As we head into an unseasonably (and unreasonably) cold winter, you could do a lot worse than warming your ears up with the latest episode of Random Encounters.

We start things off with Hitman Go, another in Square-Enix’s spin-off franchises that seem to accompany a lot of their mainline entries. Can a high stakes game of chess starring Agent 47 actually work?

Next up is Pokemon Sun, an incredibly exciting new take on one of Nintendo’s signature franchises. Is this the best Pokemon game ever? All signs are currently pointing to an overwhelming “yes”.

We close things out though with a bit of multimedia coverage as we tackle The Game Awards and PSX. The Last of Us: Part IIUncharted: The Lost LegacyDeath Stranding, and Mass Effect Andromeda are all on the plate for a little discussion as we unpack the pile of information that has come out over the last couple of weeks.

Music/Media:

Alola!-Pokemon Sun OST
The Last of Us: Part II–Official Trailer

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Mike Worby is a human who spends way too much of his free time playing, writing and podcasting about pop culture. Through some miracle he's still able to function in society as if he were a regular person, and if there's hope for him, there's hope for everyone. He's the managing Games editor for Goomba Stomp, and the creator of the weekly Buffyversed column.
  • Ricky D Fernandes

    I listened to the one hour NXpress review of Sun and Moon, and the guys were like talking .. Poke this … Poke that … and yeah they said it is one of the best games of 2016, but I was like thinking …. it still sounds like the same Poke stuff … right?

    I listen to this show – a show that usually hates Nintendo (middle finger up in the air ) … and you all sold me on Sun and Moon. I can’t remember the last time Mike was so excited talking about a game other than when he guest hosted NX, to talk about Super Metroid. Dahm son.

    • It is the same Poke stuff. Seriously. For a while I thought I was playing the same game as Yellow, only with some updated visuals and more user-friendly touches. It’s just a little more palatable to those who aren’t into that whole monster collecting thing due to better pacing and some nice charm.

  • Mike Worby

    The basic structure of the game remains the same, but the same can be said for a series like Zelda. However the amount of big changes they made to the little things (and some big things) that hold up that structure I thought made for a way better Pokemon experience. It kills the other two entries in the series that I’ve played.

    • No argument that it’s fun, and definitely held my interest more than Yellow, but the deja vu was kind of hilarious at first – that’s all I’m saying. I beat the game and then promptly sold it because I don’t care about catching Pokemon, but that I even played it through to the end speaks for the improvements in the player experience.

      Those playing the first Legend of Zelda then jumping to Skyward Sword might see some bigger changes though, methinks.

  • Ricky D Fernandes

    I’ve only played Yellow and I was kind of bored.

  • Mike Worby

    I did enjoy Pokemon Blue and Pokemon Pearl but I felt like Pokemon Sun was a lot less tedious in the RPG/monster-hunting department.