The Axe Factor Archive

The Axe Factor started in late 2010, essentially, because Brent & Lorin wanted a project to collaborate on and a reason to hang out each week. Focusing on game trailers, in-depth discussion of game mechanics, themes & narrative, and hands-on game time, the show would distinguish itself with a focus on the intellectual and emotional impact games could evoke.

The Axe Factor

  • The Axe Factor 185: All The Banners Your Ass Can Handle

    December 30, 2014

    The Axe Factor 185: All The Banners Your Ass Can Handle
    Well gang, its our last show as an EpicBattleAxe podcast. This week, we ponder No Man's Sky, shudder at Dying Light, and discuss the games that made us gamers. Thank you, good night, and we'll see you next week on OutlawGamers.com!

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  • The Axe Factor 184: Games of the Year 2014

    December 23, 2014

    The Axe Factor 184: Games of the Year 2014
    Milk and cookies cannot save you from The Axe Factor! This week, we're making a list of our own as we look back on the year-in-gaming and and pick the naugtiest and nicest titles of 2014!

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  • Announcing The Outlaw Gamers Society!

    December 16, 2014

    Announcing The Outlaw Gamers Society!
    Hey gang! Although we're taking the week off from the regular show, we thought it would be a great opportunity to sit down and finally drop all the details on the new podcast, the new site, and where things are going from here.

    There's a lot of info to share but the bottom line is that we've been working very hard to build a new site where gaming's most epic community can continue. Give this short audio conversation a listen as we welcome all of you to the Outlaw Gamers Society!

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  • The Axe Factor 183: Another Man Down!

    December 9, 2014

    The Axe Factor 183: Another Man Down!
    Helium balloons cannot save you from The Axe Factor! This week, we check out gameplay from Uncharted 4, Metal Gear Online, The Order 1886. Plus, we discuss The Game Awards and whether it is a video game award show we can be proud of.

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  • The Axe Factor 182: Interesting, Very Interesting

    December 2, 2014

    The Axe Factor 182: Interesting, Very Interesting
    A lame part 2 cannot save you from The Axe Factor! This week, we ponder Sony's mysterious Emagon, discuss the PlayStation's underhanded handling of play-as-you-download content, and go hands-on with This War of Mine, Thomas was Alone, and more!

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  • The Axe Factor 181: A Fat Guy Named No Man's Sky

    November 25, 2014

    The Axe Factor 181: A Fat Guy Named No Man's Sky
    Rubber bullets cannot save you from The Axe Factor! This week, we lose our minds over the latest media from Batman: Arkham Knight, discuss one listener's suggestion that we renounce pre-orders to combat broken games, and go hands-on with Far Cry 4, GTA V, and more!

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  • The Axe Factor 180: A Guy Who Knows That We Know

    November 18, 2014

    The Axe Factor 180: A Guy Who Knows That We Know
    Grapple-parachute-traversal cannot save you from The Axe Factor! This week, we're checking in on Tales From the Borderlands, digging on some Just Cause 3 and pondering our experiences as a customer of the game industry.

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  • The Axe Factor 179: How Sure Are You?

    November 11, 2014

    The Axe Factor 179: How Sure Are You?
    Release dates cannot save you from The Axe Factor! This week, we compare Grand Theft Auto V on PS3 & PS4, ponder Blizzard's reveal trailer for Overwatch, look ahead to our most anticipated titles for 2015, and go hands-on with This War of Mine, and more!

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  • The Axe Factor 178: Jackrabbit Wallets

    October 28, 2014

    The Axe Factor 178: Jackrabbit Wallets
    Due process cannot save you from The Axe Factor! This week, we ponder controller-sharing on PS4, yet another Far Cry 4 update, and conclude our conversation on the most contentious subject in all of gamedom: the dreaded Gamer Gate.

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  • The Axe Factor 177: The Breast Tactic

    October 22, 2014

    The Axe Factor 177: The Breast Tactic
    Bug spray cannot save you from The Axe Factor! This week, we're checking out a Kickstarter for #TheFlameAndTheFlood, the Axehead-developed #StrengthOfTheSword3, and dive into part 1 of our epic conversation on #GamerGate.

    Today on #TheAxeFactor: #TheFlameAndTheFlood, #StrengthOfTheSword3, and part 1 of our discussion on #GamerGate

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  • The Axe Factor 176: "Interesting" Doesn't Necessarily Mean "Good"

    October 14, 2014

    The Axe Factor 176 Interesting Doesnt Necessarily Mean Good
    Incendiary rounds cannot save you from The Axe Factor! This week, we check out a Kickstarter from some ex-Bioshock devs, bask in the glow of Far Cry 4's latest promo vids, discuss the positive racial aspects of Sleeping Dogs, and go hands-on with Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor.

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  • The Axe Factor 175: The Most Popular 7 out of 10 of the Year!

    October 7, 2014

    The Axe Factor 175: The Most Popular 7 out of 10 of the Year!
    The Old Ones cannot save you from The Axe Factor! This week, we discuss the business model of Urban's latest crowd-funded venture, Human Resources, the role of game media pundits in native advertising, and discuss the future of our amazing community and our show.

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  • The Axe Factor 174: A Passive-Agressive Ball of Yarn

    September 30, 2014

    The Axe Factor 174: This Podcast is Over!
    Definitive graphics cannot save you from The Axe Factor! This week, we talk over Triad Wars, the Sleeping Dogs Definitive edition, and the abysmal state of DLC.

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  • The Axe Factor 173: What Part of Town Were You In?

    September 23, 2014

    The Axe Factor 173: What Part of Town Were You In?
    Industrial flame throwers cannot save you from The Axe Factor! This week, we discuss our mixed feelings on Alien Isolation's Survivor mode, ponder if VR may offer a way to address gender issues in games, and finish our hands-on time with Destiny!

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  • The Axe Factor 172: Led Zepplin - The Game

    September 16, 2014

    The Axe Factor 172: Led Zepplin - The Game
    Classic rock cannot save you from The Axe Factor! This week, we talk badass smuggling in Elite: Dangerous, elephant carnage in Far Cry 4, Microsoft purchasing Minecraft dev Mojang, and go hands-on with Destiny!

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  • The Axe Factor 171: Words That End in "eep"

    September 2, 2014

    Words That End in
    The gates of hell cannot save you from The Axe Factor! This week, we drool over the new Saint's Row, discuss new gameplay from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and discuss the importance of betas in shaping games.

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  • The Axe Factor 170: Gaming Impotent

    August 26, 2014

    The Axe Factor 170: Gaming Impotent
    Your eyes will receive no mercy from The Axe Factor! This week, we're catching up on the incredible deluge of game media from GamesCom 2014. Plus, we discuss Amazon's purchase of Twitch and what the future holds for the game-video-streaming service.

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  • The Axe Factor 169: Your Wife's Face is a Joke

    August 11, 2014

    The Axe Factor 169: Your Wife's Face is a Joke
    Consumer protection cannot save you from The Axe Factor! This week, we check out reveal trailers for Toy Soldiers: War Chest and Assassin's Creed: Rogue. Then, we discuss Google's move away from "Free" games.

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  • The Axe Factor 168: A Face-Full of Naughty

    August 5, 2014

    The Axe Factor 168: A Face-Full of Naughty
    Value-adds cannot save you from The Axe Factor! This week, we discuss the continued troubles of Lords of the Fallen, Assassin's Creed fatigue, and whether not-owning our games will be as bad as we fear.

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  • The Axe Factor 167: Things That Rhyme With 'Harry Dean Stanton'

    July 29, 2014

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    Grab your flamethrower and cat-carrier, its The Axe Factor! This week, we check out CounterSpy, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, and Alien: Isolation. Then, we discuss why its so hard for console makers to keep it simple.

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  • The Axe Factor 166: Restricted Baby Oil

    July 21, 2014

    The Axe Factor 166: Restricted Baby Oil
    Crowd funding cannot stop The Axe Factor! This week, we're checking out Oddworld: New and Tasty, still butting heads over Rainbow Six: Siege, and discussing the lessons to be learned from Yogventure's failed Kickstarter project.

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  • The Axe Factor 165: You Play a Gardener

    July 14, 2014

    The Axe Factor 165: You Play a Gardener
    Entropy cannot stop The Axe Factor! This week, we're mulling over pre-order DLC for Alien Isolation, the debut trailer for Gearbox's Battle Born, and discuss the role of indie games in Sony and Microsoft's free-game libraries.

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  • The Axe Factor 164: The Answer Is No

    July 8, 2014

    The Axe Factor 164: The Answer Is No
    Hallucinogenics cannot distract you from The Axe Factor! This week, we're talking Escape Dead Island, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and how indie devs can still stand out from the crowd.

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  • The Axe Factor 163: Booty Duty

    June 30, 2014

    The Axe Factor 163: Booty Duty
    The pre-recorded-revolution cannot save you from The Axe Factor! This week, we talk Lorin's new PlayStation 4, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Nintendo's Direct E3 press strategy, and more!

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  • The Axe Factor 162: Coming Out of My Mouth

    June 25, 2014

    The Axe Factor 162: Coming Out of My Mouth
    Deliver on your promises or suffer The Axe Factor! This week, we soak up some gameplay from some of our most-anticipated titles going into E3 2014 including Destiny, The Order: 1886, and Dragon Age: Inquisition. Then we discuss Ubisoft's reasoning in axing Rainbow Six: Patriots in favor of R6:Siege, then go hands-on with Wolfenstein: The New Order and more!

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  • The Axe Factor: E3 2014 Edition

    June 10, 2014

    The Axe Factor: E3 2014 Edition
    The rabble cannot save you from The Axe Factor! E3 is here and we're kicking off our coverage with the first three press conferences of the day. Did Microsoft reclaim their footing with gamers? Did EA invent a new form of narcolepsy? Did you play along with Ubisoft's f-bomb bingo? Drop the blade and lets find out!

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  • The Axe Factor 161: Stop That Sentence

    June 3, 2014

    The Axe Factor 161: Stop That Sentence
    Time travel can't save you from The Axe Factor! This week, we're packing a super-size What We're Watching section with new media for #BattlefieldHardline #QuantumBreak #BattleCry and more! Then we talk E3 Hype Fatigue and how its colored our anticipation for this year's show.

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  • The Axe Factor 160: True Game Journalism

    May 26, 2014

    The Axe Factor 160: True Game Journalism
    Optimization can't improve The Axe Factor! This week, we're checking out new media for The Order: 1886 and Batman: Arkham Knight. Then, we talk Nvidia's mobile strategy with The Shield and whether they can sell players and developers on their non-casual mobile platform.

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  • The Axe Factor 159: A Significant Leak

    May 12, 2014

    The Axe Factor 159: A Significant Leak
    That's no caniform, its The Axe Factor! This week, we check out debut media for Never Alone and Killing Floor 2, discuss why Reason thinks gamers are a bunch of Libertarians, and go hands on with Broken Age, MGS Ground Zeroes and more!

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  • The Axe Factor 158: Its a Mouthful

    May 6, 2014

    The Axe Factor 158: Its a Mouthful
    That's no passing grade, its The Axe Factor! This week, we binge on new media for Destiny, Wolfenstein, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Then, we talk about eduction and the aspects of gaming that stand to improve how we learn.

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  • The Axe Factor 157: It Gets Better The Less You Play It

    April 28, 2014

    The Axe Factor 157
    Teamwork cannot save you from The Axe Factor! This week, we lose our potatoes over nine minutes of multiplayer action from Watch Dogs, an in-depth look at both sides of Evolution's 5-on-1 carnage, and discuss Xbox's foray into film and television production.

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  • The Axe Factor 156: The Year of Aliens

    April 22, 2014

    The Axe Factor 156: The Year of Aliens
    The darkness cannot conceal you from The Axe Factor! This week, we're joined by guest-host Alex Thomas of Stoic to drool over Alien Isolation, golf-clap Hitman GO, and discuss a BioWare Dev's call for the industry to end social injustice in gaming.

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  • The Axe Factor 155: Hands Off My Ogre

    April 15, 2014

    The Axe Factor 155: Hands Off My Ogre
    That's no tactical swine, its The Axe Factor! This week, we join the Broforce, ponder Orcs Must Die: Unchained, discuss Shuhei Yoshida's recent comments that the Facebook purchase of Oculus Rift validates VR and Sony's Project Morpheus.

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  • The Axe Factor 154: Time For an Intervention

    April 8, 2014

    The Axe Factor 154: Time For an Intervention
    That's no game console, its The Axe Factor! This week, we talk over our expectations for the Amazon Fire TV, discuss Counter Strike: Global Offensive's in-game economy, and finally finish up Ether One, Diablo III, and more!

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  • The Axe Factor 153: Put This on Your Face

    March 31, 2014

    The Axe Factor 153: Put This on Your Face
    That's not the future, its The Axe Factor! This week, we discuss the landmark news that Facebook has purchased Oculus Rift. What does this mean for the future of VR? Plus, Ether One, Watch Dogs and more!

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  • The Axe Factor 152: Just Unravalled The Universe

    March 25, 2014

    The Axe Factor 152: Just Unravalled The Universe
    Abandon your pants all ye who enter, its The Axe Factor! This week, we run the Gauntlet remake, talk more Batman: Arkham Knight, and sit down with James Burton of White Paper Games (and The Axehead Army) to discuss their evocative debut title: Ether One.

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  • The Axe Factor 151: A Sad Toilet

    March 18, 2014

    The Axe Factor 151: A Sad Toilet
    Cover your back-nine, its The Axe Factor! This week, we check out a new dev-diary for Alien: Isolation, the launch trailer for Ether One, and discuss how player communities might influence games in the near future.

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  • The Axe Factor 150: A Passion for Shouting

    March 11, 2014

    The Axe Factor 150: A Passion for Shouting
    Ready your pants for take off, its The Axe Factor! This week, we discuss BattleBlock Theater, Watch Dogs, Costume Quest 2, and look back on 150 episodes of The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 149: Music Guns

    February 25, 2014

    The Axe Factor 149: Music Guns
    Find the downbeat, its The Axe Factor! This week, we discuss Lords of the Fallen, Wolfenstein: The New Order, and look into recent privacy concerns with Valve's Anti Cheat system.

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  • The Axe Factor 148: Quality Floats

    February 17, 2014

    The Axe Factor 148: Quality Floats
    Grab a sharp stick and your orc-repellant, its The Axe Factor! This week, we discuss Evolve, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, and the road to release for Next Car Game!

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  • The Axe Factor 147: Play With Your Club Lengths

    February 4, 2014

    The Axe Factor 147: Play With Your Club Lengths
    Who needs half-time, its The Axe Factor! This week, we weigh in on Alien: Isolation, South Park: The Stick of Truth, discuss the Trademark dispute between Candy Crush and The Banner Saga, and more!

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  • The Axe Factor 146: Its Better To Be Awesome

    January 14, 2014

    The Axe Factor 146: Its Better To Be Awesome
    Grab something sharp and run, its The Axe Factor! This week, its a super-sized episode as we discuss PlayStation Now, evaluate the latest hardware from Oculus Rift, and are joined by Stoic's Alex Thomas to discuss The Banner Saga, crowd-funding, and the complicated relationship between gamers and devs.

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  • The Axe Factor 145: Eating Small Children

    January 7, 2014

    The Axe Factor 145: Eating Small Children
    Protect your gaming library, its The Axe Factor! This week, we revel in the Kickstarter campaign for Kung Fury scratch our heads over the Dark Souls II live-action teaser, and discuss the news that Valve recently pulled a defunct game from gamer's Steam libraries.

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  • The Axe Factor 144: Games of the Generation 2005-2013

    December 31, 2013

    The Axe Factor 144: Games of the Generation 2005-2013
    Don't look back, its The Axe Factor! This week, we close the book on 2013 by raising our glasses to our favorite titles from the last console generation. From the titles that changed the conventions of the medium, to those that changed our definition of what games were, to the games that simply changed us. These are the games that tell the amazing story of the seventh console generation!

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  • The Axe Factor 143: 2013 Games of the Year

    December 24, 2013

    The Axe Factor 143: 2013 Games of the Year
    Drop the ball and run, its The Axe Factor! With the Jul Holiday upon us, we take a moment to discuss our biggest disappointments, the titles that slipped through our greedy little fingers, and our top five titles from 2013!

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  • The Axe Factor 142: Passed Through My Lips

    December 16, 2013

    The Axe Factor 142: Passed Through My Lips
    Grab the donuts and the kerosene, its The Axe Factor! This week, we prepare ourselves for Telltale's The Walking Dead Season 2, correct our mistake of not discussing The Witcher trailer from the VGX and discuss the recent blitzkrieg of gameplay copyright notices being unleashed on YouTubers.

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  • The Axe Factor 141: Chocolate Peanut Butter Sex

    December 10, 2013

    The Axe Factor 141: Chocolate Peanut Butter Sex
    Aim for the awkward silence, its The Axe Factor! This week, we revel in VGX reveals for No Man's Sky and Tales from the Borderlands. Then, we weigh in on the recent documentary How Video Games Changed the World!

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  • The Axe Factor 140: Watch Your Back

    December 3, 2013

    The Axe Factor 140: Watch Your Back
    Who needs chaos and order when there's chaos and TheAxeFactor?! This week, we freak out over Just Cause 2 multiplayer, check out Dying Light gameplay, and discuss some inaccurate, but generally positive video game coverage in the mainstream press.

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  • The Axe Factor 139: Ain't Got No Flyin' Shoes

    November 26, 2013

    The Axe Factor 139: Ain't Got No Flyin' Shoes
    Follow your balloon, its The Axe Factor! This week, we shudder at gameplay of Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, go hands-on with the launch lineup for PS4 and XB1 and we're joined by Tony Grice to discuss his Xbox One launch experience!

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  • The Axe Factor 138: Grave Detail

    November 18, 2013

    The Axe Factor 138: Grave Detail
    Suffer no patience, its The Axe Factor! This week, we check out gameplay from Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, quiver in anticipation of a fourth Uncharted, and go in-depth with Brent on his PlayStation 4 launch experience.

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  • The Axe Factor 137: Crying Into My Yogurt

    November 12, 2013

    The Axe Factor 137: Crying Into My Yogurt
    Storm the walls, its The Axe Factor! This week, we're joined by Joystiq senior writer (and EpicBattleAxe alumni) Jess Conditt! Jess joins the fray as we talk new media from The Forest, a release date for The Banner Saga, the influence of indie games on the mainstream industry and more!

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  • The Axe Factor 136: Off The Rails We Go

    November 4, 2013

    The Axe Factor 136: Off The Rails We Go
    Grab a sock, its The Axe Factor! This week, we check out gameplay from Reset, a new dev diary from Contrast, discuss Let's Play videos, and go hands-on with Batman: Arkham Origins, and Battlefield 4!

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  • The Axe Factor 135: This Thing With Sessler's Wife

    October 28, 2013

    The Axe Factor 135: This Thing With Sessler's Wife
    Blame someone else, its The Axe Factor! This week, we check out new gameplay from Titanfall, discuss just how broken our new consoles are going to be when they launch, and go hands-on with Batman: Arkham Origins!

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  • The Axe Factor 134: You Will Now Murder the Pig

    October 22, 2013

    The Axe Factor 134: You Will Now Murder the Pig
    Surrender the donuts, its The Axe Factor! This week, we check out Frostbit-3-enabled gameplay from Dragon Age: Inquisition, ponder the murky message of Ryse: Son of Rome's marketing, debate whether today's games will stand the test of time, and talk The Wolf Among Us, Beyond: Two Souls, and more!

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  • The Axe Factor 133: Double-Poll Action

    October 15, 2013

    The Axe Factor 133: Double-Poll Action
    Double up on hand-sanitizer, its The Axe Factor! This week, we check out hands-on video of the Steam controller, plus new VR gear from Avegant and castAR, enjoy a Troy Baker monologue as The Joker, discuss broken-on-release games, and go hands-on with The Wolf Among Us and Beyond: Two Souls!

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  • The Axe Factor 132: Mostly Taketh

    October 8, 2013

    The Axe Factor 132: Mostly Taketh
    Secure your wallets, its The Axe Factor! This week, we mull over new DLC for Splinter Cell: Blacklist, discuss what makes for good co-op play, and go hands-on with the Battlefield 4 beta and GTA Online.

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  • The Axe Factor 131: Ball-Gazing

    September 30, 2013

    The Axe Factor 131: Ball-Gazing
    Prepare your ass for an upgrade, its The Axe Factor! This week, we react to Arkham Origin's multiplayer, discuss the dramatic and long-term impact of Valve's recent announcements and go hands-on with GTA V, State of Decay, and more!

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  • The Axe Factor 130: Playing With Lorin

    September 23, 2013

    The Axe Factor 130: Playing With Lorin
    That's not a roundhouse kick, its The Axe Factor! This week, we check out fight-footage from Batman: Arkham Origins, play war in Battlefield 4, discuss the 'failure' of some recent Square Enix titles and go hands-on with Grand Theft Auto V!

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  • The Axe Factor 129: The Circle of Life

    September 16, 2013

    The Axe Factor 129: The Circle of Life
    Grab a tablet, a phone, a tv, and a monitor, its The Axe Factor! This week, we discuss the next-gen arrival of the second-screen experience and how devs are utilizing companion apps to support and enhance PC and console titles. Plus, DayZ 1.8, Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag, and hands-on with Saints Row IV.

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  • The Axe Factor 128: Double-Rogue

    September 2, 2013

    The Axe Factor 128: Double-Rogue
    That's not haptic feedback, its The Axe Factor! This week, we ponder our Destiny, discuss new revelations about DayZ standalone, discuss the seemingly imminent revolution in game-controlers, and finally go hands-on with co-op in Splinter Cell: Blacklist!

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  • The Axe Factor 127: Playing With Each Other Aint Easy

    August 26, 2013

    The Axe Factor 127: Playing With Each Other Aint Easy
    Grab the Dramamine and the oregano, its The Axe Factor! This week, we discuss new revelations surrounding The Division on PC, the announcement of EVE Valkyrie and its milestone vis-a-vis the Oculus Rift, discuss innovations and improvements to the PS4 and Xbox One controllers, and go hands-on with Splinter Cell: Blacklist.

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  • The Axe Factor 126: Clan-on-Clan Action

    August 20, 2013

    The Axe Factor 126: Clan-on-Clan Action
    Grab a parachute and an ATV, its The Axe Factor! This week, we behold the mighty reveal of Grand Theft Auto Online, discuss the impact of developer-harassment on the industry, and go hands-on with The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing, Gone Home, and more!

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  • The Axe Factor 125: A New Kind of Hummus

    August 13, 2013

    The Axe Factor 125: A New Kind of Hummus
    Get your head down, its The Axe Factor! This week, we mull over next week's release of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified and Splinter Cell: Blacklist, discuss one Reddit user's amazing quest to clear his backlog of Steam games, go hands-on with DayZero, and have a preview conversation for our postmortem on The Last of Us.

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  • The Axe Factor 124: A Kilo of Bean Salad

    August 5, 2013

    The Axe Factor 124: A Kilo of Bean Salad
    Surrender your nectarines, its The Axe Factor! This week, we gird our loins with the possibility of a sequel to Red Dead Redemption, reflect on the Steam Summer sale and the psychological reasons behind it, and have our first hands-on discussion about The Last of Us.

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  • The Axe Factor 123: Jacking Out

    July 15, 2013

    The Axe Factor 123: Jacking Out
    Lets grab a bite to eat in Jerkwater, its The Axe Factor! This week, we discuss our recent glimpse of gameplay for GTA V, Rambo, and Mad Max, go hands-on with the Oculus Rift, and surrender our wallets to the Steam Summer Sale!

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  • The Axe Factor 122: Pink Soldiers

    July 8, 2013

    The Axe Factor 122: Pink Soldiers
    Run! Run for your mortal life, its The Axe Factor! This week, we check out alpha gameplay from Routine, ponder if OUYA and similar consoles can find a market for mobile-gaming-at-home, and go hands on with The Walking Dead 400 Days, Marvel Heroes, and more!

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  • The Axe Factor 121: Punch Your Face With Your Office

    June 24, 2013

    The Axe Factor 121: Punch Your Face With Your Office
    Grab a restraining order, its The Axe Factor! This week, we check out some of the tech behind the Frostbite 3 engine, examine the recently leaked multiplayer footage from Watch Dogs, and discuss the presence of free-to-play titles on the major consoles at E3 and how we feel about the imminent arrival of this much-hyped business model.

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  • The Axe Factor 120: The Car Wreck That Won't Stop

    June 18, 2013

    The Axe Factor 120: The Car Wreck That Won't Stop
    Grab the scissors and run, its The Axe Factor! This week, we investigate the news that Microsoft decieved the world by running their E3 demos on high-end Nvidia gaming rigs and why the company suddenly finds itself in such troubled waters. Plus, we examine Tom Clancy's The Division, go hands-on with Remember Me, The Last of Us, and more!

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  • The Axe Factor 119: Like Bringing a Nuke to a Fist Fight

    June 12, 2013

    The Axe Factor 119: Like Bringing a Nuke to a Fist Fight
    Sleep after you're dead, its The Axe Factor! E3 is finally here and next-gen blood is already in the water. Tony Grice joins us as we discuss all the news coming out of the day-zero press events and stand witness to the opening salvo of the new console war.

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  • The Axe Factor 118: Brazilian Meat Bicycles

    June 4, 2013

    The Axe Factor 118: Brazilian Meat Bicycles
    Tell the pretty lady to duck, its The Axe Factor! This week, we rofl at the new Borderlands 2 charater trailer, run down the -very- long list of games we're looking forward to hearing about next week at E3, and get hands-on with Call of Juarez: Gunslinger and Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon.

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  • The Axe Factor 117: A Chicklet With a Thumb-Tack

    May 28, 2013

    The Axe Factor 117: A Chicklet With a Thumb-Tack
    Grab a snow shovel and some kerosene, its The Axe Factor! This week, we drool over the debut trailer for Batman: Arkham Origins, discuss our thoughts on how the console war is shaping up in the aftermath of the Xbox One press event, and have our first hands-on with the OUYA game console.

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  • The Axe Factor 116: The Joy of Killing Nazis

    May 14, 2013

    The Axe Factor 116: The Joy of Killing Nazis
    Hold on to your pants, its The Axe Factor! This week, we get some direct impressions of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, ponder the potential of Watch Dogs' mobile-to-console multiplayer support, and dicuss the evolving course of games to address profound and painful human experiences. Plus, our hands-on time with Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Torchlight II, and more!

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  • The Axe Factor 115: Fully Unaware of our Capacity for Kindness

    May 6, 2013

    The Axe Factor 115: Fully Unaware of our Capacity for Kindness
    Duck and cover kids, its The Axe Factor! This week, we bask in the glow of the new trailers for Grand Theft Auto V, suffer through another bout of mainstream 'journalism' about violent video games, and decided that even if Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon isn't the game of the year, it is.

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  • The Axe Factor 114: Seven Inches

    April 30, 2013

    The Axe Factor 114: Seven Inches
    Hang on and crank the merry-go-ride to eleven, its The Axe Factor! This week, we pour over new trailers for Beyond: Two Souls, Watch Dogs, discuss the new XCOM prequel, and talk about the fascinating cross-influence of games and film making. Plus, our games of the week and the winner of the FarCry3 Blood Dragon giveaway!

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  • The Axe Factor 113: Into My Rift

    April 23, 2013

    The Axe Factor 113: Into My Rift
    Ready your condiments, its The Axe Factor! This week, we have an extra helping of epic with videos for The Evil Within, Guacamelee!, and Dear Esther running on the Oculus Rift. Plus, our reaction to Cliffy B's reaction to gamer's reaction to DLC, free2play, and more!

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  • The Axe Factor 112: A Throwing Star, A Ninja Throwing Star

    April 16, 2013

    The Axe Factor 112: A Throwing Star, A Ninja Throwing Star
    Grab a fistfull of shuriken, its The Axe Factor! This week, we blow our on minds with details on Batman: Arkham Origins, Dark Souls II, gameplay footage from Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, and discuss the creative tension between players and developers.

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  • The Axe Factor 111: Funny or Stupid

    April 9, 2013

    The Axe Factor 111: Funny or Stupid
    Cancel the appetizer and start with dessert, its The Axe Factor! This week, we get all hot-n-bothered over new trailers for Thief, Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures, and The Last of Us. Then we discuss why game reviews for titles like SimCity could take a page from food critics.

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  • The Axe Factor 110: Never Skip the Pole

    April 2, 2013

    The Axe Factor 110: Never Skip the Pole
    Microwave your cable modem and hide under your bed, its The Axe Factor! This week, we gorge ourselves on the massive amounts of awesomesauce gaming vids that have hit the tubes recently, then we warm up for our new Postmortem with a hands-on look at BioShock: Infinite.

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  • The Axe Factor 109: Pull It Out

    March 25, 2013

    The Axe Factor 109: Pull It Out
    Activate slo-mo and brace for the hero shot, its The Axe Factor! This week, take a look at debut gameplay footage from Transistor, have a look at more Metro: Last Light, discuss Shane Saterfield's introspective blog on outlet-exclusive game reviews, and have our hands-on time with BioShock, God of War: Ascension and more!

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  • The Axe Factor 108: A Bono-Sized Deuce

    March 19, 2013

    The Axe Factor 108: A Bono-Sized Deuce
    Time to buy a thrid monitor, its The Axe Factor! This week, discuss the return of Call of Juarez to the western genre, our varying excitement for Injustice: Gods of Among Us, and prepare for the onslaught of Oculus Rift news with a discussion raised by one Axehead of whether or not VR gaming will lead to more of the kinds of games he wants to play. PLUS: our hands-on impressions with Tomb Raider!

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  • The Axe Factor 107: Rub Up Wherever You Want

    March 5, 2013

    The Axe Factor - Episode 107: Rub Up Wherever You Want
    Grab some weed killer and a flamethrower, its The Axe Factor! This week, we check out the first dev diary for The Last of Us, a first look at SimCity, Willem Dafoe's work on Beyond Two Souls and discuss recent industry analysts' view that the Wii U may be a mistake Nintendo can't recover from.

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  • The Axe Factor 106: Up Your Sarlac Pit

    February 26, 2013

    The Axe Factor 106: Up Your Sarlac Pit
    Cover your six, its The Axe Factor! This week, we discuss the inFamous Second Son and Killzone: Shadow Fall reveals from last week's PlayStation 4 event. Then we react to Jenova Chen's amazing DICE 2013 keynote revealing the development of Journey. Plus, hands-on with Crysis 3, The Showdown Effect Beta, and more!

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  • The Axe Factor 105: Turn Off Your Face

    February 19, 2013

    The Axe Factor 105: Turn Off Your Face
    Hey you, get your damned hands off her, its The Axe Factor! This week, we check out the upcoming Ether One, contemplate Bungie's reveal of Destiny, and discuss the recent debacle with Aliens: Colonial Marines and ponder if game journalists and game makers are a bit too cozy.

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  • The Axe Factor 104: Wash Your Boxers Again

    February 12, 2013

    The Axe Factor 104: Wash Your Boxers Again
    Grab the beans and lets blow this town, its The Axe Factor! This week, we drool over new details from DayZ, ponder Randy Pitchford's 2013 DICE keynote speech, and go hands on with DmC, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, and more!

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  • The Axe Factor 103: On The Tip of His Tongue

    February 5, 2013

    The Axe Factor 103: On The Tip of His Tongue
    Protect your wallet, its The Axe Factor! This week, we count the ways Dead Space 3 is selling us short with DLC, discuss Gabe Newell's recent comments that Apple is the biggest threat to Steam in the living room, and go hands on with The Cave, Antichamber, DmC, and more!

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  • The Axe Factor 102: Remember The War Horse

    January 28, 2013

    The Axe Factor 102: Remember The War Horse
    Hold on to your kidneys, its The Axe Factor! This week, we endure a new trailer for Aliens: Colonial Marines, discuss pre-alpha gameplay footage for Dead Island Riptide, and take stock of Kickstarter, the projects we've backed, and what we expect from crowd funding in 2013. Plus, our first hands-on with The Cave!

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  • The Axe Factor 101: Three To Six in County

    January 22, 2013

    The Axe Factor 101: Three To Six in County
    Prepare for virtual glory, its The Axe Factor! This week, we ponder the latest media from Splinter Cell: Blacklist, square off over Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel, and unite in our fervor for the Oculus Rift vr headset.

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  • The Axe Factor 100: Live!

    January 14, 2013

    The Axe Factor 100: Live
    Brace for hangover, its The Axe Factor! This week, we celebrate one hundred episodes with our second-ever live show. We heard from might Axeheads around the world, we discussed the amazing year for gaming that 2013 promises to be, and we took the Guinness prize for Fastest-What-We're-Watching-Section-Ever. In case you missed the live broadcast, we recorded the festivities for all to enjoy. So, kick back with your favorite beverage and settle in for the two-hour blockbuster that was The Axe Factor Episode 100, live.

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  • The Axe Factor 99-and-a-Half: The Games of 2012

    December 25, 2012

    The Axe Factor 99-and-a-Half: The Games of 2012
    Ho-ho-hack-and-slash, its The Axe Factor! This week, we sit down to discuss our games-of-the-year for 2012. The challenge this time wasn't finding a clear favorite so much as finding a way to work in all the amazing titles we enjoyed this year. From our fav runners-up, our honorable mentions, and our absolute games-of-the-year, this is our 2012 gaming-year-in-review.

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  • The Axe Factor 099: The Hooker is Crying

    December 18, 2012

    The Axe Factor 099: The Hooker is Crying
    Ready the holiday slay, its The Axe Factor! This week, Lorin drools over the latest media from Crysis 3, we discuss the potential of Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel, and ponder the ethics of game journalism.

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  • The Axe Factor 098: A Dancing Penis

    December 12, 2012

    The Axe Factor 098: A Dancing Penis
    Grab a tuxedo and a jar of peanut butter, its The Axe Factor! This week, we grab the scalpel and dig into the trailers shown off at the 2012 Spike VGAs. From The Phantom Pain to The Stick of Truth, we dive into the trailers screened at this year's VGAs, then go hands-on with Far Cry 3 and GOTY winner The Walking Dead.

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  • The Axe Factor 097: Charitable Weasel Wrestling

    December 4, 2012

    The Axe Factor 097: Charitable Weasel Wrestling
    Grab a whip and show the otter no mercy, its The Axe Factor! This week, we warm up for the VGAs with some pre-trailer teasers for Castlevania Lords of Shadow II and Gears of War Judgement, weigh in on Aliens Colonial Marines' Survivor co-op mode, and discuss recent comments from the head of Ubisoft that the length of this console generation has hurt gaming.

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  • The Axe Factor 096: A Medium Sized Whoop

    November 27, 2012

    The Axe Factor 096: A Medium Sized Whoop
    When twelve CAT-scan machines per household aren’t enough, its The Axe Factor! This week, we dig into a new features trailer for Far Cry 3, catch up with the multiplayer beta for The Banner Saga, ponder the disparity in release days for the U.S. versus the U.K., and follow up with a hands-on look at Hitman: Absolution.

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  • The Axe Factor 095: Something After Your But

    November 21, 2012

    The Axe Factor 095: Something After Your But
    Kick over a table and grab some turkey, its The Axe Factor! This week, we drool over the new Grand Theft Auto V trailer, discuss Lorin's evolving opinion on Hitman: Absolution, and ponder the release of Nitendo's Wii U console and what its unique input paradigm might have to offer developers and gamers.

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  • The Axe Factor 094: Have a Three-way With Yourself

    November 13, 2012

    The Axe Factor 094: Have a Three-way With Yourself
    Put the pedal down and hang on to the marshmallows, its The Axe Factor! This week, we gorge on our first in-depth look at Grand Theft Auto V, discuss the looming release of Dead Space 3, and find out why one man has walked away from Steam in favor of EA Origin.

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  • The Axe Factor 093: You Had Me At Shark-Dog

    November 6, 2012

    The Axe Factor 093: You Had Me At Shark-Dog
    Topside and prepare for boarding, its The Axe Factor! This week, we check out a new combat preview of DmC and find out if its living up to the Devil May Cry lineage, feast on the Kickstarter pitch vid for Interstellar Marines: Prologue, discuss how Achievements could better server gamers of all varieties, and dive into our first hands-on talk over Assassin's Creed III.

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  • The Axe Factor 092: This Man Has No Pole

    October 31, 2012

    The Axe Factor 092: This Man Has No Pole
    Hunker down and brace for impact, its The Axe Factor! This week, we prepare for the imminent release of Assassin's Creed III by checking out new trailers for Halo 4 and BioShock Infinite, and discussing how video games have impacted our lives, for good or ill.

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  • The Axe Factor 091: My Backlog is Bigger Than Yours

    October 23, 2012

    The Axe Factor 091: My Backlog is Bigger Than Yours
    Who needs sleep when you've got games? Its The Axe Factor! This week, we check out Nightmare in Northpoint, the first major DLC for Sleeping Dogs, the teaser trailer for Outlast, and discuss how long a game needs to be so we get our money's worth.

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  • The Axe Factor 090: Things You Can't Unhear

    October 23, 2012

    The Axe Factor 090: Things You Can't Unhear
    Engage the auxiliary game-funding, its The Axe Factor! This week, we drool over Star Citizen, discuss player-choice as the benchmark for next-gen gaming, and go hands-on with Dishonored and Xcom: Enemy Unknown!

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  • The Axe Factor 089: These Guys Go Deep

    October 8, 2012

    The Axe Factor 089: These Guys Go Deep
    Lay down suppressing fire and cover your damn wallet, its The Axe Factor! This week, we shudder in horror at the games of October, scrutinize a company that may be responsible for steering many decisions in the game industry, and discuss the mighty return of EpicBattleAxe.com!

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  • The Axe Factor 088: The Puss Has Stopped

    September 26, 2012

    The Axe Factor 088: The Puss Has Stopped
    Pass out the scissors and lets' get the marathon started, its The Axe Factor! This week, we break with tradition and agree with Cliff Bleszinski, continue with tradition by slurping up whatever media Assassin's Creed III is dishing out, and sit down with Camoflaj's Ryan Payton to discuss the state of narrative-in-games and what the game industry should do to improve its story-telling prowess.

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  • The Axe Factor 087: Mister Solid

    September 19, 2012

    The Axe Factor 087: Mister Solid
    Grab the hostages and get to tha choppa, its The Axe Factor! This week, we drool over the Xcom: Enemy Unknown Preview, ponder the Nintendo-exclusivity of Bayonetta 2, and debate whether game marketing screws up by promising too much.

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  • The Axe Factor 086: A Heap of Love

    September 11, 2012

    The Axe Factor 086: A Heap of Love
    Drop the ramp and grab the horses, its The Axe Factor! This week, we check out an alternate gameplay vid for The Last of Us, go berserk over a new Borderlands 2 trailer, and talk about our first play-through with Mark of the Ninja!

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  • The Axe Factor 085: Something Seems Fishy

    September 5, 2012

    The Axe Factor 085: Something Seems Fishy
    RISE MY FRIENDS, Its TheAxeFactor! This week, Lorin and I weigh in on the shake up and fallout from the demise of EpicBattleAxe, then we dive face-first into gameplay footage for Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, Tomb Raider, and The War Z!

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  • The Axe Factor 084: An Inspired Bowel Movement

    August 28, 2012

    The Axe Factor 084: An Inspired Bowel Movement
    Punch a horse and broadside a a pony, its The Axe Factor! This week, we take a fresh look at Splinter Cell: Blacklist, continue drooling for Assassin's Creed III, rundown our list of Fall heavyweight titles, and share some paper towels overSleeping Dogs!

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  • The Axe Factor 083: Its More Holy Sh*t

    August 22, 2012

    The Axe Factor 083: Its More Holy Sh*t
    See you at the party Richter, its The Axe Factor! This week, we drool over new video from Star Wars 1313, Beyond: Two Souls, discuss David Cage‘s recent call for the industry to “grow up,” and check in with more DayZ of our liveZ, and our first-impressions of Sleeping Dogs.

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  • The Axe Factor 082: Double Schwing

    August 15, 2012

    The Axe Factor 082: Double Schwing
    Grab your hockey gear and fall on your keys, its The Axe Factor! This week, we find out how much Army of Two they’re putting into our Dead Space 3, get our intergalactic conflict on with Planetside 2, and discuss whether the recent push for VR Gaming might be the immersive play experience that motion controls, on their own, aren’t.

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  • The Axe Factor 081: I Have a Seven-Inch Device

    August 7, 2012

    The Axe Factor 081: I Have a Seven-Inch Device
    Grab it and run for the door, its TheAxeFactor! This week, we check out Mass Effect 3 running on the Wii U gamepad, get one step closer to VR-nirvana with the Oculus Kickstarter project, and go around the table on Game Piracy.

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  • The Axe Factor 080: Like Shouty, Outside Voices

    July 24, 2012

    The Axe Factor 080: Like Shouty, Outside Voices
    Hang on to your wallets with both hands, its The Axe Factor! This week, we ponder Halo 4‘s episodic mutliplayer content, Lorin adjusts his pants over the Battlefield 3 Armored Kill trailer, and we go ’round the room over recent statements by EA Origin‘s boss that the Steam Summer Sale devalues video games.

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  • The Axe Factor 079: My Other Brother Darryl

    July 11, 2012

    The Axe Factor 079: My Other Brother Darryl
    Everybody run, freak out, its The Axe Factor! This week, we suffer through the COD: Black Ops II villain trailer, drool over Medal of Honor: Warfighter multiplayer, and take stock of independent gaming in the wake of the Steam Greenlight announcement.

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  • The Axe Factor 078: Blow-pop Headshots

    July 5, 2012

    The Axe Factor 078: Blow-pop Headshots
    Everybody grab a lollipop, its The Axe Factor! This week, we celebrate our Independence Day the only way we know how. First up we stare wide-eyed at a Dishonored gameplay walkthrough, finally Meet The Pyro, and discuss the recent landmark EU Court Case requiring that consumers have the ability to resell downloaded software.

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  • The Axe Factor 077: A Degree of RPGedness

    June 27, 2012

    The Axe Factor 077: A Degree of RPGedness
    Pass the moar, its The Axe Factor! This week, we marvel once again at newly revealed media from Tomb Raider‘s behind-closed-doors E3 demo, ponder Beenox‘s latest outing with The Amazing Spider-Man, and discuss recent comments by Nintendo‘s Reggie Fils Aime, that gamers are an entitled, impossible to please market.

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  • The Axe Factor 076: Mechanical Love

    June 19, 2012

    The Axe Factor 076: Mechanical Love
    Grab your spear and a pack of batteries, its The Axe Factor! This week, we chow down on a few left-overs from E3 2012 including Agni’s Philosophy and Hawken. Then, we break down the recent news that Bohemia Interactive has dropped a permanent ban on DayZ cheaters from ArmaII multiplayer.

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  • The Axe Factor 075: Officially Officers

    June 12, 2012

    The Axe Factor 075: Officially Officers
    Use the buddy system, its The Axe Factor! This week, Lorin and I crack open a feature-length What We’re Watching special to run down all the news and games that weren’t featured in last week’s E3 Press Conferences (and subsequently, last week’s EBC press conference wrap-up); from Star Wars 1313, to Metro: Last Light,…

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  • The Axe Factor 074: Guinness Just Checked In

    June 5, 2012

    The Axe Factor 074: Guinness Just Checked In
    Prepare for 88 miles-per-hour, its The Axe Factor! This week, we kick off with some of our favorite moments from E3 2012 day one including Tomb Raider, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and Forza Horizon. Then, we’re joined once again by Ernie Cline to discuss the paperback release of Ready Player!

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  • The Axe Factor 073: A Mini Cooper-Filled Streetfight

    May 30, 2012

    The Axe Factor 073: A Mini Cooper-Filled Streetfight
    Break out your bear-style, its The Axe Factor! This week, we drool all over a new Sleeping Dogs trailer, take a first look at the Day Z mod for Arma II, and discuss the potential of games like Kung Fu Superstar to not only entertain but also instruct.

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  • The Axe Factor 072: I Like To Throw Frogs

    May 23, 2012

    The Axe Factor 072: I Like To Throw Frogs
    Buckle the F*&% UP! Its The Axe Factor! In this week’s super-sized episode, Tony joins us to discuss Blizzard‘s ongoing Diablo III issues, new media from The Last of Us, Epic Mickey: The Power of Two, and Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock!

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  • The Axe Factor 071: Nut-Sniped

    May 16, 2012

    The Axe Factor 071: Nut-Sniped
    Fear the thunder, its The Axe Factor! This week, we drool over debut gameplay footage from Assassin’s Creed III, a new combat trailer from Sleeping Dogs, discuss recent word from Ubisoft that console makers are integrating free-to-play and microtransaction capabilities into their Next-Gen Consoles, and disucss our hands-on time with the demo for Spec Ops: The Line

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  • The Axe Factor 070: Nothing But Good News

    May 1, 2012

    The Axe Factor 070: Nothing But Good News
    Buckle up and prepare for acceleration, its The Axe Factor! This week, we sit down with Camouflaj's Ryan Payton to discuss his studio's high-profile iOS title Republique, Kickstarter funding, and bringing a AAA experience to iOS. Plus, God of Ascension Multiplayer, Dishonored, and more!

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  • The Axe Factor 069: Bigger Than Average

    April 24, 2012

    The Axe Factor 069: Bigger Than Average
    Pack a lunch and week’s supply of drinking water, its a super-sized edition of The Axe Factor! This week, we invite Alex Thomas, creative director of The Banner Saga, to pull up a chair and discuss Stoic Studio’s first title, Kickstarter fame, and asskickery, in general. Plus, Sly Cooper: Theives In Time, Transformers: Fall of Cybertronand more!

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  • The Axe Factor 068: A Long-Term Relationship

    April 17, 2012

    The Axe Factor 068: A Long-Term Relationship
    Throttle down, its The Axe Factor! This week, we sit down with John Lloyd and Lee Rowland of RedLynx to discuss Trials Evolution and get the inside track on the ambitious sequel. Plus, new media from Spec Ops: The Line, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, and Dust 514!

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  • The Axe Factor 067: Highway to the Danger Zone

    April 10, 2012

    The Axe Factor 067: Highway to the Danger Zone
    Grab a propane tank and a lighter, its The Axe Factor! This week, we talk extensively (in an act of blatant irony) on the topic of silent protagonists and whether this particular gaming device has outlived its utility. Plus, we check out Assassin’s Creed III, The Banner Saga, and break out our post-mortem knives as we discuss Journey and the amazing reaction we''ve had to this remarkable game.

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  • The Axe Factor 066: Doubling Our Efforts

    April 5, 2012

    The Axe Factor 066: Doubling Our Efforts
    Better late than never, its The Axe Factor! After some technical difficulties, we are (at last) back and this week, we take on Ben Cousins and his assertion that console gaming is ‘dead’ at the hands of smartphone gaming. Plus, hands-on with Mass Effect 3, Silent Hill: Downpour and more!

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  • The Axe Factor 065: Jacob (Or Something Like That)

    March 13, 2012

    The Axe Factor 065: Jacob (Or Something Like That)
    Prepare for annihilation, its The Axe Factor! This week, we check BioShock Infinite‘s robot-George-Washington, discuss Plants Vs Zombies creator George Fan‘s excellent guidelines to in-game tutorials, and recount hands-on time with Journey, Mass Effect 3, and more!

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  • The Axe Factor 064: Its a Dick Joke

    March 6, 2012

    The Axe Factor 064: Its a Dick Joke
    Steeck Ah-rouuund, its The Axe Factor! This week, we drool over the Borderlands 2 debut trailer, continue to get pumped for Sleeping Dogs, and discuss the viability of the PlayStation Vita. What’s the long-term outlook for Sony‘s new portable? The answer is only an Ah-nold one-liner away!

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  • The Axe Factor – 063: To, On, or Around

    February 28, 2012

    The Axe Factor – 063: To, On, or Around
    Grab a bucket of hand sanitizer, its The Axe Factor! This week, we discuss David Jaffe‘s recent comments on story-telling in gaming and whether or not the medium is stunted by reliance on cinema-like narrative. Plus, our in-depth reaction to the Mass Effect 3 demo, an update from Lorin on the Vita honeymoon, and more!

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  • The Axe Factor: Special Edition – Vita-stravaganza

    February 25, 2012

    The Axe Factor: Special Edition – Vita-stravaganza
    In this special edition of The Axe Factor, weekly Factor host Lorin Baumgarten is joined by handheld gaming guru and EpicBattleCry host Tony Grice to discuss everything you need to know about the PlayStation Vita (hint: um….it totally rocks). We talk hardware, software, and games for the best 90 minutes of your life!

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  • The Axe Factor 062: Bobblehead Tiger

    February 15, 2012

    The Axe Factor 062: Bobblehead Tiger
    Have an escape plan and follow it to The Axe Factor! This week, we discuss why PC Gaming isn’t dead yet, the live-action Sleeping Dogs trailer, and the latest embarrassment to the sport of golf!

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  • The Axe Factor 061: Over The Line

    February 8, 2012

    The Axe Factor 061: Over The Line
    Saddle up and prepare to ride, its The Axe Factor! This week, we take some advice from a listener and discuss gaming by association, pick up our jaws after watching the new Trials: Evolution trailer, and breakdown our play-books from the past week!

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  • The Axe Factor 060: A Pair Of Gonzos

    February 1, 2012

    The Axe Factor 060: A Pair Of Gonzos
    Let nothing stand between you and The Axe Factor! This week, we ponder the rumor of a future Xbox console that will not play used games but, more importantly, the consequences of an industry victory over the used-game market. Plus, Lorin’s first hands-on with the PS Vita, Indie Game: The Movie, and more!

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  • The Axe Factor 059 – Sucked and Amped

    January 24, 2012

    The Axe Factor 059 – Sucked and Amped
    Feast your ears, its The Axe Factor! This week, we take a look at retail game sales in 2012 and ponder how the influence of console gaming is determining the course to a digital-download future. Plus, Mass Effect 3 with Kinect, Resident Evil 6, and more!

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  • The Axe Factor 058: Don’t Google That

    January 17, 2012

    The Axe Factor 058: Don’t Google That
    Prepare for contact, its The Axe Factor! This week we check out a couple titles from XBL’s upcoming House Party promotion, drool over the Darkness II a bit more and throw down over whether dying in games is a problem and if so, what to do about it.

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  • The Axe Factor 057: Where Are You Shopping?

    January 10, 2012

    The Axe Factor 057: Where Are You Shopping?
    Clean up on asile three, it’s The Axe Factor! With 2012 now in full swing we discuss the challenges the industry will face in the coming year and how those hurdles will affect gamers. Formula 409 can’t save you now, it’s The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 056: Longing To Be Touched

    January 5, 2012

    The Axe Factor 056: Longing To Be Touched
    Prepare for armageddon, its The Axe Factor! This week, we talk about the old-school appeal of Skyrim, laugh ourselves silly over the upcoming Paul Christoforo interview on Spike, and drool over some new PS Vita hands-on video!

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  • The Axe Factor 055: 2011 – The Year in Gaming

    December 21, 2011

    The Axe Factor 055: 2011 – The Year in Gaming
    Extinction is imminent, its The Axe Factor! Certainly, 2011 will go down as one of the most prolific years in gaming with an incredible lineup of quality titles. We take stock this week to try and craft our top-ten titles from the past twelve months and look back at the year 2011 in gaming!

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  • The Axe Factor 054: Train Wreck With a Vengence

    December 14, 2011

    The Axe Factor 054: Train Wreck With a Vengence
    Ditch your shoes and watch out for broken glass, its The Axe Factor! With the 2011 VGAs behind us, its time to unwrap and dissect the slew of trailers unleashed at the show. Since we’ve got so much sugary goodness to chew through this week, we decided to invite none other than EpicBattleCry's own Tony Grice to the table this week! Grab a spoon, pull up a chair and lets dig in for our post-VGA, special-edition of The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 053: Kayser Inside Me

    December 7, 2011

    The Axe Factor 053: Kayser Inside Me
    Despair, for nothing can save us from The Axe Factor! This week, we roll into town just in time for a pre-VGA talk. From the games we know we’ll see more of, to the surprises we may get, here’s what we’re hoping for from the 2011 Video Game Awards.

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  • The Axe Factor 052: I’m Glad He’s Dead

    November 24, 2011

    The Axe Factor 052: I’m Glad He’s Dead
    Rejoice, its Turkey Stuffing The Axe Factor! On this special Thanksgiving-day episode, we talk about the price of gaming: how we feel about the deep Black Friday discounts, how game value stacks up, and how $60 games have affected us. Grab a baster and a double-bladed spoon, its The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 051: Service That Niche

    November 15, 2011

    The Axe Factor 051: Service That Niche
    Head for the keep, its The Axe Factor! This week, we weigh in on recent discussion surrounding games like Dark Souls garnering a small (relatively) but enthusiastic audience rather than a large and casual one. Plus, at long last, hands on with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim!

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  • The Axe Factor 050 – LIVE: A Warm Set Of Cockles

    November 7, 2011

    The Axe Factor 050 – LIVE: A Warm Set Of Cockles
    You’ve got questions, we’ve got slaughter! This week, we throw down with the mighty Axehead Army for our first ever live event! We talk Uncharted 3, Battlefield 3, then make with the celebration as we take your calls, read your comments, and celebrate the 50th episode of The Axe Factor with all of its mighty listeners!

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  • The Axe Factor 049: Massively Excited

    November 1, 2011

    The Axe Factor 049: Massively Excited
    Grab some spray paint and a sock, its The Axe Factor! This week, we check out the ridiculous simulator that The Gadget Show put together for Battlefield 3 and discuss whether or not gamers really want total immersion. Plus, hands on with Payday: The Heist, Battlefield 3, and Batman: Arkham City!

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  • The Axe Factor 048: Ass Fatigue

    October 18, 2011

    The Axe Factor 048: Ass Fatigue
    Reconstitute yourself, for with the night also comes The Axe Factor! This week we discuss The Contract between developers and gamers and how managing player expectation ahead of launch can affect whether or not a game finds its target audience. Plus, Skyrim Gameplay, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, and more!

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  • The Axe Factor 047: Only Half as Excited

    October 11, 2011

    The Axe Factor 047: Only Half as Excited
    That’s no moon, its The Axe Factor! This week, we finally sit down to have an in-depth discussion of Ernest Cline’s best-selling novel Ready Player One. We sit down to discuss our thoughts on this visionary tale. Plus, our hands on with RAGE, Dark Souls, Forza 4, and more! Lock in the auxiliary power, its The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 046: The Pre-Colon Part

    October 5, 2011

    The Axe Factor 046: The Pre-Colon Part
    Grab some fiber and a magazine, in this week’s 64oz edition of The Axe Factor, we muse over the recent Subway promotion that allows gamers a crack at Uncharted 3 Multiplayer a full month before the game’s release. Matters of tact and taste aside, we then discuss if there’s any reason for multiplayer games to be tied to single-player titles at all. Time for the recommended dose of The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 045: The Stranger

    September 27, 2011

    The Axe Factor 045: The Stranger
    Milk can’t save you now, its The Axe Factor! This week, we examine the innovative social-multiplayer aspects of the forthcoming PS Vita/PS3 title Ruin and how this could lead to socially-enabled games that don’t suck. Plus play-time with Gears 3, F1 2011, and more!

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  • The Axe Factor 044: My Sweaty Little Palms

    September 20, 2011

    The Axe Factor 044: My Sweaty Little Palms
    Start a letter-opener fight, its The Axe Factor! This week, we discuss pacing in games and an innovative new system to analyze and visually represent the structure of games. Will this occult knowledge lead to better titles and less pacing mistakes, or will it be used for eh-vil and harken the arrival of formula games? Then we weigh in on the latest media from Uncharted: The Golden Abyss, and a full-on face off over our hands-on time with Dead Island!

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  • The Axe Factor 043: Blame It On The Rash

    September 15, 2011

    The Axe Factor 043: Blame It On The Rash
    Throw a side of beef in the copter blades, its The Axe Factor! This week, we check out Crysis on consoles, F1 2011, lay the hurt down with Resistance 3 and talk about some people who say games saved their lives. Grab a glass and a straw, its The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 042: Softballs

    September 6, 2011

    The Axe Factor 042: Softballs
    Obey the chainsaw, its The Axe Factor! This week, we talk about how people react when we tell them we’re gamers. It seems culture is shifting and people recognize gaming is no longer ‘kids stuff.’ We share our experiences and thoughts on how gaming is perceived by the public at large. Plus, Torchlight II gameplay, FireFall, more Deus Ex hotness and more!

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  • The Axe Factor 041: Faster Than Usual

    August 30, 2011

    The Axe Factor 041: Faster Than Usual
    Hammer back and double tap, its The Axe Factor! This week, we log our first play-time with Deus Ex: Human Revolution, then go all player-1-player-2 in our discussion on Co-op play and whether campaign or dedicated modes yield the best cooperative play experience. Brace for the starting flag, its The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 040: The Polishing Episode

    August 23, 2011

    The Axe Factor 040: The Polishing Episode
    Get yourself a hammer and a sharp stake, its The Axe Factor! This week, we drool some more over Battlefield 3, make happy sounds over Trials Evolution, discuss whether games on the PS Vita might be even better than on the PS3, and stock our play list with Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Toy Soldiers: Cold War, and more!

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  • The Axe Factor 039: We Lost Iceman

    August 17, 2011

    The Axe Factor 039: We Lost Iceman
    This is The Axe Factor, requesting a flyby! This week, we examine the call of Nintendo‘s shareholders for The Big N to release its catalog on iOS and Android devices, we re-examine our take on Gotham City Impostors, continue to eat up whatever Saint’s Row: The Third is dishing out and get some play time with demos for Driver: San Francisco and From Dust. Sorry, but its time to buzz a tower!

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  • The Axe Factor 038: Time To Go Home To My Wife

    August 9, 2011

    The Axe Factor 038: Time To Go Home To My Wife
    Douse the torches and swords out, its The Axe Factor! This week, we burn rubber over new details on Need for Speed: The Run and Driver: San Fransisco, then march ten paces and shoot it out over whether a single game platform would be better for gamers. There’s no retreat from The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 037: Maybe Even Bi-Winning

    August 2, 2011

    The Axe Factor 037: Maybe Even Bi-Winning
    Reload and return fire, its The Axe Factor! This week, we break out the bang-for-your-buck slide rule and see how AAA titles measure up against the roster of indie games that have dropped this summer. With Sony courting indie devs with complimentary, loaner PS Vita dev units, is the indie scene’s influence beginning to grow over the mainstream? There is no cover from The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 036: Font Pilfering

    July 28, 2011

    The Axe Factor 036: Font Pilfering
    Better late than never! This week on The Axe Factor, we take stock of our ugly little hobby and cut deep into the question of whether or not we feel guilty over all the time we spend gaming. After that, its Dead Island walkthroughs, Goldeneye 007 Reloaded HD goodness, and hands on time with Bastion, Sanctum, and Trenched! Its never too late for The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 035: Twice The Sense

    July 20, 2011

    The Axe Factor 035: Twice The Sense
    Flee for the hills, its The Axe Factor! This week, we take a look at why established online titles like World of Warcraft and Team Fortress 2 are going Free-to-Play and whether this back-stop strategy can work for titles that were never paid to start with. Plus, we’ll weigh in on some of our most recent hands on time with Duke Nukem Forever, Catherine, and The Saboteur!

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  • The Axe Factor 034: My List is Bigger Than Yours

    July 12, 2011

    The Axe Factor 034: My List is Bigger Than Yours
    Grab a barrel and do a roll, its The Axe Factor! This week, we drool over the ICO and Shadow of the Colossus HD remakes, bask in the glory of the BioShock Infinite E3 demo, talk whether or not modern games will ever be ‘classics’ and continue kicking ass and being all out of bubblegum in the Uncharted 3 multiplayer beta!

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  • The Axe Factor 033: Pharmaceutical Enhancement

    July 5, 2011

    The Axe Factor 033: Pharmaceutical Enhancement
    Grab a cave troll and follow us, its The Axe Factor! This week, we check out twelve minutes of gameplay from Batman: Arkham City, ponder the actual effectiveness of annual game franchises, and finally pick up the sticks to put the Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Beta through its paces!

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  • The Axe Factor 032: Constant Vigilance

    June 28, 2011

    The Axe Factor 032: Constant Vigilance
    No objection can save you from The Axe Factor! This week, we take a look at gameplay from BioShock Infinite, Saints Row The Third, and Uncharted 3 Co-op. Then we wash that down with a heaping glass of victory as we examine the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in the landmark Brown vs. EMA case. Ladies and gentlemen of the court, its The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 031: I Meant Shepard

    June 21, 2011

    The Axe Factor 031: I Meant Shepard
    Prepare for assault, its The Axe Factor! This week, we ponder the influence of cinematic style in video games and discuss whether or not gaming benefits from the vocabulary of film and television. Next, we catch up on our recent play time (and completion of) Mass Effect 2 and inFamous 2. Ready or not, its The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 030: Prepare for the Worst

    June 15, 2011

    The Axe Factor 030: Prepare for the Worst
    There is no respite from The Axe Factor! This week we take a stroll through some of the notable vids that surfaced during E3 2011, then breakdown the show in terms of overall impact and pick our top-three highlights of the expo. From established must-watch titles like Batman: Arkham City and Uncharted 3 to dark horse contenders like Pay Day, we run down the games that get our blood rage on. Hope for the best, but prepare for The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 029: These Men Are Cowards

    May 31, 2011

    The Axe Factor 029: These Men Are Cowards
    Grab the ringer and hold out for 15 mph, its The Axe Factor! This week, we’re drooling over new multiplayer details from Uncharted 3, checking and re-checking our E3 2011 watch-list and we close the case on LA Noire. How did Rockstar and Team Bondi’s crime thriller fair? You’ll have to double back and beat it out of us.

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  • The Axe Factor 028: Animated Below the Neck

    May 25, 2011

    The Axe Factor 028: Animated Below the Neck
    Rejoice and revel; its The Axe Factor! This week, we check out the first gameplay footage of Dead Island, continue to weigh in on Hunted: The Demon’s Forge, discuss graphics and how strongly they drive gaming culture, and plot our hands-on time with the long-awaited LA Noire!

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  • The Axe Factor 027: A Sweater Named Badass

    May 11, 2011

    The Axe Factor 027: A Sweater Named Badass
    Fell deeds awake, its The Axe Factor! This week, we’re back on the attack with new gameplay from Deus Ex: Human Revolution, LA Noire, and RAGE. Plus we talk about how gaming has affected our lives, and discuss our hands-on time with Mortal Kombat, Outland, and Portal 2!

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  • The Axe Factor 026: Show and Tell

    April 13, 2011

    The Axe Factor 026: Show and Tell
    Keep your fingers and eyes inside the vehicle at all times, its The Axe Factor! This week, we’re mulling over the revamp of the revamp of SSX, still drooling for LA Noire, catching up on our play-journal, and discussing a man who thinks games should be more play and less show. A glass of milk can’t help you now…its The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 025: A Shot of Brevity

    April 5, 2011

    The Axe Factor 025: A Shot of Brevity
    Hide the villagers and the thatched-roofed cottages, its The Axe Factor! This week, we get our faces blown off by Hawken, stick it to the cheating bitches fraking up Crysis 2, and ponder whether Natural User Interfaces are any good for current games or only games built around them. It may not have a big beefy arm comin’ out the back of its neck, but its The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 024: Gaming With Myself

    March 29, 2011

    The Axe Factor 024: Gaming With Myself
    This week we’re aggregating our thoughts on Metacritic and its recent move to begin tracking scores for individual devs, our hands-on time with Super Mario Bros. All-Stars 25th Anniversary, Crysis 2, Dead Nation, and more! Rue the day, its The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 023: I’m Batman!

    March 18, 2011

    The Axe Factor 023: I’m Batman!
    Grab the marshmallows and spears, its The Axe Factor! This week, we shake the pillars and discuss some of the biggest gaming cliches of the past decade. Nerfed-weapons, meh-moral-choices, and helicopter bosses are in the crosshairs along with our hands-on time with Homefront, the Batman: Arkham City gameplay trailer and more! Rejoice, for it is The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 022: You’re Not The Boss of Me

    March 11, 2011

    The Axe Factor 022: You’re Not The Boss of Me
    Move to defensive positions and protect the tortilla bar, its The Axe Factor! This week we mull over the relevance of Boss Fights in modern games, PSN Plus squanders the Mortal Kombat demo on Lorin, we discuss the Samaritan trailer shown at GDC 2011, and reflect on having completed Killzone 3 and Fight Night Champion. Grab some of the camouflage humus, its The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 021: High-Brow Hooks

    March 4, 2011

    The Axe Factor 021: High-Brow Hooks
    Guard your condiments, its The Axe Factor! This week, we’re reflecting on David Jaffe‘s comments at GDC 2011, pushing for better quality control by limiting the number of patches devs and publishers can push out in given year. Then we’ll trade shots on the hottest media of the week and get some more play-time in on Killzone 3, Bulletstorm, and Fight Night: Champion! The party’s not over till someone gets caught in the pool filter!

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  • The Axe Factor 020: A Rash Called Mothership

    February 25, 2011

    The Axe Factor 020: A Rash Called Mothership
    Watch the skies, its The Axe Factor! This week, we dive head-long into gaming’s existential crisis as we discuss growing belief that video games aren’t really games at all and that we need new tools and terms to deal with and define our beloved past time. We also dive deep into the discussion on the Battlefield 3 gameplay trailer, the Dragon Age II demo, and our hands-on time with Killzone 3!

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  • The Axe Factor 019: Rastafari

    February 19, 2011

    The Axe Factor 019: Rastafari
    Embrace the horror, its The Axe Factor! This week, we’re talking what it means to be a gamer after Ms. Jess Conditt’s thought-provoking Gaming Inc column this week. Plus, we’ll queue up the Dragon Age: Redemption trailer, talk the ongoing Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood DLC, and our hands-on time with the lastest and greatest gaming has to offer. Dammit H-I we never leave a man behind on The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 018: Behind and Inside

    February 12, 2011

    The Axe Factor 018: Behind and Inside
    Grab a stick of deodorant and milk a dolphin, its The Axe Factor! This week, we’re chock full of opinions (and pizza) as we break down Trophies and Achievements. Do they add replay value to our favorite games or are they just a pointless illusion of progress for collectwhores?

    Plus, we run down the plethora (literally) of demos and games we’ve been playing this week to find out which floats and which gets burned at the stake. You may be innocent, but you’re still sentenced to The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 017: It Can Only Get Better

    January 28, 2011

    The Axe Factor 017: It Can Only Get Better
    Prepare for splash down and secure the paper towels, its The Axe Factor! This week, we’re playing through the demos for Bulletstorm and Crysis 2, going for a change of underwear with Dead Space 2, and, of course, pouring over every detail from Sony‘s recent announcement of the ‘Next Generation Portable.‘ Cover your heart Indy, its The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 016: How’s Your Sack Thing?

    January 21, 2011

    The Axe Factor 016: How’s Your Sack Thing?
    Prepare the cookie pan for departure, its The Axe Factor! This week, we’re reading up on the bad-to-the-ass features Portal 2 is bringing to the PlayStation 3, and dropping our sacks just long enough to bring you the low down on our playtime with Little Big Planet 2. Plus we check new trailers for Asura’s Wrath, Metal Assault, and more! Grab some matches and jello, its The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 015: Still Has Some Pole

    January 7, 2011

    The Axe Factor 015: Still Has Some Pole
    We’re making snow-angels with a flame thrower, its The Axe Factor! This week, we’re checking out the latest trailers for Fight Night Champion, Killzone 3, and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12. Then, we talk challenge and death in games. Is there any point to playing if you can’t lose? And finally we close out with some hands-on time with Battlefield BC2 Vietnam and Transformers: War for Cybertron. What’s that smell? Either the water’s gone stagnant, or its The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 014: We Have Two Polls

    December 31, 2010

    The Axe Factor 014: We Have Two Polls
    Time to drop the ball…of flaming oil! This week, we take a moment to look at the incredible list of games that are heading our way next year. ‘The Year of 3’s’ has got a lot to offer gamers and we spend the last day of 2010 looking ahead to what’s got us so eager to see the dawn of the new year! Its not a new years party until someone brings The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 013: Attached To My Shepard

    December 24, 2010

    The Axe Factor 013: Attached To My Shepard
    The yuletide terror is upon us, hide your kids, hide your wife, its The Axe Factor! With 2010 quickly drawing to a close, we take some time this week to reflect on the epic roster of titles that we gamers were blessed (and beset) with. Our disappointments, the honorable mentions, our best of list and finally (finally!) the game we’ve been dying to discuss since our first episode. Our game of the Year: Red Dead Redemption. Around here, we spell ‘seasons greetings’ with an Axe!

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  • The Axe Factor 012: For Asgard!

    December 16, 2010

    The Axe Factor 012: For Asgard!
    Break out the survival gear and the twinkies, its The Axe Factor! This week, we’re all about the VGAs; with the annual awards show behind us and the rumor and speculation officially put to rest we change the format a bit to focus on the trailers and announcements from the show, followed by a discussion of how the VGAs have evolved and where they may be headed next. It isn’t pretty, but it is The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 011: Tread Lightly

    December 10, 2010

    The Axe Factor 011: Tread Lightly
    Grab a lighter and some hairspray, its time for a shave; Axe Factor style! This week, we’re on a DLC nostalgia kick with debut trailers for Back to the Future and Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime; Lorin is riding high on Pure adrenaline while Brent is testing his pain threshold with Tron: Evolution, and we’re discussing games that tell you when you’ve had enough, courtesy of some comments by Jason Rubin. The Axe Factor fact of the week? The arsenic is a lie.

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  • The Axe Factor 010: Going Down Low

    December 4, 2010

    The Axe Factor 010: Going Down Low
    The Axe Factor is back from the holidays and bringing the hurt with new trailers for Pigsy’s Perfect 10 DLC for Enslaved, Map Pack 7 for Battlefield BC2, the latest and greatest games we’re playing including AC Brotherhood, GT 5, Pure, and more! Plus we’ll talk recent news from Australia concerning game violence and whether that country will finally create an 18+ category for gaming. You can hold on, but it won’t help: its The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 009: Ignorance Is Bliss

    November 26, 2010

    The Axe Factor 009: Ignorance Is Bliss
    Heading out to wait in line on some sweet-ass-black-friday-action? Trying to figure out how to pass the time? Prepare to take a bite out of boredom, its The Axe Factor! This week, we report in with a sit-rep on Call of Duty: Black Ops, lay some boom-shaka-laka down on NBA Jam, take Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit and Gran Turismo 5 down the road for a test drive, and break-down our first-play-impressions of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood! So pull up a chair and prepare to bleed awesome from your ears, its The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 008: Son of a Dick

    November 20, 2010

    The Axe Factor 008: Son of a Dick
    Brace yourself for a mutilation monsoon, its The Axe Factor! This week, we’re on the case with L.A. Noire, going over the top with Bulletstorm, discussing the game industry’s apparent Hollywood-envy, serving some culture with our carnage in Civilization V, and taking it shaken and not stirred with Goldeneye 007! Whatever you do, don’t make eye contact, its The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 007: Aren’t You Dead?

    November 12, 2010

    The Axe Factor 007: Aren’t You Dead?
    Screw the Tatars, its The Axe Factore! This week, we drool over the new Dead Space 2 trailer, get our sweaty hands on God of War: Ghost of Sparta, discuss sequelitis and whether the game industry has a bad case, and then drop the hammer for a hands on look at Call of Duty: Black Ops!

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  • The Axe Factor 006: And Other Make-Believe Characters

    November 5, 2010

    The Axe Factor 006: And Other Make-Believe Characters
    Brace your face for a fistful of mace, this week The Axe Factor hopes for the best with James Bond 007: Blood Stone, survives a trip through the spider-tomb in Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, discusses the dissonance between linear-story telling and interactive gameplay, and lays out the good, bad, and worst of Fable III. Who needs an inside-voice, its The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 005: Deep In John Marston

    October 29, 2010

    The Axe Factor 005: Deep In John Marston
    This will be a day long remembered, its time, once more, for The Axe Factor! This week, we’re checking out some new footage from Dragon Age 2, playing a spooky point-and-click on XBL called Decay, and happily falling into an Undead Nightmare. We’re also discussing game addiction and whether or not developers might be exploiting the behavior to hook gamers on their titles. Finally, we’re playing The Force Unleashed II this week and we’ve got plenty of opinions on the latest tie-in game to the Star Wars franchise. Prepare to land our troops beyond their energy field, The Axe Factor strikes back!

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  • The Axe Factor 004: Cheaper and Deeper

    October 23, 2010

    The Axe Factor 004: Cheaper and Deeper
    Like a mace-filled-with-mace-to-your-mofo-face, its The Axe Factor! This week, we get some play time in with Super Meat Boy, ponder if the Tron: Evolution title for the Wii isn’t the better film tie-in idea, discuss the death-mechanic in gaming, and whether it breaks immersion, and finally sit down to discuss our experience with Medal of Honor. Do a barrel roll, its The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 003: Picard’s No Captain Smiley

    October 15, 2010

    The Axe Factor 003: Picard’s No Captain Smiley
    Grab a lightsaber and hop in the long boat, The Axe Factor is setting sail for the promised land! This week, we’re gorging our game-faces with Comic Jumper, The Force Unleashed II, Alan Wake, and Enslaved! We’ll also talk about game narrative and whether or not story matters as much as gameplay. Prepare your face for a surface attack, its The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 002: Release the Beta

    October 8, 2010

    The Axe Factor 002: Release the Beta
    Rejoice for the weekend is upon us! This week, we’re on the hunt for The Axe Factor in Vanquish, Homefront, and Excruciating Guitar Voyage. We’ll cut deep into the news that OnLive is going free and strap on the combat cross with our hands-on impressions of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow!

    This is the show where we scour the trailers, news, and games of the week searching for that rare trait that portends either the epic or the appalling. This, is The Axe Factor!

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  • The Axe Factor 001: Non-Disclosed Favors

    October 1, 2010

    The Axe Factor 001: Non-Disclosed Favors
    Today we’re unveiling a new show on EpicBattleAxe.com; a show that will dive into the trailers, headlines, games, and demos of the week. Steering the longboat on this sojourn of scrutiny will be “Viking Brent” Adams and Lorin “EpicBadAxe” Baumgarten. Along the way we’ll try to make you think, laugh, and use the bathroom before we leave the rest stop.

    Raise your axes, raise your voices, and join us as we go on the hunt for The Axe Factor!

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