From the people behind Gamertron and The Not Red E Podcast comes the exhumation of A Winner Is You - a video game club podcast from the UK presented by Alex Aldridge (Goombastomp.com) and David Smillie (GamingRespawn.com). We specialise in rankings and top 10s as well as our main feature of deep diving into the biggest and best games, both old and new, one episode at a time!
Episode 12: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
We're currently deep into Resident Evil Village, but we decided we simply couldn't bring you that podcast without first revisiting the Baker family in Ethan Winters' maiden voyage down in the bayou.
With Resident Evil 7, Capcom completely revitalised a series that was seriously lost and bogged down by just how ludicrous it had gotten, and it did so by producing one of the most atmospheric and chilling horror games of all time.
We chat about the terror, frustration, hilarity, disappointment and confusion we experienced playing the game, and where we think horror games and the Resi franchise is at the moment, as we take you on a rollercoaster ride through the game's main campaign before discussing the two endings and some initial thoughts on Resident Evil Village.
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Episode 11: Sea of Solitude
We're taking a well-earned break from all the shooting this week, as we push the boat out into the Sea of Solitude. You may think that game is a huge departure from our usual fare, and you'd be right - David accidentally picked this game, and we still don't know what he mistook it for.
Let nobody say we aren't committed, though (unless your game is Narita Boy), as we ploughed on through the literal and figurative storms in Jo-Mei Games' 2019 puzzle-platformer, and now we're here to discuss it.
We chat about the mechanics of the game, its various metaphorical representations of mental health, the cast of characters and how empathetic they made us feel, and whether any game should really try and cover mental health issues when they can be so personal and subjective.
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Episode 10: Ten Years of Portal 2
What better way to celebrate a birthday than with ca... er, cast. Podcast.
We pay homage to one of the greatest games of the 360/PS3 generation with a deep dive into the wonderful Portal 2 on its tenth anniversary.
We talk about whether the game is still feeling fresh or is creaking in its old age, our favourite puzzles and gags, what we got stuck on, and take you through the brilliantly-written and well-acted story from start to finish.
There's also a really wild intro about knives and stuff. Check out Goombastomp.com for more info on that one!
Don't forget to rate and subscribe to us on your favourite podcast platforms, and if you enjoy the song at the end, check out The 8-bit Big Band for more awesome, smooth gaming tunes.
Episode 9: Quick-Fire Top 5s #3 - 8bit Songs, Games From UK Devs, Easter Eggs!
You might think we're stalling for more time with Hades here (we are), but the result is another episode jam-packed with top 5 lists to blow your socks off and accompany those chocolate Easter eggs very nicely indeed.
We start with our favourite 8bit songs, so rest assured you're going to be bopping along to some classic Mario, Castlevania, Mega Man and more here.
The next list is our patriotic homage to developers from the murky shores of our very own Blighty, as we celebrate UK developers' best games. We're ranking games such as Arkham Asylum, Tomb Raider, Goldeneye, Forza Horizon, among others.
The last list of the day is in keeping with current events and shoehorns in an obvious Easter reference with our top 5 video game Easter eggs. Dead dudes in fridges, pieces of cheese, severed heads and potato Jesus - you don't want to miss it.
Please remember to rate and subscribe on your platform of choice, and you can suggest any top 5 lists or games to cover over @awinnerisyoupod on Twitter.
Episode 8: Doom 64
You may have noticed we like shootin' the shit about... well, shootin' shit. We get our game club back on track this episode with a deep dive straight into the depths of hell for the recently revived, underrated classic, Doom 64.
We talk about what it means to be a 'proper' Doom game and how Doom 64 both fits that mould and stands apart from it. We then take you through the key moments in the game, talking about what we liked and what frustrated us - mainly the final boss on the latter point!
There's some bonus content too - we do a cheeky tier list of all the weapons in the game, and pour over some reviews from the time from N64 Magazine and Nintendo Official Magazine.
So, we hope you're ready to rip and tear, because A Winner Is You is about to make you their bitch.
Episode 7: Quick-Fire Top 5s #2 - Peripherals, Worst Games From Good Franchises, Mobile Games
It's another top 5 special, and just like last time it's not at all worthy of the name 'Quick-Fire'!
First up this week we're talking about our top 5 favourite (for one reason or another) gaming peripherals. Chainsaws! Fishing Rods! Bongos! Robots! Kinect?!
Next up, we have a good long rant about the worst games from good franchises. Granted, we haven't made a habit of playing bollocks games most of the time, but we still have plenty of scorn for the likes of Mario Kart Tour, Resident Evil 6, Star Fox Zero and Mass Effect: Andromeda.
Finally, we effectively take a trip down memory lane as we rank our top 5 mobile games - remember those?! Come celebrate the likes of 80 Days, Threes, Punch Club, Peggle and Polytopia with us.
Don't forget to rate and subscribe, and get playing Hades for our next game club episode. Oh, you're already playing Hades? Of course you are. Nice one!