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Big Head Mode is a weekly radio show on Sydney's 2RRR 88.5FM, where Ben O'Brien and various guest co-hosts discuss the latest gaming news, reviews, features, interviews and everything in between. Check out the website to get all the latest episodes, videos and details of 'Bonus Stage', a live video game talk show that's on every month at Sydney's Giant Dwarf Theatre.
 
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As huge fans of the series, we can't wait to see what Mr. Halo is up to in his new game, Halo Infinite. Also: Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, and another look at Pikmin Bloom. Episode Timeline (0:00) - Intro/Extra Life (6:20) - Drunktacular hype (9:57) - Pikmin Bloom (22:17) - Halo Infinite (43:48) - Battlefield 2042 minute (47:45) - Ratchet and Cla…
 
Randy gets in touch with all the aspects of his personality (and his tie) in Disco Elysium. Meanwhile, D.J. struggles to adapt to rural English living (plus £30,000,000 of debt) in SWERY’s The Good Life. Also: The hit video game, Grand Theft Auto! Episode Timeline (0:00) - Intro (1:09) - Extra Life (4:17) - Drunktacular hype (7:57) - Grand Theft Au…
 
We emerge from Extra Life weekend with a recap of all the games we played, including: It Takes Two, Back 4 Blood, The Artful Escape, Super Metroid, and a look at the big Animal Crossing: New Horizons update. Episode Timeline (0:00) - Intro/Extra Life wrap-up (10:51) - FFXIV Endwalker delayed! (18:19) - Spelunky/Slay the Spire (25:08) - Super Metroi…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we review WarioWare: Get It Together! on the Nintendo Switch. The last time we talked about a WarioWare on GeekNights was back in 2007 when we reviewed the awful WarioWare Smooth Moves on the Wii. In the news, Konami lost the rights to some archival video they licensed, forcing them to take a number of Metal Gear Solid games …
 
Randy discovers a wide world of sentient plants just outside his door in Pikmin Bloom. Meanwhile, D.J. enjoys the low-budget thrills of Dungeon Encounters. Also: Throwing metaphorical but also literal baggage into a fire in Bonfire Peaks. Episode Timeline (0:00) - Intro (5:25) - Extra Life (10:41) - Pikmin Bloom (25:56) - Dungeon Encounters (57:42)…
 
OooOOOOooOooooOoo it's Halloween and we've played a frightening assortment of terrifying games, including Inscryption, Spookware, Back in 1995, and moooOooOOore! Episode Timeline (0:00) - Intro (06:58) - Extra Life (11:43) - Mayor Bones Proudly Presents: Ghost Town's 1000th Annual Pumpkin Festival (21:36) - Spookware (35:37) - The Night that Speaks…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we review the portal-inspired multiplayer FPS Splitgate. It's free to play, not pay to win, and if you ignore the non-game-affecting skinz and lootz it's definitely worth trying. In the news, the Advance Wars remaster is delayed, BlizzCon is canceled to be re-imagined, and you don't need a rumble pack for your N64 Controller.…
 
At long last, Randy enters the "Deathloop." Meanwhile, D.J. tries to forget all about Metroid Dread with some delightful puzzle-platforming in ElecHead. And, at long last, Randy enters the "Deathloop." Episode Timeline (0:00) - Intro/Animal Crossing (5:31) - Extra Life (11:02) - Metroid Dread (24:43) - Ibb & Obb (30:26) - ElecHead (41:48) - Pocket …
 
We've got a double (or triple?) dose of Metroid discussion with a quick detour through Metroid Fusion before arriving at the long-awaited Metroid Dread. Also: a robotic dog disaster in Battlefield 2042. Episode Timeline (0:00) - Intro/Federation Force (9:16) - Extra Life (11:47) - Metroid Fusion (25:30) - Metroid Dread (52:20) - Battlefield 2042 (1…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider a game design topic in the number of players a game supports. For this exercise, we only consider orthogames. We've talked about two player games before. The reality is that one player, two player, and three+ player games are fundamentally and formally distinct. A game that supports more than one of these groups i…
 
D.J. cracks open the Castlevania Advance Collection and sees Castlevania: Circle of the Moon in a whole new light. Also, Dracula X is there. Meanwhile, Randy cracks open some monsters in Beast Breaker. Episode Timeline (0:00) - Intro/Psychonauts 2 (9:00) - Ratchet and Clank (14:03) - ExtraLife hype (16:49) - Castlevania Advance Collection (39:31) -…
 
Despite some disturbing news out of the Nintendo Direct, D.J. miraculously manages to enjoy Actraiser Renaissance. Also, after months of struggle, Randy finally gets his hands on Astro's Playroom. Hironobu Sakaguchi guest stars. Episode Timeline (0:00) - Intro/Chris Pratt is Mario (4:06) - Nintendo Direct (11:04) - Sakaguchi Direct (13:08) - Fantas…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider gaming magazines. Notable mentions include Electronic Games, Nintendo Power, Dragon Magazine, Dungeon Magazine, Scrye (for those MTG prices), InQuest, GamePro, Game Informer, PC Gamer, Games Magazine, and more. In the news, Asmodee is for sale for €2 BB, SEGA Genesis games are coming to the Switch (but you won't g…
 
D.J. travels the galaxy in pinball adventure World Flipper, then tries to make sense of a supernatural London in Last Stop. Meanwhile, after abandoning his Animal Crossing island, Randy returns to Earth for one last tee time in Golf Club: Wasteland. Episode Timeline (0:00) - Intro (9:13) - World Flipper (30:17) - Golf Club: Wasteland (46:13) - Last…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we review Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile. It's a solid legacy game that's worth taking a look at. In the news, Rym finally played West of Loathing and is sorting out if we'll play Aliens: Fireteam Elite, The CEO of Broken Token steps down (but still owns the company...) after abuse and harassment allegations, the CEO of…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider Deathmatch games, particularly FPS deathmatches. Ostensibly beginning with Doom and Quake, the "genre" began already extremely refined, and frankly Quake 1 Deathmatch is literally worth playing today. In the news, Rym biked to Poughkeepsie again, Quake 1 got an update that makes multiplayer "just work" on modern P…
 
Randy goes for a Backlog Attack double play with Burly Men at Sea and John Wick Hex. Meanwhile, D.J. winds up with more questions than answers in Again. Also, controllers: Are they OK? Episode Timeline (0:00) - Intro/Star Trek (6:11) - A PS5? (21:14) - Backlog Attack (22:32) - Burly Men at Sea (29:44) - John Wix Hecks (46:47) - Again (1:05:19) - Ou…
 
The Backlog Attack continues as D.J. brushes up on his wiimote technique in Dragon Quest Swords. Meanwhile, Randy makes up for lost time with an exhaustive first look at Mass Effect: Andromeda. Episode Timeline (0:00) - Intro (05:08) - Mountain Dew showdown (13:12) - Backlog Attack contest (15:49) - Mass Effect: Andromeda (50:12) - Dragon Quest Swo…
 
The 10th annual Backlog Attack begins, and we're getting right into it with Ittle Dew 2 and Quake! Also: A preview of the backlog games we'll be playing for the rest of the month, and find out how you can win a new game! Episode Timeline (0:00) - Intro (4:19) - Backlog Attack! (15:47) - Ittle Dew 2 (38:26) - Quake (1:03:51) - Outro…
 
Randy absorbs souls to become more powerful in Death's Door. D.J. ventures into the wai wai world of Groove Coaster Wai Wai Party!!!!, then beats up punks on the Street of Rage... 4. Episode Timeline (0:00) - Intro (5:53) - Wow man bad (11:00) - Groove Coaster Wai Wai Party!!!! (28:26) - Death’s Door (46:06) - Streets of Rage 4 (1:01:06) - Outro…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we review Pokémon UNITE: the Pokémon MOBA. It's actually pretty fun, and it's a shame that it's microtransactional pay-to-win garbage. Only play it if you can play with friends who agree to never spend money, never grind, and never use any items. In the news, the NHL Expansion Draft has released the Kraken, Activision Blizzar…
 
Switch OLED vs. Steam Deck vs. Switch Pro (Believe!) — which will be the one hybrid console to reign supreme? Meanwhile, Randy gets lost in Labyrinth City, and D.J. subjects himself to more cruel and unusual punishment via Resident Evil 6. Episode Timeline (0:00) - Intro (2:54) - Switch OLED vs. Steam Deck vs. Switch Pro (38:55) - Resident Evil 6 (…
 
Randy once again gets into some monster-hunting hubbub in Monster Hunter Stories 2. D.J. hangs out with sad high-schoolers in NEO: The World Ends with You, then laments that they'll let just anyone into his favorite game these days. Episode Timeline (0:00) - Intro (2:37) - New music by HEAVYVIPER (4:23) - Mini golf (10:16) - D.J. reacts!!!!!!!!!!! …
 
First hour is video games The PS State of Play covers the following games: Moss book 2 (VR), Arcadegeddon, Tribes of Midgard, Forged In Shadow Torch, Hunters Arena Legends, Sifu, Demon Slayer, Lost Judgement, and Deathloop. Our review of Black Widow is at the 58 minute mark. Twitter: JayNBaypodcast Email: Jayandbay@neighborgamers.com Instagram: jay…
 
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