X-Play is show where two hosts, Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb, preview and review video games from multiple gaming consoles in a brutally honest manner. Every episode includes in-game and cinematic footage from the games being reviewed as well as video game-themed comedy sketches. The show typically reviews three to five games and previews at least one game per episode.
X-Play also includes content on in-depth gaming news, event coverage of major technology and gaming events such as E3 and Comic-Con, viewer e-mail segments, and occasional game walk-through and cheats. X-Play has developed other segments like gaming features that explore working in the gaming industry, interviews with game developers, top 5 and top 10 lists, game system reviews, and lists of upcoming games just to name a few. Guest/co hosts and correspondents include: Blair Herter, Kristin Adams, Jessica Chobot, Alex Sim-Wise, and Joel Gourdin.
The hosts are the ones to review the games, often giving an abundance of witty commentary filled with pop-culture references, literary allusions, and innuendo. Games are scored on a 1-to-5 rating system. The hosts will typically praise and highlight noteworthy features of highly-rated games and scathingly insult and bemoan games at the lower end of the spectrum. They will rate games on visual graphics, gameplay, length, story, accessibility, and originality. X-Play has reviewed games for systems including the Nintendo Game Cube, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS (including DSi and 3DS), Sony Playstation 2, Sony Playstation 3, Sony PSP, Microsoft XBox, and Microsoft XBox 360.
Besides the game reviews and news, X-Play has several comedy sketches with a host of recurring characters that poke fun at popular culture and games. Many even create alternate fictional back-stories or side-stories for existing video game characters. These sketches are cast with the hosts, interns, writers and production team.
X-Play first aired April 28, 2003 on the G4 channel and produced and distributed by G4 Media. Originally it was called Extended Play and was produced and distributed by TechTV Inc. before being bought by Comcast. It was then renamed X-Play.
X-Play Video Clips & Extras
X-Play Full Episode Guide
- First Aired: December 12, 2012
This week, we're breaking down the winners of X-Play's Best of 2012 Awards! Plus, see how many wins "Halo 4," "Call of Duty: Black Ops 2," "Max Payne 3," "Assassin's Creed III," "Journey" and more rack up!
- First Aired: December 05, 2012
Let's kick off the show with an overview of the Wii U. Then, Sony rounded up its most famous gaming characters for battle in "PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale." And finally, get a rundown of the top-selling Android games!
- First Aired: November 28, 2012
Full episode: Kristin Adams is at the Texas Motor Speedway hanging with Danica Patrick. Then, Blair Herter is with "Crysis 3" producer Mike Read for a first look at the post-apocalyptic videogame. Plus, stick around for the “X-Play” reviews
- First Aired: November 15, 2012
We take a look at Halo and some of its franchise's defining moments. Then, we'll take a look at a preview of "Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two." Finally, learn to speak like Kirk with the "Shatoetry" app.