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A fortnightly podcast with two mates, and sometimes their mates, putting the gaming world (and the rest of the world) to rights.

A fortnightly podcast with two mates, and sometimes their mates, putting the gaming world (and the rest of the world) to rights.
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A fortnightly podcast with two mates, and sometimes their mates, putting the gaming world (and the rest of the world) to rights.




Episode 66 - All Rezzed Up And No Place to Go

A quiet, reserved week this week. After the last lively episode, the guys promised to keep it short, sweet and to the point for this episode. Which is good, because the guys have barely played anything! A trip to London to EGX Rezzed was the high highlight for this week, with news about Borderlands 3 a close second. And while John was dipping in and out of FIFA and Far Cry 5, Brooker jumped back five years to finally play The Division. Yeah, a quiet one this week.


Episode 65 - Putting The World To Rights

Just don't ask what happened this week. There was a plan, there was a running order, and it all went to hell when the lads started talking about Hitman 2. Then things went completely sideways when your favourite hosts started arguing for and against all sides of the Google Stadia discussions. It's a weird week. Back to normal for episode 66, we promise.


Episode 64 - A New Dawn, A New Day, Anthem Feeling Good

"It's a new dawn, it's a new day, Anthem's feeeeeeeeeeling gooooood!" Yeah, we couldn't waste this great little pun in an episode title. Guessing what we focus on this week won't be tough. One game each for out hosts in this episode. John is still playing Anthem, and he takes us on a deep dive of the mechanics, the loot and the overall experience since release. While Brooker heads back to Hope County for Far Cry: New Dawn. It's a tight little episode this week. Outside of that, the guys...


Episode 63 - To Anthem or Not To Anthem

Just a fortnight after the lads vowed to not bother talking about news stuff, Reggie announces his retirement! We couldn't let that one go past without a bit of a chat, could we? Otherwise, it's a regular old week. John played Anthem, Brooker played Crackdown 3 and the Tangents went everywhere.


Episode 62 - How'd We Get So Busy

Insanity! Absolute insanity! In an episode we were forced to record a day early, and despite Brooker's constant moans that he's never got time to play anything, the lads have a bumper episode of stuff they've played. And almost no news to talk about. So in your super-length episode this week, the lads play Battlefield V, The Division 2 Beta (together!), Infamous: Second Son, Life is Strange, Madden's Longshot. Like we said. Insanity! If we don't kill you (or bore you to death), join us...


Episode 61 - Residential Evil 2 - Remade

Here we are again, another fortnight, another episode. Welcome to the latest Character Unlock! This week, we are joined by our "resident" Resident Evil expert, and friend of the podcast Matt Lambourne to discuss the remade classic survival horror game. With him and Brooker going into painfully in-depth conversation, it's possible that John used the time to have a quick nap! But fear not. John spent the weekend with the Anthem Demo and has plenty to say on the matter. Then Brooker gets nap...


Episode 60 - Pokemon Let's Go To The Movies

Bungie are free from Activision, The Carlton Dance should be trademarked and your hosts both skipped out on trips to the cinema to record this week's podcast. It's a bumper edition of nonsense this week too, as hosts John and Brooker stroll off the path for a bit and talk about M. Night Shyamalan films - of all things. Elsewhere, John has been playing Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu and Brooker has played Resident Evils both old and new (and some more Hitman - Because of course)


Episode 59 - Smashing (and Stabbing) Into The New Year

New Year, same old us. This week our hosts shoot the breeze for a bit with little news to talk about. Instead choosing to chat all things Christmas, smart tech and HMV before covering the games they've played over the Christmas break. Super Smash Brothers: Ultimate and Assassin's Creed Odyssey lead the pack this week, with repeat visits to Hitman 2 bringing up the rear. It's a quiet, but fun, week for your hosts. Join us again next time, but until then why not join us on Twitter,...


Episode 58 - So Long... 2018

It's been a long year. An exhausting year. So here we are with our annual end of year episode where your lovely hosts plough their way through their best, and most disappointing, games of the year. It's been one of those years, there's loads to talk about. So your fourth favourite video game podcast drafted in regular guest Lee Loveridge to bolster our numbers for this years best games. What'll be top of each guy's list? What'll be bottom? Can the guys agree on anything? Join us again...


Episode 57 - The Power of Positivity

After weeks of moaning and whining about the rubbish they are playing, your wonderful hosts were told off for not liking any games and being too negative. So, we introduce you, to the Character Unlock positivity episode. Well... Mostly. The lads get into what is going to be absent from the now aired Game Awards before chatting about THQ Nordic's latest, slightly dodgy, acquisition. When to comes to games, it's been a menu of great stuff. John has been attacking Red Dead online and the...


Episode 56 - Here Comes The Fallout

Swiftly moving on from Red Dead Redemption 2 and our hosts divided opinion on the subject; we jump straight into this week's episode with more ranting/defending of the western epic. The intros are barely done and John is trying to calm Brooker's foul mood over Rockstar's latest. But it's ok. Once that is over and done with, there's a bumper chat covering a few of the more recent news worthy things in the gaming world. From Ganeoass to keyboard and mouse support. From Sony skipping E3 to...


Episode 55 - Red Dead's Redemption (The RDR2 Special)

This is it folks. Red Dead Redemption 2 is here and John and Brooker have dropped all attempts at sticking to any form of order this week and they've just jumped into the year's biggest game. Brooker's incessant questions (far too many beginning "why?") and John's admiration for what he's just finished playing make up the entirety of our show. All the talk, from the news to what we've been playing, is all entered on the western epic. Enjoy, partner! Join us again next time, but until then...


Episode 54 - It's Crunch Time

Welcome to the Red Dead Redemption podcast! Basically, yeah. While all our listeners are playing Rockstar's latest classic in the making, we are hiding out in CU towers, like a pair of old fogeys, moaning that we don't have time to play games! This week, your hosts John Miller and Andrew Brooker are chatting about RDR2 and all the nonsense that's surrounded the Developers over the last couple of weeks. We also chat about Playstation letting you change names and the caveats it comes...


Episode 53 - A Family Affair

It's a special day for us today. Celebrations all around. We have managed to snag the legendary Dodgy Collie from the Last Save Loaded podcast to join us in talking our special brand of nensense for a couple of hours. That's right, boys and girls; the one, the only, Colm Sheridan has joined hosts John Miller and Andrew Brooker to pull apart the last couple of weeks worth of stuff going on. But not until he's answered our now traditional five questions all our guests have to go...


Episode 52 - Telling Tales of Horse Testicles

This week seems to be hiting a couple of sombre notes. With the closing of Telltale Games and Capcom Vancouver dominating the news for the last week, it would be daft for our hosts not to talk about it. Buit not all is bad. Hosts John Miller and Andrew Brooker get to muse over the soon to be hitting consoles Red Dead Redemption 2 and the genius invention of horse balls affected by the weather. And of course, stealth bears! Elsewhere, John has played the latest FIFA and Brooker has...


Episode 51 - Spider-Man Themed Threesome

Was there ever any other game for us to talk about? It's been teased and delayed and teased some more for more thsan two years and Insomniac Games' Spider-Man is finally here. But this is too big a job for just two men to take on. So our regular hosts John Miller and Andrew Brooker have dragged in regular guest and all round beautiful man Lee Loveridge to tackle the webslinger's latest outing. Along the way there's more THQ chat, some Netflix Witcher gossip and even chat about the God of...


Episode 50 - Golden Shower Anniversary

Life begins at 50! It's our 50th episode! FIFTY! So, to celebrate, we're doing absolutely nothing. Ok, that's a bit of a lie. After our most lovable of podcast hosts cover the expanse of news that the last couple of weeks has brought - ncluding release dates for Shenmue III and Devil May Cry 5; the newly announced Xbox finance program; Assassin's Creed release info and more - The guys settle into a little bit of a blast from the past and roll out a little celebratory triple-bill! Covering...


Episode 49 - (Doom) Eternally Yours

It's Quake-Con baby! Which basically means one of our hosts is going to get super-excited about almost everything that was news worthy this weekend; while John is going to get annoyed because Brooker is talking about DOOM. AGAIN! And that's pretty much it. THe boys have been struggling to find the motivation to get stuck into games so this week's episode is half full of the lads talking mainly from their rectums hoping for something good to talk about. John got a new gaming laptop and...


Episode 48 - Something Old... Nothing New

As we sit smack-bang in the middle of the longest, most boring summer drought in memory; the lads are struggling this week. There's not even any news! Save for Spider-man going gold and Quantic Dream losing a battle to prove they aren't a fun place to work. So hosts John Miller and Andrew Brooker go deep into their back catalogues and piles of shame to find games to play and talk about. Brooker fails miserably at EA NHL and jumps into Darksiders 2; while John fails miserably at Crash...


Episode 47 - The Power Of The Darksiders

Welcome back to CU Towers. It's been an eventful couple of weeks and with it being far enough away from big events like E3 and close enough to the very quiet looking summer, hosts John Miller and Andrew Brooker finally have some things to talk about. What things? Well, let me tell you. The boys get into release date news for Pokemon: Lets Go Pikachu and Evee and discuss the possibility of forwards compatibility with the upcoming Pokemon RPG. They get into the multiplayer mode finally...