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 discusses 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. The PS3 store closing now has confirmation from Sony as well so make sure you download whatever games you want before July 2 and August 27.
There’s also a discussion on why MLB The Show 21 being Day 1 on Xbox 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.
PS3 Store Closing, MLB The Show 21 on Xbox Game Pass, Narita Boy
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Video Games 2 the MAX is a podcast where Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison get together to talk about everything involving Video Games every week. they discuss what they are playing or reviewing, the gaming news of the week, upcoming games, a special topic, and more.
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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.