Latest Podcast: Episode 219 – Apocalypse Here
Episode 219 – Apocalypse Here
Duration: 1:05:05 • Size: 44.7 MB

We’ve got an end times theme for this episode as the guys discuss the new Fallout TV series and Matt reviews the Aussie-made RPG “Broken Roads” (from Melbourne-based developer Drop Bear Bytes – no relation!). The guys close out the episode with a non-end times related review of Rise of the Ronin. We hope you enjoy the show! Read more…

Broken Roads (PS5)
This post-apocalyptic RPG set in the outback of Western Australia has a beautiful art style and slang-filled dialogue which really captures the sunburnt country. The story and characters are well written but inconsistencies with voice over and some pacing problems let the game down in places.
Rise of the Ronin (PS5)
Rise of the Ronin is the latest Ubisoft-style, open world game. Team Ninja looked to separate this from other games in the genre by peppering in a healthy dose of Japanese history and samurai gameplay. It ticks many boxes with it's long list of collectibles and side missions, but doesn't quite reach the heights of many other games in the genre.
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Episode 218 – Managed Podcastery
Duration: 1:21:46 • Size: 56.16 MB

On this episode Matt & Lucas talk a bit more about the Xbox multi-platform strategy as well as lamenting the number of layoffs across the industry before diving into reviews of Skull & Bones and Helldivers 2. We hope you enjoy the show! Read more…

Episode 217 – Wallet Milkers
Duration: 1:37:12 • Size: 66.75 MB

Xbox becoming a third-party publisher???? Whattttt? Nah just kidding, the sky isn’t falling, but Xbox are putting some of their games on PS5 and people are up in arms about it. On this episode Lucas & Matt disucss that news, plus the PlayStation State of Play, live service games, and review Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League. We hope you enjoy the show! Read more…

Episode 216 – New Year, Old Drop Bears
Duration: 1:53:18 • Size: 77.81 MB

It may be a new year but we’ve still got the same old Drop Bears over here. Lucas & Matt return bright-eyed and bushy-tailed from the holiday season with an abundance of news and game reviews including Fortnite: LEGO, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, God of War: Ragnarok Valhalla DLC, and Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown. We hope you enjoy the show! Read more…

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Episode 215 – GOTY 2023 Extravaganza!
Duration: 1:56:53 • Size: 80.26000000000001 MB

It’s the end of another year and of course that means it’s time for Game of the Year! Join Lucas & Matt as they discuss the Activision Blizzard sexual harassment case settlement, Insomniac Data Breach, The Game Awards, and of course the annual GOTY Extravaganza where they share their thoughts on the best games of this year. Thanks for your support this year and we hope you enjoy the show! Read more…

Episode 214 – Swinging Through A Mirage
Duration: 1:15:15 • Size: 53.71 MB

Better late than never, episode 214 was recorded a little over a month and a half ago but due to moving house and work commitments in the tail end of this year it has taken a while to edit and post. We apologise for the delay!

On this episode the guys discuss shakeups in the executive leadership of Xbox, rumours of internal turmoil at Sony Interactive Entertainment, and the immediate future for Ubisoft and how they are recovering from their losses in 2022. After that the guys share their thoughts on two of the bigger games of 2023: Assassin’s Creed Mirage, and Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. We hope you enjoy the show 🙂 Read more…

Episode 213 – Dungeons & Spacemen
Duration: 1:49:54 • Size: 75.48 MB

Wondering what Matt & Lucas think of Starfield, Baldur’s Gate 3, and several other games from their review backlog? Well wonder no longer because episode 213 of the DBG podcast is here to sate your curiousity! Join the guys as they discuss some news including the ABK acquisition finally being completed, the new PS5 refresh, and more, as well as giving you those long awaited reviews. We hope you enjoy the show 🙂

(Editors note: That news is old news now, sorry! It took me a few weeks to get the time to post this podcast after we recorded it. I hope you enjoy the show anyway!) Read more…

Episode 212 – A Train To Nowhere
Duration: 1:54:32 • Size: 78.66 MB

Dust off those headphones fellow Drop Bears because Matt & Lucas have returned from the shadows to bring you some fresh DBG podcast content! After a couple of months away the guys bring news of Xbox leaks, PlayStation peripherals, lay-offs, game reveals, and much more. The review backlog has been stacking up while the guys were away as well so on this episode they share their thoughts on the puzzle-platformer delight that is Viewfinder, Immortals of Aveum, Red Dead Redemption on Switch and PS4 (finally!) and NBA2K24. We are glad to be back and we hope you enjoy the show! Read more…

Episode 211 – An All Prime Low
Duration: 1:06:32 • Size: 45.7 MB

The FTC hearing about the Activision Blizard acquisition finished and Microsoft came out on top, but the hearing revealed some juicy little nugs of information. On this episode of the podcast Matt & Lucas discuss those tasty morsels as well as chatting about some other recent news. We hope you enjoy the show! Read more…

Episode 210 – Festival of Forwarded Showcases
Duration: 01:38:26 • Size: 67.59999999999999 MB

It’s the busy time of year in the gaming world and that means announcements! Lots of them! Since we recorded last we’ve had showcases from Ubisoft, Devolver, Xbox, as well as the Summer Games Fest show and they were packed with goodies. On this episode Matt & Lucas discuss their favourite things from those shows, and then close out the episode with their reviews of Lego 2K Drive and Diablo IV! We hope you enjoy the show 🙂 Read more…

 
Broken Roads (PS5)
This post-apocalyptic RPG set in the outback of Western Australia has a beautiful art style and slang-filled dialogue which really captures the sunburnt country. The story and characters are well written but inconsistencies with voice over and some pacing problems let the game down in places.
Rise of the Ronin (PS5)
Rise of the Ronin is the latest Ubisoft-style, open world game. Team Ninja looked to separate this from other games in the genre by peppering in a healthy dose of Japanese history and samurai gameplay. It ticks many boxes with it's long list of collectibles and side missions, but doesn't quite reach the heights of many other games in the genre.
Skull & Bones (PS5)
Visually stunning and surprisingly content-heavy at launch for a live-service game, with a clear gameplay hook. The naval warfare genre may not grab everyone, but there are countless hours of fun for those who do get stuck into it.
Helldivers 2 (PS5)
Honestly one of the most fun multiplayer experiences we have had in a while. Frenetic gameplay, mind-blowing visual effects, and a great co-operative experience make this a must play shooter on PC and PS5.
Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League (PS5)
Suicide Squad marks a distinct change in style for Rocksteady after the Arkham games and while it's not perfect it does have plenty of redeeming qualities such a great dialogue, fun combat, and nicely varied abilities for the four characters. Will definitely benefit from future expansions as a live service game but the framework is certainly there.
Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown (PS5)
Prince of Persia is not only one of the best games Ubisoft has released in a while, but is also one of the best metroidvania platformers in recent memory. This game is exceptionally crafted with excellently balanced platforming and combat, and smooth seamless animation whether playing on PS5 or Switch. The first must-play game of 2024.
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora (PS5)
Avatar feels like another in a long line of Ubisoft checklist open world games. While it can be fun at times and the world of Pandora is beautifully realised, it unfortunately suffers from pacing issues, bugs, and repetitive quest design.
Marvel's Spider-Man 2 (PS5)
Spider-Man 2 is everything we hoped for and more. In this third game in the series we once again get to don the spider suit and swing through a bigger and brighter New York, filled to the brim with stories and people. Insomniac Games really showed their talent for story telling and game design, and have pushed the PS5 beyond any other game yet.
Assassin's Creed Mirage (PS5)
Mirage is a return towards older style AC games with a smaller map, shorter story, and more focus on stealth. While it's a good game in itself the mini-refresh in style doesn't necessarily do enough to outweigh the tiredness of the franchise as a whole.
Baldur's Gate 3 (PS5)
Truly one of the greatest RPGs ever made, Larian Studios took on the assignment of creating a sequel to one of the most well known CRPG series of all time and nailed it beyond anyone's expectations. With a rich and vibrant world, incredible voice acting performances, and perfectly executed gameplay systems, this is without a doubt a game that should not be missed.
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Lucas
The Podfather/Convo Controller
Super salesman by day, Batdad and Gamersutra by night. As a self-confessed technology pacifist, he prefers to sit on the console-war fence and play games on his PC.
Matt
PlayStation Fanboy/Motormouth
Electrician by trade and yet also highly skilled at finding time to game around work and family commitments. A PlayStation fanboy with a platinum count and obvious podcast bias to prove it. Thinks DC is clearly superior to Marvel. Has been known to rant.
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Started in January 2011 by brothers Lucas and Matt, Drop Bear Gaming has been operating for over 7 years offering a fresh and relaxed perspective on the video game industry. The website is a passion project more than anything and it is our distinct pleasure to continue bringing entertainment to our listeners and viewers.

The guys release a podcast episode every two to three weeks and over the years they have welcomed guests from developers, publishers, and other gaming outlets onto the show.

Disclaimer: From time to time Drop Bear Gaming receives copies of games for review in either physical or digital format from publishers or their associated PR companies. All reviews are based on the merits of each game on their own. Whether or not we were supplied the copy is not taken into account when compiling our reviews.

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