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Senior reporter Charlie Hall and guides editor Dave Tach host in-depth conversations each week about the latest games, movies, comics, and gear reviewed and recommended by the Polygon team. Produced by Polygon and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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Senior reporter Charlie Hall and guides editor Dave Tach host in-depth conversations each week about the latest games, movies, comics, and gear reviewed and recommended by the Polygon team. Produced by Polygon and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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EVERYTHING IS RACIST

By McButtPatrol - Oct 30 2018
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Feels scripted and like a long advertisement

By Mike271821 - Oct 18 2018
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The podcasts feel incredibly scripted and overall like one long advertisement for the games they talk about. I don’t want to be actively sold something I want to hear natural conversation about the games. The hosts also have a strange dynamic that doesn’t feel natural. One if overly enthusiastic like a late night talk show host and the other just answers questions like his guest. Not really enjoyable. They need to take a note or two from The Vergecast.

iTunes Ratings

436 Ratings
Average Ratings
359
32
19
6
20

EVERYTHING IS RACIST

By McButtPatrol - Oct 30 2018
Read more
- Polygon

Feels scripted and like a long advertisement

By Mike271821 - Oct 18 2018
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The podcasts feel incredibly scripted and overall like one long advertisement for the games they talk about. I don’t want to be actively sold something I want to hear natural conversation about the games. The hosts also have a strange dynamic that doesn’t feel natural. One if overly enthusiastic like a late night talk show host and the other just answers questions like his guest. Not really enjoyable. They need to take a note or two from The Vergecast.
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Quality Control

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Senior reporter Charlie Hall and guides editor Dave Tach host in-depth conversations each week about the latest games, movies, comics, and gear reviewed and recommended by the Polygon team. Produced by Polygon and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

Rank #1: God of War

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In each episode of Quality Control, a Polygon editor talks to a critic after they review a new game, movie or piece of gear and allows them to add a little bit of extra context and insight. Why did they feel the way they did? What do they wish they had been able to discuss in more depth in their review? Also: Did they play it wrong?

This week, Polygon's Dave Tach joins host Charlie Hall to discuss God of War. Also, be sure to read Polygon's review, written by Chris Plante.

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Apr 12 2018

21mins

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Rank #2: Destiny 2

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In each episode of Quality Control, a Polygon editor talks to a critic after they review a new game, movie or piece of gear and allows them to add a little bit of extra context and insight. Why did they feel the way they did? What do they wish they had been able to discuss in more depth in their review? Also: Did they play it wrong?

This week, Polygon’s Samit Sarkar joins editor-at-large Justin McElroy to discuss his review of Destiny 2.

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Sep 05 2017

24mins

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Rank #3: The unlikely resurrection of No Man's Sky

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In this week's episode of Quality Control, Charlie and Dave are both on hand with Russ Frushtick to talk about Next, the massive new update for No Man's Sky.

Our No Man's Sky thoughts from way back in 2014

Recent opinion from Ben Kuchera

Tara Long, with 250+ plus in-game hours, gives her take

A terrifying first encounter with new aliens

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Jul 26 2018

39mins

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Rank #4: Star Wars: The Last Jedi — Part 1

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Our annual deep dive into this year's entry in the Star Wars franchise, featuring Susana Polo, Dave Tach and Ben Kuchera. Come on inside the jedi tree. We've got a few porgs roasting over the fire, and a warm cup of blue milk waiting for you. And join us next week with part two. In the mean time, check out our review: https://www.polygon.com/2017/12/12/16749732/star-wars-review-the-last-jedi-rian-johnson-luke-rey

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Dec 20 2017

1hr 40mins

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Rank #5: Red Dead Redemption 2

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All about Red Dead Redemption 2.

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Oct 25 2018

53mins

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Rank #6: Spider-Man PS4 and the joys of the most AAA game

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This week on Polygon’s Quality Control podcast, Chelsea Stark joins Dave Tach to discuss Spider-Man on PS4.

In this episode, you’ll learn about why Chelsea and Dave like the game so much, even if they come just short of loving it. Much of the discussion centers around what Chelsea wrote recently in her Spider-Man review.

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Sep 12 2018

28mins

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Rank #7: Assassin's Creed Origins

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In each episode of Quality Control, a Polygon editor talks to a critic after they review a new game, movie or piece of gear and allows them to add a little bit of extra context and insight. Why did they feel the way they did? What do they wish they had been able to discuss in more depth in their review? Also: Did they play it wrong?

This week, senior editor Colin Campbell joins co-host Charlie Hall to discuss his review of Assassin's Creed Origins.

https://www.polygon.com/2017/10/26/16547262/assassins-creed-origins-review?utm_campaign=polygon&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

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Oct 26 2017

23mins

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Rank #8: What is the best starting Pokémon?

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At the beginning of every Pokémon game, players must make a Sohpie’s Choice-like decision to ally themselves with a single, cuddly fighting animal. While their stable will undoubtedly expand, it is that creature who will be their intimate companion on the long road to becoming the very best. Like no one ever was.

Today’s formal debate brings three Pokémon experts to the fore, including Polygon’s Allegra Frank and Ryan Gilliam as well as The Verge’s Megan Farokhmanesh. They will each make their case for one of the three iconic starting Pokémon: Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur.

Later this week, Polygon will also publish passionate analyses of each of these starting Pokémon. Then, next week on our official Twitter account, you will be able to make your voices heard with a final vote.

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Sep 26 2018

25mins

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Rank #9: Avengers: Infinity War

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In each episode of Quality Control, a Polygon editor talks to a critic after they review a new game, movie or piece of gear and allows them to add a little bit of extra context and insight. Why did they feel the way they did? What do they wish they had been able to discuss in more depth in their review?

This week, Polygon's Susana Polo and Dave Tach discuss Avengers: Infinity War.

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Apr 27 2018

48mins

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Rank #10: Dragon Age: Inquisition

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In each episode of Quality Control, Polygon managing editor Justin McElroy talks to a critic after they review a new game and allows them to add a little bit of extra context and insight. Why did they feel the way they did? What do they wish they had been able to discuss in more depth in their review? Also: Did they play it wrong?
In this episode, we talk with Phil Kollar about his review of Dragon Age: Inquisition.

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Nov 11 2014

18mins

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Rank #11: Monster Hunter: World

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In each episode of Quality Control, a Polygon editor talks to a critic after they review a new game, movie or piece of gear and allows them to add a little bit of extra context and insight. Why did they feel the way they did? What do they wish they had been able to discuss in more depth in their review? Also: Did they play it wrong?

This week, Polygon’s Chelsea Stark joins co-host Charlie Hall to discuss her review of Monster Hunter: World.

https://www.polygon.com/2018/1/26/16934076/monster-hunter-world-review-ps4-xbox-pc-release https://www.polygon.com/guides/2018/1/25/16911176/monster-hunter-world-guide-walkthrough

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Jan 31 2018

20mins

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Rank #12: Super Smash Bros. for 3DS - Quality Control

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Griffin McElroy talks about his review for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS ... and throws out a challenge to those foolish enough to challenge him.

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Oct 03 2014

20mins

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Rank #13: Far Cry 5

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In each episode of Quality Control, a Polygon editor talks to a critic after they review a new game, movie or piece of gear and allows them to add a little bit of extra context and insight. Why did they feel the way they did? What do they wish they had been able to discuss in more depth in their review? Also: Did they play it wrong?

This week, Polygon's Ben Kuchera joins host Charlie Hall to discuss the first few hours of Far Cry 5.

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Mar 28 2018

31mins

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Rank #14: E3 2017

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Welcome to a very special episode of Polygon's Quality Control recorded on location in Los Angeles where team Polygon is covering this E3. Guest host Charlie Hall is joined by Polygon's Simone de Rochefort and Allegra Frank to talk about three of the most excited being shown at this year's E3 including Super Mario Odyssey, Assassin's Creed: Origins and Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus. You can find all our coverage from E3 2017 right here: https://www.polygon.com/e3

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Jun 15 2017

17mins

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Rank #15: Destiny 2: Forsaken (is really good)

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Ryan Gilliam returns to Quality Control, joining Dave Tach to talk about Destiny 2: Forsaken.

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Sep 07 2018

41mins

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Rank #16: Nintendo Labo

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In each episode of Quality Control, a Polygon editor talks to a critic after they review a new game, movie or piece of gear and allows them to add a little bit of extra context and insight. Why did they feel the way they did? What do they wish they had been able to discuss in more depth in their review? Also: Did they play it wrong?

This week, Polygon's Simone de Rochefort and Brian Gilbert stop by to discuss their time with the Nintendo Labo line of games.

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Apr 19 2018

25mins

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Rank #17: The Surge

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In each episode of Quality Control, a Polygon editor talks to a critic after they review a new game, movie or piece of gear and allows them to add a little bit of extra context and insight. Why did they feel the way they did? What do they wish they had been able to discuss in more depth in their review? Also: Did they play it wrong?
This week, Polygon’s Phil Kollar joins editor-at-large Justin McElroy to discuss his review of The Surge.

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May 18 2017

20mins

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Rank #18: The Evil Within

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In each episode of Quality Control, Polygon managing editor Justin McElroy talks to a critic after they review a new game and allows them to add a little bit of extra context and insight. Why did they feel the way they did? What do they wish they had been able to discuss in more depth in their review? Also: Did they play it wrong?
In this episode, we talk with Phil Kollar about his review of The Evil Within which you can find right here:
http://www.polygon.com/2014/10/14/6896155/the-evil-within-review-xbox-one-PS4

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Oct 14 2014

18mins

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Rank #19: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

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In each episode of Quality Control, a Polygon editor talks to a critic after they review a new game, movie or piece of gear and allows them to add a little bit of extra context and insight. Why did they feel the way they did? What do they wish they had been able to discuss in more depth in their review? Also: Did they play it wrong?

This week, Polygon’s Chris Plante joins editor-at-large Justin McElroy to discuss his review of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

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Jan 04 2018

23mins

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Rank #20: Destiny 2: Part 2

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In each episode of Quality Control, a Polygon editor talks to a critic after they review a new game, movie or piece of gear and allows them to add a little bit of extra context and insight. Why did they feel the way they did? What do they wish they had been able to discuss in more depth in their review? Also: Did they play it wrong?

This week, Polygon’s Russ Frushtick joins editor-at-large Justin McElroy to discuss his updated to our review of Destiny 2.

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Sep 20 2017

28mins

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A special episode with Justin McElroy

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After 192 episodes and millions of downloads, Polygon's Quality Control is going on hiatus. To celebrate we brought back creator Justin McElroy. Until the next time we've got a game, a movie, or anything at all to talk about, thanks to you at home for listening.

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Jan 07 2019

28mins

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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Managing editor Chelsea Stark stops by to discuss her review of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Dec 13 2018

21mins

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Just Cause 4

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Just Cause 4 is good. Right up until it isn't.

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Dec 06 2018

18mins

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Battlefield 5

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Polygon's review of Battlefield 5.

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Nov 29 2018

25mins

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Pokémon: Let's Go! the audiobook

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An audiobook version of Polygon's Pokémon: Let's Go! review.

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Nov 15 2018

13mins

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Fallout 76 beta

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This week on Polygon’s Quality Control podcast, we’re joined by Jenna Stoeber and Tara Long. Between the two of them, they’ve spent dozens of hours in the Fallout 76 beta, so who better to bring onto the show to discuss it.

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Nov 08 2018

31mins

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Return of the Obra Dinn

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Charlie Hall sits down with Polygon's senior reporter Colin Campbell to discuss the latest game from indie developer Lucas Pope, Return of the Obra Dinn.

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Oct 31 2018

21mins

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Red Dead Redemption 2

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All about Red Dead Redemption 2.

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Oct 25 2018

53mins

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Blackout, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s battle royale mode

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In this week’s Quality Control podcast, we discuss the newest edition to the Call of Duty franchise, a battle royale mode called Blackout. It’s available as part of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. At a glance, it looks like many other battle royale games on the market. But, in motion, there’s a lot more nuance to the experience.

I sat down with our Austen Goslin. Between the two of us, we’ve spent hundreds of hours inside PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite, but also precursor games in the Call of Duty series. You can listen to the entire conversation below or on your podcast service of choice. We’ve also highlighted a few parts of the conversation and broken them out in the transcript below.

Read our review, already in progress.

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Oct 16 2018

31mins

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Inching forward with Mega Man 11

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This week on Polygon’s Quality Control podcast, Mike McWhertor joins Dave Tach to discuss Mega Man 11, which is available now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows.

In this episode, you’ll learn about Mega Man lore, how Mike played the game — and what Capcom seems to have figured out across a bunch of franchises lately. Much of the discussion centers around what Mike wrote recently in his Mega Man 11 review.

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Oct 10 2018

23mins

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Assassin's Creed Odyssey

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In the latest episode of Polygon’s Quality Control podcast we grapple with the Greco-action game Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Guests include Colin Campbell and Simone de Rochefort.

https://www.polygon.com/reviews/2018/10/1/17920288/assassins-creed-odyssey-review-ps4-xbox-one-windows-pc

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Oct 03 2018

25mins

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What is the best starting Pokémon?

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At the beginning of every Pokémon game, players must make a Sohpie’s Choice-like decision to ally themselves with a single, cuddly fighting animal. While their stable will undoubtedly expand, it is that creature who will be their intimate companion on the long road to becoming the very best. Like no one ever was.

Today’s formal debate brings three Pokémon experts to the fore, including Polygon’s Allegra Frank and Ryan Gilliam as well as The Verge’s Megan Farokhmanesh. They will each make their case for one of the three iconic starting Pokémon: Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur.

Later this week, Polygon will also publish passionate analyses of each of these starting Pokémon. Then, next week on our official Twitter account, you will be able to make your voices heard with a final vote.

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Sep 26 2018

25mins

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider

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This week on Polygon’s Quality Control podcast, Chris Plante and Dave Tach join host Charlie Hall to discuss Shadow of the Tomb Raider. How did the franchise get to now, and what's it like to play through an introspective look at the narrative roots of Lara Croft herself? You can read Polygon's full review right here.

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Sep 19 2018

29mins

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Spider-Man PS4 and the joys of the most AAA game

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This week on Polygon’s Quality Control podcast, Chelsea Stark joins Dave Tach to discuss Spider-Man on PS4.

In this episode, you’ll learn about why Chelsea and Dave like the game so much, even if they come just short of loving it. Much of the discussion centers around what Chelsea wrote recently in her Spider-Man review.

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Sep 12 2018

28mins

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Destiny 2: Forsaken (is really good)

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Ryan Gilliam returns to Quality Control, joining Dave Tach to talk about Destiny 2: Forsaken.

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Sep 07 2018

41mins

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Polygon's new reviews

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In this episode of Quality Control, Chris Plante and Charlie Hall explain the future of Polygon's reviews.

Games have changed since we launched Polygon. We’re changing with them.

We believe that a new strategy, focusing on criticism and curation, will better serve our readers than the serviceable, but ultimately limited reviews rubric that, for decades, has served as a load-bearing pillar of most game publications.

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Sep 04 2018

34mins

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WoW: Battle for Azeroth today (and yesterday and tomorrow)

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In this week’s episode of Quality Control, Dave Tach and first-time guest and World of Warcraft veteran World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth.

This week, you’ll learn about Ryan’s history with the game, which doesn’t span from vanilla WoW, but still lets him say things like, “back in my day.” A lot of our discussion centers around what Ryan wrote recently in his review, “Battle for Azeroth continues World of Warcraft’s legacy as an excellent, but safe MMO,” where he wrote:

"World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth has been given the unfortunate task of following up Legion, one of the best received World of Warcraft expansions in the last decade. Where Legion saw players go to space and fight hordes of demons, Battle for Azeroth brings the conflict back to Warcraft’s core: the Horde versus the Alliance in all-out war. 

"Thankfully for World of Warcraft players, Battle for Azeroth does almost everything right, and even succeeds in places where Legion failed. But in other cases, the expansion is left feeling a bit safe compared to its predecessor."

Press play to hear about the good and the bad and the incomplete.

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Aug 29 2018

37mins

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Monster Hunter: World comes to PC

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This latest incarnation of the Monster Hunter franchise carved off many of the series traditional rough edges, but the console version for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One didn’t always impress fans with its performance. The PC version, which launched more than six months later, has been a fixture on the Steam best seller’s list all month long. Patrick is our resident expert, so we wanted to ask him about his experience and also talk about starting out on PC for the first time.

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Aug 24 2018

22mins

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The weird joy of We Happy Few

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In this week’s episode of Quality Control, Dave Tach and Charlie Hall talk about We Happy Few.

Press play to learn about the game’s history from Kickstarter to Early Access (where the original concept changed pretty dramatically) to its recent release on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One (which at launch reflects the changes that the game’s earliest players asked for).

We Happy Few is the story of what comes after the fall of European democracy

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Aug 15 2018

24mins

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The best board games from Gen Con 2018

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On this week's episode of Quality Control, Charlie is joined by Gamers With Jobs' Allen Cook to discuss Gen Con 2018. Here's all of the very best board games from the largest tabletop convention in the United States.

https://www.polygon.com/gen-con https://www.gamerswithjobs.com/node/1302125

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Aug 09 2018

35mins

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iTunes Ratings

436 Ratings
Average Ratings
359
32
19
6
20

EVERYTHING IS RACIST

By McButtPatrol - Oct 30 2018
Read more
- Polygon

Feels scripted and like a long advertisement

By Mike271821 - Oct 18 2018
Read more
The podcasts feel incredibly scripted and overall like one long advertisement for the games they talk about. I don’t want to be actively sold something I want to hear natural conversation about the games. The hosts also have a strange dynamic that doesn’t feel natural. One if overly enthusiastic like a late night talk show host and the other just answers questions like his guest. Not really enjoyable. They need to take a note or two from The Vergecast.