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Video Games 2 the MAX is the official Games podcast of where Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison get together to talk about everything involving Video Games. Every week, we discuss what we are playing, games we are reviewing, the gaming news of the week, and just have some fun talking about…

Sean Garmer & Marc Morrison

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    Leagues 2 the MAX - Week 2 in Review

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 104:30

    Just when we all thought the chaos was done, the final group of the League of Legends World Championship provided one last dose. The quarterfinals are now set, and Bryan is here to look over what happened throughout an incredibly crazy group stage, and look ahead to the beginning of the knockout stage.

    Metroid Dread, Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Price, FIFA and EA Breaking Up

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 79:29

    Metroid Dread, Tales of Arise, Echo Generation, Alan Wake Remastered are the major games discussed by Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison on this one.The Nintendo Switch Online Expansion adds $30 a year to the regular Switch Online price and $45 a year for families is it worth the price for Nintendo 64 and SEGA Genesis games, along with the Animal Crossing DLC? Could some of the licensing costs be avoided entirely? Is there a price on nostalgia? FIFA and EA are at the breaking point with FIFA already declaring they are open to working with other developers and EA has trademarked a new name and continued making deals with FIFPro and others to keep things status quo. Who actually wins out in the end? Do they find a way to make peace? Plus, the Xbox Series X Mini Fridge is a thing, the PlayStation 5 finally unseats the Nintendo Switch for one month in the sales dept, Google is the latest to take aim at Epic Games and more.

    League 2 the MAX - Worlds Group C Concludes

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 102:04

    Three groups down, one more to go before the full quarterfinal bracket is (essentially) set. The good news is someone was right when it came to predictions. The bad news is it's coming right back to haunt someone else...

    League 2 the MAX - Group B Finale at Worlds

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 83:51

    Funny thing how sometimes things happen almost exactly the way you think they will. For the most part, this was Group B and how things ended today as the quarterfinalists continue to identify themselves at the League of Legends World Championship.

    League 2 the MAX...or Whatever - Group A Craziness!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 96:38

    Well, Dr. Manhattan kept mentioning chaos. Bryan kept saying it could happen. Today, it finally happened as Group A finished out with a bang at the League of Legends World Championships!The permuter used on air is here:

    League of Legends World Championships - The Group Stage Begins!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 76:29

    After our first Week in Review, we're starting to get into the meat and potatoes of the tournament, with the first part of the group stage in the books. Bryan will give his thoughts on the first round and check his predictions on how the rest of the group stage will play out.

    League of Legends Worlds Week in Review - Week 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 122:46

    There was some high drama in Reykjavik in the first week of the League of Legends World Championships. The play-ins are done, the groups are set, roster moves have been made, and...match-fixing?! Bryan is here to break down everything and give his predictions on what's to come.

    FIFA 22, Sora in Smash Ultimate, Konami Making a Comeback - VG2M # 289

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021 101:25

    After an unintended delay, Video Games 2 the MAX is back with Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison discussing a lot of Tales of Arise now that Sean is close to the end and Marc beat the game completely. Marc has also been playing the Castlevania Advance Collection, Diablo II: Resurrected, and Lost Judgment. Sean has also delved back into the sports realm for the first time in a long time with FIFA 22 as well. Aside from the games, the final Super Smash Bros Ultimate character was revealed as the most requested of them all in Sora from Kingdom Hearts. How exciting is it to have the beloved Square-Enix & Disney character included in the game? Plus news on Far Cry 7 being more online-focused and perhaps multiplayer focused, Yakuza losing a very important figure, Capcom doing more with PC, Konami making a comeback into the AAA gaming space, Netflix acquiring Night School Studio, and much more.

    League of Legends Worlds Play-ins, Day 2 Recap

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 62:13

    There was an action-packed day in Reykjavik! A few big upsets and a couple of teams are already out of the running for passage through the group stage. Bryan is back and ready to recap all of the big action, news, highlights, and rankings from the League of Legends World Championship!

    LoL Worlds Play-Ins Day 1 Recap

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 37:41

    It's that time of year, and the League of Legends World Championship is getting underway. Never worry about FOMO with Bryan covering the day's action on a special Video Games 2 the MAX. It's Day 1 of the play-ins, and Bryan has the highlights and a recap of the North American action.

    Nintendo 64 Games Come to Switch Online, Mario Movie Casting Craziness

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2021 132:42

    Nintendo delivered a ton to talk about with their latest Nintendo Direct from Bayonetta 3 finally getting its time to shine and Monster Hunter Rise getting a new expansion. Not to mention, a new Kirby game was announced too and it is in full 3D!However, it also created some joyous moments with the announcement of Nintendo 64 and SEGA Genesis games coming to the Nintendo Switch Online service. This is not without its controversy as well, since this also means a price increase too. Where do Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison fall on that line? Should there be a price increase for old games? Or is this just another case of Nintendo doing it because they can? Sean also played a little Kena: Bridge of Spirits, while Marc tried his hand at Tales of Arise, WRC 10, and Diablo II: Resurrected. Plus there is a lot of other classic games talk from the Direct and outside of it with other collections being confirmed and even a rumored Klonoa one that has Sean very excited as well.

    Eastward, Wipeout Rush Announced, GeForce Now Leaks Games - VG2M # 287

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2021 95:54

    Something old, something new, and quite a few leaked games too. Certainly not the biggest of news weeks, but still quite a few things to discuss for Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison on Video Games 2 the MAX. The main games for Sean are the much anticipated JRPG Tales of Arise as he's made it to the second town in the game and is enjoying it quite a bit. He's also been loving the indie Earthbound-inspired game Eastward. Marc got into the beta for Call of Duty Vanguard and tries out the Super Gameboy 2. There's also some news to get to with Wipeout Rush announced, God of War ending the Norse mythology with God of War: Ragnarok. NVIDIA's GeForce Now leaking a bunch of possibly real games. Twisted Metal and Driver are getting TV shows, Battlefield 2042 delayed, and much more.

    PlayStation Showcase Reveals, Tales of Arise, Artful Escape - VG2M # 286

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2021 93:53

    The PlayStation Showcase is top of mind with major games like God of War: Ragnarok and Spider-Man 2. Surprises like Wolverine and Project EVE. Plus, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake, Alan Wake Remaster, and much more round out the lineup. Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison give their thoughts on these PlayStation Showcase reveals and on the entire thing as well.The guys have also played some games as well. Marc gives final thoughts on Psychonauts 2 after beating it. He also does the same on Resident Evil Village as well. Sean barely starting a few games with Lake, The Artful Escape, and Tales of Arise too. Other things discussed on the podcast: The ruling in the Apple versus Epic case and how it effects both sides. Sony making a decision to charge $10 for future PS4 to PS5 upgrades after they created a controversy with Horizon: Forbidden West. Also, the statement by John Gibson that caused him to stepdown at Tripwire Interactive.

    Halo Infinite Release Date, Psychonauts 2, Retro Game Prices - VG2M # 285

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2021 109:41

    Gamescom took over this week with some major announcements including the Halo Infinite release date, the Horizon Forbidden West release date, the true reveal of a Saints Row Reboot, the surprise of Dokev, and much more. Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison both played Psychonauts 2. Marc got a lot farther than Sean and he has plenty to say about the game. Activision-Blizzard are now being accused of not preserving documents needed for the lawsuit from the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Netherrealm go on making a Mortal Kombat 12 instead of an Injustice 3 due to uncertainty around Warner Bros involvement in video games. Not to mention, thoughts on removing the McCree name and much more. Also, due to an investigation it has been uncovered that WATA a game grading company and Heritage Auction have been colluding to raise retro game prices. Marc being an avid collector of games has plenty to say here on the subject.

    No Halo Infinite Co-op Campaign, Twelve Minutes, Tales of Arise Demo

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2021 84:10

    Sorry about missing the last few weeks, but the show has returned. Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison discuss playing Sailor Zombie, Boyfriend Dungeon, Twelve Minutes, the Back 4 Blood Beta, The Forgotten City, and The Tales of Arise demo. In the news, they go through the latest on the Activision-Blizzard lawsuit since a lot has happened since the last show. There's also discussion on GTA 3, Vice City, and San Andreas getting ports to the Nintendo Switch. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim getting an Anniversary edition for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is possibly a thing and so is a Saints Row Reboot as well. They end the show with thoughts on Halo having no co-op campaign at launch, Pokemon Presents, and of course they look ahead to a big week of releases next week too. There's no video version this week because of some problems with Sean's camera and mic cutting out which are not an issue on this audio version.

    Horizon Forbidden West Delayed, Annapurna Interactive Showcase Thoughts - VG2M # 283

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 110:26

    The gaming week has once again been dominated by more fallout from the Activision Blizzard debacle, which includes a large walkout, more heinous stories coming out and now J Allen Brack leaving the company. The one positive about this, Ubisoft employees also stood in solidarity and made their own demands as well. Although we don't talk much about this on the show this week, I did want to note what's been happening and that we still stand with all of those employees going through so much right now. However, if you want to look at just the gaming side of things and ignore reality, Annapurna Interactive had a tremendous showcase highlighting what having a host of interesting games, funny personalities, and some surprises do to one's enjoyment. Seriously! Outerwilds is getting an expansion y'all! This was also a week for Business stuff and there will be some discussions about that. Sadly, there are also some delays and store removals too. Horizon: Forbidden West seemingly is the next big game pushed into 2022, while Kena: Bridge of Spirits also gets a one-month delay as well. Forza Motorsport 7 is being removed from the Microsoft Store entirely starting in September too. Finally, things look positive for the Playdate, Team ASOBI is making a new game, and there's also a discussion on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 and the systems as a whole. Plus, the whole overblown thing about the PS5 SSD versus the Xbox Memory Card. Don't forget, there are some games to discuss as Sean keeps pushing through Death's Door and Cris Tales, while Marc tries out The Forgotten City and has continued the journey through Ys IX: Monstrum Nox too.Timestamps: (0:00) Start(2:30) Marc goes to another used store(7:30) Games We Are Playing: (Ys IX, The Forgotten City, Cris Tales, Death's Door)(28:15) Horizon Forbidden West and Kena: Bridge of Spirits Delayed, Could Halo: Infinite Multiplayer release by itself?(47:35) Team ASOBI making a new game, could it possibly be a full Astrobot title?(52:00) PlayStation 5 and is the $70 price making some rethink buying at release? (1:02:15) Quick Hits of News(1:16:40) Annapurna Interactive Showcase Thoughts(1:25:00) What's there to love about the PS5 and Xbox Series X 9 Months Later(1:49:05) Upcoming Games

    Activision Blizzard Lawsuit, Death's Door, eFootball Goes F2P - VG2M # 282

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 100:18

    In a week that's felt like it has gone on forever, there have been some great game releases such as Death's Door, Cris Tales, and The Last Stop, some exciting news like a Pokemon live-action series in development at Netflix, and then the absolutely horrifying news involving Activision Blizzard and the lawsuit from the State of California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing. All of this will be discussed on this episode along with big announcements from the EA Play Live event including the official reveal of the long-rumored Dead Space remake, GRID Legends being the first Codemasters game under the EA banner, EA Originals getting a major spotlight, and what's going on with Battlefield 2042 as well. Plus, could Konami start a new trend with eFootball in making sports games fully embrace the "games as a service" and forgo the yearly model? Or is this Konami just doing something different to compete with EA's FIFA series? Sean discusses playing all three of the games mentioned above and more Scarlet Nexus. All while Marc has final thoughts on Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and he starts playing Ys IX: Monstrum Nox, and more.Time Stamps: Games We Are Playing: Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Ys IX: Monstrum Nox, Death's Door, Cris Tales, The Last Stop (2:50)EA Play Live Thoughts: GRID Legends, EA Originals, Dead Space Remake (28:00)Quick Hits of News (38:30) Major Topic: Activision Blizzard Lawsuit Discussion (50:00)Major Topic 2: Konami Makes eFootball (PES) Free to Play (1:22:35)Upcoming Games (1:36:30)Links:Don't forget you can also watch us on video as well over on the W2M Network Youtube channel:'s Chicory: A Colorful Tale Review:

    Are We Excited About The Steam Deck? Tom Clancy's XDefiant, No Switch Pro? - VG2M # 281

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 108:18

    Ubisoft announces their new game XDefiant, a 6 vs 6 multiplayer shooter with factions from various Tom Clancy games. Nintendo actually acknowledges rumors only to shoot them down. Could they be serious about no other Switch models? Yeah... about that. Also, the Steam Deck is seriously a thing and it has gotten everyone riled up about everything from emulation to portable PCs to even being a "Switch Killer." Don't really think that the last one is going to happen, but preorders did drop for it and a few of the SKU's have already been delayed. Speaking of delays, there have been a few of those. But there's also been the announcement of Company of Heroes 3, the purchase of Sumo by Tencent, possible proof that the Metroid Prime Trilogy is ready for Switch, Netflix getting into gaming, the NPD numbers for June 2021, and much more. Also, Marc Morrison finally beat Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne and It Takes Two. He got to play some Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart as well and he talks about why it didn't quite jive with him. Sean Garmer had a week off from games pretty much, as he's been trying to knock out some written reviews.Links:Don't forget you can also watch us on video as well over on the W2M Network Youtube channel:

    The End of Judgment? FIFA 22's Costly Upgrade - VG2M # 280

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 101:32

    Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison bring you another edition of Video Games 2 the MAX as they discuss games they are playing like Sean finishing Chicory: A Colorful Tale and starting up Scarlet Nexus. Marc also got into It Takes Two and more Timespinner as well. They also wonder if the recent news about SEGA and the agency in charge of the lead actor Takuya Kimura having a standoff about a PC version of Judgment could spell the end for the series. Should they just go on with another actor? And what does this say about SEGA's push for PC? A huge announcement made much earlier in the week from Bloomberg looks to put the next Assassin's Creed code-named Infinity into the live service realm. Marc is a major fan of the franchise and has reviewed all three of the most recent games, as well as many of the older ones as well and he has plenty to say on where the franchise could be headed, if it is a good idea or not, and if it means we see smaller scale AC settings again too. Double Fine wades into the difficulty debate by adding an Invincibility Mode for Psychonauts 2. Where do Sean and Marc stand on having things like this in video games? Plus, EA becomes the latest publisher to test gamer's wallets if you want to do an upgrade from last-gen to current-gen, Thoughts on Sony's latest State of Play, Square-Enix sells out of Final Fantasy XIV digitally, and more.Links: Don't forget you can also watch us on video as well over on the W2M Network Youtube channel:

    Nintendo Switch OLED Announced, Does Sony Need to Do More With PS NOW - VG2M # 279

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2021 129:52

    We actually recorded our latest episode before the Switch OLED announcement, so we didn't have the same problem two weeks in a row, we recorded a special short talking all things Nintendo Switch OLED model. Then our regular episode follows when that ends at about 25 mins in.Well, it has finally happened. The next iteration of the Nintendo Switch has been announced, but is it everything everyone hoped it would be? Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison discuss the expectations versus what was actually revealed. Are we disappointed? Are we upset? What is there to feel anymore. Also, stay tuned afterward for our regular episode # 279 about 24 minutes into this. The episode description is as follows...Remember you can now watch us on Youtube as well on the W2M Network Youtube channel. Hit subscribe, ring the bell for notifications, or just get our VG2M Playlist: this episode of Video Games 2 the MAX hosts Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison cover a PlayStation heavy show with some acquisitions, some losses, and pushing for some change from the big gaming brand. Of course, we are referring to bringing Housemarque, Nixxes, and possibly even Bluepoint too. Are all of these expected? What do we expect to see next? And is this better than making a bigger splash purchase? Plus, the official end of Sony Japan Studio as well. Also, a lot of controversy abounds over the decision of charging for the PlayStation 5 upgrade of the Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut. Is the $10 charge justified? Is this greed? Or does it make sense considering what's added? Are either of the guys interested in the Director's Cut at all? The guys also get into a discussion on whether or not Sony needs to do more with PlayStation NOW. Is it fine the way it is? Do is it need Day 1 games like Xbox Game Pass? Or are more quality of life changes what's in order? How about just putting a little hype behind it? Finally, the guys talk about Nintendo wanting to do more with Donkey Kong, the rumored remake of Dead Space, and also with the reveal of EA Play Spotlights ahead of the July 22 event. The major topic for this show centers around bringing back dormant EA Sports franchises and which ones could work today. Links: Facebook: friend from The Outerhaven, Keith Mitchell's, PS Now Article:

    The Best Games of 2021 So Far (w/ Jakejames Lugo) - VG2M # 278

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2021 110:43

    Jakejames Lugo, go follow him on Twitter at ( joins the full crew of W2M folks Sean Garmer, Marc Morrison, Randy Isbelle, and Jens Dietrich on Video Games 2 the MAX, as they give out their Top 5 Games of 2021 So Far. Since everyone on the panel owns at least one current-generation console there should be a lot of unique lists for sure. Jake also discusses some of his influences, favorite games, game genres, and there's some talk about why he wanted to get into creating and writing in the industry as well.Plus, Randy also has thoughts on Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade: Episode Intermission and Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart. Also, find out why he is down on Mario Golf: Super Rush as well. Marc has been playing more Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne. Jens took the hit for everyone on Dungeons and Dragons: Dark Alliance as well. Sean also discovers the reason why no one likes Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge too. There's also a rumor about Ghost of Tsushima DLC, Xbox finally updates X-Cloud and adds Xbox Game Pass to Windows 11 from the jump. A Space Jam game is coming soon, Tekken X Streetfighter, Final Fantasy IX getting an anime, and more.Unfortunately, we recorded the show a few hours before the revelation of the Housemarque joining PlayStation studios news. But Sean has you covered with a writeup about it... ( are also available in video format as well: are no ads on this show because we had a guest, but please go support the show and the entire W2M Network via enjoying a special offer on Grammarly ( or a 30 Day Free Trial of Amazon Music Unlimited ( Randy's Review of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart:'s Review of Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade: Episode Intermission: places to check out Jakejames Lugo's work:

    Xbox Extended Showcase, Our Favorite Games From E3 2021` - VG2M # 277

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2021 85:23

    Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison return with a regular episode of Video Games 2 the MAX as the Xbox Extended Showcase and our favorite games from E3 2021 are the major topics, as there is major E3 2021 fallout syndrome happening this week. Sean has been playing Chicory: A Colorful Tale and Game Builder Garage while Marc is all about Guilty Gear Strive and a few other things as well. The news consists of some rumors like Final Fantasy VII Remake and Alan Wake having data in the Epic Games Store. Back 4 Blood requiring a constant connection. Sony also got into the mix with some comments from Jim Ryan and a possible 2022 release date for the PSVR too.Remember you can also watch us on Youtube:

    E3 2021: The Final Show: The Future of E3, Best Games, Best Showcase

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 105:59

    On the final E3 2021 broadcast Sean Garmer is joined by Marc Morrison, Randy Isbelle, Jens Dietrich, and a special guest writer from Android Central and Twinfinite, Charlie Wacholz (you can follow him at ( or go check out his podcast Comfort Foods Pod. Enough with the introductions on this big show we are doing one more discussion on the Nintendo Direct since a few of the panel wasn't on the shows earlier and then we get into our favorite games. Sean and Jens also making an interlude to talk about the Strangers of Paradise: A Final Fantasy Origin demo and the number of things they didn't really like about it. Charlie also discusses a little about Bloodborne and feelings on Souls games in general. There's also best showcase, discussing the E3 2021 in general, and also looking ahead to what E3 could be in 2022. Is it still relevant? Or we are looking at a further demise of E3 once people start going back to in-person events. There is a great conversation about this topic in here towards the end.

    E3 2021: Nintendo Direct Post Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2021 28:12

    Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison discuss and grade the last big E3 showcase, the Nintendo Direct. Certainly Nintendo showed once again they know how to do these digital presentations. They delivered a lot of surprises and we got to see a little Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 as well. What are some of our favorite games from the showcase? Tune in and find out.

    E3 2021: Capcom Post Show And a Look Ahead to Nintendo

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2021 53:04

    Capcom certainly had an event, although it was rather lackluster on their part. Sean Garmer, Randy Isbelle, Daniel Anderson, and Paul Leazar go through the little reedeming value of their E3 2021 showcase. At least Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin and Ace Attorney got some time and there's RE Village DLC coming. However, due to there not being much to discuss about Capcom the guys all look ahead to what Nintendo could show at their Direct.

    E3 2021 Day 2 Post Show: Xbox & Bethesda, Square-Enix And Overall Thoughts

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 68:21

    Well, Day 2 has come and gone, but there's certainly a lot to talk about here. Video Games 2 the MAX gets an Outerhaven invasion as Sean is joined by his comprades from ( with Keith Mitchell, Karl Smart, Kyle Simcox, and Matthew Paul all onboard to discuss what was on the Xbox & Bethesda show, the Square-Enix show, and to give both shows grades and favorite game announcements too. Of course, with everyone on this show there's some shenanigans as well. You can watch it on video here: Facebook:

    E3 2021 Square-Enix Post Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 24:04

    Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison are joined by Jens Dietrich, Jed Shaffer, and Daniel Anderson to discuss what was announced at the Square-Enix show which honestly wasn't a whole lot, but there's still Guardians of the Galaxy, which looked good (although much of this panel was not happy about it), Final Fantasy 1-6 remasters that are only on Steam and Mobile, which Sean is disgusted about, oh and yes, a new take on a Final Fantasy Origin story too. You can also watch the whole thing on video here:

    E3 2021: Xbox & Bethesda Post Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 35:47

    Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison are joined by a big group including Randy Isbelle, Daniel Anderson, Jens Dietrich, and an appearance by Jed Shaffer to talk about all the things announced at the Xbox and Bethesda showcase. Not only do they discuss the big things like Halo Infinite, Starfield, and Forza Horizon 5. They cover some other things like Psychonauts 2, Replaced, Red Fall, and others. Is this the best presentation so far? Or were there some issues? Certainly a very polarizing event for a few of the folks on the panel.You can also watch it on video here:

    E3 2021: Day 1 Post Show (Ubisoft, Devolver Digital, Gearbox, Geeked Week, More)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2021 58:54

    Video Games 2 the MAX host Sean Garmer is joined by Chapter Select's Randy Isbelle and the duo from the Outerhaven Keith Mitchell and Karl Smart in discussing the first day of E3 2021. So thoughts on the Ubisoft Forward, Devolver Digital, and Gearbox showcases. Plus, some non E3 stuff too like Netflix Geeked Week, IGN's Summer of Gaming, and more.

    E3 2021: Ubisoft Forward Post-Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2021 29:54

    Join Video Games 2 the MAX host Sean Garmer along with Kyle Simcox, and Jake Collier as they discuss and breakdown what was announced at the Ubisoft Forward event. What was the biggest announcement? Is it the Mario & Rabbids: Sparks of Hope? Or did Avatar steal the show? What about Rainbow Six: Extraction too? Also, they give a letter grade for the event too. So be sure to check out it or watch it on video as well:

    Favorite Games From the Guerrilla Collective 2021 Showcase, Final E3 2021 Predictions - VG2M # 276

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2021 118:39

    On this episode of Video Games 2 the MAX hosts Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison are joined by fellow 411mania writer Jed Shaffer, you can go check out his podcast the Gamer Parent Strategy Guide on anywhere there are podcasts ( or follow him on Twitter ( and also fellow freelance writer Kyle Simcox, you can follow him on Twitter ( or check out his latest at the Outerhaven with a review of Biomutant ( Remember you can also watch this episode on video as well: the guests introduce themselves and get through their gaming firsts, everyone gives out some of their favorite games from the Guerrilla Collective 2 Showcase. Everyone should go check out the trailers from the games and make their own decisions, but a few recommendations include Endling, El Paso Elsewhere, Beasts of Maravilla Island, Industria, and My Lovely Wife for its sheer weirdness. Many more are mentioned and discussed as well. In the news, Capcom gets sued for texture infringement that they could have easily avoided. Controversy ensues as the panel has different takes on whether cross-gen is a good thing or not. Sony recently announced that not only is God of War: Ragnarok delayed, but it is also a cross-gen game, along with Gran Turismo 7. So they will be on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. The guys also talk about what on earth Koch Media could be showing with no Saints Row, Timesplitters, Metro, or Dead Island there. Yuji Naka no longer with Square-Enix, and also what Take-Two and Square-Enix are doing at E3 2021 too. Finally, in our big topic, we discuss what Ubisoft, Capcom, Bandai Namco, and others could show at E3 in our final discussion on the topic before we get to the actual event itself. There are no ads on this show because we had a guest, but please go support the show and the entire W2M Network via enjoying a special offer on Grammarly ( or a 30 Day Free Trial of Amazon Music Unlimited (

    What Could Square-Enix Announce at E3 2021, More Nintendo Switch Pro Rumors - VG2M # 275

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 127:19

    On this episode of Video Games 2 the MAX hosts Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison are joined by Jens Dietrich and a special guest from the Back Log Banter podcast and Youtube Channel, Tucker Hazell. You can go check out everything he does at ( or follow him on Twitter ( up, the guys discuss games they are playing such as The Wild At Heart, Star Fox 64, Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster, Scarlet Nexus Demo, and more.Then, they get into all of the big announcements this week from everything shown at the Sonic and Dragon Quest anniversary specials to the Horizon: Forbidden West and Far Cry 6 trailers too. There’s also a lesson to be learned here about not quote tweeting bad people. Plus, they speculate on what Koch Media could announce at their E3 conference, what Sony games could work well on Mobile, the Pokemon release dates, Uncharted 4 headed to PC, and more. Of course, we have to talk once again about the rampant Nintendo Switch Pro rumors that are leading everyone to believe there will be an announcement before Nintendo’s June 15 E3 2021 presentation. Finally, the group discusses what Final Fantasy Origin could be, could Final Fantasy VI get a remake? Will there be news on Kingdom Hearts or Final Fantasy XVI? Any surprises possibly from them? So much to speculate about as things get even closer to E3 2021. There are no ads on this show because we had a guest, but please go support the show and the entire W2M Network via enjoying a special offer on Grammarly ( or a 30 Day Free Trial of Amazon Music Unlimited ( Links: Facebook: Twitter:

    What to Expect From Xbox at E3, Scarlet Nexus Demo - VG2M # 274

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 107:06

    On this episode of Video Games 2 the MAX hosts Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison are joined by Jens Dietrich and guest Jake Collier (A K A ObiwanJakolby (you can follow him on Twitter: or Twitch: as they discuss the return of Free Radical studios and the Timesplitters IP. Will it simply be remasters and try to do another one of those games, or are they going to try to modernize it? Will the nostalgia play actually pay off? The crew seems mixed on it for sure. They also talk about the report that Netflix is looking to get into Video Games. Is this a whole bunch of discussions or will Netflix try to develop something similar to Apple Arcade? Are they going to just do a bunch of games on licenses and properties they own? The guys also discuss the games they are playing which vary from the big games like Mass Effect Legendary Edition, Returnal, and Resident Evil Village to the Scarlet Nexus demo and indie titles like Aerial_Knight’s Never Yield and Rain on Your Parade. The main topic explores what Xbox could show off at their E3 extravaganza. Does the information on Starfield’s release date hamper that a bit, will Halo get the big showcase or does another title enter the fray and steal the limelight. Could any old Xbox franchise make a return? And so much more as we keep the hype going for E3 2021. Other things discussed on the episode: The controversial new Zelda Amiibo, the release of Grand Theft Auto V on current gen consoles, the potential for a 30th anniversary Sonic collection, and Overwatch dropping to 5 versus 5. There are no ads on this show because we had a guest, but please go support the show and the entire W2M Network via enjoying a special offer on Grammarly ( or a 30 Day Free Trial of Amazon Music Unlimited ( Links: Facebook: Support Palestine:’s Tamoor Hussain Video:

    Starfield is Exclusive, Does PlayStation Do Something For E3 2021? - VG2M # 273

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2021 123:48

    On this episode of Video Games 2 the MAX hosts Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison are joined by fellow W2M staffer and host of Chapter Select, Randy Isbelle, and a special guest from the Burn Out Brighter Podcast, Matt (you can follow Matt and the show at Matt is also part of the Kinda Funny Best Friends Creators Network, (which we are also now part of), if you are a creator, streamer, or podcaster go join the discord as well ( You can also watch this episode and hopefully future episodes on our Youtube channel: begin with some chatter about everyone’s week and we also get to learn a little bit about Matt himself and The Burn Out Brighter Podcast. What kind of games he enjoys, and his gaming beginnings too.The guys also talk about playing Resident Evil Village, Returnal, Mass Effect Legendary Edition, and New Pokemon Snap.There is also discussion about the conflict going on in the West Bank especially as it relates to what happened between IGN and Game Informer and their parent companies and how it is great that there is more awareness of what’s happening and the IGN staff letter to their bosses setting a major precedent. Major Topics on the episode: Game franchises we’ve never played,Starfield being a 2022 exclusive for Xbox and PC Ubisoft making more Free to Play Games? Will PlayStation do anything for E3 2021 and what could they show. What are some of the “15 games” that are being worked on for PlayStation 5? There are no ads on this show because we had a guest, but please go support the show and the entire W2M Network via enjoying a special offer on Grammarly ( or a 30 Day Free Trial of Amazon Music Unlimited ( How is Everyone Doing: (2:05)Getting to Know Matt From the Burnout Brighter Podcast (8:45)Games or Game Franchises We’ve Never Played (16:15)Games We Are Playing: Resident Evil Village (29:20) (Randy)Returnal (33:40) (Matt & Marc)Mass Effect: Legendary Edition (34:50) (Matt & Marc)New Pokemon Snap (42:10) (Matt & Randy) Major Topics: IGN and Game Informer’s fight their corporations in support of Palestine (46:35)Starfield is Exclusive to Xbox and PC (51:30)Ubisoft Doing More With Free to Play (1:10:15)PlayStation Time: The new Dualsense controllers, PSVR 2 Leaks, what PlayStation could do at E3 2021, what are some of their “15 Games” being developed for PS5 (1:17:35) Headlines: Google says Stadia is “doing fine” (1:02:10)Could Steam come to consoles (1:06:30) The End and Upcoming Games: (1:53:20) Links: The Burn Out Brighter Podcast: Kinda Funny Best Friends Twitter: Support Palestine: Gamespot’s Tamoor Hussain Video:

    New Pokemon Snap, Resident Evil Village, Game Review Discourse - VG2M # 272

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2021 136:05

    On this episode of Video Games 2 the MAX hosts Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison are joined by the Outerhaven’s ( Karl Smart in discussing two games he reviewed in New Pokemon Snap and Resident Evil Village. Marc also finished Returnal and has his final thoughts on the game. He also started an indie game called Insurmountable and gives his initial impressions of it as well. The trio also gets into Microsoft not making a profit on the Xbox consoles themselves and how this being made into a much bigger deal than it actually is. Sony is also possibly facing a lawsuit regarding their decision to keep digital game codes away from other retailers. Who has a point here? Could Sony actually have to reverse their decision? And is this even worth fighting about? Since this was a major topic on social media in the last week, the guys give their thoughts on the game review discourse. Should games always be finished before reviewing them? Are there times where it is excusable not to finish a game before reviewing it? The reality of an embargo and why more gaming sites should push them if a review isn’t ready and also why many don’t do it and why there should be more understanding on all sides about it in general. Finally, E3 2021 is only a month away and we begin looking at what could be announced at the show from Nintendo’s side and some things we’d like to see as well. Other things discussed on the show: Yakuza Staying a JRPG, the Giantbomb exodus, EA purchases Super Mega Baseball developer, TimestampsGames We Are Playing: Resident Evil Village (2:50) (Karl)Returnal (13:55) (Marc) New Pokemon Snap (20:30) (Karl)Insurmountable (27:40) Marc Marc gets scammed at Used Game Store (29:40)Headlines: Xbox consoles don’t make a profit (39:40)Yakuza Stays as a JRPG (101:45)Sony Trademarks Sunset Overdrive (107:40)Super Mega Baseball Developer is Purchased by EA (109:40)Brad Shoemaker, Alex Navarro, and Vinny Caravella leave Giantbomb (116:50)Major Topics: Sony faces a lawsuit for not allowing digital game sales in stores (44:50) Game Review Discourse: Do you have to finish a game? Why you should and why sometimes it just isn’t possible. (1:22:30)What could Nintendo reveal at E3 2021 and what are some things we want to see? (1:53:30)There are no ads on this show because we had a guest, but please go support the show and the entire W2M Network via enjoying a special offer on Grammarly ( or a 30 Day Free Trial of Amazon Music Unlimited ( you again to Karl for coming on. Follow Karl on Twitter also go check out his reviews of Resident Evil Village ( and New Pokemon Snap (

    Returnal, The End of Toys For Bob, Mortal Kombat 2021 - VG2M # 271

    Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2021 106:10

    On this episode of Video Games 2 the MAX hosts Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison are once again joined by The Outerhaven’s Keith Mitchell. Keith and Marc dish on the games they’ve been playing which includes Keith talking quite a bit about his time with Outriders. What he enjoyed about it, the server problems, and what the dwindling player numbers could mean for the future of the game. Marc has been playing some Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 and Sean checked out the Retro Machina demo too. That’s not all though, as both Keith and Marc have played some hours of Returnal. Marc even got through and defeated the Boss of the second biome. The guys discuss what they enjoy about the game so far. Some of the early story, the shooting mechanics, the Roguelike elements, and give thoughts, on the whole, save controversy too. The guys also discuss the decision from Microsoft to lower their cut to match the Epic Games Store’s 12 percent and make improvements to the Windows Store. Will this move entice developers to bring games to the platforms? Is Microsoft planning PC exclusives? Or this a little too late? Plus, Keith gives his thoughts on Google Stadia as a whole, the trio wonders what genres Sony could add to their Games Lineup, Konami not making E3, they also review the Mortal Kombat (2021) film too.Things finish with a look at some of the crew’s favorite PlayStation exclusives. Timestamps: Games We Are Playing: Outriders and some upcoming games talk (3:00) (Keith) Puyo Puyo Tetris (13:35) (Marc)Retro Machina Demo (17:10) (Sean) Returnal (18:20) (Keith & Marc)Major Topics: Hype Levels For Ratchet & Clank (PS5) After the State of Play (33:45)Toys For Bob Put on Call of Duty and Possibly Suffers Layoffs (37:40)Microsoft Lowers Their Store cut to 12 Percent, promises improvements for their Windows store and PC Game Pass, there’s also discussion on the Wolfire games suing Valve news too (50:15)What genres does Sony Need to Add to its Games Lineup after they promise to spend $183 Million on Studios and Partnerships (1:11:40)Our Mortal Kombat Movie (2021) Review (1:21:25)Headlines: IO Interactive Working with Microsoft on a “Dragon IP” (47:05)Google Stadia adds a Search Bar, Keith’s thoughts on the service (1:04:20)EA has documents leak that point that the game is geared towards FIFA Ultimate Team (1:15:50)Konami not going to E3 2021 (1:17:20)The End: Some our favorite PlayStation exclusives, Keth and Sean talk about their puppies (1:31:45)There are no ads on this show because we had a guest, but please go support the show and the entire W2M Network via enjoying a special offer on Grammarly ( or a 30 Day Free Trial of Amazon Music Unlimited ( Keith on Twitter at @Shadowhaxor and check out all the great stuff at too.

    Should Games Cost $70? It Takes Two, The PS3 Store Reversal - VG2M # 270

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2021 138:54

    On this episode of Video Games 2 the MAX hosts Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison are joined by fellow W2M staff member Randy Isbelle as he discusses his thoughts on It Takes Two and MLB The Show 21. He’s also been playing Yakuza: Like A Dragon so he and Marc discuss their progress through the game so far. Sony has reversed course on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita store closings for the foreseeable future. Randy gives his thoughts on the entire ordeal as the guys discuss if Sony may have any plans to bring more games from those stores to PlayStation NOW or another type of service. What Sony could do with PS NOW to improve it, and more. They also talk about the recent comments from Jim Ryan concerning PlayStation 5 exclusives, their cloud gaming initiative, and the comments from Days Gone creative director about frugal gamers. This also leads into a conversation about should games cost $70?Microsoft also started their beta for X-Cloud on IOS devices via the Safari browser and also PC browsers as well. (Sean actually received an invite to try it out after the podcast finished recording, so he’ll have more on that next week.) Plus Free to Play finally means Free for anyone that has an Xbox system. Jeff Kaplan has left Blizzard after 19 years and with Overwatch 2 in development as well. Marc has some big thoughts on this and why it seems like some in the Overwatch community are happy about this, while others see it as a major blow. Other Things Discussed on the Show: Battlefield 6 Teased, Discord Stays Independent, 2021 Dice Awards, The Evercade Versus, And MoreThe show ends with Sean and Marc discussing their full thoughts on The Falcon and Winter Soldier now that it has finished. Timestamps: Start: Sean talks about a lot of his week being spent in a hospital and playing a few gamesGames We Are Playing:It Takes Two (9:10) (Randy) MLB The Show 21 (13:20) (Randy)Yakuza: Like a Dragon (24:50) (Randy & Marc)Marc Gets a Super Nintendo (31:50)Major Topics:Sony Reverses Course on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita Store Closing (32:30) Jim Ryan says PlayStation 5 will have the most exclusives ever (44:45)Days Gone Creative Director goes off on buying games at launch, should games cost $70? (54:45)Grammarly Ad (1:10:40)Headlines: X-Cloud goes into Beta on IOS and PC Browsers, Free to Play Games are now free on Xbox (1:13:50)Jeff Kaplan leaves Blizzard after 19 years there (1:16:05)Cyberpunk 2077 refunds are only 30,000 of the amount sold (1:20:00)Sonic The Movie 2 will star Tails and Knuckles (1:21:45)Amazon Music Unlimited Ad (1:23:25)Aspyr is working on a Knights of the Old Republic remake (1:27:20)Tales of Arise gets a release date (1:31:15)Amazon cancels the Lord of the Rings MMO game (1:32:40)Battlefield 6 announcement coming (1:34:50)Discord stays independent (1:36:50)Evercade Versus Announced (1:39:30)D.I.C.E. Awards 2021 (1:43:10)The Ending: Other Shows we are watching on Disney Plus, Falcon And Winter Soldier Series Discussion, The Upcoming Games. (1:47:40)

    Why There Should Be a New F-Zero game, Another Eden, More - VG2M # 269

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 17, 2021 84:09

    On this episode of Video Games 2 the MAX hosts Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison discuss the games they are playing such as Marc finally trying out Yakuza: Like a Dragon and Taiko No Tatsujin, although he got some bad news about his drums. Sean also played Another Eden a mobile JRPG that was put on Steam and how he’s so glad his PC has a touch screen. The NPD numbers from March 2021 are also out too, Sony being the fastest-selling console ever, Monster Hunter Rise and Outriders selling well, and more. They also discuss the games they are excited about from the Nintendo Indie World Showcase. Sean is happy about seeing more from Last Stop, There is No Game: Wrong Dimension hitting the Switch, more on Cris Tales, and the big announcement of Oxenfree 2. While Marc liked Never Yield and Aztech Forgotten Gods. Marc is also a bit befuddled by Konami’s latest indie title Getsufumaden and this leads to a discussion on a rumor flying around that Microsoft may have purchased the rights to Konami franchises. If it is even real, what could be the result of this? Plus, a big rumor started suddenly that was quickly and thankfully squashed by the company itself regarding Square-Enix having interested suitors, although the company has no interest in selling at all. The guys talk about what this would mean and how it would not be good for gaming. Plus the latest details on the Final Fantasy VII Remake: Intergrade and the Yuffie DLC finally having a standalone price. The duo also converses on why there should be another F-Zero game and that the excuse of “we can’t think of anything innovative to do with it” is a really lame reason to not make one. Especially when Nintendo doesn’t have a racing game of this type. They also ponder the same thing for Star Fox. Plus, the end of Nintendo Labo leads to a conversation on what could have been with Toys to Life. Other things discussed in the episode: Resident Evil 4 VR, Castlevania Anime canceled after Season 4, WWE 2K22’s debut and the wrestlers that were recently released, and the Upcoming Games.Amazon Free 30 Day Free Trial: Special Offer: Start: Sean had to get a Covid-19 test due to getting some allergy symptoms at workGames We Are Playing: Another Eden: The Cat Beyond And Time-Space (4:50)Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla (8:28) Marc buying Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete (9:15)Taiko No Tatsujin (9:40) Yakuza: Like a Dragon (11:30)Breathedge (17:15)Headlines: PS5 fastest-selling console, NPD Numbers for March 2021 (20:40)Nintendo Indie World Showcase & Konami Rumors (28:30)F-Zero is not Dead and why it should come back, the same thing for StarFox, and the end of Nintendo Labo (43:45)A random conversation about what could have been with Toys to Life (51:25)Grammarly Ad (57:30)Final Fantasy VII: Intergrade Yuffie DLC has a price (59:10)Some Resident Evil Showcase Talk and Resident Evil 4 VR (1:02:10)Square-Enix Has Some Suitors But is Not Selling (1:04:40)Castlevania Anime canceled after Season 4 (1:11:40)WWE 2K22 And Sean’s thoughts on the recent wrestler releases (1:14:30)Ending: The Upcoming Games (1:21:30)

    The Last of Us Remake, Deathloop Delayed, Pac-Man 99

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 10, 2021 97:06

    On this episode of Video Games 2 the MAX we have way better audio for one, also hosts Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison discuss the news from Bloomberg that The Last of Us Remake is in production and is now being headed by Naughty Dog but it was actually once the task of another studio Visual Arts Service Group. The guys discuss the history of that studio, the news that Bend Studio tried to pitch a Days Gone 2, if Last of Us Remake will follow the HBO show or be super faithful to the original game, and of course there’s a discussion on should it be even made in the first place. The PlayStation 5 news continues as Bethesda delays Deathloop until September 14, 2021 and a new Survival Shooter Abandoned is begrudgingly announced too. Will Marc give that game a shot? There are also rumors that Hideo Kojima could partner with Xbox for his next big game. Would he actually do it? Or this all just a big rumor to stir the pot? How major of a move is it for Microsoft if they can pull it off? Also, Sony dealt a blow to Disney in signing a long term deal with Netflix for their movie rights. So no total Marvel Cinematic Universe on Disney + then. Other things discussed on the show: E3 2021’s major partners, Pac-Man 99, Castlevania Resurrection, Streets of Rage 4 DLC, and of course the Upcoming Games. Thank you as always for listening and hope everyone has a great week.Amazon Free 30 Day Free Trial: Special Offer: Links: Jason Schreier's article on Last of Us Remake and Days Gone 2:

    MLB The Show 21 on Xbox Game Pass, Narita Boy, PS3 Store Closing - VG2M # 267

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2021 97:54

    On this episode of Video Games 2 the MAX hosts Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison discuss Narita Boy, Theatrythm Final Fantasy: All-Star Carnival, Dirt 5 and more. After talking about some games, the duo discuss the closure of the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, and PlayStation Vita online stores. This is a heartfelt topic for Sean from a game preservation perspective and from a digital buyer perspective. There’s a lot of good conversation here about why this is important and if Sony would actually use PlayStation NOW as a way to put more of these libraries on the service, along with some PS3 games you should totally check out and buy before the store shuts down. There’s also a discussion on why MLB The Show 21 being Day 1 on Game Pass is a big deal beyond just that it is a Sony San Diego developed game. How this is possibly a disruptive strategy that Microsoft and Xbox will continue to employ in the future, and what Sony could do to combat it as well. Other topics discussed on the show: Microsoft interested in purchasing Discord, Remedy teasing Alan Wake 2 again, a possible Binary Domain remake, Hironobu Sakaguchi may be close to retirement, and much more. Also major apologies for my (Sean) sound issues on this episode. Due to changing some sound settings for work we didn’t realize until after the recording that I have some popping when I speak. You can still clearly hear me and Marc sounds just fine though. Thank you as always for listening and hope everyone has a Happy Easter.Amazon Free 30 Day Free Trial: Special Offer: Facebook:

    Forspoken, Sony Buys EVO, Best Bethesda Games - VG2M #266

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 20, 2021 103:15

    On this episode of Video Games 2 the MAX hosts Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison discuss the major highlights of the Square-Enix presents showcase such as Life is Strange: True Colors and Forspoken. Not to mention, the other announcements from the show including the Tomb Raider anniversary collection, Sean being into Outriders and the Xbox Game Pass announcement, and more. The guys also discuss Sony surprising everyone and buying EVO. Does Nintendo leave the tournament now that a competitor owns it? Will it change much with Sony putting money into it? Or is it the same show with more PlayStation branding? Plus, Sony helps fund a new IP from the recently formed Haven studios led by Jade Raymond as well. Sony also announced the PSVR 2 controllers modeled after the Oculus Quest ones. Why they are way better than the Move wands, why Sean is enticed by them, and how long until we see the actual VR unit. Also, Sony adds more to the Play From Home list, including Horizon Zero Dawn in April. There’s also a wrap-up on Persona 5 Strikers and more on Everspace 2 and Marc plays The Climb 2 for Oculus Quest too.Marc also talks about some of his favorite Bethesda games in our main topic as well. Also on this episode: New Xbox Game Pass announcements, Unfortunately there are more Activision Blizzard layoffs, Star Citizen is still raising money, Tiger Woods on the 2K gameGames We Are Playing: Marc finishes Persona 5 Strikers and plays The Climb 2. Sean talks about getting a puppy. Major Topic: Square-Enix Presents DiscussionHeadlines: Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne gets a release dateSony Buys the EVO Fighting game tournamentJade Raymond Starts a new Studio Haven, Sony funds first IP PSVR 2 Controllers are Revealed, More Play From Home GamesActivision/Blizzard has more layoffs and Bobby Kotick makes more moneyStar Citizen still raising money Tiger Woods is in the 2K Golf gameSpecial Topic: Best Bethesda GamesPlease go help support the show and the entire W2M Network by taking advantage of our 30 Day Free Trial offer of Amazon Music Unlimited by signing up via our link: We also have a special offer available to sign up for Grammarly as well at:

    Bethesda Officially Joins Xbox & Retromania Wrestling - VG2M #265

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 13, 2021 89:00

    On this episode of Video Games 2 the MAX hosts Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison discuss more on Bravely Default II and Persona 5 Strikers, while Sean also gives his initial thoughts on Retromania Wrestling as well. Next, the duo get into the major news involving the finalization of the partnership between Xbox and Bethesda. Did Phil Spencer really make things clearer with his statement on exclusives? Or is just further muddying the waters for more open interpretation? Also, they discuss the 20 games announced for Xbox Game Pass, (although most of them were already on the service anyway), and the possible upcoming Xbox events including one that could be happening as early as March 26. After that, a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles beat-em-up game was announced by Dot Emu and it looks very much like the old arcade titles. Sean is super excited and ready to jump in at the moment of release. While Marc is a bit more reserved on the announcement. Plus, the latest NPD numbers and what is known and what could be announced at the Square Enix presents showcase on Thursday. Other things discussed in the episode: The Resident Evil film reboot getting a September 2021 release window. Nobou Uematsu possibly retiring. An EA employee making money off FIFA Ultimate Team cards, and more. Of course, the show ends with a look at the upcoming games for the week. Please go help support the show and the entire W2M Network by taking advantage of our 30 Day Free Trial offer of Amazon Music Unlimited by signing up via our link: We also have a special offer available to sign up for Grammarly as well at:

    Bravely Default II, Breathedge, More on the Nintendo Switch Pro - VG2M # 264

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 6, 2021 99:05

    On this episode of Video Games 2 the MAX hosts Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison discuss the information coming from Bloomberg concerning a possible Nintendo Switch Pro. This states that the updated console would include a 7-inch 720p OLED display and the ability to play in up-rezzed 4K on televisions. While there are a lot of inferences to other upgrades as well, nothing is explicitly stated either. Sean and Marc wonder what those could be if the Pro will just be a simple upgrade or mean much for the portable hybrid? Next, they also get into the games they are playing with Marc delving deeper into Persona 5 Strikers. While also trying out Breathedge and Everspace 2. Find out why Marc is super into Everspace 2 and what makes it different from the first game. Sean has finished Ys IX: Monstrum Nox and gives his final thoughts. However, he’s started another long adventure in Bravely Default II. He gives his early impressions and why a certain sleep mode feature is pretty awesome. After that, there’s some discussion on Square-Enix bringing aboard Forever Entertainment for more remakes and ports. The duo gives out some hopefuls. Plus, Epic Games has purchased the developer of Fall Guys, Media Tonic. What does this mean for the game? And Marc wonders why Epic doesn’t focus on using more of the studios it already has to make games. Also discussed on the show: Avengers changing their experience grind, Take-Two is onboard with games moving up to $70, Sony’s patent that’s literally bananas, Aliens: Fireteam, and at the end, there’s some Wandavision finale talk too. * Sorry that this episode won’t have the normal timestamps. We recorded the show later than usual and I didn’t have the same time I usually do to put them in.

    Pokemon Legends Arceus, FFVII Remake Intergrade, Persona 5 Strikers - VG2M # 263

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 27, 2021 129:33

    On this episode of Video Games 2 the MAX hosts Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison are joined by Jens Dietrich in discussing various things. Firstly, Marc and Jens have both been playing Persona 5 Strikers. So, Sean asks questions and they provide answers to gameplay aspects, exploring dungeons if playing the original Persona 5 is required, how much does the game varies from typical Musou gameplay, and much more. After that, everyone gets into the latest Pokemon news with a Pre-Pokemon day direct that showed off more on New Pokemon Snap and delivered on the rumored Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remakes featuring a Chibi art style similar to the one used in the Link’s Awakening remake from last year. There was also a big surprise in Pokemon Legends Araceus. Featuring an entire open-world Pokemon game for the first time using a past version of the Sinnoh region. Sean is very much excited and wonders if a Nintendo Switch Pro launch is connected to it. Sony also had a State of Play and showed off new gameplay of Returnal and Kena: Bridge of Spirits. While also providing a vehicle for the SIFU announcement and the big one is the reveal of Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade which is not only a PlayStation 5 upgrade with the usual inclusions but also adds DLC featuring Yuffie. The guys discuss everything involving the announcement and the ensuing controversy after it was announced the PlayStation 4 version of Final Fantasy VII Remake would be part of the March 2021 PlayStation Plus lineup. Should you be provided an upgrade path with the PS Plus version? Or is Square-Enix right in doing it their way? Plus, more Final Fantasy mobile titles were announced too, including one that goes through the entirety of the Final Fantasy VII series of games. Would this finally get Jens to play a mobile game? Also discussed in the episode: The shuttering of Anthem and Sony Japan studio, Amazon Luna boss Marc Whitten leaving for Unity, PSVR 2 in development, more Sony games coming to PC, Dragon Age 4 dropping multiplayer, and more. Please support the show, the entire W2M Network, and by using our special offer for Grammarly and a 30 Day Free Trial of Amazon Music Unlimited on us Timestamps: Grammarly Ad (49:00)Amazon Music Unlimited Ad (1:27:30)Games We Are Playing:Persona 5 Strikers (2:10)Major TopicsPokemon Direct (36:00)State of Play Thoughts & Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade (52:10)HeadlinesAmazon Luna VP of Entertainment Devices and Services Marc Whitten leaves for Unity (1:25:05)Anthem development is shut down & Dragon Age 4 Multiplayer Canceled (1:29:55)Possible Mass Effect series in the works? (1:35:05)Sony Japan Studio Shuttered and Merged into Team ASOBI (1:36:40)PlayStation VR 2 is in Development (1:42:35)More Sony Games Coming to PC (1:45:35)Quick HittersHalo TV Show to Debut on Paramount + (1:51:15)Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 Delayed to 2022 (1:52:50)Tony Hawk 1 + 2 Remasters coming to PS5 & Xbox Series (1:53:40)Call of Duty Games Take Up A Lot of Space (1:55:05)Twisted Metal TV Show in development (1:56:00)Life is Strange getting new games (2:00:50)

    Diablo IV Goes Rogue, Project Triangle Strategy, Xbox FPS Boost - VG2M # 262

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 20, 2021 93:20

    On this episode of Video Games 2 the MAX hosts Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison deal with a double whammy of announcement showcases. Blizzard had a lot of announcements on Day 1 of Blizzcon headlined by a Diablo IV introducing the Rogue class and the Diablo II Resurrected remaster.  Not to mention, more stuff gets added to World of Warcraft: Shadowlands and the Blizzard: Arcade Collection too. After that, the duo moves on to discussing the big and some small announcements from the Nintendo Direct.  Sean is happy about Xenoblade Chronicles 2’s Pyra and Mythra being in Smash Bros Ultimate. While some surprises like Splatoon 3, Project Triangle Strategy and Stubbs The Zombie caught his eye too. The guys also discuss the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD and if there’s going to be more coming for Link this year. Plus, they wonder where the heck is the Metroid announcement. Sean praises Microsoft’s FPS boost addition and their continued support of accessibility with their new guidelines and the release of the accessibility service too. Marc goes off about weird Tommy Tallarico's decisions involving the Intellivision Amico, which to no surprise got delayed again.Marc also gives his final thoughts on Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury too.  Timestamps: Housekeeping and the difference between the Persona 5 Strikers digital and physical editions (1:00)Major Topics:  Blizzcon Announcements:  Diablo IV gets a Rogue, Diablo II Resurrected, More (6:00)Nintendo Direct announcements: Pyra & Mythra join Smash, Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword, Project Triangle Strategy, More (22:50)Headlines:  Xbox Adds FPS Boost Mode (52:30)Xbox Accessibility gets testing guidelines (55:35)Intellivision Amico Gets Delayed (1:01:15)Amazon’s New World MMO is delayed again (1:08:40)Apple subpoena's Valve in its lawsuit with Epic Games (1:11:45) Emoji Evolution developer renames itself Very Positive (1:17:25)Games We Are Playing:  Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (1:21:20)Upcoming Games And Ending (1:28:40)

    Little Nightmares II, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury - VG2M # 261

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 13, 2021 105:21

    On this episode of Video Games 2 the MAX hosts Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison are joined by Randy Isbelle in discussing two games he’s been reviewing. First is Randy’s thoughts on Bloober Team’s The Medium. He discusses what he likes from the gameplay, setting, and how the dual world aspect doesn’t hit as great as intended. Overall, he did find it enjoyable and liked the game. Randy has also started tinkering with Little Nightmares II on Xbox Series X and he talks about his thoughts so far on the game. Sean also tested out Amazon Luna on PC with Control and Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana. This also creates an avenue for Marc and Randy to talk about Control: Ultimate Edition on PlayStation 5 too.Before Randy departs, the guys ask him about his thoughts on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order since it is the next game he’s discussing with Jens on their podcast Chapter Select. Plus, Randy watched the Star Wars films for the first time and his favorite may surprise you. Next, they also get into some casting news with the leads for Last of Us the TV Series and Jack Black’s casting as Claptrap for the Borderlands film. Marc gives his initial thoughts on Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury and how it may not be a bad idea to have a more open-world Mario game. This leads to a discussion on what could be included in a Legend of Zelda collection for the 35th anniversary. Other things discussed: Dualsense controllers also drift and a possible lawsuit could be brewing. Kingdom Hearts coming to PC via the Epic Games store. The CD Projekt Red hack. E3 going digital. Warner Bros. patenting the “Nemesis” system, and more. Timestamps: Games We Are Playing: The Medium (2:20)Little Nightmares II (17:00)Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (21:15)Control: Ultimate Edition (24:05)Sean tests out Amazon Luna (25:55)Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (41:30)Headlines: Randy watched the Star Wars films for the first time (28:40)Pedro Pascal cast as Joel and Bella Ramsey as Ellie in The Last of Us TV Show (31:20)Jack Black cast as Claptrap in Borderlands Movie (33:35)PlayStation 5 Dualsense controllers also drift like Nintendo’s Joycons (52:10)CD Projekt Red gets hacked (59:40)Ratchet & Clank: A Rift Apart gets a release date (1:04:25)Kingdom Hearts is coming to PC (1:05:55)Forza Horizon 4 coming to Steam (1:11:53)E3 Goes Digital (1:14:38)Some Interesting NES and SNES Titles Come to Switch Online (1:19:48)Another company is bringing back Konami’s canceled Six Days in Fallujah (1:20:55)Warner Bros. Patents the “Nemesis” System (1:24:15) Terraria cancels development of game on Stadia (1:27:40) Some Topics of Discussion:What could be included in a Legend of Zelda 3D Collection (45:00)The turmoil with Gina Carano and Joss Whedon (1:33:05)

    Endwalker: Final Fantasy XIV Expansion, Google Stadia Studio Closures, Control: Ultimate Edition - VG2M # 260

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 6, 2021 114:40

    On this episode of Video Games 2 the MAX hosts Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison discuss more on Ys IX: Monstrum Nox, Control: Ultimate Edition, and Marc even checked out the Xbox 360 version of Goldeneye. As well as the announcement of Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker, the new class, and the PlayStation 5 information. There’s also discussion on Google closing Stadia’s internal studios and if it should worry subscribers and game owners about the future of Stadia. Marc thinks their days are numbered, while Sean believes they can still exist as a service to buy games for people that just want streaming. Also, Embracer Group makes another purchase in Gearbox Software and Publishing. Taking the Borderlands developer into their conglomeration of studios. The guys wonder who’s left out there that Embracer Group could target next and if Gearbox would keep being the developer for any future Borderlands titles even with Take-Two being the actual publisher of the games. Not to mention, the duo wonders if anything is going to come out this year for Blizzard and what is left to remaster for Activision after they claim they want more of them. Plus, thoughts on the delay of Prince of Persia remake, EA bringing back College Football, and how they could go about getting the conferences and teams to come aboard. Judgment not coming to PC but is coming to PS5, Xbox Series, and Stadia. The info released on the Mass Effect remasters, and even some Wandavision talk at the end too. There’s a lot of little conversations in here about the topics as well. Timestamps: Intro Talk: Sean gets a Samsung Galaxy S21 and a Galaxy A Tablet (1:00)Games We Are Playing: Ys IX: Monstrum Nox (4:40)Control: Ultimate Edition (13:50)Goldeneye 007 (Xbox 360 version, 15:10)Headlines: Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker expansion announced for Fall 2021 (20:55)Gearbox Software and Publishing purchased by Embracer Group (26:20)Mass Effect Legendary Edition gets a release date (31:10)Rumor: Could Sony possibly acquire From Software? (52:20)Blizzard not releasing Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 in 2021 (58:10)Activision Wants More Remasters (1:01:25)Prince of Persia Remake is Delayed Indefinitely (1:07:30)EA is bringing back a College Football game for 2022 (1:09:00)EA wants an annual racing game from Codemasters (1:15:05) Sony sells 4.5 Million PlayStation 5’s (1:20:28)Apex Legends hitting Nintendo Switch in March 2021 (1:23:00)Judgment coming to PS5, Xbox Series, and Stadia in April 2021 (1:25:45)Nintendo apparently did cancel some Netflix shows and their marketing idea for Switch (1:29:50)Sonic gets more voice cast members and a new animated show (1:36:55)Major Topic: Google closes Stadia’s internal studios (35:45)Ending Stuff:Upcoming Games and Wandavision talk (1:43:30)

    The Medium, Ys IX Monstrum Nox, Skul: The Hero Slayer - VG2M # 259

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 30, 2021 68:09

    On this episode of Video Games 2 the MAX hosts Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison discuss some games they are playing. Marc is reviewing Skul: The Hero Slayer. While Sean is reviewing Ys IX: Monstrum Nox and he gives his first thoughts on that. While he has also checked out Cybershadow and The Medium thanks to Xbox Game Pass. Sean has enjoyed The Medium so far albeit in its early stages and Cybershadow is fun but also difficult. But man that music rules. After that, they move on to the Xbox Games With Gold and PlayStation Plus Games for February. There is definitely a lot to pickup there. There’s also much to talk about in the headlines this week, aside from The Gamestop stuff. Nintendo apparently owns the Astral Chain IP and what is going on with Bayonetta 3? Konami still has a games division despite the misunderstanding from their earnings call. What IP’s could use a new game that Konami is not capitalizing on? Also, The Returnal and Lord of the Rings Gollum are delayed. At least Returnal’s is only one month. After a long wait, Biomutant finally gets a release date of May 25. But Marc wonders why it is getting a collectors edition at all. Plus, a new Knights of the Old Republic could be in the works. Hitman 3 making back some big money. More icky stuff happening at another studio, as Seasons developer Scavengers Studio faces reports of harassment, abuse, and the downright awful. We also talk about some upcoming games too.

    Xbox Changes and Then Reverses Course on Xbox Live Gold Pricing, Resident Evil 8 Demo (Maiden) - VG2M # 258

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 23, 2021 85:48

    On this episode of Video Games 2 the MAX hosts Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison start out by giving out their reactions to the Resident Evil Village: Maiden PS5 demo. What they liked about the setting and story aspects of it and also wonder what the story could actually be about as you move further into the game itself. In this section there’s also discussion on the rest of the Resident Evil Showcase reveals which were not as glamorous or meaningful. Marc also talks about playing some Immortals Fenyx Rising and how he’s enjoying it, but that it also feels empty and flying isn’t the best. The guys also give some thoughts on the major praise Hitman 3 has received. Plus, thoughts on the news about Resident Evil 4 Remake being switched to Capcom Division 1 as they figure out what’s the best course to take on it.After that, it is all about the drama surrounding the price increase to Xbox Live Gold and the eleventh hour decision to reverse it. While also subsequently making free-to-play games actually free without having to pay the subscription fee to play them. They also ponder the need for a subscription to play online at this point? And Sean really wishes that Microsoft would implement a family plan out of all this.In sadder news, Vicarious Visions' entire studio was merged into Blizzard and now the studio responsible for the Tony Hawk 1 + 2 Remasters is essentially no more and now just supporting Blizzard on their projects. Marc is very bummed about this, as Activision had the chance to have a studio that could create an original project and chose otherwise. Could there be something going on at Blizzard? Finally, Puzzle Quest 3 is announced, Gabe Newell wants Valve to make more single-player games and how Marc feels this is a hollow sentiment. While Sean thinks that they should be given the benefit of the doubt. Also, the retirement of Takaya Imamura and his legacy at Nintendo. Timestamps: Opening StuffGames We Are Playing:Resident Evil 8 Demo: Maiden and thoughts on the RE Showcase (3:05)Immortals Fenyx Rising (11:50)Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game - Complete Edition (16:32)Hitman 3’s Reception (19:20)Headlines: Resident Evil 4 Remake Changes development teams amidst disagreement over direction (23:17)Peter Moore comes back to gaming and joins Unity Games (49:19)Puzzle Quest 3 Announced (1:01:34)Uncharted Movie Delayed Again to February 2022 (1:04:53)Takaya Imamura retiring at Nintendo (1:15:20)Major Topics: Microsoft raises Xbox Live Gold prices and then reverses the decision (29:38)Vicarious Visions is merged into Blizzard Entertainment (50:55)Gabe Newell wants more single-player games for Valve (1:08:05)Ending Stuff and Upcoming Games (1:19:33)

    Lucasfilm Games is Back, Another Cyberpunk 2077 Apology, GameXplain Reveals Game Review Crunch- VG2M # 257

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2021 111:28

    On this episode of Video Games 2 the MAX hosts Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison enjoy the return of the full-fledged gaming news week, as this week featured quite a lot to talk about from various spectrums from another Cyberpunk 2077 apology to the return of Lucasfilms Games. The guys get to it all and still find time to talk some Wandavision at the end too. Firstly though it is about actually playing the video games. Sean and Marc describe the folly of playing Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Game - Complete Edition in four-player co-op. Marc also talks about why he may not be the biggest fan of the game. Sean is enjoying the Little Nightmares II demo too. Sales charts from the entirety of 2020 are out and the duo discusses the insanity of how the Nintendo Switch has succeeded and how they could continue that in 2021. While also examining what could be left as far as Wii U ports to bring over now that Super Mario 3D World is getting its time in the spotlight very soon. They also discuss some of the reveals from the latest trailer for Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury. Lucasfilm Games is back and is now the reservoir for everything that is Star Wars gaming related. Also, a Bethesda studio, Machine Games, is working on an Indiana Jones game. Is there anything to expect from the makers of the new Wolfenstein titles getting into more Adventure type games? Plus, they tackle the argument of exclusivity again too. Furthermore, what type of Star Wars game is Ubisoft making with Massive tasked with the game. Could it really be “The Division: Star Wars?” CD Projekt Red issued another apology for Cyberpunk 2077 this time in video form from Co-Founder and CEO Marcin Iwinski. However, the length of the video gave way to saying too much and led to more lies and blame-shifting on quality assurance. What does it say about the road map including free DLC before the next-gen console versions?Also, a revealing article by Patrick Klepek at Waypoint features four former GameXplain channel employees discussing various stories from their time working there. Many of them utterly damning, especially what Steve Bowling went through in reviewing Final Fantasy VII Remake. While this is an extreme and saddening example, it does show the disconnect between short embargo times and the length of AAA games. Sean discusses how boss Andre Segers is squarely to blame for many of the travesties in the article. And why trying to get a game review out by a certain date should be relaxed more. Focusing more on the health of workers instead.They also end the show by giving thoughts on Wandavision and discuss upcoming games. Timestamps: Games We Are Playing: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Game - Complete Edition (3:20)Little Nightmares II: The Demo (12:30)Major Topics: Nintendo Switch Keeps Selling, What Wii U ports are left? (15:30)Lucasfilm Games returns, Could Indiana Jones be exclusive? What kind of game will the Ubisoft Star Wars game be? (31:25)Another Cyberpunk 2077 apology and the future roadmap (49:45)Andre Segers bad management with the GameXplain channel reveals the darkside of game reviews (1:07:00)Headlines: The Super Nintendo World opening and Hogwarts Legacy are delayed (45:05)Super Mario 3D World Red and Blue Switch (57:45)New Pokemon Snap has a release date of April 30, 2021 (59:35)Mass Effect Remastered release date possibly in March 2021 (1:00:55)Josef Fares Makes Fun of Xbox System Names (1:01:15)Take-Two officially out of the Codemasters race (1:06:00)The Killzone website was retired by Sony (1:32:45)Importing Hitman 1 & 2 into Hitman 3 on PC is price gated (1:34:15)Ending Section: Wandavision Thoughts and Upcoming Games (1:37:50) Required Reading: (We do not talk about the article in this show. But linking it because I mentioned I would.)

    Nintendo Switch Pro Rumors Are Happening Again - VG2M # 256

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2021 75:36

    On this episode of Video Games 2 the MAX hosts Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison ponder the latest rumors around the Switch Pro, Nintendo’s acquisition of Next Level Games, and Microsoft’s laughable attempt to acquire Nintendo. The mystery of why Microsoft continues to use AA batteries in their controllers is finally revealed, and it will shock you almost as much as the PS5’s sales underperformance in Japan. Also: Marc rants about Chris Chibnall again.

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