Wed, 30 March 2022
On this week's episode of IGN's PlayStation show, Podcast Beyond!, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Brian Altano, Jada Griffin, and Mark Medina to dig into the latest PlayStation news of the week. And of course, the biggest topic on our minds is the new PlayStation Plus subscription tiers, how Sony is altering PS Plus, and whether we have enough details yet to know if it's worth subscribing to the higher tiers.
The panel breaks down their initial reactions to the new PS Plus three-tiered system, how it integrates PlayStation Now, and where it stands as an offering for PlayStation fans. We dig into the pricing structure, the availability of older libraries, the lack of PS3 downloads and PlayStation Vita as a whole, and whether different tiers appeal to new PS5 players, longstanding PlayStation fans, or both. We of course touch on the biggest question - what the library will actually look like, and knowing that PlayStation won't release its first-party games day one on the service, we discuss what they could do to make the game libraries worth subscribing to. We also discuss whether a metaphorical sandwich can help explain the different PS Plus tiers. We also hear from the audience on some of your thoughts on the PlayStation Plus changes!
Then, we dig into some other news for the week, like April's PlayStation Plus games, the renewal of a trademark and tthe hopeful return of our one true PlayStation hero Knack, Gran Turismo 7's recent apology and economy changes, GTA+ if you wanted info on another subscription service, and a bit of Brian's Elden Ring Experience.
Direct download: Beyond_033022_audio.mp3
-- posted at: 5:45pm EST
Wed, 23 March 2022
It's been zero days since PlayStation has acquired a studio! That's right folks, just when you think every studio in the world has been bought up by either PlayStation or Xbox, Sony once again surprises us with another PlayStation Studios announcement. So watch along with Jonathon Dornbush, Mark Medina, and Jada Griffin as they give their best guess as to why Haven Studios could be a smart bet for the upcoming PlayStation Live Service lineup. Also, they dive into the recent Gran Turismo 7 controversies, and give even more thoughts on the newest PlayStation console exclusive: Ghostwire: Tokyo. And don't forget, Apple TV+'s Severance is a really good show, so if you're not playing a video game this weekend, do yourself a favor and watch Severance. This isn't an ad, it's just a really good show. Just watch the podcast, you'll get it. Ok bye!
00:00:10 - Intro & Housekeeping
00:02:23 - PlayStation acquires Jade Raymond's Haven Studios
00:30:06 - Gran Turismo 7 Under Fire
00:47:22 - PS4 & PS5 Updates Now Live
00:53:39 - New Witcher Saga Announced!
00:59:38 - Ghostbusters Spirits Unleashed Announced
01:04:02 - What's Up with Project Spartacus?
01:11:23 - What We're Playing & Outro
Direct download: Beyond_032322_audio.mp3
-- posted at: 4:58pm EST
Wed, 16 March 2022
On this week's episode of IGN's PlayStation show, Podcast Beyond!, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Jada Griffin, Mark Medina, and Seth Macy to break down all the biggest games of March we've been enjoying so far. March's best games have included some memorable cars, chaos, and ghosts, and we're breaking it all down on Podcast Beyond Episode 741.
Before we dig into gameplay impressions, we first cover some of the latest news in the world of PS4 and PS5, including the sales success of Elden Ring and Horizon Forbidden West, and how the latter stacks up to sales of other PS5 games. Continuing our coverage of PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 games, we also give Jada and Seth, two TMNT superfans, time to dig into the reveal of the TMNT: Cowabunga Collection at last week's State of Play. Following that, our PS4 and PS5 podcast dips into gameplay discussion, including Jada's Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin review and what she's thought after over 90 hours of gameplay. Next, Seth offers his Gran Turismo 7 impressions after being a longtime fan of the franchise from the early PS1 and PS2 days of Gran Turismo, and what it's been like to come back to the series after some time time away, how gorgeous it is, and more. Then, Mark and Jonathon offer their preview impressions of an early portion of Tango Gameworks' upcoming Ghostwire: Tokyo, digging into the world design, combat, and story they've seen so far.
00:00:10 - Intro & News
00:12:25 - TMNT: Cowabunga Collection chat
00:20:12 - Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin Review
00:33:17 - Seth Macy on Gran Turismo 7
00:47:27 - Mark and Jonathon's Ghostwire: Tokyo impressions
01:02:15 - Outro
Direct download: Beyond_031622_audio.mp3
-- posted at: 5:21pm EST
Tue, 15 March 2022
On a special episode of IGN's weekly PlayStation show, Podcast Beyond!, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Guerrilla's Narrative Director Ben McCaw and Senior Writer Annie Kitain to dive into full spoilers for Horizon Forbidden West's story, ending, and more. (Spoilers ahead!)
Ben and Annie speak with Jonathon about Aloy's story throughout Horizon Forbidden West, certain major story decisions, the ending, and more. But as we touch on major moments from throughout, expect Horizon Forbidden West spoilers! If you don't want to be spoiled on Horizon Forbidden West's story, turn back now! Come back after you've beaten the story to hear some insight from the two on the process behind Horizon Forbidden West's ending, and much more.
Direct download: Beyond_031122_audio.mp3
-- posted at: 3:30am EST
Wed, 9 March 2022
On this week's episode of Podcast Beyond!, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Mark Medina (and later Jada Griffin) to dig into the PlayStation State of Play of March 2022 on Beyond episode 740.
While Jada joins us later in the show to discuss her excitement over what was shown, Mark and Jonathon kick off the podcast by discussing the surprise announcement of Returnal's 3.0 update coming later this month, and why we're excited to revisit Atropos with Returnal co-op. We also dig into some of the Square Enix games included in the show, like Forspoken, Valkyrie Elysium, and The DioField Chronicle. Plus, Jada joins us to discuss her excitement for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R, the TMNT collection called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection, and more.
Plus, the gang covers some of the other recent PlayStation news, like Forspoken's new release date, Gotham Knights' October release date, God of War's potential TV show, an expanded lawsuit against PlayStation, and Sony's response to donate aid to Ukraine and cutting off of game sales in Russia.
Direct download: Beyond_030922_audio.mp3
-- posted at: 8:47pm EST
Wed, 2 March 2022
On this week's episode of IGN's PlayStation podcast, Podcast Beyond!, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Jada Griffin, Lucy O'Brien, and Tom Marks to dig into the latest PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PSVR 2 news and rumors.
First, the panel dives into the alleged new details of PlayStation's upcoming subscription service, PlayStation Spartacus, and what they might mean as an evolution of and successor to the standard PS Plus we know now. We dive into the reported new pricing tiers and inclusions, whether the offerings are enough or balanced well, and what we think of it in terms of current PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now offerings.
We also dig into some of the PlayStation news of the week, including Horizon Forbidden West's latest patch, a GhostWire Tokyo prelude novel, DICE Awards wins for Sony asnd some brief hints at Returnal dev Housemarque's new game, and then we dig into what we've been playing, including new and updated takes on Horizon Forbidden West and Elden Ring.
Direct download: Beyond_030222_audio.mp3
-- posted at: 5:35pm EST