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Chris Berrow and Leigh Milner review Star Wars: Squadrons and the new Crash Bandicoot!
21 October 2020
Presented by Chris Berrow, Leigh Milner with Alex Rhodes. 
Production by Chris Berrow.


A TIE fighter


Married couple Chris Berrow and Leigh Milner are back from a staycation in Bude, Cornwall (it was Bude-iful… sorry) to review a huge pile of new releases. They look at the best spooky games to play for Halloween, plus Alex Rhodes fights a zombie horde with his wit, charm... and a baseball bat with nails. For Jedi-enthusiasts there’s the highly anticipated “Star Wars: Squadrons”. Plus a game where you create your own species of animal, which is based on real genetics.

In this episode

A xombie

- Halloween Games: Days Gone

Alex Rhodes plays Days Gone, where you try and survive a zombie apocalypse.

Halloween Games: Days Gone
Alex Rhodes, Naked Gaming Podcast

Here's Alex Rhodes, playing another zombie survival game. Good luck friend. 

Chris Berrow - We had to look around for some spooky and horrifying games Alex to play. We sent out our reporter, Alex "the reprobate" Rhodes on a challenge. To survive a zombie apocalypse.


A newspaper

04:22 - Gaming News for October 2020

Leigh Milner has all the gaming news you need for October 2020.

Gaming News for October 2020
Leigh Milner, Naked Gaming Podcast

Leigh Milner - The developers behind one of the most anticipated games of 2020 have gone into what’s called “crunch”.

CD Projekt Red, who are making Cyberpunk 2077,  instigated “mandatory extended work weeks” — so they could complete the game before its release date on 19th November. That’s despite the studio previously pledging not to do exactly that... to get the game finished.

One of the original Facebook games - FarmVille - will stop working at the end of the year. The game... where you build and manage a farm... was once the most popular on Facebook! It’s because “flash player” that allows the game to run… won’t be supported any more. Zynga who manage the game say “As a direct result of Flash’s removal, Facebook will no longer be able to support games that use this technology... and sadly FarmVille is one of those games.”

Several major developers have formed a coalition to fight Apple over its app store policies.
“The Coalition for App Fairness” is made up of members from Spotify, Epic Games and Tinder. It claims Apple "taxes consumers and crushes innovation".

If you want to catch up on the Apple versus Fortnite Drama so far… download the last few episodes of the podcast where we dramatised it…




A playstation controller

Review: Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time
Chris Berrow & Leigh Milner, Naked Gaming Podcast

Leigh Milner and Chris Berrow review the latest Crash Bandicoot game, Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time. 

Leigh - It's so different, but in a good way, it's as if they've taken Crash and just like looked at all the things that they need to need to improve and then released it.

Chris - All the criticism that people like me... 'cause I found Crash 1 and you were finding Crash 1 annoying because when you run out of lives, like five, four lives, you have to restart the whole level. Whereas in this, you can choose a modern style as an option. At the beginning, if you choose modern, you can have unlimited lives. And the frustration has gone.

Leigh - The thing is who plays games now, where you have a limited number of lives at the end of the day, you just want to have an unlimited number. You want to play the game as much as you can. It's great, I'm giving a 10 out of 10. 

A TIE fighter

10:04 - Review: Star Wars: Squadrons

We review another Star Wars game with a colon in the title: Squadrons. Should you play it in VR?

Review: Star Wars: Squadrons
Alex Griffiths, Naked Gaming Podcast

Alex Griffiths finds out if you should play Star Wars: Squadrons in VR.

Alex - So I've had Star Wars: Squadrons for just over a week now. And what I've realized is it's pretty much two games rolled into one. You've got the flat screen version, which is a really enjoyable arcady space flight SIM with really lively multiplayer. And then you've got the VR version, which is all of your childhood dreams of being Luke Skywalker come to life at once. There's nothing in gaming, like looking to the side after your cockpit and watching the X-Wing foils move into attack position. If you grew up with Star Wars like me as well, it does make the hairs stand up on your arm when you're in the cockpit as well, very different to the flat screen version. 

A playstation controller

16:16 - Review: Fall Guys: Season 2

Fall Guys is back for a second season, is it still worth spending hours on trying to win a crown?

Review: Fall Guys: Season 2
Jack Surfleet, Fall Guy

Jack Surfleet is back to review season 2 of Fall Guys.


Football players inside a see-through football

19:13 - Review: FIFA 21

Is the 29th FIFA game in the series worth your money?

Review: FIFA 21
Drew Miller Hyndman, Naked Gaming Podcast

Drew Miller Hyndman is back to review the next FIFA game - FIFA 21.

Drew - FIFA 21 feels a little bit like FIFA, 20.5. If this game had come out 10 years ago, it wouldn't be a whole new game. It would be a piece of DLC. I guess the main changes come to the gameplay and those changes are very welcome if maybe not going quite far enough and to career mode. So I'll start on career mode. It's a nice change to have a training and youth system. That actually means something it's a lot more fleshed out. It's not just simulating the same five training sessions that you would always do before. 

You do have to think a little bit more about it is a little bit more frustrating trying to manage the sharpness of your players. Yes. Another thing to try and manage. The game mode changes are probably the thing I'm happiest about. And I guess most excited about they have made players feel like they are actually moving and responding to the way you're playing the game.

A playstation controller

22:25 - Review: Hades

Can you escape hell in Hades? Find out in the latest review for the Naked Gaming Podcast

Review: Hades
Chris Berrow & Leigh Milner, Naked Gaming Podcast

Chris Berrow and Leigh Milner review Hades.

Chris - Hades is finally here and I love it so much. It is amazing. It's it's not your kind of game at all though. You know what it's called? It's called isometric view. I'd have to look this up, but basically imagine like looking at a chess board from the corner, and then you're moving around the guy on the board. That's how it looks when you play the game and you're running around as the son of Hades, right. And you have to try and escape from hell...

Leigh - Sounds lovely

Chris - But it's really difficult. It's like a slasher kind of game. It's like Diablo 3. If anyone's played that... you get loads of powers and you have to try and escape the bosses. And it's really difficult, but I absolutely love it. It's very artistic. It does look like you're in hell. 

A group of retro game characters including Space Invaders

24:44 - Retro Revival: Crysis Remastered

Crysis has been remastered (again) but should you buy it?

Retro Revival: Crysis Remastered
Chris Berrow & Leigh Milner, Naked Gaming Podcast

Chris Berrow and Leigh Milner review Crysis Remastered.

Chris - So 13 years later, the game came out in 2007. It was the technical benchmark. So when it came out, if your computer was rubbish, you couldn't really run Crysis. But as you bought extra bits for it and powered it up, it started to look better and people were saying, look how amazing Crysis looks. Now... they've released it on PlayStation 4 and it is an absolute shocker of a game. It's a real shocker. It is jerky. It can barely load. And it's got us an autosave system every minute or two. So you're running along and then it sstutters. 


A castle surrounded by bats

26:37 - Halloween Games: Little Nightmares

Leigh Milner plays Little Nightmares, and gets very scared.

Halloween Games: Little Nightmares
Leigh Milner, Naked Gaming Podcast

Leigh Milner reviews Little Nightmares. 

So it's the story of Six and the Kid.

Chris - Yeah, you got so excited when the trailer for Little Nightmares 2 was released that you wanted to play Little Nightmares 1, which has actually come out on the Switch now.

Leigh - If you like a platformer like me, right... a side scrolling platformer and you like a bit of Corpse Bride you will absolutely love this game. the graphics are amazing, and I can't wait for the next one to come out. 

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33:45 - Simulator of the Month: Niche

How well do you know your recessive and dominant alleles? It might help you win a game based on genetics.

Simulator of the Month: Niche
Phil Sansom, Naked Genetics Podcast

Phil Sansom from the Naked Genetics Podcast plays Niche. 



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