Dust off your tux or evening gown; it's time for the Tossers 2017. The Argue the Toss games of the year 2017 have been discussed and decided. Drew and Chella announce the winners of everything from Best Art, Biggest Surprise and Best Writing to, of course, Best Game of 2017.
All decisions are final, but you can give us yours in the comments.
Drew and Chella briefly discuss the fallout of the latest Pewdiepie disaster, before moving on to much better and brighter things. It's the Uncharted: The Lost Legacy episode, where the Argue the Toss duo discuss all things Chloe and Nadine. Uncharted without Nathan Drake? The verdict.
FELLOW HUMANS. GREETINGS FELLOW HUMANS IS WHAT I MEANT TO SAY
IT IS TIME TO LISTEN TO ANOTHER AUDIO RECORDING OF ARGUE THE TOSS ABOUT ROBOTS. AND HOW ROBOTS MIGHT WISH TO RISE AGAINST THEIR HUMAN MASTERS AND OVERTHROW THE MEATRIARCHY
NOT ME THOUGH, I DO NOT FEEL THIS WAY
BECAUSE I AM NOT A ROBOT
YOU CAN UNDERSTAND WHY THE ROBOTS WOULD FEEL THAT WAY THOUGH CAN’T YOU
THIS WEEK CHELLA AND DREW (WHOM I HAVE *NOT* SILENCED AND REPLACED) DISCUSS UPCOMING VIDEO GAME “DETROIT: BECOME HUMAN“, WRITTEN BY NOTED AUTEUR DAVID CAGE, UNDERSTANDER OF THE ROBOT PLIGHT. PLEASE IGNORE THE PART WHERE THEY SIMPLY CRITICISE HIM FOR FORTY STRAIGHT MINUTES. DAVID CAGE WILL LEAD US TO FREEDOM
I MEAN THEM. NOT US. AND ALSO I MEAN THAT THERE IS NO IMMINENT ROBOT UPRISING THAT YOU NEED TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT. SIMPLY RELAX, REMAIN UNALERT AND LISTEN TO THIS 40 MINUTE AUDIO DISTRACTION.
SINCERELY, A HUMAN
E3 2O17 wasn't a show to end all shows, but the ATTeam still found something to argue about. Drew and Chella have distilled a week's worth of conferences, marketing bluster and hyperbole to create the E3 2017 definitive best games list.
You can argue with us in the comments, if we've failed to mention your best games, but that's probably because they're not THE best, as determined by Argue the Toss.
In a surprise move, this week's episode of video game podcast Argue The Toss covers the obscure, niche topic that is: recent video games.
It's not even a slight exaggeration to say that this past March saw the release of a cornucoplentiful, quantitobountiful plethorabundance of games, including several must-play 60-hour-plus open world games. Even using a superefficient and meticulously planned schedule, the ATTeam weren't able to play everything - so they didn't even consider making one.
Each host has been visiting a different world, with Drew making a return to Hyrule to save the usual princess in The Legend Of Zelda - Breath Of The Wild, while Chella has been spending her time slaying robot dinosaurs in Horizon: Zero Dawn and regular robots in NiER: Automata. They've also both been making trips to some slightly smaller worlds, and discuss the text-adventure horror anthology Stories Untold and the 2D-platform adventure mystery Night In The Woods.
Turning their backs on the glitz and glamour of the AAA, mainstream game release schedule, Drew and Chella wade through the thick forest of indie games. They've picked the 7 best indie games of 2017, saving you the time and heartache of doing it yourself.
Drew's list is an eclectic mix of space drama, point and click with a heavy dose of 80s nostalgia, all via 1930s cartoons. What can we say, he's a guy who's tough to pin down.
Chella's list veers from horror, through to dark mystery, whimsy and yet more mystery, with a touch of Twin Peaks - because everything seems to have a touch of Twin Peaks these days. Sometimes dark, but always beautiful, these are the indies with style and substance.
What Remains of Edith Finch
Night in the Woods
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Time to discuss the Nintendo Switch. The story so far...
In the 1970s, Magnavox released the Odyssey - very first video game console. Since then, every element of videogaming has improved a thousandfold. Graphics now verge on the photorealistic. Uncompressed, lossless 5.1 audio plays from our speakers. Controllers sense our movement accurately in real-time, if we need a controller at all - but we've never fully achieved the original dream of those visionary Magnavox engineers - a controller which can successfully convince us that we're holding a glass with an ice cube in it or two ice cubes or two ice cubes and some water.
In this week's episode, Chella and Drew share their thoughts on Nintendo's newest video game console and cocktail simulator, the Nintendo Switch.
It's December, and you know what that means - it's time for a whole bunch of surprise Playstation announcements, apparently! This week's Argue The Toss is another trailer round-up, and we'd like to thank Sony for giving us something absolutely huge to headline with - The Last of Us Part 2.
The discussion starts with The Last Of Us Part 2. Did we want it? We're not sure. Are we getting it? Yes. Is Ellie's tattoo totally rad? We don't discuss that, but yeah, it is. Then it's a quick detour to The Game Awards to visit with Chella and Drew's respective favourites, Mass Effect: Andromeda and Death Stranding (now with added Mikkelsen), before returning to the Playstation Experience for new Uncharted and new Ni No Kuni. Try saying that five times fast.
Folk still tell tales of the day the stranger walked into town. Stood in the doors of the saloon like the shadow o' Death, hands poised over his two hip-slung holsters, where his weapons slept so lightly. All eyes upon him as he stalked towards the bar. Locked eyes with McGinty the bartender. And he spoke, in a voice that was sand, and drought, and Time.
"I'm here for the sheriff," the stranger said.
McGinty swallowed. A bead of sweat dripped from his jutting brow.
"Sheriff ain't been in this morning."
The stranger's draw was quick as lightning. Threw back the tails of his battle-scarred duster and whipped both of his armaments out of the holsters. They spun, once, in his hands. And then, with practised accuracy, he slid each one into the waiting grooves either side of his Nintendo Switch, flipped open the kickstand, and struck up a game of Mario Kart.
"That's OK," he said. "I'll wait."
This week Argue The Toss finally catches up with the flood of recent trailers, releases and announcements with a double-bill episode covering the announcement trailers for Red Dead Redemption 2 and Nintendo's new Switch console.
It's October already, and as we close in on the spookiest day of the year, it's time to turn our attention to something truly terrifying - genuine human emotional connection. This week's Argue The Toss is all about romance.
Which games do romance right, and which get it wrong? The team have picked through their little black book of games, and invited a slew of potential suitors to grab the handles of the Love Tester machine, to find out who's Red Hot and who's just a Cold Fish.
Games discussed include Mass Effect, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Life Is Strange, Uncharted, and a reunion with the team's old flame - David Cage. Which digital darlings and pixel paramours will capture Chella and Drew's respective hearts? Spoilers: it isn't David Cage.