Welcome to another episode of Character Unlock, the video game-centric (but equally shambolic) Failed Critics sister podcast. In our 17th episode, usual host Andrew Brooker has stepped aside to let his partner in crime John Miller take the reigns, guiding us through the news from the past couple of weeks and keeping things on track as the guys share their last couple of weeks of gaming.
Our health is regenerated and our load outs reset – that must mean that your Character Unlock hosts are back and ready for more Call of Duty shenanigans.
John and Brooker return to finish off their retrospective of the legendary shooter series that may, or may not, be on the downward spiral for this half of the franchise’s history before digging into Infinite Warfare, the latest instalment to divide the community.
The lads talk all things story, before touching on the game’s multiplayer and, with the help of their audience, finally musing on what Call of a Duty need to do to keep its status as the granddaddy of all shooters going forward.
Recommendations for the week and community shoutouts round of this marathon two-parter that all but killed its hosts.
Join us next week for a quieter, more ninja Lila instalment as the boys talk stealth games in honour of the recently released Dishonoured 2.
As the annual season of game release insanity comes to a head this week with the release of the latest instalment in Activision’s behemoth shooter franchise, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, it seems only fitting to spend some time talking about the series that has revolutionised the gaming industry time and time again.
Hosts John Miller and Andrew Brooker dive into this almighty series, they are offered a momentary distraction as they find some time to talk about that one day a year that gets RPG fans salivating, November 7th, more affectionately called “N7 Day” in those parts of the Internet that only some dare enter.
As John picks apart the news on the latest Mass Effect, Brooker’s eyes glaze over, barely understanding a word and just nodding politely before the pair sink their teeth into the meat of this episode.
Digging into the early games in the Call of Duty franchise and ploughing through to arguably the games that changed the world, the lads call it a day somewhere around game six and find cover to let their health recover. Join them for part two of this mammoth undertaking next week.