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Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Price, Metroid Dread, FIFA and EA Breaking Up

Metroid Dread, Tales of Arise, Echo Generation, Alan Wake Remastered are the major games discussed by Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison on this one.

The Nintendo Switch Online Expansion adds $30 a year to the regular Switch Online price and $45 a year for families is it worth the price for Nintendo 64 and SEGA Genesis games, along with the Animal Crossing DLC? Could some of the licensing costs be avoided entirely? Is there a price on nostalgia?

FIFA and EA are at the breaking point with FIFA already declaring they are open to working with other developers and EA has trademarked a new name and continued making deals with FIFPro and others to keep things status quo. Who actually wins out in the end? Do they find a way to make peace?

Plus, the Xbox Series X Mini Fridge is a thing, the PlayStation 5 finally unseats the Nintendo Switch for one month in the sales dept, Google is the latest to take aim at Epic Games and more.

Video Games 2 the MAX: Sora in Smash Ultimate, FIFA 22, Konami Making a Comeback?

After an unintended delay, Video Games 2 the MAX is back with Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison discussing a lot of Tales of Arise now that Sean is close to the end and Marc beat the game completely. Marc has also been playing the Castlevania Advance Collection, Diablo II: Resurrected, and Lost Judgment. Sean has also delved back into the sports realm for the first time in a long time with FIFA 22 as well. 



Aside from the games, the final Super Smash Bros Ultimate character was revealed as the most requested of them all in Sora from Kingdom Hearts. How exciting is it to have the beloved Square-Enix & Disney character included in the game? 



Plus news on Far Cry 7 being more online-focused and perhaps multiplayer-focused, Yakuza losing a very important figure, Capcom doing more with PC, Konami making a comeback into the AAA gaming space, Netflix acquiring Night School Studio, and much more.

Video Games 2 the MAX: Wipeout Rush Announced, Eastward, GeForce Now Leaks Big Games

Something old, something new, and quite a few leaked games too. Certainly not the biggest of news weeks, but still quite a few things to discuss for Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison on Video Games 2 the MAX. 



The main games for Sean are the much anticipated JRPG Tales of Arise as he’s made it to the second town in the game and is enjoying it quite a bit. He’s also been loving the indie Earthbound-inspired game Eastward. Marc got into the beta for Call of Duty Vanguard and tries out the Super Gameboy 2. 



There's also some news to get to with Wipeout Rush announced, God of War ending the Norse mythology with God of War: Ragnarok. NVIDIA's GeForce Now leaking a bunch of possibly real games. Twisted Metal and Driver are getting TV shows, Battlefield 2042 delayed, and much more.

Video Games 2 the MAX: PlayStation Showcase Reveals, Tales of Arise, Artful Escape

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 affects 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 step down at Tripwire Interactive.

Horizon Forbidden West Release Date, Axiom Verge 2, WWE 2K22 Thoughts

Psychonauts 2 and Axiom Verge 2 are the games Sean Garmer and Marc Morrison have played this week. After being excited about the game, Marc was very much disappointed by Axiom Verge 2 and extensively voices what he did not enjoy about it, while also noting some positives about the game too. There are also some early thoughts on Psychonauts 2 as well as both of them are still making their way through the game. 


They also cover some of the headlines from Gamescom 2021 including the surprise announcement of Marvel Midnight Suns from the 2K Friaxis team.  Is this dark tinged storyline something that sets the game apart from other things that have been released under the Marvel banner? Plus, thoughts on the LEGO Star Wars: Skywalker Saga trailer, the Horizon Forbidden West release date, and some other things as well. 


There’s also a discussion on the beef that WWE is having with 2K and how that is affecting the release of WWE 2K22 too.

No Halo Infinite Co-op Campaign at Launch, Twelve Minutes, Tales of Arise Demo

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.

Activision Blizzard Lawsuit, Death’s Door, E-Football Goes F2P - VG2M # 282

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)



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Are We Excited About The Steam Deck? Tom Clancy’s XDefiant, No Switch Pro? - VG2M # 281

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.


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The End of Judgment? FIFA 22’s Very Costly Upgrade

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.


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Nintendo Switch OLED Announced, Does Sony Need to Do More With PS NOW - VG2M # 279

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 about 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...

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On 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.




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