Episodes

  • In this week's episode of The Game Informer Show, the crew discusses our Sonic Frontiers cover story and divulges new details about the game's open zones, combat, and a few returning characters, including Big The Cat. During The Playlist, we chat about our time playing Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course, Overwatch 2's new tank Junker Queen, and several promising games from Steam Next Fest.

    Follow us on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Jill Grodt (@Finruin), Brian Shea (@BrianPShea)

    The Game Informer Show is a weekly gaming podcast covering the latest video game news, industry topics, exclusive reveals, and reviews. Join hosts Alex Stadnik and Alex Van Aken every Thursday to chat about your favorite games – past and present – with Game Informer staff, developers, and special guests from around the industry. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app.

    Check out the timestamps below to jump to a particular point in the discussion:

    00:00:00 - Intro
    00:01:31 - Sonic Frontiers Cover
    00:30:49 - The Playlist
    00:32:00 - Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course
    00:42:04 - Overwatch 2 Beta
    00:53:54 - Steam Next Fest
    00:57:24 - Nine Sols
    01:03:19 - Blocky Dungeon
    01:05:13 - Metal Hellsinger
    01:09:22 - Terra Nil
    01:15:24 - Steam Next Fest Lightning Round
    01:21:46 - Housekeeping
    01:25:06 - Listener Emails

  • Welcome back to a new episode of The Game Informer Show! We know what you're thinking, and yes, we are aware that Nintendo just put on a Xenoblade 3 digital showcase, but that won't stop us from hoping for more. Just like with Sony and Microsoft, we're brushing off our crystal balls and predicting what Nintendo will have at its big summer Direct...whenever that may be.

    Will The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's sequel make an appearance with a more concrete gameplay section and a name reveal? Will Nintendo continue to roll out its iconic characters on Switch with a new Donkey Kong game? Can we expect to see Samus in the form of the rumored Metroid Prime Trilogy port or the much-anticipated Metroid Prime 4? Only time will tell, but we hope today's podcast will be a fun distraction while we wait for the next big Nintendo Direct!

    Programming note: This week is a little funky with scheduling, so we'll return to our regular format with all the normal segments you love next week. Thanks for your understanding.

    Follow us on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), and Marcus Stewart (@MarcusStewart7).

    The Game Informer Show is a weekly gaming podcast covering the latest video game news, industry topics, exclusive reveals, and reviews. Join hosts Alex Stadnik and Alex Van Aken every Thursday to chat about your favorite games – past and present – with Game Informer staff, developers, and special guests from all around the industry. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app.

    Check out the timestamps below to jump to a particular point in the discussion:
    00:00:00 - Intro
    00:04:18 - Nintendo Direct Predictions
    00:04:40 - Marcus Prediction 1
    00:08:18 - Alex Prediction 1
    00:12:12 - Marcus Prediction 2
    00:18:08 - Alex Prediction 2
    00:22:48 - Marcus Prediction 3
    00:27:47 - Alex Prediction 3
    00:34:40 - Marcus Prediction 4
    00:38:29 - Alex Prediction 4
    00:45:15 - Marcus Prediction 5
    00:49:08 - Alex Prediction 5

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  • This week's new episode of The Game Informer Show is here, and it's a massive one. We're breaking down our thoughts on Starfield, Redfall, and more from the Capcom and Xbox and Bethesda Showcases, along with our discussions of the Neon White and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge reviews. We also send off the one and only Kim "KStar" Wallace the right way and talk about her favorite cover stories, memories, and what's coming next in her wonderful career.

    Follow us on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Kim Wallace (@kstar1785), Brian Shea (@BrianPShea), Marcus Stewart (@MarcusStewart7), and Blake Hester (@metallicaisrad).

    The Game Informer Show is a weekly gaming podcast covering the latest video game news, industry topics, exclusive reveals, and reviews. Join hosts Alex Stadnik and Alex Van Aken every Thursday to chat about your favorite games – past and present – with Game Informer staff, developers, and special guests from all around the industry. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app.

    Check out the timestamps below to jump to a particular point in the discussion:
    00:00:00 - Intro
    00:01:12 - Kim Wallace Says Goodbye
    00:28:57 - Summer Game Fest Impressions
    00:46:05 - Xbox And Bethesda Showcase Impressions
    00:46:40 - Redfall
    01:00:28 - Starfield
    01:13:18 - Kojima/Xbox Partnership
    01:21:04 - Capcom Showcase Impressions
    01:21:23 - Resident Evil 4 Remake
    01:30:15 - Resident Evil Village DLC
    01:35:02 - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge Review
    01:47:35 - Neon White Review
    02:04:27 - Housekeeping
    02:08:45 - Community Emails

  • In this week's episode of The Game Informer Show, the crew recaps everything they played at Summer Game Fest Day 2, including Street Fighter 6, Outriders Worldslayer, A Little To The Left, Birth, and Glitch Busters. We're also joined by special guests Lucy James and Tamoor Hussain, two members of Giant Bomb's new core team, to talk about the legacy and future of the iconic gaming website. 

    Follow us on Twitter: Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Marcus Stewart (@MarcustStewart7), Lucy James (@LucyJamesGames), Tamoor Hussain (@TamoorH)

    Check out the timestamps below to jump to a particular point in the discussion:

    01:07 – Introduction

    03:08 – The Future of Giant Bomb

    20:25 – Street Fighter 6

    33:58 – Day of the Devs Games (A Little To The Left, Time Flies, Birth, Glitch Busters)

    41:50 – Outriders Worldslayer

    The Game Informer Show is a weekly gaming podcast covering the latest video game news, industry topics, exclusive reveals, and reviews. Join hosts Alex Stadnik and Alex Van Aken every Thursday to chat about your favorite games – past and present – with Game Informer staff, developers, and special guests from around the industry. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app.

    This episode is sponsored by Saints Row. To enter the "Self-Made" Saints Row Photo Contest, click here.

  • We're back with another Game Informer Show straight from Summer Game Fest! Today, we're breaking down our hands-on impressions of Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course, Star Trek: Resurgence, and a lot of promising indie titles you won't want to miss. We're also joined by special guests Jurge Cruz-Alvarez, public relations manager at popagenda, and Manny Pérez, former community manager at Bethesda Game Studios to round out the excellent crew.

    Follow us on Twitter: Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Marcus Stewart (@MarcustStewart7), Jurge Cruz-Alvarez (@jcruzalvarez26), and Manny Perez (@IAmJitsu)

    Check out the timestamps below to jump to a particular point in the discussion:

    00:00:00 - Intro
    00:14:14 - Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course
    00:30:28 - Star Trek: Resurgence
    00:34:16 - Time Flies
    00:38:29 - SCHiM

    The Game Informer Show is a weekly gaming podcast covering the latest video game news, industry topics, exclusive reveals, and reviews. Join hosts Alex Stadnik and Alex Van Aken every Thursday to chat about your favorite games – past and present – with Game Informer staff, developers, and special guests from all around the industry. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app.

    This episode is sponsored by Saints Row. To enter the "Self-Made" Saints Row Photo Contest, click here.

  • In this episode of The Game Informer Show, the crew is joined by Fanbyte's News Editor, Imran Khan, to react to Summer Game Fest news like the Last Of Us Part I remake, Callisto Protocol's gruesome death animations, a Doom-inspired magic game called Witchfire, Modern Warfare II gameplay, and a release date for Marvel's Midnight Suns. Better yet, we recorded the conversation live in Los Angeles! 

    Follow us on Twitter: Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Marcus Stewart (@MarcustStewart7), Imran Khan (@ImranZomg)

    The Game Informer Show is a weekly gaming podcast covering the latest video game news, industry topics, exclusive reveals, and reviews. Join hosts Alex Stadnik and Alex Van Aken every Thursday to chat about your favorite games – past and present – with Game Informer staff, developers, and special guests from around the industry. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app.

    This episode is sponsored by Saints Row. To enter the "Self-Made" Saints Row Photo Contest, click here.

  • We're back with another loaded episode of The Game Informer Show! This week we're diving deep into our exclusive cover story of The Callisto Protocol and discussing the game's promising combat, story, and scares. We're also going around the panel and predicting what's going to make an appearance at next week's Summer Game Fest. Finally, we round out the show with one of the weirder editions of Listener Questions to end another great podcast.

    Check out the timestamps below to jump to a particular point in the discussion:

    00:00:00 - Intro
    00:02:19 - The Callisto Protocol
    00:27:17 - Summer Game Fest Predictions
    01:13:45 - Housekeeping
    01:23:02 - Summer Game Fest Content Plans
    01:28:24 - Listener Questions

    Follow us on Twitter: Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Andrew Reiner (@Andrew_Reiner), Brian Shea (@BrianPShea), and John Carson (@John_Carson).

    The Game Informer Show is a weekly gaming podcast covering the latest video game news, industry topics, exclusive reveals, and reviews. Join hosts Alex Stadnik and Alex Van Aken every Thursday to chat about your favorite games – past and present – with Game Informer staff, developers, and special guests from all around the industry. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app.

  • In this week's episode of The Game Informer Show, the crew gathers to share their PlayStation State of Play Predictions. Which game announcements or big reveals do Sony have planned for Summer 2022? Will God of War: Ragnarok release this year? Where the heck is Last of Us Part II multiplayer? This week it's anybody's game as your hosts heat the kitchen with bold PlayStation predictions. 

    Follow us on Twitter: Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Jill Grodt (@Finruin), and Wesley LeBlanc (@LeBlancWes)

    The Game Informer Show is a weekly gaming podcast covering the latest video game news, industry topics, exclusive reveals, and reviews. Join hosts Alex Stadnik and Alex Van Aken every Thursday to chat about your favorite games – past and present – with Game Informer staff, developers, and special guests from all around the industry. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app.

    Check out the timestamps below to jump to a particular point in the discussion:

    00:00:00 - Intro

    00:02:10 – PlayStation State of Play Summer Predictions

    01:05:05 – Housekeeping

    01:11:20 – Listener Emails

  • The conclusion to the first season of Master Chief's TV adventures is finally here, but did it stick the landing or continue to frustrate us? Join us for another special episode of The GI Show, where we're reviewing both episode nine of Halo and season one as a whole.

    The regular team is back to wrap up the season, but we couldn't do a Halo review without a familiar friend. Alex Stadnik, Brian Shea, and Andrew Reiner are joined by Kate Sánchez, founder of But Why Tho? to break down the highs and lows of this episode and the season in this spoiler-filled discussion.

    In episode nine, we find John and company reeling from the fallout of Makee's decision, setting the stage for the final battle. The good news is that "Transcendence" has plenty of satisfying action that genuinely feels like what we love about Halo as a video game. The bad news is those questionable story choices continue to bring down our enjoyment of the series.

    When looking at the first season as a whole, it's clear that plenty of things could have been better. In that spirit, we finish out this episode of The GI Show and our Halo review with our thoughts on the state of Master Chief, Halsey, and Co.'s tale and whether or not we're excited about a second season. We also grade the show on the GI review scale for those dying to know what we thought numerically.

    Thank you so much for joining us on this journey. While the show had its ups and downs, it was so fun to get to chat with the community on a weekly basis. We hope you enjoyed these videos, and we're so excited to continue our review series in the not too distant future. 

    What do you think about Halo? Be sure to let us know in the comments below. We'd also love your feedback on the extra GI Show episodes. Do you like them? Do you want to see us focus on games or the Marvel shows in the future? Please email us at [email protected] or reach out on Discord as we want to know what you think.

  • In this week's episode of The Game Informer Show, the crew shares their Xbox & Bethesda Showcase predictions and impressions from a recent hands-on session with the Saints Row reboot. During The Playlist, we talk about a cool new mascot brawler called MultiVersus and how it differentiates itself from the Super Smash Bros. formula, our Vampire: The Masquerade Swansong review impressions, and how many hours we've lost to Rogue Legacy 2. 

    Follow us on Twitter: Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Kimberley Wallace (@KStar1785), and John Carson (@John_Carson)

    The Game Informer Show is a weekly gaming podcast covering the latest video game news, industry topics, exclusive reveals, and reviews. Join hosts Alex Stadnik and Alex Van Aken every Thursday to chat about your favorite games – past and present – with Game Informer staff, developers, and special guests from all around the industry. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app.

    Check out the timestamps below to jump to a particular point in the discussion:

    00:00:00 - Intro
    00:04:00 - Xbox/Bethesda Showcase Predictions
    00:50:41 - Saints Row Preview
    01:04:20 - MultiVersus
    01:29:24 - The Centennial Case
    01:39:04 - Vampire: The Masquerade Swansong
    01:48:54 - Rogue Legacy 2
    01:54:36 - Listener Questions

  • Stop me if you've heard this before, but the Halo series has continuously been a roller coaster ride of good and bad, and few episodes encapsulate that as well as this week's tale in "Allegiance." Join us on The Game Informer Show as we discuss the eighth episode of the series, break down the most significant moments, and discuss the scene everyone is talking about.

    Your regular hosts of Alex Stadnik, Andrew Reiner, and Brian Shea are back again and definitely have thoughts on the return of Master Chief, Makee, and Dr. Halsey. After a week away on Madrigal with Kwan and Soren, the focus shifts back to Reach and what the UNSC is doing about finding The Covenant and Halo. While the militaristic arm of humanity panics over other planets getting glassed by their alien foes, John and Makee are spending time getting to know each other after their shared vision of the show's namesake.

    While the universe's greatest Spartan and the Covenant spy fraternize in the park (and other places), Dr. Halsey continues to meddle in order to advance humanity in her image, threatening the people she's trying to save in the process. Will the good doctor's interference and the union between the main characters result in unity between the two warring factions or make the upcoming battle that much harder? You'll just have to listen to this week's show to find out.

    What do you think about Halo thus far? Be sure to let us know in the comments below. We'd also love your feedback on the extra GI Show episodes. Do you like them? Do you want to see us focus on games or the Marvel shows in the future? Please email us at podc[email protected] or reach out on Discord as we want to know what you think.

  • Welcome back to another packed week on The Game Informer Show! We're breaking down our thoughts on the latest Gotham Knights trailer, discussing what we think EA's mystery games are, and giving you our hands-on impressions of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge, Overwatch 2, and so much more!

    Follow us on Twitter: Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Marcus Stewart (@MarcusStewart7), and Wes LeBlanc (@LeBlancWes).

    The Game Informer Show is a weekly gaming podcast covering the latest video game news, industry topics, exclusive reveals, and reviews. Join hosts Alex Stadnik and Alex Van Aken every Thursday to chat about your favorite games – past and present – with Game Informer staff, developers, and special guests from all around the industry. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app.

  • After two weeks of great episodes, the Halo series takes a huge step back during "Inheritance," the seventh episode of the Paramount Plus episodic adventure. Join us on The Game Informer Show as we break down and spoil the highs and lows of Kwan and Soren's journey and quickly touch on our thoughts on last week's episode, as well.

    The regular crew of Alex Stadnik, Brian Shea, and Andrew Reiner are all back and, unfortunately, have bad news to deliver to fans of Master Chief, Cortana, and Dr. Halsey. "Inheritance" features none of those characters or the exciting storyline on Reach with the discovery of the actual Halo ring. Instead, we head back to Madrigal and the ongoing adventures of the reformed Spartan and his rebellious counterpart. 

    After questionably getting out of her car and walking straight into a sand storm, Kwan meets the mysterious desert mystics that lead her to a revelation about what her family's legacy entails. While Kwan is making her discoveries, Soren is back home, gloating about past glories while kind of answering how he got off the planet in the first place. Eventually, our heroes reunite and face off against Vinsher in a fight for control of the planet. 

    Unfortunately, Halo's pacing problem rears its ugly head yet again, and most of the action and plot development feel like filler instead of meaningful moments. The series hasn't been able to justify the inclusion of these characters, and even when the story finally reconnects with the search for the Halo ring, it feels as though they could have covered everything that happened in 50 minutes in a show intro instead. It will be interesting to see how the series rebounds from this now with only two episodes left in the season. Here's hoping we don't have to go back to Halo Tatooine for a long, long time.

    What do you think about Halo thus far? Be sure to let us know in the comments below. We'd also love your feedback on the extra GI Show episodes. Do you like them? Do you want to see us focus on games or the Marvel shows in the future? Please email us at [email protected] or reach out on Discord as we want to know what you think.

  • In this week's episode of The Game Informer Show, the crew discusses the new maps and modes in Halo Infinite Season 2, Square Enix selling their western studios for an ostensibly modest price, and the dichotomy of Trek To Yomi's disappointing graphics and stellar art direction. Jill highlights Loot River during The Playlist segment, an innovative roguelike dungeon crawler with Tetris-like puzzle elements.

    Follow us on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Jill Grodt (@Finruin)

    The Game Informer Show is a weekly gaming podcast covering the latest video game news, industry topics, exclusive reveals, and reviews. Join hosts Alex Stadnik and Alex Van Aken every Thursday to chat about your favorite games – past and present – with Game Informer staff, developers, and special guests from all around the industry. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app.

    Check out the timestamps below to jump to a particular point in the discussion:

    00:00:00 - Intro
    00:03:03 - Square Enix Sells Western Studios
    00:23:33 - Loot River
    00:36:34 - Trek To Yomi
    00:55:45 - Spelunky
    01:00:49 - Halo Infinite Season 2
    01:16:52 - Housekeeping
    01:21:28 - Community Emails
    01:24:14 - Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Spoilers
    01:24:48 - Community Emails
    01:31:06 - Star Wars Movie Spoilers
    01:39:47 - Community Emails

  • In this week's episode of The Game Informer Show, special guest Joe Juba joins the podcast crew to compete in a video game fantasy draft comprised of the incredible games released in 2017. Heavy hitters like Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Persona 5, and Nier Automata are quickly scooped up, but surprises await as your hosts attempt to craft the best possible roster of game releases. Expect many shenanigans and some twists in this pre-recorded special episode! 

    Follow us on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Marcus Stewart (@MarcusStewart7), John Carson (@John_Carson), Joe Juba (@JoeJuba)

    The Game Informer Show is a weekly gaming podcast covering the latest video game news, industry topics, exclusive reveals, and reviews. Join hosts Alex Stadnik and Alex Van Aken every Thursday to chat about your favorite games – past and present – with Game Informer staff, developers, and special guests from all around the industry. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app.

  • It's no secret that the Halo series has seen its fair share of ups and downs. Episode one saw an exciting introduction to both the iconic Spartans and the brutal Covenant forces that seek to tear humanity apart. 

    But then we got weeks of melodrama and ill-paced storylines that made us question if we wanted to continue with the show. Episode five, titled "Reckoning," is a stark reminder of why this series has so much potential, and we're breaking it all down on this special edition of The Game Informer Show!

    Join Alex Stadnik and Andrew Reiner as they bring on Kate Sanchéz, EIC and entertainment critic for But Why Tho?, to discuss and spoil the fantastic battle and more from this week's entry in the Paramount Plus series. We start the proceedings off by gauging Kate's level of enjoyment for the show and blow through some of the other less exciting plot points to get to the good stuff.

    We also touch on the thankfully brief encounters with Soren and Kwan as they trek through the desert, en route to Madrigal. While that storyline continues to suffer, it wasn't much of a deterrent, as the panel all walked away from this week's show excited for what's to come.

    Programming Note: Our Episode six review will premiere on Monday, May 1, instead of the regular Friday timeslot. This is due to a particular video editor and his need to take a vacation. We appreciate your patience and look forward to continuing the series review!

    What do you think about Halo thus far? Be sure to let us know in the comments below. We'd also love your feedback on the extra GI Show episodes. Do you like them? Do you want to see us focus on games or the Marvel shows in the future? Please email us at [email protected] or reach out on Discord as we want to know what you think.

  • In this week's episode of The Game Informer Show, the crew celebrates 600 podcast episodes, answers a ton of listener emails, and says farewell to our dear friend and co-worker, Dan Tack. On behalf of past and current hosts of The GI Show – thank you for listening for so long!

    Follow us on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Dan Tack (@dantack), Kimberly Wallace (@kstar1785), and Blake Hester (@MetallicaIsRad)

    The Game Informer Show is a weekly gaming podcast covering the latest video game news, industry topics, exclusive reveals, and reviews. Join hosts Alex Stadnik and Alex Van Aken every Thursday to chat about your favorite games – past and present – with Game Informer staff, developers, and special guests from all around the industry. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app.

    Check out the timestamps below to jump to a particular point in the discussion:

    00:00:00 - Intro
    00:04:05 - Dan Tack Says Goodbye
    00:25:29 - Housekeeping
    00:28:19 - Listener Questions
    00:54:12 - Max Payne 3 Spoilers
    00:54:30 - Listener Questions

  • Last week on the Halo series, we saw Master Chief and Kwan headed off to their respective homes to seek some sort of resolution to both their problems. But were our heroes victorious in their respective paths? Join us on The Game Informer Show as we review "Homecoming," the fourth episode in the Paramount Plus show, and let you know if it continues to build on the success of the previous episode.

    Your regular hosts are back for another round of hilarity and analysis that you've come to expect from GI's review of the Halo series. Alex Stadnik, Andrew Reiner, and Brian Shea are breaking down this week's episode and have a lot to say about another step back for a series that includes some of the most iconic characters in video games.

    We start the episode with the promise of answers to what's going on with John's memories and the artifact that somehow connects to what we can presume is one of the Halo rings. Those answers come at the end of the episode, but "Homecoming" spends far too much time drawing out those scenes, continuing the series' trend of poor pacing. On top of that, we finally find ourselves on Madrigal with Soren and Kwan, which continues to feel like a distraction from the main story we care about.

    There are some positive aspects of episode four, though. Kai has followed John's lead and gone rogue by removing her emotions-blocking pellet and starts to see the world a bit differently. Her interactions with Miranda Keyes and the rest of the Spartans provide some levity and clarity and prove there is hope for the series yet.

    What do you think about Halo thus far? Be sure to let us know in the comments below. We'd also love your feedback on the extra GI Show episodes. Do you like them? Do you want to see us focus on games or the Marvel shows in the future? Please email us at [email protected] or reach out on Discord as we want to know what you think.

  • We're back with another special episode of The Game Informer Show! This week, we're joined by Andrew Shouldice, lead creator of Tunic, to discuss how one of the best recent indie games came to be. We're also breaking down our hands-on impressions of Evil Dead: The Game and letting fans of the series know why they should get excited for Saber Interactive's next title.

    If that wasn't enough, the show's second half has as many games, goofs, and community emails as your heart could desire!

    Follow us on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Dan Tack (@dantack), Jill Grodt (@Finruin), Marcus Stewart (@MarcusStewart7), Brian Shea (@BrianPShea), and Andrew Shouldice (@dicey).

    The Game Informer Show is a weekly gaming podcast covering the latest video game news, industry topics, exclusive reveals, and reviews. Join hosts Alex Stadnik and Alex Van Aken every Thursday to chat about your favorite games – past and present – with Game Informer staff, developers, and special guests from all around the industry. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app.

    Check out the timestamps below to jump to a particular point in the discussion:

    00:00:00 - Intro
    00:01:40 - Andrew Shouldice On Creating Tunic
    00:47:37 - Tunic Spoilers
    00:50:19 - Andrew Shouldice On Creating Tunic
    00:56:02 - Evil Dead: The Game Cover Reveal
    01:13:15 - The Playlist
    01:14:33 - MythForce
    01:29:30 - MLB The Show 22
    01:38:52 - Norco
    01:49:15 - Hunt: Showdown
    01:51:49 - Housekeeping
    02:00:10 - Community Emails

  • The Halo series has been a wild ride through the first two episodes. We've seen a maskless Chief, beautiful Reach and High Charity recreations, and everything in between. But after last week's rough episode, the show could only get better, right? Join us on a special episode of The Game Informer Show as we review "Emergence," the third entry of the new Paramount Plus show starring Master Chief and company.

    Alex Stadnik, Andrew Reiner, and Brian Shea are all back and ready to break down all the highs and lows of this week's episode. As a reminder, these reviews contain a complete discussion of what we saw, so we spoil everything from this episode and the previous ones. If you're not caught up, be sure to bookmark this page and come back when you've watched the show!

    Let's start with the good. "Emergence" finally gives us the show's version of Cortana, and we're happy to report she doesn't disappoint in her first live-action appearance. Jen Taylor returns to voice her iconic character, which may be the best decision the showrunners have made at this point. Jen's vocals are synonymous with the Halo feel and ground the series more in what we know, making us feel more at home in this version of the legendary game series. Building off that, Chief and Cortana's banter is already a highlight, producing the line of the show thus far when Dr. Halsey wants to introduce the two characters.

    It wasn't all perfect, though. The writing still struggles to recreate the feeling of Halo and produced a plethora of eye-rolling moments in this week's episode. The humanization of Chief continues but feels like a Disney Channel Original Movie more than something you'd find on prestige television. Also, the side characters have become even more of a frustration. The show works better when it focuses on what's presumably to come with the Halo rings in the (hopefully) near future, but instead, Soren and Kwan feel like portals to the past in a storyline we're not gelling with. To be clear, this episode is a sizable step up from last week's, but it still feels like there's a long way to go to reach the heights of the games that started it all.

    What do you think about Halo thus far? Be sure to let us know in the comments below. We'd also love your feedback on the extra GI Show episodes. Do you like them? Do you want to see us focus on games or the Marvel shows in the future? Please email us at [email protected] or reach out on Discord as we want to know what you think.