In Zed Games this week, Maylee and Jango fight through the music and mayhem of the 4ZZZ studio with the Top 10 Tracks of 2021. While Paul pops in to give us his take on Supraland: Six Inches Under.
HO HO HO, and a MERRY CHRISTMAS … podcast that is … This week Zahra and Paul talk news, reviews and some special games to play with family over the Christmas holidays.
Come celebrate with us for out 600th episode as well as our 12th year coming to you live. To mark this occasion we invited one of the founding members, Razor Ray. So head to the bathroom, light some candles and say Zed Games three times into the foggy mirror, then click download to join us in our celebrations.
In this weeks podcast Zahra takes control guiding us through this weeks gaming news, reviews and interviews with Paul’s interview with Unpacking developers Tim Dawson and Wren Brier, and Tobi’s walk through the audiovisual delight of Book of Travels.
Zed Games Crew covers Brisbane’s Game On Festival GO423 and talks the breakaway hit Unpacking.
This weeks Zed Games comes for your brains in a Zombie filled episode. The team discuss the latest in gaming news, while Maylee reviews Back 4 Blood and Zahra takes us outdoors with a review on Zombies, Run!
For Zed Games’ Halloween Special, Paul, Hazel, and Toby take you on the Gamers Ghost Train through this weeks podcast. Paul battles his inner demons to review Metroid Dread, while the Crew chat of the horrors that await in the Haunted PS1 Demo Disc.
Video games more popular than Free-To-Air TV
A study conducted by Bond University’s regular Digital Australia report has revealed that 17 million Aussie’s play video games in some form. 5.5 million households own two or more dedicated game playing devices while 92% of Aussie homes own at least one gaming platform. This report has shown some pretty interesting information about the habits of Australian’s during the pandemic, mostly relating to gaming as a form of social connection with 76% of parents who were part of the study having played some form of video games with their children throughout. The average age of a video game player is now 35 and has steadily risen since the generation of Game Boy, NES, SNES, and PS1. And most interestingly is that while streaming TV/Movies is in the number one spot, Games is now in second place before free-to-air television in Australia. If you’d like to check out all the stats click here.
BlizzCon on ‘Pause’
The gaming giant Activision Blizzard has announced that they are currently putting their plans on hold for an online BlizzCon event in 2022. A spokesperson from Blizzard said, “Any BlizzCon event takes every single one of us to make happen, an entire-company effort, fuelled by our desire to share what we create with the community we care about so much. At this time, we feel the energy it would take to put on a show like this is best directed towards supporting our teams and progressing development of our games and experiences.” BlizzCon 2020 and 2021 were both cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and with next year’s BlizzCon on ‘pause’ it is speculated that the recent situation Blizzard has with the widespread discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit may be cause for delay relating to whether BlizzCon 2022 is going ahead. Blizzard also suggested that if the event was to return it would be a very different event from the ones we’re used to seeing.
Trick or Treat – Zed Games horror game suggestions for Halloween
Dead by Daylight – Available on all platforms Dead by Daylight is a four-person survival game with the goal of escaping a killer before daylight breaks. Four players take on the role of a survivor while one player hunts in a big one vs four multiplayer survival mode. This is a great game to play with friends and enjoy a heart pumping adrenaline fuelled action.
Phasmophobia – Available on PC and VR Phasmophobia is an investigative co-op horror game where you must work with your friends to identify the types of paranormal activity inside different locations. Tasked with four objectives you must complete, but do it quickly, because the longer you stay in the haunted house the more your sanity drops and the ghosts start to hunt you.
Little Nightmares II – Available on Nintendo Switch, PS, Xbox and PC, Little Nightmares II is a puzzle-platformer which is a little less terror and more spooky. You explore and solve puzzles in order to progress through the narrative as this little boy guided by a girl in an ominous yellow raincoat.
Resident Evil 4 VR – Available exclusively on the Oculus Quest and relive the arguably most terrifying Resident Evil game of them all in VR, almost certainly an experience filled with jump scares, screams, and pure terror.
Dead Space – And finally, a classic available on PC, Xbox, Switch and PC is Dead Space, looking for some regular old poop your pants kind of action this Halloween. Play this classic space horror game, a single player campaign where you are in an interstellar mining ship exploring and unfolding the creepy story whilst fending off jump scares and terror from unknown extra-terrestrial forces.
This week in game releases:
• Age of Empires 4
• Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water
• Plan B from Outer Space: A Bavarian Odyssey
• Riders Republic
• Sunshine Manor
• Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars
• Mario Party Superstars
• Zombo Buster Rising
• Giants Uprising
• World War Z
• Time Loader
In this weeks action packed episode Zahra takes Monster Harvest round the back of the shed, while Ezie and Elliot rip into Free Guy.
In this week’s Zed Games Podcast Maylee and Tobi bring you banter, blood and beavers. With the long awaited review of Dead by Daylight from Maylee, and finishing with our newest team member Hazel reviewing Timberborn, this one is a blast from start to end!