Fresh from last night's installment of 'Trailer Showcase' (aka, The Game Awards), we get our first look at the gameplay in Mass Effect Andromeda. And it's pretty much exactly what fans were expecting. They didn't turn it into a rhythm-based MOBA resource manager; you explore, you interact with NPCs, you fight and you level up. It all looks pretty - albeit with polish still needed on some animations - with no significant surprises. EA and Bioware still aren't giving us a release date beyond the previously announced "Spring 2017" window.
Food is finished. The black and cyber days are done. Now it’s time to show off the haul. I can’t really tell you in what order I got all of these titles, but I was able to get Titanfall 2, CoD: Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition, Dark Souls 3, Mafia 3, Battlefield 1, Battlefront Ultimate Edition, Hitman Full Season, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Ratchet & Clank, Carnival Games VR, The Division, & Rainbow Six Siege.
Out of all of those games, not a one did I pay full price. Most of them weren’t more than thirty dollars. This year more than any other I was really surprised with not only how low games were going for, but how low recently released games were going for. I’m also surprised these were mainly had from brick & mortar stores or their online sites and not one of the major online retailers. So, what did you bring home from the big sales? Let us know in the comments!
Tomorrow is the holiday we call Thanksgiving here in the US, and if you'll all forgive a little sappiness, it's my favorite holiday. It's not linked to any one religion or faith, and while it's origins are somewhat problematic by today's reckoning, most people treat it as the platonic ideal of a holiday: an occasion to get together with those you love and have fun. There are no pranks, or gift giving, or ceremonial igniting of explosives. It's just having fun with the people you care about, and stuffing your face.
But the name itself is important to the holiday. It's a time to reflect on all the things we're thankful for. All of us have complex lives, and that means stress, tension, pain and sacrifice. Which is why we should all take a few minutes during this holiday weekend - even if you're outside of the US - to focus on the things and people who make us happy. Be grateful for the good in your life, and if possible thank the people who contribute to that good. The bad things will still be there next week, but a big part of self care is embracing the positive things in your life, and this weekend is the best time to do so. Have fun, play games, eat & drink till you're full, and focus on the best things in life.
I love Black Friday. I loved it back when it was actually on a Friday, but now that it’s moved into Thursday - I still love it. It’s usually when I stock up on Blu-Rays but games have easily fallen into the grab-it-and-go price range where I’ve been on the lookout for those as well. So much so, in fact, that as a pro-tip you may already be aware of - it’s best not to buy any new games around October through Black Friday. We’re seeing $20 discounts and higher on some recently released games. We used a spreadsheet on this episode of going down all the deals but we’ve also posted it on our Facebook page. If you’re looking for a deal on a console, controllers, games, and even movies, that will be more than helpful for you to plan out how your Thursday or Friday will go. Also of note is that Amazon usually has all these deals price matched, but you’ll need to be quick with the clicks to get them so be aware. Happy shopping! And for our listeners here in the states - Happy Thanksgiving!
We’re wondering what year it is at the following link.
This might sound like a repeat of last week’s show post, but where last week was speculation, this week is proof.
People LOVE their nostalgia (member berries if you’ve been watching South Park this season).
The NES Classic (the tiny one with 30 games) sold out fast. This isn’t uncommon with Nintendo products, but something like this just feels strange to say in the year 2016. How? Why? Seriously, anyone who wants one of these things and has a reason as to why please call our show or email us. I’m exceptionally curious. I mean, I even want one, but I really can’t say why. I have no idea. And the want for this thing became even stronger - get this - when I couldn’t find one to buy on release day. There’s a medical term for that, I’m sure.
I have a feeling Nintendo know what they are doing here and I also have a feeling they will cash in on this every year if they can. Either with add-ons to existing products or a SNES Mini and the like. They struck gold again. No sense in leaving the claim untapped.
Via RPS, a game with such a simple premise that I'm shocked that I haven't seen it before. The tentatively titled Driving Survival puts you behind the wheel of a car as other vehicles try to ram you off the road. The trailers are a bit rough around the edges, but they really convey a sense of menace and dread. I'm not sure what the game delivers differently than, say, the cop chases in a GTA or Need for Speed, but the presentation really makes it pop as a horror title.
Driving Survival doesn't yet have a release window.
A thought occurs to me while watching the launch trailer for Dishonored 2: is this is biggest single-player only game of the holiday season? Infinite Warfare, Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2 and Gears 4 are all sold in great part on their multiplayer. Watch Dogs 2 & Civ 6 are more SP-focused, but still have multiplayer modes. But the only other major games coming for the holidays that don't have MP are Dishonored 2 and Final Fantasy 15. I'm not sure what - if anything - it means, but I find it to be an interesting split.
This has been a weird year. Outside of the celebrity deaths that have affected me, personally, more than any year previous, the elections here in the US, and the Cubs winning the world series...not to mention the year isn’t even over yet. And here we are on the brink of Nintendo having another huge must-have console in the holiday season. The NES-Mini releases on Friday. A tiny ass Nintendo Entertainment System with 30 games for 60 bucks. This thing is going to sell out fast and be in huge demand. At least, that’s the feeling I’m getting.
Bicker on the value all you want, but 30 for 60 is going to move product. Nostalgia is going to move product. Hell, even the fact that people won’t be able to find this on shelves is going to move product. I could all be wrong on this, however, and I’m really anxious to see what happens in the weeks ahead.
We’re buying an NES in 2016. What a time to be alive.
N7 Day is here, and we get another cinematic trailer for Mass Effect Andromeda. But this time it's accompanied by the sultry voice of Clancy Brown, and we get a little bit more of the story. We also now know that ME:A will be out this coming spring, which I think is the first formal confirmation of a release window? Other than that, we're not learning much new, and nary a second of gameplay is shown. Expect more as the months proceed.
After a multi-month tease via ARG, Blizzard finally announced the second new character for Overwatch - Sombra. As you can see from the amazing cinematic posted above, Sombra.
And via PC Gamer, some new maps and a new mode will be added to the game next week alongside our new heroine.
Blizzard also revealed that a pair of new maps are coming to the game, Ecopoint: Antarctica and Oasis, which are designed for 1v1 and 3v3 arena-style play in a new "Arcade" mode, which I'm sure we'll be hearing more about during the 'con.
Activision has confirmed that gamers who own the Win 10 version of Call of Duty Infinite Warfare cannot play against people who own any other version of the game. No Xbox One crossplay, no Steam crossplay. If you buy the Windows Store version of the game, you can only play against other Windows Store owners.
Microsoft confirms that cross store play is possible, if the publisher enables it, so this decision comes straight from Activision. I presume such a scheme will also be in place for Destiny 2, so plan your purchases accordingly.
The final Nintendo Wii U will reportedly hit the end of the production line later this week. Nintendo has turned their manufacturing energy towards the upcoming Nintendo Switch (what are we using as an acronym? NS? SW? NSW?).
The Wii U will end it's life with short of 14M units sold worldwide, or about 1/8 the number of original Wii units, and less even than the much maligned Gamecube.
Ever had one of those days. The beginning of this show is like one of those days.
In this episode we discuss the news about the Nintendo Switch being a touch-screen. This is something we suspected but since it was never shown in the announce video, we weren’t sure. The Switch is looking more and more like a tablet and less and less like a home gaming console. Still, there’s more we’ve yet to learn.
We’re joined in the second hour by Keythe Farley. He’s an actor, director, and voice actor with SAG-AFTRA, who are currently on strike. We talk to him about their demands and try to clarify a little bit about just exactly what those demands mean. Plus, he takes a few questions from listeners and go into a little bit of what it takes to be a voice actor under the current rules they are trying to change.
THQ Nordic has acquired the catalog and trademarks of Novalogic. I know that sentence doesn't make a ton of sense to some of you, so let me explain.
Nordic Games acquired the parts of the THQ catalog that no one else wanted when that publisher went under. That includes properties like Darksiders, Red Faction and Destroy All Humans. They also acquired the JoWood catalog under similar circumstances, which includes Painkiller and Spellforce. Now they've picked up the IP of Novalogic, which was a moderately well known outfit on the PC in the mid- to late-90s. But their output since the turn of the century seems to be one Comanche helicopter game, and a bunch of hacky Delta Force shooters. In other words, they're the perfect addition to the THQ Nordic family.
In all seriousness, this deal makes so little sense from a product standpoint. Look at these lists of IP (THQ Nordic) (Novalogic). Maybe on a good day, if the sun hits them just right you could see something in the Darksiders or Red Faction franchises. But in the cold light of reality there's not a lot there to justify development. Darksiders was a fun take on the Zelda/Metroid games with some interesting Joe Mad designs, but also a ton of frustrating elements. The Red Faction games were sold almost entirely on their destructible environments, and that's not something the IP protects. Beyond that you have a lot of franchises which had a couple of outings on the PS2, and a bunch of PC games from two decades ago. Even if you get these properties for a song, what value do they have? It's collecting properties for the sake of collecting properties.
Square Enix has announced that co-op play will be coming to Final Fantasy 15. Well, to be accurate it will be coming eventually, as one of the latter DLC packs that make up the season pass. And it sounds like this co-op play will be limited to the 'Comrades' mode, and won't extend to the main game. Sorry if I got your hopes up.
Here's the plan for the season pass. Three modules will be released that give each of the game's three other party members - Gladiolus, Ignis and Prompto - their own solo adventures. After those have been released, the Comrades mode will allow for co-op play with up to 4 people. But Square Enix is being very coy about what this co-op play will entail. Reading between the lines, I think this may be a sort of Horde mode situation, but that's just speculation on my point.
Final Fantasy 15 will be released November 29. No firm window has been announced for the DLC content.
We’re not making stupid switch puns at the following link.
I don’t like the name. I’m actually just now pondering this and I don’t like the name. Adding “Super” to the NES was fine. And adding a 64 at the end of Nintendo also worked. The GameCube even worked and was a fantastic name for what that console was. Then came the Wii and Nintendo hasn’t looked back since on how to name their home consoles. Same applies with the new one. I’m sure the marketing department was ALL over this thing with the way they could promote it. The term “make the switch” will likely be the tagline for the ad campaign. They are going to pun the hell out of this thing.
So, there’s my thoughts on the name, which we oddly didn’t discuss in this episode. We do discuss the Switch, however and give it a full hour to ponder what this thing is and what it might end up being. We’d like your opinion though so leave comments or send us some emails and give us your thoughts. According to Nintendo, the conversation for this thing is over with at the end of the 3 minute video they released, but there’s no way we’re going to let it end there.
That really would be a switch. I swear that’s the first and only time we’ll pun this thing.
The NX is officially the Nintendo Switch, and a lot of the rumors are true. The Switch incorporates a base station that hooks up to your TV and a portable screen unit you can use as a portable. Small controller segments can be connected to either side of the screen, or to what appears to be a transmitter communicating with the base station. The screen unit can be propped up and used as display, with each controller segment usable as an independent controller for multiplayer, or together for solo games. Two screens can even be networked for multiplayer, with 4 people playing a basketball game at once in a park. A traditional controller was also shown.
Nintendo also gave us a release window for the Switch: March 2017. No pricing was announced at this time.
[Update] - More bits: they showed off a new 3D Mario, a Splatoon with 8 person MP that was positioned as an eSport, a new Mario Kart, and what could have been a version of Skyrim. All of these could be real games, or placeholders, so don't get too excited until Nintendo announced something firm.
Nintendo calls the controller segments "Joy-Cons", the screen itself is the Switch Console, and when at home it rests in the Switch dock. The traditional controller is called the Joy Con Pro.
[Update 2] - NVIDIA is making the processor and API for the Switch.
Yes, it's Red Dead Redemption 2. It isn't a new State of Emergency, or a new Table Tennis or any other jokey title. The game will be out next fall, with a trailer coming Thursday at 11 EST. So far here's all they're saying about the game.
Developed by the creators of Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption, Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland. The game’s vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience.
Grand Theft Auto online, the MP component of GTA V, is consistently one of the most played MP modes on XBL and PSN. Rockstar seems to want to bring some of that gameplay to their gritty vision of the old west.