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BFR: Episode 21

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Chief of Duty. You just got PWNED and tea-bagged before you even realized it.

The crew is back, and we are in FPS heaven with our impressions of COD Advanced Warfare, Halo Master Chief Collection, Borderlands the PreSequel, and the hot announcement of Blizzards first new IP in 17 years, Overwatch. Plus, Bryan gets his body prepared for the upcoming Game of Thrones Telltale game, Courtney braces herself for a 90 hour campaign in Dragon Age, Inquisition, and Kevin cleanses his system from his recent time with Watchdogs. Plus, we all bag on Assassin’s Creed Unity, even though none of us have actually played it yet.

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Cut the Chatter!! New Titanfall DLC Released

My Mech brings all the boys to the yard

Just a friendly reminder that the new Titanfall DLC “Frontier’s Edge” is live, along with new features such as the “black market”.  Its nice to get a little bonus in the form of in-game currency as I climb through the 100 win requirement at Gen8.  Its funny how fake video game money can immediately peak my interest.

You can also game with Bit Fix Radio!  Just add ThePaulSelf to your friends list on XBOX Live.  I will be more than happy to give your team an unfair advantage any time you like.

I am still enjoying Titanfall immensely.  Every so often I see people poo-pooing it on forums, or that they are “over it”.  To them I say, give it another shot!  The updates from Respawn have certainly enhanced my experience.  Not since the earlier iterations of Call of Duty have I had this much fun in a FPS.  I am having a blast ranking up to Gen10, and will likely target the achievements/insignias next.   Other games have come and gone, but this fast paced, roller coaster ride keeps me returning for more.

Are you still playing Titanfall?  Tell us in the comments, or just jump right into the action!

Outlast on Xbox One

Outlast screen

Outlast is a survival horror game from developer Red Barrels.  It was released on PC in September 2013, then subsequently on the PS4.  It is now available for download on the Xbox One.

It is also completely terrifying.

Not terrifying in a Kinect Star Wars sort of way, mind you.  Rather this game will bring even the bravest of horror fans to their knees as they carefully take each step throughout the 5+ hour single player story.

You play as independent journalist Miles Upshur, hoping to find the big story that will catapult your career.  Of course, to do this, you decide it’s a great idea to drive to the remote mountains of Colorado, alone, at night, and break into an abandoned insane asylum, where you have learned from an anonymous tipster that secretive inhumane experiments are being conducted.  You, Miles, are not a smart man.

…And then hilarity ensues!!  No wait, what I meant to say, was that sheer terror hammers down upon you from the moment you enter the asylum.  Outlast is not a kind game.  It does not care that you like having copious amounts of ammo in your video games.  It does not care that you like to explore every inch of a well-lit room.  It certainly does not care that you like knowing where your enemies are or how they plan to flank you.  Part of the “fun” of Outlast is realizing that anything can and will happen to you at any moment.  And all you possess to defend yourself is your camcorder and running shoes (in other words, you cannot defend yourself).

I was very happy to hear that Outlast was making its way to the XBone.  It is no secret that I am a huge horror fan, whether it be film or games.  Having played through the game, I can attest that it does not disappoint the genre.   It often feels that the golden age of survival horror is well behind us.  Gone are the days of games that made you creep around every corner or manage a tight inventory (if any at all) of limited resources.  Instead, we now rush through hordes of enemies, double tap X to dive into cover, and cycle through 16 different weapon types as mountains of empty shells pile around us.  Sure, there have been occasional gems that show us how games can be truly scary, like Amnesia and Dead Space (1…the sequels became very action oriented).  The less said about Resident Evil 6 the better.  Outlast is refreshing in that it knows exactly what it is: a vehicle to frighten you from start to finish.

If you can stomach the gore and enjoy being frightened, I cannot recommend this game enough.  I implore that you play it alone, late at night, with the lights off, and with the volume cranked up.  I also wouldn’t be turned off by the seemingly short campaign.  It honestly took me a while to get through the game simply because its difficult to play when hiding behind my chair.  Or when the game is off and I’m sobbing under my bed sheets.  In addition, DLC was recently released in the form of a prequel – Outlast: Whistleblower.  So even after finishing the game, you can continue to torture yourself, you masochist!

Let us know about your Outlast your experience!  We will no doubt be discussing more on the next show.