TAG Roundup #71 – Monster Sanctuary Comes to Switch

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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 PS5 UI, Stardew Valley, Among Us, and more!

At the top of the hour, we’ve got a new monster hunting game in town. It’s not Dauntless or Monster Hunter, but it looks really exciting if you’re a fan of the genre!

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Metroidvania Meets Pokemon – Nintendo Life

Monster Sanctuary isn’t a solely monster hunting game, but taming beasts is a big component of this side-scroller. The game launched to very positive reviews on Steam last year and is now being ported to the Switch!

Monster Sanctuary combines elements of monster taming with Metroid-style graphics and mechanics. Along your journey, you’ll collect monsters to help you traverse the map.

Similar to Pokemon, Monster Sanctuary has you hatching, collecting, and training monsters to build a team. Interestingly, each monster has its own skill tree so you can customize the squad to match your playstyle.

The battles remind me of something out of an old-school Final Fantasy game. In 3v3 combat, you’ll be able to stack combos and earn some cool rewards, like rare monster eggs.

Since many of us are still quarantined, the online aspect of Monster Sanctuary will appeal to many gamers. You can battle online to see which of your friends is the greatest monster trainer!

The devs have given us several updates since the Early Access release, with new areas, monsters, and gameplay mechanics. Monster Sanctuary will be available on the eShop in December for monster taming on the go!


Red Dead Halloween Update – Polygon

It’s crazy to think that Red Dead Redemption 2 has been out for almost two years! For this Halloween, Rockstar is bringing us plenty of goodies in the seasonal pass.

Even though you’ll need to pay for the upgrade, it seems worth it: a machete, backgrounds, a mask, camera filters, and more! Cosmetics asides, the frightening creatures are enough to warrant a visit back to RDR2 if you already own the game.


Atari VCS Update – T3

Most of the gaming world is hyped about the PS5 and upcoming Xbox release, but don’t sleep on Atari! The new VCS console arrives next month with 4K HDR, expandable RAM, and powerful CPU-GPU combo. 

Additionally, the Atari VCS will feature a dedicated PC mode, allowing players to install a secondary operating system and use the console as a home computer. Pre-orders are available for almost $400 from Atari, so the expectations are high for this console to compete with the big boys.


Another Metroidvania Platformer – Nintendo Life

DeathStick features a unique dimension-changing mechanic that takes your character into another world. The protagonist, Mako, uses assassin-like combos to take on the evil enemies.

You can play with unique abilities and special attacks to combat furious bosses, on your way to solve the mystery of the Great Mirror. The game is planned for a Q3 2022 launch, so hopefully we’ll see more news of this platformer next year!


Viking Strategy Game – Nintendo Enthusiast

Wartile brings tabletop elements to the video game world with forts, lakes, and villages from the Viking universe. Players will make strategic decisions on movement and combat, with cooldown-based attacks. 

The tile layout of the maps looks great and the animations are really fluid. Wartile’s trailer shows off plenty of characters, a deck to manage, and epic music. You can pick it up now in the Nintendo Switch shop to feed your appetite for RTS!


New Ubisoft Hub – Endgadget

Uplay and Ubisoft Club are being combined into Ubisoft Connect on October 29th, making an effort to boost cross-platform progression and cross-play. This is great news for titles like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Immortals Fenyx Rising!

Additionally, you can complete challenges for rewards, see friends’ achievements, and provides access to suggested videos based on what you’re doing in the game. It’ll initially be available on PC and current-gen consoles, with access for next-gen coming sometime in November.


Original Fire Emblem Coming to Switch  – IGN

The 1990 Fire Emblem is being ported over to Nintendo Switch, following Prince Marth’s journey. Since this release 3 decades ago, we’ve had 20 games, spin-offs, and remakes!

In addition to the Shadow Dragon & The Blade of Light game, players can grab a Fire Emblem 30th Anniversary Edition pack which includes tons of bonus material. For a heavy dose of nostalgia and Marth sword fights, go pick this up on December 4!


Stardew With Zombies – PC Gamer

You already know how the Average Gamer Community feels about Stardew Valley. Zelter takes the cute harvesting, crafting, and fighting of Stardew and elevates it to apocalypse levels!

Players will blast through the undead, fortify their bases, and scavenge for supplies to survive the hoards. It’s available now in Early Access so hop on over to Steam for the “cutest zombie-apocalypse you’ve ever seen”!


Turn-Based Indie RPG – Polygon

Ikenfell tasks you with finding your missing sister, who disappeared from magic school. You’ll solve puzzles, battle enemies with magic, and earn new skills as you progress.

Ikenfell’s developers boast 48 unique spells, over 100 enemies, 22 bosses, and cats everywhere. Use powerful spells to attack and defend in the halls of Ikenfell.


That’s All For Now

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