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
We missed an episode, but Bryan is back to take you through the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer! Bryan says um a lot, Russell desperately tries to win a game, and Mitch uncovers a little bit of Star Wars history that should’ve stayed buried. You can listen here!
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.
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?
This week we have Tokyo Game Show which proves mechs are always cool, and killing monsters.
Mitch kills Metroids, collects missiles and pretends Federation Force ever existed in Metroid: Samus Returns, as Russell plays more Kingdom Hearts. We also discuss the Tomb Raider trailer and have a look at video game movies.
We discuss Mario’s lack of a shirt, I mean the Nintendo Direct 9.13.2017! We also talk about Kingdom Hearts as Mitch proves he knows nothing. Mitch plays the new Divinity: Original Sin where he is murdered by a fire-breathing lizard.
Apple has announced the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, so lets see how great they really are. Russell joins us to see just how much he knows about failed mobile phones, and Attack on Titan is mentioned.
On episode 11 of the 2 Player Podcast, Mitch finds shiny loot as he discusses Destiny 2, Russell’s lost in Uncharted again too. The Witcher has a birthday as L.A Noire is raised from the dead much like in Resident Evil which receives new content! And a Switch port obviously. Shadow Of War also spends money on marketing again.
We discuss what Crystal Dynamic’s Avengers game could be and speculate incorrectly.
Over a year since the release of the masterful Uncharted 4, Naughty Dog have been slowing releasing new content via the multiplayer portion of the game while continuing to work on the main single-player DLC. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, the stand alone expansion is finally out and with it comes a whole new story to be told. Does greatness still await, or is it one adventure that is better left untraveled?
On episode 10 of the 2 Player Podcast, Mitch & Russell get lost in Uncharted: Lost Legacy and discover to their horror, Knack 2. Russell became an assassin and joined Noctis and crew in the Final Fantasy 15 Assassins Creed crossover while Mitch rambles on about going fast and PC superiority. Russell also discovers his love for Tidus (Or teedus, whatever.) in the Dissidia NT Beta.
Shadow Of War shows us it’s marketing budget, while Injustice adds mermaidman. Yakuza 2 gets a remake, PSVR gets new games and Mega-Man is no closer to his own game. Dead Rising 4 pretends to be Dead Rising 5 and Sonic Forces picks a terrible release date. Nintendo announces some excellent indies, Shovel Knight King of the Cards hype.
We also discuss Half Life 3’s lack of a future.
Mitch & Russell discuss Game Of Thrones Season 7 finale Episode 7 – The Dragon and the Wolf, as well as our thoughts on the season.
Bryan dials it in from Canberra to join Russell and Mitch talking future Star Wars films and early access games. Or early access films and Star Wars games. Movies are definitely mentioned!
Sonic games have always been a roller coaster when it came to quality with often the best ones being the games that closely related back to past Sonic games. Sonic Mania, pulling inspiration from specifically the 2D versions of Sonic planned to not only offer a compelling return to form but also showcase how excellent a new Sonic game can be. Thankfully SEGA and significant developers of the Sonic community have brought this dream to life in what quite possibly is the best Sonic game yet.
Russell’s gotta go fast as he plays Sonic Mania, and discovers the heart of the cards in Hearthstone’s Knights of the Frozen Throne and Mitch discovers he’s not Korean in Starcraft.
While this week in news we discuss Blizzard’s Battle.Net, Shelob’s the unsung hero of Lord Of The Rings, and Crackdown 3 is delayed again!
We have a discussion about the Xbox’s lack of exclusives and prepare for the adventure in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.
Surfs up as Overwatch hits the beach and invades Widowmaker’s house! Here there be dragons, and their principles as Dragon’s Dogma gets a port to Xbox One & PS4.
Like UFO’s? How about 50? UFO 50 is a collection of 50 games coming in 2018! Hate Final Fantasy 10’s Tidus? So does Jecht! He joins FF Dissidia (Again). Valve announces a new game and it doesn’t have a 3! Horizon: Zero Dawn stays frosty as The Frozen Wilds DLC gets a release date! Dragon Quest Builders gets a sequel while No Man’s Sky gets promised features, kind of.
Mitch & Russell play a card game, too.
Sam is back to pitch the return of Babylon 5…..it’s ok we haven’t seen it either. Who can create the best TV spin off and impress the board?
Elsewhere we talk piracy and the shades of grey involved, plus someone faces the ultimate punishment in our new dare system!
On this episode, we discuss Season 7 Episode 3 & 4 – The Queens Justice & The Spoils Of War. Full spoilers.
Russell returns to defend the future of Virtual Reality Technology inspired by Ready Player One. We also look at video game hype and that dirty, dirty word……..Pre-order.
Christopher Nolan’s newest film Dunkirk is pure cinematic bliss. If feeling tense is your definition of Bliss. Mitch and Russell discuss the film and say only nice things. Spoilers!
You’ve just crossed a terrible threshold, Arthas. By joining Hearthstone! Blizzard swings the Doomhammer on the Felmyst legacy server and the Switch sells units. Square Enix’s Dragon Quest XI goes west where the skies are blue and Final Fantasy XV goes online while the Regalia joins Forza. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy hype! We also pick the best PS+ & GWG game!
Russell chases chickens in Fable Fortunes, Mitch paints it black in Splatoon 2 and talks NoClip’s Final Fantasy XV Documentary.
Comic Con Trailers, the SNES classic, Artificial Scarcity and Robert Downey Jr. What do they all have in common? Jordan joins the show to find out!
The impossible has happened, our E3 episode has arrived.
Join Russell, Bryan, Mitch & Jordan to discuss E3 2017. We cover everything, so it’s our longest podcast ever as well as taking the longest to edit and release!
Nobody gave up, nor did anyone break the entire edit at one point. Nope.
It’s only a month late!
EVO 2017 has come and gone giving us a ton of fighting game news to fight about, Telltale releases the hounds, zombies, and bats as Middle Earth: Shadow Of War turns a spider into a woman.
Russell enters the matrix and Mitch makes a bandicoot go to space.
The ‘90s, a simpler time in video games where the leaders of the home console market SEGA and Nintendo both had their key mascot platformers pushing sales of their console. Sony was an up-and-comer at the time and wanted to have their own idol platformer. They found one in Naughty Dog’s Crash Bandicoot. Over twenty years later Vicarious Visions has brought the original three main titles back to life in the release of the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. But does the game still hold up, or is it something best left in the past?