Weekend Confirmed 180 - Madden NFL 25, Saints Row IV

By Ozzie Mejia, Aug 30, 2013 11:00am PDT

While the gaming world turns its eyes to PAX Prime in Seattle, Weekend Confirmed holds down the home front. Hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata welcome in "Indie" Jeff Mattas and Shacknews' Ozzie Mejia to sort out this week's Nintendo announcements, including trying to make heads or tails of what the company was thinking with that 2DS design. After that, it's time to dive into games, as the team discusses Madden NFL 25, Saints Row IV, Killer Is Dead, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Hearthstone (Or is it Hurthstone?), and Shelter. The show ends with a new round of Finishing Moves and a few Super Bowl predictions, because the NFL kicks off in just six days!

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 180: 8/30/2013

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    Show Breakdown:

    Round 1 - 00:00:35 - 00:36:03

    Round 2 - 00:36:53 - 01:14:13

    Round 3 - 01:14:52 - 01:45:54

    Round 4/Finishing Moves - 01:46:34 - 02:22:15

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  • Respect for keeping that heated segment in.

    When I first saw pictures of the 2DS, I thought immediately: 'that's a mock up'. I get where you are coming from Garnett. However, to draw similarities between two discussions; I have my Xbox One and PS4 pre-ordered both on day one. Very much for the same reason Cannata has. I want to have it on day one. There will be games I want to play for sure, but just for the games: I could wait. I just want to have the next generation experience as soon as possible.

    As dumb as the 'day one achievement' and stuff like that is, there is something to be said for being part of it from day one. Driven by techlust, I want the new, the slick and the awesome.

    For the same reason, I'm not interested in the 2DS. Why would I buy a budget version of a handheld when the high end version is still available? I don't think it's made for - for lack of a better term - hardcore gamers. We want the best with all the options.

    By the way, you guys are overlooking the fact that Xbox One will come with FIFA14 here in Europe. Nintendo trying to compete seems somewhat pointless. People have 'basic needs' in terms of gaming. Someone wants to play Call of Duty, Forza or FIFA with his friends which is why he will be getting a console. Nintendo might offer great value, but you're not going to play any of those basic games against your friends on that system, so it's not even an option for a lot of people.

    Third party support is important, but I just really doubt someone who wants to play Call of Duty against their friends will try and convince them to buy Wii U's. It seems to me like the Wii U is a complimentary system and is not directly competing. At least not with core gamers. Because they want the new, the slick and the awesome and you can't get that there.