Saturday Video Round Up: October 16 – 22

Welcome to the weekend everyone! Saturday has returned once again and so to has a brand new entry in the Video Round Up series.  As usual, we’ve got a lot of new videos to get to so here’s a small taste of what’s waiting for you below the jump.

I don’t think anyone will be surprised when I say that arguably the biggest news this week came from Rockstar who finally announced the game everyone was expecting to see at E3…but didn’t. That’s right, Red Dead Redemption 2 is finally and officially real. The bad part? It’s not arriving until Fall 2017. To help or hurt the wait is the first official trailer. Enjoy!

Outside of Red Dead, not much could topple news that big, right? Well, Nintendo threw a monkey wrench into those plans by finally revealing the Nintendo NX, now known as Nintendo Switch. While there’s still a number of linger questions, at the very least, the debut trailer showed off the system and what it so special about it.

I’ve also got new videos for Prey, Titanfall 2, Dishonored 2 and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers!

The full list of videos await you after the jump…

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Goodbye Nintendo NX, Hello Nintendo Switch – Early Thoughts

Fans have been hearing the name Nintendo NX for quite a while, even though Nintendo has been pretty mum on the subject. With the WiiU ultimately failing to live up to the massive success of its predecessor, Nintendo has been pretty quiet about the direction of its next piece of hardware.

Until now.

Everyone, meet Nintendo Switch. This is the next console step for Nintendo and the big theme for this one appears to be portability.

As you can see, this console appears to be pretty versatile, enabling players to play pretty much anywhere. We see people playing traditionally on their couch, pop their controllers in and play it as a handheld device, and even use a kick stand to play it at various other locations. What’s interesting is that besides a traditional controller, these little side controllers can be used as well and even shared with another person. The console seems to be able to adapt to multiple situations which is very intriguing.

For me, one of the more exciting reveals in the trailer was the fact that major third party brands like Skyrim and NBA 2K are not only coming to the system, but look pretty darn good. This fact was a glaring omission from the WiiU, hurting its stock with the hardcore gaming crowd. Who would have thought playing a game like Skyrim at an airport or on vacation away from your PS4/Xbox One/PC would ever have been possible?

Regardless of what you actually think of Nintendo or its latest system, I think we can all agree that this console reveal was handled much better than the one for the WiiU. When Nintendo pulled the curtains back on that system, I remember being confused by the end. Was it just a tablet? Did it use traditional controllers? Was there any other piece of hardware with it?

For some reason, the message was super mixed and as we now know, the WiiU was actually a hardware console and the tablet was just one of many different controller devices. I firmly believe that the bungled WiiU reveal didn’t do the system any favors in the long run. From the general social media reaction, it seems like Nintendo handled this one a lot better as not only did we get a great look at the new system, but the idea of how it works was clearly shown. I for one feel like I understand how this new console functions and that is appealing on a certain level.

Still, there’s a ton of things we don’t know about the system yet. The biggest for many will be the price, especially in the wake of Microsoft and Sony pushing newer, higher end consoles onto the market.

That also goes hand in hand with how powerful the Nintendo Switch will be. As we saw with the WiiU, you can have the most visually appealing games out there, but if it can’t hold a candle to the features being offered by your competitors, people won’t by in. Will the Switch come out of the gate with better specs than the baseline Xbox One and PlayStation 4 hardware or will Nintendo be playing from behind once more?

Considering the system is intended to be portable, the last major question will be with battery life. It’s great to be able to take the thing just about anywhere, but all of that will be undermined if the battery life is extremely poor. I have a hunch that this was a question considered and solved long ago by Nintendo. I hope anyway.

I will admit, after being down on Nintendo, I find the Switch interesting. I’m not 1005 on board yet, but I like the direction Nintendo is going in and will be sure to keep my eye on the future of this device. We’ll see what Nintendo has to say in the coming months leading to its March 2017 launch date.

What did you think of the big console reveal? Are you interested to see more? Let me know what you think in the comments. 

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At Long Last Red Dead Redemption Is Officially Revealed

Folks, it’s happening.

After the firestorm that ensued when many people assumed that a potential announcement was cut last minute from Sony’s E3 press conference, Rockstar has finally confirmed what many believed to be true: Red Dead Redemption is back. It’s now official.

Red Dead Redemption 2 initial concept

Is John Marston back? Is Jack Marston now the lead? Is this a prequel story? Is there a whole new character in charge? I…umm…well…I don’t know.

Literally nothing is known about the game outside of the initial image, which depicts a bunch of tough looking western style men walking towards the camera. The only thing Rockstar is willing to say for now is that RDR2 is an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland.

So, as you can see…not much. Thankfully we don’t need to wait long as the first official trailer arrives later this week. We should get plenty more answers then.

Another juicy tidbit of information leaked over the weekend after Rockstar’s parent company, Take Two, put in a trademark request for something called Red Dead Online. While Rockstar hasn’t specifically said, it’s easy to assume that this mode will be similar to Grand Theft Auto V and its own online world. It’s clear now that GTA Online was a sort of proving ground, a proof of concept that Rockstar could use as a template for their other massive franchises. I can’t wait to see what sort of reinvention this mode brings to a game like Red Dead, which in my opinion already featured great co-op and competitive moments.

Personally, I was hoping that Rockstar would add in another snappy ‘R’ word for this game rather than just throwing a 2 on the back of it and calling it a day. A minor grievance for sure, but wouldn’t something like Red Dead Revenge, Red Dead Revolution, or if you want to go the Konami route, Red Dead Revengeance sound way better?

What are your hopes, expectations, and wants from the (technically) third entry in the franchise? Let me know in the comments. 

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Saturday Video Round Up: October 9 – 15

Welcome to the weekend everyone! Saturday has returned once again and so to has a brand new entry in the Video Round Up series.  As usual, we’ve got a lot of new videos to get to so here’s a small taste of what’s waiting for you below the jump.

I hope you like Halloween because I’ve got a handful of trailers introducing new seasonally timed events to their games. First up is Epic Games new MOBA Paragon, which introduces Shadow’s Eve to players. Not one to shy away from holiday shenanigans, Blizzard has added the new Halloween Terror and Dr. Junkenstein’s Revenge event for Overwatch players.

With November breathing down our necks, the Activision marketing train is starting to ramp up to full speed for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. This week, players can get a better look at the Combat Rigs system in multiplayer, essentially, premade characters each specializing in a particular playstyle. Think of it as the Black Ops 3 specialist system.

I’ve also got new videos for HITMAN, Titanfall 2, Pokemon Sun/Moon and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers!

The full list of videos await you after the jump…

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Forza Horizon 3 Impressions From A Non-Forza Player

Even though I’ve grown up with racing games, I’ve always had a soft spot for arcade style racers. You know, the Burnouts, the Cruisn’ USAs, the Blurs of the world. Any game that hands me the keys, lets me go as fast as possible, and not care if I slam into traffic or cause mass chaos on the roads is okay in my book. I don’t care about perfecting my car through customization or driving carefully along racing lines, just let me drive like there’s no tomorrow.

It’s probably for that reason alone that simulation style racers like Gran Turismo, Project Gotham Racing or Forza Motorsport have never really caught my attention. By extension, the Forza Horizon series was lumped in there as well thanks to its association with its big brother series. Afraid of the difficulty curve and being forced to drive legit, I stayed far away.

forza horizon 3 sky view

I won’t lie though, the appeal of driving buggies around the sunburnt sands, urban centers, and lush forests of Australia proved to be mighty enticing when Microsoft finally revealed Forza Horizon 3. Since it release, I’ve always kept one eye on Forza Horizon 2, knowing that the game emphasized fun over simulation. I mean, considering it tasks you racing oddball things like planes, trains, and other sorts of outlandish vehicles, I think you kind of have to throw the word simulation right out the window.

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Saturday Video Round Up: October 2 – 8

The weekend is here and your reward is a brand new edition of the Saturday Video Round Up. As usual, it’s bringing you the best trailers and gameplay from the week that was. Let’s get to it!

You’d be forgiven if you forgot about Ghost Recon Wildlands, as Ubisoft has been showcasing a number of its other games pretty heavily lately like Watch_Dogs 2 and For Honor. Wildlands is stealing the spotlight back this week as the team at Ubisoft Paris released brand new gameplay showcasing stealth and tactics to complete a mission.

With the game almost a month away, trailers for Dishonored 2 are becoming a weekly occurrence. The same is true for this past week as fans get an inside look at how the Arkane team came up with Karnaca and its different look and feel from the first game.

I’ve also got new videos for Mafia III, Paper Mario Color Splash, Watch_Dogs 2 and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers!

The full list of videos await you after the jump…

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The Games of October, Now In Video Form!

Small post this week I’m afraid.

Small, but no less important!

For a while now, I’ve had an idea in the back of my brain to take the monthly “Now Arriving” feature that I do and turn it into a video. Basically, take the lengthy monthly video game release list and create a video highlight for those of you who’d rather see the information in pretty pictures.

It may have taken longer than I anticipated, but it’s finally here. Presenting my first Now Arriving video, highlighting a few major releases for October! I had a blast making this, and while it was more involved than some of my other videos, it was really satisfying to do. I plan on continuing this series in the months ahead but fear not traditionalists, you can expect to see a new Now Arriving post here at the start of each month as well.

Obviously, I can’t include every game in the video as not only would that be super tedious, but it would also make the video overly long and probably not fun to watch. So, if you want to see the complete list of releases for a given month, read the post. If you want to see some of the major games launching that month, then watch the video. Thankfully since you and I are buddies, I’ll make it super easy and put both text and video together in one big post.

For those that missed the October video, here it is below. Let me know what you think!

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