TAG Roundup #66 – Playstation 5 Showcase

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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 Ninja’s return to Twitch, Call of Duty Cold War, Just Dance and more!

At the top of the hour, we’ve got a summary of last week’s Playstation 5 Showcase. While the handling of pre-orders has been an absolute mess, the gaming world has a lot to look forward to when people finally start getting their hands on Sony’s upcoming console!

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Playstation 5 Showcase Recap – Geek Culture

While Sony has given us small pieces of the overall picture, they’ve managed to keep the price and release date of the Playstation 5 under wraps. In last week’s showcase, Sony finally spilled these last crucial details!

The Playstation 5 will launch this November 12 in select countries and arrive around in the rest of the world the following week, on November 19. If you want a disk drive, the console will set you back $499.99. For those opting for the digital edition, you’ll need to shell out $399.99.

This pricing is encouraging, especially given the speculation around a potential $600 price tag. The top end of the pricing lands at the same price point as the Xbox Series X and the two consoles only differ in the disk drive availability.

One of the coolest announcements at the Playstation 5 Showcase was the reveal of the Playstaion Plus Collection. This is essentially a greatest hits ensemble of some of the greatest Playstation games in the last decade!

Sony fans can look forward to a God of War sequel, Miles Morales entering the spideyverse, and a full-blown Harry Potter adventure, among an impressive list of titles. While some of the announced games won’t be available until 2021, you’ll have more than enough to play given most of the PS4 games are backwards compatible on the Playstation 5.

Sony has promised that more Playstation 5 pre-orders will become available in the coming weeks, but don’t hold your breath. The PS5 is sure to be one of the hottest items this holiday season!

Roguelite Tactical RPG – IGN

Star Renegades celebrates pop culture references while you fight an evil imperium. Rebels join your crew from all parts of space and time, building a dynamic party for the game’s turn-based combat.

The game borrows stagger attacks from Final Fantasy, the Nemesis system from Shadow of Mordor, and the customization of Octopath Traveler. It’s available on Steam now and you can check out more gameplay footage here!

New Monster Hunter – Engadget

While we recently started getting back into Dauntless, it’s predecessor was busy getting a sequel. Monster Hunter Rise is coming to the Switch with plenty of additions to the classic formula.

Hunters will now have access to a grappling hook, mountable pet, and wall-running, among updates to how weapons work. Rise will launch on March 26, 2021 and you’ll be able to feed your amiibo addiction starting the following day!

Dual-Analogue GoldenEye – Nintendo Life

GoldenEye was groundbreaking as one of the first great FPS games with 3D graphics in the last 90s. You’ll remember that the N64 utilized a combination of one joystick and c-buttons to navigate, but did you know this popular shooter had a dual-analogue setup?

A twitter user posted an image of the setup last week and some quick Googling produced the YouTube video below as evidence. These days, you can play GoldeneEye: Source for a more modern take on the game, but I hope people try the dual-analogue setup on their consoles as well!

Gothic RPG Comes to Switch – Nintendo Life

Vampire’s Fall: Origins looks like a slightly upgraded version of the original Diablo. The developers suggest gamers can expect 50 hours of enemy smashing, equipment collecting, dark-humored nostalgia in this 2D vengeance story.

Interestingly, you can choose a path of “righteousness or deceit”, which leads me to believe your actions will have in-game consequences that shape your interactions with the world. It’s available now on Switch and the game has already received very positive reviews on Steam!

FFXVI Announcement – Venture Beat

One of the main reasons I prefer the Playstation consoles over Xbox is their excellent exclusives. Last week, we saw the trailer for another exciting exclusive: Final Fantasy XVI is coming to Playstation 5 with real-time action, a medieval aesthetic, and a focus on a single hero!

The graphics in the trailer look incredible and it’s cool to see the franchise building on elements that made the FF VII Remake so great. FFXVI may eventually come to PC, but Xbox fans will be out of luck for now.

Open-World Harry Potter title – NME

Hogwarts Legacy lets players get the wizardry experience we’ve all been waiting for! Enter the life of a Hogwarts student to explore a magical world of mystery, using spells and combat skills to defend against new dangers.

This RPG will have mission elements, but I’m sure folks will want to spend plenty of time just looking for things to discover. Legacy is coming to next-gen consoles and PC sometime next year.

Medal of Honor Returns – Gamespot

Call of Duty is probably more top of mind than Medal of Honor, but MoH has a strong base as a military FPS. After 8 years of being dormant, the series is returning as a virtual reality title from the creators of Apex Legends!

Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond will feature single-player, multiplayer, and stories from WWII veterans and survivors. We don’t have many details on this game yet, but it’ll launch through the Oculus Store and Steam on December 11.


Top Gaming Documentaries – CNET

You’re spending a lot of time at home, so you might as well enjoy some of the gaming content that’s currently available. This article goes through the best video game documentaries that highlight how the industry has evolved over the years.

Console Wars looks especially interesting with commentary from Sega CEO Tom Kalinske. It’ll be available starting tomorrow and you can check out High Score and The Playstation Revolution now!


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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