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Author: Andrew Kimball and Dylan Wren

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Hosts Andrew Kimball and Dylan Wren explore the world of video games from the perspective of average video game players. The goal of this show is to shine a light on awesome people in the gaming community while also diving deep into some of our favorite games. Do you enjoy playing games on Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo, PC, or even physically on a board? Love getting lost in massive role playing games like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt or The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim? How about overcoming challenges in games like Dark Souls or Bloodborne? Or even competing in your favorite sports game like MLB The Show or Madden? And don't forget the colorful and vibrant worlds of Mario and The Legend of Zelda! Then give Your Friendly Neighborhood Gamers a listen and let us know what you think. Stay Friendly, Gamers!

72 Episodes
Andrew and Dylan take a look back at the year 2019 and right the wrongs of their original GOTY lists from that year. This is a beefy Level Playing Field throwback episode that we had a lot of fun recording and we hope you enjoy listening!The LPF article that started all of this TWITTER CRITIC LEAGUEhttps://www.fantasycritic.g Support the show
This episode the FN Gamers give their impressions of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Redfall. They also discuss, Ender Lilies, Sackboy's Big Adventure, Spider-Man, and more!Time StampsMain Topic Starts - 10:53Zelda Chat (BOTW and TOTK) - 11:36Sackboy - 31:51Ender Lilies - 34:16Jedi Survivor Update - 39:16Spider-Man - 40:52Dylan's podcast games - 46:36Redfall - 49:11WEBSITE TWITTER CRITIC LEAGUEhttps://www.fantasycritic.gSupport the show
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor


Welcome back to the neighborhood and thank you for spending part of your day with us today. If you are a returning listener, thank you and welcome back. And if this happens to be your first episode, thank you and welcome to the show! On this episode we are talking about Star Wars Jedi: Survivor!Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is an action-adventure game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. A sequel to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, the game takes place five years after the ending of the first and continues the adventure of young Jedi Knight, Cal Kestis, as he and his friends continue in their struggle to survive the tyranny of the Galactic Empire. Survivor was released for the PlayStation 5, Windows, and Xbox Series X/S on April 28, 2023. It received generally favorable reviews from critics who praised the gameplay, writing, and open world, although criticism was given to some aspects of the story and technical glitches upon the game's launch.TIME STAMPSSpoiler-free talk - 3:11SPOILER SECTION STARTS - 46:30Verdicts - 1:26:49WEBSITE TWITTER CRITIC LEAGUEhttps://www.fantasycritic.gSupport the show
Aubrey Kimball and Delany Wren stop by the neighborhood to talk about Cozy Games! What are cozy games? What are some of their favorite ones? Why does Disney Dreamlight Valley have such bad inventory management? All of these questions and more are discussed in the episode! Also, Dylan used the wrong mic input so forgive the audio but please enjoy the conversation!WEBSITE TWITTER CRITIC LEAGUEhttps://www.fantasycritic.gSupport the show
This week the FN Gamers are talking about game mechanics that need to go away forever! The discord community also responded and shared their thoughts on this topic as well. If you wanna be part of the conversation, click the link below to join!Time Stamps14:34 - Main Topic1:12:33 - Discord ResponsesSupport the show here - TWITTER CRITIC LEAGUEhttps://www.fantasycritic.g
Zombie Games

Zombie Games


Dylan recently reviewed State of Decay 2 on our YouTube channel and has been enjoying his time in the zombie genre. That sparked the idea to talk about zombies in games. The FN Gamers break down what they like about the genre and what some of their favorite zombie games are. Let us know what you think about zombie games by joining our Discord server with the link below! Support the show here - TWITTER CRITIC LEAGUEhttps://www.fantasycritic.g 
A Chat About DLC

A Chat About DLC


With the DLC for Elden Ring, The Shadow of the Erdtree, recently announced, we wanted to talk about what we’re hoping to see when it releases and then expand that conversation to talk about DLC in games in general. In this episode talk about some of our favorite and least favorite DLC's for games. And we tackle the question, what even is DLC?Support the show here - TWITTER CRITIC LEAGUEhttps://www.fantasycritic.gSupport the show
On this episode of the Neighborhood Watch, Jay Davis of Super Bracket Bros fame, joins us to talk about some vidoe games! He also host a round of I Got It From Google so Dylan gets a taste of his own medicine. Time StampsOpening Question - 2:45Marvel Snap Update - 8:51The Mario Movie - 25:05Phoenix Point - 33:18Rapid Fire Game Round Up -  54:46 Closing Game - 1:09:59Follow SBB here - SBB here - the show here - TWITTER CRITIC LEAGUEhttps://www.fantasycritic.g 
This week the FN Gamers are talking about some of their favorite Star Wars video games, and some Star Wars video games they played as kids.  This is a general conversation about a lot of different games so there aren't any spoilers to worry about. Join our discord with the link below to talk to us about your favorite Star Wars games!Support the show here - TWITTER CRITIC LEAGUEhttps://www.fantasycritic.g 
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt


The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a 2015 action role-playing game developed and published by CD Projekt Red. It is the sequel to the 2011 game The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings and the third game in The Witcher video game series, played in an open world with a third-person perspective. The games follow The Witcher series of fantasy novels written by Andrzej Sapkowski.The game takes place in a fictional fantasy world based on Slavic mythology. Players control Geralt of Rivia, a monster slayer for hire known as a Witcher, and search for his adopted daughter, who is on the run from the otherworldly Wild Hunt. Players battle the game's many dangers with weapons and magic, interact with non-player characters, and complete quests to acquire experience points and gold, which are used to increase Geralt's abilities and purchase equipment. The game's story has three possible endings, determined by the player's choices at key points in the narrative. It holds more than 200 game of the year awards and has been cited as one of the greatest video games ever made. Two expansions were also released to critical acclaim: Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine. The game shipped over 40 million copies, making it one of the best-selling video games of all time.Time StampsDylan's history with the game - 4:07Andrew's history with the game - 13:31The connection to the Witcher books - 22:57Gameplay - 27:50Let's talk about Roach... - 38:37Got time for a round of Gwent? - 42:27Music - 48:08Spoiler Warning - 51:58The lovely ladies of the Witcher - 52:36The endings - 1:06:21Some quest/story shout outs - 1:17:19Out of Spoilers/Verdicts - 1:31:35Support the show here - TWITTER CRITIC LEAGUEhttps://www.fantasycritic.g
The FN Gamers are here to talk about a bunch of great games they've been playing lately. They've been playing Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, The Last Spell, the Dead Cells Castlevania DLC and more! The closing segment also inspired a really great conversation about video game genres. Time StampsThe Last Spell - 2:02Dead Cells Castelvania DLC - 13:59Valheim - 32:33Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty - 36:50Closing Segment - 1:13:59Support the show here - TWITTER CRITIC LEAGUEhttps://www.fantasycritic.g
On this episode the FN Gamers are joined by the host of the Main Quest podcast, Keith Gasper. The Main Quest is a show where the listener joins Keith as he takes on the insane task of replaying every game he's played throughout his life. From the 80's, up to modern PC games, all the while replacing nostalgia with...something better...or worse. Follow Keith the show here - TWITTER CRITIC LEAGUEhttps://www.fantasycritic.gSupport the show
Welcome back to the neighborhood and thank you for spending part of your day with us today. If you are a returning listener, thank you and welcome back. And if this happens to be your first episode, thank you and welcome to the show! On this episode we are going to be talking about Destiny 2!Destiny 2 is a free-to-play online-only multiplayer first-person shooter developed by Bungie. It was originally released as a pay to play game in 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows. It became free-to-play, utilizing the games as a service model, under the New Light title on October 1, 2019.Set in a "mythic science fiction" world, the game features a multiplayer "shared-world" environment with elements of role-playing games. Activities in Destiny 2 are divided among player versus environment (PvE) and player versus player (PvP) game types. In addition to normal story missions, PvE features three-player "strikes" and dungeons and six-player raids. A free roam patrol mode is also available for each destination which features public events as well as other activities. These activities have an emphasis on exploration of the destinations and interactions with non-player characters (NPCs). PvP features objective-based modes, as well as traditional deathmatch game modes.Players assume the role of a Guardian, protectors of Earth's last safe city as they wield a power called Light to protect humanity from different alien races and combat the looming threat of the Darkness. Like the original Destiny, the game features expansion packs which further the story and adds new content across the game.Watch our 2023 Destiny 2 Buyer's Guide Video here Joe on Twitch! StampsLightfall Impressions - 30:49Verdicts - 1:03:53Closing Game - 1:10:50Support the show here - TWITTER CRITIC LEAGUEhttps://www.fantasycritic.g
Andrew rounds up a fantastic group of guests to talk about one of the biggest games of 2022, God of War Ragnarök. Timestamps below if you want to skip the spoiler section of the conversation. God of War Ragnarök is an action-adventure game developed by Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It was released worldwide on November 9, 2022, for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, marking the first cross-gen release in the God of War series. It is the ninth installment in the series, and the sequel to 2018's God of War.Loosely based on Norse mythology, the game is set in ancient Scandinavia and features series protagonist Kratos and his teenage son Atreus. Concluding the Norse era of the series, the game covers Ragnarök, the eschatological event which is central to Norse mythology and was foretold to happen in the previous game.The gameplay is similar to the previous 2018 installment. It features combo-based combat, as well as puzzle and role-playing elements. Ragnarök garnered universal acclaim from critics and was praised for its storytelling, characters, visuals, level design, and overall improvements to the gameplay over its predecessor. It won Game of the Year at the Titanium Awards and was a nominee for the same award at The Game Awards 2022, where it won Best Narrative, Best Action/Adventure, and Innovation in Accessibility, among other awards and nominations. The game was a commercial success, selling 5.1 million units in its first week, becoming the fastest-selling first-party game in PlayStation history.TIMESTAMPSSpoilers start 51:18Verdicts and wrap up - 1:32:40Keep up with our guests hereCaleb - Jay - - Support the show here - TWITTER CRITIC LEAGUEhttps://www.fantasycritic.g 
On this episode of the Neighborhood Watch Andrew and Dylan have a ton of games to talk about! They talk about some new releases including Hogwarts Legacy, HiFi Rush, and Atomic Heart and they talk about some other games they've been playing like Against the Storm, Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord, Crusader Kings, Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, and Marvel Snap! It's a big episode packed with all sorts of great gaming content!Time StampsHiFi Rush - 2:09Atomic Heart - 12:20Hogwarts Legacy - 22:29Against the Storm - 34:11Mount and Blade II - 41:33Crusader Kings - 50:33Marvel Snap - 52:22Age of Empires II - 59:01Closing Segment (Community Question) - 1:04:34Support the show here - TWITTER CRITIC LEAGUEhttps://www.fantasycritic.g 
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice


The FN Gamers review Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and discuss whether or not the relentless difficulty takes too much fun away from the game.  Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a 2019 action-adventure game developed by FromSoftware and published by Activision. The game follows a shinobi known as Wolf, who attempts to take revenge on a samurai clan that imprisoned him and kidnapped his lord. The gameplay is focused on stealth, exploration, and combat, with a particular emphasis on boss battles. It takes place in a fictionalized Japan during the Sengoku period and makes strong references to Buddhist mythology and philosophy.Sekiro was released for PlayStation 4, Windows, and Xbox One in March 2019, and for Stadia in October 2020 (RIP). Lead director Hidetaka Miyazaki wanted to create a new intellectual property that marked a departure from their Dark Souls series, looking at games such as Tenchu for inspiration. Sekiro was praised by critics, who complimented its gameplay and setting, and compared it to Dark Souls, although opinions on its difficulty were mixed. It won several year-end awards and sold over five million copies by July 2020.Time StampsSpoilers Section - 1:08:34Review Verdicts - 1:39:27Support the show here - TWITTER CRITIC LEAGUEhttps://www.fantasycritic.g
The Meetup at Podfest 2023

The Meetup at Podfest 2023


Your Friendly Neighborhood Gamers, Super Bracket Bros, and The Wait For It Podcast all went to Podfest 2023 in Orlando Florida and hung out for a weekend! Listen to the casual episode that was recorded in person to get a taste of what this fun weekend was like!Follow Super Bracket Bros - The Wait For It Podcast - the show here - TWITTER CRITIC LEAGUEhttps://www.fantasycritic.g 
Known online as the "Queen of Kong", Dearest Abby is one of the top five female Donkey Kong players worldwide. She began livestreaming in 2019 and has since expanded her Twitch channel to include both retro and modern games. Recently, she has begun co-hosting The Anime & Chill Podcast and has made appearances on a variety of gaming related podcasts. In addition to video games, Dearest Abby has a passion for cosplaying, Star Wars, and all things nerdy.Follow Dearest Abby here - Creation Questions - 36:16Closing Game - 1:03:47Support the show here - TWITTER CRITIC LEAGUEhttps://www.fantasycritic.g
Support the show here - back to the neighborhood and thanks for spending part of your day with us today! This episode is something we call the Neighborhood Watch! If this is your first time listening, first of all thank you for checking out the podcast, the neighborhood watch is an episode format we do once a month where we can talk about all of the games we’re playing that probably won’t get their own dedicated deep dive but we still want to give them some time to shine.TIME STAMPSMain Topic - 6:13Steel Rising - 7:08Agents of Mayhem - 17 :50Biomutant - 27 :19Weird West - 39:43Majesty (of course) - 49:09Closing Question - 52:15WEBSITE TWITTER CRITIC LEAGUEhttps://www.fantasycritic.g
Support the show here - is back to help break down the latest game from Warner Bros Montreal, Gotham Knights.  Gotham Knights is an action role-playing game developed by WB Games Montréal and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Inspired by the Batman: Gotham Knights comic series based on the DC Comics character Batman and his supporting cast, the game focuses on the characters Nightwing, Batgirl, Robin, and Red Hood as they attempt to restore justice to Gotham City during a period of decline in the immediate aftermath of Batman's death. While investigating the events that led to their mentor's demise, the heroes become embroiled in an ancient conflict between two secret organizations fighting for control of Gotham: the Court of Owls and the League of Shadows. TIMESTAMPSWhat is Gotham Knights?/Spoiler Free Chat - 4:17SPOILER TALK - 54:46Rating Verdicts - 1:12:06WEBSITE TWITTER CRITIC LEAGUEhttps://www.fantasycritic.g 
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