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June 11, 2018  

E3 2018 - Part Two - Xbox

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The second night of E3 conferences sees the first big hitter come out to the satge.

And man were Microsoft swinging for the fences tonight.

50 games shown.

18 with some form of exclusivity.

15 world premiers and

1 conference so jam packed with stuff that our "bitesized" podcast hit nearly an hour long.

So enough with the pre-amble, come join us for our thoughts on the XBox briefing and remember to keep your eyes on our Twitter feed for up-to-the-minute info and commentary as the conferences continue into tomorrow morning.

June 9, 2018  

E3 2018 - Part One - EA Play

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It's finally here.

The E3 2018 conferences have begun and that means our yearly binge and podcast routine has started with it.

first up, EA's not-a-press conference as we get the yearly sporty announcements, some new games and some info on stuff we know is coming.

Get this in your ears before the next big conference and keep your eyes on our Twitter feed for up-to-the-minute info and commentary as the conferences go off.

See you tomorrow.

June 8, 2018  

Episode 44 - Pre-E3 2018

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Welcome to a long delayed episode 44 of our daft little video game podcast.

This week, we jump straight back into the thick of things with our, no annual, chat on the things we expect to see at the Electronics Entertainment Expo this year.

What do we want? What would we love? Are there any surprises left after a fortnight of leaks?  Listen in and find out what we think.

Then keep your eyes on our feed as we cover all the conferences as they happen!

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April 27, 2018  

Episode 43 - Battle Royale With Cheese

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Another fortnight, another episode.

Both suffering with hayfever after the insane two day summer the UK had this week, hosts John Miller and Andrew Brooker play through the pain to bring you another jam-packed episode.

And speaking of fortnights, or fortnite, its time to talk about Battle Royale.

With the news that both Call of Duty and Battlefield are working on shoe-horning the massive multiplayer mode in to the latest iterations of their games, the lads discuss whether or not it's a good idea and who will come out on top in this most inevitable battle of the titans.

And speaking of titans.

Brooker gets to grips with the latest installment of the God of War franchise. is it good? is it worth spending money on? Is it the kind of game where you can harass your mate becuase he needs to buy a PS4 to play it on? Listen in and find out.

John fights back with a chat about the Nintendo Switch edition of Football Manager and tries to explain to Brooker how it gets used in real life!

The pair end with a (spoiler free) discussion on Far Cry 5 now the pair have finished Ubisoft's latest open world ubi-thon.

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April 13, 2018  

Episode 42 - Pretty Fly For A Far Cry Bad Guy

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It's been a couple of weeks, and we're back to a normal schedule. For now.

This week, hosts John Miller and Andrew Brooker talk about GTAV - the game that has officially become the worlds most profitable entertianment product - and try and dissect how and why that happened. Including some terrible maths.

They boys then take a butcher's at the revelation that Sam Fisher's return - Including the return of his much beloved original voice actor - is, in fact, a weekend special event for Ghost Recon: Wildlands!

Far Cry 5, and everything surrounding it is the focus of this week's What We've Been Playing. Along with a brief chat on the franchises history of bad guys and why this latest installment isn't everything the adverts promised.  The lads' co-op experience of puzzle adventure A Way Out gets a hefty chunk of this week's chat.

Elsewhere, John has been playing the new Kirby game for the switch while Brooker got into single-player-but-really-co-op adventure game Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

Join us again next time, but until then why not join us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.

 

March 30, 2018  

Episode 41 - Nothing Important Happened Today

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As we head towards being back to our regularly scheduled programming, a sever lack of anything to talk about crept up on us this week.

With little in the way of news appearing anywhere now the bigger games for this quarter have been released, hosts John Miller and Andrew Brooker chugged along in this episode chatting about a little bit of everything and a whole lot of nothing.  

A brief chat about the incoming closure of Grainger Games leads the guys into their regular What We've Been Playing section that includes John's wildly differing experiences with Sea of Thieves and Brooker finally finishing up Switch re-release Bayonetta.

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March 23, 2018  

The Movie Special - Ready Players One, Two, Three & Four

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Our first special episode in a while, and this week we are really thinking outside of the box.

We've taken the day off of video games, to talk about video game movies. See how imaginative we can be?

We've dragged in, for the first time ever, Failed Critics head honcho and Set The Tape boss man Owen Hughes to join returning guest and all round beautiful man Matt Lambourne to chime in with hosts John Miller and Andrew Brooker in talking about the latest Tomb Raider iteraiton to hit the silver screen and then retro-nostalgiafest Ready Player One for a little while before ressurection the most sacred of Failed Critics features.

That's right. We are doing a video game movie triple-bill. Films we love, films we hate and films we'd love to see make it to the big screen.

Join us, in a two-and-a-half hour marathon as we dissect these films far more than any sane group of people should and have a few laughs along the way.

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March 16, 2018  

Episode 40 - Nintendo’s Fully Erect

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Loads of peaople announcing loads of new games at the moment.

That means, as much as John and Brooker tried to not spend ages talking about the new and upcoming games we've been hearing about; they did.

The hosts of this shindig stretched out another bumper length episode becasue they simply couldn't stop talking about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4; Battlefield V; The Division 2 and a whole host of other announcements.

But they weren't finished there. Once they started talking about the games they'd been playing, the conversation continued far past what they wanted to - with an unexpected peek behind the curtain and a look at what goes on on recording night.

And how, if at all, Vagisil makes an appearance. 

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March 2, 2018  

Episode 39 - Rambling About Racing

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Loads of racing chat this week as both of our hosts dust off their arcade driving skills and at least one of us gushed over a game that's on the way.

John has been getting to grips with arcade rally racer Gravel and gives us the low down on the new player in the fields. While Brooker has spent a significant amount of time playing backwards compatible xbox freebie Split/Second.

Elsewhere, (one of) the guys gets full on luvvie-duvvie over the now officially annound Burnout Paradise: Remastered and they chat about the future of PlayStation Plus.

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February 16, 2018  

Episode 38 - Fighting Backstage

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John has been playing fighting games.

All year.

John has been playing fighting games.

This week's podcast proves that he still hasn't stopped.  With in depth chats about WWE 2K17 and the recently released UFC3, the man that keeps telling us he doesn't play fighting games shows his deep love for the genre.  All the while, Brooker plays runnish bike games and an old Deadpool remaster.  It's like he's not even putting the effort in anymore!

Sticking our necks out and chatting about the freshly delayed Red Dead Redemption 2 and the amazing news that THQ is all but back to where it once was with THQ Nordic's purchase of Koch (Cock? Coke? Couch? Whatever!) Media.  Plenty to talk about this week.

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