Sunday Video Round Up: Nov 11 – 17

Another weekend has arrived which means it’s also time for a brand new edition of the Video Round Up. Oh, you know, the place that delivers the best trailers and gameplay from the past seven days. So, here’s a small peak at the entire list of trailers waiting for you after the jump.

Surprise, surprise, every Black Ops player’s favorite map is once again coming back for this fourth iteration. Nuketown is back in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and as expected, it’s gotten a few tweaks since fans last saw it. Check out the trailer to see just how cold this little village is getting.

One game that I feel is flying far under the radar is Darksiders III, a game that I really didn’t think would get made after THQ went down and brought talented studios like Vigil with it. Thankfully, THQ Nordic was able to grab the rights to the IP and tasked Gunfire Games, a studio that’s made up of a lot of former Vigil developers, to work on the next instalment. While I’m hopeful this game can live up to the standards set by the previous two, there’s no denying that they know how to make fantastic trailers.

I’ve also got new videos for Just Cause 4, Pokemon Let’s Go, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, and so much more after the break! The full list of videos awaits you after the jump…

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Umm, What? Sony Is Skipping E3 2019?!

I’ll be honest, I had something else lined up for today, but this news was an absolute bombshell so of course, I had to comment on it.

For those who may have missed it yesterday, Sony announced that for the first time in 24 years, the PlayStation brand won’t be at E3 2019. They now join the likes of EA, Activision-Blizzard, and Disney as companies that have left the massive annual event.

I’ll let that sink in for a moment.

Twenty-four hours later and I’m still having trouble processing this. Think of all the console debates, arguments over who had a better E3, and everything else Xbox vs Sony that’s now going by the wayside. PlayStation is leaving a gaping hole in the show and I have no idea who or what is going to fill that void.

So why? What happened that the company decided to make this announcement? Officially, Sony made a statement saying that they were looking for new and innovative ways to engage their community in 2019 and as a result, have decided to not participate in E3 2019. It’s even more stunning when you remember that the company also decided not to hold their own PlayStation Experience event this year either leaving them with currently no mass way to engage their fanbase.

From my perspective, there could be a couple of reasons for this shocking announcement.

  1. PS5 and Some First Party Games Won’t Be Ready For E3 2019 – Let’s face it, we know that the PS4 is nearing the finish line. Sure, we still have a few previously announced titles like Death Stranding, The Last of Us 2, and Ghost of Tsushima, but those three games still seem to be floating in the wind without dedicated release dates or launch windows for that matter. Sure, we assume they’re locked into a 2019 release, but would any of us be surprised if those games ultimately missed the upcoming year? How about if they transitioned to become launch day/release window exclusives for the PlayStation 5? These games already had a big E3 2018, so how much more could Sony realistically show that would continue to hype the fanbase and not spoil anything? Those games are stunning in their own right and many have already questioned if the now archaic PS4 could handle games like that. As disappointing as that would be to PS4 owners, think of how bonkers and strong of a launch push that would be for the new system. Want to make a splash? A lineup like that would certainly do it.
  2. Sony will be Hyping Thier Own Content With Dedicated Events – The lone PS4 exclusive with an actual release date is Days Gone, which is currently settled into a comfortable April 2019 launch. You can absolutely bet that Sony will be hyping that game with some sort of event.
    How about this theory though: The PS5 is likely closer than we all think. I’m personally betting on a late 2020 launch. That means that 2019 would typically be the hype year for the system, so why would Sony want to share the spotlight with rivals Microsoft and Nintendo? In a Microsoft-ish style move, I wouldn’t be surprised if Sony holds a bombastic PS5 event sometime in 2019, one that’s away from all of the bright lights and shared stages of E3. Doing this ensures that every single spotlight and everyone’s attention is focused solely on them.

E3 seems to be entering an interesting time, as one of its core pillars has finally left. Will other companies follow suit? Is E3 dying again? Will smaller, but single company focused events like Microsoft’s recent X018 event become the new norm?

Let me know what you think of this announcement and how you think the future of gaming events will proceed.

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Sunday Video Round Up: Nov 4 – 10

Sorry for the lack of updates recently, my “real” life has been pretty busy. This week alone I’ve been traveling a bit so, I’ve had zero time to write anything at all, here or elsewhere. Fear not though, I’m back in the saddle next week so things should be returning to normal shortly.

For now though, let’s get to this week’s Round Up, where the biggest and best trailers from the past seven days are all yours to view! As always, we have a lot to get to, so here’s a small sampling of everything waiting for you below the jump.

Microsoft and Xbox finished the week strong with their X018 event down in Mexico City. In addition to updates regarding existing games like Forza Horizon 4, State of Decay 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Sea of Thieves, the company also had news on upcoming titles like Crackdown 3 and Devil May Cry 5

I’ve also got new videos for Just Cause 4, Rainbow Six Siege DLC, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, and so much more after the break! The full list of videos awaits you after the jump…

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Sunday Video Round Up: Oct 28 – Nov 3

After taking a week off, the Video Round Up has returned and is once again ready to bring you the best trailers and videos from the week that was. We had a lot of new video content arrive on the interwebs this week, so let’s not waste any more time and dive right in. Enjoy!

Nintendo was the lead dog this week, showing off the final Smash Direct before its release in November. We got a ton of answers to many of the questions remaining such as the day one roster, DLC fighters, game modes, and what’s the deal with all those spirits. I still can’t believe how much content Nintendo has added to this game, and with future content already being planned, the game will continue to expand long after it hits store shelves.

After what felt like months of lead up, BlizzCon 2018 finally kicked off on Friday and naturally, Blizzard had a lot to say. Thankfully, most of it was in video form, so there’s plenty of goodness to get to from all of their major franchises like Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Warcraft, and more!

I’ve also got new videos for Just Cause 4, Battlefield V, Hitman 2, and so much more after the break! The full list of videos awaits you after the jump…

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Nintendo Continues to Surprise with the Last Super Smash Bros Ultimate Direct

I already wrote a hype article for Super Smash Bros Ultimate after the last direct revealed new characters like the Belmonts and King K. Rool, but after this last video, I can’t help myself.

I’m stunned, absolutely floored, at how much content Nintendo, Sakurai, and Namco Bandai have managed to fit in this package. It’s the most robust package I think I’ve ever seen. In this day and age, where most games seem to be carved up into paid content, what Nintendo is doing here is virtually unheard of.

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But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, let’s take a look at what the last Direct revealed, shall we?

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Now Arriving: Games of November 2018

Well, that was certainly a busy month, wasn’t it? October seemed to carry one new AAA release after another each week, and it doesn’t stop there. Even though it lost Call of Duty this year, November still has a ton of great games to look forward to. We’re not out of the woods yet, so hold on tight for another month of releases!

The Fallout franchise is back once again, though it may be a little different from what you and I remember. For the first time in franchise history, Fallout 76 takes the traditionally solo experience online for a multiplayer-focused experience. Sure, players can still play through the game solo if they want, but Fallout 76 introduces a shared world where the only other humans you see, are actual players.

After a delay out of the brutal release window of October, Battlefield V finally arrives. Taking a page from its predecessor, Battlefield V moves players back into World War II, though providing greater customization in terms of how their soldiers look, loadouts, and available weapons.

Of course, that’s not all for November. Players can look forward to other games as well like Pokemon: Let’s Go, Hitman 2, and plenty more. As always, you can see the full November release schedule below the break. Enjoy!

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Sunday Video Round Up: Oct 14 – 20

The end of the week is here and so too is a brand new Video Round Up. Per usual, I’m bringing you the biggest and best trailers from the past seven days so buckle up and crank that volume. Here’s a little sneak peek at the entire list waiting for you below.

We’re now less than a week away from Red Dead Redemption 2 and it seems like Rockstar Games continues to buckle down in an effort to not reveal too much. The launch trailer finally hit this week and instead of being an expansive video, it’s relatively short at only 1 minute long. Still, the visuals are downright stunning and you do get a few story beats thrown in for good measure.

Fans of the Witcher series have something new to potentially look forward to. While it’s not The Witcher 4 or a new expansion for Wild Hunt, CD Projekt RED is working on a prequel campaign of sorts inside of their Gwent title. Thronebreaker features voice acting, cutscenes, a large world, and plenty of the popular card gameplay. It’s pretty interesting and coming very soon!

I’ve also got new videos for SoulCalibur VI, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Hitman 2, and so much more after the break! The full list of videos awaits you after the jump…

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