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Mike S.
 May 4, 2022
Truly awful. They just shill for all the publishers who give them access to games early. It's like one long commercial in podcast form. Delete from your podcast feed.

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 Apr 17, 2021
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The staff of Game Informer chat it up each week bout the latest news, previews and reviews from the game industry. Each show will cover the weeks hot topics plus the games you're looking forward to or may not know about yet. Subscribe today!

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Halo Series Episode 9 + Season 1 Review

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 podcast@gameinformer.com or reach out on Discord as we want to know what you think.

May 20, 2022
Xbox & Bethesda Showcase Predictions, Saints Row, and MultiVersus | GI Show

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 PodcastsSpotify, 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

May 19, 2022
Halo Series Episode 8 Review - Discussing THAT Master Chief Scene

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 podcast@gameinformer.com or reach out on Discord as we want to know what you think.

May 13, 2022
Gotham Knights, Overwatch 2, and TMNT: Shredder's Revenge | GI Show

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 PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.

May 12, 2022
Halo Series Episode 7 Review - Worst Episode Yet?

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 podcast@gameinformer.com or reach out on Discord as we want to know what you think.

May 06, 2022
Halo Infinite Season 2, Square Enix Sale, And Trek To Yomi Review | GI Show

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 PodcastsSpotify, 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

May 05, 2022
Drafting The Best Games Of 2017 | GI Show (Feat. Joe Juba)

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 PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.

Apr 29, 2022
Halo Series Episode 5 Review – Best Episode Yet

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 podcast@gameinformer.com or reach out on Discord as we want to know what you think.

Apr 22, 2022
Episode 600 Special & Dan Tack Says Farewell | GI Show

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 PodcastsSpotify, 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

Apr 21, 2022
Halo Series Episode 4 Review – One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

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 podcast@gameinformer.com or reach out on Discord as we want to know what you think.

Apr 15, 2022
Evil Dead: The Game Cover Reveal And Andrew Shouldice On Tunic | GI Show

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 PodcastsSpotify, 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

Apr 14, 2022
Halo Series Episode 3 Review - Cortana Saves The Day

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 podcast@gameinformer.com or reach out on Discord as we want to know what you think.

Apr 08, 2022
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, MLB The Show 22, And Unreal Engine 5 | GI Show

We're back with another packed episode of The Game Informer ShowWe're discussing our hands-on time with LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga and MLB The Show 22, and our reactions to the Tomb Raider and Unreal Engine 5 news. We're also chatting about our preview impressions of Two Point Campus, Cult of the Lamb, and rounding out the show with another fun round of Listener Questions.

Follow us on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Andrew Reiner (@Andrew_Reiner), Kimberly Wallace (@kstar1785), 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 PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.


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

00:00:00 - Intro
00:02:15 - Unreal Engine 5 Release And Tomb Raider Announcement
00:17:58 - LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
00:28:24 - MLB The Show 22
00:34:57 - Two Point Campus
00:48:36 - Cult of the Lamb
00:59:46 - Midnight Ghost Hunt
01:04:11 - Chrono Cross The Radiant Dreams Edition
01:15:34 - Housekeeping
01:21:58 - Listener Questions

Apr 07, 2022
Halo Series Episode 2 Review - Going In The Wrong Direction

There's only room to go up, right? The Halo series has been a rollercoaster thus far, and episode two proved to be one of the lower parts of the ride. Join us on this bonus episode of The Game Informer Show as we break down what we liked and hated from this week's adventure.

Alex Stadnik, Andrew Reiner, and Brian Shea are back for another week of analysis and are SPOILING the entirety of Chief's adventure. If you're interested in our thoughts on the first show, be sure to check out our review discussion of last week's episode, Contact.

Chief and new friend Kwan have escaped the clutches of the UNSC and are on a quest to figure out what the mysterious artifact is that John-117 stole from The Covenant on Madrigal. Back on Reach, the military arm of the human population finally agrees to let Dr. Halsey go forward with her plans for Cortana in light of the Chief's shocking act of disobedience. We're also introduced to Soren-066 and learn of his history with everyone's favorite giant green Spartan. Does any of this week's episode land? Disappointingly (and resoundingly) no, but you'll have to listen to get our full thoughts.

As stated last week, the Halo review marks a new series for The GI Show, one we're hoping you'll give your feedback on. This is an experiment for us, and we'd love to know what you like and what you think could go better. We'd also love to see what you want us to cover after the Halo series, whether that would be more spoilercasts, gaming book clubs, or whatever else you can think of. Thanks for watching, and we hope you enjoy the show!

For those looking for the regular GI Show, head over to YouTube or your favorite podcast services to learn more about our time at GDC 2022, our Weird West impressions, and our thoughts on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 getting delayed.

Apr 01, 2022
Breath Of The Wild 2 Delay, PlayStation Plus, And Weird West | GI Show

We're back with another fantastic episode of The Game Informer Show! Join us this week for a news-heavy pod, where we dive into The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel being delayed and the PlayStation Plus changes coming in June. That's not all, though, as we're also breaking down our time at the Game Developers Conference and our review impressions of Weird West, publisher Devolver Digital's exciting new immersive sim. As always, we end all the fun with another round of Listener Questions that Muppet fans won't want to miss!

Follow us on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Jill Grodt (@Finruin), 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 PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.


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

00:00:00 - Intro
00:04:25 - Breath of the Wild Sequel Delay
00:21:12 - PlayStation Plus Changes
00:55:07 - Weird West
01:13:52 - GDC 2022 Impressions
01:34:11 - Housekeeping
01:40:02 - Listener Questions

Mar 31, 2022
Halo Series Episode 1 Review - Unmasking The Pilot's Highs and Lows

For the last decade-plus, the failure to launch a Halo show or movie has been as synonymous with the series as Needlers and energy swords. That all changes this year as Paramount Plus has finally released the first episode of the long-awaited series but does it live up to the hype? Join the Alexes, Reiner, and Shea on this bonus episode of The Game Informer Show, where they SPOIL and recap everything from episode one of the new Paramount Plus show.

Today's bonus podcast episode marks the first in a new series for The GI Show. Stadnik, Van Aken, and a rotating crew of your favorite editors will be watching the Halo series every week and breaking down what they liked and didn't like for the week's new entry. This bonus show is an experiment for us, so we welcome all constructive feedback for the latest addition to the pod. If you like the bonus content, we're open to the return of spoilercasts, game clubs, and more long-form discussions, so please reach out and let us know what you want to see in the future!

If you missed this week's show, be sure to check out our review discussions of Tiny Tina's Wonderlands, Ghostwire: Tokyo, and Kirby and the Forgotten Land! We also discuss the big news of the return of the Witcher series and what the switch to Unreal Engine could mean for the future of one of gaming's most popular RPGs.


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 PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.

Mar 25, 2022
Tiny Tina's Wonderlands, Ghostwire, And Kirby Reviews | GI Show

In this week's episode of The Game Informer Show, the crew shares their review impressions from the month's biggest releases, including Tiny Tina's Wonderlands, Ghostwire: Tokyo, and the Nintendo Switch's newest 3D platformer, Kirby and the Forgotten Land.  

Follow us on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Andrew Reiner (@Andrew_Reiner), Blake Hester (@MetallicaIsRad), 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 PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.


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

00:00:00 - Intro
00:04:25 - Witcher News Discussion
00:15:41 - Tiny Tina's Wonderland
00:35:36 - The Playlist
00:36:03 - Ghostwire: Tokyo
00:36:36 - Elden Ring Spoiler
00:37:01 - Ghostwire: Tokyo Continued
00:48:23 - Kirby and the Forgotten Land
01:02:16 - Housekeeping
01:06:10 - Listener Questions

Mar 24, 2022
Tunic, Stranger Of Paradise, And Overwatch 2 | GI Show

Welcome to the most chaotic episode of The Game Informer Show in 2022. Join us on today's show, where we're breaking down our glowing review thoughts on Tunic, trying to make sense of Stranger Of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin, and gauging our hype levels on Overwatch 2. If that's not enough, we finish off the pod with another fun edition of Listener Questions, where we finally go over our favorite (or least favorite) nightmares.

Follow us on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Andrew Reiner (@Andrew_Reiner), Jill Grodt (@Finruin), 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 PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.


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

00:00:00 – Introduction
00:04:49 – Overwatch 2 Beta
00:19:40 – Tunic Review
00:45:00 – Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin
00:58:51 – Elden Ring
01:04:04 – Horizon Forbidden West
01:09:15 – Housekeeping/Listener Questions

Mar 17, 2022
Forspoken Cover Reveal And Elden Ring Launch Reactions | GI Show

In this episode of The Game Informer Show, the crew discusses our Forspoken cover reveal, sharing exclusive details on Square Enix's upcoming action RPG. During The Playlist, we share stories from our time playing Elden Ring and Assassin's Creed Valhalla's latest DLC called Dawn of Ragnarok. This is a really fun episode with lots of jokes and great energy. You're in for a treat!

Follow us on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Kimberley Wallace (@Kstar1785), Jill Grodt (@Finruin), Blake Hester (@MetallicaIsRad), 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 PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.


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

00:00:00 - Intro
00:01:43 - Quick State of Play Highlights
00:02:53 - Forspoken
00:43:20 - The Playlist
00:45:45 - Assassin's Creed Valhalla DLC
00:53:51 - Elden Ring
01:26:44 - Housekeeping
01:29:57 - Listener Questions
01:40:18 - Nier Automata Spoilers

Mar 10, 2022
Steam Deck Review, Pokemon Scarlet, and Triangle Strategy | GI Show

Welcome back to another colossal episode of The Game Informer Show! Join us for a fun discussion on our Steam Deck review impressions, our breakdown of the newly announced Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, and our early thoughts on Triangle Strategy and Tiny Tina's Wonderland!

We're also joined by special guest Fines Dabbs, winner of the Extra Life 2021 auction, to join us on the show! He's here to chat about his YouTube channel Our View Gaming, how he fell in love with the industry, and his time playing Horizon Forbidden West. As always, we wrap up the show with another entertaining Listener Question segment. I hope you came hydrated because this one's a monster. 

Follow us on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Kimberley Wallace (@kstar1785), John Carson (@John_Carson), Fines Dabbs (@OurViewGaming)

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 PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.


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

00:00:00 – Introduction

00:03:02 – Extra Life Winner Fines Dabbs 

00:11:00 – Pokémon Scarlet and Violet News

00:35:15 – Steam Deck Review

01:09:37 – Triangle Strategy

01:30:27 – Tiny Tina's Wonderland

01:38:30 – Horizon Forbidden West

01:43:59 – Housekeeping & Listener Emails

Mar 04, 2022
Elden Ring Review And Ben Reeves Says Goodbye | GI Show

Today's new episode of The Game Informer Show is bursting with everything you need to know about Elden Ring as we discuss why we think developer FromSoftware's latest adventure lives up to the hype. That's not all though, as we're also wishing longtime GI vet Ben Reeves a fond farewell as he sails off to great things at his new position, along with another great round of Listener Questions.

Production Note: Our recording software cut out during the episode, so we apologize for any audio hitches you may encounter. We'll have everything taken care of next week. We appreciate your understanding.

Follow us on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Dan Tack (@dantack), Ben Reeves (@BenjaminReeves), and Jay Guisao (@Jason_Guisao)

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 PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.


 

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

00:00:00 – Introduction
00:04:16 – Ben Reeves Says Goodbye
00:13:58 – Elden Ring Review Discussion
00:52:27 – Far: Changing Tides
00:57:03 – Neon White Demo
01:01:17 – Earthbound on Switch
01:06:28 – Housekeeping
01:10:48 – Listener Questions

 

Feb 24, 2022
Horizon Forbidden West Review And Nintendo eShop Closures | GI Show (Feat. Greg Miller)

On this week's episode of The Game Informer Show, the crew is joined by Kinda Funny's Greg Miller to discuss Horizon Forbidden West review impressions and the upcoming Nintendo eShop closures on 3DS and Wii U systems. We also briefly discuss our time playing Lost Ark, Rune Factory 5, and OlliOlli World. Lastly, a listener question sparks a conversation about which video game characters we would draft as the new Suicide Squad – and my controversial pick might surprise you!

Spoiler: I chose Tingle because I hate that creepy video game toddler man and hope we finally bury him. 

Follow us on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Kim Wallace (@kstar1785), and Greg Miller (@gameovergreggy)

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 PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.


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

00:00:00 – Introduction
00:03:01 – Greg Miller Intro
00:12:52 – Nintendo eShop Closure
00:27:05 – Horizon Forbidden West Review
00:51:05 – Horizon Zero Dawn Spoiler
00:51:20 – Horizon Forbidden West Review
00:55:56 – The Playlist
00:56:15 – League of Legends
00:58:15 – Lost Ark
01:02:19 – Rune Factory 5
01:06:59 – OlliOlli World
01:10:58 – Housekeeping
01:15:12 – Listener Questions

Feb 17, 2022
Lost Ark, Sifu, And Nintendo Direct Reactions | GI Show

You better be in full Mouthful Mode because this week's Game Informer Show is huge. We're diving into our Sifu review impressions, discussing the hot new MMO Lost Ark and its Diablo-style combat, and breaking down the highs and lows of the first Nintendo Direct of 2022 – including a new Super Mario Strikers game!

Follow the crew on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Ben Reeves (@), 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 PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.


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

00:00:00 – Introduction

00:01:59 – Nintendo Direct News Recap

00:32:45 – Sifu Review Discussion

00:46:43 – Lost Ark Impressions

01:08:23 – Housekeeping

01:14:46 – Listener Questions

Feb 10, 2022
Elden Ring Cover Story And Dying Light 2 Review | GI Show

In this week's episode of The Game Informer Show, the crew discusses our Elden Ring cover story and how the game will likely be From Software's best game yet. We also dive into our Dying Light 2 review and offer varying perspectives on which aspects resonated with us (and those that didn't). Lastly, in the Listener Questions segment, we share tips for folks jumping into an MMO for the first time – specifically Lost Ark, which releases in less than two weeks.

Follow the crew on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Andrew Reiner (@Andrew_Reiner), Dan Tack (@DanTack), 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 PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.


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

00:00:00 – Introduction
00:02:38 – Elden Ring Cover Story
00:31:03 – Dying Light 2 Review
00:37:29 – Dying Light 2 Side Quest Spoiler
00:37:55 – Dying Light 2 Review
00:57:57 – OlliOlli World
01:00:04 – Housekeeping
01:04:05 – Game Informer Update With Reiner
01:07:16 – Listener Questions

Feb 03, 2022
Pokémon Legends: Arceus Review And Blizzard's New Survival Game | GI Show

In this week's episode of The Game Informer Show, we break down our Pokémon Legends: Arceus review and tell you whether or not Game Freak nailed the series' most significant departure to date. We also discuss Blizzard's new survival game and the title's weird announcement via a public job listing. Lastly, Alex Van Aken shares his impressions of Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection, which sparks a discussion on the series' prestige in PlayStation's line-up of video games.

Follow the crew on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Brian Shea (@BrianPShea), 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 PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.


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

00:00:00 – Introduction

00:02:50 ­– Blizzard Announces Survival Game

00:16:29 – Pokémon Legends: Arceus Review

00:41:29 – Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection

00:52:30 – Housekeeping

00:58:23 – Listener Questions

Jan 27, 2022
Xbox Activision Reactions And Rainbow Six Extraction | GI Show

On this week's monumental episode of The Game Informer Show, we're breaking down the latest news from Xbox's acquisition of Activision. We're also diving into our hands-on time with Rainbow Six Extraction, Nobody Saves The World, Windjammers 2, and so much more. As always, we wrap up the show with another serving of Listener Questions and reveal who won last week's inaugural fantasy video game draft. Strap in folks, this one is wild. 

Follow the crew on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), John Carson, (@John_Carson), Jill Grodt (@Finruin), 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 PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.


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

00:00:00 – Introduction
00:03:25 – Xbox Buys Activision Reaction
00:53:00 – The Playlist
00:55:37 – Rainbow Six Extraction
01:15:03 – Pupperazzi
01:24:43 – Nobody Saves The World
01:42:35 – Windjammers 2
01:48:46 – Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel
01:56:30 – Horizon Frozen Wilds
02:03:23 – Housekeeping
02:11:38 – Listener Questions

Jan 24, 2022
Kirby And The Forgotten Land Release Date And Game Draft 2018 | GI Show

In this week’s episode of The Game Informer Show, the crew discusses Kirby And The Forgotten Land’s unexpected March release date and Dying Light 2 Stay Human’s recently-announced hour count. Lastly, Alex Stadnik introduces a new segment wherein the hosts must compete in a fantasy draft featuring the best games released in 2018.

Follow the crew on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Ben Reeves (@BenjaminReeves), Kimberly 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 PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.


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

00:00:00 – Introduction
00:04:03 – Kirby and the Forgotten Land
00:17:05 – The Spectacular Video Game Draft of 2018
01:09:07 – Housekeeping
01:14:01 – Listener Questions
01:15:24 – Dying Light 2 Game Length Discussion
01:31:24 
– Listener Questions

Jan 13, 2022
PlayStation VR 2 Reactions And Holiday Break Games | GI Show

We're back with 2022's first episode of The Game Informer Show! This week, we're breaking down our thoughts on the PlayStation VR 2 and Horizon Call of the Mountain, along with catching you up with all the games we've been playing over the holidays! Also, Inquisitor of Indie Games Jill Grodt and Marcus Stewart join the Alexes this week and add to another stellar round of Listener Questions to round out the show. If you missed our chaotic energy, it's back in full force and won't be going anywhere in 2022, so we hope you enjoy the episode.

Follow the crew on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Jill Grodt (@Finruin), 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 PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.


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

00:00:46 – Introduction

00:04:27 – PlayStation VR 2 Reactions

00:25:48 – Holiday Break Games

01:15:49 – Housekeeping

01:19:12 – Listener Emails

Jan 06, 2022
Most Anticipated Games Of 2022 | GI Show

Join us on this bursting episode of The Game Informer Show as we celebrate making it to 2022 and look ahead to our most anticipated games of the new year. The Alexes are joined by Dan Tack and Jay Guisao to break down all the big hitters from Elden Ring, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, and so much more in one of our longest and zaniest episodes yet.

Programming note: Due to the massive volume of titles next year, we're giving the News, Playlist, and Listener Questions segment a well-deserved rest this week. All your favorites will be back in 2022!

Follow the crew on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Dan Tack (@dantack), and Jay Guisao (@Jason_Guisao)

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 PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.


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

00:00:00 - Introduction
00:03:46 - Jay Guisao's 2021 Top 10
00:12:32 - Final GI 2021 Top 10 Lists
00:14:36 - Most Anticipated Games 2022
00:16:14 - January
00:21:44 - Pokemon Legends: Arceus
00:28:53 - February
00:29:53 - Dying Light 2
00:41:31 - Horizon Forbidden West
00:48:54 - Elden Ring
00:54:12 - March
01:08:09 - April
01:08:55 - S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl
01:12:23 - May
01:21:00 - August
01:21:20 - Saints Row
01:23:42 - September
01:24:03 - November
01:24:13 - Starfield
01:30:33 - Most Anticipated Games Without Release Dates
01:56:13 - God of War Ragnarok
02:00:21 - Gotham Knights
02:26:25 - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2

Dec 30, 2021
Horizon Forbidden West Cover Reveal And Editor Top 10 Lists | GI Show

Happy holidays from The Game Informer Show! We're bringing the holiday cheer and taking a deep dive into everything we learned about Horizon Forbidden West as part of our latest cover trip. After that, we bring on a huge rotating crew of GI editors to talk about their favorite games of the year, including Halo Infinite, Metroid Dread, and so much more! As always, we finish another bumping show with a fun round of Listener Questions, this time with a festive theme.

Follow the crew on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Marcus Stewart (@MarcusStewart7), Kimberley Wallace (@kstar1785), Dan Tack (@dantack), Ben Reeves (@BenjaminReeves), Wesley LeBlanc (@LeBlancWes), 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 PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.


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

00:00:00 - Introduction
00:02:58 - Horizon Forbidden West Cover
00:25:23 - GI Editor Top 10 Lists
00:25:57 - Marcus Stewart's Top 10
00:39:55 - Kim Wallace's Top 10
00:53:41 - Ben Reeves' Top 10
01:09:53 - Blake Hester's Top 10
01:26:16 - Dan Tack's Top 10
01:41:38 - Wes LeBlanc's Top 10
01:52:23 - Housekeeping
01:56:12 - Listener Questions

Dec 23, 2021
Forspoken, Sifu, And Game Of The Year 2021 | GI Show

What's a Thursday without another exciting episode of The Game Informer Show? We're back to our regular scheduled release and today we're diving into our impressions of Forspoken, Sifu, and our Game of the Year pick for 2021. That's not all though. Jill, John, Stadnik, and Van Aken are here to go over their personal top ten lists and discuss what games made a huge impact on them in a stacked year. Later in the show, Marcus, Dan, and Kim join the madness to recap who won The Game Awards predictions from a few weeks ago and wrap the proceedings with another fun section of Listener Questions!

Follow the crew on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Marcus Stewart (@MarcusStewart7), and John Carson (@John_Carson), Jill Grodt (@Finruin), Kimberley Wallace (@kstar1785), and Dan Tack (@dantack)

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 PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.


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

00:00:00 - Introduction

00:03:30 - Game Informer's Top 10 Games of 2021

00:06:34 - Editor Top 10 Picks of 2021 (Part 1)

00:54:31 - The Playlist

00:55:00 - Forspoken Impressions

01:08:47 - Sifu Hands-On Preview

01:19:32 - Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker

01:34:09 - Housekeeping

01:38:46 - The Game Awards Predictions Winner

01:50:45 - Listener Emails

Dec 20, 2021
Star Wars Eclipse, Alan Wake 2, And The Game Awards 2021 Reactions | GI Show

We're back with another loaded episode of The Game Informer Show! Join some of your favorite GI editors as they discuss the best and worst parts of The Game Awards 2021! We're chopping it up about some of the biggest announcements, including Star Wars Eclipse and Wonder Woman, while also giving our takes on the night's big winners. As always, we cap off our lovely show with another introspective and fun edition of Listener Questions!

Follow the crew on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Marcus Stewart (@MarcusStewart7), 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 PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.


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

00:00:00 - Introduction
00:02:39 - The Game Awards 2021 General Impressions
00:10:02 - Recapping The Game Awards' Biggest Reveals
00:10:47 - Tunic Release Date
00:14:07 - Star Wars Eclipse
00:21:59 - Alan Wake 2
00:27:31 - Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League
00:36:58 - Monolith's Wonder Woman
00:43:04 - Senua's Saga: Hellblade II
00:50:01 - Cuphead DLC Release Date
00:51:34 - Halo TV Show Trailer
00:52:04 - Sonic Frontiers
00:57:53 - The Game Awards 2021 Quick Hitters
01:02:10 - The Game Awards 2021 Award Winners
01:02:24 - Best Performance
01:05:13 - Best Narrative
01:08:11 - Best RPG Rant
01:09:40 - Best Game Direction
01:14:03 - Game of the Year
01:22:08 - Housekeeping
01:28:20 - Listener Questions
01:39:08 - Spoilers For Marvel's Spider-Man

Dec 10, 2021
The Game Awards 2021 Predictions | GI Show

The hot streak continues as we have another banger on this week's episode of The Game Informer Show! Join the crew as they take out their crystal balls and predict not only what games will win awards at The Game Awards, but what reveals we have in store for us as well. While the News and Playlist sections will return on another day, be sure to stick around for a heartfelt and hilarious listener questions section to wrap up the show!

Follow the crew on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Marcus Stewart (@MarcusStewart7), Kimberley Wallace (@kstar1785), and Dan Tack (@dantack).

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 PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.


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

00:00:00 - Introduction
00:02:48 - The Game Awards 2021 Primer
00:07:25 - Best Racing Game
00:09:44 - Best Sim/Strategy Game
00:12:55 - Best Family Game
00:16:57 - Best Fighting Game
00:19:39 - Most Anticipated Game
00:23:30 - Best RPG
00:27:12 - Best Action/Adventure Game
00:31:34 - Best Action Game
00:36:20 - Content Creator Of The Year
00:37:55 - Best AR/VR Game
00:40:11 - Best Debut Indie Game
00:43:28 - Best Community Support
00:47:01 - Best Mobile Game
00:49:29 - Best Indie Game
00:52:14 - Games For Impact Award
00:55:26 - Innovation in Accessibility Award
00:58:06 - Best Audio Design
01:00:36 - Best Score & Music
01:03:30 - Best Art Direction
01:06:21 - Best Ongoing Game
01:10:57 - Best Multiplayer
01:15:56 - Best Performance
01:20:34 - Best Narrative
01:23:06 - Best Game Direction
01:25:54 - Game Of The Year
01:36:33 - Game Announcement Predictions
01:50:54 - Housekeeping
01:53:24 - Listener Questions

Dec 02, 2021
Most Underrated Games of 2021 | GI Show

The Game Informer Show is back, and we're discussing some of the best games of the year that may have not gotten the spotlight they deserve. We chat about Inscryption, Before Your Eyes, and so much more with special guest Ty Galiz-Rowe, editor-in-chief at Uppercut, a video game site focused on insightful features, articles, and reviews from people that come from marginalized groups. As always, we end the show with another fun round of listener questions as we wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving!

Follow the crew on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Jill Grodt (@Finruin), Marcus Stewart (@MarcusStewart7), Ty Galiz-Rowe (@owoathkeeper)

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 PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.


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

00:01:05 – Introduction

00:01:05 – Special Guest Ty Galiz-Rowe (Uppercut, Upcomer)

00:12:00 – Most Underrated Games of 2021 

02:01:15 – Housekeeping

02:07:46 – Listener Emails

Nov 25, 2021
Halo Infinite Multiplayer Surprise Release And Dying Light 2 Hands-On Impressions | GI Show

Another week, another packed episode of The Game Informer Show! This time around, we're giving you our hands-on impressions of Halo Infinite's surprise multiplayer release, Dying Light 2 Stay Human, and John Carson is here to give his review of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl! That's not at all, as we're also recapping Xbox's huge 20th Anniversary stream and getting playful in this edition of listener questions!

Follow the crew on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Brian Shea (@BrianPShea), John Carson (@John_Carson), and Ben Reeves (@BenjaminReeves)

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 PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.


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

00:01:05 – Introduction
00:03:09 – Xbox 20th Anniversary Stream Recap
00:16:53 – Halo Infinite Multiplayer
00:41:47 – Dying Light 2 Stay Human Preview Impressions
00:53:48 – Pokémon Brilliant Diamond Review
01:13:53 – Housekeeping
01:18:21 – Listener Questions

Nov 18, 2021
Halo Infinite Cover Reveal And Elden Ring Hands-On Impressions | GI Show

In this week's episode of The Game Informer Show, the crew unveils the latest game to grace the cover of our magazine, Halo Infinite and details our time spent seeing Xbox's flagship title in action. During The Playlist, Dan Tack raves about his nearly 15 hours playing Elden Ring ahead of this weekend's network test, Marcus shares his Bright Memory: Infinite review impressions and Van Aken shares his initial impressions of Battlefield 2042 fresh out of a three-day review event. Fair warning, we talk about the opening moments of the Halo Infinite campaign, so spoiler warning ahead of the section.

Follow the crew on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Dan Tack (@dantack), Brian Shea (@BrianPShea), 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 PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.


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

00:00:00 - Introduction
00:03:45 - New Mass Effect Teaser Image
00:15:02 - Halo Infinite Cover Story
01:01:11 - Elden Ring Hands-On
01:28:50 - Battlefield 2042 Review Impressions
02:02:25 - Bright Memory Infinite
02:17:28 - Housekeeping
02:22:26 - Listener Emails

Nov 11, 2021
Call Of Duty: Vanguard and Forza Horizon 5 Review Impressions | GI Show

In this week's episode of The Game Informer Show, the crew discusses the three pillars of Call Of Duty: Vanguard: multiplayer, zombies, and, unfortunately, a lackluster campaign. In a positive turn, we share our Forza Horizon 5 review impressions and talk about how the series continues to shine. Wesley and Jill join the Alexes to discuss the news of Uncharted's former Creative Director, Amy Hennig, working on a narrative-driven game in the Marvel universe. 

Follow the crew on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Wesley LeBlanc (@LeBlancWes), Jill Grodt (@Finruin), Dan Tack (@dantack), Kimberley Wallace (@kstar1785), Brian Shea (@BrianPShea), 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 - Introduction
00:03:36 - Amy Hennig's New Marvel Game
00:24:37 - Call of Duty: Vanguard
00:46:28 - Forza Horizon 5
01:02:57 - Special Announcement
01:07:07 - Shin Megami Tensei V Review Impressions
01:32:57 - Riders Republic
01:49:35 - Housekeeping
01:53:45 - Listener Emails

Nov 05, 2021
Darkest Dungeon 2, Shin Megami Tensei V, and Guardians of the Galaxy | GI Show

We're back with another exciting episode of The Game Informer Show! In a game-heavy episode, we're talking about our impressions of Darkest Dungeon 2, Shin Megami Tensei V, and our review of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy! On top of that, we also quickly discuss the highlights from Sony's latest State of Play, and end the show with a buck-wild entry of community questions.

Follow the crew on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Andrew Reiner (@Andrew_Reiner), Kimberley Wallace (@kstar1785), and Dan Tack (@dantack)

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 – Introduction

00:02:38 – Sony State of Play Highlights

00:26:28 – Darkest Dungeon 2 Impressions

00:41:24 – Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Review

00:53:49 – Shin Megami Tensei V

01:12:30 – Ad Break

01:14:00 – Housekeeping

01:18:14 – Listener Emails

Oct 28, 2021
Animal Crossing New Horizons DLC And What We Want From Gotham Knights | GI Show

On this week's episode of The Game Informer Show, our latest hire, Wesley LeBlanc, joins the crew to discuss the announcement of Animal Crossing: New Horizon's upcoming Happy Home Paradise paid DLC, House of Ashes review impressions, as well as game announcements from the recent DC Fandome event. Specifically, we talk about what we want from Gotham Knights and Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League.

Follow the crew on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Marcus Stewart (@MarcusStewart7), 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 – Introduction
00:02:41 – Wesley LeBlanc Intro
00:10:33 – Animal Crossing DLC News
00:23:36 – Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League
00:40:55 – Gotham Knights
00:50:37 – Sora In Smash Bros. Ultimate
01:01:54 – Poké
mon Unite
01:03:17 – Dead By Daylight
01:04:14 – Tetris Effect: Connected 
01:07:30 – House of Ashes Review Impressions
01:23:33 – Housekeeping
01:29:22 – Listener Questions

Oct 21, 2021
Back 4 Blood Review And Pokemon Legends: Arceus Isn't Open World? | GI Show

We're back with another exciting episode of The Game Informer Show! Join us on another busy week in the industry where we break down our review thoughts on Back 4 Blood, discuss the news that Pokémon Legends: Arceus isn't exactly open world, and preview Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl! We also chat about our time in the Halo Infinite test flight and Battlefield 2042 Open Beta with special guest Kahlief Adams from Spawn On Me and Riot Games! As always, we round out the show with another fun round of community emails in one of the sillier episodes we've had in a while.

Follow the crew on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), John Carson (@John_Carson), and Kahlief Adams (@KahliefAdams)

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 – Introduction

00:01:55 – Reintroducing Special Guest Kahlief Adams

00:14:05 – Pokémon Legends: Arceus Is Not Open World

00:31:35 – Back 4 Blood Review Discussion

00:57:18 – The Playlist

00:57:52 – Pokémon Brilliant Diamond And Shining Pearl

01:07:35 – Battlefield 2042

01:16:46 – Halo Infinite

01:33:45 – Listener Emails

Oct 14, 2021
Saints Row Cover, Metroid Dread, and Far Cry 6 Reviews | GI Show

Welcome back to a massive episode of The Game Informer Show! This week, we have so much to discuss, including Sora coming to Smash Bros. Ultimate, our latest cover story featuring Saints Row, and our reviews of Metroid Dread and Far Cry 6. On top of that, we're discussing our review of the Nintendo Switch OLED and have some fun with community emails, all while joined by special guest Kate Sánchez from the pop culture website But Why Tho to break it all down.

Follow the crew on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), John Carson (@John_Carson), Brian Shea (@BrianPShea), Ben Reeves (@BenjaminReeves), and Kate Sánchez (@OhMyMithrandir)

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 – Introduction
00:02:16 – Kate Sá
nchez Intro
00:09:46 – Sora In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
00:24:33 – Saints Row Cover Impressions
00:39:14 – Metroid Dread Review
01:01:57 – Far Cry 6 Review
01:32:31 – Nintendo Switch OLED Review
01:47:38 – Housekeeping
01:51:22 – New Podcast Announcement
01:53:36 – Community Emails

Oct 07, 2021
New World Launch Impressions And Netflix Getting Into Games | GI Show

We're back with another scorching episode of The Game Informer Show! This week, we're breaking down our launch impressions of Amazon's exciting new MMORPG New World and discussing what we think of Netflix purchasing Night School Studio, the developers behind Oxenfree and Afterparty. That's not all though, as our amazing crew of Dan Tack, Kimberley Wallace, and Jill Grodt are here to chat about Sable, NBA 2K22, and get a little wild during another fun round of community emails!

Follow the crew on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Dan Tack (@DanTack), Kimberley Wallace (@kstar1785), 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 – Introduction
00:04:12 – Netflix Purchases Night School Studio
00:17:10 – New World Launch Impressions
00:35:08 – Sable
00:48:29 – NBA 2K22
01:04:55 – TOEM
01:10:11 – Housekeeping
01:14:58 – Listener Emails

Sep 30, 2021
Kena: Bridge Of Spirits Review & Guardians Of The Galaxy Impressions | GI Show

We're back with another exciting episode of The Game Informer Show! This week, we're discussing our hands-on time with Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy and the official review for Kena: Bridge of Spirits! Today's episode is also a special one as we bring on the one and only Liana Ruppert for her last episode before she sails off to work at a little studio called Bungie. Thought we were done? We also bring on the illustrious Ben Hanson to talk MinnMax, Age of Empires IV, and so much more!

Follow the crew on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Brian Shea (@BrianPShea), Liana Ruppert (@DirtyEffinHippy), and Ben Hanson (@yozetty).

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 – Introduction
00:02:00 – Liana Is Going to Bungie
00:07:55 – Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
00:36:21 – Kena: Bridge of Spirits
00:52:22 – Life is Strange: True Colors
01:01:20 – Age of Empires IV
00:08:58 – Deathloop
01:18:13 – Housekeeping
01:23:09 – Heat Map
01:48:40 – Community Emails

Sep 23, 2021
Why Deathloop Is A Game Of The Year Contender – GI Show (Feat. James Willems)

Welcome back to The Game Informer Show! This week, we're breaking down Blake Hester's Deathloop review impressions and why Arkane Studios has a Game of the Year contender on its hands. We also discuss Dying Light 2 delay news and Eastward, a charming pixel art game. On top of that, we're joined by the one and only James Willems, Co-Founder of Funhaus, to talk about his journey through the video game industry and hear more about his recent voice acting role in Psychonauts 2 and what it was like working with Double Fine. 

Follow the crew on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Marcus Stewart (@MarcusStewart7), Dan Tack (@DanTack), and special guest James Willems (@JamesWillems).

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 – Introduction
00:03:19 – James Willems Intro
00:19:56 – Dying Light 2 Delay
00:29:23 – Deathloop
00:52:40 – Eastward
01:00:58 – Psychonauts 2
01:03:17 – Gloomhaven Video Game
01:10:03 – The Artful Escape
01:13:57 – Housekeeping
01:18:43 – Community Emails

Sep 16, 2021
Tales Of Arise Review, Life Is Strange, Alan Wake Remastered | GI Show

We're back with another hugely exciting episode of The Game Informer Show! This week, we're breaking down our review impressions of Tales of Arise, Life is Strange: True Colors, and WarioWare: Get It Together. On top of that, we're joined by the illustrious Riana Manuel from G4TV and What's Good Games to regale of us with her journey through the industry, talk about why Psychonauts 2 is her current game of the year, and tell us if she's hyped for the fastly-approaching Alan Wake Remastered!

Follow the crew on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Kimberley Wallace (@kstar1785), Jay Guisao (@Jason_Guisao), and Riana Manuel (@RianaTweetsNow).

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 – Introduction

00:08:44 – Alan Wake Remastered News

00:17:33 – Tales of Arise Review Discussion

00:39:43 – Life is Strange: True Colors

01:05:33 – WarioWare: Get It Together!

01:12:18 – Psychonauts 2

01:18:06 –  Housekeeping 

01:24:17 – Community Emails

Sep 10, 2021
Marvel's Midnight Suns Hands-On, Far Cry 6, And Returning To Destiny 2 | GI Show

In this week's episode of The Game Informer Show, the podcast crew discusses their Marvel's Midnight Suns hands-on reactions, Far Cry 6 preview impressions, news surrounding the upcoming Dead Space remake, and returning to Destiny 2: Season of the Lost after last week's announcements about The Witch Queen expansion. Later in the show, we react to the community's hot takes about games like Metal Gear Solid 5 and Uncharted 4.

This month's cover story revealed that Marvel's Midnight Suns is the upcoming card-based strategy RPG from Firaxis, the studio behind the beloved XCOM series. The game's necromantic themes and dark narrative separate it from Marvel Games' other offerings, and after playing it ourselves, the game feels very promising.  

Follow the crew on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Ben Reeves (@BenjaminReeves), Brian Shea (@BrianPShea), Matt Miller (@MatthewRMiller), Liana Ruppert (@DirtyEffinHippy), 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.

Sep 02, 2021
Gamescom 2021, Psychonauts 2 Review, And Riders Republic | GI Show

Welcome back to another exciting edition of The Game Informer Show, where we're breaking down a huge slate of announcements from Gamescom Opening Night Live, including looks at Saints Row, Halo Infinite, and so much more! We even got a February release date for Horizon Forbidden West. We're also discussing our Psychonauts 2 review and our hands-on time with Riders Republic! 

If that wasn't enough, The Council of Alexes is joined by GI's own EIC Andrew Reiner and special guest Jesse Vitelli, editor at Prima Games, for all the fun. 

On top of another excellent section of Community Emails, we also maybe join a cult? You'll just have to tune in to find out.

Follow the crew on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Andrew Reiner (@Andrew_Reiner), and Jesse Vitelli (@jessevitelli).

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.

Aug 26, 2021
Pokémon Legends: Arceus, 12 Minutes, And Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut | GI Show

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. 

Follow the crew on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Ben Reeves (@BenjaminReeves), Blake Hester (@MetallicaIsRad), and Jay Guisao (@Jason_Guisao).

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 Nvidia GeForce Now. Register for a Priority Membership at GeForceNow.com for the best cloud gaming experience!

Aug 19, 2021
Welcome To The New Game Informer Show!

Welcome to The Game Informer Show, a weekly gaming podcast covering the latest video game news, industry topics, exclusive reveals, and reviews. If you're new to this show, we're glad you're here! If you've been listening to it for years, then you might notice a few changes coming to the podcast feed.

In short, The Game Informer Show has new hosts, an updated format, and now offers a better audio experience. If you don't care about any of the specifics and want to listen to this week's show, then you can pass go, collect your fictional $200, and listen to Episode 565 right here. If you'd like to know more, then listen to this mini-episode to hear about the show's upcoming changes.

With his new responsibilities as Online Content Director, former host Ben Reeves is passing the torch onto a different pair of hosts, Alex Stadnik and Alex Van Aken, who are taking the show in a new direction. The format is changing and now features a news section, weekly roundtable chats about industry topics, and more. If you're a fan of our past segments, The Playlist and Listener Questions, then don't worry because those are still a fundamental part of the show!

We'd really love to hear your feedback after listening to this week's podcast. If you have suggestions about how we can improve the show moving forward, please email us: Podcast@GameInformer.com.


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 PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.

Aug 19, 2021
Axiom Verge 2, Back 4 Blood, and James McAvoy Interview | GI Show

In this week's episode of The Game Informer Show, we discuss a handful of games we've been digging recently, including Axiom Verge 2, Back 4 Blood, Eldest Souls, Dodgeball Academia, Golf Club Wasteland

We also have an interview with actor James McAvoy who is in the upcoming indie game 12 Minutes about a man caught in a timeloop, trying to prevent the death of his wife. McAvoy talks about the recording process as well has his history playing video games – in fact, he shares one story about how he had to melt a disc copy of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, because he was staying up late playing the game instead of preparing for work. For more on 12 Minutes, be sure to read our interview with Willem Dafoe

It's a full show, but we make time for another fantastic round of community emails. So please join John Carson (@John_Carson), Matthew Miller (@MatthewRMiller), Brian Shea (@BrianPShea), Marcus Stewart (@MarcusStewart7), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), and Ben Reeves (@Benjaminreeves) for a new wild and ever-entertaining episode!

Thanks for listening! Please make sure to leave feedback below and share the episode if you enjoyed it. You can watch the video above, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes or Google Playlisten on SoundCloudstream it on Spotify, or download the MP3 at the bottom of the page. Also, be sure to send your questions to podcast@gameinformer.com for a chance to have them answered on the show!

Our thanks to The Rapture Twins for The Game Informer Show's intro song. You can hear more of their music on their website.


To jump to a particular point in the discussion, check out the time stamps below:

00:00:00 - Introduction

00:02:45 - Eldest Souls

00:08:41 - Dodgeball Academia

00:15:47 - Hades Next-Gen

00:18:37 - Axiom Verge 2

00:32:00 - Back 4 Blood Beta

00:41:50 - Death’s Door

00:44:08 - SplitGate

00:51:08 - Community Email

01:35:47 - James McAvoy Interview | 12 Minutes

Aug 12, 2021
Halo Infinite, Nier Reincarnation, And Microsoft Flight Simulator Impressions – GI Show

In this week's episode of The Game Informer Show, we discuss a handful of games we've been digging recently, including Halo Infinite, The Ascent, Last Stop, Nier Reincarnation, and Microsoft Flight Simulator.

At the end of the show we talk to Thunder Lotus’ Nic Guérin who was the creative director on last year's charming indie management sim Spiritfarer. Guérin talks about his time at Ubisoft working on the Assassin's Creed franchise, and then we talk about Thunder Lotus’ obsession with death and how hard it is to make a game without combat. Coincidentally, Thunder Lotus and iam8bit just released physical editions of Spiritfarer for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch consoles, which you can learn more about here.

It's a full show, but we make time for another fantastic round of community emails. So please join Liana Ruppert (@DirtyEffinHippy), Jason Guisao (@Jason_Guisao) Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), and Ben Reeves (@Benjaminreeves) for a new wild and ever-entertaining episode!

Thanks for listening! Please make sure to leave feedback below and share the episode if you enjoyed it. You can watch the video above, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes or Google Playlisten on SoundCloudstream it on Spotify, or download the MP3 at the bottom of the page. Also, be sure to send your questions to podcast@gameinformer.com for a chance to have them answered on the show!

Our thanks to The Rapture Twins for The Game Informer Show's intro song. You can hear more of their music on their website.


To jump to a particular point in the discussion, check out the time stamps below:

00:00:00 - Introduction
00:01:43 - Halo Infinite Technical Preview
00:13:14 - The Ascent
00:19:52 - Boyfriend Dungeon
00:24:56 - Last Stop
00:31:01 - Microsoft Flight Simulator On Xbox
00:33:26 - Nier Reincarnation
00:38:45 - Community Emails
01:08:21 - Thunder Lotus Interview

Aug 05, 2021
Pokémon Unite Review, Early Looks At Tales of Arise And Darkest Dungeon II – GI Show

In this week's episode of The Game Informer Show, we discuss a handful of games we've been digging recently, including Pokémon Unite, Wildermyth, Genshin Impact 2.0, The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, Neo: The World Ends with You, and Tribes of Midgard. We also talk about our newest Game Informer cover story: Tales of Arise. Then Dan describes his time talking to Red Hook Studios about Darkest Dungeon II.

Pokémon Unite has been one of the bigger surprises and might be a good breakout MOBA for a lot of people. Alex says he "can't put this damn game down. It's a genuinely fun MOBA with a pocket monster twist, and it's probably better than you think." Wildermyth is an indie strategy game that shouldn't be overlooked. We were a little late to the review party, but in his review, Dan said, "If you’ve always wanted a fantasy Dungeons & Dragons stylized XCOM game, Wildermyth might be exactly what you’re looking for." Meanwhile, Neo: The World Ends With You is the long-awaited sequel to the beloved JRPG The World End With You. Kim said, "It captures the magic of what made the first game so special, but it also retains some of its bigger issues and frustrations with difficulty balancing and the repetition of tedious tasks."

It's a full show, but we make time for another fantastic round of community emails. So please join Dan Tack (@dantack), Jill Grodt (@Finruin), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Kimberley Wallace (@kstar1785), and Ben Reeves (@Benjaminreeves) for a new wild and ever-entertaining episode!

Thanks for listening! Please make sure to leave feedback below and share the episode if you enjoyed it. You can watch the video above, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes or Google Playlisten on SoundCloudstream it on Spotify, or download the MP3 at the bottom of the page. Also, be sure to send your questions to podcast@gameinformer.com for a chance to have them answered on the show!

Our thanks to The Rapture Twins for The Game Informer Show's intro song. You can hear more of their music on their website.


To jump to a particular point in the discussion, check out the time stamps below:

00:00:00 - Introduction

00:02:34 - Neo: The World Ends With You

00:14:56 - Great Ace Attorney Chronicles

00:22:49 -  Wildermyth

00:27:50: Genshin Impact 2.0

00:31:51: Pokémon Unite 

00:41:45: Tribes of Midgard

00:50:18: Tales of Arise Cover Reveal Discussion

01:02:43: Darkest Dungeon II

01:09:36: Community Emails

Jul 29, 2021
New World And Psychonauts 2 Impressions, Plus Death's Door Review – GI Show

In this week's episode of The Game Informer Show, we discuss a handful of games we've been digging recently, including New World, Psychonauts 2, Death’s Door, Cris Tales, and Overboard! 

Death’s Door is the big highlight. In his review, Marcus called it "an entertaining and engrossing action-adventure romp that you’d do well to enjoy before your time is up." Cris Tales is also a delightful little surprise. This inventive RPG lets you explore a world through multiple timelines. Brian is still working on a review, but in his early impressions he said, "the game is undeniably gorgeous, possessing one of the most consistently beautiful art styles I've seen in a long time." Sadly, New World isn't clicking with us as much. Amazon Games’ MMORPG comes out August 31, but we’re exploring the beta right now and should have more impressions soon. 

It's a full show, but we make time for another fantastic round of community emails. So please join Dan Tack (@dantack), Blake Hester (@metallicaisrad), Marcus Stewart (@MarcusStewart7), Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Brian Shea (@BrianPShea), and Ben Reeves (@Benjaminreeves) for a new wild and ever-entertaining episode!

Thanks for listening! Please make sure to leave feedback below and share the episode if you enjoyed it. You can watch the video above, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes or Google Playlisten on SoundCloudstream it on Spotify, or download the MP3 at the bottom of the page. Also, be sure to send your questions to podcast@gameinformer.com for a chance to have them answered on the show!

Our thanks to The Rapture Twins for The Game Informer Show's intro song. You can hear more of their music on their website.


To jump to a particular point in the discussion, check out the time stamps below.

00:00:00 - Introduction
00:01:22 - Death's Door
00:12:24 - New World Beta
00:24:42 - Cris Tales
00:35:15 - Psychonauts 2
00:52:05 - Overboard!
00:54:55 - Community Emails

Jul 22, 2021
Skyward Sword HD Review, Our Dream Zelda Games, And More – GI Show

On this week's episode of The Game Informer Show, we talk all the big releases of the week, including The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD and ... well that's about it actually. But, it's still a full show! This week, we dedicated the entire episode towards celebrating one of our favorite gaming franchises. In addition to talking about the recent Skyward Sword review, we reminisce about our favorite Zelda moments, pitch our ideas for our dream Zelda title, and then answer a whole round of Zelda-themed community questions. Did I say Zelda yet? It's a great time, so please join us even if you don't know The Legend of Zelda inside and out.

So please join Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Liana Ruppert (@DirtyEffinHippy), Brian Shea (@BrianPShea), and Ben Reeves (@Benjaminreeves) for a new wild and ever-entertaining episode!

Thanks for listening! Please make sure to leave feedback below and share the episode if you enjoyed it. You can watch the video above, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes or Google Playlisten on SoundCloudstream it on Spotify, or download the MP3 at the bottom of the page. Also, be sure to send your questions to podcast@gameinformer.com for a chance to have them answered on the show!

Our thanks to The Rapture Twins for The Game Informer Show's intro song. You can hear more of their music on their website.


To jump to a particular point in the discussion, check out the time stamps below.

00:00:00 - Introduction
00:01:06 - The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
00:22:39 - Zelda Trivia
00:32:07 - Building Our Perfect Zelda Game
00:52:37 - Zelda Community Questions
01:08:50 - Zelda Character Rankings

Jul 15, 2021