Last Week in Gaming – Tabletop Simulator is a Game Changer

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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 NieR on mobile, Call of Duty updates and more!

At the top of the hour, we’ve got a great way for you to connect with gamer friends online during quartine time. Tabletop Simulator is exactly what it sounds like, and you should pick it up to save your game nights!

Tabletop Simulator - humble store

Tabletop Simulator Saves the Day – Gamespot

Many of us are still staying indoors and haven’t seen our friends or family in weeks. As a gaming community, this means game night has been on the backburner for a bit. Thankfully, Tabletop Simulator lets you reclaim a piece of your usual routine.

Launched in 2015, Tabletop Simulator is essentially an open-world gaming haven. With a library of classic games, you’ll immediately find something that you’re familiar with. However, the real value is in the community-created games that live inside the simulation world.

Fans of built thousands of games in the Tabletop Simulator workshop. Similar to the world of Super Mario Maker, all of this created content is free!

Folks in the Average Gamer community have been playing the game for a while now, but I see Tabletop Simulator gaining a ton of traction in 2020. Reviews are overwhelmingly positive and there’s something for everyone!

Perhaps most importantly, the game is on sale right now! You can either pick up one copy for $10 or go splitsies with three friends to grab a 4-pack for $30. The replay value of Tabletop Simulator is incredible, given the number of titles and the growing library.

If you’re looking for a break from Apex Legends or Overwatch, pick up Tabletop Simulator for some wholesome gaming fun! You’ll be glad you did.

Modern Warfare 2 Remastered Launches – The Sun

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare took up most of my FPS days back in college. I was never really good at Halo but, for whatever reason, I could always hold my own in CoD.

This article from The Sun goes over some of the things that made the original MW2 so great, from the maps to the provocative campaign mode. You can pick it up now on PS4 to relive the campaign and it’ll be available on other platforms later this month.

The Best BotW Montage – Polygon

Breath of the Wild 2 is in progress but Zelda fans are still getting the most out of the original Switch entrant. Specifically, there is a group of four players who showcase ridiculous combat methods.

“The Four” teamed up to create a highlight reel of some of their greatest works. The music alone is enough to inspire greatness, and paired with impressively timed action-scenes makes for a great 11 minutes of Zelda!

Gloomhaven Sequel – Polygon

If you had to pick a thicc boi equivalent in the board game world, it’d be Gloomhaven. Listed at 21.6 pounds on Amazon, this tactical combat adventure game is renowned for its incredible game mechanics and dynamically changing environment.

Designer Isaac brings news of a Gloomhaven sequel, titled Frosthaven, and wants to pare down the original to something that could sit on a store shelf. The Kickstarted has already raised over $5 million so he’ll have plenty of fans waiting for the upcoming game.

Dark Souls Meets Warframe – Gamespot

Have you ever wanted to absorb the abilities of fallen warriors? Well, Mortal Shell will allow you to do just that!

Based on the trailer, you’ll be able to play as different fighting styles depending on the shell you equip. The graphics are in line with what we’ve seen from the Dark Souls series and the leveling mechanic is similar to that of Warframe.

The gameplay looks pretty creepy, but I think it will appeal to fans of the horror action-RPG world. Mortal Shell is due for a Q3 2020 release date and you can apply to the beta here.

Low-Grav Combat – Polygon

Boundary sets you up as an armed restaurant, fighting baddies in 0-gravity as you propel through space. As an astroperator, your character sits in a cozy-looking backpack vehicle equipped with weapons for days.

The Surgical Scalpels team said multiplayer key features have been built and they’re now working on cosmetics and new maps. Boundary will release on PS4 and PC this year with an emphasis on aerospace and Modern Firearms. Check out the Playstation blog for more details!

Explore as Far as the Eye Can See – Polygon

Windbound looks like what would happen if No Man’s Sky and Red Dead Redemption had a baby. Namely, you’ll explore a procedurally generated world while learning to craft, hunt, adapt and survive.

There are also elements of Breath of the Wild, where you use a glider to travel and use weapons to fight off beasts. The trailer shows some awesome sailing scenes and it looks like the rafts will be customizable.

Windbound will be available on August 28, 2020, across consoles and PC.

Get Rewarded for Playing Games – Tech Crunch

I know what you’re thinking: it sounds too good to be true. But that’s exactly what Zelos is offering to the gaming community.

You complete challenges for specific games and earn “zips”, which can then be used for rewards. The examples listed seem pretty costly (ie. 60k zips for $5 steam card) given most challenges net you 15-150 zips, but you’re already playing some of these games anyways.

Currently, here are the games where you can earn rewards: Fortnite, Apex, League of Legends, Teamfight Tactics, DOTA 2, Counter Strike: GO and Clash Royale.

Devil May Cry Meets Bulletstorm – Tech Crunch

I’ve written about my appreciation for solo devs in the past and I’m still impressed by their accomplishments.

In Bright Memory, you’re teleported somewhere near the North Pole and need to shoot your way through hordes of enemies. While you don’t get much of a tutorial, the game gives you a fairly strong starting loadout and abilities at the start.

Episode 1 launched last week and has been met by very positive reviews. Check it out on Steam for more details!

Paper Zelda – Zelda Universe

Most of you have heard of Paper Mario, but how come we’ve never seen other key video game characters represented in the paper world? The folks at 64-Bits decided to fix that.

In their Paper Zelda parody, they show scenes from existing Zelda games as they might look in a Paper Mario style. The entire production looks really cool and I think plenty of people would be glad to pick up the real thing!

Gamecube Sleeper PC – Zelda Universe

Creator Central time!! WOOOO!

Tech By Matt actually managed to fit a gaming PC inside the shell of a Gamecube. A Full. Working. Gaming PC.

Not only does it run many recent games in 1080p, but it’s even got working controller ports for some Smash action! Check out the full video below to see how he made this happen.

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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