Rank #1: Unlocked Episode 340
Our Xbox crew discusses No Man's Sky's upcoming Xbox release and how it might be received. Plus: Shadow of War looks to rehabilitate its image, Red Faction returns, more original Xbox games are on the way to backwards compatibility, and more!
Apr 05 2018
Rank #2: Podcast Unlocked Episode 201: Phil Spencer, Peter Moore, and Seamus Blackley Reunite and Reminisce
We don't believe three generations of Xbox leadership have ever been brought into the same room before to share secrets and stories of Xbox history. Until now. In a once-in-a-lifetime episode, Xbox creator Seamus Blackley, Head of Xbox during the 360 launch Peter Moore, and current Head of Xbox Phil Spencer talk for 90 minutes about all three Xbox consoles, including beating Sony in the living room, where the Duke controller came from, how Gears of War influenced a critical decision for the Xbox 360 hardware, and so much more!
Jul 02 2015
Rank #3: Unlocked Episode 337
Rumors of Splinter Cell's return in 2018 have our Xbox crew's hearts aflutter. We discuss what we'd want to see in a potential new game. Plus: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 runs from Red Dead Redemption 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider's teaser campaign gets spoiled...by Square Enix themselves, Microsoft announces their E3 plans, movie reviews for both Tomb Raider and Ready Player One, and much more!
Mar 15 2018
Rank #4: Podcast Unlocked at E3 2015: Matt Stone and Trey Parker Interview
In this special mini-episode, bucket-list edition of Podcast Unlocked, we sit down with Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the Emmy Award-winning, Tony Award-winning, and Oscar-nominated comedy geniuses. They've got a new video game, hilariously titled South Park: The Fractured But Whole, that serves as a follow-up to the New Kid's adventures in The Stick of Truth. Here, Stone and Parker discuss the game, how they see the show ending one day, whether or not we'll ever get a Book of Mormon movie adaptation, and more!
Jun 24 2015
Rank #5: Talking Call of Duty: Modern Warfare With One of its Stars
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Chad Michael Collins joins us in the second half of the show this week for an interview about acting in one of the biggest games of the year. That interview starts at 42:04 if you'd like to skip straight to it. In the first half of the show, we give our Modern Warfare campaign and multiplayer impressions, detail a fantastic new program from Microsoft that might help ease the sting out of Scarlett's next-gen launch price tag, discuss Fallout 76's new $100 per year service option, and more!
Oct 29 2019
Rank #6: The One About The Outer Worlds, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and the Elite Series 2 Controller
#ad #TacoBellPartner First we show off Taco Bell's new Eclipse Xbox One X giveaway bundle (with the new Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller!), and then we discuss Obsidian's new RPG The Outer Worlds with reviewer Dan Stapleton. Plus: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order impressions & more!
Oct 23 2019
Rank #7: Podcast Unlocked Episode 219: Halo 5's Huge Debut and Jon St. John on Being Duke Nukem
Halo 5 gets off to a big start, Activision paid HOW MUCH for the Candy Crush creator, the first big game delay of 2016 happens, Skyrim gets ported to Xbox One but you won't get to play it, Konami gears up another Metal Gear, and more. Plus: a 45-minute interview with Jon St. John, the legendary voice actor best known as the voice of Duke Nukem. He explains his radio origins, coming up with the Duke Nukem voice, his career as a video game voice actor, and much more.
NOTE: The Jon St. John interview starts at the 45:19 mark.
Oh, and Unlocked now has its own snazzy new homepage! Bookmark this: go.ign.com/unlocked
Nov 04 2015
Rank #8: Podcast Unlocked Episode 227: Our Xbox Predictions for 2016
Happy New Year! We kick things off with our longest episode ever! Gone Home creator Steve Gaynor (who you may also know as the creator of BioShock 2's highly acclaimed DLC Minerva's Den) sits in for the whole show to talk about next week's Xbox One release of Gone Home. We also ask him about his time on BioShock 2 as well as his next game, the Xbox One-exclusive Tacoma. Plus: we make our Xbox predictions for 2016 and review how we did with our 2015 predictions. And we discuss the Scalebound delay, the Assassin's Creed leak, and much more!
Jan 07 2016
Rank #9: Podcast Unlocked Ep. 100: DRM-Free Edition
Jun 20 2013
Rank #10: Podcast Unlocked Episode 213: Phil Spencer On FFXIV, Killer Apps, and More
Head of Xbox Phil Spencer joins our show this week for a conversation about all kinds of happenings in the world of Xbox, from Final Fantasy XIV's absence on Xbox One to whether or not existing Xbox One owners should upgrade to the upcoming Elite console to whether or not he thinks the "killer app" is dead, and much more! Plus: we discuss the Hitman delay, among other timely topics.
Sep 23 2015
Rank #11: Podcast Unlocked Episode 216: How Will Xbox Counter PS4's Price Drop?
We wonder what, if anything, Microsoft will do to counter Sony's PS4 price drop. Also, our thoughts on Star Wars Battlefront and how it will sell this holiday. Plus: more Season Passes that tick us off, Halo 5 news, miscellaneous (bad) news, and your chance to win a Forza Motorsport 6 Xbox One console bundle!
Oh, and Unlocked now has its own snazzy new homepage! Bookmark this: go.ign.com/unlocked
Oct 15 2015
Rank #12: Podcast Unlocked Episode 236: Is Fable Dead?
We analyze the cancellation of Fable Legends and the apparent closure of Lionhead Studios. Could either have been saved? Can and will Fable continue on, or is it dead? Plus: our first impressions of The Division, Gears of War 4 continues to divide us, Doom multiplayer inches closer, Overwatch and Battleborn have a silly (albeit one-sided) feud, and more!
Mar 10 2016
Rank #13: Podcast Unlocked Episode 134: Elop-ing It
Big changes are afoot in the Xbox world this week, as Twitch finally hits Xbox One with some fun new features, Titanfall gets bundled in for free with new Xbox Ones, and the Xbox division of Microsoft gets a new boss who has a...curious track record.
Feb 27 2014
Rank #14: Podcast Unlocked Episode 135: An Elop-ology
Winter must be almost over because things are heating up in the world of Xbox. This week we're talking about Rocksteady's new Batman: Arkham game, the next-gen project BioWare is considering, the return of Watch Dogs (we played it!), more Titanfall, the massive Xbox One March update, hypothetical scenarios in which Microsoft could sign the recently-ousted creator of Uncharted, and more! Plus: a mea culpa of sorts for new Xbox boss Stephen Elop.
Mar 07 2014
Rank #15: Podcast Unlocked Episode 256: Revisiting Old Xbox Favorites
On this week's Xbox show, a lack of current Xbox news leads us to reminisce about the past, including our favorite original Xbox games as well as what dormant Xbox series we'd like to see brought back. Plus: Xbox One S bundles, Summer Spotlight returns, Sonic's new 2D game, and more!
Jul 27 2016
Rank #16: Podcast Unlocked Episode 217: Nathan Vella (Super Time Force, Below) in the Studio
On this week's Xbox show, Capybara Games co-founder Nathan Vella (creator of Super Time Force and Below, among others) sits in on the whole show. He updates us on the Xbox One-exclusive below, shares Xbox development insights, talks Back to the Future Day with us, September NPD sales numbers, EA vs. Square Enix on remasters, and more. Plus: your chance to win a Halo 5 prize pack including a copy of the game and an Astro A40 Halo headset!
Oct 22 2015
Rank #17: Podcast Unlocked Episode 139: Phil 'Er Up
One of our own listeners has been named the new Head of Xbox at Microsoft! Yes, Phil Spencer has been promoted, and he calls in to tell us about his new role. Sorry in advance for the crappy phone-recorded audio. We'll use Skype next time!
Also, Alien: Isolation gets a dangerous release date, Devil's Third isn't dead, and more!
Apr 02 2014
Rank #18: Podcast Unlocked Ep. 160: $150 for Kinect Is Crazy
This week, we're down Ryan McCaffrey, so it's a shorter show as we discuss HD remakes, Dragon Age: Inquisition's multiplayer, Shadow Complex's 5th anniversary, and what we think of Microsoft selling Kinect for $150.
Aug 27 2014
Rank #19: Podcast Unlocked Episode 230: Burnout Returns...As a Golf Game...Sort of...
We celebrate the very Burnout-y new golf game (yes, golf game!) from the original creators of Burnout. Plus: praise for the word-of-mouth hit ARK: Survival Evolved and the awesome adventure that is Oxenfree. We also discuss the potential awesomeness of PlatinumGames's just-announced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game, share what you're getting for your $50 season pass in Star Wars Battlefront, lament Mighty No. 9's latest delay, and tell you how you can attend E3 with EA.
Jan 27 2016
Rank #20: Unlocked 221: Star Wars Battlefront's Pricey (but Fun!) Future
Star Wars Battlefront is here, and we've got a lot to say about its present and future. Plus: the NXOE dashboard, Deus Ex's totally OK delay, we're in love with Rise of the Tomb Raider, Ronda Rousey gets EA cover cursed, and more!
Nov 19 2015