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 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.

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  • 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)

  • CtH 26. Star Wars: Battlefront

    Similar to how the Imperial Blizzard Forces descended upon Hoth, Star Wars: Battlefront 2 will soon be overrunning our hard drives, so we decided to revisit the Multiplayer FPS Star Wars: Battlefront from 2015 in it’s final form on PC. Join us as we talk about our favourite game modes in Star Wars: Battlefront and the issues we hope they will improve in the upcoming sequel.

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  • CtH 25. Rocket League

    Holy Cow! John and Ben have finally peeled their fingers away from their Xbox One controllers long enough to go for it and bring you their round-up of Rocket League. With over 600 hours combined behind the remote controlled wheels, we resisted “One. More. Game” and we’re in position to share the highs and lows of this vehicular sports game. So, if you need boost then why not take the shot and download this Siiiiick episode? Thanks!

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  • 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.

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  • 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)