Ep. 088 – Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Whiplash, Halo: The Master Chief Collection – 22nd Nov. 2014

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This week on The Awesome Addiction, Shane, Jason and Ben welcome newcomer Amy to review the open-world of Paris in Assassin’s Creed: Unity. Shane still hasn’t played Sunset Overdrive, but for good reason: multiplayer in Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been patched which means he’s been playing it!

And in the second segment, the guys sink their teeth into Whiplash, a jazz-infused drama starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons. If you haven’t seen it yet, FIX THAT IMMEDIATELY!

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10:40 – Assassin’s Creed: Unity
23:14 – Halo: The Master Chief Collection multiplayer
26:27 – Whiplash

It’s a big name week next week as the guys review Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire and Far Cry 4.

Ep. 087 – Halo: The Master Chief Collection, John Wick – 15th Nov. 2014

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It’s an action-packed episode this week as Shane, Jason H and Terry take the mics to review the latest and greatest video game compilation, Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

And like a deadly hitman, in the second segment they carefully pick apart the action romp John Wick starring Keanu Reeves. Spoilers: it’s a friggin’ awesome movie!

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02:23 – Halo: The Master Chief Collection
25:35 – John Wick

Thanks for listening, awesome addicts! Join us next week for our reviews of the open-worlds of Sunset Overdrive and Assassin’s Creed: Unity and the Miles Teller film, Whiplash.

Ep. 086 – Interstellar, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, The Evil Within – 8th Nov. 2014

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It’s another blockbuster episode this week as Shane, Jason H, Jason M and Terry orbit the mics to review several games including Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, The Evil Within, Fantasia: Music Evolved and more!

Then buckle in for a discussion of galactic proportions as the guys attempt to review Interstellar, a sci-fi epic that has the crew very divided.

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01:18 – The Evil Within
18:35 – Fantasia: Music Evolved
24:17 – Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
34:38 – Steamworld Dig
39:43 – Interstellar
01:07:37 – Interstellar SPOILERS

Thanks for listening once again, awesome addicts! Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to catch our thoughts on Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Sunset Overdrive and John Wick.

Ep. 085 – PAX Australia 2014 – 3rd Nov. 2014

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The guys trip it down to Melbourne this week for PAX Australia 2014! Join Shane, Jason H, Jason M, Terry and now-official PAX Correspondent Adam Rida as they discuss the latest and greatest games from the show floor!

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From AAA titles to indie darlings, from console classics to the latest tabletop experiences, the guys spend a whole 3 days covering the whole damn thing! Plus Shane and Jason H interview some Aussie indie devs from the show floor including League of Geeks, Cardboard Keep and Thomas Janson.

Thanks for listing guys! Join us next week for our reviews of Interstellar, Fantasia: Music Evolved, The Evil Within and much more!

Ep. 084 – The Legend of Korra, GamerGate, Fury, Pride – 25th Oct. 2014

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It’s a jam-packed show this week as Shane, Ben, Nicole and Terry discuss a swath of interesting topics.

In the first segment, Shane and Nicole review the Platinum Games-developed Legend of Korra video game while Ben and Terry explain why the mobile app Game of War is so addictive!

Shane also reviews Volume 1 of Dragons: Riders of Berk and Nicole does the same for the first few episodes of Halle Berry’s Extant. Then the crew tackles the heated #GamerGate discussion as best they can.

And to wrap it up in the final two segments, they review the historical dramedy Pride and the WWII action drama Fury starring Brad Pitt.

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01:42 – The Legend of Korra video game
17:42 – Game of War
25:53 – Extant
30:20 – Dragons: Riders of Berk
33:43 – GamerGate discussion
54:00 – Pride
01:50:12 – Fury
01:37:39 – Behind-The-Scenes

Thanks for listening guys. Don’t forget to join us next week for our annual PAX Australia episode from Melbourne!

Ep. 083 – Gone Girl, Shadow of Mordor, Super Smash Bros. – 18th Oct. 2014

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It’s a smashing episode this week as Shane, Jason, Ben and Terry tick all The Awesome Addiction boxes again: games, movies and TV!

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In the first segment, Jason has finally watched Book 1 of The Legend of Korra and the pilot of House of Cards, and Shane couldn’t be happier. Terry and Shane give their thoughts on Super Smash Bros. on 3DS while Shane tells tale of his adventures in Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. Your host has also dabbled in Diablo 3 on PS4 (thanks to Jason) and he explains why Destiny could learn a lot from Blizzard’s action-RPG.

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And to round it out in the second segment, the guys do their best job to explain just how much and why they love David Fincher’s latest dramatic thriller that’s sweeping the world, Gone Girl.

02:01 – The Legend of Korra
08:18 – House of Cards
10:05 – Super Smash Bros. on 3DS
25:26 – Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
35:07 – Diablo 3 vs Destiny
44:52 – Gone Girl
01:13:27 – Gone Girl SPOILERS

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode, fellow addicts! Join us next week for our reviews of The Legend of Korra video game, the historical dramedy Pride starring Bill Nighy, and Brad Pitt and Shia LeBeouf in the WWII action drama Fury.

Ep. 082 – Star Wars Rebels, The Judge, Joe – 13th Oct. 2014

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It’s just like old times this week as your host and co-pilot, Shane and Jason, team up to tackle a wide variety of topics.

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In the first segment they hit up a few games including Wolfenstein: The New Order, Dust: An Elysian Tail and Spelunky. Following this Jason touches upon the dark drama TV show The Strain, while Shane gives his thoughts on the first two episodes of Star Wars Rebels before continuing to gush about The Legend of Korra and the first two episodes of Book 4: Balance.

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Then in the final two segments, the duo review Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall in The Judge and Nicholas Cage’s best film in a long time, 2013′s Joe.

02:54 – Wolfenstein: The New Order
11:32 – Dust: An Elysian Tail
14:31 – Spelunky
17:53 – Star Wars Rebels
23:10 – The Strain
24:56 – The Legend of Korra: Book 4: Balance
29:22 – The Judge
51:13 – Joe

Thanks for listening once again fellow addicts! Join us next week for a smashing show when we review David Fincher’s Gone Girl, Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. on 3DS and Monolith Productions’ Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor.

Ep. 081 – EB Expo 2014, The Equalizer, Syriana – 6th Oct. 2014

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It’s half about the games and half about the movies this week in this mega-sized 2.5 hour show! In the first two segments, Shane, Jason M and Nicole travel to the EB Expo 2014 at Sydney Olympic Park to see all the latest games! They’re joined by Kim Bender, Will Norman and Chloe San Miguel from Girls That Game and Miggiato.

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The plethora of games they played include Call of Duty: Advance Warfare, Dance Central: Spotlight, Sunset Overdrive, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Fantasia: Music Evolved, The Evil Within, Evolve, Far Cry 4, Just Dance 2015, Battlefield Hardline, Mortal Kombat X, The Order 1886, Bloodborne, Driveclub, Until Dawn, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Splatoon and much more!

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Then in the final two segments, Shane is joined by Jason H, Ben and Terry to review Denzel Washington in The Equalizer and they also venture back to 2005 to review George Clooney and Matt Damon in the Academy Award winning Syriana, before wrapping it up with another round of Survival of The Nerdiest and VS.

01:12 – EB Expo
59:16 – The Equalizer
01:32:00 – Syriana
01:50:39 – Survival of The Nerdiest
02:00:56 – VS.
02:20:58 – [Behind The Scenes]

Thanks for allowing us to fill 2.5 hours of your lives this week. Join us on Saturday for our reviews of Super Smash Bros. 3DS, Robert Downey Jr. in The Judge and Nicholas Cage’s Joe.

Ep. 080 – The Maze Runner, Destiny, D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – 27th Sept. 2014

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Screen Shot 2014-09-27 at 12.35.03 pmThis week on The Awesome Addiction, Shane, Jason H, Terry and Ben review the teen-fiction adaptation/sausage-fest known as The Maze Runner. Is its by-the-books storytelling a good thing or a bad thing?

In the second segment, the Destiny discussion continues as both Terry and Jason pass Level 20 and Shane wonders if he’s had enough. One game he hasn’t had enough of is the Xbox One Kinect exclusive D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die. You’ll wonder why he’s interested after you hear what the game entails. And to wrap it up the guys play some Survival of The Nerdiest and VS.

02:25 – The Maze Runner
18:15 – The Maze Runner SPOILERS
29:13 – Destiny
46:37 – D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die
54:11 – Survival of The Nerdiest
01:03:50 – VS

It’s EB Expo time next week! Shane and Jason M are making the trip down to Sydney! Look forward to their their thoughts plus the guys thoughts on Denzel Washington’s new film, The Equalizer.

Ep. 079 – Destiny, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, Forza Horizon 2 – 20th Sept. 2014

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Destiny is still the talk of the town this week as Jason Hendrickx rejoins the cast to tell us why he’s loving Bungie’s latest game, while after a few more hours Shane raises a few criticisms. Your host also dabbled in the Xbox One demo of Forza Horizon 2 and, as a non-raceing fan, gives his brief thoughts on the current-gen sequel.

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Then in the second segment, Ben and Jason review Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. How does it hold up after nine years of production troubles? You’ll have to listen to find out. And to round things out, Ben raises a question about how we view attractive women in films and what’s involved in critiquing them based on their looks.

01:30 – Destiny
20:45 – Forza Horizon 2 demo
24:47 – Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
52:27 – Attractive Women in films and how we critique them

Join us next week for our reviews of The Maze Runner, The Boxtrolls and the Xbox One Kinect game, D4.