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Latest Podcast: Episode 203 – GOTY 2022 Extravaganza!
Episode 203 – GOTY 2022 Extravaganza!
Duration: 01:05:49 • Size: 45.2 MB

It’s that time of year again! Game of the year discussion time! …well it was that time of year a couple of weeks ago but we’re doing it anyway! On this episode of the DBG podcast Matt & Lucas discuss their favourite games from the year gone by, as well as what they are most looking forward to this year. The guys also discuss Ubisoft’s recently announced financial woes and ponder over what the heck those ubi-folk are doing! We hope you enjoy the show! Read more…

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The Callisto Protocol (PS5)
The Callisto Protocol was expected to be the Dead Space of 2022, which it turned out not to be at all. Due to the nature of the genre, some elements are there, however Callisto Protocol is not what we all expected. Ambient music forecasting potential jump scares, a steep difficulty curve, and cumbersome character death scenes make this game fall short of being an truly A-grade horror game.
Marvel's Midnight Suns (PS5)
A surprisingly good game, although it really should be no surprise given the pedigree of the developer Firaxis. While the card based tactical combat gameplay is top tier the dialogue and story elements are a little below what we have come to expect from AAA games. A definite buy for Marvel fans and fans of the turn based tactical genre.
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Episode 202 – The Marvel Protocol
Duration: 00:57:20 • Size: 39.38 MB

The Game Awards for 2022 just happened and there was a bit to unpack, so Matt & Lucas have compressed it all down to bring you the most important and pertinent facts on the latest episode of the DBG podcast. The guys also discussed the new gen upgrade for The Witcher 3, and reviewed The Callisto Protocol and Marvel’s Midnight Suns. We hope you enjoy the show! Read more…

Episode 201 – No Noose is Good Noose
Duration: 01:10:20 • Size: 48.31 MB

With episode 200 behind us it’s time to catch up on our game review backlog. Matt & Lucas give gaming news a miss on this episode and share their thoughts on the epic God Of War: Ragnarok, as well as sports game iterations FIFA 23 and PGA2K23, and also chat about Gotham Knights. We hope you enjoy the show! Read more…

Episode 200 – Industry Veterans??
Duration: 02:33:22 • Size: 105.32 MB

After nearly 12 years we’ve finally made it to episode 200! This episode is a celebration of the history of Drop Bear Gaming and it made history for us by being our first episode live streamed on Twitch! Not only that but Matt & Lucas were also joined by guest drop bears Karl aka The Lyrical and our old friend and co-host Susie to mark the occassion. Since it was a live stream the episode is a bit chaotic but we had an absolutely awesome time recording it and we hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it! Read more…

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Episode 199 – Alley Oopsie!
Duration: 01:08:17 • Size: 31.27 MB

It’s the last episode of the 100’s and what better way to close out the century than with discussions about game announcements? On this episode Matt and Lucas chat about the Disney/Marvel Video Game Showcase, the Ubisoft Forward including the Assassin’s Creed 15 year anniversary celebration, and the latest PlayStation State of Play. They also review LEGO Brawls and NBA2K23 (how could they not?). We hope you enjoy the show and we’ll see you at 200! Read more…

Episode 198 – Cult of Gamescom
Duration: 01:01:06 • Size: 27.98 MB

Matt and Lucas are back once again, this time discussing Gamescom 2022 and some of the interesting things shown there. The guys also had a chat about the leaked and then confirmed upcoming Assassin’s Creed game “Mirage”, as well as a few other bits and pieces before Matt shared his thoughts on Saints Row and Cult of the Lamb. We hope you enjoy the show! Read more…

Episode 197 – Prime AF
Duration: 01:01:48 • Size: 28.3 MB

Matt & Lucas are back! We apologise for another long break between episodes after a busy (and COVID-infected) last month and a half but the DBG podcast is back for another round. On this episode the guys discuss Stray, the Multiversus open beta, the Overwatch 2 closed beta, as well as share their thoughts on the new PS Plus subscription and game catalogue and much more. We hope you enjoy the show and didn’t miss us too much! We are glad to be back! Read more…

Episode 196 – (Non)E3 2022 Extravaganza!
Duration: 01:09:20 • Size: 31.75 MB

It’s that time of year again! June, the historic month for game companies to reveal their secrets. This year there is officially no E3 but the Summer Games Fest has filled in the gap as best they could despite most of the big publishers opting out of June (or maybe opting out of 2022 altogether?). Either way Matt & Lucas are here to talk about what was shown so lucky you! The guys also review TMNT Shredder’s Revenge and The Quarry as well just for funsies. We hope you enjoy the show! Read more…

Episode 195 – That’s A Paddlin’
Duration: 01:06:27 • Size: 30.43 MB

Lucas and Matt are back just in time to chat about the early June news ahead of the big Summer Games Fest stream and Xbox Showcase stream which are happening over the next week. On this episode the guys discuss the new name for Dragon Age 4, PlayStation’s latest State of Play, how cool The Callisto Protocol looks, as well as a quick chat about the nature of game delays. As always we hope you enjoy the show! Read more…

Episode 194 – Biohazards and Nostalgia
Duration: 01:01:44 • Size: 28.27 MB

A trip down nostalgia lane and weird supernatural biohazards are the order of the day on this episode of the DBG podcast. After a quick run down of some of news Lucas shares his review of the bizarre sci-fi genre-crossing Cernobylite, then Matt dives into Star Wars chat as he discusses LEGO Star Wars Skywalker Saga. We hope you enjoy the show! Read more…

 
The Callisto Protocol (PS5)
The Callisto Protocol was expected to be the Dead Space of 2022, which it turned out not to be at all. Due to the nature of the genre, some elements are there, however Callisto Protocol is not what we all expected. Ambient music forecasting potential jump scares, a steep difficulty curve, and cumbersome character death scenes make this game fall short of being an truly A-grade horror game.
Marvel's Midnight Suns (PS5)
A surprisingly good game, although it really should be no surprise given the pedigree of the developer Firaxis. While the card based tactical combat gameplay is top tier the dialogue and story elements are a little below what we have come to expect from AAA games. A definite buy for Marvel fans and fans of the turn based tactical genre.
God Of War: Ragnarok (PS5)
Sony Santa Monica have managed to follow the critically acclaimed 2018 God Of War franchise reboot with a sequel which is equally masterfully made. Ragnarok continues the emotionally captivating story of Kratos and Atreus which pulls the heartstrings at all of the right moments. The huge and beautifully crafted open world impresses while also providing plenty of content for players. A true must-play game on the PS5.
Gotham Knights (PS5)
A nicely implemented open-world Gotham City should provide an incredible playground for players but this game doesn't quite hit the quality mark we've come to expect from Batman-universe games. Unfortunately a lack of variety in gameplay, as well as only superficial differences between the playable characters make the game get old fast. Great for hardcore DC fans but disappointing not to see the developers get more out of the story concept.
PGA2K23 (PS5)
The latest iteration in the PGA 2K franchise brings improvements over the previous game however it still falls short of the polish and fun of the EA Sports PGA games. This is a top tier golf simulator, but it is lacking in areas including commentary variety, AI balancing, and more.
FIFA 23 (PS5)
FIFA 23 comes as the world braces for the World Cup. It brings updated graphics, improved player movement, and a few new FUT modes, but all-in-all it's another in a long run of seemingly cookie cutter editions. Sadly, this is set to be the last official FIFA-branded football game from EA and it's not one that will leave a lasting positive impression on the franchise.
NBA2K23 (PS5)
There's a few things you can rely on in life; Death, Taxes and an annual release of 2K's flagship sports game, NBA2K. 2K's money printer has seen multiple upgrades and tweaks this year but some frustrating changes to the career mode leave us a little disappointed.
LEGO Brawls (PS5)
A LEGO brawler seems like a great idea but this one fails to innovate and falls a little flat. While customising your minifigs is pretty great the gameplay feels a little boring and uninspired. A bit disappointing and hard to recommend against it's competitors in the genre.
Saints Row (PS5)
For a reboot of a franchise this game doesn't quite blow us away but it's solid enough to give players a fair few hours of silly fun. Dated mechanics and some disappointing bugs and glitches let this game down, but it still feels like a Saints Row game so at least it's got that going for it, right?
Cult of the Lamb (PS5)
Who would have thought that combining farm/cult management and rogue-like dungeon crawling would work? Massive Monster and Devolver Digital, that's who! Playing as an evil-worshipping, murderous farm animal has never been better. A must play.
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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.
ABOUT DBG

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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