On the latest episode of GameSpot’s weekly PC-focused show, Steam Punks, hosts Jess McDonell and Edmond Tran discuss the pros and cons of episodic games.
The episodic model has been around for a long time, and Jess and Edmond talk about games like The Banner Saga, Dreamfall Chapters, Life Is Strange, Half-Life 2, and Hitman. The appeal of episodic games for some is that they are more easily digestible experiences that you can finish in a few hours instead of the daunting feeling of needing to commit dozens of hours to a game like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. The episodic model has always been a controversial one, as some people want the whole experience all at once, and waiting for new entries can be frustrating. The new Hitman’s episodic approach was highly controversial for this reason, but Edmond argues that it made the experience all the more compelling. Check out the video embedded above to see the full discussion.
Jess and Ed also answer your questions about last week’s episode about the best classic games that still hold up today.
Steam Punks airs every Monday on GameSpot.