Title: Town of Salem

Developer: BlankMediaGames

Publisher: BlankMediaGames

Platforms: Web browser, Microsoft Windows, macOS, iOS, Android

Release date: December 15, 2014 (Web/PC/Mac)

Happy Thanksgiving to our American listeners (and a happy time to our other listeners, as well)! In the spirit of the holiday, we decided to review a favorite browser-based indie game of ours: Town of Salem! This creative title developed and published by BlankMediaGames is a Mafia-style game originally funded by Kickstarter we've been following for years, which eventually made its way available on mobile devices and Steam! Ash and Dakota talk setting, strategy, and gameplay on this fun Salem Witch Trials-themed, Mafia/Werewolf-type video game!

Collateral Gaming is on Apple Podcasts, Chill Lover Radio, and wherever else you get your podcasts. Also, find us on Patreon; we will have exclusive Let's Play! commentaries on our favorite games soon!

(Collateral Gaming is an LCompany Production. Intro song is a license-free beat composed by Ashley Allen Chancellor in Logic Pro X. All game clips are owned by their respective creators and are used for educational purposes only. Please don’t sue us; we’re poor!)

Title: Red Dead Redemption 2 [Wikipedia] [IGDb]

Developer: Rockstar Studios

Publisher: Rockstar Games

Designer: Imran Sarwar

Platforms: PlayStation 4Xbox OneMicrosoft Windows

Release date: October 26, 2018 (PS4, XB1)

PODCAST SHOUTOUT: Talk Me Into (@talkmeinto)

SHOWNOTES: Yee-haw! Collateral Gaming ventures into the Wild West with the latest Rockstar Games action-adventure title Red Dead Redemption II. Featuring special guest Andrew from Brash Binary (@BinaryBrash), this episode we discuss how hyper-realism and slow pacing enhances the gameplay of this 2018 Game of the Year contender, why the fictionalized version of 19th century America's frontier serves as a perfect setting for the story, and in which ways the characters of this western epic captured our attention. We even have time to summarize the Red Dead franchise as a whole, and analyze the value of long development time in the modern game industry. Grab your hat, load your gun, and saddle up for this outlaw adventure!

Collateral Gaming is on Apple Podcasts, Chill Lover Radio, and wherever else you get your podcasts. Also, find us on Patreon; we will have exclusive Let's Play! commentaries on our favorite games soon!

(Collateral Gaming is an LCompany Production. Intro song is a license-free beat composed by Ashley Allen Chancellor in Logic Pro X. News ident is a license-free beat by mansardian. All music and game clips are owned by their respective creators and are used for educational purposes only. Please don’t sue us; we’re poor!)

Title: P.T. (initialism for "playable teaser") [Wikipedia] [IGDb]

Developer: 7780s Studio (pseudonym for Kojima Productions)

Publisher: Konami

Designers: Hideo Kojima (director), Guillermo del Toro (director)

Platform: PlayStation 4

Release date: August 12, 2014

Happy Halloween, Collateral Gaming fans! This holiday, we have a very special indie game mini-episode focusing on one of the most terrifying titles we've had the pleasure of playing: P.T., the playable teaser for Hideo Kojima's and Guillermo del Toro's cancelled collaboration Silent Hills! As sad as we are to see this project never come to light and to see the 2014 short game removed from the PlayStation Store, Ashley and Dakota relive their fond memories of this extraordinarily frightening first-person psychological horror experience. Joined on also as a special guest for the Halloween Special is our Collateral Cinema co-host and horror fan Beau Maddox, who came into contact with this video game community shortly after the cancellation. We hope you have as much fun listening to this as we did recording it, and have a safe Halloween, everyone!

Collateral Gaming is on Apple Podcasts, Chill Lover Radio, and wherever else you get your podcasts. Also, find us on Patreon; we will have exclusive Let's Play! commentaries on our favorite games soon!

(Collateral Gaming is an LCompany Production. Intro song is a license-free beat composed by Ashley Allen Chancellor in Logic Pro X. All game clips are owned by their respective creators and are used for educational purposes only. Please don’t sue us; we’re poor!)

Title: Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection [IGDb] [Wikipedia] (remastered collection of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune [Wikipedia] [IGDb], Uncharted 2: Among Thieves [Wikipedia] [IGDb], and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception [Wikipedia] [IGDb])

Developer(s): Bluepoint GamesNaughty Dog (original games)

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Designers: Amy Hennig (creator; director, Drake's Fortune/Among Thieves/Drake's Deception), Richard Lemarchand (Drake's FortuneAmong ThievesDrake's Deception), Bruce Straley (director, Among Thieves), Neil Druckmann (writer, Drake's FortuneAmong Thieves), Justin Richmond (director, Drake's Deception), Jacob Minkoff (Drake's Deception)

Platform(s): PlayStation 4PlayStation 3 (original games)

Release date(s): October 8, 2015 (PAL); November 20, 2007 (Drake's Fortune, NA); October 13, 2009 (Among Thieves, NA); November 1, 2011 (Drake's Deception, NA)

PODCAST SHOUTOUT: Nerds Amalgamated (@NAmalgamated)

SHOWNOTES: Welcome to Collateral Gaming Season Two! Now podcasting straight from a brand new studio in San Antonio, TX, we kick off the new season with our thoughts on Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection! This 2015 PlayStation 4 port is a collection of the PS3 action-adventure games Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. Ash and Dakota discuss the intricacies of each title—including gameplay, story, and characters; reveal our favor for the series as a whole in its boldly linear gameplay, action movie-reminiscent story, and realism as portrayed through fan favorite protagonist Nathan Drake; and finally briefly talk the sequel Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and its standalone expansion Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, as well as the recently announced prequel movie starring Tom Holland. We hope you enjoy this expedition into a classic polished franchise, and stay tuned for the entirety of Season Two of Collateral Gaming Video Game Podcast!

Collateral Gaming is on Apple Podcasts, Chill Lover Radio, and wherever else you get your podcasts. Also, find us on Patreon; we will have exclusive Let's Play! commentaries on our favorite games soon!

(Collateral Gaming is an LCompany Production. Intro song is a license-free beat composed by Ashley Allen Chancellor in Logic Pro X. News ident is a license-free beat by mansardian. All music and game clips are owned by their respective creators and are used for educational purposes only. Please don’t sue us; we’re poor!)

As Collateral Gaming gets ready to launch Season Two, Ash, Dakota, Robert, and Beau wail around for a few minutes. I don't even remember what we talked about. We tried to keep it focused on gaming- and podcast-related topics this time.

Collateral Gaming is on Apple Podcasts, Chill Lover Radio, and wherever else you get your podcasts. Also, find us on Patreon; we will have exclusive Let's Play! commentaries on our favorite games soon!

(Collateral Gaming is an LCompany Production)

Title: Marvel's Spider-Man [Wikipedia] [IGDb]

Developer: Insomniac Games

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Designers: Ryan Smith (director), Bryan Intihar (director)

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Release date: September 7, 2018

PODCAST SHOUTOUT: Capes on the Couch (@CapesOnTheCouch)

PROMOS: Podcoin – The Podcast Player That Pays (www.podcoin.com), Bill and Frank Eat Pop Culture (@BFEatPopCulture)

SHOWNOTES: Thank you listeners and fellow podcasters, for an absolutely fun and surprisingly successful Season One of Collateral Gaming Video Game Podcast! Finally, we are happy to release our Season Finale episode on Marvel's Spider-Man for PlayStation 4! Welcoming our Collateral Cinema co-host and fellow Spidey fan Robert Ortegon for the first time as a full-on special guest host, the Chancellor Bros. dive into the polished gameplay, mind-blowing attention to detail, unforgettable story, and many featured, fleshed-out characters in Spider-Man PS4. We discuss how this video game truly puts you in the Web-Slinger's shoes, how in its own way it represents the best Spider-Man movie in addition to being a perfect superhero game, as well as why Yuri Lowenthal's performance is the best cinematic portrayal of Peter Parker/Spider-Man! We even briefly talk the three-part DLC expansion The City That Never Sleeps, and what the future could hold for the Spider-Man and Marvel gaming franchises. Grab your web shooters and put on your mask for this thrilling adventure!

Collateral Gaming is on Apple Podcasts, Chill Lover Radio, Podcoin, and wherever else you get your podcasts. Also, find us on Patreon; we will have exclusive Let's Play! commentaries on our favorite games soon!

(Collateral Gaming is an LCompany Production. Intro song is a license-free beat. All music and game clips are owned by their respective creators and are used for educational purposes only. Please don’t sue us; we’re poor!)

Titles: Subnautica [Wikipedia] [IGDb], Subnautica: Below Zero [IGDb]

Developer: Unknown Worlds Entertainment

Publishers: Unknown Worlds EntertainmentGearbox Publishing

Designer: Adam Loranger

Platforms: Microsoft WindowsmacOSXbox OnePlayStation 4Oculus VR

Release dates: December 16, 2014 (Subnautica, early access, Windows/macOS), January 23, 2018 (Subnautica, Windows/macOS); January 29, 2018 (Below Zero, early access)

Welcome to another Collateral Gaming Indie Game Review! Nearing the end of Season One, we decided to visit the open-world survival-adventure title Subnautica (along with its standalone expansion Subnautica: Below Zero), from Unknown Worlds Entertainment! The Chancellor Bros. uncover the massive open underwater map, delve into the many unique mechanics (such as the way this game handles gathering resources and crafting), and discuss the nautical survival gameplay. We even briefly summarize changes with the still-in-development Below Zero expansion, available now for early access! If you enjoy this spoiler-free, mostly unedited mini-episode, don't forget to leave feedback and stay tuned for our Season Finale on Marvel's Spider-Man for PlayStation 4 next week!

Collateral Gaming is on Apple Podcasts, Chill Lover Radio, Podcoin, and wherever else you get your podcasts. Also, find us on Patreon; we will have exclusive Let's Play! commentaries on our favorite games soon!

(Collateral Gaming is an LCompany Production. Intro song is a license-free beat. All music and game clips are owned by their respective creators and are used for educational purposes only. Please don’t sue us; we’re poor!)

Title: The Last of Us Remastered [Wikipedia] [IGDb]

Developer: Naughty Dog

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

Designers: Jacob Minkoff, Bruce Straley (director), Neil Druckmann (director)

Platforms: PlayStation 3 (original); PlayStation 4 (Remastered)

Release date: June 14, 2013 (original); July 29, 2014 (Remastered, NA)

PODCAST SHOUTOUT: Echo On: A True Crime Podcast (@EchoOnPod)

SHOWNOTES: In this episode, Ash and Dakota delve into one of the most celebrated and influential games in recent history: Naughty Dog's 2013 survival horror PlayStation 3 exclusive, The Last of Us... or, well, more technically, we played its enhanced port, the 2014 PlayStation 4 exclusive The Last of Us Remastered. We discuss at length the cinematographic quality of the title, the near-perfect implementation of realism in survival gameplay, and the impact of this PS3-era product on modern gaming. We also briefly discuss standalone DLC Left Behind and reveal our predictions for the upcoming highly-anticipated sequel The Last of Us Part II. Craft a health kit and pump your shotguns for the horde of Infected, as Collateral Gaming analyzes one of the best-selling games of all time.

Collateral Gaming is on Apple Podcasts, Chill Lover Radio, Podcoin, and wherever else you get your podcasts. Also, find us on Patreon; we will have exclusive Let's Play! commentaries on our favorite games soon!

(Collateral Gaming is an LCompany Production. Intro song is a license-free beat. All music and game clips are owned by their respective creators and are used for educational purposes only. Please don’t sue us; we’re poor!)

*Correction: The title of the second game is LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, not Years 5-8, as we erroneously refer to it on numerous occasions during this episode.*

Title: LEGO Harry Potter: Collection [IGDb] [Wikipedia] (remastered collection of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7)

Developer: Traveller's Tales

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Designers: Arthur Parsons (Years 1-4; director (Years 5-7)), Jon Burton (Years 1-4, Years 5-7; director (Years 1-4))

Platforms: PlayStation 4Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

Release date: October 21, 2016 (PS4)

PODCAST SHOUTOUT: Trial by Error Variety Show Podcast (@tbevarietyshow)

SHOWNOTES: This episode is decidedly lighthearted in our first entry into the prominent family-friendly LEGO video game franchise. This remastered collection of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and Years 5-7 was fun to discuss and surprisingly entertaining to analyze. Join hosts Ashley and Dakota Chancellor (as usual along with Collateral Cinema co-hosts Beau Maddox and Robert Ortegon, who occasionally add their own commentary) as we delve into the recognizably unique gameplay, quirky reenacted storytelling, and collection of playable characters in this Harry Potter-inspired series and the LEGO game franchise as a whole!

Collateral Gaming is on Apple Podcasts, Chill Lover Radio, Podcoin, and wherever else you get your podcasts. Also, find us on Patreon; we will have exclusive Let's Play! commentaries on our favorite games soon!

(Collateral Gaming is an LCompany Production. Intro song is a license-free beat. All music and game clips are owned by their respective creators and are used for educational purposes only. Please don’t sue us; we’re poor!)

Collateral Gaming is taking a breather this cycle as we ease into our new monthly format. But fear not, gaming fans, because we still plan on releasing some kind of content biweekly, between indie game reviews, Let's Play! game commentaries, and the occasional solo extras segment. If you listen to our show regularly, you may be familiar with the audio-exclusive Collateral Gaming Extras segment post-outdo every episode. We skipped it on our previous Zelda CD-i episode, but come back to you with a solo half-hour extra this week! Ash, Dakota, Beau, and Robert bullshit for 30 minutes about Collateral Gaming news, video game-related topics, MAGA, Avengers: Endgame, politics, Tommy Wiseau, and an assortment of random subject matter! We don't even bother with an intro and cut straight to the action! It's uncut, unedited, unsupervised, and unadulterated bullshit!

Collateral Gaming is on Apple Podcasts, Chill Lover Radio, Podcoin, and wherever else you get your podcasts. Also, find us on Patreon; we will have exclusive Let's Play! commentaries on our favorite games soon!

(Collateral Gaming is an LCompany Production)

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