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 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 as well.
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.
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They also end the show by giving thoughts on Wandavision and discuss upcoming games.
The Return of Lucasfilm Games, Another Apology for Cyberpunk 2077, More
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 dark side 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 III on PC is price gated (1:34:15)
Ending Section: Wandavision Thoughts and Upcoming Games (1:37:50)
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Sean Garmer has a long history with video games, since childhood. But truly, things got serious when he discovered Pokemon on the Gameboy, and thus his Japanese RPG fandom was born. Sean has channeled that love of games into reviewing them. He also analyzes the games industry on the Video Games 2 the MAX podcast and writes on various sites. Sean pretty much plays any kind of game nowadays, but he still prefers his first love, the JRPG.
Marc Morrison brings years of experience writing about games (and of course, playing them) to Video Games 2 the MAX. He currently writes a Top 8 column every week at 411mania and also reviews games. Marc plays all different kinds of games and takes analyzing them to heart.
Jens is co-host and editor of the podcast Chapter Select and an occasional contributor to Video Games 2 the MAX. While he grew up on 90s PC adventure games and flight simulators, nowadays his preferences have shifted towards Soulslikes, JRPGs, and weird kusoge.