Connecting to Host is a co-operative and multiplayer gaming podcast. As friends who now live a thousand miles apart, John and Ben let loose their strong opinions about co-op and online gaming. In a typical episode we review a game from a purely co-op perspective but we often do specials to discuss other gaming news or other topics about the bigger picture of multiplayer gaming.

  • CtH 36. Moon Hunters

    Just like most weekends, John and Ben don their druid robes and witches garb to explore a mystical, Mesopotamian-inspired world - this time, the world of Issaria in Moon Hunters. In Moon Hunters you set out alone or with up to 3 friends to solve the mystery of why the sun has stopped rising over Issaria and attempt restore balance in just 5 days, before King Mardokh and the Sun Cultists declare war.

    As the world of Issaria is procedurally generated every time you play, Moon Hunters offers multiple playthroughs. In each play through you can unlock new character classes, areas and abilities that will benefit you in future play throughs. Moon Hunters pegs itself as a ‘co-op personality test’ as each time you start the game you’re free to develop not just the stats but also the personality of your characters based on the decisions you make along the way.

    Join us in our latest episode to find out how we developed our characters during our time with Moon Hunters.

    Moon Hunters is available on Steam, Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch and supports local and online co-op for up to 4 players. Note. As of February 2018, we still had some stuttering with online multiplayer in Moon Hunters. It was intermittent, but still a little irritating. Check out our episode to find out more.

    Download Episode: iTunes / M4A Format or MP3 Format (~29 MB)

  • CtH 35. Human: Fall Flat

    Human: Fall Flat is an open-ended physics-based game riddled with puzzles in a highly interactive environment. While John and Ben don’t really need any help to look stupid, we’re certain that was one of the major design goals of this game as we hilariously struggled to flail, wobble, stumble and jump our way through a number of puzzles in floating dreamscapes. After failing to RTFM we had a lot of hilarious fun trying to catapult each other around the various maps and environments.

    Join us in our latest episode as we talk through our experiences with Human: Fall Flat. Ben went into this game with an incredibly open-mind - “it looks shit, but I guess we can give it a shot”. Find out whether it lived up to the expectations or exceeded them!

    Human: Fall Flat is available on Steam, Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch and now supports local co-op and online multiplayer. When playing online, you can get together with up to 7 of your friends as you try to work your way through this sandbox-esque physics-based puzzle game.

    Download Episode: iTunes / M4A Format or MP3 Format (~20 MB)

  • CtH 34. PUBG - PlayerUnknown's BattleGrounds

    Now that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is approaching 30 million sales and has topped 3 million concurrent players, John and Ben thought it was probably time to give it a shot. If you somehow haven’t played PUBG yet, want to hear about the changes in version 1.0 or just want to listen to us rant about the things that annoy us, then we’ve got the podcast for you!

    In our latest episode we talk about the two maps that make up PUBG version 1.0 and talk about some of our best and worst moments while playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds over the last couple of months. Hear what the game is like from the perspectice of two players with a good helping of cowardice and big dollop of ‘lack of gunplay skills’…

    Download Episode: iTunes / M4A Format or MP3 Format (~31 MB)

  • CtH 33. Most Anticipated Co-Op Games for 2018

    To round up 2017, the year of the Battle Royale, John and Ben get excited for some of the best co-op and multiplayer games that are planned for release in 2018.

    With more information out in the public about games announced at E2 2017, and with some new games on the roster since then, 2018 is looking like it will bring an interesting and varied set of co-operative games. Some of the games we discuss include;

    A Way Out: An exclusively co-op only story-heavy action-adventure game being developed by Hazelight and Josef Fares.

    Red Dead Redemption 2: Slated for Q2 2018, the sequel to the highly acclaimed Red Dead Redemption will put you squarely back into the open-world Wild West.

    Far Cry 5: The latest game in the Far Cry series brings the usual over-the-top FPS action to Montana - which plays home to a fanatical doomsday cult known as Eden’s Gate.

    State of Decay 2: Where the original was a single player only experience, State of Decay 2 will bring co-op to the zombie survival and base-building experience featuring permadeath for your community’s characters.

    Download the latest episode to find out more about these games and many more upcoming titles we’re looking forward to during 2018!

    Download Episode: iTunes / M4A Format or MP3 Format (~33 MB)

  • CtH 32. Best Co-Op Games of 2017

    After much arduous gaming time, countless disconnects and failed attempts at screen-sharing across Europe, John and Ben have put together a list of their favourite co-op and multiplayer games that were released during 2017.

    In time honoured tradition, we’ve reviewed and rated our top 6 games of 2017 that you can play with your friends (or your enemies) online or in local co-op. If you’ve been following our podcast throughout the year, you might just recognise some of the names in the top 6, but there are some new ones to boot as well.

    Tune in to find out what we liked the most, just in time to put some new games on your wishlist ready for the upcoming sales that will undoubtedly hit over the Christmas period!

    Download Episode: iTunes / M4A Format or MP3 Format (~24 MB)

  • CtH 31. Invisigun Heroes

    Invisigun Heroes is a 2D, single-screen, stealth-focussed battle arena game in which all of the players are invisible! Join us as we try our best to explain a game in which most of the time your character is invisible, even though every player has exactly the same view of the pixel-art styled game arena…

    While it might sound crazy on paper, Invisigun Heroes provides an interesting experience with a good level of strategy for weeding out your stealthy opponents without putting yourself into too much of a dangerous position. We had some hilarious moments during our time with Invisigun Heroes - so join us in our latest episode and find out more about the game and how it plays.

    Invisigun Heroes offers a guest edition which you can check out completely free of charge! The guest edition even allows you to play online with your friends, with a limited number of game modes, heroes and stages. So if you like what you hear on this episode of Connecting to Host, head over to Steam and download the Invisigun Heroes Guest Edition by clicking on “Download Demo”.

    Download Episode: iTunes / M4A Format or MP3 Format (~24 MB)

  • CtH 30. Overcooked

    Overcooked is a chaotic couch co-op cooking game for one to four players. In this episode John and Ben share stories of how they did their best to work as a team to serve up a number of tasty dishes as fast and furiously as they could. How do the ingredients of this frantic local co-op only game stack up?

    Overcooked features a number of interesting dynamic environments and an evolving set of recipes and rules to keep the game fresh as the players progress. Having recently met up in Stockholm, we were able to put this game to the test. Join us in this episode to hear what we thought of Overcooked on PC.

    Download Episode: iTunes / M4A Format or MP3 Format (~26 MB)

  • CtH 29. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

    The Mushroom Kingrom has been torn apart by a mysterious vortex, but fear not because John and Ben are here to save the day with a Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle co-op focussed review. After meeting up in Stockholm we put the local (only) co-op campaign to the test to find out whether it’s worth making a journey to a friend’s house to play this game on the sofa together.

    Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle offers a number of co-op specific stages which are designed to be played by 2 teams of 2 units by a pair of players sitting back in the same living room (or sitting next to each other on the same flight). Each stage can be played in easy, medium or hard mode and the stages unlock as you progress through the single player game. You’ll be using the characters you’ve built up from the main game to work through the co-op quests.

    Join us for this latest episode to hear how Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle holds up as a co-operative experience.

    Download Episode: iTunes / M4A Format or MP3 Format (~32 MB)

  • CtH 28. Cuphead

    It’s a good day for a swell battle and with traditional hand-drawn cel animation and an original jazz soundtrack, Cuphead has turned out to be pretty swell as well. John and Ben talk about their experiences fighting bosses and collecting coins while playing Cuphead in local co-op on PC.

    Cuphead is a classic run and gun action-platformer heavily focused on boss battles. Inspired by cartoons from the 1930s, Studio MDHR have created a fantastic opportunity to revisit an old-school style of game in a new and classy way. Beyond the gorgeous visuals and audio, Cuphead provides a decent challenge and an addictive experience. In short, it’s a great slam and then some.

    Download Episode: iTunes / M4A Format or MP3 Format (~24 MB)

  • CtH 27. Elite Dangerous

    John and Ben hop into their Sidewinders and make their way through a tiny fraction of the 400 billion star systems that make up the huge world of Elite Dangerous. We take some time to fly as a wing through the expansive galaxy basking in the light of many suns while we destroy pirates and smuggle goods between different star systems.

    Whether it’s trading, smuggling or bounty hunting, we take a look at what it’s like to play Elite Dangerous as a co-op experience. We put the features released as part of the Elite Dangerous: Horizons expansion to the test and join up to form a single crew hunting bounties as a team. Last but not least, we also talk about the VR support in Elite Dangerous.

    Download Episode: iTunes / M4A Format or MP3 Format (~36 MB)