In this week’s episode of The Game Informer Show, the crew discusses Pokémon Legends: Arceus news, Twelve Minutes review impressions, the new island in Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut, and Sega’s new 4X civilization builder game, Humankind. We also share our hands-on impressions of Madden NFL 22 and how easy it is to sink hundreds of hours into the series’ Franchise Mode; and later, we compare Dead Space 2’s onslaught of scares to the first game’s quieter, more cerebral approach to horror.
Additionally, Ben Reeves passes the torch onto a new set of podcast hosts, Alex Stadnik and Alex Van Aken, as The Game Informer Show enters a new era. With new hosts comes a few changes, including updates to the show’s format which now features a news section, weekly roundtable chats about industry topics, and an improved audio listening experience. If you’re a fan of our past segments, The Playlist and Listener Questions, then don’t worry because those are still part of the show.
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.
Topic of the Show:
Twelve Minutes is Annapurna Interactive’s latest narrative-driven experience. Starring Willem Dafoe, Daisy Ridley, and James McAvoy, this point-and-click adventure game takes place in a three-bedroom apartment. Stuck in a time loop, the game’s protagonist must uncover his wife’s dark past in order to save themselves from a vengeful police officer before he ties them up and kills them. Blake Hester and Alex Van Aken lead the crew through a spoiler-free Twelve Minutes review discussion and share more about one of the best indie games of 2021.
See our Twelve Minutes review here.
Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut launches this week, so Alex Stadnik clues the team in on necessary details surrounding the game’s new content, the Iki Island expansion, and we’ve enjoyed our time with it. Regarding new releases, Van Aken has enjoyed playing Humankind, the recently released 4X strategy game that lets you start and build a civilization from the Neolithic Era all the way to the Contemporary Era. Jay is dominating in Madden NFL 22, and if his history of the series is meant to repeat itself, the game promises to sap away hundreds of hours from his life.
Lastly, Blake talks about how Dead Space’s style of horror contrasts the rest of the series and then shares how Dead Space 2’s Ishimura level might have turned around his thoughts on the game.
This week the Game Informer community asks about positivity in gaming, whether or not streaming affects the way we play video games, and if good escort missions actually exist.
Check out the timestamps below to jump to a particular point in the discussion:
00:00:00 – Introduction
00:00:34 – Big Game Informer Show Announcement
00:11:39 – Pokémon Presents Recap
00:13:15 – Diamond and Pearl Remakes
00:18:25 – Pokémon Legends: Arceus
00:26:13 – 12 Minutes
00:41:34 – Housekeeping
00:47:57 – Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut
00:56:41 – Humankind
01:03:53 – Madden 22
01:09:13 – Dead Space 2
01:20:13 – Community Emails
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