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Mainstream

44 EpisodesProduced by SIFTERWebsite

Let us be your guide, with honest analysis and critique and find out what you'll have the most fun with. Find out what the SIFTER team think about some of the best new video games around. Is this game for you?

44 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

2021 Games of the Year Part 2 - THE FORGOTTEN CITY, SABLE & HALO INFINITE

January 10th, 2022

35:10

It's that time of the year, where we sit down and consider all the amazing games we've played in 2021. This is part two of two episodes featuring the …

2021 Games of the Year Part 1 - MUNDAUN, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY & UNPACKING

December 30th, 2021

30:05

It's that time of the year, where we sit down and consider all the amazing games we've played in 2021. This is part one of two episodes featuring the …

HALO INFINITE is not just a good HALO game, it's one of the best new shooter campaigns

December 8th, 2021

26:54

HALO INFINITE is a game that has had a rollercoaster ride, first anticipated, then derided then delayed and now lauded, it's one of the best HALO …

A stirring soundtrack and beautiful design DEATH'S DOOR is sensory experience

November 26th, 2021

27:04

DEATH'S DOOR is a delight to look at, inspired by games like the 2D titles in the LEGEND OF ZELDA series, Acid Nerve's isometric adventure makes us …

SABLE is a scuffed but shining diamond, half-buried in a sand dune

October 31st, 2021

25:07

SABLE is a third person adventure game drawing inspiration from the artwork of iconic French visual artist Jean 'Moebius' Giraud, the films of Studio Ghibli and the wanderlust evoked by games like THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: …

METROID DREAD is a faithful and excellent return of the series that spawned a genre

October 14th, 2021

33:32

METROID DREAD is the first 2D sidescrolling game in the iconic series in almost 20 years, which continues directly on from the 2002 title METROID …

KENA: BRIDGE OF SPIRITS is a beautiful world, an impressive debut title that's not without it's flaws

October 3rd, 2021

29:22

KENA: BRIDGE OF SPIRITS is the debut title from visual effects company turned game developers Ember Lab exclusive to Playstation and PC where you play as Kena a spirit guide who helps the deceased move from the physical …

If you don't succeed, die die again in DEATHLOOP

September 22nd, 2021

26:31

Deathloop is the new immersive sim by Arkane Lyon (Dishonored, Prey) set in a stylish 1970s themed time loop where you must die and repeat the day to break a timeloop. Adam has spent hours replaying the same day over …

Welcome to SIFTER, a new chapter for the team behind Pixel Sift

September 20th, 2021

5:22

Hi my name is Gianni, and this week marks the sixth year that I’ve been the Executive Producer of a podcast called Pixel Sift.

In 2019 we won the Australian Podcast Award for the gaming category, and it’s still one of …

Black Book & The Ascent

August 16th, 2021

33:12

Dive into Russian folklore and the nature of the self with card battler Black Book by Morteska with Nick, and Adam explores twin stick shooter The …

Warhammer 40,000 Battlesector - How a small Western Australian team made on the best new 40K games

July 27th, 2021

29:52

Paul Turbett and Anthony Sweet of Perth's Black Lab Games are no strangers to big franchises, they made the critically and fan acclaimed strategy …

Scarlet Nexus & Mass Effect Legendary Edition

July 7th, 2021

42:03

Nicholas jumps into new franchise Scarlet Nexus by Bandai Namco which is capital A Anime to the core and Adam needed no excuse to jump back into the …

E3 2021 Extravaganza

June 20th, 2021

45:22

Gianni, Fiona, Adam and Nick sit down to discuss the completely online E3 2021 streamed around the world for all to enjoy. We've found our highlights and can't wait to share them with you, but why not share yours with …

Resident Evil Village & New Pokémon Snap

May 6th, 2021

32:44

Gianni jumps into the NEO-ONE for the on-rails photography adventure New Pokémon Snap that firmly ticks the nostalgia boxes, as our first Mainstream …

Monster Hunter Rise & FANTASIAN

May 1st, 2021

29:40

Gianni relives his JRPG playing youth on his phone with the new game from Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi's Mistwalker Studio in FANTASIAN, as Adam zips around riding big dogs hunting beasts in Monster Hunter …

John Romero live at XRWA

April 7th, 2021

23:29

John Romero is a pinnacle of the game development industry and most people know or love his work. Titles such as Doom, Wolfenstein, Commander Keen

Why YOU should give Valorant esports a go

March 31st, 2021

20:32

Ben Green is an ESL Australia shoutcaster and is one of the people behind the university Valorant tournament Red Bull Campus Clutch and he says now …

Loop Hero & Valheim

March 16th, 2021

32:23

Adam is placing cards, making runs and taking risks in the retro inspire rogue-like Loop Hero and Gianni is picking up rocks building houses and trying to survive the nordic afterlife in Valheim.

Pixel Sift is produced …

The Medium & Monster Sanctuary

February 20th, 2021

25:51

Gianni tries not to get too spooked in the split-screen spirit world of  The Medium by Bloober Team and Adam collects monsters and jumps around …

Games of the Year 2020

December 28th, 2020

33:37

Gianni, Adam, Mitch, Fiona and Daniel explore their favourite games of 2020, a year with a stack of amazing titles.

Gianni: Umurangi Generation by

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity & Super Mario 3D All-Stars

December 16th, 2020

29:46

Gianni knows how it's going to end but fights on anyway in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity and Mitch finally picks up a Nintendo Switch and proceeds …

Assassin's Creed Valhalla & Hades

November 27th, 2020

41:52

Gianni faces the worst and best of the Greek mythological underworld in Hades by Supergiant Games and Adam jumps into the longboat to raid dark ages …

Fall Guys & The Last Campfire

September 5th, 2020

23:24

Gianni lights up for The Last Campfire, a colourful puzzler from No Man's Sky developers Hello Games and Mitch jumps rolls and curses his team mates …

Ghost of Tsushima & Ooblets

August 4th, 2020

30:01

Adam embraces the way of the ghost in Kurosawa inspired Ghost of Tsushima and Gianni dances up a storm on his new farm in Badgetown in Ooblets!

Thanks to Glumberland and popagenda for providing Pixel Sift with a review …

Video games don't make people violent new metastudy finds

July 26th, 2020

9:55

A new study from New Zealand’s Massey University found that in many cases there is no reason to believe violent video games cause violent behaviour.

The Last of Us Part II & No Straight Roads

June 29th, 2020

31:32

Dan jumps back into the cordyceps-infested world in The Last of Us Part II and Gianni leads a rock revolution against an EDM empire in No Straight …

Making PAX Australia a digital experience: Luke Lancaster on developing PAX Online

June 18th, 2020

12:34

Well you probably have heard the news by now, PAX Australia won't be going ahead in October this year, joining PAX West which has also been cancelled for 2020.

In its place is PAX Online, a new digital festival that …

Minecraft Dungeons & Ring Fit Adventure

June 10th, 2020

24:48

Viv starts a new lifestyle habit with Ring Fit Adventure as Gianni fights his way through Creepers, Endermen and more in Minecraft Dungeons.

Thanks to Mojang Studios, Double 11 and Microsoft Game Studios for providing …

Scouting for the next League of Legends champion: Coach Chris Lee of Chiefs ESC

June 3rd, 2020

8:34

How do you shape a competitive League of Legends player into an esports star?

Chris Lee is a coach at the Chiefs Esports Club Academy, his job is to find the up and coming talent and shape them into professionals. 

XCOM: Chimera Squad & Gears Tactics

May 24th, 2020

38:56

Adam Christou has fallen in love with his motley crew of alien cops in XCOM: Chimera Squad and Gianni Di Giovanni has been ducking for cover while revving up the lancer in Gears Tactics.

Thanks to Microsoft Game …

Persona 5: Royal & Fallout 76: Wastelanders

May 7th, 2020

32:51

Adam Christou is ready for big anime energy in Persona 5 Royal and Sarah Ireland heads back into the wild Appalachian wasteland in Fallout 76 …

Jordan Mays "Elfishguy" & Brandon Langiano "Raven" on how to level up to competitive esports

April 23rd, 2020

15:01

Esports casters Jordan Mays "Elfishguy" & Brandon Langiano "Raven" star in a new season of Red Bull Response where they give their tips to level …

Final Fantasy VII Remake & My Friend Pedro

April 13th, 2020

34:47

Adam returns to Midgar in Final Fantasy VII Remake, and Gianni does his best Deadpool impression in My Friend Pedro.

NEWS LINKS
Kotaku: Accomplishing …

The ingredients of DOOM: Composer Mick Gordon on the soundtrack of DOOM Eternal

April 1st, 2020

16:25

If you’ve played any of the recent Bethesda Softworks games, while you’ve been blasting demons, fighting nazis or exploring space stations you’ve been listening to music of Australian composer Mick Gordon.

Hear how the …

Doom Eternal & Animal Crossing New Horizons

March 24th, 2020

32:18

Adam has been taking the fight to Earth in Doom Eternal, and Gianni has been planting a lovely orchard in Animal Crossing New Horizons.

NEWS LINKS
Kotaku: PlayStation 5 Versus Xbox Series X: The Tech Specs
Itch: Wash Your …

Crossy Road Castle & Rainbow Six Siege

March 6th, 2020

28:43

Gianni has been platforming his way to victory in Crossy Road Castle, the follow up to Hipster Whale's smash hit Crossy Road and Sarah has been …

Two Point Hospital & Super Smash Bros Ultimate

February 21st, 2020

19:33

Viv Thum and Mitch Loh are building hospitals and unbreakable frame perfect combos!

Viv has been avoiding that death gong in Two Point Hospital, the spiritual successor to Theme Hospital by Two Point Studios ahead of …

Dirty Bomb & Left 4 Dead 2

February 6th, 2020

27:45

Sarah Ireland and Daniel Ang have been digging into the back catalogue for some great multiplayer gems.

Sarah has been darting and diving her way …

Temtem & Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

January 29th, 2020

31:30

Adam Christou and Gianni Di Giovanni have been spending a fair bit of time with digital monsters.

Adam has been carving up the frozen tundra in …

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt & Pico Tanks

January 9th, 2020

23:48

Scott Quigg and Mitch Loh chat about two of the games they've been playing and the news that piqued their interest.

Scott has been "tossing a coin to his Witcher" as he and a lot of other people dive back into The …

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order & Halo Reach (Halo Master Chief Collection)

December 18th, 2019

29:04

Gianni Di Giovanni and Adam Christou chat about two of the games they've been playing and the news that piqued their interest.

Gianni has been …

Metro 2033 Redux & Borderlands 3

December 4th, 2019

26:27

Mitch Loh and Daniel Ang sit down to chat about two of the games they've been playing and the news that piqued our interest.

This week Mitch has been playing Borderlands 3, a game that fans of the series are going to …

Pokémon Shield & The Outer Worlds

November 23rd, 2019

26:26

Adam Christou and Gianni Di Giovanni sit down to chat about two of the games they've been playing and the news that piqued our interest.

This week Gianni has been playing next entry in the massive franchise Pokémon …

Sayonara Wild Hearts & L.A. Noire

November 7th, 2019

25:30

Daniel Ang and Gianni Di Giovanni kick off the first Mainstream by Pixel Sift, it's a look at some of the games we've been playing and the news that piqued our interest.

This week Gianni has been playing dreamy arcade …

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