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Episode 207 – Active Site Badstorm
Duration: 00:59:43 • Size: 41.01 MB

The UK’s CMA has dealt a blow to Microsoft’s dream of acquiring Activision Blizzard and Microsoft aren’t happy about it. On this episode of the DBG podcast Matt & Lucas discuss that news and their thoughts on where Microsoft are going wrong with some other aspects of the Xbox. They also share their reviews of Dead Island 2 and EA Sports PGA Tour. We hope you enjoy the show! Read more…

Dead Island 2 (PS5)
It took 12 years to get a sequel to the incredibly enjoyable Dead Island, and I've got to say that Dambuster studios and Deep Silver nailed it. All the wise cracks, over the top gore and at times intense action combined with mild horror makes Dead Island 2 a really fun game.
EA Sports PGA Tour (PS5)
It has been 8 years since EA's last PGA Tour game came out and while with this game they haven't quite hit a hole in one, it's at least par on a long four. The courses are beautifully realised and the commentary is refreshingly varied. but the game is let down by some performance issues as well as mechanics which are great at times and clunky at others.
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Episode 206 – Hoarsing Around
Duration: 01:21:41 • Size: 56.09 MB

The guys are back and Matt has brought a post-illness huskiness to this episode. They discuss some GDC highlights and the latest developments in the Microsoft-Activision acquisition then jump into some game discussions. Matt talks about how smitten he was with the Diablo IV Open Beta as well as sharing his review of Anno 1800, while Lucas had his pants scared off by the Resident Evil 4 remake. We hope you enjoy the show! Read more…

Episode 205 – Virtual Reality Check
Duration: 00:52:05 • Size: 35.77 MB

On this episode Matt & Lucas discussed the latest PlayStation State of Play, including a chat about their feelings on the PS VR2, as well as a bit of a chat about Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League. Next up Matt shared his review of Warner Bros’ controversial blockbuster release Hogwarts Legacy. We hope you enjoy the show! Read more…

Episode 204 – Hey! I’m Walkin’ Here!
Duration: 01:07:31 • Size: 46.36 MB

Xbox showed off some of the games they are working on during their “Developer Direct” stream a couple of weeks ago and Matt & Lucas are here to tell you all about it in case you missed it! The guys also chat about some other news lately, the prospects of the PS VR2, and then share their thoughts on Forspoken, Dead Space, and the first three episodes of The Last of Us TV show. We hope you enjoy the show! Read more…

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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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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…

 
Dead Island 2 (PS5)
It took 12 years to get a sequel to the incredibly enjoyable Dead Island, and I've got to say that Dambuster studios and Deep Silver nailed it. All the wise cracks, over the top gore and at times intense action combined with mild horror makes Dead Island 2 a really fun game.
EA Sports PGA Tour (PS5)
It has been 8 years since EA's last PGA Tour game came out and while with this game they haven't quite hit a hole in one, it's at least par on a long four. The courses are beautifully realised and the commentary is refreshingly varied. but the game is let down by some performance issues as well as mechanics which are great at times and clunky at others.
Resident Evil 4 (PS5)
The 2005 Resident Evil 4 is still widely considered to be a masterpiece which redefined the survival-horror genre. With this 2023 remake Capcom has set a new benchmark in how to revitalise a classic. Totally rebuilt from the ground up, the new RE4 looks and feels like a modern day blockbuster. Not for the faint of heart, but do yourself a favour and grab this right now.
Anno 1800 (PS5)
A surprisingly exceptional port of a beloved PC strategy/city-building franchise. Anno 1800 makes the jump to console and gamepad smoothly with intuitive controls, while still maintaining the complexity that makes the franchise so engrossing. The game has some texture pop-in issues but is generally graphically stunning, and the gameplay hooks will keep you playing for hours.
Hogwarts Legacy (PS5)
An absolute love letter to fans of the Wizarding World. This game captures the magical vibes of the Potterverse perfectly and is packed with fan service. The developers have nailed the implementation of spell casting and combat, while keeping the game fun to play.
Dead Space (PS5)
Remade, replayed, and re-pooped myself. An amazingly caring, loving remake that has retained all that made Dead Space a true Survival Horror classic. For returning players this is a masterful trip down memory lane. For newcomers this remake has given the game a modern touch and it will prove once again that Dead Space is much better than anything else in this genre.
Forspoken (PS5)
When a game comes along with a world with such huge potential it's always a shame when it doesn't quite pan out. This game is decidedly average, and it's a game which at times feels like it's not even sure where it's going. Mostly disappointing but propped up by it's excellent combat system and graphics.
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.
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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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