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Episode 167 – Forward Formula
Duration: 00:46:11 • Size: 21.15 MB

After a bit of a delay to recording this episode it’s here! This episode is predominantly about Ubisoft and all the good and bad reasons that they have been dominating the gaming news recently. Lucas and Matt open the show by discussing the first ever “Ubisoft Forward” stream which showed off the big games Ubisoft have coming out as well as discussing the sexual harrassment allegations and related resignations which have rocked the publisher. The guys close out the show with reviews of F1 2020 and Iron Man VR. We hope you enjoy the show!

F1 2020 (PS4)
F1 2020 adds a new My Team thrill; where you manage the team, design the development strategy and race to the chequered flag. A fantastic game for F1 fans, but unfortunately it drops the ball on fun for someone outside of the sport.
Iron Man VR (PS4)
Excellent controls and fun combat make this a must play for PS VR owners but it is let down by some intermittent technical issues and a lacklustre story.
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Episode 166 – Tactics and Spoilers
Duration: 01:25:52 • Size: 39.31 MB

It has been two weeks since the release of The Last Of Us Part 2 and so it seems like it’s about time to have a spoiler chat!

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though because there has been other stuff happening during the last two weeks. First up on this episode Matt shares his reviews of Desperados 3 and Minecraft Dungeons then the guys have a brief chat about some of the bigger gaming news from the past fortnight as the time when E3 would have happened came and went.

Once that is all out of the way Lucas and Matt take a deep dive into The Last Of Us Part 2, expanding upon their review from the previous episode as well as sharing their spoiler-filled thoughts on the story of the game. There is a spoiler warning before that part of the podcast begins so if you haven’t played or finished the game yet and want to avoid it you need not worry about getting anything ruined!

We hope you enjoy the show and would love to hear what you guys thought of The Last Of Us Part 2 as well (via email or private message if you have spoilers :D) Read more…

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 161 – What Was Old Is New
Duration: 00:40:27 • Size: 18.53 MB

The COVID isolation continues but not even a pandemic can stop us from posting podcast episodes!

On the latest episode of the DBG podcast you can hear Matt & Lucas review a couple of twenty year old games… well technically the remake/remasters of some twenty year old games. Specifically Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Resident Evil 3. Take a break from pounding your head against the wall in isolation-induced boredom and have a listen to our lovely podcast πŸ™‚ We hope you enjoy the show! 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…

Episode 159 – Fantasy Showdown
Duration: 00:50:11 • Size: 22.98 MB

There may be a slow start to gaming in 2020 but that doesn’t mean we can’t find things to talk about here at DBG! Matt & Lucas return on this episode of the podcast to discuss first impressions of Final Fantasy XIV, the Final Fantasy VII Remake demo, and Lucas’ review of Hunt: Showdown.

The guys close out the show with a bit of a chat about Ubisoft, games as a service, and the possible effects of the newly announced plans to rebuild Ghost Recon: Breakpoint to appease fans. We hope you enjoy the show πŸ˜€ Read more…

Episode 158 – A World of Pure Imagination
Duration: 01:44:05 • Size: 47.66 MB

With our Decade in Review series finished it’s time to get back to business as usual here at DBG HQ. After a slow start to the year we now have some games to review and so we decided to call on a friend of the show for some help.

On this episode Matt and Lucas are joined by our good friend Karl (Game Train Podcast & The Lyrical) as they share their reviews of Darksiders Genesis and Dreams, talk about revisiting Destiny 2, and share first impressions of Hunt: Showdown. The guys closed out the show with a bit of a chat about the Xbox Series X and PS5 news and rumours that we have seen so far this year and talk about their most anticipated game for 2020.

We hope you enjoy this extra long episode of the Drop Bear Gaming podcast! Read more…

F1 2020 (PS4)
F1 2020 adds a new My Team thrill; where you manage the team, design the development strategy and race to the chequered flag. A fantastic game for F1 fans, but unfortunately it drops the ball on fun for someone outside of the sport.
Iron Man VR (PS4)
Excellent controls and fun combat make this a must play for PS VR owners but it is let down by some intermittent technical issues and a lacklustre story.
Desperados 3 (PS4)
A great new entry in an almost forgotten franchise. This classic Western story of revenge is one of the best stealth real time tactics game out there. With unique characters and a challenging levels combined with great replayability it's definitely worth picking up for fans of the genre.
Minecraft Dungeons (PS4)
Diablo for kids! This is a great dialled down version of the classic loot hunting in Diablo with a good selection of level environments and a flexible difficulty rating system to provide continued challenge. The 4-player co-op is particular handy for gaming with the kids.
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.
Final Fantasy VII Remake (PS4)
A re-imagining of the original rather than a simple remaster, this game expands upon the first part of the original game to tell more of the story and it does so in a visually breathtaking way. Some filler weighs the game down but overall it's a great game for old fans and new.
Resident Evil 3 (PS4)
This short and fast-paced remake breaks away from the roots of the franchise and falls short of the expectations built up by last year's RE2 remake despite the inclusion of a new multiplayer experience in Resistance. Series fans should resist the urge to buy it.
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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.
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.

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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