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A Winner Is You
127 minutes | a day ago
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. Welcome to A Winner Is You, son.
64 minutes | 19 days ago
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. Don't forget (as in, one of you please do this) to rate/subscribe on your favourite pod platform of choice. It'll make us really happy chaps if you do!
108 minutes | a month ago
Episode 10: 10 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.
105 minutes | a month ago
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.
103 minutes | 2 months ago
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.
137 minutes | 2 months ago
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!
78 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 6: Gears of War
Are you ready to be big, burly and manly with us? Of course you are, you're a member of the COG now, maggot! This episode is all about that famous purveyor of monochrome colour pallets, chest-high walls, men screaming the names of enemies at each other when under attack, turret sections, and unimaginably high levels of gore - it's Gears of War! Join us as we discuss our memories and highlights of the 2006 original, how the Ultimate Edition fares, and take you through the campaign from start to finish. Please rate and subscribe to this show, and hit us up @AWinnerIsYouPod on Twitter to pitch games for us to play and chat about Gears.
111 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 5: Quick-Fire Top 5s #1 - Licensed Games, Gaming Guns, Co-Op Games
Ok, so we didn't end up being that quick in the end! Either way, as a pallet cleanser before our next big deep dive coming in episode 6, we're breaking things up with the first of a series of top 5 list episodes. First on the ranking schedule we're talking about our top 5 greatest licensed games, with some real incertitude over what a licensed game actually is - sorry Tony Hawk and every wrestling game ever. We're going more traditional; ranging from Batman and Spider-Man to Lord of the Rings and South Park. For the second list of the episode we have some gruesome gassing about gaming's top 5 greatest guns. Shotguns, pistols, rocket launchers, big f'n guns - they're all here! Finally, list number three embodies the spirit of both friendship and arguments in our ranking of the top 5 greatest co-op games. Fans of Portal 2, Gears of War and even Luigi's Mansion 3 will be well served here! Please don't forget to rate us and subscribe on your podcatcher of choice, check out GoombaStomp.com for more quality gaming content, and hit us up on Twitter @AWinnerIsYouPod.
127 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 4: The Medium
A brand new game (pretty much) on our game club! This episode we're taking you from the material world to the spirit world and back again (through some mirrors or something) with the new Xbox Series S/X exclusive title The Medium, from the people behind Layers of Fear. This ghostly walking sim/puzzler/horror game/Resident Silent Evil Hill homage has been getting rave reviews in the gaming press, but it's also been the subject of criticism for its poor performance and general doesn't-feel-all-that-next-gen..ery. It evokes strong memories of the horror games of yesteryear, so does that work in its favour or make it feel old and unoriginal? Find out as we do a deep ol' dive into the game from start to finish with a big smattering of opinion along the way!
119 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 3: Bioshock
We begin the game club proper with our first deep dive (pun remorselessly intended) episode, and we're starting with a real doozy. Bioshock was a seminal moment in video game storytelling and world design, and remains one of the jewels in the crown of its generation. We discuss the game's merits both historically and in 2021, and then take you through the game from start to finish - talking through each area, the story beats and major setpieces, and our opinions on how the game unfolds. If you're a fan of everything Rapture, would you kindly take a listen? A man listens, a slave... doesn't listen.
130 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 2: The Top 10 Games of the Last Generation pt.2
We're back to complete our list by ranking the final 10 games as decided in part one. Strap yourselves in for the ride as we rank Resident Evil 2, The Witcher 3, Red Dead Redemption 2, The Last of Us 2, Yakuza 0, Apex Legends, Overwatch, God of War, Bloodborne and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild into a definitive order (definitive for us, anyway). There's plenty of discussion about each game and a lot of agonising and bargaining going on over our personal favourites before we arrive at the final 10. Enjoy!
92 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 1: The Top 10 Games of the Last Generation pt.1
Welcome to the rebirth of A Winner Is You! Your old hosts Alex Aldridge and David Smillie - also formerly of Gamertron and The Not Red E Podcast - have dredged up the old show and jazzed up the format to create a brand new game club podcast. We'll be covering entire games one episode at a time in future, but we'll also be doing plenty of ranking list shows too, so we're starting off by waving goodbye to the PS4 and Xbox One generation with our top 10. Part 1 features all our honourable mentions and the formulation of our final 10 games, which we will rank in order in Part 2. Follow us on Twitter @AWinnerIsYouPod Email us via email@example.com
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