Last Week in Gaming – August 27, 2019

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Ever wonder what you missed in the world of gaming last week? No worries – we’ve got you covered!

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 the World’s Greatest Game Room, A Hat in Time, River City Girls and more!

Here we go!

PS5 Devkit Things – Metro

There will be next-gen console rumors for at least the next several months. Last week, the gaming world was hit with a design patent for the PS5. Rumors swirled, especially around the ugliness of the thing.

It’s possible that this is just a devkit, but the designers must have been feeling a little goofy to have thrown that deep V in there.


Additionally, the PS5 will have between 8 and 12 teraflops (2-3X that of the PS4 Pro). That’s a lot of teraflops!

New NES Game??? – Nintendo Enthusiast

That’s right, it’s 2019 and we’re talking about a new release on the original Nintendo Entertainment System! Malasombra has been in development since early 2018 and will be released both as a cartridge and as a ROM.

Here’s what the game is about:

In a beautiful and distant place, the celebration of the royal wedding between Astrid, the princess of the kingdom, and Pirou, a young apprentice magician, is truncated by the irruption of Malasombra, a sorcerer resentful against the king for condemning him to exile time back because of his perfidious advice.

Malasombra turned everyone present to a frog except Pirou, who managed to repel the spell with his mad wand as a magician’s apprentice, and kidnapped Astrid, as a revenge for so many years of punishment in exile.

Pirou could not leave things like that, so he prepared desperately to find a way to recover his beloved.

No Man’s Sky Beyond – Playstation Lifestlye

No Man’s Sky continues to iterate on it’s abysmal launch product, regularly introducing DLC which improve on the prior version. I’ve played a few hours of the NEXT update and was amazed at how many things there are to do in that game. You can easily spend a dozen hours on one planet without discovering everything available.

Beyond brings VR support to the game for many platforms, taking things up several levels. Apparently, this is “the killer VR app we’ve all been waiting for” – high praise which makes me somewhat more likely to pick up a PSVR. There are moments of blurriness in-game but this seems to be the case with most VR games.

If you get this one, please let me know your thoughts!

Link’s Awakening – Gamespot

In the upcoming Zelda title, I’m really excited for the dungeon creator. Think Mario Maker meets RPG Maker. I’m sure there will be plenty of creative dungeons that I can feature in future content creator segments.

What sets Link’s Awakening apart from the typical Zelda games are the cameos, switching between 2D and 3D and the cutesy art style. You can also grab a new Amiibo, if you’re into those.

Some Cool Switch Accessories – ARS Technica

There are plenty of fun add-ons to pair with your Nintendo Switch. I highly recommend getting a Pro Controller and some FastSnail Grips. Beyond that, the world is your oyster!

If you plan on having a bunch of digital games, which I recommend you do, get at least a 128 GB memory card. For retro gaming, pick up any of the 8BitDo controllers. Whatever you do, don’t feel bad about buying stuff. Buy now, think later.

8BitDo SN30 Pro
8BitDo SN30 Pro
FastSnail Grips
FastSnail Grips
I dunno, some doc or something
I dunno, some doc or something
Hori D-Pad Controller (L)
Hori D-Pad Controller (L)
PowerA GameCube Style Wireless Controller
PowerA GameCube Style Wireless Controller
Memory Card
Memory Card
Pro Controller
Pro Controller
4K Need For Speed – PC Gamer

Wanna go fast? Like really fast?! That’s why we have the Need for Speed series.

In the latest entrant, Need for Speed: Heat, you can go really fast in 4K! It’ll be out in November and looks really nice from their trailer video.

D&D-Inspired Video Game – IGN

For any Dungeons & Dragons fans out there, Solasta should be added to your wishlist. It’s highly luck-based but scratches that tabletop RPG itch.

Never having played D&D, Solasta looks incredibly complex to me. I like how the dialogue choices affect the gameplay, keeping the responses in line with your character choices. You can start pledging towards the Kickstarter in September.

Evolution Time – IGN

In Ancestors, you’ll take a tribe of prime apes and guide them through treacherous jungles, picking up new skills along the way. You can learn from your surroundings, discovering new food, tools and abilities as you explore.

There’s a heavy dose of parkour, swinging high up in the trees and climbing steep cliffs. Everything you learn is shared throughout the tribe so you don’t need to worry about picking up skills again.

The gameplay video shows a bit of the early-game mechanics and I’m very curious to see what things look like once you start to evolve. In IGN’s review, they suggest that survival becomes fairly straightforward very quickly but you will still be able to appreciate the detailed landscapes.

Wanna Be a Bee? – Total Gaming Network

It’s exactly what it sounds like – Bee Simulator let’s you be a bee.

In Upper Manhattan, you’ll do many things!

  • Fly
  • Pollinate
  • Communicate with other bees
  • Hopefully sting some joggers

It’s coming to consoles and PCs in mid-November.

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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