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Trophy Whores 422 – Samurai in the Shadows of Kaiju

Join the Whores as they discus, among other things, Wreckfest, Shadow of the Colossus, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Samurai Jack and (the mysterious) Project G.G.  Strap in!

We are happy and proud to share that Proven Gamer has partnered with the Humble Bundle! The Humble Bundle is a fantastic initiative and program that allows games to score a litany of games on the cheap — all while making charitable donations to various groups and organizations. You can click here for the details on Proven Gamer’s Humble Bundle partnership.

In a bit of big news that would make the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles proud, iHeartRadio and Spotify host episodes of Trophy Whores. It’s a tremendous honor for the show to be part of two massive and respected entertainment communities, and Proven Gamer have only the fans to thank for pushing the podcast to soaring heights. The Trophy Whores work hard to put out a quality weekly show, but they owe so much love to their listeners, who keep the show strong and growing.

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Trophy Whores – 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful — and stressful — time of the year, when video games fly at you like thirsty vampire bats in a dark, abandoned mine shaft.  Prepare to holster your elation as your grandmother gives you those utterly embarrassing “World’s Best Grandchild” and “I Love my Grandchild” sweaters that you secretly adore.  We hope that you saved the gift receipts to the MLB bobbleheads that Uncle Remus bought you, because you’re going to return all of that worthless holiday loot so that you can fuel your love of video games!  For those who speak “Hank Hill,” we’re talking the season of giving — giving vidya games.

Lock and load!

Join Alex, Yield, Stephen and Sid, as they round up the top-tier PlayStation 4 games to gift to the PS4 lovers in your life.

We are happy and proud to share that Proven Gamer has partnered with the Humble Bundle! The Humble Bundle is a fantastic initiative and program that allows games to score a litany of games on the cheap — all while making charitable donations to various groups and organizations. You can click here for the details on Proven Gamer’s Humble Bundle partnership.

In a bit of big news that would make the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles proud, iHeartRadio and Spotify host episodes of Trophy Whores.  It’s a tremendous honor for the show to be part of two massive and respected entertainment communities, and Proven Gamer have only the fans to thank for pushing the podcast to soaring heights. The Trophy Whores work hard to put out a quality weekly show, but they owe so much love to their listeners, who keep the show strong and growing.

We appreciate your support (and your ears)!

Please subscribe to the Trophy Whores feed in iTunes, Google Play, TuneIn, IHeartRadio, Stitcher, or RSS and please leave a review. We won’t give you cookies, but it will help us make the show better.

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If you wish, you can always download the show here – Trophy Whores – Holiday Gift Guide

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Trophy Whores 368 – Black Friday Birthday Candles

Cheers, Sony Computer Entertainment!  Your sweet, sweet baby, the PlayStation 4, which brings joy to ladies and gents far and wide, has turned five years old.  With Sony celebrating the fifth anniversary of the release of the PS4, Alex and Yield, surviving to tell tales of Black Friday 2018, look back on some of their favorite games and features from the early life of Sony’s flagship video game console.

We are happy and proud to share that Proven Gamer has partnered with the Humble Bundle! The Humble Bundle is a fantastic initiative and program that allows games to score a litany of games on the cheap — all while making charitable donations to various groups and organizations. You can click here for the details on Proven Gamer’s Humble Bundle partnership.

In a bit of big news that would make the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles proud, iHeartRadio and Spotify host episodes of Trophy Whores.  It’s a tremendous honor for the show to be part of two massive and respected entertainment communities, and Proven Gamer have only the fans to thank for pushing the podcast to soaring heights. The Trophy Whores work hard to put out a quality weekly show, but they owe so much love to their listeners, who keep the show strong and growing.

We appreciate your support (and your ears)!

Please subscribe to the Trophy Whores feed in iTunes, Google Play, TuneIn, IheartRadio, Stitcher, or RSS and please leave a review. We won’t give you cookies, but it will help us make the show better.

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If you wish, you can always download the show here – Trophy Whores 368 – Black Friday Birthday Candles

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Trophy Whores 337 – Rented it from Gamestop

Somehow, we haven’t mentioned our Humble Bundle partnership in a post, for which we should be flogged with semi-soft cheese; however, better late than never, we are happy and proud to share that Proven Gamer has partnered with the Humble Bundle!  The Humble Bundle is a fantastic initiative and program that allows games to score a litany of games on the cheap — all while making charitable donations to various groups and organizations.  You can click here for the details on Proven Gamer’s Humble Bundle partnership.

This week we have news aplenty, as well as opinions that would make the saltiest pirate cry out for a Hostess cupcake.  You know, even swashbucklers enjoy the occasional treat from the world of lunchtime dessert fodder.  With everything from Death Stranding to Moss to Burnout Paradise Remastered, if you like video games, and of course you do, then we have everything that your ears need for a pre-spring pool party.  Mind you, it will have to be an indoor pool party.

Join the Trophy Whores as they discuss, Shadow of the Colossus, Metal Gear Survive, Burnout Paradise Remastered and Moss.

In a bit of big news, iHeartRadio streams episodes of Trophy Whores, which greatly expands the show’s footprint and reach. It’s a tremendous honor for the show to be part of iHeartRadio’s massive and respected community, and Proven Gamer have only the fans to thank for pushing the podcast to this point.  The Trophy Whores work hard to put out a quality weekly show, but they owe so much love to their listeners, who keep the show strong and growing.

We appreciate your support (and your ears)!

Please subscribe to the Trophy Whores feed in iTunes or RSS and please leave a review. We won’t give you cookies, but it will help us make the show better.

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If you wish, you can always download the show here – Trophy Whores 337 – Rented it from Gamestop

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The Top 5 Playstation Titles Bluepoint Games Should Remake Next

With the recent remake of Shadow of Colossus being met with overwhelming critical acclaim and capturing the hearts of an entirely new generation of players, many are left wondering: where does Bluepoint Games go from here?  While many are eager for the Austin-based developer to shed its ‘master of remasters’ title and create an original work of their own, I would argue that Bluepoint Games should continue to do what it does best. And so, here are the Top 5 Playstation Titles Bluepoint Games should consider remaking.

5) Metal Gear Solid

So, Konami…how’s uh…Metal Gear Survive working out for you? Oh, not so great, huh? Well, perhaps what you need to do is try to get back in good graces with the gaming community. What better way to do that than to remake the title that propelled Solid Snake into stardom: Metal Gear Solid.Bluepoint already did a Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, so they know the series intimately. Let’s face it, the Fox Engine was destined for more than just a zombie-horde multiplayer mess. Speaking of things Konami messed up…

4) Silent Hill

Damn you, P.T.! Why did you have to be so good? WHY DID YOU GET MY HOPES UP, KONAMI!? For those of you not in “the know”, P.T. a.k.a “Playable Trailer” (nobody calls it that), was a teaser for Silent Hills, a Silent Hill sequel with the potential to completely reinvent the franchise. It was to be a collaboration between Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro. Needless to say, people lost their damn minds over the possibilities. Well, Konami ran Kojima out of town and Silent Hills was forever lost to the mist. Sure, we now have Death Stranding to look forward to, but Silent Hill has been neglected for years now (and no, Pachinko Games DON’T COUNT!).  A recreation of the original, terrifying Silent Hill would be a spectacular way to make up for the Silent Hills fiasco.

3) Driver

Released back in 1999 for the PS1, Driver was a complete game changer for the genre; it set an incredibly high bar for story driven, high octane driving. Spread across four distinct cities, Driver’s insane chase sequences and ground-breaking physics made it a must-have title for Playstation owners. While Driver received a minor face-lift when it was ported to iOS  in 2009, it was hardly worth of such a watershed title in Playstation history. Bluepoint Games can completely redesign the cities from the ground up, making them bigger and more realistic worlds to explore. Is there a place for this series in such a crowded driving landscape? Maybe not, but nostalgia alone might be worth the investment.

2) Dark Cloud

Dark Cloud is a long time favorite game of my Nintendo Duel Screen’s Co-host, Stephen Fontana. He asked me to add it to the list, but he really didn’t have to do much convincing. Dark Cloud was an incredibly deep dungeon crawling RPG with an insane weapon crafting mechanic. Throw in an adorable town building mechanic and funny/unique characters and you got yourself a recipe for a classic action-rpg. A sequel was released a couple of years later and both games were touched up and given trophy support last year on PSN, but a full fledged Bluepoint Games remake is incredibly enticing.

1) Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver

Released in 1999 for the Sony Playstation 1Crystal Dynamics’ tale of a vampire turned specter was met with critical acclaim. Fans have been clamoring for a remake/reboot for years now. And given that Crystal Dynamics is hard at work its Avengers Project, Bluepoint Games would be a logical second choice to helm the franchise reboot and reintroduce Raziel and Kain to the world.

Well that is it. What do you think? This list can easily be a top 20, so what would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

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Trophy Whores 336 – Loot Box Legislation

After losing late week’s recording to audio issues — caused by nefarious gnomes — the Trophy Whores return to reclaim the crown for best PlayStation podcast that talks way too much about everything but video games.  Alright, so we talk plenty about video games, too.

Join the Trophy Whores as they discuss, Shadow of the Colossus, PlayStation VR, and these damn Loot Boxes that won’t seem to want to go away and much much more.

In a bit of big news, iHeartRadio streams episodes of Trophy Whores, which greatly expands the show’s footprint and reach. It’s a tremendous honor for the show to be part of iHeartRadio’s massive and respected community, and Proven Gamer have only the fans to thank for pushing the podcast to this point.  The Trophy Whores work hard to put out a quality weekly show, but they owe so much love to their listeners, who keep the show strong and growing.

We appreciate your support (and your ears)!

Please subscribe to the Trophy Whores feed in iTunes or RSS and please leave a review. We won’t give you cookies, but it will help us make the show better.

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Trophy Whores 335 – Shadow of the Red Dead Battlefront

Happy Shadow of the Colossus remake release week!  Say that five times fast.  Did you do it?  Congratulations!  You’re spreading the greatness of Shadow of the Colossus, one of the best PlayStation games ever made!  Ever!  Tell your friends!  Fumito!  Fumito!  Ueda!  Ueda!

Japan Studio!!!!!!

This week, in addition to the usual agenda bullet points, we introduce a new segment: What’s Hot in Gaming!  During the inaugural drop, Alex talks about Sprint Vector, a flashy upcoming VR game that seems to marry Mirror’s Edge and Wipeout, and Shadow of the Colossus, which Bluepoint Games has rebuilt — in impressive fashion — for the PlayStation 4.

Join the Trophy Whores as they discuss, among other things, The Last Guardian, Shadow of the Colossus, Red Dead Redemption 2 and God of War.

In a bit of big news, iHeartRadio streams episodes of Trophy Whores, which greatly expands the show’s footprint and reach. It’s a tremendous honor for the show to be part of iHeartRadio’s massive and respected community, and Proven Gamer have only the fans to thank for pushing the podcast to this point.  The Trophy Whores work hard to put out a quality weekly show, but they owe so much love to their listeners, who keep the show strong and growing.

We appreciate your support (and your ears)!

Please subscribe to the Trophy Whores feed in iTunes or RSS and please leave a review. We won’t give you cookies, but it will help us make the show better.

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Shadow of the Colossus Remake Gets New Trailer and Release Year

During the Sony TGS press conference, a new trailer and release window was announced for the remake of Shadow of the Colossus. The game will be coming in 2018, although, no other release information was given.

The new trailer that was released showed off the graphical improvements of the game. Check out the trailer below:

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Trophy Whores 308 – Lucia’s Last Stand

We promise this story won’t involve a mutant cure or an ill-conceived Dark Phoenix arc.  This week we bid farewell to another long-serving host, as Lucia, or Mark, if you prefer, follows his dream to become a world-renowned JRPG play-tester.  Since he’s a big fan of wrestling, and World Wrestling Entertainment in particular, we can’t let him leave without “wishing him the best in his future endeavors.”  Mark, that’s our parting gift to you.  You’ve been “future-endeavored.”

In all seriousness, Mark, we wish you the best, and we appreciate the dedication that you have shown to the Trophy Whores podcast and its listeners.  We will miss your weekly presence, RPG expertise and SoCal point of view.

Crash Bandicoot has returned to the spotlight, and we discuss the insanity of his new-old games.  We’ve played these games before, but they’re still a blast to revisit.  Join the Trophy Whores as they discuss, among other things, Crash Bandicoot, Knack, Until Dawn, Shadow of the Colossus and Mass Effect: Andromeda.

In a bit of big news, iHeartRadio streams episodes of Trophy Whores, which greatly expands the show’s footprint and reach. It’s a tremendous honor for the show to be part of iHeartRadio’s massive and respected community, and Proven Gamer have only the fans to thank for pushing the podcast to this point.  The Trophy Whores work hard to put out a quality weekly show, but they owe so much love to their listeners, who keep the show strong and growing.

We appreciate your support (and your ears)!

Please subscribe to the Trophy Whores feed in iTunes or RSS and please leave a review. We won’t give you cookies, but it will help us make the show better.

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If you wish, you can always download the show here – Trophy Whores 308 – Lucia’s Last Stand

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Gorgeous Shadow of the Colossus Towers over the Landscape

Shadow of the Colossus, originally released in 2005, was a landmark game.  The realization of an incredible and enthralling concept, Shadow of the Colossus brought players to a mysterious land filled with large mythical beasts that were key to the resurrection of a young woman.

At the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Japan Studio surprised everyone and revealed that Shadow the Colossus was being rebuilt for the PlayStation 4.  As if you need to be told, the game looks gorgeous.  Shadow of the Colossus shines brightly in the “games are art” discussion, and, as you might expect, makes a strong argument that throws support into overdrive.

You need to play Shadow of the Colossus. I leave no wiggle room in that discussion. Would you spend your entire life refusing to eat one stack of pancakes or a single doughnut? If so, you need to flip that script and take that “can’t do” attitude to Krispy Kreme or IHOP.

In Shadow of the Colossus, Fumito Ueda and Team ICO told a story fraught with intrigue, excitement, danger and uncertainty. Your character, Wander, driven by love and hope, has a purpose and a quest, and while you are aboard initially, as the game unfolds, you become increasingly anxious about the consequences of your actions. As you kill each colossus, the music plays a somber tune, and you ask a frightening and saddening question: “What am I doing?”

The soundtrack is amazingly poignant, chilling and evocative. What’s more, the music has purpose. Each song sets the tone for every scene — and every moment. If you’re on top of a colossus, then the creators ensure that you feel the reckless excitement and precarious nature of your situation. You experience an array of emotions while playing Shadow of the Colossus, and the music evokes each gasp and every yelp.

As Wander, trying to save the woman whom you love, you have to find and slay 16 awe-inspiring colossi that tower over trees like armored, lumbering skyscrapers. The colossi shake the ground as they walk. If you dare, imagine standing under the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, climbing onto one of his feet, scampering up one of his legs, struggling up his torso and neck, and stabbing the vulnerable spot on the top of his head — tucked so obviously beneath his adorable sailor hat.  For any sane person, it’s a terrifying proposition.

Each colossus is a puzzle, so, much like the boxers in Nintendo’s Punch-Out!! series, you have to figure out how to expose the beast’s weak points. While a game comprising only boss fights might seem liable to disappoint, the towering beasts in Shadow of the Colossus go far beyond traditional boss fights. If you think that you’re going to kill a colossus by jumping on its head three times, then you have earned a hard, hard lesson: The colossi don’t play around.  While some colossi seem docile, at least initially, others will try to smash you into paste as soon as they see you.  As you might expect, the closer that you get to a colossus, the more guarded it becomes.  Once you unsheath your sword, you’ve tossed your cards on the table, and the colossus goes into survival mode.

Sony, as well as other game companies, have garnered heat from some gamers by re-releasing games on newer consoles; however, the PS4 version of Shadow of the Colossus isn’t a remaster, and it’s one of the greatest video games of either past or present. If you haven’t played Shadow of the Colossus, which, for me, sits behind only The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, then you have the opportunity to play the definitive version.  I implore you not to miss the opportunity.

Shadow of the Colossus transcends video games.  It’s imaginative art.  It’s brilliant storytelling.  It’s a beautiful experience that evokes every emotion and leaves you with a heavy heart.  And yet, somehow, you recognize that the journey has been magnificent.

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Trophy Whores 306 – One-Hour PlayStation Sizzle Reel

During their E3 2017 showcase, Sony Interactive Entertainment seemed to have traded long-winded monologues for a nearly constant stream of game videos.  Truth be told, Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Shawn Layden didn’t have much to say during the showcase.  People seem split in their opinions.  Alex liked the press conference, while Mark and Yield were disappointed.

Aside from Monster Hunter and Shadow of the Colossus, Sony didn’t have many surprises for their viewers and fans; however, if you watched the showcase, then you saw a litany of great and exciting games.  If you own a PlayStation 4 or PlayStation VR, then E3 2017 has given you reason to smile.  If nothing else, it has been nice to see Supermassive Games, developer of the highly acclaimed game Until Dawn, so entwined with PlayStation’s immediate future.

You might want to buckle up.  Over the course of the next couple hours, we’re going to cover everything from Sony’s E3 showcase, as well as the hour-long pre-show. Join the Trophy Whores as they discuss, among other things, Life is Strange, Days Gone, God of War, Inpatient and Spider-Man.

In a bit of big news, iHeartRadio streams episodes of Trophy Whores, which greatly expands the show’s footprint and reach. It’s a tremendous honor for the show to be part of iHeartRadio’s massive and respected community, and Proven Gamer have only the fans to thank for pushing the podcast to this point.  The Trophy Whores work hard to put out a quality weekly show, but they owe so much love to their listeners, who keep the show strong and growing.

We appreciate your support (and your ears)!

Please subscribe to the Trophy Whores feed in iTunes or RSS and please leave a review. We won’t give you cookies, but it will help us make the show better.

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If you wish, you can always download the show here – Trophy Whores 306 – One-Hour PlayStation Sizzle Reel

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Shadow of the Colossus Remake Coming to PS4

Shadow of the Colossus is coming back to PlayStation 4, fully remastered. The gameplay trailer showed off some of the classic beasts.

The game will launch in 2018.

Stay tuned to Proven Gamer for future coverage of E3

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Trophy Whores 265 – Figments of Donny’s Imagination

It’s the middle of the summer, and the news has dried up like a salted slug in the Sahara.  When the Trophy Whores are low on news, they turn Donny loose like a Rikki-Tikki-Tavi in a cobra hole.  Somewhere, Tricky hopes that the figments of Donny’s imagination don’t run wild.

While Donny has been busy with Double Fine’s Psychonauts, the fine folks at Hello Games have been readying No Man’s Sky, which has garnered immense hype and excitement. No Man’s Sky has gone gold, which means that we’re one step closer to playing it.  If you were a little sour about the latest delay, pushing No Man’s Sky to October, then you can finally turn that frown upside down.

Join the Trophy Whores as they discuss, among other things, Ratchet & Clank, No Man’s Sky, The Warriors, and Shadow of the Colossus.  Resident Darrell, of Remember the Loot fame, has been playing Shadow of the Colossus, which, if you ask Alex, is one of the best video games ever made.  The feeling of taking down each Colossus is equal parts triumphant and heartbreaking, as somber tunes accompany every behemoth to its final resting place.  While its age shows, the story and concept of Shadow of the Colossus still inspire awe and adoration among its fans.

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Sony Dates The Last Guardian For October

The Last Guardian, that PlayStation game that you have (probably) thought has been destined for the trash compactor, has a release date: October 2016.  Yes, that release date comes straight from Sony, and you can mark it on your Shadow of the Colossus calendar. I know that you have one.  Don’t we all have a Shadow of the Colossus calendar in our souls?

For those who are still in shock, we’re living in the year of 2016. The Last Guardian is coming out this year. You will be able to buy The Last Guardian before you will be able to purchase Horizon: Zero Dawn, my early pick for 2017 Game of the Year, and before you will be able to purchase an affordable flying car. At one point, that seemed implausible. I guessed spring 2017, but I suppose that I need to wipe the haze off of my crystal ball.

Team Ico, developers of The Last Guardian, gained fame through their critically acclaimed and beloved PlayStation 2 games, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. Originally dubbed the Olympic team, as they released a game every four years, and headed by the superbly talented Fumito Ueda, Team Ico earned the respect and ardor of devoted PlayStation gamers, many of who salivated when news of The Last Guardian surfaced.  They have since lost that moniker, as it has been 11 years since Shadow of the Colossus came out, but if Team Ico and Sony can deliver on the promise of October 2016, as well as a fun, playable and good game, then I think that we can forgive them.