Well, here’s a happy surprise.
Developer Vertigo Games announced today on the PlayStation Blog that the PS VR version of Arizona Sunshine, which is a favorite among the Gaming Nexus staff, is getting an update next Tuesday. The free download, entitled DLZ, will include two new horde maps, Old Mine and Undead Valley.
Old Mine is based on the mine environment in the campaign, which has been reconfigured to support fights with endless waves of the undead. Supply and ammo drops have been moved outside of “comfort zones”, forcing players to take chances to retrieve them and keep their team alive.
The second map, Undead Valley, takes place in a warehouse turned casino near Las Vegas. Players are able to fight their way to new areas, opening them through combat and environmental destruction. Instead of sending waves of zombies at the players, this map unleashes an endless stream, encouraging players to keep moving to stay safe.
I’m really digging the recent trend that has PS VR titles getting updates. It is nice to see development companies supporting VR games and expanding them after release. Now can I get some Romulans on Star Trek Bridge Crew? Ubisoft? Anyone? Anyone?
Wolfenstein II launched on October 27 to thunderous critical acclaim (check out our review here.) If you were on the fence about this one, now is your chance to check out this brand new title at no cost to you.
Live right now, a free demo is available for Wolfenstein II on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The demo allows players to complete the entire first level of the game, and if they choose to buy the title, their save data will carry over. Pretty sweet.
Wolfenstein II is going to be on sale at ludicrously low prices on Friday, and if you were planning on getting it, this is a great way to get a jump on things.
It’s that time of year when we gather with family to eat slabs of a large flightless bird and, for the most part, ignore the fact that some Native Americans call Thanksgiving a Day of Mourning. Belgium leads the way in declaring loot boxes a form of gambling, stating that Battlefront 2 “is a Star Wars-themed online casino designed to lure kids into spending money.” And after roughly six months, Civilization 5 designer, Jon Shafer, leaves Paradox Interactive due to “creative differences.”
What are you playing this Thanksgiving Weekend?
Russell Archey, Staff Writer, @NeoScyther
I won't be doing much gaming this weekend between Thanksgiving dinner and then working Black Friday and Saturday. The fun of retail during the holidays. So, any free time will likely be just resting in front of the TV. Any time I do find to play games will likely be spent playing Ninja Showdown, 88 Heroes: 99 Heroes Edition, and Conga Master Party for the Nintendo Switch in preparation for my upcoming reviews. The games themselves are simple and can be played in spurts for the most part. They're perfect for relaxing after being on my feet for several hours dodging customers and trying to navigate what little room there is to walk in a packed store.
Sean Colleli, Staff Writer, @scolleli
I'm working on my review for Resident Evil Revelations 1 and 2 for Nintendo Switch. It's a weird situation, since RE Revelations began life on a Nintendo portable—the 3DS—and now it's come full circle. I'm also picking up Axiom Verge Multiverse Edition as I've heard nothing but good things, but I wanted to hold off and play it on Switch. As the game is a huge homage to Super Metroid, it only seemed appropriate. I might also haul the Wii U over to my folks' house for Thanksgiving, for my family's semi-traditional Smash Bros. and Mario Kart tournaments.
Kinsey Danzis, Staff Writer, email@example.com
Since I have to answer the war horn of retail workers on Black Friday weekend, I'm going to have approximately three seconds of game time this weekend. The struggle is going to be resisting the tech sales—but since I'm going to be on the clock for most of Friday, my job solved that one for me. I'll probably come home and try to unwind with Sky Factory 3—which, by the way, is far more engrossing than I ever thought Minecraft could be—but I won't have time to really delve into my other current fascinations, RiME and Middle-earth: Shadow of War. Yes, I am still playing Shadow of War this long after my review—or rather, I'm trying to play it, because retail holiday season started a few weeks ago.
Dave Gamble, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org
As advertised last week, I jumped back into Elite Dangerous, albeit in glorious VR. I wish I had done this sooner, but with hundreds of VR hours under my belt, it wasn't the awe-inspiring event that it would have been back in the days when it was all fresh and new. There was also, of course, a fairly decent learning curve to surmount before I could control at the least the most common tasks solely through the use of my HOTAS system. Once I got more or less up to speed, I decided to take an honorable path in this world, having learned from Red Dead Redemption just how easy it is to fall into a life outside the law, whether intentional or not. Mining is a grind, so I decided on cargo hauling. My quandary now is how to learn market prices on far away trading planets/stations without resorting to external websites. With only four cargo slots, I can't afford many mistakes on the economic front.
I'm also spending a lot of time in the Drone Racing League Simulator, for which I am working on a review. They warned us right up front that this is a ultra-realistic simulator and all that that implies, which in action means it's really, really hard to fly. It's an FPV presentation, which takes a great deal of getting used to, and it models racing drones which typically don't have all of the fancy gyros and such to make them behave in a preternaturally sedate and stable mode, although there are some optional settings for those that want or need that level of hand-holding. That's not for me, though: I have been flying RC airplanes since 1975, and real airplanes since 1982—these toys should not provide too much of a challenge to me, right?
Wrong! Completely and utterly wrong! In fact, every single bit of that prior experience makes it harder! As it turns out, drones do NOT fly like regular fixed-wing aircraft. For this week, I'm going to step away from the drone sim and start taking a look at Star Control: Origins, or at least the first available component of it, Fleet Battles. I have never designed, flown, or fought a spaceship—that ought to make it a piece of cake, right?
Eric Hauter, Staff Writer, email@example.com
Rec Room drops on PS VR this week, so I am looking forward to spending some time dorking around online with that.
Beyond that and family obligations, I'm going to continue on with Horizon Zero Dawn, which continues to impress now that I've gotten through the training wheels area and have been set free on the open world. Worms Battlegrounds has been getting a lot of love around the house too, so I'll probably put in some time on that. After all these years, Worms still makes me roar and swear.
Randy Kalista, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org
My review for Northgard is coming along. I've tried out each of the Viking clans. There are six. The game isn't meant to be a days-long slog like Civilization. More like a tighter few hours' worth of board game time. Well, the games have been shorter for me since I haven't found a winning strategy yet. The entire board wants me dead. If it ain't the wolves, then it's the draugr. If it ain't the draugr, it's the other Vikings. If it ain't the other Vikings, it's the freezing winters and the lack of firewood, or the rats eating up my stored food.
After two-years and change in Steam Early Access, RimWorld transitioned from alpha to beta this week. There's a new swamp biome. New storyful combat ("Chuck struck John with a mace, bruising his jaw while wearing a savage look"). There are new furniture bits and pieces, devastating orbital bombardment weaponry, psychic-alteration devices, and—goodness gracious—new mental breaks to destroy your RimWorlders' relationships. Hm. Sounds like a prediction of how Thanksgiving at my parents' will go this weekend.
Rob Larkin, Staff Writer, @Rob_GN
I won’t be playing. I’ll be planning. On Black Friday I’ll be picking up a new PS4, graphics card, and everything else I need to start gaming again. But because I’ll be away at my auntie's house for the Holidays, I won’t actually be able to plug anything in and play until I get back home next week. Unless I get a PSVR and the fam wants a demo. That could be arranged.
Nicholas Leon, Staff Writer, email@example.com
Well I'll be celebrating my birthday this weekend, so, with any luck, I'll be able to get my hands on a copy of Battlefield 1 Complete Revolution Edition. Otherwise, it'll be wholesome family fun as I purposely left all of my games at school so I wouldn't be distracted from the papers I have to complete.
Happy Thanks, y'all.
Kevin O’Connell, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org
As I am coming off a 1,200-mile trip I will be getting back to gaming ASAP. I am starting a review of the newest LEGO game: Marvel Super Heroes 2. Looks like a trip through Rocket-infested waters.
I am also revisiting Killing Floor 2 and Dungeon Defenders 2 because of some new content spotted. DD2 has a new Mastery Mode and is in the middle of an online Progression Event. Killing Floor 2 has new daily objectives, new vault rewards, and new gear.
I am also going through the ELITE races in Forza 7 to complete the game 2x through. Currently at 119th level with over 70 cars. But we all know that isn't enough. I'm also wondering if the "Leagues" portion will ever come to the game. It has been some 50 days and isn't here for the Thanksgiving break, so still not cool.
Holy moley, Planet Coaster is a nice looking game. Look at that trailer. This thing is beautiful.
In celebration of Planet Coaster’s first anniversary, Frontier Development is releasing a free update, now available to download at Steam.
The update has a lot of cool new features. There is a Scenario Editor, which allows users to create scenario challenges and share them with the community. There are five brand new rides, including three new rollercoasters. There are also several new structural enhancements, like billboards, picnic tables, and a new Staff Management Building.
Maybe it’s just me, but I would really love to see Planet Coaster brought to consoles. Frontier is the same company developing Jurassic World Evolution, which is coming to console, and they recently brought Elite Dangerous from PC to console, so there might be a teeny-tiny chance that my wish comes true.
WWE 2K18's first content pack drops today and it's the up and coming Superstars of the NXT brand with the NXT Generation pack.
The NXT Generation pack includes the following Superstars
The other cool thing about when new Superstars are added to the game is that all of their parts are added to the creation features as well. Their ring attire, entrance music and move sets will be available for created wrestlers to use as well.
Be sure to also check out my review of WWE 2K18 as well where I said that 2K18 is a major step above 2K17 but still comes with its own set of problem as well.
No Heroes Here, the multiplayer castle defense game by Mad Mimic Interactive, is going live on Switch and PS4 in the second quarter of 2018.
The 2D pixel art co-op game allows up to four players to work together locally or online, crafting ammo and defenses to defend their castle from waves of attackers. The game currently has a Positive rating on Steam, drawing comparisons to Overcooked and Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime.
I love everything about the trailer for this game. Frantic co-op games of this nature go over like gangbusters with my family, so I will be keeping an eye on this one as we move closer to release.
Europa Universalis IV: Cradle of Civilization is now available for download. The latest in the series from Paradox has you deep into the happenings in the Middle East. Across the sands you will make profitable trade routes and expand your civilization through the years. Some of the features include:
Cradle of Civilization is available now for download at $19.99 and here is the trailer:
Last week I was touting that the game list for XBox One was paltry and to expect something this week. I was oh so correct. There are some 400 games at huge discounts (up to 65%). Some big ones look something like this:
These and a slew more are now available from the XBox One Black Friday sale for Gold members.
Ubisoft has fully revealed everything that will be coming in Operation White Noise, the next big content drop for Rainbow Six Siege and will include three new operators, a new map, skins, and tons of changes / fixes to the game.
First up is the new attacker, Dokkaebi. Dokkaebi carries a tablet with her into battle. Twice per round she can use her tablet to do one of three things.
First, using the tablet will cause the phones of all of the surviving attackers to start vibrating essentially giving off their positions. Attackers will then need to make a choice. Take the time to turn off their phone, leaving them vulnerable or take a chance and let it ring. The second thing it does is that is disrupts the attackers feeds to cameras, letting the defenders maneuver around the map without being spotted. Finally, if an attacker dies with Dokkaebi in the match, they will drop their phone. If Dokkaebi can hack the phone, the defending team will then get access to the camera feeds for the rest of the round.
Next up with the new South Korean Defender, Vigil. Vigil can cloak himself which will make him invisible to surveillance equipment like hacked security cameras or drones. He can however be detected by IQ's scanner, and his footprints can be scanned by Jackal.
Finally, Zofia, an Attacker from Poland and the sister of Ela. Zofia carries into battle with her the KS79-Lifeline, which is a grenade launcher equipped with both explosive rounds and stun grenades. You can switch freely between explosive and stun grenades at any time and they don't need to be reloaded between shots.
Since Zofia and Ela are sisters, they both have experience and training when it comes to stun grenades. This means that both Zofia and Ela will recover from their each others stun grenades at a faster pace.
Additionally, Zofia has an ability called "withstand". This allows her to pick herself up from a DBNO(downed but not out) state once per match and will recover with 1HP.
For the full list of patch notes, be sure to check out Rainbow Six Siege's official website.
So far I've written two articles this year on a couple of the new sets for the Ascension deck building game: Gift of the Elements and Alliances, with another set review on the way for Valley of the Ancients. In my Gift of the Elements article I briefly explain how to play the game, but don't really go into a lot of details. With my third article on the way I decided to finally rectify that issue and create a video that goes over how to play and a few other things such as a couple of strategies and how cards can combo and work together. While the video quality isn't the greatest, I hope that this is helpful for anyone wanting to learn how to play and I'm also hoping to do more videos on the other sets that I end up checking out (I will do videos for Gift of the Elements and Alliances as well as Valley of the Ancients in the near future).