The stalking was disturbingly satisfying despite its simplicity, the shooting was godawful, and the story in the first game was deceptively thought-provoking. I'd say the good points heavily outweigh the terrible shooter sections (as well as the super-dumb story in the sequel), and I'll keep hoping for a Manhunt 3, as unlikely as that may be. There's a lot that can still be done with the franchise, and I'd like to see it break out of its image as a "torture porn" game. Manhunt 1 was a much smarter game than it is given credit for.
my memories of the last few years worth of Bombcasts are completely wrong.
Nothing's changed. Sounds like you want to hate the CBS move so badly that you'll criticize the Bombcast for being what it's always been. If you dislike the tangents, you can just say so instead of pretending that they didn't exist until now.
I would recommend The Besties. It's a podcast run by Polygon (theverge.com/gaming). With Justin McElroy who have been a guest at the bombcast a couple of times. It's a podcast where every week they each bring one game released that week and try to decide upon which game is the best and at the end of the year decide the game of the year. It's quite funny with lots of banter between them. It's nice because it's not just the same format as most other gaming podcasts.