Last Week in Gaming – December 17, 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 AR Settlers of Catan, Halo, Granblue and more!

Here we go!

Control the Drawn Army – PC Gamer

Yaza Games is developing a quirky turn-based war game with cartoonish animals. Inspired by medieval monks, you control a set of dueling armies using unique attacks and hilarious animations. The trailer even shows the donkey character farting as an attack!

Your role in Inkulinati is to use your magic ink to form the creatures on the battlefield. The devs said they wanted to embrace the humor from monks in the 1300s. There’s no set release date yet but it will be arriving on Steam sometime in 2020.

Wishlist on Steam

Be Jesus – Polygon

I have a feeling that some people will be offended by this game. Developer SimulaM has created I Am Jesus Christ to give gamers the ability to perform miracles back in the day. You’ll even get to die and be resurrected!

Inspired by stories from the New Testament of the Bible, you’ll follow His path and have access to over 30 world-changing miracles. Key features of this open-world game include a realistic fight with Satan, baptizing people and praying to increase Holy Spirit. No release date but you can also add this one to your Steam Wishlist, below.

Wishlist on Steam

Anthem Update for the Holidays – Gamespot

The only person in the Average Gamer community who played Anthem was Nakumah. He had decent things to say about the beat but said the developers didn’t build enough content into the full game. This sentiment echoed across the entire player base.

EA has continued to release free updates, with the most recent one bringing “seasonal strongholds to be unlocked weekly”. Check out the article for full patch notes. Anyone out there still playing this game?

Battle Royale with Cars – IGN

Flash and I both love battle royale games and have committed most of our video game time in the last two years to Fortnite and Apex. Believe it or not, we now have a battle royale game in the infamous driving simulator, Forza Horizon 4. This might not that surprising given Tetris created their own battle royale.

In Forza’s BR, up to 72 players start in a level 1 car – a 1965 Mini Cooper in The Eliminator mode – and must complete head-to-head races to upgrade to faster vehicles. The gameplay looks pretty cool and I could definitely see this getting tense as it gets down to the remaining cars. Jump into the Forza BR on Xbox One, Windows 10, and Xbox Game Pass.

Splitscreen Fortnite – The Verge

Just as Flash mentioned yesterday in his Towerfall review, there just aren’t that many couch co-op shooting games anymore! Interestingly, Fortnite has just enabled local split-screen co-op. It allows for two players to team up on either Xbone or PS4.

This should work fine on large TVs but I’m still convinced that gaming on a monitor is the way to go. If you’ve got a friend or sibling over, you should definitely try out the split-screen mode for Fortnite and let me know what you think!

Another GTA Heist – Gamespot

We played GTA V back in our PS3 days and had our fair share of ridiculous online trolling. Sadly, we moved on to other games (probably The Last of Us) before the heists were a thing. Well GTA V is still going strong and the heists have been getting great reviews.

The most recent heist puts you in charge of a casino break-in. You’ll hire drivers, gunmen and hackers then create a plan of attack. Alongside the heist came some good quality of life changes in last week’s update

2019 Game Delay Announcements – IGN

In the 21st century, game delays have become more expected in the industry than the prior generation of games. Our friends at IGN put together a list of all the delays which were announced in 2019:

New Games Announced at The Game Awards – IGN

Each year, the Game Awards honors the video game standouts of the prior 12 months. This year, we got a bunch of new games announcements alongside the awards being handed out! There’s a lot of content in IGN’s summary but here are the things that I’m most excited about:

  • Ghost of Tsushima will be released in Summer 2020
  • Dark Alliance reveal trailer – see below
  • Amazon’s upcoming MMO, New World (also below)
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake, obviously

First Confirmed PS5 Game – Polygon

Gearbox Publishing is made up of an impressive resume of people, including developers who have worked on Diablo 3, God of War and Overwatch. Last week, they announced that their upcoming ‘loot-slasher’ Godfall will be a PS5 console exclusive. It’ll also be available on PC via the Epic Games Store but all the Microsoft fans will have to wait before playing on the Xbox Series X.

Keith Lee, creative director of the game and CEO of Counterplay Games, has big aspirations for the upcoming game:

We’re innovating with Godfall to provide a fresh take on action RPGs by rewarding skill-based offensive gameplay and making every hit matter. Namely, we want to feed into that yearning for the next best piece in your character build, so we plan to provide plenty of loot to players to ensure there’s meaningful impact to gameplay and play styles.

Can’t wait to hear more about this game leading up to next year’s holidays!

Best of the Year – Polygon

As we near Christmas, I expect to see dozens of sites listing their top XYZ games of 2019. Polygon went big with their ’50 best games of 2019′, including titles across console, PC and mobile. I haven’t heard of most of these so I need to do a better job of keeping up with game releases in 2020.

Here are some titles that I’m glad were included in the list:

What would be on your 2019 top 50?

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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