Last Week in Gaming – September 17, 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 Anime Expo 2019, hand-drawn maps, Disintegration and more!

Here we go!

Nintendo Wants People Active – The Verge

Nintendo has tried some interesting things to get people up and moving in the past: Pokemon Go, Wii Fit, Wii Sports, etc. Their latest creation will you have doing physical exercise in your living room to control your character through a fitness adventure.

Ring Fit Adventure comes with two wearables:

  1. A flexible “Ring-Con” AND
  2. A leg strap

There are a variety of movements which will allow you to run, jump and battle your way through enemies, in an effort to defeat the mighty gym-bro monster guy. If you want to exercise without actually going through the adventure, there are standalone mini-games that allow you to get your swole on.

Early trailers look promising but I think this will come down to how accurately the wearables match to your on-screen movement. You can pick up Ring Fit Adventure on October 18 to begin your own quest!

Jumanji-esque Japanese RPG – IGN

Moon is described as an ‘anti-RPG’: an offbeat adventure which makes fun of the typical RPG elements. Your character is sucked into a television and becomes part of the game world. Instead of battling monsters, your protagonist returns the souls of the creatures who the “hero” has murdered.

You spread love throughout the game world and can observe the scheduled lives of your surrounding NPCs. The game was never translated before so it’s not well-known. From the video, gameplay and images look strange but actually less strange in the context of being a JRPG from 20 years ago.

The game will come to Switch in Japan in mid-October and the English version will be available “not too long afterward”.

Gears 5 Reviews – Gamespot

Gears 5 released on September 5 on Xbox One and Microsoft 10 and has been met with mostly positive reviews. If you’ve played any of the games in this series, the gameplay will be very familiar: hide behind cover, blast ugly enemies with devastating guns, build your inner rage as you fail to land the reload timing properly, etc.

Microsoft has been pushing folks to check out Gears 5 gameplay on their streaming service, Mixer, and there seems to be a moderate following so far.

Additionally, if you want to add another subscription payment to your credit card, Microsoft is offering their Xbox Game Pass for $1 for a month with the purchase of Gears 5. It’s usually $10 per month so this is a nice bonus for gamers who want to have access to more games but not have time for those games.

All the September Releases – Forbes

Lists are cool, but video game lists are the coolest!

Here’s a list of games you can expect to be released this month. Many of the big ones have already launched (NBA 2K20, Borderlands 3, FF8 Remastered) and these are the ones that I’m most looking forward to in the second half of the month:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
  • Contra: Rogue Corps
  • Mario Kart Tour

It’s not super relevant for me since I’m roughly 2 years behind on video game releases but hopefully, the rest of your gamers have time to pick up new releases!

Everspace 2 Gameplay from PAX West – Gamespot

Everspace 2 is described as “Diablo in space”. I’m a fan of both Diablo and space so I can only imagine how much I’ll love this combo.

The first couple minutes of gameplay reminds me of a more sophisticated version of the space exploration from No Man’s Sky. The ship movement looks incredibly smooth and the sound effects will engross you in the battle. 

Loot collection is a large component and you’ll earn experience as you take out space baddies. We’re still a couple of years away from launch of this one but expect to see more hype about Everspace 2 in the future.

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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