Over three years ago developer Monolith Productions was able to produce an excellent licensed Lord of the Rings game with Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, mimicking the success Rocksteady had pioneered with the Batman Arkham series. One of the truly standout features of this game was the Nemesis system in which every Orc or rather Uruk enemy in the game was capable of remembering every encounter, dynamically changing their appearance and dialogue based on past events. With the release of Middle-earth: Shadow of War the Nemesis mechanic is bigger and better in practically every way, creating an even more enjoyable adventure as you grow your army and pop a few heads on the way.
This week on the 2 Player Podcast, meats back on the menu, boys! Middle-Earth Shadow Of War is out, and we discuss Orcs, killing Orcs and chatting with not-so giant spiders. In the news, Blizzard praises Lord Cthulhu, Jurassic World Evolution spared no expense, prepare to feast on some gods in God Eater 3, Visit the set of La La
A Look At Middle-earth: Shadow of War takes Russell and Mitch on a journey to Mordor to craft a new ring, enslave Orcs and talk to spider-woman.
This week on Discussion Mode, everyone is talking about it, so obviously we had to chime in as we discuss the dreaded loot box in Battlefront and why “Pay to win” is never okay.
Ever since its initial reveal back in 2014, Cuphead has constantly been an eye-catching game due to its truly unique art-style and presentation. Due to this attention the original vision was altered from simply being boss battles to also include additional content such as platforming levels to make it more expansive. Thankfully with extremely challenging and precise game-play to boot I’m pleased to say this is a game compelling as it is stylish.
This week on the 2 Player Podcast, we discuss what if cups had heads, and if Star Fox had a sequel that was cancelled and eventually released decades later, It’d probably be terrible. We then underestimate EA’s power in the Battlefront 2 Beta.
Andrew House, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment has left the big blue house and being replaced by “John”. PSVR got an update removing all mention of Andy because Kaz Hirai is taking this harder than expected. To add to Kaz’s tears, Nioh decided the PC looked pretty chill as Horizon: Zero Dawn Complete Edition got announced which included the frozen wilds where you can’t build a snowman.
We also discuss trailers showing too much, which they are.
This week on discussion mode, Mitch & Russell discuss the growing number of trailers and how much they show. Do video game trailers show too much? In this era of huge marketing budgets, I’d say yes.
Russell and Mitch take a look at the 30’s inspired animated brutally difficult wonder that is Cuphead. We discuss the amazing graphical style, the crushing difficulty, and glorious bosses. Expect Russell’s review of Cuphead in the next week!
Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a street kid who becomes a princess, I mean a secret agent. Kingsman: The Golden Circle tells the story of the street kid secret agent making everything more difficult for everyone involved.
It’s also a fun action movie, find out more on the Screenshot Podcast.
This week, Mitch raises an army and plays the incorrectly named Total War: Warhammer 2, journeys to a desert filled with robots in Steamworld Dig 2 and continues the theme of 2 and plays Divinity: Original Sin 2 as a murderous skeleton.
We discuss TGS a bit, Mitch talks about WoW again, Star wars Battlefront 2 creates hype, while Sonic Forces continues to do the opposite. Assassin’s Creed tries being a teacher, PUBG becomes a company, while Red Dead Redemption 2 has appeared with a new trailer. PS Plus and Games With Gold fight and Xbox lost faster than you can scream “Snake!”.
Andrew House also dances on the Vita’s grave.
Metroid: Samus Returns is a reimagining of Metroid 2: The Return Of Samus which originally launched on the Gameboy back in 1991. It has now been updated in every form from sound and graphics to modern quality of life features. While early boss fights can be repetitive, the game itself is a joy to play.
Facebook has made some policy changes and it has us talking privacy in the digital age….except we aren’t actually scared. Russell is on board to be the voice of reason, and tanks come up because why not?