Latest Podcast: Episode 170 – 2K Sports, It’s In The Name
Episode 170 – 2K Sports, It’s In The Name
Duration: 01:05:00 • Size: 29.76 MB

Oh glorious day! We finally know the important details for both of the next gen consoles! On this episode Matt & Lucas discuss the pricing and release dates for the Xbox Series X and the PS5 as well as everything shown during the PS5 Showcase yesterday. Once they got all of that goodness out of the way the guys reviewed EA Sports UFC 4, Pathfinder: Kingmaker, NBA2K21, and PGA2K21. We hope you enjoy the show! Read more…

UFC 4 (PS4)
Historically each release of EA Sports UFC gets a little better than the last and this is no exception. The removal of last years Ultimate Team addition is a surprisingly welcome move, while stand up fighting has been further refined. Ground work is still a little sketchy but overall this is the best MMA video game experience you will find.
Pathfinder: Kingmaker (PS4)
The curse of CRPGs on consoles strikes again with this otherwise excellent video game version of the Pathfinder tabletop RPG. The dreaded load screen mars what is otherwise a quite well rounded and fun RPG experience. The addition of the robust Kingdom Management system provides a nice challenge alongside the classic isometric RPG gameplay.
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Episode 165 – When Pandemics Attack
Duration: 01:53:31 • Size: 51.97 MB

The DBG podcast is back after taking a break last fortnight and we’ve got a massive episode for you all to make up for it. First up on this episode Matt shared his reviews of Shark GTA aka Maneater, remasters of Saints Row The Third and Mafia 2, and the new Mortal Kombat 11 Aftermath Expansion. With that all out of the way Lucas and Matt had a chat about the PS5 reveal and which games from the showcase were their favourites. The guys close out the show with their review of the much anticipated PS4 exclusive The Last of Us Part 2! We hope you enjoy the show as much as we enjoyed making it πŸ™‚ Read more…

Episode 164 – It’s Heating Up
Duration: 00:49:07 • Size: 22.49 MB

We are closing in on the dates when E3 2020 would have been happening if it wasn’t for that pesky coronavirus so that means developers and publishers are starting to trickle out some tasty news morsels. On this episode of the show Matt & Lucas discuss Sekiro, Assassin’s Creed 3 on Switch, a new bluetooth dongle peripheral for the switch, and then dive into some of the news and announcements from the past two weeks including remasters of Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2 and the Mafia Trilogy, the Unreal Engine 5 gameplay demo, Ghost Of Tsushima gameplay demo, PS5/Xbox Series X pricing and release date rumours and much much more! We hope you enjoy the show πŸ™‚ Read more…

Episode 163 – State School Samurai
Duration: 00:48:35 • Size: 22.25 MB

Coronavirus restrictions are being eased and that means Matt and Lucas are back together recording once more! On this triumphant return to the same room the guys discuss Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, what Ubisoft are up to, The Last Of Us Part 2 news, and Lucas shares his first impressions of last year’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. We hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed recording this one! Read more…

Episode 162 – Bits & Pieces
Duration: 00:29:58 • Size: 27.44 MB

There isn’t much happening at the moment as society slumbers while COVID-19 runs it’s course but that isn’t going to stop Lucas & Matt from recording the podcast! On this episode the guys chat about how the coronavirus is affecting their lives, discuss the newly revealed PS5 controller the DualSense, and Matt talks about how much he loves the Assassin’s Creed Ezio Collection. We hope you are all staying safe out there and enjoy the show πŸ™‚ Read more…

Episode 160 – Socially Distant
Duration: 00:44:10 • Size: 20.23 MB

The world is firmly in the grip of COVID-19 so while you’re self-isolating in your home why not escape it all for a little while with an episode of the DBG podcast! There’s a lot of doom and gloom out there at the moment so why not ditch that gloom and focus on DOOM! On this episode Lucas shares his review of the latest entry in the ultra-violent shooter franchise DOOM Eternal, Matt reviews Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire and talks a bit more about his time with Final Fantasy XIV, and the guys share their thoughts on the PS5 hardware specs reveal.

We hope you are all staying safe out there and passing the time in isolation with some great video games. Enjoy the show πŸ™‚ Read more…

 
UFC 4 (PS4)
Historically each release of EA Sports UFC gets a little better than the last and this is no exception. The removal of last years Ultimate Team addition is a surprisingly welcome move, while stand up fighting has been further refined. Ground work is still a little sketchy but overall this is the best MMA video game experience you will find.
Pathfinder: Kingmaker (PS4)
The curse of CRPGs on consoles strikes again with this otherwise excellent video game version of the Pathfinder tabletop RPG. The dreaded load screen mars what is otherwise a quite well rounded and fun RPG experience. The addition of the robust Kingdom Management system provides a nice challenge alongside the classic isometric RPG gameplay.
PGA2K21 (PS4)
The precision of The Golf Club franchise shines as usual in this next entry of the series. Added accessibility via expanded difficulty options opens up the game to more casual players while still satisfying the more serious golf lovers. The partnership with 2K has led to a bit more gamification of the game outside of playing actual golf but the core that makes The Golf Club games great remains, including the excellent course design system.
NBA2K21 (PS4)
NBA2K21 has returned to the days of old, with a solid, yet challenging, b-ball entry for 2021. Providing players with the option to live the NBA2K20 lifestyle (with all it's money hungry, merchandising, superfluous costumes and micro-transactions) or to just focus on playing games, training and development of your on-court player. My prayers have been answered, thank you for listening 2K.
The Last Of Us Part 2 (PS4)
Stalking infected in this sequel feels just as good as the original and incredible visuals and perfect voice performances make this game a real must-play. The slightly disjointed story unfortunately fails to live up to the quality of the first game despite the pedigree of the developer but it's still one of the best games of the generation.
Saints Row The Third Remastered (PS4)
A remaster of a 9 year old game so it’s not particularly outstanding but a great opportunity to revisit a really fun game. Dumb fun, but fun nonetheless. The ridiculousness of SR3 is a nice escape from the upheaval in the world at the moment.
Mafia 2 Remastered (PS4)
Making a port of the PC version of Mafia 2 rather than remastering the console version has left us with a pretty poor port riddled with bugs and glitches. Although the fun game and really great story are intact the technical issues really detract from the experience.
Maneater (PS4)
Think GTA but you’re a shark. A bit rough around the edges but quite enjoyable and a fresh new experience since we haven't played an open world shark game before. Chris Parnell's narration really is a highlight of the game as it turns this aquatic slaughterfest into a fun and educational experience.
DOOM Eternal (PS4)
With Earth overrun by demons who you gonna call? A grunting Doom Slayer to rip, tear, and disembowel along his way to free the planet. DOOM Eternal shoots, chainsaws, punches, and totally kicks ass!
Pillars Of Eternity II: Deadfire (PS4)
Exceptional writing and great improvements to combat and overall game mechanics compared to it's predecessor are let down by offensively long and annoying common load times. An incredible RPG which has been ported to consoles poorly.
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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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