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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Let’s Talk About Instancing and Destiny 2: Forsaken

I know I’ve mentioned it in the past but Destiny 2 is in a really good spot at the moment. After a very up and down first year, Bungie continued to plug away on the title and with the most recent Sandbox update combined with the wonderful Forsaken expansion, it’s never been a better time to dive in.

For all of the good though, Destiny 2 still has a few issues, one of them being with the instancing system. Just like its predecessor, Destiny 2 features a few cooperative missions like the Blind Well and Escalation Protocol. In them, players work together to overcome challenges, typically waves of enemies. Unlike Crucible, Gambit, and Strike activities, these are more organic and can be found by visiting certain world destinations like Mars of The Dreaming City.

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There are rumors that a brand new activity, something called Forges of Chain is coming in an upcoming DLC expansion like the Black Armory. I’m all for more of these cooperative activities because when they work as intended, they’re great fun. The Blind Well is one such example.

Obviously, I have a few concerns as well.

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Sunday Video Round Up: Oct 7 – 13

Another week down means it’s time once more for the Video Round Up. As always, we’re bringing you the biggest and best trailers from the past seven days. We’re now midway through October and the trailers are coming left, right, and center. Here’s a small sample of everything that waits for you below the jump.

In terms of gaming franchises, it doesn’t get much bigger than Call of Duty. While this year’s version, Black Ops 4, arrives a month earlier than usual, it has also completely ditched the single player campaign to focus on Multiplayer, Zombies, and the newcomer, Blackout. There’s two new videos this week, one introducing Blackout and another showcasing a new Zombie campaign.

While it’s not coming this year, the early 2019 horror title Resident Evil 2 Remake is a game that is on many players must have lists. Completely reinvigorating the classic horror game, players will be entering a familiar world, now powered by the extremely impressive RE7 engine.

I’ve also got new videos for Overwatch, 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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Marvel’s Spider-Man’s Most Underrated Feature: Social Media

As I’ve indicated in the past, Marvel’s Spider-Man is a game I absolutely love and can’t get enough of. Sure, I haven’t played it nearly as much as I’d like to (Thanks Destiny…) but the times I do get to swing around a virtual New York City are always enjoyable. In fact, I’d say it’s easily one of my favorite games of 2018 for sure.

While I previously discussed the gameplay and story, there’s a smaller element to the experience which I discovered and am just floored with how impressive it is. When going into the menu system to look at skills, spider suits, and other stuff, you have an option to open up Spider-Man’s social media feed, a quasi-Twitter like experience. While it’s totally missable and isn’t important to the game in any way, it’s something I highly recommend checking out every so often.

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Sunday Video Round Up: Sept 30 – Oct 6

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for another edition of the Sunday Video Round Up! As always, we’re bringing you the latest and best trailers from the week that was. There’s a lot to get to as we head through one of the busiest launch months in 2018, so here’s a brief look at everything waiting for you below.

For releases remaining in 2018, it doesn’t get much bigger than Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2. With its release just a few weeks away, the marking machine has clearly picked up the pace as the latest gameplay trailer has released, giving fans another great look at the highly anticipated western.

One game that is, unfortunately, getting lost in the shuffle is Gunfire Games’ Darksiders 3. Hopefully, this won’t become an issue because this game looks to be another great entry in the franchise. With many of the longtime developers back on the project, longtime fans should keep an eye on this one.

I’ve also got new videos for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, SoulCalibur VI, Control, and so much more after the break! The full list of videos awaits you after the jump…

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The Dreaming City’s Secret Weapon: Story Telling | Destiny 2: Forsaken

We’ve gone over this quite a bit in the five years of Destiny, but story and world building was never the franchise’s strong suit. It’s been particularly disappointing for many considering how much effort Bungie put into creating this interesting and beautiful new IP. With so many things to take in, I wanted to know more about the things and characters I was interacting with. Vanilla Destiny never lived up to that as the campaign felt disjointed and chaotic, no doubt a result of the turbulent development cycle.

The destinations in-game, places like Venus and Mars, were beautiful to look at and compelling in their own right but felt more like shooting galleries than actual fleshed out worlds. As I’ve mentioned in the past, the majority of this problem was with the unlockable Grimoire Cards, lore and story beats from the game that were actually housed on the Bungie website and forced players to leave the game to read them rather than experience them first hand.

Thankfully, things improved dramatically with The Taken King expansion, which went on to fix a lot of the core game’s issues as well as present a much more interesting and self-contained story. While the cards continued to be a thorn in the side of those wanting more details in the actual game, Destiny 2 finally ditched them and proved that Bungie learned from their past mistakes.

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Now Arriving: Games of October 2018

I hope you’re ready because October 2018 is arguably the busiest and biggest month of the entire year. The wallet pain train has finally arrived and is bringing a ton of major AAA franchises along with it. Let’s take a look at everything launching this month.

Love it or hate it, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is positioning itself to be a major player this month, which is earlier than its usual November launch. Oddly enough, the single player campaign has been completely scrapped this time around, letting Treyarch focus on Zombies, multiplayer, and the new battle royale mode, Blackout.

For most people, October starts and ends with one game: Red Dead Redemption 2. Even though this newest game from Rockstar is technically labeled as a sequel to the massive hit 2010 game, RDR2 is actually a prequel story and focusing on a new protagonist named Arthur Morgan. The level of polish and detail has been cranked up to 11, so for those looking to live a western fantasy, this is your game.

October doesn’t stop there, however. There’s an astonishing amount of games this month including Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, SoulCalibur VI, and more! Head down below and see the complete release list for the month of October.

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