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YMMV: X-Play
  • Acceptable Targets: Fans of anime and games based on them.
  • Archive Binge / Archive Panic: Sadly averted. Back in the early days of video podcasts, X-Play's Daily Video Podcast chronicled nearly every review and comedy sketch - even those made under the X-Play version of the show but predating the podcast's inception. After a few years, the back episodes were relegated to their own archives by year, still free to download, but then for whatever reason - maybe bandwidth costs, Executive Meddling related to the retools, or iTunes not wanting to host thousands of videos of a single show - then videos were removed, and now you can't find many videos from more than a year ago anywhere. Many reviews were also available on YouTube in both legal and not-so-legal forms, but the latter were DMCA'ed in the lead-up to the launch of Hulu, which features G4 content. Only in the US of A, of course.
  • Award Snub: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword in the "Deathmatch: Best of 2011" awards. Skyward Sword wasn't nominated for X-Play's Game of the Year award in 2011. This upset a lot of people who were fans of the series, and they went on to make their voices heard in the "Video Game Deathmatch" which would be voted on by the fans. It went on to win the entire tournament, beating Assassin's Creed: Revelations in the final round. Adam Sessler and Blair Herter went on to say at the end of the video announcing the winner that Skyward Sword only won because of angry Nintendo fanboys who were upset that X-Play didn't nominate it for a Game of the Year award.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: 1000th episode surprise guest Rip Taylor.
  • Broken Base: Just about anytime they review a JRPG or video game based off of an Anime. It doesn't help that they view both as Acceptable Targets, so reviews are littered with jokes at the expense of the cliches.
  • Complaining about Shows You Don't Watch: Morgan's review for Tales of the Abyss shows that she (or the other writers) either didn't play the game at all, or only played for maybe an hour or so and then jumped to conclusions about what the story would lead. All of which were wrong.note 
  • Critical Research Failure / Cowboy Bebop at His Computer : Dead Rising Chop Till You Drop does not have minigames. They called them extra missions, before that, which is what they are. Minigames are like separate games within a game, not gameplay and level additions to the main game. It seems like they only called it that because minigames equals bad to a lot of gamers.
  • Ear Worm: X-Play All the way Monday through Friday please don't ever go away 'cause I need my X-Play!
    • The Musical episode is full of them:
    "X-Play! They review the games the best way! I watch them on the TV every daaaaayyy...!"
  • 8.8: In particular, the 2/5 they gave the otherwise universally well-received Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core. Adam and Morgan admit they have it in for Final Fantasy in general. And then, in a Crowning Moment of Funny, they "re-reviewed" it.
    • The show apparently caught backlash for its Killzone 2 review; when their score was 5. Out of 5.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: When the show used to have sketches, the breakout characters were Canadian Guy, Screaming Intern, Ratty, Johnny X-Treme, Roger The Stan Lee Experience, and Shirtless Intern.
  • Fan Hater: Do you like anything Japanese? Do you like Final Fantasy (particularly past the sixth installment) in particular? How about any of the Dynasty Warriors games? Then it's highly likely that Adam and Morgan will think you are the scum of the earth and have not been enlightened to the games they find better. Shown especially when they reviewed the first DBZ Budokai game. They basically say that they don't care what the DBZ fans think.
    • Likewise, they do occasionally play an Anime-based game that's actually decent. Sometimes they spend the entire review mocking the game but still give it 3 or 4 stars. In one episode they said, "We don't actually hate anime games. We just hate games that suck, and it just so happens that most anime games do suck."
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks: Just imagine the state of Adam Sessler's inbox after he did the segment entitled: "Your Childhood Sucks: Final Fantasy VII." There's probably a reason they haven't done another segment like that since...
    • It's pretty much guaranteed that any bad review of an anime or manga-based title will get mountains of hate mail regardless of its quality, even as they've repeatedly pointed out The Problem with Licensed Games applies to Japanese products as well.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: You'd expect that after all the Naruto games they've reviewed, they would be able to pronounce the titular character's name correctly. They also manage to mispronounce the name of other characters as well (the "U" is supposed to be silent in Sasuke's name).
  • Jump the Shark: Several points, but the two most likely are when the sets switched after moving from San Francisco to Los Angeles, or when the set switched from the green set to the black set with random glass spheres (and a costume change).
  • One-Scene Wonder: The interns
  • Seasonal Rot: Around 2006, give-or-take, many have complained that the show dropped in quality when they became over-reliant on sketches, became more-and-more of fan haters, and started having a bias against Sony games while praising anything made by Microsoft. This lead to some to believe that the writers were on Microsoft's pay-roll.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The fandom reaction to the 2008 retool. of course, making a video game review show into something else entirely would naturally tend to ruffle up some feathers here and there.

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