Resident Evil Village Demo, Xbox Changes and Then Reverses Course on Xbox Live Gold Pricing

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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 Demo on PlayStation 5. 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. The duo 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 Entertainment 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.

Microsoft takes everyone for a ride with Xbox Live Gold Prices, Playing the Resident Evil 8 Demo


Games We Are Playing: Resident Evil Village 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)

About Video Games 2 the MAX

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Sean Garmer

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

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 Dietrich

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.



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Sean Garmer (Reviews Editor)
Sean Garmer (Reviews Editor)
Sean Garmer brings almost two decades of experience from the online Journalism field to Last Word on Sports. Sean's previous writing includes the World Cup, MLS soccer, football, and wrestling. Sean currently edits and writes video game news, articles, and reviews for LWOS and also contributes to his podcast. "Video Games 2 the MAX" to the website and the Last Word Radio feed. When he's not busy here or at his other job, he's spending time with his daughter, or playing video games.
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