This week, as the Short-Takes returns from its brief break, Simon, Alex, Jonathan, and Max all assess the resurrection of the Tony Hawk franchise, the shocking announcement of Blizzard's new IP Overwatch, BioWare's reveal of new Mass Effect staff, and Call of Duty defying death with Advanced Warfare.
Simon and Alex disagree on this week's Short-Takes about the value of shorter games and the absolute need for 1080p/60fps in all games, but agree in the wake of the Master Chief Collection's 20 GB Day One patch that the Xbox One's hard drive is too small, and that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare brings very little to the table.
In this Mindshare, Max looks into the benefits of video games on the human psyche, as well as games that elicit a psychological response from the audience, ranging from depression and anxiety, to fear and anger.
You've got to follow the numbers this week as EA promises Battlefield Hardline will work at launch, Xbox One's horrible launch in Japan isn't getting better, Angry Birds starts to fade, and Call of Duty's sales decline is expected to continue. Simon and Alex break it all down.
The Short-Takes move their new date to Saturday as Simon and Alex talk about Blizzard's Titan cancellation, Watch Dogs' less-than-stellar response as déjà vu from Assassin's Creed, PlayStation TV doing what Microsoft wished they could , and the new AC Unity DLC doing something interesting with the season pass model.