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 24. Titanfall 2

    While originally released at the end of 2016, Respawn Entertainment recently added the horde-mode like Frontier Defense to Titanfall 2, which inspired us to go back and revisit this highly mobile FPS which we never got around to reviewing after it launched. With over 600 hours of gameplay between us in the original Titanfall, Titanfall 2 has a lot to live up to for us. Join us as we chat about what’s changed for the better and for the worse in the latest installment of Titanfall.

    Download Episode: iTunes / M4A Format or MP3 Format (~51 MB)

  • CtH 23. Splatoon 2

    In this episode we get fresh an take to the front lines with our splattershots and curling bombs in an effort to ink as much turf as possible. A Nintendo Switch exclusive, Splatoon 2 is a team-based third-person shooter where the primary game modes feature 4v4 matches where the goal is to ink as much of the stage as possible in a short 3-minute match. Splatoon 2 also introduces a new co-op “horde mode” like experience called Salmon Run where you team up with up to 3 other friends in order to fight off waves of Salmonids and steal the bosses eggs before the time runs out.

    Download Episode: iTunes / M4A Format or MP3 Format (~41 MB)

  • CtH 22. ibb & obb

    Released in 2013, ibb & obb is specifically designed as a two player cooperative platformer game set in a puzzle filled world where gravity goes both up and down. You need to work closely together in order to succeed and you can play in either local co-op or online co-op with a friend.

    ibb & obb travel through a world divided by a horizontal line - above the line gravity goes down like normal, but below the line gravity is reversed and pulls you back up. Momentum is conserved and the world is filled with enemies and objects, which leads to a number of interesting puzzles and scenarios for ibb & obb to work through.

    Tune in to find out what we thought of ibb & obb so you can decide whether it’s something you to pick up.

    Download Episode: iTunes / M4A Format or MP3 Format (~28 MB)

  • CtH 21. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

    We don our racing suits and hop into our go karts as we race alongside Mario, Wario, Samus and Toad through Haunted Mansions and Rainbow Roads in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Whether kicking back in front of your TV or enjoying lunch in the park, it’s easy to pick up the latest Mario Kart installment on the Nintendo Switch and enjoy a race or two around a bunch of familiar tracks with familiar faces.

    Mario Kart 8 Deluxe offers 48 beautifully crafted tracks and 42 characters. You can play local split-screen in your living room or relive the Nintendo Switch adverts by playing with up to 8 players in wireless mode. You can also play online and invite your friends to join you as you race against others playing Mario Kart around the globe.

    We evaluate our highs and lows from a co-op gaming perspective, so download this episode to find out what we thought of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

    Download Episode: iTunes / M4A Format or MP3 Format (~39 MB)

  • CtH 20. E3 2017 - Co-op Gaming Highlights

    With the dust settled and the Xbox One X on the horizon, we provide a concise review of our favourite co-op games that were on show at E3 2017.

    From Far Cry 5 to Sea of Thieves, we were excited to see a good range of co-op and multiplayer gaming at this year’s E3. On top of that, there were some really interesting looking fresh ideas - ranging from split-screen only prison break action in “A Way Out” to using mobile phones for local players to vote on how the story should advance in “Hidden Agenda”.

    We discuss the following co-op and multiplayer games from E3 2017…

    • Star Wars Battlefront 2
    • A Way Out
    • Far Cry 5
    • Anthem
    • Sea of Thieves
    • State of Decay 2
    • Mario and Rabbids Kingdom Battles
    • Hidden Agenda
    • Deep Rock Galactic

    Grab a coffee and enjoy!

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

  • CtH 19. Fast RMX

    We suit up and hop into our anti-grav vehicles as we race through sci-fi landscapes at breath-taking speeds. In this episode we take a look at Fast RMX, an F-Zero / Wipeout inspired track-based racing game that’s available on the Nintendo Switch. Find out what we think of this high-octane racing game that does a great job at showing off just what the Nintendo Switch can deliver with a solid 60fps in both handheld and TV mode.

    Fast RMX offers up local or online play for up to 8 players. The game is built on top of FAST Racing NEO, so if you’ve yet to get your hands on a Switch you can still pick up a very similar experience on the Wii U.

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

  • CtH 18. Borderlands 2

    When is it not fun to loot, shoot and level-up with friends?

    This week we’ve gone back in time to revisit the classic co-operative FPS/RPG game - Borderlands 2. Whether you somehow missed it back in the day or you just want to reminisce about a game you know and love - drop in and join us. We talk about our highs and lows from our favourite in the series while keeping our fingers crossed that Borderlands 3 will one day deliver more of this classic action.

    Download Episode: iTunes / M4A Format or MP3 Format (~37 MB)

  • CtH 17. Gauntlet

    John and Ben grab their axes and head into a deep, dark dungeon to hack and slash their way through hordes of bad guys in the 2014 remake of the arcade classic - Gauntlet.

    Gauntlet is a co-operative, top-down, hack and slash dungeon crawler game, developed by Arrowhead Game Studios which offers online and local co-op for up to 4 players. While Gauntlet doesn’t tout any revolutionary features, it offers some relatively mindless fun and with a decent mix of variety and progression which we discuss in this fortnight’s episode.

    Gauntlet is available on Steam and PS4 and it currently costs €20 on Steam, although it has been on sale many times now for much less.

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

  • CtH 16. Jawns

    We share our experiences of playing a preview build of Jawns - an upcoming 2-player strategy board game inspired by classic board games like chess but with the speed of checkers. Jawns pits two players against each other, each armed with 15 tiles on a 9x5 board. Jawns gives you the option to choose from multiple game modes, each with different rules, and a game of Jawns lasts anywhere from 2-10 minutes.

    We got a chance to play Jawns before release via the Humble Bundle Monthly and we take a look at the five core game modes before moving on to discuss the wide range of game rules open for players to tweak. Grab a beer, pull up a chair and join us while we chat through our review of Jawns!

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

  • CtH 15. THOTH

    Join us as we discuss THOTH, a challenging 2D twin-stick shooter that supports two-player local co-op. With minimalist graphics and an unnerving soundtrack THOTH stands out from the crowd by regularly introducing new game mechanics throughout the handcrafted stages. By introducing interesting new challenges and mechanics throughout the core 64-stages, THOTH almost has a puzzle-game edge to it where you have to figure out the ins and outs of a stage before you can defeat it.

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