Eurogamer specialises in games reviews, features, news and awful puns. We talk about everything from new releases to original long-form reporting on our fortnightly gaming podcast, with new episodes available every other Wednesday.
#75 - Dicebreaker tells us all about board games
Today we're joined by Dicebreaker to learn a bit about board games.
#74 - The PlayStation 2 is 20!
Can it really be 20 years since the PlayStation 2 was released? We revisit a video game titan.
#73 - Let's discuss the Sonic the Hedgehog movie
The Sonic the Hedgehog movie has had quite the journey - from its disturbing first reveal, which even Sonic's original creator wasn't happy with - to recently becoming a box office smash.
But did we enjoy it? Join guides editor Matthew Reynolds (twitter.com/Crazyreyn), guides writer Lottie Lynn (twitter.com/StormScribe), and our tech team's Thomas Marchant(twitter.com/hippopothomas) to discuss editor Oli Welsh (twitter.com/OliWelsh), who called it a a charmless cut-and-paste job in our Sonic movie review. Though others came away with more positive impressions, we did all agree it's probably a better Dr Robotnik origin story than a Sonic one.
If you haven't seen the movie yet, we keep what there is to spoil to a minimum - but do announce when we discuss those moments ahead of time.
You can read Eurogamer's Sonic the Hedgehog movie review here: https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2020-02-13-sonic-the-hedgehog-movie-review-a-charmless-cut-and-paste-job
#72 - Dreams is great - but what is it, exactly?
We've been having a lovely time with Dreams, the Media Molecule game that's been in early access for almost a year, and in development before the PS4 was even revealed.
Despite this, there are still questions about what Dreams is, and what you get and can do in the final game, so guides editor Matthew Reynolds (twitter.com/Crazyreyn), features editor Martin Robinson (twitter.com/vics_viper), senior staff writer (twitter.com/Clert) and Digital Foundry's Tom Morgan (twitter.com/cataferal) try and put them to bed - from its short story mode and how much that matters, to whether opening creations up to self publishing or other forms of funding would be a good idea.
Also - we recorded this episode on Monday, a whole day before Martin's dream mentioned in the episode intro turned out to be true. I'm hoping he dreams about Shenmue 4 next.
Of course, audio might not do the game justice, so here's some further reading from Eurogamer's coverage of Dreams to help:
The Dreams campaign is stylish but... is that it?:
Why did Dreams take Media Molecule seven years to make?:
The best Dreams games we've seen so far:
The Power of Dreams: Game Creation - How Does It Actually work? https://www.digitalfoundry.net/2020-02-15-the-power-of-dreams-game-creation-how-does-it-actually-work
#71 - Delving into the many mysteries of Outer Wilds
Have you played Outer Wilds yet? You must! A glorious little solar system filled with dynamic forces! A time loop that encourages exploration! A puzzle to solve and a culture - several cultures - to uncover. And a game so good it was crowned Eurogamer's game of 2019.
And yet some people have bounced off this game. The ship controls, the art style, the daunting task that lies ahead.
In this week's podcast, guides editor Matthew Reynolds (twitter.com/Crazyreyn) is joined by features editor Christian Donlan and USGamer's Jake Green (twitter.com/jake_k_green) to make the case for one of the most interesting games of, well, ever really - as well as a full spoiler discussion of our favourite moments and mysteries for those who have played it to the end.
We have plenty of further reading for you this week, including two pieces from Donlan and Jake about the game:
The Noclip documentary on how Outer Wilds was made, which we mention briefly:
And several books we discuss during the outro:
'Isaac Newton', 'Time Travel' and 'Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood' by James Gleick
'Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You: A Guide to the Universe' by Marcus Chown
'Driving Mr Albert' by Michael Paterniti
#70 - How tempting is Temtem in early access?
A quiet January for new releases has been helped with the arrival of Temtem, a Pokémon-inspired MMO available now in Early Access - which has caused enough of a buzz that servers have struggled to keep up with demand.
Join a full compliment of guides staff - guides editor Matthew Reynolds (twitter.com/Crazyreyn), guides writer Lottie Lynn (twitter.com/Stormscribe) and USGamer's Joel Franey (twitter.com/joelfraney) - who explain how close it is to Pokémon, how much the MMO parts matter, and between the queues to log in and other rough edges that come with any Early Access release, whether it's worth your time yet.
If you want to read more, Lottie wrote a piece explaining why Temtem proves Pokemon is a genre of its own now, and if you are jumping in for the first time, our Temtem starters page can help with the all-important opening choice:
Genuinely brilliant but awful sound
This is my favourite podcast. Eurogamer staff know their stuff, talk passionately but are honest about their thoughts on games. Listening is like hearing a bunch of mates chatting rather than a super fake, staged podcast scenario so many other shows seem to suffer from. <late amends> - I have to echo the sentiments of the another reviewer: the team need to invest in better recording processes. If you guys don’t want to buy better gear at least normalise and compress the audio so it’s all of equal (and louder volume). I could only hear the December (new year) podcast on my over ear headphones while walking around. On normal smartphone headphones (in ear) most of it was totally inaudible. Compressing and boosting audio is really easy to do inside any DAW and wouldn’t take 2 minutes of time.
Wish it would return.
This felt like it was just getting into its stride prior to COVID, shame it seems to have disappeared.
If you're looking for a video games that's actually, in the most part, about actual video games this isn't the one for you. I'm all for an intelligent discussion about video games and the industry beyond it, but this is just so pretentious in nature. None of them sound the remotely bit excited or even interested at times about the industry in which they work. It feels like more you’re listening to an overheard conversation rather than being involved or spoken too.