Metal Gear Solid's Snake and Mass Effect's Femshep are going on strike over higher pay. Rockstar has flipped the on switch for marketing its new Red Dead Redemption sequel/prequel. And if you'd like to get into the nitty gritty of procedural generation—from the game that's admittedly given procedural generation a bad name at the moment—then this blog looks at what No Man's Sky's code tells us.
Better late than never. What did you play this weekend?
Jeremy Duff, Senior Staff Writer, @Duff3c
All World War I, all the time, in the Duff household right now. Battlefield 1 has taken center stage in my gaming life for my pending review. I have to admit, I was feeling a little burnt out on the FPS genre prior to this (Gears doesn't count), but the change of scenery back a century has really gone a long way to freshen it up for me. I love the look and feel with the vintage setting and weapons. Plus, I have always preferred BF multiplayer to CoD multiplayer. Aside from working on this review, I also picked up WWE 2K17 last week but have yet to really dig into it. I played a few exhibition matches and really love the look and feel of this year's game; the character models are perhaps the best yet in the series. Is this the year I finally launch my own WWE Universe, with "live" shows on YouTube? Maybe. Just maybe.
Randy Kalista, Staff Writer, @randykalista
Red Dead Redemption 2 (it's official!) may be a year away, but that means there's no better time to fire up the original ballad of John Marston once again. I've made a habit of getting back in the saddle, at least at some point, every year since its 2010 launch. But in those six years since, I've only played to the credits that first time. Sure, I played Red Dead Revolver back in the day, too, but it made nowhere near the impact that Redemption did—and still does. Across all media, Redemption one of the finest Westerns ever made, and that's including Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, and, I don't know, Johnny Cash's At Folsom Prison. (Never mind. I can't speak for country music. But literature and theater, yes, I stand behind those statements.) Anyway, I'd started up a replay of Red Dead Redemption only a few weeks ago, actually, so I'm picking up from there. I've worked with the indomitable Bonnie MacFarlane, I'm getting roped in by the snake oil-selling Nigel West Dickens, and I've ridden with the hardboiled and cigar-chomping Sheriff Bartlett. It's probably my #1 game of all time, and I don't even know what #2 would be.
Aidan Kelly, Staff Writer, email@example.com
The Dark Souls III community is as vibrant as ever with the introduction of The Crusaders Covenant. This player-driven covenant is the answer to all them nasty Bloodshades challenging the monopoly gank squads have had recently. Anyone want to build a SL140 character me? Before the weekend kicked off, I was playing Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade. It's an interesting concept and I'm very curious to see how it all fits together. I managed to get an hour in last weekend and spent it aimlessly chopping Chaos Marines down when I wasn't providing fodder for the rest of the team. Once I come to grips with Eternal Crusade it'll be all hands to battle stations to try the Destiny's Wrath of the Machine on hard mode. Although I picked up the DLC when it was released I've only had the time to do the raid once so far. This weekend I'll get to finish the Outbreak Prime quest line.
With the announcement of the Nintendo Switch, there's been some questions about what it can and cannot do. One of the things people were asking about was would it able to play Wii or Wii U games. Seeing as the Switch takes cartridges and doesn't have a DVD drive, that was probably an easy one to answer.
No, you won't able to play old Wii games or 3DS games with the Nintendo Switch. The Wii was able to play Gamecube games and the Wii U could play Wii discs, but it looks like Nintendo's going with a different route for the new console.
As for the dock itself, some thought it would be able to increase the graphical power when docked before the announcement. IGN has word that it's only going to be used for charging and used for outputting to the TV.
The Amiibo concept will be brought to the Nintendo Switch though, so those with a large collection of them will be happy to hear that.
So there you have it for now. There's still more Nintendo hasn't revealed about the Switch, but they'll be doing so in the near future. It's less than a year away from release, but there's plenty of time left and Nintendo's got to leave some things a secret until it gets closer to launch so they can have more things to get you excited about.
Some said it would be delayed again. Others believed it would never see the light of day. But today. Today is the day we get confirmation the game will be out this year.
Shuhei Yoshida tweeted out that The Last Guardian has gone gold. Yes, it's ready for mass production and to be in your hands. It's been a long, long road for this game to see the light of day, but it will finally be available on the PlayStation 4.
Well, I know what I'll be doing on December 6th. I can't wait to play this game and if it's half as good as Shadow of Colossus, this will be my game of the year.
I've waited a very long time to say this... The Last Guardian has gone gold! I'm so excited for you all to finally experience it ???(°?°)???— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) October 22, 2016
Destiny is bringing back its fall holiday celebration "Festival of the Lost" starting on Tuesday, October 25th until November 8th! Participate in multiple quest lines, an exclusive quest line found in the Iron Temple, and be sure to check out the new social space in Rise of Iron. Seek out the Treasures of the Lost for new gear, masks, emotes, consumables, and much more. View the official trailer for the Festival of the Lost below!
Ready to get scared? The release of Amensia: Collection has been announced for PS4! Instead of the traditional jump-scares and cut-scenes, the Amneia games force players to explore and survive the darkness while trying to fight insanity. The Collection will include all three Amneisa games: The Dark Decent, Justine, and A Machine for Pigs. Amensia: Collection will be available on November 22nd for $29.99.
One week to go before The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition. Incidentally, that puts us in the window of its fifth anniversary, too. Oblivion was just okay, Morrowind secured a spot in my Top 10 For Life, but I can't imagine a gaming landscape today without Skyrim.
I can't wait to head into Skyrim – Special Edition with its thicker, warmer sunlight, its dynamic depth of field, its enhanced reflective surfaces, and just its overall remastered-ness. Not sure what race and class I'll run with on this playthrough. Maybe I'll make that (inadvisable) Orsimer mage do better things this time. An Argonian warrior, perhaps? Why not a Nord thief? I like playing Elder Scrolls on hard mode, apparently.
Get to the 0:30 mark in this video to start seeing new gameplay footage that hasn't been rehashed since the first gameplay trailer.
Skyrim – Special Edition brings its remastered fus-ro-dah to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on Friday, October 28.
Here's one more snippet of glitch-adventure-puzzler-platformer (?) Small Radios Big Televisions, a game that's in contention for Most Indie Band Sounding Name for an Indie Video Game. Visually, it's also up for an award in the Best Upcycling of Fez's Sound & Vision But Taking It Further so Don't Stop There category.
This new gameplay trailer jumps back and forth between Small Radios Big Televisions' 2D and 3D worlds; from the sprite-like to the polygonal. The fabric weaving together both ends of this graphical journey is: the music. At least from what I can tell. You can listen to one of the tracks for free right now, "Tundra," on Bandcamp. It's that sweet, sweet retrowave stuff that should be the soundtrack for any and all indie game documentaries made in the 2010's.
Have another look. Everything seems all clean and straightforward at first. Then it feels like someone starts unspooling the VHS tape out onto the sidewalk. If the VHS tape was your small intestine. I'm starting to feel a little disturbed by it, yeah. But I think that's the point.
Small Radios Big Televisions has just over two weeks to go, launching on PS4 on November 8.
With the launch of Rock Band Rivals in the books, Harmonix has been doing some good for the community and offering sales on some of the previously released DLC. This week, we are getting 30% off three bundles (seen below) from 10/18 – 10/24. That is a ton of songs to add to your library if you don’t already own them at a nice discount.
30% Off the following DLC Packs:
The team behind Civilization VI have given us another nugget to chew on with the release of the games entire soundtrack for free streaming. This nugget being the amazing music compositions we can expect to hear during game time. The composition is superb, and the mechanics in the game make fantastic use of the amazing music. Different songs will be added to the players track list depending on whom and when they meet another faction. This means if you meet the English during the Ancient Era, songs pertaining to this will be added into your track list somewhere. Also, the music itself is beautifully composed.
One of the games I was really excited about this year was Star Trek: Bridge Crew. To be able to play a part in controlling a starship and to be able to do it in VR was a pretty fun concept for me. Originally slated to be out this year, Ubisoft has announced that the game will now be delayed until March 14th, 2017.
While disappointing, I'm hopeful the delay will make the game better and more polished. By then we'll have two systems with motion controllers on the PC so we'll have a nice player base on that side.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew will be out on the PC and PlayStation 4, hopefully, next March.