Saturday Video Round Up: April 15 – 21

Another week is in the books (or just beginning for some) and that means it’s time to catch up on all the latest trailers and gameplay you missed from the past week. So let’s get to it, shall we? Here are a few of the videos waiting for you below the jump.

Nintendo Labo is the next big thing for Nintendo and frankly, I’m intrigued. As I wrote last month, I really like the concept behind this idea and I’m curious to see how people react to it once it’s out this month. One thing’s for sure, Bill Nye is someone who became a believer. Don’t believe me? Check out this brand new trailer!

A game that many are excited about and yet, don’t know a whole lot about finally got a new trailer this week. That game? Kingdom Hearts III. Enjoy!

I’ve also got new videos for The Crew 2, Monster Hunter World, God of War, and so much more after the break!

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The Insanity of Far Cry 5 Summed Up In One Quest

I initially had cold feet with Far Cry 5. My main worry that it would continue similar gameplay loops from its predecessors. Far Cry 3 was a fantastic game, introducing us to a wacked out and completely charismatic villain in Vaas, along with a big open world to liberate and explore. Far Cry 4 came along and while that was a really well-made game, it followed the formula that Far Cry 3 set perhaps a little too closely.

My first worry was that Far Cry 5 would continue this trend, swapping out the location but keeping the crazy villain while presenting players with the same style of gameplay like asking players to climb towers and liberate outposts.

Either taking some time off from the franchise helped, or Far Cry 5 really does enough to mix things up. Either way, I’m having a blast exploring Hope County.

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Part of the fun of the Far Cry series is how far it’s willing to go in terms of not giving a crap. Far Cry 5 seemingly ups the ante in the crazy department as I’ve taken part in quests involving aliens, harvesting bull testicles for the Testy Festival, become a daredevil stuntman, and dealing with situations while being under the influence of a hallucinogen known as Bliss.

Far Cry 5 always keeps you guessing, which is great when you need a break from liberating outposts and weakening one of the three regions of Hope County from The Father and his cultists. Each region features a different “sub boss” (John, Jacob, and Faith) who all specialize in a different style of warfare, which keeps things feeling fresh. For example, Faith uses Bliss to mess with people’s minds, while someone like John uses his charisma and fancy words (plus a roving hit squad) to keep people in line.

While I still have a long way to go in terms of driving out Eden’s Gate for good, I played through a side mission the other day that was just so over the top outrageous, I just had to share it with all of you. Frankly, this mission sums up Far Cry 5 pretty well. Anything can happen, and anything will likely happen.

What I love about this mission is that even though it’s relatively short and features no combat, it just throws all sorts of things at the player. It’s basically a driving mission where you need to get Nick Rye’s wife to a nearby clinic as she’s going into labor. Of course, goofball Nick is cracking jokes and even though he’s telling you where to go, all sorts of chaos is happening around you. Livestock is running wild, a plane literally crashes in the road, a tanker truck catches fire…even Kim, who’s dealing with childbirth at the moment, makes a comment asking who’s putting all this stuff on the road. It’s chaos, it’s outrageous, and it’s damn fun.

Here’s the complete walkthrough of the mission (Thanks to PowerPyx) and don’t worry about spoilers because it’s just a side mission and has zero story elements in it. Enjoy!

 

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Sunday Video Round Up: April 8 – 14

I hope the weekend finds you well. Hopefully, I can provide a bit of enjoyment by offering up the latest incarnation of the Video Round Up. As always, I’m bringing you all the best gameplay and trailers from the previous week. So turn up that volume and press play. Here’s a sneak peak at the content for this week.

Overwatch is back in the headlines as it’s latest remastered event from last year adds a neat little tweak to the co-op event known as Uprising. While fans can still find that mission, the updated event adds a new one as well, showing what happens to Reaper, McCree and others when a Blackwatch mission goes south.

God of War finally launches this week on the PlayStation 4 and this latest game brings a lot of new ideas to the action game table. For one, the Greek mythology theme has been replaced by the Norse pantheon of Gods. Get a taste for the new environment in this week’s latest trailer.

I’ve also got new videos for Code Vein, Ghost Recon Wildlands x Splinter Cell, SoulCalibur VI, and so much more after the break!

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Splinter Cell and Sam Fisher are Back! Well, Kind of.

After revealing that Ghost Recon Wildlands was set to receive a second year of content, similar to other live service games like The Division and Rainbow Six Siege, Ubisoft shocked fans by revealing that the first content drop is actually a crossover event with Splinter Cell.

Better yet? Iconic character, Sam Fisher, is involved with a special PvE mission that players can participate in. Not only do players work with him but they can also unlock special Splinter Cell style gear like his tri-vision goggles. Other challenges and PvP oriented Ghost War additions are also included but the big news surrounds Sam Fisher finally making a return.

As a longtime Splinter Cell fan, I’m psyched.

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What truly surprised me about this announcement, however, was hearing Michael Ironside back in the role of Sam Fisher. For many franchise veterans, Ironside is Fisher. Still, this reveal was generally surprising considering that Ironside wasn’t involved with the last game in the franchise, Splinter Cell Blacklist, having been replaced by Eric Johnson. No disrespect to Johnson who did a wonderful job in his own right in what I view as the best game in the series, but he’s nowhere where near iconic as Ironside.

With all the stories and rumors I heard after it was revealed that Johnson would be taking over the role, I figured Splinter Cell Conviction would be the last time Ironside we’d hear Ironside in that role. I won’t lie, part of me is relieved to hear him again.

Naturally, a reveal of this magnitude has caused plenty of speculation within the community over the possibility of the next Splinter Cell game being announced soon. I mean, it’s been quite a while since we’ve last seen the series with Blacklist launching all the way back in 2013. Since then, most of the other mainline Clancy titles have received new games, so it’s understandable as to why people are excited over the prospect of a Splinter Cell.

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Ubisoft has yet to officially declare anything on the subject, though anonymous sources, retailer leaks (like Amazon posting a placeholder page), and other items have hinted that 2018 may finally be the year that fans finally get the game many have been patiently waiting for. Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft, has also previously stated that the company hasn’t forgotten about Splinter Cell and fans should stay tuned. Kinda of a nudge, nudge, wink, wink if you ask me.

So the fact that Sam Fisher has finally turned up, albeit in a smaller role than many were hoping for, is a great sign. Fingers crossed that Ubisoft is making plans to give Fisher the spotlight he deserves once more.

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Sunday Video Round Up: April 1 – 7

Even though I’m in Boston this weekend for PAX East 2018, that doesn’t mean I’m leaving you all hanging for content. The Round Up is back in action, providing a handy location to view all the latest trailers and video content from the past week. So turn up that volume and press play!

Though it’s well over a year old now, I’m geeked up for Ghost Recon Wildlands’ newest teaser trailer. It features, the man, the myth, the legend: Sam Fisher. While it’s not a tried and true Splinter Cell announcement, the trailer has Sam’s handler, Grim, sending him into Bolivia on a covert mission. Obviously, the plan is to link up with Ghost Squad, who’s already down there. What’s even more intriguing is Sam’s original voice actor, Michael Ironside, is once again lending his voice to the grizzled stealth master. I never thought I’d see (and hear!) that again.

Overwatch is also gearing up for its next in-game event. Blizzard is bringing back it’s Uprising event, where players partake on an early mission for the Overwatch team, though this year’s version is putting a pretty interesting twist on what fans may remember. While we don’t have all the details, this year players will be participating on an early Blackwatch mission with Genji, Moira, Reyes (aka Reaper), and McCree.

I’ve also got new videos for God of War, Monster Hunter World, Spyro Reignited Trilogy, and so much more after the break!

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Fortnite, Poland, and a Whole Lot of Conspiracy

I recently wrote a story over at Game Rant regarding the latest conspiracy theory surrounding Epic’s massively popular game, Fortnite. Read that here if you’re interested.

While I’m a casual player of Fortnite, I couldn’t help but get sucked into the current rumors surrounding the game. The Reddit community has been incredibly active in actually putting together a number of really great theories about its future.

For those who don’t know, a strange comet has appeared within the Battle Royale game mode, slowly getting closer as the days gone by. While it’s not as extreme as, say, the moon from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, something is definitely up. Currently, the biggest theory out there is that the comment is going to crash into Tilted Towers, arguably the most popular location for people to drop in while playing Battle Royale.

Evidence has started to mount from fans with the most recent one containing a lot of interesting data that sounds really plausible. While many assumed something would happen on April 1, just like the Mayan End of the World theory, the day came and went without anything happening.

Now, eyes have turned to April 18, as one poster took a look at all of the evidence out there and noticed an interesting trend. First and foremost, it was discovered that the Battle Royale map takes a lot of cues from the country of Poland. In fact, if you superimpose Poland onto the map of Fortnite Battle Royale, you’ll see a lot of interesting things.

It’s not as crazy as it sounds when you remember that the main Epic Games team is actually the ones behind the PvE mode, Save the World. For Battle Royale, People Can Fly, the shooter-heavy development studio took the lead and they’re based in…you guessed it: Poland.

Many of the points of interest seem to line up with actual cities and what’s more interesting is that they make sense. For example, the capital city of Warsaw is regarded as a great place to shop, so naturally, the real world city lines up with an area on the Battle Royale map known as Retail Row. Another location called Haunted Hills lines up with an area in Northern Poland that was abandoned during World War II, eventually being turned into a graveyard for those soldiers.

The theory really takes off when taking a look at the Tilted Towers location. This area matches up with the Polish city Poznan. What’s interesting about this is that Poznan was actually struck by an asteroid. A national park was set up to commemorate the event, known as The Morasko Meteorite Reserve. According to the Reddit user, there’s a likely chance that the comet will likely do the same thing to Tilted Towers. Basically hitting the city or at least part of it which is intended to change the feel of the area as well as the current meta.

The theory also aligns with another community found Easter egg. Console players discovered odd controller vibrations during matches of Battle Royale, ranging from very light to strong rumbles lasting 1.5 seconds. One user decided to treat it like morse code and discovered a message: SOS D 5 418.

So what does that mean? Obviously, SOS is an international distress signal. The D and 5 stumped people for a bit longer, but it was later used in a grid overlayed on the map. Of course, D5 points to Tilted Towers. The last part, 418, was another head-scratcher, though most people believed it referenced a date such as April 2018, or even 4/1/18.

This latest theory believes those last two numbers are not the year, but a day: April 18. This is significant because there’s an actual meteor shower that occurs between April 16th-25th every year called the Lyrids Meteor shower. Could it be that this comet is actually coming on the 18th? Could be.

Even as a causal Battle Royale player, I’m intrigued to see where Epic is going with this event. It certainly has the community working overtime to figure it out, so Epic kinda has to do something now, or risk disappointing a large portion of its community. What do you think Epic has up its sleeves?

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Fake Video Game News Alert: April Fools 2018

Love it or hate it, April Fools Day is an event that is both loved and feared by players. On one hand, you tend to get some hilariously outrageous announcements, but on the other hand, some of these reveals are so good that you wish they were actually true.

What surprised me most about the 2018 edition is the general lack of participation from some of the big name companies that typically throw their hat into the ring. Perhaps it was because the day fell on a Sunday this year, or maybe that April 1 was also a family oriented holiday (Easter Sunday) as the big reasons why a lot of companies didn’t jump in on the fun. Still, we did get a few cool announcements.

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So, as I typically do each and every year, here is a list of some of the best announcements and pranks from the industry. I am curious though, what was your favorite reveal this year?

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