Last Week in Gaming – October 29, 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 the Legends of Runeterra, MS-DOS games, Gameboy recreation and more!

Here we go!

Bethesda continues to make confusing moves – The Verge

Fallout 76 was hyped up to the max then fell flat for most gamers. The game has been plagued by bugs as the dedicated Fallout community tries to make the best of the situation.

Developer Bethesda has tried, with moderate success, to continue updating the game with fresh new content. However, their most recent move is a head-scratcher.

They want to charge a $12.99 monthly subscription for premium features instead of giving out the upgrades for free. The price is especially high considering you can get access to way more content on other monthly services for less than that (Netflix, Xbox Game Pass, PS Plus).

I doubt that Bethesda will be able to recover from this, but luckily the gaming community can be distracted by the wealth of new AAA games being released this quarter. Did anyone else pick up Call of Duty??

BoTW Dedication to the Max – Kotaku

Have you ever gotten so deep into a game that you began creating a whole new level of fan art? It looks like that’s what Hajimerumeru’s mom did with the Breath of the Wild.

She went through the process of recreating the entire map! The hand-drawn map even includes locations of various key points across Hyrule.

Here’s Google’s translation of the accompanying Tweet:

I think it’s refreshing what’s happening, but my mother made a map (handwritten) of the legendary BoW of Zelda. Colog and devil’s products written in Hinoks, Iwa Rock, Liner, pots, pots, items and more. I find them all on foot. Tadayoshi Ino is also surprised.

何が起きてるのかさっぱりだと思うんだけど、母が作ってたゼルダの伝説BoWの地図(手書き)です。
コログと、ヒノックス、イワロック、ライネル、鍋、祠、アイテムその他諸々書き込まれた悪魔の産物。
全部徒歩で見つけてるんだぜ。
伊能忠敬もびっくりだわ。 pic.twitter.com/CWCjL28wSL

— はじめるめる⛩️ (@itika89) October 18, 2019

Everything Should be a Nintendo Switch – Yanko Design

The LUDI controller gives gamers the power to house your phone and is compatible with many gaming platforms. With the Google Stadia and Microsoft xCloud on the way, this would be a major convenience for the upcoming library of portable titles.

It has all the buttons you’d expect from a current-gen controller and works with both Android and Apple devices. Additionally, you get speakers, a battery pack and wireless charging.

To call this ambitious would be a gross understatement. If the creators can deliver on even half of these features, I’ll be happy.

I haven’t actually seen anything about a release date, but I’ll be keeping a close eye out for more news on this one.

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The Last of Us 2 First Delay – Gamespot

Naughty Dog announced that their highly-anticipated sequel will be delayed by about three months. On one hand, I’m bummed that we’ll need to wait longer for this masterpiece. On the other hand, I’m glad they aren’t working their developers to the bone or releasing an unfinished game.

The new release date is May 29, 2020 and I’m sure it’ll be worth the wait. The developers continue to be transparent with the community and I respect the flow of communication.

The Last of Us Part II has a new release date. Here’s a letter to our fans.

Apologies for the delay. Please know we’re working very hard to make it worthwhile. https://t.co/iJyhXpuUoa

— Neil Druckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) October 24, 2019

AI Robots vs Tower Defense – Gematsu

As an action-adventure game, Zealot looks fantastic. Their trailer suggests that you will die a bunch, but games like Bloodborne have shown how this can keep the player coming back for more.

The progression system is intriguing, almost reminiscent of forging upgrades in Secret of Mana:

There are various remnants of lost arms from ages past that the player can recover and reforge into powerful new weapons and upgrades through a unique blacksmithing system based on following detailed forging instructions.

You’re set on a holy mission in an open world, gathering relics and other items along the way. It’s set for a release on PC but the developers also said they want to release on all major consoles.

AI Robots vs Tower Defense – PC Gamer

Having “AI” in a game description is sometimes just click bait, especially given the current landscape of enemy NPCs. Artificial Extinction promises an experience where the opponent will learn and adapt to your tactics as you play.

In theory, this means that your strategy will need to change over time. However, that seems to be the case in many other games that don’t tout the AI buzzword. Semantics aside, the graphics and gameplay look great for this indie game.

There’s a combination of tower defense, FPS and flying ships, all of which are great things. It’s coming to PC in January 2020 and you can learn more on their website.

Eye-watering Pokemon Card Sales Tag – IGN

Collectors are often willing to drop huge amounts of cash for a valuable item to add to their arsenal. Recently, a rare Pokemon card sold for $195k. I’m just going to list some of the things you could but with this amount of money:

The list goes on.

Instead, one “Pikachu Illustrator” card was purchased for this amount. There are only 39 in the world, which makes it incredibly rare, but wow…


That’s All For Now

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