195: Does Star Wars Battlefront Need Iron Sights?  

We react to Star Wars Battlefront bucking the recent years' trend of using iron sights in the upcoming first-person shooter. We also give our take on the newly announced Assassin's Creed Syndicate. Plus: why we're happy about The Division's delay, all of LEGO Dimension's toy tie-ins leak out early, praise for the May Xbox One System Update, and more!

Podcast Unlocked Episode 194: We Guess Titanfall 2's Release Date  

EA drops some vague release date windows for Titanfall 2 and Mirror's Edge on their quarterly earnings call, so we take more specific shots at pinning them down – as well as detailing why DICE's E3 presentation of Mirror's Edge will likely either send the game's hype train ahead at full speed or derail it completely. Plus: Disney Infinity 3.0, more Star Wars Battlefront talk, our thoughts on The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and more!

Podcast Unlocked Episode 193: What the Gears of War Remake Must Do To Excite Us  

We try to find humor in what is otherwise a downer of a week: the Astro A40 Xbox One gaming headset isn't good, Silent Hills is canceled and Konami doesn't look long for this world, Black Ops 3 fails to excite us, Batman: Arkham Knight's DLC Season Pass is laughably expensive, and more. On the bright side, it looks like we're getting a Gears of War 1 remake/update, Halo 5: Guardians may finally let us play with Master Chief's best Spartan-II buddies, State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition and a Battletoads-infused Shovel Knight are out for Xbox One, and more!

Podcast Unlocked Episode 192: Why We're Worried About Star Wars Battlefront  

Fierce debate grips the Unlocked crew this week, as we discuss whether Star Wars Battlefront is offering enough content out of the box to justify its $60 price. Is this the new normal? What lessons can we learn from Titanfall and Destiny? Mitch and Ryan even make an In-N-Out bet about it. Plus: we speculate on what Phil Spencer means by the expected "new, exclusive IP" for Xbox at E3 this year, how stoked we are about Mass Effect 4 after a pile of gameplay details purportedly leak, the never-finished Alan Wake 2 prototype, and more!

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