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Video Games 2 the MAX is the official Games podcast of W2Mnet.com. where Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison, and others get together to talk about everything involving Video Games.

Every week, we discuss what we are playing, games we are reviewing, the gaming news of the week, there's a special topic too. Sometimes there's some Entertainment news covered as well.

You can check out Marc, Sean's, or the whole staff's written game reviews, and other things over at http://w2mnet.com/games/

You can also follow each of the guys individually on Twitter @W2MSean, @humanityplague, or the entire network @W2MNetwork. Make sure to go like the W2Mnet Facebook Page as well.
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The PlayStation Showcase is top of mind with major games like God of War: Ragnarok and Spider-Man 2. Surprises like Wolverine and Project EVE. Plus, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake, Alan Wake Remaster, and much more round out the lineup. Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison give their thoughts on these PlayStation Showcase reveals and on the entire thing as well.The guys have also played some games as well. Marc gives final thoughts on Psychonauts 2 after beating it. He also does the same on Resident Evil Village as well. Sean barely starting a few games with Lake, The Artful Escape, and Tales of Arise too. Other things discussed on the podcast: The ruling in the Apple versus Epic case and how it effects both sides. Sony making a decision to charge $10 for future PS4 to PS5 upgrades after they created a controversy with Horizon: Forbidden West. Also, the statement by John Gibson that caused him to stepdown at Tripwire Interactive.
Gamescom took over this week with some major announcements including the Halo Infinite release date, the Horizon Forbidden West release date, the true reveal of a Saints Row Reboot, the surprise of Dokev, and much more. Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison both played Psychonauts 2. Marc got a lot farther than Sean and he has plenty to say about the game. Activision-Blizzard are now being accused of not preserving documents needed for the lawsuit from the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Netherrealm go on making a Mortal Kombat 12 instead of an Injustice 3 due to uncertainty around Warner Bros involvement in video games. Not to mention, thoughts on removing the McCree name and much more. Also, due to an investigation it has been uncovered that WATA a game grading company and Heritage Auction have been colluding to raise retro game prices. Marc being an avid collector of games has plenty to say here on the subject.
Sorry about missing the last few weeks, but the show has returned. Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison discuss playing Sailor Zombie, Boyfriend Dungeon, Twelve Minutes, the Back 4 Blood Beta, The Forgotten City, and The Tales of Arise demo. In the news, they go through the latest on the Activision-Blizzard lawsuit since a lot has happened since the last show. There’s also discussion on GTA 3, Vice City, and San Andreas getting ports to the Nintendo Switch. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim getting an Anniversary edition for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is possibly a thing and so is a Saints Row Reboot as well. They end the show with thoughts on Halo having no co-op campaign at launch, Pokemon Presents, and of course they look ahead to a big week of releases next week too. There's no video version this week because of some problems with Sean's camera and mic cutting out which are not an issue on this audio version.
The gaming week has once again been dominated by more fallout from the Activision Blizzard debacle, which includes a large walkout, more heinous stories coming out and now J Allen Brack leaving the company. The one positive about this, Ubisoft employees also stood in solidarity and made their own demands as well. Although we don't talk much about this on the show this week, I did want to note what's been happening and that we still stand with all of those employees going through so much right now. However, if you want to look at just the gaming side of things and ignore reality, Annapurna Interactive had a tremendous showcase highlighting what having a host of interesting games, funny personalities, and some surprises do to one's enjoyment. Seriously! Outerwilds is getting an expansion y'all! This was also a week for Business stuff and there will be some discussions about that. Sadly, there are also some delays and store removals too. Horizon: Forbidden West seemingly is the next big game pushed into 2022, while Kena: Bridge of Spirits also gets a one-month delay as well. Forza Motorsport 7 is being removed from the Microsoft Store entirely starting in September too. Finally, things look positive for the Playdate, Team ASOBI is making a new game, and there's also a discussion on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 and the systems as a whole. Plus, the whole overblown thing about the PS5 SSD versus the Xbox Memory Card. Don't forget, there are some games to discuss as Sean keeps pushing through Death's Door and Cris Tales, while Marc tries out The Forgotten City and has continued the journey through Ys IX: Monstrum Nox too.Timestamps: (0:00) Start(2:30) Marc goes to another used store(7:30) Games We Are Playing: (Ys IX, The Forgotten City, Cris Tales, Death’s Door)(28:15) Horizon Forbidden West and Kena: Bridge of Spirits Delayed, Could Halo: Infinite Multiplayer release by itself?(47:35) Team ASOBI making a new game, could it possibly be a full Astrobot title?(52:00) PlayStation 5 and is the $70 price making some rethink buying at release? (1:02:15) Quick Hits of News(1:16:40) Annapurna Interactive Showcase Thoughts(1:25:00) What’s there to love about the PS5 and Xbox Series X 9 Months Later(1:49:05) Upcoming Games
In a week that's felt like it has gone on forever, there have been some great game releases such as Death's Door, Cris Tales, and The Last Stop, some exciting news like a Pokemon live-action series in development at Netflix, and then the absolutely horrifying news involving Activision Blizzard and the lawsuit from the State of California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing. All of this will be discussed on this episode along with big announcements from the EA Play Live event including the official reveal of the long-rumored Dead Space remake, GRID Legends being the first Codemasters game under the EA banner, EA Originals getting a major spotlight, and what's going on with Battlefield 2042 as well. Plus, could Konami start a new trend with eFootball in making sports games fully embrace the "games as a service" and forgo the yearly model? Or is this Konami just doing something different to compete with EA's FIFA series? Sean discusses playing all three of the games mentioned above and more Scarlet Nexus. All while Marc has final thoughts on Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and he starts playing Ys IX: Monstrum Nox, and more.Time Stamps: Games We Are Playing: Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Ys IX: Monstrum Nox, Death's Door, Cris Tales, The Last Stop (2:50)EA Play Live Thoughts: GRID Legends, EA Originals, Dead Space Remake (28:00)Quick Hits of News (38:30) Major Topic: Activision Blizzard Lawsuit Discussion (50:00)Major Topic 2: Konami Makes eFootball (PES) Free to Play (1:22:35)Upcoming Games (1:36:30)Links:Don't forget you can also watch us on video as well over on the W2M Network Youtube channel: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiXUuWeG84WI36B5iarq-HRUvp1AcFbyGFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/W2MNetworkTwitter:https://twitter.com/W2MSeanhttps://twitter.com/HumanityPlagueSean's Chicory: A Colorful Tale Review: https://www.theouterhaven.net/2021/07/chicory-a-colorful-tale-review-playstation-5/
Ubisoft announces their new game XDefiant, a 6 vs 6 multiplayer shooter with factions from various Tom Clancy games. Nintendo actually acknowledges rumors only to shoot them down. Could they be serious about no other Switch models? Yeah... about that. Also, the Steam Deck is seriously a thing and it has gotten everyone riled up about everything from emulation to portable PCs to even being a "Switch Killer." Don't really think that the last one is going to happen, but preorders did drop for it and a few of the SKU's have already been delayed. Speaking of delays, there have been a few of those. But there's also been the announcement of Company of Heroes 3, the purchase of Sumo by Tencent, possible proof that the Metroid Prime Trilogy is ready for Switch, Netflix getting into gaming, the NPD numbers for June 2021, and much more. Also, Marc Morrison finally beat Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne and It Takes Two. He got to play some Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart as well and he talks about why it didn't quite jive with him. Sean Garmer had a week off from games pretty much, as he's been trying to knock out some written reviews.Links:Don't forget you can also watch us on video as well over on the W2M Network Youtube channel: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiXUuWeG84WI36B5iarq-HRUvp1AcFbyGFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/W2MNetworkTwitter:https://twitter.com/W2MSeanhttps://twitter.com/HumanityPlague
Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison bring you another edition of Video Games 2 the MAX as they discuss games they are playing like Sean finishing Chicory: A Colorful Tale and starting up Scarlet Nexus. Marc also got into It Takes Two and more Timespinner as well. They also wonder if the recent news about SEGA and the agency in charge of the lead actor Takuya Kimura having a standoff about a PC version of Judgment could spell the end for the series. Should they just go on with another actor? And what does this say about SEGA's push for PC? A huge announcement made much earlier in the week from Bloomberg looks to put the next Assassin's Creed code-named Infinity into the live service realm. Marc is a major fan of the franchise and has reviewed all three of the most recent games, as well as many of the older ones as well and he has plenty to say on where the franchise could be headed, if it is a good idea or not, and if it means we see smaller scale AC settings again too. Double Fine wades into the difficulty debate by adding an Invincibility Mode for Psychonauts 2. Where do Sean and Marc stand on having things like this in video games? Plus, EA becomes the latest publisher to test gamer's wallets if you want to do an upgrade from last-gen to current-gen, Thoughts on Sony's latest State of Play, Square-Enix sells out of Final Fantasy XIV digitally, and more.Links: Don't forget you can also watch us on video as well over on the W2M Network Youtube channel: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiXUuWeG84WI36B5iarq-HRUvp1AcFbyGFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/W2MNetworkTwitter:https://twitter.com/W2MSeanhttps://twitter.com/HumanityPlague
We actually recorded our latest episode before the Switch OLED announcement, so we didn't have the same problem two weeks in a row, we recorded a special short talking all things Nintendo Switch OLED model. Then our regular episode follows when that ends at about 25 mins in.Well, it has finally happened. The next iteration of the Nintendo Switch has been announced, but is it everything everyone hoped it would be? Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison discuss the expectations versus what was actually revealed. Are we disappointed? Are we upset? What is there to feel anymore. Also, stay tuned afterward for our regular episode # 279 about 24 minutes into this. The episode description is as follows...Remember you can now watch us on Youtube as well on the W2M Network Youtube channel. Hit subscribe, ring the bell for notifications, or just get our VG2M Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiXUuWeG84WI36B5iarq-HRUvp1AcFbyGOn this episode of Video Games 2 the MAX hosts Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison cover a PlayStation heavy show with some acquisitions, some losses, and pushing for some change from the big gaming brand. Of course, we are referring to bringing Housemarque, Nixxes, and possibly even Bluepoint too. Are all of these expected? What do we expect to see next? And is this better than making a bigger splash purchase? Plus, the official end of Sony Japan Studio as well. Also, a lot of controversy abounds over the decision of charging for the PlayStation 5 upgrade of the Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut. Is the $10 charge justified? Is this greed? Or does it make sense considering what's added? Are either of the guys interested in the Director's Cut at all? The guys also get into a discussion on whether or not Sony needs to do more with PlayStation NOW. Is it fine the way it is? Do is it need Day 1 games like Xbox Game Pass? Or are more quality of life changes what's in order? How about just putting a little hype behind it? Finally, the guys talk about Nintendo wanting to do more with Donkey Kong, the rumored remake of Dead Space, and also with the reveal of EA Play Spotlights ahead of the July 22 event. The major topic for this show centers around bringing back dormant EA Sports franchises and which ones could work today. Links: Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/W2MNetworkTwitter:https://twitter.com/W2MSeanhttps://twitter.com/HumanityPlagueOur friend from The Outerhaven, Keith Mitchell's, PS Now Article: https://www.theouterhaven.net/2021/07/why-isnt-anyone-talking-about-playstation-now/
Jakejames Lugo, go follow him on Twitter at (https://twitter.com/jakejameslugo) joins the full crew of W2M folks Sean Garmer, Marc Morrison, Randy Isbelle, and Jens Dietrich on Video Games 2 the MAX, as they give out their Top 5 Games of 2021 So Far. Since everyone on the panel owns at least one current-generation console there should be a lot of unique lists for sure. Jake also discusses some of his influences, favorite games, game genres, and there's some talk about why he wanted to get into creating and writing in the industry as well.Plus, Randy also has thoughts on Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade: Episode Intermission and Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart. Also, find out why he is down on Mario Golf: Super Rush as well. Marc has been playing more Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne. Jens took the hit for everyone on Dungeons and Dragons: Dark Alliance as well. Sean also discovers the reason why no one likes Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge too. There's also a rumor about Ghost of Tsushima DLC, Xbox finally updates X-Cloud and adds Xbox Game Pass to Windows 11 from the jump. A Space Jam game is coming soon, Tekken X Streetfighter, Final Fantasy IX getting an anime, and more.Unfortunately, we recorded the show a few hours before the revelation of the Housemarque joining PlayStation studios news. But Sean has you covered with a writeup about it... (https://www.theouterhaven.net/2021/06/returnal-developer-housemarque-joins-playstation-studios/)We are also available in video format as well: https://youtu.be/wASndqrZmwkThere are no ads on this show because we had a guest, but please go support the show and the entire W2M Network via enjoying a special offer on Grammarly (http://getgrammarly.com/w2mnetwork) or a 30 Day Free Trial of Amazon Music Unlimited (http://getamazonmusic.com/w2mnetwork)Links: Randy's Review of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart: https://w2mnet.com/ratchet-and-clank-rift-apart-review/Randy's Review of Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade: Episode Intermission: https://w2mnet.com/final-fantasy-vii-remake-intergrade-episode-intermission-review/Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/W2MNetworkTwitter:https://twitter.com/W2MSeanhttps://twitter.com/HumanityPlaguehttps://twitter.com/ApertureSilencehttps://twitter.com/RandyIsbelleMore places to check out Jakejames Lugo's work: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdqP0_RLEUiBCd94TOhWPwghttps://www.twitch.tv/gamerswithgains
Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison return with a regular episode of Video Games 2 the MAX as the Xbox Extended Showcase and our favorite games from E3 2021 are the major topics, as there is major E3 2021 fallout syndrome happening this week. Sean has been playing Chicory: A Colorful Tale and Game Builder Garage while Marc is all about Guilty Gear Strive and a few other things as well. The news consists of some rumors like Final Fantasy VII Remake and Alan Wake having data in the Epic Games Store. Back 4 Blood requiring a constant connection. Sony also got into the mix with some comments from Jim Ryan and a possible 2022 release date for the PSVR too.Remember you can also watch us on Youtube: https://youtu.be/_zi8EAbz1_UFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/W2MNetworkTwitter:https://twitter.com/W2MSeanhttps://twitter.com/HumanityPlaguehttps://twitter.com/ApertureSilence
On the final E3 2021 broadcast Sean Garmer is joined by Marc Morrison, Randy Isbelle, Jens Dietrich, and a special guest writer from Android Central and Twinfinite, Charlie Wacholz (you can follow him at (https://twitter.com/chas_mke) or go check out his podcast Comfort Foods Pod. Enough with the introductions on this big show we are doing one more discussion on the Nintendo Direct since a few of the panel wasn't on the shows earlier and then we get into our favorite games. Sean and Jens also making an interlude to talk about the Strangers of Paradise: A Final Fantasy Origin demo and the number of things they didn't really like about it. Charlie also discusses a little about Bloodborne and feelings on Souls games in general. There's also best showcase, discussing the E3 2021 in general, and also looking ahead to what E3 could be in 2022. Is it still relevant? Or we are looking at a further demise of E3 once people start going back to in-person events. There is a great conversation about this topic in here towards the end.
Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison discuss and grade the last big E3 showcase, the Nintendo Direct. Certainly Nintendo showed once again they know how to do these digital presentations. They delivered a lot of surprises and we got to see a little Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 as well. What are some of our favorite games from the showcase? Tune in and find out.
Capcom certainly had an event, although it was rather lackluster on their part. Sean Garmer, Randy Isbelle, Daniel Anderson, and Paul Leazar go through the little reedeming value of their E3 2021 showcase. At least Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin and Ace Attorney got some time and there's RE Village DLC coming. However, due to there not being much to discuss about Capcom the guys all look ahead to what Nintendo could show at their Direct.
Well, Day 2 has come and gone, but there's certainly a lot to talk about here. Video Games 2 the MAX gets an Outerhaven invasion as Sean is joined by his comprades from (https://www.theouterhaven.net/) with Keith Mitchell, Karl Smart, Kyle Simcox, and Matthew Paul all onboard to discuss what was on the Xbox & Bethesda show, the Square-Enix show, and to give both shows grades and favorite game announcements too. Of course, with everyone on this show there's some shenanigans as well. You can watch it on video here: https://youtu.be/F_S76OK1zDM Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/W2MNetworkTwitter:https://twitter.com/W2MSeanhttps://twitter.com/KyleSims89https://twitter.com/Shadowhaxorhttps://twitter.com/themasethinghttps://twitter.com/getselious
Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison are joined by Jens Dietrich, Jed Shaffer, and Daniel Anderson to discuss what was announced at the Square-Enix show which honestly wasn't a whole lot, but there's still Guardians of the Galaxy, which looked good (although much of this panel was not happy about it), Final Fantasy 1-6 remasters that are only on Steam and Mobile, which Sean is disgusted about, oh and yes, a new take on a Final Fantasy Origin story too. You can also watch the whole thing on video here: https://youtu.be/7emgsLMVj0o
Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison are joined by a big group including Randy Isbelle, Daniel Anderson, Jens Dietrich, and an appearance by Jed Shaffer to talk about all the things announced at the Xbox and Bethesda showcase. Not only do they discuss the big things like Halo Infinite, Starfield, and Forza Horizon 5. They cover some other things like Psychonauts 2, Replaced, Red Fall, and others. Is this the best presentation so far? Or were there some issues? Certainly a very polarizing event for a few of the folks on the panel.You can also watch it on video here: https://youtu.be/32A5Dgei-64
Video Games 2 the MAX host Sean Garmer is joined by Chapter Select's Randy Isbelle and the duo from the Outerhaven Keith Mitchell and Karl Smart in discussing the first day of E3 2021. So thoughts on the Ubisoft Forward, Devolver Digital, and Gearbox showcases. Plus, some non E3 stuff too like Netflix Geeked Week, IGN's Summer of Gaming, and more.
Join Video Games 2 the MAX host Sean Garmer along with Kyle Simcox, and Jake Collier as they discuss and breakdown what was announced at the Ubisoft Forward event. What was the biggest announcement? Is it the Mario & Rabbids: Sparks of Hope? Or did Avatar steal the show? What about Rainbow Six: Extraction too? Also, they give a letter grade for the event too. So be sure to check out it or watch it on video as well: https://youtu.be/Z2LISmQSYWQLinks:Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/W2MNetworkTwitter:https://twitter.com/W2MSeanhttps://twitter.com/KyleSims89https://twitter.com/ObiWanJakolby
On this episode of Video Games 2 the MAX hosts Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison are joined by fellow 411mania writer Jed Shaffer, you can go check out his podcast the Gamer Parent Strategy Guide on anywhere there are podcasts (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-gamer-parents-strategy-guide/id1555897879) or follow him on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GPSGPodcast) and also fellow freelance writer Kyle Simcox, you can follow him on Twitter (https://twitter.com/KyleSims89) or check out his latest at the Outerhaven with a review of Biomutant (https://www.theouterhaven.net/2021/06/biomutant-review-the-fun-yet-messy-future/) Remember you can also watch this episode on video as well: https://youtu.be/Zcssywi4E88After the guests introduce themselves and get through their gaming firsts, everyone gives out some of their favorite games from the Guerrilla Collective 2 Showcase. Everyone should go check out the trailers from the games and make their own decisions, but a few recommendations include Endling, El Paso Elsewhere, Beasts of Maravilla Island, Industria, and My Lovely Wife for its sheer weirdness. Many more are mentioned and discussed as well. In the news, Capcom gets sued for texture infringement that they could have easily avoided. Controversy ensues as the panel has different takes on whether cross-gen is a good thing or not. Sony recently announced that not only is God of War: Ragnarok delayed, but it is also a cross-gen game, along with Gran Turismo 7. So they will be on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. The guys also talk about what on earth Koch Media could be showing with no Saints Row, Timesplitters, Metro, or Dead Island there. Yuji Naka no longer with Square-Enix, and also what Take-Two and Square-Enix are doing at E3 2021 too. Finally, in our big topic, we discuss what Ubisoft, Capcom, Bandai Namco, and others could show at E3 in our final discussion on the topic before we get to the actual event itself. There are no ads on this show because we had a guest, but please go support the show and the entire W2M Network via enjoying a special offer on Grammarly (http://getgrammarly.com/w2mnetwork) or a 30 Day Free Trial of Amazon Music Unlimited (http://getamazonmusic.com/w2mnetwork)Links:Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/W2MNetworkTwitter:https://twitter.com/W2MSeanhttps://twitter.com/HumanityPlaguehttps://twitter.com/ApertureSilence
On this episode of Video Games 2 the MAX hosts Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison are joined by Jens Dietrich and a special guest from the Back Log Banter podcast and Youtube Channel, Tucker Hazell. You can go check out everything he does at (https://www.youtube.com/c/BackLogBanter/featured) or follow him on Twitter (https://twitter.com/Tzurki).First up, the guys discuss games they are playing such as The Wild At Heart, Star Fox 64, Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster, Scarlet Nexus Demo, and more.Then, they get into all of the big announcements this week from everything shown at the Sonic and Dragon Quest anniversary specials to the Horizon: Forbidden West and Far Cry 6 trailers too. There’s also a lesson to be learned here about not quote tweeting bad people. Plus, they speculate on what Koch Media could announce at their E3 conference, what Sony games could work well on Mobile, the Pokemon release dates, Uncharted 4 headed to PC, and more. Of course, we have to talk once again about the rampant Nintendo Switch Pro rumors that are leading everyone to believe there will be an announcement before Nintendo’s June 15 E3 2021 presentation. Finally, the group discusses what Final Fantasy Origin could be, could Final Fantasy VI get a remake? Will there be news on Kingdom Hearts or Final Fantasy XVI? Any surprises possibly from them? So much to speculate about as things get even closer to E3 2021. There are no ads on this show because we had a guest, but please go support the show and the entire W2M Network via enjoying a special offer on Grammarly (http://getgrammarly.com/w2mnetwork) or a 30 Day Free Trial of Amazon Music Unlimited (http://getamazonmusic.com/w2mnetwork) Links: Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/W2MNetwork Twitter:https://twitter.com/W2MSeanhttps://twitter.com/HumanityPlaguehttps://twitter.com/ApertureSilence
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