On this episode of Video Games 2 the MAX hosts Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison are joined by fellow W2M staff member Randy Isbelle as he discusses his thoughts on It Takes Two and MLB The Show 21. He’s also been playing Yakuza: Like A Dragon so he and Marc discuss their progress through the game so far.
Sony has reversed course on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita store closings for the foreseeable future. Randy gives his thoughts on the entire ordeal as the guys discuss if Sony may have any plans to bring more games from those stores to PlayStation NOW or another type of service after the PS3 Store reversal. What Sony could do with PS NOW to improve it, and more. They also talk about the recent comments from Jim Ryan concerning PlayStation 5 exclusives, their cloud gaming initiative, and the comments from Days Gone creative director about frugal gamers. This also leads to a conversation about should games cost $70?
Microsoft also started their beta for X-Cloud on IOS devices via the Safari browser and also PC browsers as well. (Sean actually received an invite to try it out after the podcast finished recording, so he’ll have more on that next week.) Plus Free to Play finally means Free for anyone that has an Xbox system.
Jeff Kaplan has left Blizzard after 19 years and with Overwatch 2 in development as well. Marc has some big thoughts on this and why it seems like some in the Overwatch community are happy about this, while others see it as a major blow.
Other Things Discussed on the Show: Battlefield 6 teased, Discord stays independent, Dice Awards 2021, The Evercade Versus, And More
The show ends with Sean and Marc discussing their full thoughts on The Falcon and Winter Soldier now that it has finished.
It Takes Two, PS3 Store Reversal, Should Games Cost $70
Start: Sean talks about a lot of his week being spent in a hospital and playing a few games
Games We Are Playing:
It Takes Two (9:10) (Randy)
MLB The Show 21 (13:20) (Randy)
Yakuza: Like a Dragon (24:50) (Randy & Marc)
Marc Gets a Super Nintendo (31:50)
Sony Reverses Course on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita Store Closing (32:30)
Jim Ryan says PlayStation 5 will have the most exclusives (44:45)
Days Gone Creative Director goes off on buying games at launch, should games cost $70? (54:45)
Grammarly Ad (1:10:40)
X-Cloud goes into Beta on IOS and PC Browsers, Free to Play Games are now free on Xbox (1:13:50)
Jeff Kaplan leaves Blizzard after 19 years there (1:16:05)
Cyberpunk 2077 refunds are only 30,000 of the amount sold (1:20:00)
Sonic The Movie 2 will star Tails and Knuckles (1:21:45)
Amazon Music Unlimited Ad (1:23:25)
Aspyr is working on a Knights of the Old Republic remake (1:27:20)
Tales of Arise gets a release date (1:31:15)
Amazon cancels the Lord of the Rings MMO game (1:32:40)
Battlefield 6 announcement coming (1:34:50)
Discord stays independent (1:36:50)
Evercade Versus Announced (1:39:30)
D.I.C.E. Awards 2021 (1:43:10)
The Ending: Other Shows we are watching on Disney Plus,
Falcon And Winter Soldier Series Discussion, The Upcoming Games. (1:47:40)
About Video Games 2 the MAX
Video Games 2 the MAX is a podcast where Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison get together to talk about everything involving Video Games every week. they discuss what they are playing or reviewing, the gaming news of the week, upcoming games, a special topic, and more.
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Sean Garmer has a long history with video games, since childhood. But truly, things got serious when he discovered Pokemon on the Gameboy, and thus his Japanese RPG fandom was born. Sean has channeled that love of games into reviewing them. He also analyzes the games industry on the Video Games 2 the MAX podcast and writes on various sites. Sean pretty much plays any kind of game nowadays, but he still prefers his first love, the JRPG.
Marc Morrison brings years of experience writing about games (and of course, playing them) to Video Games 2 the MAX. He currently writes a Top 8 column every week at 411mania and also reviews games. Marc plays all different kinds of games and takes analyzing them to heart.
Jens is co-host and editor of the podcast Chapter Select and an occasional contributor to Video Games 2 the MAX. While he grew up on 90s PC adventure games and flight simulators, nowadays his preferences have shifted towards Soulslikes, JRPGs, and weird kusoge.