Last Week in Gaming – February 18, 2020

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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 Xbox Game Pass, Red Dead Online, Halo and more!

Here we go!

PS5 AI Assistant – Hype Beast

Sony is planning on developing an artificial intelligence assistant for the upcoming PS5. It’ll be like having a robot sidekick who answers all your gaming questions!

Here’s a snippet from the patent:

Often, there may be an in-game resource of the game environment that could aid the user in accomplishing the objective with the character. The in-game resource may be downloadable content (DLC), add-ons, upgrades, items, tips, strategy, communal data, etc. However, the user is not necessarily aware that such a resource exists.

It’ll be cool to see how exactly this works on the new console and what the next-gen of games are able to do with the technology!

AI Assistant for the Playstation 5 - Patent - Last week in gaming - week of February 10, 2020

The Next Frontier of Space Exploration – Euro Gamer

Star Citizen was first announced on Kickstarter in 2012, quickly raising a couple million dollars for its ambitious space exploration title. The number of places to travel to is ridiculous, a feat which the developers achieved by using 64-bit coordinates.

At first glance, this looks like No Man’s Sky on speed, but the summary goes into detail about the added depth in Star Citizen. You can play the alpha right now but there’s no word yet on a release date.

Anthem Redesign – Polygon

Anthem got the typical Bioware hype leading up to launch but failed miserably due to a whole slew of issues. A year later, Bioware has announced it will “reinvent the core gameplay loop with clear goals, motivating challenges, and progression with meaningful rewards”.

You can still play in the current state but Anthem 2.0 should be closer to the original expectations of the gaming community. Hopefully, we’ll be celebrating a rich re-launch in a few months and laughing about how bad the original game was.

Modern Warfare Season 2 Update – Gamespot

Last week, the second season of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare dropped. We got a bunch of new rewards, additional modes, and challenges to test your skill.

We’ve also got whispers of an upcoming battle royale mode for the latest CoD! The BR genre is still going strong and I’m hopeful that they can bring some innovation based on the success of Black Ops 4‘s Blackout.

Finally, A Quidditch Game! – Thumbsticks

Well, it’s not exactly sanctioned by Harry Potter, but it’s pretty darn close.

Broomstick League (oh, hello Rocket League!) has players flying around the arena on, you guessed it, broomsticks! Anyone who is familiar with Hogwarts will immediately understand what’s going on here. For the rest of you, just check out the video below.

Metroid-Inspired Ninja-ing – Game Informer

Kunai pairs retro platforming with Spiderman mobility. Your robot ninja swings and slashes through opposing robot enemies.

The colors are fairly muted but the levels still look great. You’ll upgrade abilities, collect hats and likely enjoy the unique button layout. Check out the video for a full review!

Action-RPG Mayhem – Gamespot

Wolcen has been in Early Access for four years and is finally out in the wild. There were some connection and progress issues at launch, but any fan of Diablo will want to at least check out the gameplay to make a decision about testing it out.

In his review, Rhykker was impressed by the story, in addition to the art and gameplay mechanics. With three acts through the campaign, you’ll get to experience many different enemies and hone your character’s abilities.

Pick it up on Steam here!

Lon Lon Ranch BotW Remake – Nintendo Enthusiast

If you’ve played Ocarina of Time, you’ll, of course, remember the iconic Lon Lon Ranch. If you haven’t, take a quick look at this video before preceding.

All the nostalgic feels will hit you when you see Furosukki’s recreation in Breath of the Wild. It’s great to see creators still focus on this game after 3 years (and with BotW 2 on the way)!

Stardew Valley Dreams – IGN

We’ve written about Stardew Valley a couple of times now. The game has a cult following and many people admit to being addicted to the farming simulator.

One enthusiast remade Pelican Town in Dreams! The end result is incredibly detailed and the creation process is mesmerizing.

Check out more of Tooshi’s work here.

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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