Last Week in Gaming – August 13, 2019

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We read a ton of video game articles each week and wanted to share some of our favorites with the Average Gamer community. We’ll feature everything from previews to reviews and everything in between.

The articles we share will be from a combination of well-known sources (like IGN) and more niche blogs that you may not have heard of. In the previous TAG Roundup post, we talked about Diablo in Chrome, Overwatch hero development, the new Call of Duty game and more!

It’s pretty incredible how much video game news that gets produced daily. One day, I’ll be able to keep up with all of it…but not today.

Here we go!

Open-world Action on Switch – IGN

Basically everyone loves Breath of the Wild. Decay of Logos looks similar but there’s no loading screens! Is this PS5??

You’ll ride around on an elk, which has elements of bonding/skills reminiscent to Red Dead Redemption. 

The game has been created by a team of 4 people, which is incredible given how large this game looks. It’s interesting to hear how the initial dev started created from the end of the game and working backwards.

PS4 owners can play the game first (8/27) but Switch, Xbone and PC gamers can join in a few days later. Hopefully it can distance itself enough from BotW to gain traction in the crowded action-RPG space.

Update on The Last of Us 2 – Comicbook

There is nothing about this game, nor the reveals, that hasn’t been one hundred percent carefully crafted and methodically curated. All I can tell you is that as much as you’re clamouring for it… you’re not ready.

Joel’s voice actor, Troy Baker, continues to build hype for next year’s release. I almost literally can not even wait for this sequel.

The Last of Us may be the only story-driven campaign that I’ve completed in the last decade. It’s that good. If you haven’t played yet, please do yourself a favor and spend the $10 to get this amazing game.

CoD With a BR Twist – Games Radar

That’s right, I’m talking about two different Call of Duty games in back-to-back weeks. Deal with it.

Black Ops 4 just got a big update, showcasing an 80-player last man standing cluster. You scurry around a huge map trying not to get infected by the ever-growing swarm of players.

The idea sounds really cool and slightly terrifying at the same time. It’s worth a look if you already have the game and it’ll probably bring a good amount of players back to the fold.

Sim City, But Prettier – Polygon

This one actually had me scratching my head a little bit. It looks similar to the town building/evolving games that I’ve played in the past but you can’t battle anyone.

Foundation is more about creating and trading vs conquest and pillaging. It’s closer to Sim City or Tropico in the sense that the player deals with civil unrest and starvation.

It’s in early access on steam right now, and has apparently been in early access for a while now. Seems like a good change of pace for anyone looking to relax or switch over from Stardew Valley.

Mario Maker 2 Amazingness – Polygon

Creator time!

You can make some pretty cool creations in Mario Maker. I can’t even imagine the amount of time that goes into creating a full-blown level, let alone one that does math.

Helgefan delivers a calculator experience on the switch with your favorite plumber. The player doesn’t need to input many commands but it’s incredible to watch as the ‘computer’ computes its computations.

The whole thing is over in a few minutes but feels surprisingly rewarding. It also features one of my favorite Mario tracks, so bonus points there.

Moar Boardgames – ARS Technica

Fun fact, there’s a 4-day event which celebrates tabletop games! Who knew?

At Gen Con, tens of thousands of enthusiast flock to get a glimpse of the upcoming board games. There’s way too much content in this article to actually summarize, but I’m really curious about these games:

  • Pandemic: Rapid Response
  • Marvel Champions: The Card Game
  • Reavers of Midgard
  • Cloudspire

Check out the full list and let me know which ones look interesting to you!

Marvel Champions
Reavers of Midgard
Black Desert for Free – Comicbook

Today is your last chance to get in on the open beta for Black Desert. The trailer made me think of what would happen if Final Fantasy combined with Lord of the Rings in and action MMORPG.

Reviews so far have been ok and the game will likely scratch your hack n’ slash itch for a while. I’ll be interested to see what classes they add and will keep an eye out for how the game avoids becoming a grindfest.

That’s All For Now

There were plenty of other highlights from last week but these ones really stood out. Be sure to check in next time to read about video game current events. 

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