The Fourth Player video game podcast

With the end of the year upon us, it's time to reflect on the most important things in our lives... video games. Max delves deep into the life of an assassin with the episodic Hitman and Nathan demands Santa deliver him a puppy-cat for Christmas thanks to The Last Guardian. The boys also discuss the year that was and answer lots of listener email.

Direct download: The_Fourth_Player_-_Ep_113.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:54pm EST

Join the lads this episode as Paul delves deep into the mysterious world of hacking and social change via Watchdogs 2 (with, thankfully, no Aiden Pierce) while Nathan slaps a saddle on a chicken and goes chocobo riding in the oft-delayed Final Fantasy XV. Also discover the answer to the big question of the day - Which WWE/WWF wrestler would make the best Santa.

Direct download: The_Fourth_Player_-_Ep_112.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:15pm EST

It feels like it's been forever but the team is all back together again to talk gaming. This episode, Paul dives into the Skyrim remaster and experiences the joys of modding. Meanwhile Nathan joins forces with BT in Titanfall 2 and discusses with the rest of the team why its release has been so problematic. 

Direct download: the-fourth-player-ep111.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:35pm EST

It's PAX AUS time! Join Nathan as he explores the halls of the latest iteration of Australia's largest games convention. Featuring interviews with journo-cum-dev Dan Hindes, Hand of Fate 2's Morgan Jaffit and boardgame artist extrordinaire Ian O'Toole. Not to mention our very special guest - a tired and overworked Paul Houlihan.

Direct download: The_Fourth_Player_-_Ep_110.mp3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:02am EST

Grab your motion controllers, slap a helmet on your head and join the Ben and Paul as they enter the realm of VR - discussing both the Playstation VR and Occulus Rift line up. While the others look to the future, Nathan looks to the past with his first impressions of history simulator Civilization VI.

Direct download: The_Fourth_Player_-_Ep_109.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:43pm EST

Cars, ghosts and Lego, oh my. Breathe deep on the petrol fumes of Forza Horizon 3, bust ghosts with the latest entry in Lego Dimensions, and ponder the question of franchise innovation with The Fourth Player team. No Tracy Chapman's were harmed in the recording of this podcast.

Direct download: The_Fourth_Player_-_Ep_108.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:52pm EST

With everyone back in the same room again, the team turn their eyes to Deus Ex: Mankind Divided,  then reminisce about days gone by as Paul experiences his first ever LAN. Warning: Podcast may contain ranting Nathans.

Direct download: The_Fourth_Player_-_Ep_107.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:26pm EST

As Ben sits patiently at home awaiting the imminent arrival of his newborn, Paul, Max and Nathan take this opportunity to gush about the Shin Megami Tensei franchise - specifically Persona 3 and Tokyo Mirage Sessions. We also revisit media's reaction to Nintendo's upcoming console.

Direct download: The_Fourth_Player_-_Ep_106.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:04am EST

With Paul away with what we can only assume is consumption - Max, Ben and Nathan explore space in No Man's Sky, swipe left in Reigns and learn about hentai sub-genres. We're as confused as you.

Direct download: The_Fourth_Player_-_Ep_105.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:20am EST

Just like the Beatles after a meeting with Mark Chapman, the team of The Fourth Player is down a member this week. So join Ben, Max and Nathan as they talk Double Fine's Head Lander, the Nintendo NX and Overwatch. No hair was harmed in the recording of this episode.

Direct download: The_Fourth_Player_-_Ep.104.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:40am EST

In this episode, Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max discuss the rise and eventually fall of Pokemon GO, surges in popularity and how the model of a game impacts how we play. We answer some listener email, and give thanks to our mates at Games Lab and Gamebug.

Direct download: The_Fourth_Player_-_Ep.103_Ekans_Docking_at_Myrtle_Beach.mp3
Category:videogames -- posted at: 3:51am EST

In this episode, Paul, Ben and Nathan discuss Pokemon Go as the catch and release 'em up hits smartphones across Australia, how European developed B-grade 'renovator's dream' games scratch that itch and deliver memorable experiences with The Technomancer, and we answer listener email on the subject of lost saves of our past. Thanks to Games Laboratory and gamebug.com.au.

Direct download: The_Fourth_Player_-_Ep.101_A_Wild_Discharge_Appears.mp3
Category:videogames -- posted at: 7:19am EST

In this episode, Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max speculate on E3 announcements and make up some of our own, Nathan explains world domination done right with Twilight Struggle, Paul shares tales of his time as Ryu, world warrior and Head of State for Japan in a PULP Mega Game. We answer some listener email, cheers to everyone who came to our live show, and thanks to our mates at Games Laboratory and gamebug.com.au. Remember to visit thefourthplayer.com to watch our Live! episode 100.

Direct download: The_Fourth_Player_-_Ep.101_Cubones_Mamas_E3.mp3
Category:videogames -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Join Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max alongside a live studio audience for the 100th episode of The Fourth Player podcast; the video is available at thefourthplayer.com and https://youtu.be/nQlAYiNCcpE. We discuss the origin story of how the show started four years ago, declare the top 10 games of all time, and battle the audience in gaming trivia. With live listener emails, and a drinking game; it's our best video episode ever. Hosted at Games Laboratory, and available on Gamebug.com.au.

Direct download: The_Fourth_Player-_100th_Episode_-_Live_Special.mp3
Category:videogames -- posted at: 10:37pm EST

In this episode, Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max discuss Naughty Dog's final chapter in Sony's series with Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, and talk about the evolution of advertising for videogames; we lurched from stylised box art to tasteless commercials in the nineties and naughties, and the role of personality-led criticism for games today. We answer some great listener email, and discuss final plans for our live recording in front of an audience for episode 100 on June 4, 2016. Thanks to Plantronics, gamebug.com.au and Games Laboratory. 

Direct download: The_Fourth_Player_-_Ep.99_Uncharted_Territory.mp3
Category:videogames -- posted at: 8:07am EST

In this episode, Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max talk Blizzard's beta for arena shooter Overwatch, and discuss how offering early and extended access to audiences impacts the way we see and play games. Max makes tracks with Mini Metro on steam, and we talk about plans for our upcoming live 100th episode taking place June 4 at Games Laboratory in Melbourne. Thanks to our friends at Gamebug.com.au and Plantronics.

Direct download: The_Fourth_Player_-_Ep.98_Watching_Over_Beta.mp3
Category:videogames -- posted at: 7:26am EST

In this episode Paul, Ben and Nathan discuss covenants, fetishisation, death and souls in FromSoftware's Dark Souls 3, Paul's adventures at PAX East 2016 checking out asymmetrical murder simulator Dead by Daylight, Wes Anderson point and drag Burly Men At Sea, and Twitch-powered Runningman social experiment Streamline. We talk more about episode 100 which will be recorded live in front of an audience on June 4 at Games Laboratory in Melbourne. Thanks to our friends at Gamebug.com.au.

Direct download: The_Fourth_Player_-_Ep.97_Praise_The_East.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:46am EST

In this episode, Paul, Ben and Nathan are joined by returning guest Steve Heller from Surprise Attack and Pixels for Breakfast to talk Remedy Entertainment's Quantum Break, and how it measures up to their previous offerings Max Payne and Alan Wake. We talk about Witch Beam's delightful twin stick shooter Assault Android Cactus, and muse on the state of play for Sony's handheld market; a Whodunnit on the death of the PlayStation Vita. We answer some great listener email, and provide updates on our live show for episode 100, set for June 4 at Games Laboratory in Melbourne. Thanks to Games Lab, Gamebug.com.au and Plantronics. 

Direct download: The_Fourth_Player_Ep.96_-_Quantum_Cactus.mp3
Category:videogames -- posted at: 8:18am EST

In this episode, Paul, Ben and Nathan form a post-Easter break trinity to talk sick adventures, farming and questionable genocide in Stardew Valley, cunning linguists and animal training in FarCry Primal, and ponder the fate of VR at the launch of the Occulus Rift. We answer some listener email, talk about exciting plans for our live 100th episode set for June 4 in Melbourne, and learn of Nathan's virtual wife. Thanks to our friends at Games Laboratory, Gamebug.com.au and Plantronics.

Direct download: The_Fourth_Player_-_Ep.95_You_Make_Wives_With_Salad.mp3
Category:videogames -- posted at: 7:44am EST

In this episode, Paul, Nath and Max are joined by the dulcet tones and fabuolous hair of returning guest Tim Best from Mighty Games to qualify human suffering in Ubisoft Massive's The Division. Drawing on experiences from Fallout: New Vegas, Diplomacy, D&D, Pathfinder, FarCry Primal, Survivor ORGs and Ultima Online, we discuss how games best represent threat and treachery, and how AI and players instil dread by aping our own dark behaviours. We're not gon diss you in the Dark Zone. Cause our mamas taught us better than that. Thanks to our friends at Games Laboratory and Gamebug.com.au.

Direct download: The_Fourth_Player_-_Ep.94_Surviving_The_Division.mp3
Category:videogames -- posted at: 7:26am EST

In this episode, Paul, Ben and Nathan butt-tackle topics alongside returning guest Daniel "BezerkDC" Chlebowczyk including public and critical response to Street Fighter V. Discussing the state of play for games-as-service including Splatoon and Street Fighter, the crew also talk about puzzling through The Witness, SEGA's latest grab for attention, and which Kevin Spacey runs the world in Advanced Warfare. Thanks to our friends at Plantronics, Gamebug.com.au and Games Laboratory. 

Direct download: The_Fourth_Player_-_Ep.93_Advacing_warfare_on_Street_Fighter.mp3
Category:videogames -- posted at: 7:14am EST

In this episode, Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max address the rise of the auteur with the release of first-person puzzler The Witness and first-person walker Firewatch. In the footsteps of Myst and Gone Home, these two games have captured conversation and we talk about how their development impacts what they offer as an experience. We answer listener email on the biggest let down we've experienced in pre-release hype. Thanks to our friends at Gamebug.com.au, Games Laboratory and Plantronics.   

Direct download: The_Fourth_Player_-_Ep.92_Witness_Watch.mp3
Category:videogames -- posted at: 6:31am EST

In this episode, Paul, Ben, Nathan and Max rejoin to kick off the year with talk of delightful vaudeville turn based steam-western Steamworld Heist, turning on fellow humans in The Division, and things answer listener emails to discuss we hope dies in a fire and never returns to the land of videogames. Thanks to our friends at Gamebug.com.au, Plantronics Gaming. Nathan's preferred tissues are kleenex.

Direct download: The_Fourth_Player_-_Ep.91_Divisive_Bucket_Heist.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:32am EST

In this episode, Paul, Ben, Nathan and returning guest Tim Best from Mighty Games Group talk new year resolutions for 2016; what we hope to see and pray we won't. Nathan admits to playing Senran Kagura, and we discuss how games opting for deliberate art style and mechanics court controversy. Ben shares his FarCry3 experiences while his honeymoon; punching turtles, sharks, pigs, big lizards, Batman pinatas. We discuss our hopes for 2016 in gaming; what we think will and won't happen. Thanks to our friends at Plantronics, Games Laboratory and Gamebug.com.au. We are still getting over Bowie, so listen to the outro and we'll have a quiet cry together. 

Direct download: The_Fourth_Player_Ep.90_-_2016_Resolutions__Pig_Island_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:34am EST

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