Last Week in Gaming – July 23, 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 a console tricks, a PS5 prototype and more!

There was a lot going on last week so this post will have more articles than normal. I’ll try to keep the summaries short so you can just read the ones that look most appealing to you!

New City-builder Game – PCGamer

Ever wanted to build a city without natural disastersbarbarians or mythical beasts? Before We Leave has got you covered!

If you’ve played any of the Civilization games, you’ll recognize the tile patterns on the map. You slowly upgrade your city and eventually make it to outer space. The game will be available on Steam as a single-player simulator.

https://youtu.be/sFoiJMtNVF4

Role Queue in Overwatch – The Verge

GOATs meta has dominated the professional OWL scene for a while now and the Blizzard devs have been trying to figure out how to mix things up. The latest solution is to force a 2-2-2 team comp, with two each of tanks, healers and damage.

The response from the community has been largely positive and I’m optimistic about how this will impact comp games. You now need to do 5 placement matches per hero class (for a total of 15 if you do all three classes) but this should result in more in-game variety.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYYDCFOTSO0

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 – The Verge

Dungeon-crawling, hack-and-slash action is great when you want to beat stuff up without thinking about it too much. That’s exactly whta the latest Marvel game brings to a Switch near you.

The real appeal is being able to build your roster from tens of characters from the marvel world and team up with friends to take out baddies. Animations and graphics look pretty good, albeit less refined than what you’d see in Diablo, but the gameplay looks really fun.

https://youtu.be/D7qXZRcTftU

Gears of War 5 Gameplay – Gameinformer

I think I played Gears of War 2 on 360 about a decade ago. The co-op action was intense, fluid and challenging. Since then, I haven’t touched a Gears title. Gears 5 may be the game that pushes me to finally pull the trigger on one of the ridiculously cheap XBone deals that have been springing up on slickdeals.

Yes, it’s gory, but the shear number of movement mechanics makes this shooter very interesting. You’ll roll, crouch and slide your way around the match while sprinting through the map in berserk mode.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHO98Yce8Io

FF7 Dreamake – Polygon

Here’s my creator content for the week! 

Everyone is anxiously awaiting the officially release of the FF7 remake. Literally everyone.

Someone by the name of sosetsuken5360 decided to use Dreams software to create his own version of the beloved RPG. The character models are more rounded out than the original and I like the goofy running animations. 

To say this is impressive is a gross understatement. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az0nOfgal7c

Top-down CS: Go – Dexerto

Two creator content articles in one post? Why not!

Top-down shooting mechanics aren’t just reserved for the likes of old school GTA games. Mark Mocherad came up with PolyStrike, which brings a new perspective to the Counter Strike world.

It’s really cool to see how he uses fog of war shadows to account for line of sight at different elevations. I also like the way the camera shifts as you move from one part of the map to the next.

I give this trailer a 10/10. Thank you Mark.

https://youtu.be/BkpUejpdZpQ

Impressive GoldenEye Feat – Kotaku

Not only does Jackson Parodi beat the first level of GoldenEye using a musical instrument, but he also fills in the loading screens with melodic tunes!

The nostalgia hit hard on this one, so much so that I didn’t get to fully appreciate the difficulty of this challenge until watching the video a second time. Bravo Jackson, bravo.

For an encore, I’d like to request Bloodbourne. Ok, thank you.

https://youtu.be/b99uhsVVwq8

Top Switch Games to Own – Buzzfeed

Even though the article title is click-baity, I agree the majority of this list. I own two-thirds of the listed titles and will eventually pick up 2 of the remaining 3 games.

I’ve never actually heard of Firewatch though, so I just can’t co-sign that one. The trailer is compelling and I like the first-person action, but it doesn’t jump out as a masterpiece to me.

https://youtu.be/d02lhvvVSy8

Apex Legends Statues are Here! – Dexerto

If the title doesn’t do it for you, then you can just keep scrolling.

WETA workshop already has three statues available for pre-order and it’s taking all of my energy to keep from swiping my credit card. This is one of the reasons why I need a game room.

If you’re an Apex Legends fan and like to collect things, please order one of these statues so I can live vicariously through you.

Bloodhound
Bloodhound
Mirage
Mirage
Bangalore
Bangalore
Mirage + Lifeline
Mirage + Lifeline
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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