Last Week in Gaming – October 15, 2019

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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 Call of Duty Mobile, Overwatch on Switch, Destiny 2 and more!

Here we go!

PS5 News – IGN

Last week, Sony gave more insight into what we can expect from the PS5. Its 4K Blu-ray drive can read 100 GB optical discs. I tried to find the max size for the PS4 optical discs but apparently no one on the internet actually knows. We can assume that this is a step up from the current-gen consoles.

This article talks about price expectations ($400-$500), release date (holiday 2020), and backwards compatibility. The writer also shares the small details we have about the new controller and poses some fun hypothetical questions. All I know is that I’ll be picking up Sony’s next console (unless Google Stadia really wows me)!

Predator VR Steam Appearance – Bloody Disgusting

Several weeks ago, I wrote about how the upcoming Predator game is basically Friday the 13th with weapons. The latest news on this topic comes via a Steam page which demonstrates what the game will look like in VR

We don’t have many details yet but the planned release date is “in the future”. The page also shows that the HTC Vive is supported, with the use of tracked motion controllers. Based on the short clip, this has the potential to be a creepy, immersive experience that builds quite a following.

Stardew Valley ‘Everything’ Update – Gamespot

Y’all know the Average Gamer community has some big fans of Stardew Valley. The newest 1.4 update promises to deliver a rich post-marriage life, giving players more things to do in the later years of the game.

Developer Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone gave this quote to describe what changes in this patch:

I’ve been unofficially calling 1.4 the ‘everything’ update because it touches pretty much every aspect of the game in some way or another. One of my major goals was to add in a lot of quality of life features that make the game more convenient and effortless to play.

The game has changed a lot of the years and people continue to celebrate the depth of this game. It’s no wonder that folks are clamoring for additional content! Will you be getting back to the farm to check out this update?

Digital Board Game Console – Venture Beat

Board games a great. Consoles are great too. Why not combine them? Enter Gameboard-1.

While Tilt Five has incorporated a holographic headset to make board games come to life, GB-1 is relying on smart physical pieces and ‘sense screen’ to attract more people to the table. There’s really too many features to list but my favorites are:

  • 4-hour battery
  • Connects to your phone
  • Multi-screen gaming by combining boards

It’s described as a Netflix for games, so check out their Kickstarter page to get the full scoop.



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Killer Queen on Switch – Polygon

If you’ve never had the joy of playing Killer Queen in a barcade, you now have the opportunity to play from the comforts of your own home. Released on October 11, Killer Queen Black is the Nintendo Switch adaptation of the infamous arcade console.

There are three ways to win, two of which make sense and that last one, which is riding a snail. I’m not sure that the 5v5 chaos can be replicated by the pared-down couch mode, but the reviews look positive so far. Aside from the confusing interface, KQB is a great party game that is sure to bring laughs at your next gathering.

Hardcore Skateboard Time – Polygon

I grew up on the Tony Hawk’s pro skater franchise, chaining together 50+ move combos like it was nothing. Nowadays, people are looking for a more “realistic” simulation, whatever that means…

Up in Canada, an indie team is working on Session, a game that offers a realistic control scheme and looks a lot more challenging to pull off tricks successfully. The game is built around the pillars of skate, film, and share. Realistic physics plus unique button mapping make this a different kind of creature in a sports game genre that typically doesn’t take risks.

From the trailer, you’ll be able to edit the environment in some areas, giving the player control of where and how they try out new moves. The game is set to release in early 2020 and the six-person dev team will be in a race to get all their features out on time. 

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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