The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion mark the pod’s first anniversary by discussing a quartet of recent releases. First, Ben and Jason examine what makes Super Mario Odyssey amazing and why the Switch is owning 2017 (1:00). Then they talk to Achievement Oriented producer Kyle Crichton about Middle Earth: Shadow of War (21:42), before welcoming in colleague Justin Charity to recount his impressions of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and explain why the game’s story takes on added depth in the current political climate (35:25). Lastly, Ben talks to Darkwood developer Gustaw Stachaszewski about why he made a horror game despite being scared of horror games, how he channeled his real-life fears into the game, and why he decided to give the game away on torrent sites (56:10).
‘Super Mario Odyssey,’ ‘Shadow of War,’ ‘Wolfenstein 2,’ and ‘Darkwood’
Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion celebrate the pod’s first anniversary and discuss a quartet of recent releases
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Bryan and David break down media moments from wild-card weekend
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