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Call of Duty: World War II Has a Nasty Single-Player Surprise

Podcast regulars Rishi Alwani and Mikhail Madnani join host Pranay Parab to talk about Sony at Paris Games Week, Call of Duty: World War II, Nintendo’s financials, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, and Ashes Cricket. In the second half of this episode, pop culture nerds Akhil Arora and Roydon Cerejo join in to talk about Thor: Ragnarok.

We start by talking about Sony at Paris Games Week, where we discuss why there was no release dates for most games, indie game announcements, and lots of low-key announcements. We talk about games such as Guacamelee and Spelunky 2, and how some of these announcements were totally unexpected. Then Mikhail talks about Sucker Punch’s first game since InFamous: Second Son and Rishi wonders whether the Xbox One X launch influenced this show from Sony.

Then we move on to discuss Call of Duty: World War II and the nasty surprise in store for single-player mode players. Early retail copies have been available and Rishi talks about why Activision has failed to stop that from happening. Then we talk about the nasty surprise in the game and why it’s an extremely bad precedent for the industry. We talk about how Activision can fix this situation.

Next, we talk about the fun parts of the game industry, featuring Nintendo. This includes recent announcements such as Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and why this game will succeed. Here we talk about the pitfalls of being a Nintendo fan in India, particularly if you are a smartphone gamer. Then we mention the success of the Nintendo Switch, the lack of an online service, games coming to the switch in 2018, and hardware changes we wish the console gets.

Then we discuss Ashes Cricket and how its price could seriously hurt its sales in India. This is where Akhil and Roydon replace Rishi and Mikhail, and start talking about Thor: Ragnarok. We talk about how the movie fits in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which movies you need for context, the humour in the game, and who should watch this movie.

You can subscribe to Transition via Apple Podcasts or RSS or just listen to this episode by hitting the play button below. The music for this episode comes via Magnus Souleye Pålsson’s album PPPPPP, which is the soundtrack for the game, VVVVVV.

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