The next trailer for Destiny 2 has dropped. Here's how Bungie handicaps the plot.
Humanityís last safe city has fallen to an overwhelming invasion force, led by Ghaul, the imposing commander of the brutal Red Legion. He has stripped the cityís Guardians of their power, and forced the survivors to flee. You will venture to mysterious, unexplored worlds of our solar system to discover an arsenal of weapons and devastating new combat abilities. To defeat the Red Legion and confront Ghaul, you must reunite humanityís scattered heroes, stand together, and fight back to reclaim our home.
A few thoughts:
- Coming to XB1, PS4 & PC on September 8, so PC gamers can get in on the fun this time around.
- Bungie is really leaning into the humor in these first couple of trailers, which is a drastic change from almost all D1 promotional material. I (almost) always think humor makes games better, so this is an improvement.
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How bad does something have to be before you canít put up with it anymore? Loaded question, I know, so letís constrain it to what we know best - video games. Itís sort of the video game version of the chicken/egg question. If a game plays phenomenally with a fantastic story but looks like crap, is it still a good game? If a game looks amazing but the story is weak, is it still a good game? I think all of these are subjective to the player. In the end itís up to them on if they got their moneyís worth and if their time was spent well with a game.
None of us have played Mass Effect Andromeda, but at least from the people we spoke with on this episode who have, theyíre easily enjoying what they are playing regardless of what they might be seeing. The animations have their drawbacks at times but it isnít enough to take them away from the enjoyment the game is giving them. Itís a win for them and seems to come highly recommended. Itís what works for them.
So what about you? Where does a game succeed or fail for you? Does it need to hit certain points on all levels to be something youíll enjoy or can a game knock it out of the park in one single area for you to look past the other faults? We have reviews and videos for other people to tell us what they think. We even have our show for that. But really, after all is said and done, itís up to you, the player, to make those choices for what works best for you.
Surprising absolutely no one, Destiny 2has been announced, with a September release likely in the cards. The teaser image above doesn't reveal much - The Traveler has seemingly eclipsed the sun, and many things are on fire - but expect another six months of reveals going forward. We do know for sure that your non-cosmetic progress from Destiny 1 won't carry over to the sequel. In most games, this wouldn't be noteworthy - you can count on 1 hand the number of RPGs in the last 2 decades that included full carryover - but Destiny's hardcore fanbase wasn't happy with this decision.
I thought the original Destiny was a very good game, which hinted at the greatness that could come. I dearly hope the sequel meets, or surpasses, that potential.
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I dearly hope this Justice League movie is good. I'm not getting my hopes up - WB hasn't made a good movie based on a DC property without Chris Nolan in a quarter century - but this trailer isn't terrible. It is awfully monochrome, but the powers that be seem allergic to color.
This week we have New Frontier Days, a town building simulation title where you command your pioneers to colonize new lands. Othello comes with 2-player support with either Joy-Con, or on the touch screen. And Neo Turf Masters will scratch your arcade golfing itch.
Just so Yu know, the main character in Bethesda's semi-rebooted Prey is named Morgan Yu. And they are going to build as many puns (or wordplay) around that gag as Yu can handle. It's like someone turned Kieron Gillen's twitter feed into a virus, and set it loose on a space station.
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I know Iím usually talking about the upcoming or just released games when I write these things but I want to go back to a game that had an interesting release last year. And it lasted all of last year. I was skeptical of how theyíd pull it off at first but HITMAN has surprised me. And...itís actually made me regret not going about it the way Matt did and the way it was intended - episodically.
Normally in the way of usual games released in episodes Iíd wait for the full season to release and I did that with HITMAN. Itís because playing it in episodes so close together I have better memory of what just transpired in the previous installment. But that doesnít work with HITMAN. One episode doesnít really carry over to the other. Each level was released one at a time and when you finished it up you had the chance to go back and try new ways to complete the level. This idea is lost a little bit when ALL the episodes are available to you at the outset. Finish it one way and you have the freedom to move to the next target. Thereís very little to sway you to go back in and try again a different way.
Then thereís the constant updates to the game and the elusive targets they unleash pretty regularly. Hats off to the devs for continuing the support - free support at that. Reminds me a bit of Burnout Paradise. You may not be a fan of the HITMAN games, and thatís one thing, but if you are and had doubts, this is an easy game to recommend you jump right in on. It deserves it and the devs with their continued support deserve your support as well. Tell other companies out there how much you enjoy what theyíre doing and hopefully this will extend to others. Vote with your wallet, right? For everyone whoís ever preached that, hereís a game and a team well worth your vote.
This week brings Tomorrow Corporation goodness with Little Inferno, Human Resource Machine, and World of Goo. And the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire is available for early download before the festivities start next week.
Note: The Binding of Issac Afterbirth+ can be accessed via the News tabs, but the game won't be available to purchase until tomorrow.
*Little Inferno: $9.99
*Human Resource Machine: $9.99
*World of Goo: $9.99
*ACA NeoGeo The King of Fighters '94: $9.99
*The Binding of Issac Afterbirth+: $39.99
EA and Bioware have released what they're calling the launch trailer for Mass Effect Andromeda. The game formally launches next week, but if you're an EA Access member you can play through the first 10 hours of the game starting tomorrow. Eurogamer has also posted a 'story so far...' article to get you up (or back up) to speed on what's happened in the series to date.
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I once again find myself in that wonderful situation where thereís just a lot to be played and more on the way. Iím 3 missions shy of finishing up Sniper Elite 4, Iím just starting to sink my teeth into Horizon Zero Dawn. My special edition Zelda order finally showed up Saturday. Last Guardian is STILL on the shelf for me waiting to really be played, and then Destiny is doing itís final big update for the game at the end of the month.
My cup runneth over.
While Iím only listing a few games here, both Horizon, Zelda, and Destiny to some extent are MASSIVE games that will require a lot of my time to finish them. I put Destiny in there out of my own self admitted addiction I have whenever they give me a record book or new stuff to do. Give me the challenge and a list to tick it all off with and youíve got me by the short hairs.
Zelda is actually really intimidating waiting this long to get around to playing it. Reading the massive amount of praise itís getting and knowing how massive a game it actually is - youíre a little nervous to make the leap into it. Well, I am, anyway. My only experience of Zelda was Wind Waker and it was marvelous for me. I loved it and I havenít been excited for another Zelda since then until Breath Of The Wild came about (maybe a little excitement for Link Between Worlds - which I also havenít played).
This week's Nintendo Download features Blaster Master Zero as the standout title. If not that, there's some Neo Geo goodness on hand, and Voez (formerly on iOS/android), will satisfy your rhythm game craving.
Note: This version of Voez includes all of the DLC from the mobile versions by default. And Voez only supports portable mode, as Fly High Works has stated that the game was originally designed with touch input.
*ACA NeoGeo: NAM-1975 ($7.99)
*ACA NeoGeo: The King of Fighters '98 (7.99)
*ACA NeoGeo: WAKU WAKU 7 ($7.99)
*ACA NeoGeo: Shock Troopers ($7.99)
*ACA NeoGeo: World Heroes Perfect: ($7.99)
*ACA NeoGeo: Metal Slug 3: ($7.99)
*Blaster Master Zero ($9.99)
Bethesda and Id have opened registration for the Quake Champions closed beta test. You can sign up here, while the test is expected to begin in a few weeks. A playable version of the game will be on the floor at PAX East this coming weekend. The full F2P game is expected to launch later this year.
Go back and listen to the past few shows leading up to the Nintendo Switch release. Hell, go back and just read some of these posts for shows - itís enough to make a good bet I wouldnít be getting a Nintendo Switch.
With the launch of Nintendo Switch worldwide, comes the first batch of launch titles. Breath of the Wild is the major release, followed by Shovel Knight, Fast RMX, and Super Bomberman R for a mix of large and indie releases.
A demo of Snipperclips is available to for those who want to sample the game beforehand.
*The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: $59.99
*Super Bomberman R: $49.99
*1-2 Switch: $49.99
*Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment: $9.99
*Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove: $24.99
*Just Dance 2017: $59.99
*Fast RMX: $19.99
*I Am Setsuna: $39.99
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Itís that new console feeling in the air. Except...it isnít. Itís weird. The Nintendo Switch releases this week and it feels a bit odd. Weíre used to having these things release usually in November and usually within weeks of other consoles from Microsoft & Sony. The Wii U bucked the competition tradition by releasing a year before the Xbox One and PS4, but still came out in November.
Regardless, it all still feels a little...off. The lineup of games for this thing available at launch doesnít seem to go beyond Zelda. I imagine people will be picking up a few titles and you usually do when buying a new system, but I just canít see myself playing ANY of them. Itís a new gadget and the temptation is completely there, but itís been easy to avoid. Mainly because of the library.
Outside of the month, this feels really familiar with the release of the Wii U. A system with a pretty weak launch library and releasing without any competition to pull you one way or another. That system is actually the more tempting one in my eyes due to all the great games it has available - plus getting the new Zelda as well.
Weíre curious where you stand. If you get the system, weíd like to hear from you in the comments. You can also email us or, better yet, call in to the show on this weekís episode.
Microsoft today announced "Game Pass", their monthly all-you-can-eat game download program for Xbox. The $9.99 monthly fee lets you download "over 100" games from the Xbox One and Xbox 360 BC catalog. You can play the games as long as you subscribe, or purchase them at a discount to play even after your sub ends.
Titles will be added over time, but the initial list includes Halo 5, NBA 2K16, Saint's Row 4, Mad Max, Soul Calibur 2, Gears Ultimate Edition and LEGO Batman.
What would gaming news be without retailers bumbling about like Looney Tunes characters?
[Update] Here's the cinematic trailer. A gameplay trailer is slated for next week.
Today's tidbit comes from a now-deleted Target listing (preserved here)for Middle-earth: Shadow of War, the sequel to 2014's superb Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. The listing pegs it for an August release on current gen consoles, and the description says it will likely stay close to it's roots:
A developer is not mentioned, but presumably Monolith is back for the sequel. A Gold Edition that seems to include a DLC season pass was also part of the listing for $100.
I loved Shadow of Mordor, but I dearly hope the sequel evolves a bit. At this point I think we can clearly state that this is a genre in and of itself. Assassins-esque? Creed-like? OWMMG (Open World Melee Murder Game)?