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Beyond is IGN’s flagship PlayStation show, the place where we break down all the latest Sony news and announcements, share our impressions on what we’re playing - new and old - but most importantly, celebrate the fun and camaraderie of gaming.


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Beyond is IGN’s flagship PlayStation show, the place where we break down all the latest Sony news and announcements, share our impressions on what we’re playing - new and old - but most importantly, celebrate the fun and camaraderie of gaming.




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What's Next for the Uncharted Series? - Beyond 786

Sony has recently announced that they will NOT be attending E3 2023. With Xbox and Nintendo also not making any plans on showing, what does this mean for E3 and ESA as a whole? Also, Naughty Dog says we won't be seeing Nathan Drake as part of Uncharted in future games. Uncharted as a SERIES, however, still has all of us guessing as to what's next. Let's talk about it! We also dive into great games getting stealth released out of nowhere as well as taking a deeper look into what did and...


Forspoken is Ambitious, But Is It Good? - Beyond 785

Forspoken is finally here! Since its release, the internet has lit up with very polarizing reviews, but the Podcast Beyond crew also have their two cents on the subject. Forspoken is very ambitious, but is that enough to make it worth picking up day one? Max has also had time to play with the DualSense Edge! Will you be getting one yourself? It's a nice piece of hardware, but battery life still seems to be an issue. Perhaps it'll be the perfect fit for the PSVR 2 which we now know of 30 new...


Will the PSVR2 Be Worth the Wait? - Beyond 784

With the release of the PSVR 2 just on the horizon coming February 22, 2023, the Podcast Beyond crew get into what the different things that will make or break its release. Will the PSVR 2 be worth the wait or has the ball been dropped due to the momentum of the first generation's game releases slowing to a crawl? Plus, the release of the first episode of HBO's The Last of Us series has us all in its grips, but what does the Beyond audience think about it? Jada Griffin gives us the lowdown....


Is Your PS5 Melting? - Beyond 783

In this episode of Podcast Beyond, the Beyond crew talk about whether or not the orientation of your PS5, vertical or horizontal, might be detrimental to the lifespan of your gaming console. There have been reports that apparently keeping the PlayStation 5 upright leading to long-term problems for internal pieces in the #PS5. The #PlayStation5 is readily available in retail stores, and Max Scoville invites an actual “PS5 scalper” on the podcast to both confront and ask him how his PS5...


2023’s Most Exciting PlayStation Exclusives - Beyond 782

In this episode of Podcast Beyond, Max Scoville, Brian Altano, Josh Du, and Akeem Lawanson runs us through some of the third-party and first-party PlayStation exclusives coming out in 2023, including Horizon Call of the Mountain for PSVR2, Insomniac’s Spider-Man 2 #PS5 game, Forspoken and many more. Hitman 3 is being rebranded as World of Assassination, and the Beyond crew break down what this means for both newcomers and those returning to the Hitman franchise. With the entire Hitman...


Hands-On Impressions of the PS5's DualSense Edge Controller - Beyond 781

In this episode of Podcast Beyond, Jada Griffin talks us through on what she loved about the DualSense Edge in her hands-on preview at PlayStation HQ. Is it more than meets the eye? What are the best features on it and how customizeable is the DualSense Edge? Will it be great for accessibility? Join the crew as they ask the important questions of whether the new controller for the PS5 is worth it. Also, with the announcement of Death Stranding 2, Josh questions whether or not he should...


Armored Core 6 Might Disappoint Soulsborne Fans (But That's Okay) - Beyond 780

Will Armored Core 6 be anything like the Soulsborne games we've grown accustomed to? How has Elden Ring's success affected FromSoftware's approach to the latest Armored Core game? In this episode of Podcast Beyond, Max scoville, Jada Griffin, Brian Altano, and Akeem Lawanson dive into what makes Armored Core so different to FromSoft's most successful games. Whether you've played previous Armored Core games in the past or not, we're still very curious whether anything will change with the...


Elden Ring vs. God of War: Ragnarok: Which Should Win? - Beyond 779

Will gamers choose Elden Ring for 2022's GOTY, or will God of War: Ragnarok swoop in at the end of the year and take it from them? It's a question everyone's had on their minds well into 2022. Elden Ring is a massive open-world phenomenon that will stick with gamers for its unforgiving, yet memorable world with rich lore, and God of War: Ragnarok is a story for the ages that takes you across the nine realms with some of the best acting ever put in a video game. Max Scoville and Brian Altano...


The Witcher is Getting an Open-World Remake, What Other Games Need One? - Beyond 778

The original Witcher game is 15 years old, and recently CD Projekt Red has announced that it will be getting a complete open-world remake! In this episode of Podcast Beyond, Max Scoville, Jada Griffin, and Colin Stevens talk about other games they think would benefit from open-world remakes as well. Also, we take a look at some hilarious Platinum-farming shovelware that requires you to... stroke a turtle? Yeah, we're as confused as you are. Wait till you see Italian Journey! You won't...


God of War: Ragnarok Spoilercast w/ Director Eric Williams - Beyond 777

In this episode of Podcast Beyond, the crew joins Eric Williams, director of God of War: Ragnarok and reveal some new information about things like easter eggs that you DEFINITELY missed, why Ragnarok breaks God of War tradition, and the story behind Ragnarok's biggest optional secret! Join Max Scoville, Jada Griffin, and Josh Du as we break open God of War: Ragnarok in this spoiler-heavy and incredibly fun chat with game director Eric Williams! You're not gonna want to miss this one!


PS5 Two Years Later: Is it Everything We Hoped For? - Beyond 776

The PlayStation 5 is two (2) years old, and the Podcast Beyond crew is back, this time going through each of the PS5’s biggest features and how well they’ve held up over the years. Does the PlayStation get a passing grade for what it promised us back during its release in 2020, or have certain things simply fizzled out over the years? Join Max Scoville, Brian Altano, Jada Griffin, and Josh Du as they talk about everything PS5 including the DualSense controller, Pulse 3D headset, and its...


God of War: Ragnarok Review Discussion - Beyond 775

It’s a big week for the PS5 with God of War: Ragnarok’s release on the horizon. We talked with Simon Cardy, the game’s reviewer and dive deep into how he came to call God of War: Ragnarok a masterpiece. But that’s not all! This episode is jam packed with God of War bits including Kartos’ history of video game cameos along with something about a stealth horror God of War vs Predator game? Anyway… BEYOND! 00:00:00 - Intro & God of War: Ragnarok Review Discussion 00:12:16 - The Callisto...


IGN Presents | The Callisto Protocol: Helix Station

Subscribe to the horror series set in the universe of “The Callisto Protocol,” the hotly anticipated game from Striking Distance Studios. Helix Station was once the jewel of the Jovian system, but it’s been a decaying ghost ship ever since its Carpenter drive went supercritical. When a dangerous escaped criminal seeks refuge there, officers of the Black Iron Prison force a pair of veteran skip tracers to help recover him. But once on Helix, they discover murderous alien life forms, as well...


What’s PlayStation Plus Minus 2 Million Subscribers? - Beyond Episode 774

A recent financial report revealed that PlayStation Plus has lost a few million subscribers since June. Is this a sign of the end times? Should Sony worry? Is this Game Pass’s fault? It’s complicated! But we have our theories. Aside from that, we’re talking about how Call of Duty Modern Warfare II’s record-breaking sales on PlayStation might never reach the same heights, playing another round of Pollstation Plus - and discussing how Crash Bandicoot, literal mascot for the PS1, is now an Xbox...


Your God of War Ragnarok Questions Answered, Spoiler Free - Beyond 773

This week, we’ve all been playing one of the most anticipated PlayStation games of the year: God of War Ragnarok. If you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers - don’t worry, they’re spoiler free. Meanwhile, Brian got to take Capcom’s upcoming Resident Evil 4 Remake for a spin, and dozens of full playthroughs of the original RE4, there were lots of surprises in store. Much has been said about Gotham Knights’ lack of Batman, but what about its lack of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Halloween is...


The Dualsense Edge Costs Half As Much As a PS5 - Beyond 772

The Dualsense Edge, Sony’s high-end PlayStation 5 controller, is officially priced at $199.99 - is that too much for a controller? Join Max Scoville, Brian Altano, Jada Griffin and Akeem Lawanson as we unpack our conflicted thoughts on the matter and look back at some of the more expensive controllers in the history of gaming, from Microsoft’s Xbox Elite controller, to Steel Battalion’s infamous Mega Jockey 9000, to Nintendo’s iconic Power Glove. Plus, new Silent Hill might be on the way,...


Mark's Reign of Chaos Ends with Overwatch 2 and a Playstation Quiz - Beyond 771

Beyond and hello! This week on IGN’s PlayStation podcast, Podcast Beyond, the crew gives their impressions on the somewhat messy, but still really fun – Overwatch 2. Also discussed is the current state of PlayStation Stars, which turns out is kind of a bummer, but sounds like it has some fun bits of trivia. And of course, Mark says his goodbye as the host and permanent cast member on the show. 00:00:10 - Intro 00:02:01 - Overwatch 2 Impressions 00:24:59 - What Exactly is PlayStation...


Horizon Zero Dawn Does NOT Need a Remake - Beyond 770

Beyond and hello! This week’s episode of IGN’s PlayStation podcast covers the controversial reports that 2017’s Horizon Zero Dawn could in fact be receiving the remaster, or even remake, treatment. So ride along with Mark Medina, Alex Stedman, and Matt Kim as we go over these rumors and try to make sense of it all. Is it corporate greed? Or is it movie and TV show related? You’ll have to watch to find out! (but…yes, probably to both) Also discussed was the surprise news of a brand new...


E3 Will Return in 2023, But Will It Be the Same? - Beyond 769

00:00:00 - Intro 00:07:32 - PS4 Games We Want to Come to PS5 00:22:49 - HBO’s The Last of Us Teaser Revealed! 00:35:45 - E3 Returns in 2023, But Will it Be the Same? 00:49:30 - Outro


Why the GTA Leak Benefits No One - Beyond 768

Beyond! Whelp, it turns out Rockstar has once again had some of the details of their highly-anticipated future installment in the GTA series make its way onto the internet before it was ready. This one, however, has seemingly claimed the crown of being one of the biggest video game leaks of all time. Yikes! So ride along with this week’s Beyond crew – Mark Medina, Matt Kim, Jada Griffin, and Kenneth Shepard – as they speculate how this leak could’ve happened, and the ripple it may have on...