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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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Randy gives contrarianism a try after playing Say No! More. Meanwhile, D.J. returns from the weird world of Anodyne 2 and plays More! Monster Hunter. Episode Timeline (0:23) - Intro/Joy-Con saga update (5:44) - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (11:32) - Anodyne 2 (29:36) - Say No! More (49:19) - Monster Hunter Rise (59:11) - Outro…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider JRPGs. The "genre" is broad, and many people ignore a number of Japanese Role Playing Games that they wouldn't necessarily consider a "JRPG." In the news, PAX East 2021 is (rightly) canceled due to COVID (though there will be another PAX Online), E3 (rightly) moves online due to COVID, PS Vita games are disappeari…
 
Monster Hunter Rise is here and we're deep into mochi and wirebugs. Also, Randy experiences the bleak future of Outriders, and D.J. makes more raid progress in Final Fantasy XIV. Episode Timeline (0:23) - Intro/The Joy-Con saga continues (13:46) - Outriders (35:23) - Final Fantasy XIV (40:19) - Monster Hunter Rise (1:09:27) - Outro…
 
Twitter Handle: @JayNBaypodcast Email: jayandbay@neighborgamers.com. Instagram: jayandbayneighborgamers Also look for us on Podchaser and Goodpods. Please give us a 5 star Review on Apple Podcasts. You can stream us on Stitcher, iHeart, Podbean, and Gaana.By Jay Nebril, Bay Diosa
 
Randy finishes off the Link's Awakening remake then immediately leaves for Alligator New York in Later Alligator. Meanwhile, D.J. puts his social strand skills to use by planning the first Viking interstate highway in Valheim. Episode Timeline (0:23) - Intro/Link’s Awakening (26:32) - Valheim (46:58) - Later Alligator (1:00:29) - Outro…
 
Twitter Handle: @JayNBaypodcast Email: Jayandbay@neighborgamers.com Instagram: jayandbayneighborgamers Also look for us on Podchaser and Goodpods. Please give us a 5 star Review on Apple Podcasts. You can stream us on Stitcher, iHeart, Podbean, and Gaana.By Jay Nebril, Bay Diosa
 
The unexplained prevalence of cats in Super Mario 3D World drives Randy to all-out cat warfare in Kitty Letter. Meanwhile, D.J. ignores his primal-slaying duties in Valheim to build a quiet forest house. Also, centipedes. Episode Timeline (0:23) - Intro/Animal Crossing (9:25) - Devotion (14:41) - Waluigi: The disturbing truth (20:56) - Super Mario …
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we review the surprising and unique Moon Hunters, from Kitfox Games. It's on sale on steam right now for $2.24! In the news, Luke Crane made a bad situation worse that has shaken the tabletop rpg world, 3 million new users joined Roll20 during the pandemic, and you should check out these five great tabletop rpg kickstarters t…
 
Randy enjoys some party chat (and fermentend fruit beverages) between battles in Haven while D.J. finally escapes from FFXIV raid hell. Also, the last word on Final Fantasy VII Remake. (Seriously, we don't want to talk about it anymore.) Episode Timeline (0:23) - Intro/Tacobringers (4:19) - Final Fantasy XIV (13:02) - Final Fantasy VII Remake (41:1…
 
We live life ten minutes of a Star Trek episode at a time in The Captain Is Dead, then take a whimsical trip to Norway in Embracelet. Also, our thoughts on the latest Nintendo Direct and the questionable titles therein. Episode Timeline (0:23) - Intro/Nintendo Direct (26:49) - The Captain Is Dead (48:45) - Embracelet (1:01:26) - Outro…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we review Inkle's 2019 game Heaven's Vault for Steam, Playstation, and Switch. It's unique, in a good way. In the news, Daft Punk ends, the Root Marauder Expansion is on Kickstarter, The Legend of Zelda is 35 years old, you've probably never actually heard the original Legend of Zelda theme, Civilization VI's barbarians just …
 
Randy gets deep into kaiju and cat costumes in the Super Mario 3D World spin-off, Bowser's Fury. Meanwhile, D.J. struggles to adjust to the Bravely Default II demo and wonders if everyone would quiet down if he just paid them lots of money. Episode Timeline (0:23) - Intro/Doug (10:01) - I'm not a whale (27:54) - Bowser’s Fury (51:59) - Bravely Defa…
 
We played games that answer two of the Metroidvaniaverse's biggest questions: Y can't Metroid throw a harpoon (Olija), and y can't Metroid be Spider-man (Mable and the Wood)? Also, Final Fantasy XIV heads to the moon in Endwalker. Episode Timeline: (0:23) - Intro/Star Wars (11:21) - Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker (31:12) - Olija (46:24) - Mable and t…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider asynchronous play in games. It's an underserved niche in games that is especially relevant during the quarantine times. In the news, Counter-Strike is over 20 years old, hackers attacked CD Projekt Red (but at least they had backups), Battleborn is dead and gone, and Gearbox was purchased in the ever-increasing co…
 
Randy learns to cope with 1000 deaths in Pikmin 3 Deluxe. Meanwhile, D.J. plays Final Fantasy VII Remake and Bravely Default simultaneously and somehow still has time to see what the cast of Persona 5 is doing in Dragalia Lost. Episode Timeline (0:23) - Intro/Yakuza: Like a Dragon (9:59) - FFXIV announcement showcase announcement (15:42) - Dragalia…
 
We're braving the wild in Immortals Fenyx Rising, grinding through Yakuza: Like a Dragon's finale, and discovering just how much hunting is in the new Monster Hunter Rise. Episode Timeline (0:23) - Intro (3:47) - New music by Felikitty! (6:03) - Immortals Fenyx Rising (31:37) - Monster Hunter Rise (1:01:38) - Yakuza: Like a Dragon (1:11:44) - Outro…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we review the latest (free-to-play) from Zachtronics with NERTS! Online. It's a live online implementation of the classic card game Nerts, and is worth your while. In the news, a Republican mob led by disgraced president Donald Trump stormed the capitol in an ongoing coup attempt. Twitch rightly removes the PogChamp emote aft…
 
With the finale of the World Of Assassination Trilogy on the horizon, we sit down to discuss our first impressions. We’ve spent hours with the game’s first two levels, Dubai and Dartmoor. We discuss the gameplay, spoiler-free opinions on the story’s premise, and what could be next for the series and IO Interactive. With Official PlayStation Magazin…
 
We take a look at the games that made it a little easier to stay home during the last 100 months of 2020. Episode Timeline (0:29) - Intro (4:06) - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (10:47) - 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim/Yakuza: Like a Dragon (13:50) - What the Golf? (18:12) - Spelunky 2 (21:27) - The Last Campfire (23:34) - The Last of Us Part II (25:40) - …
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the decade to date in games and gaming. Tabletop games, role playing games, video games, console games, PC games: we are living in an explosive and amazing era of gaming. In the news, the Star Wars Squadrons patch made the game significantly more fun, Graveyard Keeper is all right, and the Overwatch winter brawls …
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we review the delightful Hypnospace Outlaw (2019). It's a true sendup to the early Internet, and is definitely worth playing. In the news, Cyberpunk 2077 had a rocky launch with, among other problems, egregious safety issues, worker exploitation, abysmal performance on previous-generation consoles, and more. A bunch of indie …
 
It's our biggest music show yet! Take a listen to our favorite tracks from 2020, including Spelunky 2, Paper Mario: The Origami King, 13 Sentinels, and, of course, Animal Crossing. Episode Timeline (1:58) - Intro/Drunktacular hype (6:48) - 13 Sentinels (19:18) - Ministry of Broadcast (25:16) - Paper Mario: The Origami King (32:04) - Spelunky 2 (43:…
 
We get deep into the first few hours of Yakuza: Like a Dragon as Randy tries to make sense of his first Yakuza game ever. Also, D.J. is unqualified to operate heavy machinery in Hardspace: Shipbreaker. Episode Timeline (0:29) - Intro (2:24) - Drunktacular hype (7:52) - Cyber Thanksgiving (11:49) - Yakuza: Like a Dragon (59:45) - Hardspace: Shipbrea…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider what is likely now our favorite 18xx train game: 1817. If you have never played one of these before, you may want to check out our reviews of 1846: The Race for the Midwest or 1889: History of Shikoku Railways first. 1817 has short selling, acquisitions & mergers, and loans (with interest) that together serve to p…
 
Randy acquires a mysterious artifact that both tells the time and plays Super Mario Bros. Also, getting all London-y in Watch Dogs: Legion, and a deeper take on 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim. Episode Timeline (0:29) - Intro/Drunktacular hype (8:48) - 13 Sentinels (20:56) - Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. (41:11) - Watch Dogs: Legion (1:06:26) - Outro…
 
Nobody got a PS5 or Xbox but we're finally, FINALLY talking 'bout Bugsnax. Also, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, and, as always, Piffle. Episode Timeline (0:29) - Intro (5:12) - Extra Life update (6:54) - Drunktacular is coming (8:30) - Piffle (22:53) - Bugsnax (36:15) - Sackboy: A Big Adventure (57:02) - Obligatory next-gen console chat (1:00:58) - Outr…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we review the Ricochet Half-Life mod from twenty years ago. It's still playable! And we're playing it semi-regularly again. We talked about it briefly as part of an ensemble show about Tron games back in 2009. In the news, thank you all for helping raise $4,006 for the Democrats in the Senate Runoff in Georgia, Hearthstone pl…
 
We're recovering from our Extra Life haze and trying to remember the games we played, including Among Us, We Were Here Too, Sea of Thieves, The Walking Fish 2, and Penko Park. Episode Timeline (0:29) - Intro/Extra Life (7:02) - Among Us (16:50) - Obligatory FFXIV/Animal Crossing chat (18:57) - Spelunky 2/Slay the Spire (22:49) - We Were Here Too (3…
 
Tonight on GeekNights, we review Among Us. It's a social deduction game, but with intrinsic mechanics and surprising depth. In the news, there are unconfirmed reports (now officially debunked) that PAX South has delayed to February 19-21 (which would still be too early to safely attend any convention), and Twitch is trying to milk more money from a…
 
[extremely Halloween voice] We played some spooOOoky games this week, like Home, Until Dawn, and the dreaded The Walking Fish. Also Pixel Puzzle Makeout League, which is not spooky at aAAAaaaLLLllllLL oOoOOoOOoooOooooooo Episode Timeline (0:29) - Intro (04:22) - Extra Life (08:23) - Spooky games (13:01) - Until Dawn (27:01) - The Walking Fish (36:1…
 
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