Tag Roundup #77 – Medal of Honor Hits VR

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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 Deck of Ashes, Door Kickers, Saga Frontier, and more!

At the top of the hour, we’ve got an exciting war game that isn’t from the Call of Duty title. We’ve got the latest trailer showing a ton of details on Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond!

Medal Of Honor: Above And Beyond

Medal of Honor Comes to Virtual Reality – PC Invasion

Medal of Honor used to be the “other war game” when devs started investing heavily into the FPS genre. It carved out a decent space for itself and was able to build a community separate from the Call of Duty crowd.

For this iteration, we’re traveling back in time to WWII, with weapons and vehicles from the 1940s. Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond is being developed by Respawn Entertainment, the same folks who brought us Apex Legends, so the expectations are high!

Last week’s trailer gave us a look at the game modes that will be featured in this VR Medal of Honor. We have our typical deathmatch modes, but also saw a bomb-defusing mode that reminded me of Valorant!

A couple of months ago, I tried my first shooter on a VR headset, and it was an interesting experience. On one hand, Frost Point was incredibly immersive and was the most intense hour that I’ve had in a long time. On the other hand, aiming is truly difficult, and killing anyone beyond close range was beyond difficult. 

The Medal of Honor trailer of course shows a bunch of kills using precise shooting, but I think the success of the game will come down to how accurate they can let player fire their weapons. I already know the game will look great and gameplay will be smooth, but shooting games really come down to shooting.

From the trailer, we see detailed environments, fluid reload animations, and what looks like a nice use of VR controller versatility. The Blast Radius mode looks especially fun in this Medal of Honor, with rockets and grenades flying at all times!

Medal of Honor is only a few days away, with a December 11 release date on PC. It will likely be the biggest shooter in the virtual reality space for a bit so I’m excited to see some community gameplay!

Big Dauntless Update – Polygon

Dauntless ate up about a quarter of my gaming time this year, with plenty of behemoths slain and weapons crafted. Last week, the free-to-play game released a huge update that added a ton of content!

Dauntless now has the Hunting Grounds, a replayable hunt type which includes 18 islands to explore. We also have a new progression system and gliders, which are nice quality of lifeimprovement changes to the game. Check out the Dauntless Reforged content on console and PC now!

Bomberman Free on Stadia – The Verge

Stadia has gotten off to a rough start, but Google is continuing to add content to increase the value for gamers. Last week, Bomberman went free-to-play on Stadia, and you don’t even need a premium account!

For those who aren’t familiar with the series, you essentially blow up people with different variations of explosives. This battle royale pits 64 players against each other in bombing madness!

A Brutal RPG  – Venture Beat

I hadn’t heard about Outward before last week, but it’s sold over a million copies since its release last year. Outworld is an open-world RPG that combines survival gameplay, co-op, spellcasting, and ‘perilous expeditions’.

The most dedicated players have put hundreds of hours into the game, and it seems there’s plenty to explore and discover. Outward is currently available on PC but could see a console release in the future if their growth continues!

Explore New Planets in Haven – Geeky Gadgets

Haven looks like a combination of No Man‘s Sky and a Final Fantasy Game. In this Indie RPG, two lovers explore, fight, and build their relationship on a lost planet.

The game features turn-based combat, gliding over dreamy environments, and plenty of creatures to meet. Haven is available on console and PC now, so go find out whether Yu and Kay’s relationship is strong enough to fend off the unknown world!

The Most Raucous Party Game – Kotaku

If Fall Guys is too involved for you, you should be checking out Cake Bash for a smaller, equally crazy party game. You choose a snack to control, compete in hilarious mini-games, and fight to be the tastiest cake for incoming customers.

With a variety of activities to compete in and adorable visuals, this is sure to be a good time for you and up to three friends. Pick up Cake Bash now on Steam or Switch!

An Epic Fantasy MMORPG – Gematsu

From the title, you might expect this was an FF game, but you’d be wrong! Chrono Odyssey uses some of our favorite RPG elements like job systems, dungeon crawling, and thoughtful combat in a formidable adventure.

Chrono Odyssey also has incredible graphics, stellar music from top-tier composers, and will be available on console, PC and mobile. The ambitious project launches in beta mode next year, so stay tuned for more updates in 2021!

Looping, Roguelite RPG – Nintendo Life

Star Renegade pits you in a fight across procedurally generated campaigns where players must outwit their foes in turn-based combat. Dubbed a ‘Reactive Time Battle System’ fighters use interrupts, counters, and combos against enemy officers that evolve in rank through the course of the game.

The game has dozens of alternate characters to use and offers a unique experience with each playthrough. If you liked Octopath Traveler, this is a game that you should try out on PC or console!

Top Gun Roguelike – Polygon

Most of the 2020 hype has been built around Cyberpunk 2077. Last week, Project Wingman was a surprising number 2 on the Steam charts (right behind Cyberpunk), bringing flight simulation to the comforts of your own home!

Players compete in intense aerial dogfights, air to ground combat, and even has an option for virtual reality play. Take control of 20 aircraft and 40 weapons while soaking in the beauty of the skies!

That’s All For Now

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