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Big Week in Gaming - Australian PS5, Xbox and Nintendo Switch Podcast

Weekly gaming news, industry headlines, awesome deals, classic gaming retrospectives and special features

As always, it's been a Big Week in Gaming - so join integot, Mike and Swinny (three Aussie blokes who just won't shut up) for all the video game news, industry headlines, awesome deals, classic gaming retrospectives and
11/28/2021

062: Bots Back On (Harmonix, Analogue Pocket, Guardians of the Galaxy)

SOCIALS ▼▸ Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigwigpod▸ Web: https://www.bigwigpod.comDESCRIPTION ▼The festive season is almost upon us - and what better way to celebrate than with another Big Week in Gaming for 28 Nov 2021!Join integot, Mike and Swinny as they cover the week's headlines - including Epic Games buying musical maestros Harmonix, an update on the Analogue Pocket shipping, Ubisoft's artsy RPG Child of Light getting a new game, the cool new virtual Xbox Museum - and the biggest story of them all... Chris Pratt not doing an Italian accent for the Mario movie. Shame on you Star-Lord.Speaking of Star-Lord - Mike suits up as Peter Quill himself with his impressions of the new Guardians of the Galaxy game, while integot takes a trip back to the 80s with his review of the nostaligic holiday comedy 8-Bit Christmas.So plug in those headphones and jam out to this awesome mix:▸ Epic Games buying rhythm game specialists Harmonix▸ A big update on the long-delayed Analogue Pocket release▸ Is Ubisoft's melancholy fantasy Child of Light finally getting a sequel?▸ And our impressions of Eidos Montreal's Guardians of the Galaxy#harmonix #analogue #guardiansofthegalaxyTIMECODES ▼00:00:00 Intro00:06:07 What we playin'00:29:51 Epic Games Buys Harmonix, Will Work On Fortnite Metaverse00:38:12 Analogue Pocket Preorder Shipping Update - Arriving In Dec00:42:36 A New Child Of Light "Adventure" Is On The Way... But It's Not A Sequel?00:50:14 Xbox Museum - Take A Trip Down Virtual Memory Lane00:56:07 Chris Pratt Won't Do Italian Accent For Mario Movie01:00:52 The Minute Mike01:04:42 Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Impressions (Square Enix, Eidos Montreal)01:12:40 8-Bit Christmas Movie Review - A New Holiday Classic?01:26:00 Outro & Next Week
11/21/2021

061: Time Poor (The Game Awards, Multiversus, Kid A Mnesia)

SOCIALS ▼▸ Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigwigpod▸ Web: https://www.bigwigpod.comDESCRIPTION ▼With the GOTY nominees being revealed, it's certainly a Big Week in Gaming for 21 Nov 2022. This week's headlines include; the Dorito Pope announcing the The Game Awards nominees, Halo Infinite multiplayer getting an early release, Warner Bros' MultiVerse smash clone reveal, Xbox's last backwards compatibility update, EA's horrible PR for Skate 2 - and Nintendo being very un-Nintendo in officially endorsing a pro Smash circuit.We also review Radiohead's Kid A Mnesia virtual exhibition and droqen's unique indie title 31 Unmarked Games.So strap-in Spartan, it's time to finish the fight with these battle-ready highlights:▸ The Game Awards Game of the Year nominees▸ Halo Infinite's multiplayer getting shadow-dropped▸ WB Multiversus - the new platform fighter from Warner Bros▸ And our review of the peculiar indie mixtape - 31 Unmarked Games#thegameawards #haloinfinite #kidamnesiaGames discussed this week:▸ 31 Unmarked Games▸ 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand▸ Cyberpunk 2077▸ Deathloop▸ Final Fantasy IV▸ Final Fantasy V▸ Final Fantasy X-2▸ Forza Horizon 5▸ Halo Infinite▸ Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity▸ It Takes Two▸ Kid A Mnesia▸ Metroid Dread▸ MultiVersus▸ Psychonauts 2▸ Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart▸ Resident Evil Village▸ Returnal▸ Risen 3: Titan Lords▸ Skate 2▸ Sonic Unleashed▸ STONKS-9800: Stock Market Simulator▸ Super Smash Bros Melee▸ Super Smash Bros UltimateTIMECODES ▼00:00:00 Intro00:06:30 What we playin'00:16:46 The Game Awards 2021 Nominees Revealed 00:26:44 Halo Infinite Multiplayer Gets Shadow-Dropped00:33:35 MultiVersus Reveal - WB's New Smash Clone00:47:09 Xbox Backwards Compatibility Adds 70 More Games & FPS Boost Updates00:54:43 Official Nintendo X Panda Smash Circuit For Melee & Ultimate01:00:01 EA's Sketchy Bail On Skate 2 Servers (Xbox Backwards Compatibility)01:03:59 The Minute Mike01:07:19 31 Unmarked Games - Droqen's Indie Mixtape01:21:00 Kid A Mnesia Review - Radiohead's Virtual Art Exhibition01:34:07 Outro & Next Week
11/14/2021

060: Crinkle Cut Shortage (Steam Deck, Playdate, Forza Horizon 5)

Unlike the global microchip supply, there's no shortage of awesomness in this episode of Big Week in Gaming for 14 Nov 2011.Join integot, Mike and Swinny as they wax lyrical (and Mike waxes his non-existent Corvette) on the Steam Deck and Playdate getting delayed, Radiohead making a video game (?!), ELEX II getting a release date - and an update on ex-Yankee eurojank RPG Kingdoms of Amalur's overdue expansion.We also pick up the pace with our review of Forza Horizon 5 and look back at the first year of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles. Who won Round 1?Grab em while they're hot, since these highlights are fresh out the oven 🍟▸ Both the Steam Deck and Playdate handheld get delayed▸ We review of the biggest game of the week - Forza Horizon 5▸ And a look back at the first year of the PlayStation 5 & Xbox Series consoles#steamdeck #playdate #forzahorizon5TIMECODES ▼00:00:00 Intro00:11:16 What we playin'00:41:27 Steam Deck Gets Delayed! & Other News From Valve00:51:07 Playdate Handheld Delayed Until 202200:55:47 Radiohead's Kid A Mnesia Exhibition Announced For PS5 & Epic Game Store01:03:16 Elex 2 Release Date & Collector's Edition Reveal (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X)01:08:04 Kingdoms Of Amalur Fatesworn DLC Update (Re-Reckoning)01:11:39 The Minute Mike01:15:36 Forza Horizon 5 Review (PC, Xbox Series X)01:51:42 Next Gen Consoles 1 Year Later (PS5 Vs Xbox Series X)02:20:05 Outro & Next Week
11/7/2021

059: Sweat Destroyed Phone (Unpacking, Forza Horizon 5, Smash Bros Future)

SOCIALS ▼▸ Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigwigpod▸ Web: https://www.bigwigpod.comDESCRIPTION ▼With the biggest Xbox release so far this year on the... (ahem)... horizon, it's yet another Big Week in Gaming for 7 Nov 2021!. Join integot, Mike and Swinny as they tackle the headlines of the week - including Blizzard delaying Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV, Masahiro Sakurai talking about the future of Smash Bros - and a new 80s Christmas comedy about a kid's quest for a "Nintendo".We also review the new Aussie-developed chill-sim Unpacking, and racing game afficionado Mike gives us his first impressions of Forza Horizon 5 ahead of its wide release next week.So I hope you're well-rested... there's a lot of highlights to unpack here:▸ Blizzard's woes continue with huge game delays▸ What's the future of the Super Smash Bros series?▸ Impressions of the biggest game of (next week) - Forza Horizon 5▸ And our review of the quirky unpacking simulator... Unpacking!#Unpacking #ForzaHorizon5 #SmashBrosTIMECODES ▼00:00:00 Intro00:11:57 What we playin'00:41:41 Diablo 4 & Overwatch 2 See Huge Delays - WTF Is Going On At Blizzard?00:53:06 Sakurai Talks Future Of Smash Bros (& Other Cool New Insights)01:08:00 8-Bit Christmas - New Comedy Movie About Quest For An NES (8-Bit Xmas)01:15:19 The Minute Mike01:18:08 Unpacking Review - The Ultimate Unboxing Simulator?01:35:39 Is Forza Horizon 5 The Best One Yet? (Xbox Series X Impressions)01:41:53 Outro & Next Week
10/31/2021

058: Metaween (Meta, State of Play, NSO, Our Spooky Special)

It's time to get spoOoOoOoky on this special Halloween episode of Big Week in Gaming for 31 Oct 2021. And what's scarier than Mark Zuckerberg's plan to imprison the world in a virtual uncanny valley hell?This week we cover Facebook's name change and how it impacts Oculus and VR gaming in the future, Let It Die and Star Ocean getting unexpected sequels, Tomb Raider's 25th anniversary and reboot prototype, Switch Nintendo 64 emulation impressions (spoiler: it sucks) and a review of the indie throwback JRPG Light Fairytale Episode 2.But what would Halloween be without some scary video games? Tune in to find out what truly spooky titles we played to celebrate.👻So grab your candy bags and prepare a handful these trick-or-treats:🍬 What the hell is going on with Facebook, Meta & Oculus?🍭 Highlights from the latest PlayStation State of Play🍫 Impressions of the controversial Switch Online Expansion Pack🎃 And our Super Special Showcase of Spooky Games!#meta #oculus #NintendoSwitchOnlineFULL VIDEO PODCAST ▼▸ https://youtu.be/SYqex2kBAUUSOCIALS ▼▸ Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigwigpod▸ Web: https://www.bigwigpod.comTIMECODES ▼00:00:00 Intro00:03:00 What we playin'00:15:08 Meta, Oculus and GTA San Andreas VR00:29:19 PlayStation State Of Play Oct 2021 Highlights (Deathverse, Star Ocean Divine Force)00:40:48 Tomb Raider 25th Birthday & Ascension Prototype Revealed00:48:41 The Minute Mike00:53:09 Nintendo 64 Switch Expansion Pack Is A Joke01:09:20 Light Fairytale Episode 2 Review - A Bite-Sized Delight?01:15:53 Spooky Games Showcase - What Did We Play For Halloween?01:36:43 Outro