April 16th, 2018 by Vega Montanez

Fallout DLC Except It’s Real Life and it’s Pterrifying

Oh snap. It was quite a dull week in the gaming world. For the most part we were all kind of paying more attention to Call of Duty: Trump In Office DLC that opens with bombs over Syria. Not a political site, just letting ya know that’s also a thing that happened. So with the rumored announcement of Fallout: Real Word Crazy around the corner, let us come together as much as we can in honor of our favorite things. This week’s reason to feel like a lucky gamer (you know outside of being alive):

1. A new battle royale enters the battle royale.

And immediately receives backlash over pay to win DLC. The game, from Lawbreakers developer Boss Key Productions (yea, I know), is Radical Heights. And Radical Heights is set in a colorful 80’s inspired world and something about a game show element set in the year 2023. And Radical Heights sounds radical! I don’t know what else to say. Everything about this game sounds exciting as lion brawls. Oh, and did I mention that they immediately responded to the back lashes and made changes to satisfy the gamers? Word. Radical. The downside, of course there’s one, it’s only available on Steam.

2. Expand the universe, more Walking Dead.

Another Walking Dead game coming our way in Fall 2018! That’s right more amazing story telling with zombie blood shed everywhere. Even more incredible, the game looks amazing so far. The new “Maya” Trailer, which is obviously all CGI, makes me feel like they are putting some real intensity into the story being told. There hasn’t been much information about the game so far but it was confirmed to be a first person shooter. By the looks of it so far, this tiny glimpse of greatness, gives me hope that we won’t get another awful game like that first attempt starring the Dixon brothers.

3. Elder Abuse?

Probably the most shocking and outlandish news from the week comes from our sister industry, comic book land. Apparently someone felt that one of the most heralded creators of all time, Mr. Stan Lee, has been being abused by his daughter. He has since confirmed this is not happening and even threatened to go as far as suing the people who reported this nonsense. All reports show that Stan Lee is very upset by the allegations and I’m glad. It would suck to know that something like this is happening to a man I hold so much respect and admiration for. Continue being incredible and ignore the nonsense.

4. Check those warranties.

Like I said, it was a slow week in the games industry so I’m doing a little cross-over work. The FTC recently indicated that void warranty language on video game consoles is illegal. What does that mean? Well in my opinion it applies more to third party repairmen but check it. Threatening to void the console warranty for opening it or tampering with it for repair purposes is a no no. That is, unless they provide all the parts for you to do your own repairs for free. At least in its current phrasing. The companies who received the letters remain anonymous but they only have 30 days to make adjustments before legal action gets involved. Shouts to the FTC for having our backs with this one.

5. More games for Switch.

It feels like very week I’m compiling a list of games coming to the Nintendo Switch. Ports, remasters, new IP all being announced on the regular. This week is no different. First up we have Football Manager Touch. The football is for soccer. The game originally made for tablets and getting a complete remade system of their own. Next up we have more Sonic classics join gn the Switch gaming roster. Well it’s actually a whole slew of SEGA Genesis and Master System games which are primarily known for Sonic. Alongside that we also have the official release window for Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 and 2. It’s coming to all consoles but I figured i’d throw it in this piece here. The games will be available sometime in July.

6. Shenmue.

That header should be enough to garner a few clicks. Shenmue 1 and 2 are being re-released on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. And they are coming at some point in 2018. The interesting part is the choice of words. This is a Re-release. So although they are talking about upscaling graphics and adjusting controls, the game is not being remastered. I personally can’t wait to play these games on newer consoles. I loved the Shenmue story and truly believe it paved the way for what is now the incredible Yakuza series. Final words: yes please.

7. Rumors and Relocations?

The first thing on the menu is a rumor that a new Bioshock game is in development at 2K. Yea that one had to come out swinging. Now as I said just a rumor swirling but this is the time of year where rumors really matter. And most of the time turn out true. But also don’t. Who knows. On the other hand we have a medieval style RPG being set in the Middle East. Knights of Light is a brand new RPG still in development that is promising to bring us to 7th century Iraq. The development team, Rumbling Games, is aiming for a 60 hour adventure for your PS4, Xbox One, or PC. Nothing more on that year, but stay tuned we may have some exclusives up our sleeves.

Final note: Our hearts go out to all the people of Syria who are feeling the direct impacts of the crazy world we live. 




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April 9th, 2018 by Vega Montanez

Post PAX East festivities! This past weekend the video game industry came to visit the northeast New England region. A place also recognized as Boston. And although it didn’t bring a ton of news, the news it did bring was insane. Collaborations, new projects, and single player second year DLC. Yea feel lucky, cause I damn sure do. Here’s why:

1. Fantasy Raider 1.

That seems like it will be the exact title of the upcoming project from Square Enix. To open the PAX East gates Square Enix announced a cross over project of two of its biggest franchises, Final Fantasy & Tomb Raider. There wasn’t any other information reveled so time to go into hyper speculation mode. I think it would be amazing to introduce some sort of lore that ties the two worlds together with one being present/past and the other being present/future. Either way I’m excited to see what comes of it, so long as its not a damn Pachinko machine. Looking at you Konami.

2. Final Fantasy XV lives on.

A few years back. Ok, maybe a little bit more than a few years but who’s counting. I remember conversing with my co-workers about DLC. I would always say to them, all I would want from DLC would be story expansion. You know like, when theres still more to the story but not necessarily enough for a full fledged sequel. Fast forward to 2018, and for the most part that’s what we get. Anyway, on to the news. Final Fantasy XV will be receiving new story based episodic DLC all the way through 2019. That is amazing because of how long the string of content for this game has been. Imagine a world where you fall in love with a game and instead of being given a full blown sequel that wasn’t necessary, you get episodic additions to the game you love. That’s he direction we could be heading in the games industry. That, and of course Battle Royales.

3. Return of the Dragon.

Everyone’s favorite purple dragon is back. Don’t believe me? Find another purple dragon nearly as popular as Spyro. I’m not even gonna wait because I know you won’t. Spyro the dragon is returning for the second time. This time however, he’s coming back in true form. Activision announced the Spyro remastered trilogy, featuring the first three games to make the dragon a star. Much like the recent Crash Bandicoot Trilogy, the remaster will feature upgraded graphics, modernized controls, and a reimagined take on the original music. The game will be available on September 21 for PS4 and Xbox One and no mention of a Switch version in the works.

4. Spider-Man, Spider-Man, spins a web when he can.

This week Spidey showed up to drop gems about his upcoming game. First the release date. Spider-Man will be arriving exclusively on a PS4 near you on September 7th, 2018. Plans for DLC were also briefly highlighted stating in will come in the form of a three part campaign with new villains, suits, missions, and more. And speaking on suits, this new Spider-Man game will allow us to dress Spidey up in over a dozen different suits from various comic story lines. A collector’s edition was also announced with more info coming in the summer, but it will come with all DLC included just like the Deluxe edition. Insomniac, the developers, also made a big deal to note there will be absolutely no micro transactions in the game.

5. Vive Pro Starter Edition.

With VR finally reaching a point of mass general interest, the manufacturers have also started finding better ways to cut cost on production. This perfect middle ground genesis is the type of thing that results in price drops and special bundles. In this case we are getting a special bundle from HTC. Taking feedback and backlash into consideration, HTC has announced a new starter kit for the Vive Pro VR system. This special bundle includes the Vive Pro Headset, two Vive 1.0 controllers, and two 1.0 base stations for $1100. Considering all of that is necessary to use the system it makes a ton of sense to see such an aggressive pricing. When considering the cost of all things separate that’s about a $300 savings. Pretty good if you ask me.

6. PC to Console, Console to Switch.

So before any Nintendo fan boys come at me for not calling the Switch a console, understand I do it with the highest respect. The Switch is not a console. It is so much more. That however is save for another day. Today let’s talk about Firewatch, the incredibly unique adventure game, coming to Nintendo Switch. The Switch version will include system specific upgrades, although most of those will be under the hood. And no date was provided. On the flip side, I am very excited for a new RPG being ported from PC to Console. As rarely as that happens, it is my pleasure to share with you Divinity: Original Sin 2 is coming to PS4 and Xbox One in August. Featuring 4 player online and local split screen Co-Op, Divinity is a story based action RPG that looks phenomenal.

7. Is that a new… Challenger?

Warner Bros has obtained the rights to distribute and publish IO Interactive’s Hitman. Wasting no time with this new muscle, Hitman: The Definitive Edition will be releasing on May 18th. And with rumors floating around the world of a new Hitman coming, it’s very possible we may see some version of the nemesis system in everyone’s favorite modern day assassins world. This is the real outrageous news though. Here comes a new challenger! In the most abstract way. Right now you can hop on Kickstarter and support the Street Fighter Board Game. I don’t even know how to explain the incredible thing that is this project. I mean for real the only bad part about it is the price tag but as a collector’s item its well worth it. Dive in and see for yourself.




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April 3rd, 2018 by Vega Montanez

Welcome back Jesus! Now tell me where the easter eggs are coming from and why these rabbits are so fascinated by them! It doesn’t make any sense at all. And another thing, why has it been such a slow past few weeks for gaming news? Does that mean that its going to be a huge E3 or are we about to be really disappointed? I need answers. In the meantime I’m going to be providing my friends who check out this post an update on why they should feel like lucky gamers.

1. Level-5 Levels up for Switch.

Right out the gate, Level-5 announced it intends to be a big supporter of the Nintendo Switch from this point forward. Level-5 is the well known studio behind popular games on Nintendo 3DS, so this isn’t to surprising. Popular series from the studio include Professor Layton as well as Yo-Kai Watch. They are also the studio behind Ni No Kuni, so who knows what can happen? The first game coming to Switch in Japan however, comes from neither of those properties. The Snack World: Trejarers Gold, which comes our April 12th in Japan, might not be the first experience we were hoping for but it is the experience we are getting. Enjoy!

2. Woah Woah Woah, PSVR got an official price cut!

Now, if i can’t get Chet to get us an official Hard Mode Gamers PSVR at this point, I don’t know what I’ll do. As of March 29th, the official starting price for PSVR is $299. Thats $100 cheaper the launch price of the best selling VR gaming headset. Boom! I said it. Come at me bro. And with Sony estimating over 130 games will be coming to the platform by the end of 2018, this is the best time to get one. You hear that Chet? BEST TIME TO GET ONE. Even if half the games will be shovelware, that’s 64 more games than I’ll finish.

3. A new iPad approaches.

I know, we are still kind of unsure of where we stand with mobile games. I think its important to note that, there are experiences for everyone. This isn’t even about that though. Apple recently announced a new slightly cheaper iPad for education purposes. With that said, it’s still just an iPad. Its the cheapest iPad to have Apple Pencil support and is designed to work flawlessly with the latest versions of pages and spreadsheet. Apple’s own Tim Cook seemed very adamant about bringing iOS into the education field, but has never digressed from being excited to support gaming. So, what this really means for teachers is: A whole lot of detention for playing Fortnite in class.

4. Fortnite continues to outshine PUBG.

Ok, so that title is absolutely intentionally controversial. But hey, remember we are still growing and we need some attention every now and then. The big news here is that Fortnite smashed a big YouTube record. Fortnite is now the current holder of the YouTube record for most uploaded videos of a video game in a single platform. It all set a record for the biggest single live gaming stream with 1.1 million concurrent viewers. I could go on and on about these wild achievements this game has but instead I’ll leave you with one fun fact. Fortnite Twitch streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, (the guy who played live with Drake) is reportedly making a handsome career out of streaming. Congratulations to a fellow gamer on his success.

5. Incredible Nostalgia incoming.

As I get older, I look back on things I enjoyed as a child. Things like animated movies, action figures, and dinosaurs. In the past few years we’ve seen an incredible resurgence of some of the IP in many industries that were from my child. I am ecstatic to share with all my friends that not only, as I’m sure you heard, is the Incredible 2 movie officially a real thing but, we are also getting an official game! And not the cheesy kind but instead Lego: The Incredibles will be coming to all major platforms on June 15th. I couldn’t be more excited about this if I tried. Also, Jurassic World Evolution, the theme park simulator, will be bringing some dino-park nostalgia on June 12th. Ah, to feel like a kid again.

6. No Man excused on Xbox.

I’ll admit that was a tough title. Let’s break down what it means quickly before you think I’m crazier than I am. Microsoft announced it can now ban Xbox accounts for “Offensive Language”. This isn’t a policy change, it is just an updated measure of enforcement that will be applied to all of you excessively potty mouthed gamers. Realistically, I think this applies not to the everyday use of F bombs and stuff but more to the players on line who are out of control. And this update comes just as Hello Games announces that No Man’s Sky will be available on Xbox One this summer. The Xbox One version will be released with updates to visuals and include all the major updates from the game.

7. And recently announced we have…

A long awaited announcement but one that we are excited about regardless. Dragon Quest 11 will be released on PS4 and PC on September 4th. There are currently no plans to release it for Nintendo 3DS and the Switch version still has a long way to go according to Square Enix. THQ Nordic also announced Red Faction: Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered will be coming to PS4 and Xbox One in Q2 2018. I applaud the naming convention and never got into this series so I might be down to give it a go. Last but not least we have Deathgarden, a 5-v-1 Shooter from the development team behind Dead By Daylight. Not much was said but they did say to expect to see it at PAX East for sure.

Back in my day I blew off class by playing Tetris on a graphing calculator. -Chet

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March 26th, 2018 by Vega Montanez

Guess who’s back with goodies? Ok, maybe no actual goodies.

I’m back! Hope you guys didn’t miss me too much. I was down in Austin, TX performing at SXSW cause you know I’m still a rapper. But I have returned to you all to continue to provide the great news that should make us all feel like Lucky Lucky Gamers. Are you ready? Alright, let’s get into it. To make up for my absence I’m going to include some stuff that we missed from the past weeks. So Here’s why you should feel like a Lucky Gamer this week:

1. Fortnite and PUBG Go!

Well, they go mobile anyway. Both Fortnite and PUBG have made their mobile debut on bothered the Android and iOS app stores. Scaled down to fit and run on mobile devices without losing any of the features that players love is an incredible achievement. More so for games of these massive scales. Even more amazing and most users are reporting that the mobile version of PUBG runs smoother than the Xbox One version. I feel like that’s good and bad news. Either way a congratulations is in order for both development teams. This moment will be a big one in the history books years from now.

2. The Dino’s Are Coming to Switch.

Nintendo’s best console continues to secure incredible content to bolster its already impressive portfolio. At the 2018 Game Developers Conference Studio Wildcard announced that Ark: Survival Evolved will be coming to the Nintendo Switch. The Switch version of the game is being co-developed by Abstraction Games but fear not, it will feature all the content from the original release. Alongside the announcement, Studio Wildcard also announced that beta invites for the iOS version of the game have been sent out. With the Nintendo Switch also recently getting an announcement of other top games coming to the console like Diablo 3 and the new No More Heroes entry, things are really looking good for the unique machine.

3. Here comes a new cameo!

One of the many things this console generation will be remembered for is definitely going to be cross branding. It feels like everyday there is an announcement of some sort of cross branding going on with our favorite games. Don’t believe me? Watch this. First we have the announcement that Geralt from the Witcher series will be joining the cast of the upcoming Soul Calibur 6. It’s undeniable that he’s a perfect fit but remember that’s just example 1. Here’s example 2. Noctis, the protagonist from Final Fantasy 15, will be joining Tekken 7 as a playable character in an upcoming DLC pack. Noctis is an interesting addition to a game that already has a visit from a resident character in Street Fighter. But wait I’ve got one more for you. Monster Hunter World will be getting some Devil May Cry themed DLC. With rumors striking of a new entry in the series and the remastered version of 1-3 releasing soon this screams cross branding even if it is the same parent company. There you have it folks, the generation of the cameo.

4. Unleash the Leaks.

Every week the Lucky Gamer Recap has some leak based information. Little slip ups by retailers or job resume updates, you know the usual. This week however I wanted to give special attention to Leaks because some of them have my pants tightening. First up we have the one most exciting for me, an Amazon listing for a 2018 Splinter Cell game. Please be real. The Sega Genesis Collection is coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC if a deleted tweet is to be believed. I’ll throw this rumor in with the leaks because why not. Supposedly Cyberpunk 2077 will be at E3 in some capacity. That’s the other rumor that has be losing my pants. And if a recent job listing is real then boy do the Star Wars fans have something good coming. Apparently EA Vancouver is hiring for an open-world Star Wars game. Hows that for exciting potentially fake information?

5. Official Releases in exchange.

First let’s start with an annual franchise. Call of Duty: Black Op 4 is coming to a console near you on Friday October 12th. That’s all I’m saying on that one. Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the third entry since the reboot, will be arriving to PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on September 14th. Looks like the timed exclusive stuff is coming to an end, thankfully. The Crew 2, the follow up to Ubisoft’s open world racing project, will be releasing on June 29th on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. For those of you still willing to purchase Konami games, Bomberman R will be released on PS4, Xbox One, and PC with platform exclusive characters on June 12th. Anyone who read my review of Yakuza Kiwami and found themselves interested in the series, rejoice! Yakuza Kiwami 2 will be released on August 28th exclusively on PS4. And previously PS4 exclusive Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice will be coming to Xbox One on April 11th. Now hopefully that makes up for any of the rumors or leaks that end up being complete lies.

6. Oh my and the announcements!

With E3 around the corner this is the time that smaller studies used to announce their upcoming games and big studios announce the projects fans are expecting so they can save the surprises for late. It’s better this way. Nothing cool gets over shadowed by the big name stuff flying around all over the place. Ubisoft has a big surprise up it’s sleeve if it’s choosing to announce the slightly unexpected Tom Clancy’s The Division 2. Maybe because it’s the Omega Force 20th Anniversary or maybe its because Dynasty Warriors 9 was so bad, who knows? Regardless Koei Tecmo announced that Warriors Orochi 4 will be coming to America sometime in 2018. Narcos, the Netflix phenomena that took the world by storm sort of, is getting a video game adaptation in development by Kuju. Who is Kuju you may ask? Well I don’t know, I’m no journalist. Kidding, kidding.

7. Street Fighter TV

What roman numeral is TV? Oh right, it’s Television. Yes you read that right, Street Fighter is returning to television but this time in live action fashion. The series will be developed by Capcom’s new media partner Entertainment One. They will also be bringing the team that developed the Street Fighter Web Series that later came to Blu-Ray. It seems like video games are going to be attack mainstream media in full force. It is definitely an exciting time to be a gamer. (But for me it was a Tuesday…)

[From the editor: Good LORD Kuju entertainment puts out a lot of shovelware, they’re going to make a high profile release? I’m skeptical.]




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March 5th, 2018 by Vega Montanez

Lucky Gamer Recap!

I don’t know how much longer I can do this. It’s so excruciating trying to find interesting things that have happened this week. Why is E3 so close yet so far? This drought is awful but th show must go on. Here are the reasons to feel like a Lucky Gamer this week:

1. Looks like a lot more games are making the Switch!

As the Nintendo Switch continues to find its footing on its climb to the top, it seems to continue securing its footing along the way. Every step of the way is secured by the most dense supply of vibranium possible. That’s how safe Nintendo is being, they are using imaginary metals to secure their footing. Enough silly analogies, the entire Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy is coming to Nintendo Switch April 26th! Oh, wait theres more. Outlast, one of the scariest games I’ve ever played in my life, is available for Switch right now. The Outlast: Bundle of Terror also includes the Whistleblower DLC and is available through the eShop for only $20. So yea, the Switch is gunning for the throne at a rapid pace. You go Switch, stay strong.

2. Those guys at Sony are up to something.

First they make the announcement that starting next March, exactly one year from now, PS3 and PSVita will no longer be included in the free game monthly benefit of PS Plus. It seems like a really strange move especially considering all the effort Microsoft has put into backwards compatibility but, what do I know? Oh I know what I know actually! As of April 1st, Sony is restructuring again to focus more heavily on first party properties. This move makes sense as Microsoft announced a few months back that they were going to shift focus to first party properties as well. And last but not least, Detroit: Become Human gets a beautiful release date of May 25th, just a few days after this cool kids birthday. I really hope this game lives up to the hype, I cant afford anymore heartbreak this year.

3. Fortnite gets Jetpacks and Overwatch gets more character.

The header pretty much covers the Fortnite news. Fortnite is getting jetpacks in the near future so expect to see players soaring across the sky. Or as Epic put it, “take the fight to all new heights.” Oh boy. On the other hand Overwatch is getting an all new character named Brigitte. Brigitte is more of a support character with her strength being in armor and defense. One of her abilities is throwing a repair pack that can heal an ally. I think Brigitte’s costume design is also incredible and the color scheme is great. I’m looking forward to watching her gameplay in real competition. Who knows maybe she’ll be in an upcoming thing we might be doing.

4. And the vowels are E… A… Rumors.

As I keep saying E3 is around the way and so the interesting juicy stuff is coming in slow drips. Every now and then though we get a nice little splash of refreshing news, EA takes the cake this week with first a rumored leak that this years Battlefield game will be set in WW2. The supposed title of the new game is “Battlefield V” and if the rumor holds true, this game won’t be set in the Bad Company universe. On the other side of EA Rumor city we have a quirky game that I’m surprised is still a real thing. Plants VS Zombies: Garden Warfare will be returning for the third time. That’s right Plants VS Zombies: Garden Warfare 3 was recently leaked by a comic posting on Amazon that was described as “bridging the story gap between PVZ:GW2 and GW3. Imagine that.

5. Take a trip to the jurrasic past or the land of the witchers.

As Microsofts continues to double down on their mission to prove they car about gamers a whole new set of classics are coming to Xbox One. First we have the remasters of both Turok 1 and Turok 2: Seeds of Evil. Each title will be available for $19.99 and it was made very explicit that these are remasters not remakes. Its interesting to see this classic title being remastered, could there be plans for a new entry in the series? On the other hand we have The Witcher 2, Crackdown, Fable Anniversary, and Forza Horizon all recently released with Xbox One X enhancements. See all these cool things from the past coming back, you paying attention Sony?

6. More apes in VR!

A new Planet of the Apes game is coming to all the VR platforms on April 3rd. Thats right HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PSVR will all be the next place to enjoy a VR experience based in the Planet of the Apes. The experience is played through the perspective of an ape trying to escape a heavily guarded scientific facility. If you are a fan of the movie series at all, this game takes place five years after the event of the Simian Flu outbreak. There you have it a VR escape game where you get to feel like an ape trying to escape. Wait a sec isn’t this the opposite of Ape Escape?

7. Whats next from the makers of Bioshock?

Blackout. That’s what’s next from the former developers of Bioshock. An all new horror game from the people who made the term “Big Daddy” terrifying. I can’t be more excited for this mostly because I have such a crazy dedication to horror games. As far as bioshock as a series, I played through the first one and had a great time. Never got a round to the rest of them cause I suck at playing video games. Either way, back to Blackout which is said to have some resemblance to Stranger Things. You know the show everyone is hooked on that I don’t like. Yea this game is supposedly gonna be similar to that story. Are you excited yet?




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February 26th, 2018 by Vega Montanez

Week 9, the drought continues. There hasn’t been any incredible news. E3 approaches ever so slowly but the rate of speculation continues. So here I am making sure to find all the coolest announcements possible. For you, for me, for us, here are the reasons you should feel like a Lucky Gamer this week:

1. Let’s Start Releasing.

We are going to be all over the place with this, so get your pen and pad buddy. Ready? Alright here we go. First off, PSVR is getting a cute little mouse adventure called Moss. The game which actually plays from a third person perspective is coming to the system on February 27th, 2018. Next, the blue bomber is letting us relive some of his memories again in the for of Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 and 2. This new classic remake is coming to Nintendo Switch on May 22nd, 2018 (my birthday!). The wildly rumored Burnout Paradise Remaster was officially announced and given a release date. Expect to race through exploding car crashes on March 16th for PS4 and Xbox One. And just for good measure we’ll throw in a release time frame. The long awaited game from Alan Wake developer Remedy Entertainment, codenamed P7, is slated for 2019.

2. And now the Death Stranding announcement that’s been baking.

As the slow drips continue to increase, we are lucky enough to receive more information about Death Stranding. Kojima and team have been very tight lipped about the project so any news is cause for excitement. This is particular though I’m pretty excited about. Voice actor Troy Baker and writer and actress Emily O’Brien have joined the cast. This Hollywood level cast continues to flex its muscle by adding a top tier voice actor and an elite actress with writing credentials. This piece of news helps us in absolutely no way at all with the mystery, but at least we know we are in good hands. No if only we get you know, David Hayter, maybe?

3. Paladins and Metal Gear need help surviving !

Released to absolutely no expecting audience, Metal Gear Survive finds its first headlines across the internet in a negative light. The first major piece of DLC comes in the form of paying an additional $10 for an extra in game save slot. Yea, you read that right. $10 to be able to have an extra save slot. It’s  outrageous and few people were interested in this game to begin with. I can undeniably confirm that everyone at Konami has lost their damn minds. On the other hand, developers working on Paladins are working tirelessly to remove the controversial loot boxes. Chris Arson from Hi Rez Studios, the developers of Paladins, openly acknowledged how upset they have made loyal fans. He says the peoples voices have been heard and they will be shifting focus on getting rid of the Cards Unbound update. The update allowed players to purchase gear and weapons which gave an advantage over players who made no purchases.

4. Sony Launches “My Playstation”.

Anyone familiar with the convenience of using the Playstation app will tell you it started off terrible but blossomed very well. That may not be the case this time around. Sony just announced a browser based version of the Playstation Network compatible with almost any up to date browser. Similar to the app, this new site will allow users to search for friends, send and respond to messages and friend request, edit their profile, and many other core functions of the Playstation Network. Still no mention of PSN ID changes anytime soon, I know that’s important to some people. I, however, remain ever so content with my PSN ID: SooperVega. Come get this work. Kidding, I’m actually really bad at video games.

5. Watson, come join us at the gaming table.

Take a step into the next level of gaming, where partnerships between gaming companies and computer technology companies are growing at an amazing rate. First we saw Oculus purchased by Facebook, Apple buying AR companies, and now Unity partnering with IBM. This new team up will be working to bring the powerful Watson AI to video games. The announcement of the “IBM Watson Unity SDK” is already live in the Unity asset store and will allow developers to integrate the cloud based AI in their games. The hope is that this combined set of tools will unlock a brand new potential in the world of AR and VR, with obvious benefits for standard games as well. Who knows, is the world ready for such powerful AI? Does this mean NPC’s will now always remember that one time I hit them pretty hard while testing my new weapons? Find out on the next episode of – Sorry I’ve been watching Dragon Ball Super.

6. Barbie goes tomb raiding.

As Tomb Raider continues to become the first video game franchise to truly succeed in crossing mediums, we get to see another cool partnership. Mattel has announced that a Tomb Raider edition Barbie will be available for $29.99. The new collectible figure is based on and model after actress Alicia Vikander’s upcoming portrayal of the gaming icon. Rebooting Tomb Raider has ended up being an all around success so far, let’s see how the film does. The figure also comes with all the necessary tomb raiding tools like a map, axe, journal, and certificate of authenticity. That last tool is critical, that’s what gets the bad stuff to happen so you can escape it.

7. Net Neutrality Scheduled to officially end in April.

Sorry to take this moment to get political for a moment but I think all gamers can agree this is important. Net neutrality is scheduled to officially go bye bye on April 23rd. For those who don’t understand what Net Neutrality is, here’s a quick summary. Net Neutrality allows the government to treat internet as a base utility, like gas or electric. This prevents private companies from being able to out do smaller companies by offering more money to block other out. Example: a small gaming website like ours vs a major conglomerate like IGN; they have a larger budget than us, so if a major internet provider said, pay more to allow your visitors more bandwidth on your site, they would immediately win that war. (This is not a real situation yet, although it is plausible, sorry IGN just keeping it real, love you) Don’t take my word for it, go do your own research. Involve yourself and take action, let’s be the changes we want to see in the world.




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February 19th, 2018 by Vega Montanez

PSVR gets a discount, Persona 5 gets an App, & THQ gets, well, everything else.

We are 8 weeks into 2018 and the slow news weeks are starting to happen. That can only mean one thing; E3 approaches! Tickets went live last week and I don’t really know how many have been sold but it’s that time. I couldn’t let you guys down though so I had to dig real deep. And dig deep I did, here are the reasons you should feel like a Lucky Gamer this week:

1. No Hearthstone on Switch.

Straight to the point. Despite numerous ambiguous teases and tweets from Blizzard that may have felt promising, the game’s designer Dean Ayala has provided a firm “no”. It’s weird because Hearthstone is such a perfect fit for Nintendo Switch as a platform. The only speculation I could make at this time is that they don’t feel confident with the online infrastructure of the Nintendo Switch. Even that doesn’t entirely make sense for me because Splatoon 2 plays great. Maybe there are things about video game you can never understand from just playing. What are the odds?

2. No Hearthstone but at least you get De Blob.

One of the most amazing 3D platfomers of the last consoles generation is getting remastered for Nintendo Switch. De Blob, originally released back in 2008, will be coming to the Switch at some point in 2018 as tweeted by THQ Nordic. Last year we saw the release of the remaster on PS4 & Xbox one with the sequel coming sometimes this year. De Blob is one of those fun games that can serve as a cool party experiences to introduce new people to gaming. Given Nintendo’s recent track of cool additions to games, it will be really exciting to see what kind of bonus features De Blob will get. Maybe we’ll be able to dress up De Blob as Pikachu or link.

3. It’s the return of the purple dragon!

If someone would have told me that Skylander’s was not going to be the end of Spyro the Dragon, I would have laughed in their face. In fact I think I actually might have. So to anyone who’s face I laughed in, well I apologize. Much like I did when Crash Bandicoot made his remastered trilogy return. It turns out that was enough to push Activision and/or Sony to stop playing with our emotions and give us back our playstation mascots! That realization led us here: Spyro the Dragon Trilogy remaster is in the works and potentially coming to PS4 in Q3 of 2018. To put that in basic terms: Spyro is coming for Christmas, people! The trilogy is rumored to have the first three Spyro games remastered with brand new everything. Textures, assets, and all the other boring stuff. The real exciting news, which may come as a surprise to most, Crash and Spyro are potentially timed exclusive deals which means they may come to other platforms afterwards! This is going to be huge for two of the most iconic characters in video game history. Looks like the Gamers win again.

4. US government is against loot boxes, maybe.

It turns out it’s time for the government to get involved in video games again. It’s been a long while since the US government felt the need to step in and take stand in the video games industry. Fear not however fellow gamers, this time it appears they are on our side. At least thats what it looks like. US Senator Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire has issued a letter to our friends over at the ESRB establishing a strong outline of concerns regarding micro transactions. More specifically regarding Loot Boxes and Loot Box Systems. Her concern is primarily surrounding “in game purchases for surprise winnings” because they may be highly addicting. This comes hot on the heals of the World Health Organization update which adds “gaming disorder” as a diagnosable mental disorder. All of this follows Hawaii’s recent proposal of bills which specifically target Loot Boxes as a form of “illegal gambling”. Now that we have reached the end of this topic, I am no longer sure who’s side these people are actually on.

5. The Devil May Cry for free occasionally.

February 27th marks the day of the beast. Actually, I’m not sure if that is true at all. Something that is completely true is that starting on February 27th Devil May Cry HD will be available for free to all PC players with a Twitch Prime Membership. With Capcom running this promotion for an undisclosed length of time, rumors floating around of a Devil May Cry 5 on the horizon are staring to feel real true. Couple the free give away with the upcoming release of Devil May Cry HD releasing on March 13th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC makes for a powerful argument. I personally had nothing against the rebooted Dante for the most recent game, but I can’t wait to go back to hanging out with cool Dante. I also really hope the rumor of a new Devil May Cry is true regardless which Dante we get. Speaking of devils and demons, did I mention that Persona 5 is getting an official Mementos App? Well, in Japan at least.

6. Missing? Who’s missing?

There is only one name in the video game industry that evokes more confusion than the question “is a hot dog a sandwich?”. That name is Hidetaka Suehiro. Actually, no it’s not.  That’s the man that evokes confusion, however the name is Swery. And there you go, your hold world just flipped thinking bout what this guy has done now. Now let’s be very clear: Swery has provided absolutely no information about this game beside the fact he’s working with Arc System Works, and it’s called “The Missing”. Also, the game will “blow your mind” when it releases late this year. On the topic of Arc System Works and missing things, the first two DLC characters for Dragon Ball FighterZ have leaked and I can’t wait to (spoiler alert) play as Broly & Bardock.

7. THQ fills their shopping cart and PSVR hopes to fill yours.

THQ Nordic heard about the Lucky Gamer Recap and said “We are going to do something to get us on that damn list twice in one day!”. You read about De Blob remastered but that’s not all. It looks like THQ Nordic might have gotten their tax returns back early because they just made a very big purchase. In a roughly 150 million dollar deal, THQ Nordic just purchased Koch Media. What does that mean? Well let me give you an idea. Koch Media is the holding company of Deep Silver (Dead Island, Metro), Volition (Saints Row), and Dambuster Studios (Homefront). Ultimately this deal really just means that the THQ we remember watching fold in 2012 is getting right back up. With no plans for restructuring any of the current business plans, it seems some great things may already be in the works. On the flip side because its tax season, and in honor of big purchases, I have to share that PSVR will be $100 off from today (technically yesterday) until March 3rd. Looks like its time to jump on one of those bad boys, hey Chet!

Let me get this straight, THQ goes Bankrupt > Gets bought by THQ > Become THQ Nordic > Deep Silver buys Saints Row > THQ Nordic buys Koch Media > Koch Media is parent company of Deep Silver > THQ now owns Saints Row again. What kind of timeline is this?




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February 12th, 2018 by Vega Montanez

Exclusions, Announcements, & Hollywood

Wowzers, what a crazy week in the world of Gaming. Big announcements, unexpected exclusions, and to much hollywood involvement for my taste. It’s a beautiful time to be a gamer. How much luckier could you want to be? Wait, I have an answer. I want to be lucky enough to have been able to purchase a pair of Playstation Sneakers. I digress, here is the fun news for the lucky gamers:

1. Playstation (but say it in the commercial voice).

This week held a lot of surprise announcements from the house that rebuilt Sony. To start, rumors of a new Crash Bandicoot surfaced with the leak claiming a new game may be out as early as 2019. How realistic this rumor is, I don’t know. I do know that I am ridiculously excited regardless. On the less rumor more fact side of Playstation’s week, Sony announced the New Gold Wireless Headset. This new headset is the first major update to the headset since 2014 and boast a sleeker design, more comfortable headphone cushions, and dual noise canceling microphones. On top of that it still has 7.1 surround sound (and the companion app) and works with the PSVR or any other device with a standard headphone jack. And then we have the truly technological piece of news. The beta for PS4 firmware update 5.50 went live and includes a ton of amazing features. Things like Play Time Management for parental settings, two new tabs for the library, “This PS4”, showing everything currently installed on your PS4, and “PS plus”, and custom wall papers can now be installed via USB. It’s like the old PSP days, I can’t wait. Also, Babe Ruth will be a playable roster addition for MLB 18: The Show. You’re welcome.

2. Release dates, release dates, and release dates!

So many release dates! So many things to update on the calendar! Are you ready? Set? Go! A PUBG Xbox One S bundle was announced and will be released on February 20th, 2018. Pick this up and you’ll find yourself owning a 1TB White Xbox One S, PUBG, one month of Xbox Live, and one month of Xbox Game Pass Trial for $300. I thought PUBG was free, not sure anymore. Deadbolt, a new game from developer Hopoo Games, will be coming to PS4 and PS Vita on February 20th as well. Deadbolt is a stealth action hybrid game with every mission having ways to complete it that cater to any play style. The game I’m most excited about learning the release date for though is from developer Dontnod. Vampyr, the first game since Soul Reaver to be exclusively about vampires, is coming out on June 5th 2018. A little later than the planned release window but I’m just grateful the project wasn’t scrapped. And finally the PC master race will see the release of Breach, from Subset Games, the developers of FTL, on February 27th 2018. Woo that was a lot, time to start FFXV.

3. Tomb Raider & Sleeping Dogs playing in Hollywood?

Lara Croft has shown on multiple occasions, some successful and others not so much, that she is not afraid of the big screen. What’s really interesting this time around is that she’s stepping into the small public screen world. The new Tomb Raider movie will be getting an arcade game tie-in. Now ain’t that some sh*t (excuse my Swedish). A movie based on a video game is getting a video game tie-in. Someone help me understand. In the meantime, somewhere in the world Wei Shen is sitting in a room coaching Donnie Yen on how to be a Sleeping Dog. You know because Sleeping Dogs is getting its own movie adaptation that is currently in production according to Donnie himself. No director or anything in place yet, but I guess I’m down to take anything from Donnie Yen serious. I mean he’ll probably kick my ass if I don’t sooooooooooooooo.

4. Marvel gets snubbed at EVO.

I feel like the beginning of every console generation sees a ridiculous influx of racing games and fighting games. This topic is entirely enveloped in the latter. With all the fighting games that came out this year, both good and bad, and only 8 seats at the EVO table it was obvious something was going to get excluded. What wasn’t obvious, and honestly came as a bit of a surprise, was Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite being left at the door. It’s not the only interesting exclusion as King of Fighters 14 is also notably absent. The full list of tournament games is

  • Tekken 7
  • Super Smash Bros 4
  • Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition
  • BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle
  • Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2
  • Injustice 2
  • Super Smash Bros Melee
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ

The lineup is actually pretty consistent with what most of my friends in the gaming community are playing but still a tiny bit of a shocker. Not sure what the voting process is but that’s the lineup. The most entertaining part of the whole lineup for me though: BlazBlue technically isn’t even out yet! It literally comes out 2 months before EVO. Side note: Tomoko Hiroki, one of the producers of Dragon Ball FighterZ, said she’ll be competing at EVO so step your game up. {Editor’s Note: Two Smash Bros games? Really?}

5. Samus, don’t forget Riiiiiiiiddddggggeeeee Raaaccceeeerrrrr!

Rumors swirling around the mill say Namco Bandai is hard at work developing two games. One is significantly less surprising than the other. First we have the rumor that Ridge Racer 8 is in development. Like I said before, new console generation gets a slew of racing and fighting games. No surprise here, keep it moving. Now for the gasp inducing rumor. Namco Bandai may be developing Matroid Prime 4! The game was confirmed to be in development at E3 last year making this a very plausible and interesting rumor. With these rumors being pulled from the resume of an eager designer, it’s hard to determine how much salt to take with these. Especially because the final piece of the rumor is rather unique. We expect Metroid Prime 4 to be a Switch exclusive, but Ridge Racer 8 may exclusive as well.

6. Google it.

Google is reportedly stepping fully into the video game industry. According to sources cite by The Information, Google is hard at work developing a cloud based streaming platform. Very similar to Playstation Now, it is unclear if the new program will work through the existing Chromecast or a new Google gaming console. With the recent addition of former Xbox & Playstation executive Benedict Arnold, I mean Phil Harrison as Vice President this move seems very possible. What would Google offer remains to be the question and possibly the largest factor for the success of another service in a market not quite figure out. I’m rooting for you Google! You go out there and make Sony do better.

7. Fine, let’s address Kingdom Hearts 3.

With the release of Kingdom Hearts 3 potentially happening before the end of 2018, Disney and Square Enix have been showing very little to make it believable. This week they went big and announced the second Pixar based world in the upcoming game. The Monster’s Inc. universe is now officially part of the Kingdom Hearts universe. They showed off incredible character designed work recreation, as expected, and gave us some heartwarming time with series star Mike, Sully, and Boo. I wonder if including Monster’s Inc. will be the way that Disney addresses fan theories about around the connectivity of the entire Disney animated movie universe. Interesting, very interesting.

{I haven’t been to Dave & Buster’s in a long while but the Tomb Raider tie in may be worth a visit.}




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February 5th, 2018 by Vega Montanez

Controllers, Clouds, Counterstrike, and Cole Train

Good news and bad news. Comparisons of titanic forces. And all the power money could buy if money could buy power. That’s what this week looks like for the gamers who can use a little good feeling. Last week brought us interesting rumors around power moves and saddening, yet exciting delay announcements. Here are the reason you should feel like a Lucky Gamer:

1. Microsoft buys more clouds and enters the rumor mill.

Microsoft is undeniably the most financially capable of the big three video game console makers. Sony’s a company shifted their focus to Playstation a few years back to help keep the entire company afloat. Nintendo, on the other hand, really only makes video games so they are stable but not as much cash flow available. That’s why the rumor that Microsoft is considering buying EA, Valve, & PUBG corp. is incredibly believable. And with none of those three having responded to comment after nearly a week (at the time of this writing) boy oh boy what might we be in for. On the factual side of business, it’s business as usual. The super company just acquired PlayFab, a backend cloud based service provider. The goal is to have PlayFab work as an extension tool to build on Azure, the current cloud. Look at you go Microsoft, look at you go.

2. Waiting for Redemption better be worth it.

Who am I kidding, of course it will be worth it. It’s Red Dead Redemption, and even though i’m not the biggest fan, I have to admit I am among those looking forward to this adventure. With that said, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but Red Dead Redemption 2 has been delayed to October 26th. Watch out Ubisoft, Rockstar is coming hard. Not much was said about what cause the delay but it doesn’t really matter. The fact is they gave us a solid release date, that could change, and that makes me way more comfortable with the delay then anything else they could have said. You know, other than “We tested it and felt like our horse mechanics just weren’t as fun as Dynasty Warriors, so back to the drawing board.” Also they released new screenshots of gorgeous sunsets. And horses.

3. Unlike Sonic, Mario is doing pretty well.

This battle of icons has been raging for as long as the video game industry has been booming. It’s like Jay-Z v Nas. Yankees v Red Sox. Trump v Everything that makes sense for a president to do. So of course Mario got word of all the things Sonic has been up to and decided to 10 up him. Sonic got a TV series, Mario partnered with Illumination Entertainment to make a movie. A whole feature length film. That’s how you go big but there’s more. Mario Kart tour was announced for mobile which is set to release sometime before March 2019. Boom headshot! Well not exactly. See in the midst of all these upcoming plans Nintendo also took the time to humbly brag that the Nintendo Switch has outsold the Wii U lifetime sales in less than 10 months. With the best selling game being, you probably guessed it, Super Mario Odyssey. Damn Mario straight killing the game. It’s also the fastest selling console in the history of consoles though, so no big deal.

4. Enter new Dualshock 4 Controllers.

This is the most exciting news for me! As a playstation controller connoisseur, there is no way I was going to miss an opportunity to make a big deal over the new PS4 dual shock 4 remote colors. Midnight Blue (which actually happens to legitimately be my favorite color) and Steel Black. They look absolutely gorgeous. Both controls will be available in March for the standard price of $64.99. And this announcement comes hot on the heels of a sneaker partnership announcement too! Damn it Sony, I am a starving artist. You need to show some damn consideration for the little guys cause now I gotta come short with the rent so I can get one of each control and the Playstation sneakers. Oh well, totally worth it.

5. Yea I used this pun last week but, let’s Switch the topic.

If you’re the type of gamer who has been patiently waiting to be charged more money for a service you’ve kind of already been using, then boy is this the box for you. Nintendo announced that the Switch’s online service will be launching in September of this year. No other information was really given so it’s safe to say the previous statements apply. It will most likely run you $19.99 and give access to a Classic Games Selection and eShop discounts, much like the competition. Also, although announced by Microsoft, the Nintendo Switch is getting some rather unique content. The Switch version of Minecraft saw the addition of the Xbox characters pack. This means you’ll be able to play as Master Chief, Cole Train, Banjo, and many more on a Nintendo console. Does this mean we are getting closer to a future where Gamestop employees no longer have to say “Mario is not on Xbox”? The update also includes the Moana character pack featuring characters from the Disney movie.

6. Diablo creator announces new game while Counter Strike creator gets in trouble.

The good news. David Brevik, the creator of gaming classic Diablo, has announced he’s finished a new game which is already in closed beta. The new game, title “It Lurks Below”, mixes elements from Minecraft, Terraria, and Brevik’s original work Diablo. If all goes according to plan, “It Lurks Below” should launch later this year on Steam. This is also Brevik’s first major project since 2013 and he mad it on his own as a one man team. The bad news. Jesse Cliffe, co-creator of Counter-Strike, has been suspended by Valve following his arrest on charges of sexual exploitation of a child. It is important to reserve judgment as details are still emerging around these allegations. We can only hope, as gamers, that this gets resolved in an honest matter and none of it is true.

7. Gaming goes South by SouthWest

SXSW Gaming is headed to Austin, TX March 15th through March 17th.  It’s been a little while since gaming has taken part in the SXSW festivities but it’s exciting to see it making it’s return. The video game industry is booming and it really shows with events like this popping up all over the world all year around. This year the SXSW Gaming will feature eSports, indies, VR, AAA, and Mobile, which pretty much is all of gaming. Including gaming in this world of music, film, and art is just another example of the built up appreciation of video games. Hardcode gamers rejoice, a new day is coming.

Got anything that made you feel Lucky that I didn’t mention? Drop it in the comments below.




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February 4th, 2018 by Vega Montanez

Enter the arena gladiators! Just kidding. This is our new monthly post to help gamers enjoy the full perks of there subscription. Not only will you be able to find out what games are going to be free but also which free games are worth playing. An article to end all articles around the freebies. Imagine that!

Games with Gold:

Shadow Warrior (Xbox One) Available free from February 1st – February 28th

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India (Xbox One) Available free from February 16th – March 15th

Split/Second (Xbox One, Xbox 360) Available free from February 1st – February 15th

Crazy Taxi (Xbox One, Xbox 360) Available free from February 16th – February 28th

 

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January 29th, 2018 by Vega Montanez

New types of games, Consoles shaking hands, and Loot Boxes done right? Only on the Lucky Gamer Recap!

“Live” Games, cross Platform play, and a ton of DLC sum up this week in gaming, but we’re here to catch you up if you didn’t know these things happened. I will say there is a very somber feel in my heart for the down hill spiral of one of our gaming icons. It happens to the best of us and you’ll read more about it below in the Lucky Gamer Recap! Here are the crazy stories to make you feel lucky for this week:

1. Rocket League expands the league!

Cross platform play! Enough said. Seriously, does anything else need to be said. The incredible guys over at Psyonix have committed to bringing cross platform support to everyones favorite Soccer game in 2018. The official Psyonix twitter stated they are actively working on bringing support in 2018. The current promised consoles supported will be Xbox One, PC, and surprisingly enough Nintendo Switch. For some stupid reason Sony is still stuck in negotiations so there is no official word on whether we will see PS4 on this list but Psyonix seems determined. If it were me I would have ended the conversation a long time ago and made them come begging. Guess that’s why I’m not in charge. Keep doing what you guys do, we love you Psyonix.

2. Sonic’s mid-life crisis?

Sonic is really doing every he can to stay relevant. I mean he’s got a reality tv show, he’s got new games thats he’s giving away free dlc for and he’s even got himself a cool new ally in his comic book series. Seriously Sonic is like the Bojack Horseman of Video games! Yea, Sonic is so out of control I had to compare him to a fictional characters who’s life is spiraled out of control. Anyway, the game news: Sonic Forces: Super Sonic DLC is now free forever! Yea get your super saiyan sonic on for free! Sonic is also hanging out with a new lady friend who happens to be a ring-tailed lemur named Tangle. I kinda feel bad for Amy though but that’s none of my business. It does seem like not everyone on the team is fully onboard with the biggest example being Mr. Yuji Naka who just announced he’ll be joining Square Enix later this year. Sorry Sonic, doesn’t look like everyone is loving your antics bro. Dial it back.

3. The God of War is real and returning!

If there were any doubts let them lay to rest now because Kratos is coming back. He may not be coming to battle olympians but may the norse gods quiver in their boots. Kratos is coming to do damage on April 20th, 2018. It was also revealed that there would be a Collector’s edition with a 9” statue of Kratos, a cloth map, and a bunch of other cool stuff. Pre-ordering any edition of the game will also get you in on a ton of in game bonus items. Yeah, its definitely time to get excited. If you weren’t already that is.

4. Xbox stories for weeks.

Microsoft, for the third time in a row, has made an incredible announcement for gamer everywhere to rejoice. Regardless of preferred platform, this is the best announce of the week. Why’s it in the middle? Who knows, I just type. Anyway, Starting with Sea of Thieves (which releases on March 20th, 2018), every game from Microsoft Studios will be available on Xbox Game Pass on the day of the release! That means Xbox Game Cast is now the Hulu of the gaming industry. Well Almost, It’s still more like Netflix because only first party content was confirmed. However still amazing news because A. it may push other consoles to operate a similar program. B. It allows for an entirely new conversation around the price of video games which is great for the economy of the industry. Finally and probably most importantly the impact on the consumer trying to figure if they would like to purchase the game. There are many people contacts to idk yet

5. Let’s Switch the topic.

A little bit of wordplay to get the day started right. Microsoft wasn’t the only team showing they came ready to win. Nintendo had a few announcements of their own, some good some not so much. The first piece of incredible news was the announcement of a 512gb Micro SD Card, the highest capacity made thus far. That wasn’t a Nintendo announcement specifically but given that the Switch is supposed to support up to 2TB (whenever those become real) its going to be interesting to see what happens. Now lets make this a compliment sandwich and out the bad news in the middle. Nintendo announced there are no plans for additional Arms content. You know Arms the quirky fighting game everyone was going insane over till they realized it really isn’t good? Yea, that games not getting anymore content. Sorry not sorry. Then we go back to the good news, the 2D platform/tower defense game Aegis Defenders will be making its debut on Nintendo Switch (and PS4) on February 8th. Its a fitting game for Switch for sure with the grab and go mentality so I hope it does well and we get more like it. Honorable mention: Dead Cells, the steam early access game, will also be coming to all three console giants.

6. How about that Downloadable Content.

I couldn’t decide which of these games deserved more attention because in my eyes all games are created equal. Regardless of gameplay, graphics, or anything else that sets them apart they deserve the same amount of love and respect. With that said this ones a doozie. First off Warframe gets a gruesome update which brings new weapons, new personalization stuff, and more importantly new monstrous looking enemies to it’s free to play world. I think the most important thing is the face you will now be able to clean your living quarters and spruce it up for special guest visits. On the more terrifying side, the 4-v-1 horror game, Dead by Daylight, is bringing another set of movie tie in DLC. Following pretty rapidly after the Nightmare on Elm Street and Chainsaw Massacre DLC, we are being treated to a new set of Saw DLC which brings with it a new map, survivor, and a pig faced killer! Yuck. Last but not least is the arrival of Ubisoft’s attempt at making Loot Boxes work for everyone. While we were all distracted Ubi went and dropped paid loot boxes into Ghost Recon: Wildlands. Before we freak out though it is critical to note, these are only cosmetic items and nothing more. I guess that’s pretty cool.

7. What is a “Live Game”?

I am not sure at all to be honest. Casey Hudson from Bioware says it means “desigining a game for continued storytelling after the main story.” Why is Casey Hudson qualified to answer? Well because him and his team over at Bioware have said that they are making the next Dragon Age and it will be a “Live” game. Sounds a lot like single player DLC to me, but what do I know? Although I am not a huge fan of the Dragon Age series I have always appreciated the dedication to storytelling that can be found in the series, and most Bioware series as well. Those guys out there really do love the story telling. Are you excited for your first “Live” game experience?




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December 23rd, 2017 by Kurt "Chet" Christel

    We’re going to be doing on thing and one thing only…

    The grandfather of the first person shooter, Wolfenstein 3D became available by mail order on May 5th 1992, with the whole game on two floppy discs, totaling 2.88MB max, and was available for your computer of choice running MS-DOS. If you have no idea what any of these things are, it’s fine, you are just a little baby. I learned DOS promts when I was five, so if you were born after 1992 I’ve been playing games than longer than you’ve been alive. Anyway, onto more recent things, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a direct sequel to 2014’s Wolfenstein: The New Order, developed by Machine Games and published by Bethesda Softworks. The game features an alternate history where the Nazis won World War II and America now lives under the oppressive regime of the Third Reich. The game takes the Michael Bay approach to design and features many, many, many explosions. It got over shadowed by several other games that came out the same week, but is it worth checking out?

    [Reviewed on PC]

    GRAPHICS: 2/2

    This game took one look at my graphics card and laughed. As I cried and lowered the quality preset to low, disabled v-sync, and ran it in 720p, I finally got to a very solid and stable experience. Still, all that said, the visuals in this game are stellar. There’ a lot of great design with clearly defined setpieces. The Nazi armor is really imposing, a force to be reckoned with every time you encounter a group of enemies. Past all of that, the game has a lot of cutscenes that have found the perfect balance between realism and artistry. Coherent and consistent design runs across the entire game, as all the buildings, tech, and gear match up gloriously and never seem out of place nor unrefined.

    STORY: 1/2

    You know, I really don’t skip cutscenes in games on my first playthrough, but this game sorely tested my patience. In stark contrast to it’s cousin, DOOM (2016), Wolf 2 is filled to the brim with cutscenes. Long ones. The kind that teeter on the brink of being a Hideo Kojima game, without all the awkward grunting that usually ensues. The biggest problem was how the game goes at great lengths to show you just how bad the Nazis are by taking every chance it gets to further hammer just how ridiculously evil they are. At sometimes, it’s an absolute delight on an “Inglourious Basterds” level of suspense and shock value. Just when you think the game doesn’t have any more evil things for the Nazis to do, they just constantly up the ante. Which is fine, but again, the non-interactive cutscenes can get pretty long and get in the way of your enjoyment of the game.

    As I returned to the base mission after mission, I found myself ignoring everyone and just sprinting straight for the door that will lead you to the next level, as I had very little interest in the characters. They didn’t leave a lasting impression on me in the first game, and in this sequel I actually felt sort of lost in trying to keep track of the litany of characters being showcased throughout the game. There are definitely times where the game gets “over the top” levels of awesome in some places, but these are equal to parts that are little more than just exposition dumps and people arguing with each other. On top of this, the game needlessly felt like it had to add more depth to protagonist William “B.J.” Blazkowicz buy throwing in a new backstory. One about how his father was a Nazi who makes you shoot your own dog, beats his wife, and yells out you for hanging out with a black girl. The game was laying on that quite thick, and once I got to the level where you visit your old house, I found myself eager to skip each cutscene, as the game tries to further and further cement just how bad the Nazis and BJ’s dad are. We get it. They are Nazis. They are bad people. Really bad people. I believe you. I’ll take your word for it. Can we just get back to shooting them in the face now?

    AUDIO: 2/2

    Now THIS is how you make a stand out original soundtrack. When you mix rock and roll with orchestral arrangements and the occasional breakout of outright metal, you will always feel it when you’re kicking some serious ass as the battle music blasts. The music is timed very well with the game and definitely is made with lots of attention to the scene playing out. The ‘get ready’ music plays softly as the characters talk about things and then ramps it up to 11 as you start executing some unbelievable feats you and your resistance pals get up to. And the sound of the guns? Absolutely satisfactory. Through the sound, you can really feel the raw power of the weapons through the booming power of the sound effects alone. The shotgun hammers away, the SMG has a solid buzzing sound, and the lazers screech as you burn through enemies and some of the metal surroundings. Sounds like this empower the player and really engage at all the right moments.

    GAMEPLAY: 2/2

    Wolfenstein’s pedigree is on full display in this title. This is a no holds barred shooter that lets you dual wield shotguns. SHOTGUNS. Two at once! Or two SMGS. Or a pistol and assault rifle to mix things up. Or a giant laser canon. You get a solid run and gun experience with a big emphasis on the running as your sprint speed is about the same as wearing rocket powered rollerblades. This game supports many different shooting approaches, so long as all of them are aggressive. Each weapon is simple and direct, there aren’t any weapons that are odd or out of place. You will also find yourself running about trying to find health pack and armor, as this game isn’t too keen on letting you hid behind cover and waiting for your health to come back. Nay, you will face the Nazi head-on, guns a-blazing with a smile on your face. All that said, there are some nitpicks that need to be addressed in the next category.

    FUN: 1/2

    The game is not without it’s faults. For one thing, the difficulty slider could use some adjustment. And no, I’m not referring to the game ridiculing you for playing it on easy. If that offends you, too bad so sad, this is a shooter. Get good or accept the fact that you’re not good and just play the game on easy if its really that challenging. That’s what multiple difficulty sliders are for. Some games don’t give you that option, this one does. The actual problem comes from the scaling of the difficulties. The default game difficulty “Bring Em On!” is definitely a hard setting to open on, mainly because it takes a while to get into the rhythm of the game. Your instincts want you to to run for cover but sooner or later you’re going to realize that head-on is the best approach. But even then, the default setting is considerably challenging for a “normal” mode, while the next difficulty below that one doesn’t feel that much different. Then you go to the easiest setting “Can I Play, Daddy?” and the game goes from extremely challenging to a bit too easy. There’s no sweet spot.

    Also, there a bit of a problem with other play styles. The game has stealth elements available, but you don’t really get much of a reward for trying to be sneaky. It is far too easy for enemies to spot you and you will also frequently find yourself trying to sneak up on one of the officers so the alarm doesn’t get raised. Only the moment you’re seen, the game goes from 0-60 at breakneck pace and every enemy in the area knows exactly where you are at all times until you dash around enough to find the officer(s) broadcasting the alarm. You can try stealth, but you will frequently find yourself giving up on it as it rarely pays off.

    Besides all of these, some poorly placed checkpoints can lead you to get stuck in situations where you continually die after respawning. And there are several moments where one of the guns glitch out and just become a big jagged, uncontrolled mass that completely hinders your view and can turn enemy NPCs into walking blobs. The only way to fix it seems to be quitting the game entirely and re-launching it, which is a huge pain.

    If you are a shooter fan, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus would be right up your alley. Kickass combat and badass music and sound abound will keep you at the edge of your seat. The experience is only marred by a handful of issues, such as the bugs discussed above and some overly long cutscenes about characters you may not care about. They hold the game back from being the best it can be, but it is still a rock solid shooter nonetheless.

    SCORE: 8/10




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