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Our Favorite Games of E3 2021, Xbox Extended Showcase Discussion

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.

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E3 2021: E3 Day 1 Thoughts: Ubisoft, Devolver Digital, Gearbox, Geeked Week, More

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.

E3 2021: Ubisoft Forward Post-Show

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/Z2LISmQSYWQ

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Favorite Games From the Guerrilla Collective Showcase 2021, Final E3 2021 Predictions - Video Games 2 the MAX # 276

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/Zcssywi4E88

After 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.

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What Could Square-Enix Announce at E3 2021, More Nintendo Switch Pro Rumors - Video Games 2 the MAX # 275

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.

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What to Expect From Xbox at E3 2021, Scarlet Nexus Demo - Video Games 2 the MAX # 274

On this episode of Video Games 2 the MAX hosts Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison are joined by Jens Dietrich and guest Jake Collier (A K A ObiwanJakolby (you can follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ObiWanJakolby or Twitch: https://t.co/Wu8Q19LX32?amp=1) as they discuss the return of Free Radical studios and the Timesplitters IP. Will it simply be remasters and try to do another one of those games, or are they going to try to modernize it? Will the nostalgia play actually pay off? The crew seems mixed on it for sure.

 

You can also now watch the podcast on video as well:  https://youtu.be/P804_0KwReA 

They also talk about the report that Netflix is looking to get into Video Games. Is this a whole bunch of discussions or will Netflix try to develop something similar to Apple Arcade? Are they going to just do a bunch of games on licenses and properties they own?

The guys also discuss the games they are playing which vary from the big games like Mass Effect Legendary Edition, Returnal, and Resident Evil Village to the Scarlet Nexus demo and indie titles like Aerial_Knight’s Never Yield and Rain on Your Parade.

The main topic explores what Xbox could show off at their E3 extravaganza. Does the information on Starfield’s release date hamper that a bit, will Halo get the big showcase or does another title enter the fray and steal the limelight. Could any old Xbox franchise make a return? And so much more as we keep the hype going for E3 2021.

Other things discussed on the episode: The controversial new Zelda Amiibo, the release of Grand Theft Auto V on current-gen consoles, the potential for a 30th anniversary Sonic collection, and Overwatch dropping to 5 versus 5.

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Gamespot’s Tamoor Hussain Video: https://youtu.be/g9F4trpHzKo

Starfield is Exclusive, Does PlayStation Do Something For E3 2021? - Video Games 2 the MAX # 273

On this episode of Video Games 2 the MAX hosts Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison are joined by fellow W2M staffer and host of Chapter Select, Randy Isbelle, and a special guest from the Burn Out Brighter Podcast, Matt (you can follow Matt and the show at https://twitter.com/burnout_matt). Matt is also part of the Kinda Funny Best Friends Creators Network, (which we are also now part of), (you can follow the network at or if you are a creator, streamer, or podcaster go join the discord as well (https://discord.gg/SWyd5eNM)

You can also watch this episode and hopefully future episodes on our Youtube channel: https://youtu.be/TeQze-b9uDU

Things begin with some chatter about everyone’s week and we also get to learn a little bit about Matt himself and The Burn Out Brighter Podcast. What kind of games he enjoys, and his gaming beginnings too.

The guys also talk about playing Resident Evil Village, Returnal, Mass Effect Legendary Edition, and New Pokemon Snap.

There is also discussion about the conflict going on in the West Bank especially as it relates to what happened between IGN and Game Informer and their parent companies and how it is great that there is more awareness of what’s happening and the IGN staff letter to their bosses setting a major precedent.

Major Topics on the episode: Game franchises we’ve never played,
Starfield being a 2022 exclusive for Xbox and PC
Ubisoft making more Free to Play Games?
Will PlayStation do anything for E3 2021 and what could they show. What are some of the “15 games” that are being worked on for PlayStation 5?

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)

 

Timestamps:  

 

How is Everyone Doing (1:35):  

Getting to know Matt from the Burn Out Brighter Podcast (8:15)

Games or Game Franchises We’ve Never Played (15:45)

 

Games We Are Playing:  

Resident Evil Village (28:50) (Randy)

Returnal (33:10) (Matt & Marc)

Mass Effect Legendary Edition (34:20) (Matt & Marc)

New Pokemon Snap (41:40) (Matt & Randy)

 

Major Topics:  

 

IGN and Game Informer’s fight their corporations in support of Palestine (46:05)

 

Starfield is Exclusive to Xbox and PC (51:00)

Ubisoft Doing More With Free to Play (1:09:45)

PlayStation Time:  The new Dualsense controllers, PSVR 2 Leaks, what PlayStation could do at E3 2021, what are some of their “15 Games” being developed for PS5 (1:17:35)

 

Headlines:  

Google says Stadia is doing “just fine” (1:01:40)

Could Steam come to consoles (1:06:00)

 

The End and Upcoming Games:  (1:53:20)

 

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The Burn Out Brighter Podcast:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-burn-out-brighter-podcast/id1478742328

https://open.spotify.com/show/1EDuh7pUJC3PRKPBjNzbhU?si=pU-ONi5tSASFMblN1wXKPQ 

 

Kinda Funny Best Friends Twitter:  https://twitter.com/CreatorKfbf

 

Support Palestine:  https://t.co/SiWgXP0Q29?amp=1 

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Gamespot’s Tamoor Hussain Video: https://youtu.be/g9F4trpHzKo

Resident Evil Village, New Pokemon Snap, Game Review Discourse

On this episode of Video Games 2 the MAX hosts Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison are joined by the Outerhaven’s (https://www.theouterhaven.net/) Karl Smart in discussing two games he reviewed in New Pokemon Snap and Resident Evil Village. Marc also finished Returnal and has his final thoughts on the game. He also started an indie game called Insurmountable and gives his initial impressions of it as well.

The trio also gets into Microsoft not making a profit on the Xbox consoles themselves and how this being made into a much bigger deal than it actually is. Sony is also possibly facing a lawsuit regarding their decision to keep digital game codes away from other retailers. Who has a point here? Could Sony actually have to reverse their decision? And is this even worth fighting about?

Since this was a major topic on social media in the last week, the guys give their thoughts on the game review discourse. Should games always be finished before reviewing them? Are there times where it is excusable not to finish a game before reviewing it? The reality of an embargo and why more gaming sites should push them if a review isn’t ready and also why many don’t do it and why there should be more understanding on all sides about it in general.

Finally, E3 2021 is only a month away and we begin looking at what could be announced at the show from Nintendo’s side and some things we’d like to see as well.
Other things discussed on the show: Yakuza Staying a JRPG, the Giantbomb exodus, EA purchases Super Mega Baseball developer,

Timestamps

Games We Are Playing:
Resident Evil Village (2:50) (Karl)
Returnal (13:55) (Marc)
New Pokemon Snap (20:30) (Karl)
Insurmountable (27:40) Marc
Marc gets scammed at Used Game Store (29:40)

Headlines:
Xbox consoles don’t make a profit (39:40)
Yakuza Stays as a JRPG (101:45)
Sony Trademarks Sunset Overdrive (107:40)
Super Mega Baseball Developer is Purchased by EA (109:40)
Brad Shoemaker, Alex Navarro, and Vinny Caravella leave Giantbomb (116:50)

Major Topics:

Sony faces a lawsuit for not allowing digital game sales in stores (44:50)

Game Review Discourse: Do you have to finish a game? Why you should and why sometimes it just isn’t possible. (1:22:30)

What could Nintendo reveal at E3 2021 and what are some things we want to see? (1:53:30)

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)

Thank you again to Karl for coming on. Follow Karl on Twitter https://twitter.com/themasething also go check out his reviews of Resident Evil Village (https://www.theouterhaven.net/2021/05/resident-evil-village-review/) and New Pokemon Snap (https://youtu.be/8PLziOhopeU)

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Returnal, The End of Toys For Bob, Mortal Kombat 2021 - VG2M # 271

On this episode of Video Games 2 the MAX hosts Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison are once again joined by The Outerhaven’s Keith Mitchell. 

Keith and Marc dish on the games they’ve been playing which includes Keith talking quite a bit about his time with Outriders. What he enjoyed about it, the server problems, and what the dwindling player numbers could mean for the future of the game. Marc has been playing some Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 and Sean checked out the Retro Machina demo too.  

That’s not all though, as both Keith and Marc have played some hours of Returnal. Marc even got through and defeated the Boss of the second biome. The guys discuss what they enjoy about the game so far. Some of the early story, the shooting mechanics, the Roguelike elements, and give thoughts, on the whole, save controversy too. 

The guys also discuss the decision from Microsoft to lower their cut to match the Epic Games Store’s 12 percent and make improvements to the Windows Store. Will this move entice developers to bring games to the platforms? Is Microsoft planning PC exclusives? Or this a little too late?  

Plus, Keith gives his thoughts on Google Stadia as a whole, the trio wonders what genres Sony could add to their Games Lineup, Konami not making E3, they also review the Mortal Kombat (2021) film too.

Things finish with a look at some of the crew’s favorite PlayStation exclusives. 

 

Timestamps:  

Games We Are Playing:  

Outriders and some upcoming games talk (3:00) (Keith) 
Puyo Puyo Tetris (13:35) (Marc)
Retro Machina Demo (17:10) (Sean) 
Returnal (18:20) (Keith & Marc)

Major Topics:  

Hype Levels For Ratchet & Clank (PS5) After the State of Play (33:45)

Toys For Bob Put on Call of Duty and Possibly Suffers Layoffs (37:40)

Microsoft Lowers Their Store cut to 12 Percent, promises improvements for their Windows store and PC Game Pass, there’s also discussion on the Wolfire games suing Valve news too (50:15)

What genres does Sony Need to Add to its Games Lineup after they promise to spend $183 Million on Studios and Partnerships (1:11:40)

Our Mortal Kombat Movie (2021) Review (1:21:25)

Headlines:  

IO Interactive Working with Microsoft on a “Dragon IP” (47:05)
Google Stadia adds a Search Bar, Keith’s thoughts on the service (1:04:20)
EA has documents leak that point that the game is geared towards FIFA Ultimate Team (1:15:50)
Konami not going to E3 2021 (1:17:20)

The End:  Some of our favorite PlayStation exclusives, Keth and Sean talk about their puppies (1:31:45)

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)

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Should Games Cost $70? It Takes Two, The PS3 Store Reversal - Video Games 2 the MAX # 270

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. 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, 2021 Dice Awards, 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.

Timestamps:

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)

Major Topics:

Sony Reverses Course on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita Store Closing (32:30)

Jim Ryan says PlayStation 5 will have the most exclusives ever (44:45)

Days Gone Creative Director goes off on buying games at launch, should games cost $70? (54:45)

Grammarly Ad (1:10:40)

Headlines:

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)

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