Last Week in Gaming – November 19, 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 Mad Games Tycoon, G-sync enabled TVs, Diablo IV and more!

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

Outer Worlds Coming to Switch – Polygon

The Outer Worlds has been met with a good reception thus far, with several folks in the Average Gamer community playing daily. It’s currently available on PS4, Xbox One and PC but will also be making its debut on the Switch next year!

According to an investor call, the game will be available on the handheld system in ‘early 2020’. This is a great addition for any RPG lover who owns a Switch!

https://youtu.be/UTWpSNELLok

Horizon Zero Dawn Sequel – Inverse

The original Horizon Zero Dawn game pitted your archer protagonist against mechanized dinosaurs. As a PS4 exclusive, the reviews are stellar, setting things up well for a PS5 follow-up.

Guerrila Games has been posting many jobs which hint at the formation of a team for Horizon Zero Dawn 2. HZD took 7 years to develop so it’s likely that we won’t see the sequel until another few years. 

If you haven’t played, don’t read the spoiler-filled second half of this article. If you have played, will you be picking up the sequel when it comes out? Check out this non-spoiler review below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrxIRk3q-ck

Super Mario 64 Land – Kotaku

Video game fans really are a different breed of human. We now have a fan-made Super Mario 64 mod complete with the catsuit, new levels, extra bosses and new music! If the trailer music is any indication of what to expect, then this mod will be phenomenal.

Creator Kaze Emanuar says he has other mods available so feel free to check out his YouTube channel for more info.

https://youtu.be/Fqew0W6AYew

30s Era Exploration – Gamespot

To be completely honest, I don’t exactly understand what Where The Water Tastes Like Wine is about. Viewing the trailer and reading descriptions makes it seem like a story-telling game, with a bunch of walking in between.

It’s available right now on Steam with very positive reviews but it seems like it will only appeal to a small niche of gamers. You’ll be able to pick it up on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on November 29.

The music and visuals are pretty cool so maybe this will be enough to draw in a new crowd. Only time will tell.

https://youtu.be/ERos1B73neE

Robot Planetary Takeover – IGN

You’re a robot, but you’re not afraid to take down other robots. This planet just happens to predict the future and have other robots who want it for themselves.

The trailer shows elements of stealth and gunnery, followed by some magic stone that may or may not give you powers. I also caught a glimpse of several colorful explosions, suggesting that Michael Bay may have had a hand in the design.

The developers brought us Spider-Man and Ratchet & Clank so it’s likely that Stormland will be a hit. It’s available now on Oculus!


Get Stormland

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXEDX5iJgKU

Shenmue 3 Update – Gamespot

Shenmue 2 came out at the turn of the millennium. Now, 18 years later, we’re getting a first look at the highly-anticipated sequel.

The trailer shows arcade games, so there’s really nothing else you need to know. Eventually, you go to ‘The Arena’ to learn Kung Fu and can whoop on some martial artists in a fenced area.

Shenmue 3 is available today as an Epic Games Store exclusive.

KartRider Coming to Xbox One – Xbox Wire

KartRider looks like the brainchild of Mario Kart and the Dirt series. You customize your racer and vehicle before drifting your way through a competitive race.

KartRider originally launched in 2004 and is being reincarnated for the Xbox One X. You’ll be able to enter global matchmaking when the closed beta begins on December 5th.


Sign Up For Beta

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga2i4RKSyD0&feature=youtu.be

Path of Exiles on Mobile – MMOBomb

Path of Exiles is an action RPG that bears some resemblance to the Diablo series. The dark lighting and dungeon crawling have a similar feel but there is a stronger emphasis on character progression. The system’s passive skill tree is fairly dense but allows the player to have a unique level of customization.

Developer Grinding Gear Games announced that they are porting PoE with a refined engine. They proudly developed the port in-house and are aware that people will typically play for shorter amounts of time on mobile than PC. The article doesn’t mention a release date but I’ll keep an eye out for future updates.

https://youtu.be/f_YjBTYHhug

Age of Empires IV Gameplay – 9to5Toys

I’ve spent countless hours playing Age of Empires 2 back in the day. Even though I skipped out on the third iteration, I’m pumped about this trailer for Age of Empires IV!

In the minute-long reveal, we see a well-laid out, a heavily-guarded settlement about to be attacked by opposing forces. Trebuchets launch boulders through the air as troops rush toward the gates. You can feel the tension as the defending troops rush to protect the city!

There’s no official release date but it’s fair to assume that the game will hit shelves in the next couple of years. This is one of the greatest real-time strategy franchises out there and I hope they do it justice for the next release!

https://youtu.be/rAbI0fewc7w

Strange Mobile Fighter – Android Central

Aptly-named Oddman pits adorably cartoonish characters in a fight on a small platform. From the video, it seems you can slap people around and leap into the air. 

Animations look simplistic so the controls are probably also straightforward. This is key for mobile fighting games given the screen’s limited real estate and the practicality of only using one’s thumbs.

There are several characters shown so I’m guessing each has its own playstyle. The first person to knock the opponent into the water five times wins the match in this fast-paced brawler. It’s available now in the Play Store!


Get Oddman

https://youtu.be/1r7GiZK3LP8https://www.androidcentral.com/oddman-quirky-fighting-game-offers-local-multiplayer-android-game-week

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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