Last Week in Gaming – December 3, 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 Outer Worlds, Mad Max, Shenmue and more!

I missed a week again so this one will be even more packed than normal. Here we go!

AR Settlers of Catan – Endgadget

Niantic is well-known for creating the world-changing phenomenon known as Pokemon Go. Their name has become synonymous with augmented reality games over the last few years.

 Now, it seems the developers are entering the board game world, with a partnership on Catan: World Explorers. You can already pre-register but we don’t have an official release date yet. If you’re a fan of Settlers of Catan, you should definitely add your name to the list!

Pre-register Here

Catan: World Explorers - settlers of Catan AR game

More Halo on PC – Gamespot

Halo start on the Xbox back in 2001 and has slowly made its way to the computer scene. Halo: Reach just released on PC and we’ll soon see a beta for Halo: Combat Evolved early next year.

The update will bring upgrade framerates at 4k resolution while meeting “all the requirements that PC gamers expect nowadays”. There are at least four additional Halo titles coming to PC so hold on to your butts!

Train Tycooning Made Easy – Kotaku

Games typically take years to develop, but Sokpop Collective believes the development process can be cut to a fraction of that. Their website is filled with games that have been created literally in a matter of weeks.

One of their more recent titles, Soko Loco Deluxe, tasks the player with building railways, gathering resources and creating the best railroad tycoon possible. The simplistic graphics and catchy tunes will definitely appeal to simulation fans. If it looks interesting to you, check it out on Steam.

Blair Witch PS4 Port – Bloody Disgusting

I’m not big on scary games, but I know some of you are. The Blair Witch movies are pretty creepy, and the games seem equally creepy. Now you can get creeped out on your PS4 in addition to Xbone and PC.

You’ll likely be haunted in the woods then have trouble falling asleep for several days at a time. Enter at your own risk.

Fight on a Roof – Nintendo Enthusiast

The article describes Roof Rage as a combination of TowerFall and Super Smash Bros. After watching the trailer, I’m getting a little bit of Bro Force in there too.

You can play up to 8 people locally and are crowned the winner after you’ve taken out all the opponents. Controls sound simple, but there’s a high skill ceiling, similar to the Smash realm.

Even though you get 8-bit graphics, the animations look awesome. Each character has a unique playstyle and has some good replayability.

Cat Detective? – Gamespot

Confused yet intrigued? Yea, me too.

Blacksad puts you in the body of a feline private investigator trying to solve a case. Without ever having played L.A. Noire, I’m guessing this is very similar to L.A. Noire.

The music fits the genre very well and the voice acting sounds pretty good. It feels like what St. Noire would be if it were a video game. Alexa would be proud.

It’s available on PC, Switch, PS4 and Xbone and may scratch that mystery itch you’ve had building up over the last several months.

Minecraft-like Games – Popular Mechanics

Gallery-type posts usually make me cringe, but I know Minecraft is popular enough that people will power through this one. Popular Mechanic shares 25 games that are similar to Minecraft.

Stardew Valley made the list so it immediately has credibility! I also recognized No Man’s Sky, Roblox, and Don’t Starve, among others.

These are the types of games that you can play for hundreds of hours without getting bored. Add any one of these to your backlog and you’ll be set for at least the first half of 2020.

New NES Games – Washington Post

Two and a half decades after its inception, we’re still getting new titles for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Most of my friends have a strong sense of nostalgia around 8-bit gaming, so I’m not surprised that the dev enthusiasts are keeping the dream alive.

Micro Mages has the sound and intensity of Contra plus the novelty of early Mario games. It released in 2019, PLUS you can make your mage dance!

Morphcat Games isn’t alone in developing new games for the NES. Maybe Nintendo will let some of these indie titles into the eShop one day so more people can share in the fun!

Sony/Nintendo Fusion – Nintendo Life

The SNES PlayStation never actually released, but you can now purchase the official prototype. Unfortunately, the gaming giants couldn’t make the collaboration work. Our gaming gods still saw it fit that we would be able to lay our eyes on the mysterious device.

I can’t even imagine how much this thing would sell for, but the article proposes that the prototype be donated to a museum for public enjoyment. My guess is that it’ll end up in a glass case in someone’s game room, surrounded by invisible lasers and booby traps.

Something else for you to consider: what would the world look like if Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft actually got along??

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New Action RPG on the Horizon – Push Square

We first saw a trailer for Granblue Fantasy: Relink in early 2018. Since then, things have been quiet.

Now, we know there will be a mid-December convention to celebrate the title and hopefully get an update!

Going with my combo theme, the trailer reminds me of Phantasy Star Online + Kingdom Hearts + one of the later Final Fantasy Games. The music is memorable and it looks like you can do some cool attacks from the gameplay video.

Stay tuned for more info on the PS4 release!

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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