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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 36 - Mario Lives: The Return of the Switcheroo

It is a full blown Mario love-in this week. After the insane journey CU host John went through trying to get his hands on a Nintendo Switch in the last episode; things have taken a major turn towards the better. With a shiny new Switch in his hands, John has done nothing but play Mario based games for the last fortnight; his crazy is beginning to show as he brings the conversation back to the House of Mario at every turn! Ofcourse, this isn’t helped by the fact that a Nintendo Switch based...

Duration: 01:58:39

Episode 35 - New Year New Consoles

And so the new year is here. 2018 has promised to be a year of game challenges and hopefully bigger and better things for the lads hanging out the front of CU Towers. But all is not well. In polar opposite experiences over the christmas holiday, Brooker managed to keep himself alive while buying far too much technology, While John nearly gives himself an anger stroke on this weeks episode as he explains how he ended up alone and Nintendo Switchless in the new year. In a surprise change,...

Duration: 01:36:50

Episode 34 - So Long… 2017

Another year passes, another video game podcast comes along to force their best games of the year list down your throat. Well, kinda. We couldn’t decide how best to do it, so instead of a “Top Five” list or a “Best and worst”, we simply said five games that defined our 2017. Come join us in this bumber episode as we see out 2017 and look forward to Christmas. Join us again next year, but until then why not join us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.

Duration: 02:20:16

Episode 33 - Two World Wars and One Award Show

It’s all go at CU towers this week. Never a pair to let anything get in their way, one of our hosts is recording from a scummy London hotel, while the other lavishes at home in a 4K paradise struggling to pull himself out of the uncanny valley he now finds himself stuck in. Still, the boys have a podcast to record, so they should get on with it, right? First on the docket this week, a dive into the upcoming (or by the time you listen to this, the already done) Game Awards. Hosts Johm...

Duration: 01:22:08

Episode 32 - EA… EA… OH!

Welcome to this, the latest episode of our silly little podcast. This week, the same as everyone else is, we are talking about EA’s lootbox controversy, how they annoyed Disney/Lucasfilm and every gamer, ever. We get on our high horses and spend some time ranting at Electronic Arts, and everyone else that has ever had a lootbox. It’s safe to say we got a thing or two off our chests. Elsewhere, John spends some time with the latest Pokemon iteration and tries to exlain it to Brooker....

Duration: 01:32:26

Episode 31 - Assassin’s Pod Pt 2: Enhanced for Xbox One X

The most powerful console in the world has finally arrived; but was it the massive launch that Microsoft wanted? Or did the Xbox One X hit with all the enrgy of a dusty fart? We aren’t the ones to answer that question for you. Becasue after hitting their local midnight release, hosts John Miller and Andrew Brooker have done little more than stare at a couple of very pretty Project Scorpio branded boxes! We do have a chat about it none the less, and find plenty to talk about. Elsewhere,...

Duration: 01:43:55

Episode 30 - Weaponised Peer Pressure

Things fall apart quickly in this week’s episode. Call it a bad case of Brooker being sick and insisting on sniffling his way through an episode and John sitting back and hoping he doesn’t say anything too mean; but boy do we have an episode to lighten your day and offend your sensibilities. It’s been a fortnight of bad news sonce the last episode, so what better way to deal with such an awful couple of weeks than to let the lads let off sopme steam at the awfulness of games publishers...

Duration: 01:39:30

Episode 29 - It Really Is B****** Hard

Silly season is upon us again. That most favourite/most feared time of the year where gamers around the world try to keep up with the slew of new games coming out over the next couple of months. So between discussing the beautiful but vague Red Dead Redemption II trailer and getting their teeth into how and where Volition Studios went wrong in such a way as it led to lay-offs; hosts John Miller and Andrew Brooker at least try to make a dent in this years massive amount of incoming...

Duration: 01:39:00

Episode 28 - It’s Been A Year Already?

It’s our birthday, and we’ll cry if we want to. Yes, there will be tears. Sadly, they are from one of our hosts; the man that edits these episodes into the barely audible mess that you listen to every fortnight when his bright idea for a live podcast went horribly, horribly wrong. Celewbrating our wierd little mutant baby making ot to a year old without it killing one of us; hosts John Miller and Andrew Brooker decided to return to where it all began, the Eurogamer Expo. Returning to...

Duration: 01:24:21

Episode 27 - Birth, Marriage, Destiny 2

One of the most anticipated releases of 2017 is here. And we are just the guys to talk to you about Destiny 2. Ok, maybe not both of us. So to get a little extra insight into the second installment of Bungie’s FPSMMO, hosts John Miller and Andrew Brooker have drafted in an expert. Last joining us on the Mass Effect special, the lads welcome back fellow shooter fan Lee Loveridge to get a little in-depth with John about the futuristic multiplayer shooter. While Brooker tries desperately to...

Duration: 01:42:17

Episode 26 - The Agents of eBay

And we’re back. No sooner have we spent an hour complaining that we can’t pre-order our Xbox One Xs yet, than Microsoft release the latest and greatest console out for pre-order. So of ourse, hosts John Miller and Andrew Brooker have to start bitching about that, don’t they? Along the way, we spend an extraordinary amount of time talking about the lunacy of buying a console that no one owns yet for a thousand pounds on eBay and the lads wonder if it’s worth doing it themselves. In...

Duration: 01:33:16

Episode 25 - All By Ourselves

We promise… There’s no cheesy music in this episode. Not for lack of trying, One of our hosts was desperate to load our first independant episide up with a bunch of breakup music just to set the mood. Instead… We just talked some nonsense for an hour an a half. Welcome to this week’s Character Unlock Podcast. Hosts Johm Miller and Andrew Brooker are here with another episode filled to the brim with some games chat and a load of rants brought on by listener questions. Let us know what...

Duration: 01:29:02

Episode 24 - Doubling Down on Destiny

You won’t believe this, but for the first time in months, your hosts John Miller and Andrew Brooker found time to play games… together. Taking their own advice from last week’s episode, John and Brooker spent some time on the Destiny 2 online beta, before starting the original FPS MMO over and losing an entire night to killing aliens in Old Russia. Did it convince Destiny skeptic Brooker to stick with it? You’ll have to listen and find out. Stuck in another slow news week, the lads...

Duration: 01:37:02

Episode 23 - Death Before Destiny and Dishonored 2

We honestly don’t know what’s going on. There should be plenty of big news floating about about now, but it seems like everyone has started their summer holidays early and the guys struggled to find news this week! Still, they have to try don’t they? Welcome to this week’s episode of Character Unlock. That’s not to say there wasn’t stuff to talk about, with the fresh of the presses (at time of recording) announcement that Titanfall 2, a favourite game from last year for both of our...

Duration: 01:24:38

Episode 22 - The Classic Super Mini Turbo Episode

Welcome to this week’s episode of Character Unlock, where hosts John Miller and Andrew Brooker decide to mark the occasion of the recently announced Super Nintendo Classic by dragging back on their guest from February’s Resident Evil episode, fellow Failed Critic Matt Lambourne rejoins the duo. With a veritable buffet of nonsense to cover, the lads tackle the ridiculous situation that Activision caused for themselves with their insane rerelease of their Modern Warfare rerelease....

Duration: 01:52:39

Episode 21 - Life on the Horizon is Strange

Welcome back to our regularly scheduled programming. After a mammoth E3 last week, the Character Unlock guys are back to doing what they do: playing video games and talking an unlimited amount of nonsense. This week is no different. This episode, hosts John Miller and Andrew Brooker forego a news section – nothing much happened anyway – and jump straight into what they’ve been playing since the end of the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Having garnered some help in the form of a Twitter...

Duration: 01:10:59

E3 2017 - Part Six - Nintendo

The end is here! Join our hosts as they take apart the last of this year’s E3 press conferences. This episode, we focus on Nintendo who, as has become tradition, have foregone the big stage for a pre-recorded show. That means that we were treated to a super-short advert fest and not much else. Reggie introduced us to a few new games and detailed some E-Sports tournaments they have upcoming over the coming months. And not an awful lot else. Lots of Japanese games, as expected, with...

Duration: 00:22:15

E3 2017 - Part Five - Sony

There is a light at the end of this tunnel. As the guys sit an go through the second to last showcase of 2017’s E3; the light can barely be seen as the tired, squinting eyes of our hosts are barely open. It’s 4am, and we’ve got games to talk about. Loads of games. Everything from the new God of War to the Uncharted expansion is trailered and talked about by our flagging hosts. Desperately trying to stay awake as Sony did nothing to help them out, with only Horizon DLC trailers and an...

Duration: 00:37:23

E3 2017 - Part Four - Ubisoft

As day three of E3 starts up and the guys have managed to get a few hours kip… it’s time for the Ubisoft conference. As tiredness and hay fever appear to be getting the better of the boys, join them in going through the developer’s advert-fest for 2017. Assassin’s Creed Origins makes it’s expected appearance. As does The Crew 2, Just Dance and the latest, much delayed South Park sequel. Surprises hit in the form of a Pirate filled naval combat game, a Rabbids and Mario collaboration...

Duration: 00:31:59

E3 2017 - Part Three - Bethesda

Seriously. This can’t be healthy. With only two hours sleep, we are back covering this year’s E3 press conferences. This time, it’s fan favourite – but not John favourite – publisher Bethesda. Quickly getting the records for latest ever E3 presser and the shortest ever E3 conference, join the lads as they pick apart the Skyrim publisher’s outing. Quake, Wolfenstein, Fallout and Dishonored all get a showing, pretty much as we predicted in our preview show last week. No real surprises...

Duration: 00:23:55

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