Last Week in Gaming – October 8, 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 Black Ops 4, a holographic tabletop game, Minecraft Earth and more!

Here we go!

Call of Duty Mobile Out Now – 9to5Mac

One of the most popular FPS games is now available on iPhone, iPad and Android devices. It’s free to play but of course, the developers give players the options to spend hundreds of dollars on in-game content.

The game has a 4.8 star rating on almost a quarter of a million ratings in the App Store, so it looks like the community is really into it. Gameplay videos look super smooth but there was also some controversy about controller support being removed. Fun fact, there’s supposedly still a loophole to get around this.

Someone please go check this out and report back while I continue to binge on Apex. Thank you.

Overwatch Switch Gameplay – Gamespot

Overwatch comes to the Nintendo Switch next week and we’re lucky enough to see some early gameplay ahead of launch! I fully expect the graphics to be toned down, especially in handheld mode, but the cartoony nature of Overwatch should allow for decent framerate during matches.

It’ll be interesting to see if people take advantage of the gyroscope controls. When I first heard about this feature, it sounded like the accuracy potential is significantly lower than using the joysticks. I expect at least a half dozen big-name Youtubers will feature the alternate controls in some highlight videos over the next few weeks.

I’m glad the game is being ported over but I’m gonna stick to PS4 until I see a good sale on the Switch version.

Cooperative Tabletop Gaming – IGN

When you need a break from your computer screen, board games are a great alternative to keep company entertained. IGN put out a list of the Best Board Games of 2019 and had these ones in their top 10:

  • Pandemic Legacy
  • Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island
  • Escape: The Cursed Temple
  • Mysterium
  • Hanabi
  • Gloomhaven
  • Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective
  • Betrayal at House on the Hill
  • Arkham Horror: The Card Game
  • Spirit Island
  • The Mind
  • Zombicide: Black Plague
  • Exit: The Game (series)

I highly recommend Arkham and Zombicide from this list. My friends and I have gone through several rounds of the base Pandemic game and I’ve heard great things about Pandemic Legacy. What would you add to this list?

Wendy’s in the Gaming Industry – IGN

You read that correctly – everyone’s favorite fresh, never frozen burger joint has created a board game, channeling their inner Dungeons & Dragons. It’s free to download and has been described as “surprisingly not completely terrible”. Not  bad for a fast-food chain!

The game comes with a 100-page rulebook but you don’t really need to read much further than ‘Order of the Spicy Chicken Sandwich’ to know that this game has high potential. It’s free to play, so go do it!

Download the PDF

Destiny 2 DLC Tips and Tricks – Gamespot

The second iteration of Destiny is doing a lot right now. Update just came out, along with the launch of loads of new content. Activision has been sure to listen to their community and bring meaningful changes to their loot shooter. 

Since anyone can jump in for free, you’ll want to do some light reading to start off on the right foot. Our friends over at Gamespot put together a great beginner’s guide which outlines everything from mods to bounties to rewards.

Once you’ve mastered the basics, check out their guide to level your Power above 900. You’ll be glad you did.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel on N64 – Polygon

This week’s creator feature comes from YouTuber The Regressor. I’m not sure how, but he managed to replicate the E3 Breath of the Wild sequel announcement as a 64-bit remake. Regressor was quoted saying,

My goal was not to replicate Ocarina or Majora’s Mask visuals exactly, or be 100 percent technically accurate to N64/Disk Drive capabilities or specifications.

Would you play this N64 version of BotW? What do you want to see next from The Regressor?

Medieval Management Game – Comicbook

In Yes, Your Grace, you play a King/father of a royal family. You’ll need to run a kingdom, taking care of the castle, peasants, lords and your own family.

As the Free-People pillage Davern, villagers, merchants, and local Lords will travel to Eryk’s crumbling throne room to ask for gold, supplies, and the promise of protection from the monsters with red banners and steel claws. Struggling with the idea of letting his daughter leave with a brute, he concocts a new plan—to marry Lorsulia off to a nearby prince. Ending in bloodshed and tears, Lorsulia’s wedding is a catastrophe that throws the entire kingdom into unrest. With no troops, a decaying castle, and a long line of visitors at the door, Eryk must rally his people, unite the Lords, and keep his family safe, no matter the cost.

The game will be available on Steam sometime next spring for you to live out your medieval desires.

Pokedex Smartphone Case – Comicbook

If you’re determined to become a Pokemon master, you’ll need to have a Pokedex available at all times. Nevermind the fact that you could quickly check Google. No one will take you seriously unless you grab this new $70 phone case!

Bandai’s official Pokedex smartphone case will transform your iPhone into the perfect accessory to record your progress. You probably don’t need this, but you should definitely pick it up when it hits the stores!

? Bandai are producing an official smartphone Pokédex case…!

— Paul Ryan (@Paulrobertryan) October 7, 2019

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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