Sunday Video Round Up: March 10 – 16

Welcome to an all-new edition of the Sunday Video Round Up! No Kombat Kast this week means we need to look elsewhere for our weekly trailer and gameplay content. Thankfully, there’s plenty to pick from! Here’s a small taste of everything waiting for you below the jump.

While it may not be selling quite as well as EA had hoped, Battlefield V may be able to entice players back with it’s upcoming Firestorm Battle Royale. Details are still slim, but DICE has put together a super stylish and fun CG trailer showing off some moments from the mode.

The Division 2 officially launched last week and Ubisoft wants to make sure everyone entering Washington D.C. is prepared. A lengthy What Is The Division 2 trailer is available to showcase everything you need to know. If you’re a PC player, there’s a features trailer to show you all the ways you can customize your experience.

I’ve also got new videos for Fallout 76, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, For Honor, and so much more after the break! The full list of videos awaits you after the jump…

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Joker’s Wild Takes Destiny 2 Lore In A Very Interesting Direction

Things are really heating up with Destiny 2. Even though Bungie previously stated that the annual pass content wouldn’t contain length cutscenes or big story content, it hasn’t stopped the team from adding little tidbits of information regarding characters like Ada-1 or The Drifter while also fleshing out various world elements.

I don’t think it would be too outrageous to say that Bungie is really hitting their stride in terms of storytelling. I’m really glad to be saying that considering how poorly the world building and story started out for this franchise all those years ago.

So before we start taking a look at what’s happening inside of the Annual Pass, please note that this post will include story spoilers for the Black Armory and Joker’s Wild. If you want to discover these things on your own, feel free to skip down to the bottom.

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Expectation vs Reality: The Game Announcement Struggle

I remember a time when games received almost no pre-release promotion. Just walking into a store, you’d see new stuff on the shelves or highlighted in magazines like Nintendo Power or GamePro. As technology advanced and social media exploded into the mainstream, trailers, events, and other pre-release hype have become the norm as companies try to one-up each other by announcing new content faster and sooner than in previous years.

But is this a good thing? Are we reaching a point where pre-release materials are creating unrealistic expectations for the end product?

Before I get going, I want to stop to take a moment to point you guys over to an article I read on Kotaku which served as the inspiration to what I’m about to discuss. The article takes a look at Anthem and how everything we saw 2+ years ago has changed over the course of development and the game’s eventual launch. For example, in the first trailer, Fort Tarsis is alive with NPCs walking and living their lives. Compare that to what we have now and it looks night and day.

Now, this article isn’t me just ripping on Anthem. In fact, I find the game to be pretty fun even with all of its flaws. I just found it fascinating when you compare what we were shown and what we ended up with. Granted, the game could still get there over time but what the announcement did was to create this, what we know now, false set of expectations.

BioWare is hardly the first company to do something like this, but it seems to be happening more and more often with major titles. It’s kind of caused me to reevaluate how I want games to be announced.

For fun, let’s analyze the current trend of game announcements.

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Sunday Video Round Up: March 4 – 9

The weekend is in full swing which means it’s time to take a look at some fantastic trailers from the past seven days. So sit back, crank the volume, and enjoy the latest entry in the Video Round Up series. Her’es a sneak peek at everything waiting for you below.

Another week, more Mortal Kombat 11 content for you. This week was a double dose of carnage as the Kombat Kast showed off two additional characters. But for many, the biggest piece of information came earlier that day when a story trailer hit the web. Not only did it showcase the amazing looking campaign NetherRealm Studios has perfected, but it also showed off a good amount of characters that have yet to be talked about.

The loot shooter genre is about to get a little more crowded this coming week as Ubisoft is preparing to launch The Division 2. To get you in the mood, the studio has released the launch trailer detailing some of the campaign and showing off some gameplay as well. This one looks to be a strong entry in the series thanks to the experience and lessons learned from its predecessor.

I’ve also got new videos for Devil May Cry V, Rage 2, Cyberpunk 2077, and so much more after the break! The full list of videos awaits you after the jump…

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2 Years Later – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Considering that I wasn’t a Day 1 adopter of the Nintendo Switch, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was a game I initially missed. Even still, I was aware of the reception to it, but it remained a game that I took forever to get to. Looking to right those wrongs, I picked the game up during a holiday sale that year, generally the only time one can purchase a first party Nintendo game at less than the normal standard price.

Even with the game now in my possession, I didn’t immediately dive into the game. In fact, it took me another whole year to finally boot it up. I personally didn’t know what to expect, even as someone who loves and has played nearly every game in the franchise. Maybe it was the fact that this game featured another huge open world or perhaps it was the change to the standard formula that made me hesitant?

Whatever the reason, I was dead wrong. I friggin love this game.

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Sunday Video Round Up: Feb 24 – March 2

What’s up weekend warriors, thanks for joining me on this Sunday. As usual, it’s time to get to a brand new edition of the Video Round Up, where we take a look at all of the best gameplay and trailers over the past seven days. There’s a lot to get to this week thanks to upcoming game releases and another Kombat Kast, so let’s get to it!

As I just mentioned, NetherRealm Studios held another Kombat Kast for its highly anticipated fighting game, Mortal Kombat 11. This week, they revealed the latest addition to the roster and gave us one of the best trailers they’ve ever done. Head below the jump to find out who it was for.

The Division 2 is fast approaching and Ubisoft is continuing to dole out new trailers for it. This week, the company showed off new details on the totally revamped PvPvE Dark Zones as well as gave players a look at the first year of free and paid content coming to the game. Needless to say, players should have plenty to do and look forward to over the next 12 months.

I’ve also got new videos for Devil May Cry V, Pokemon Sword and Shield, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and so much more after the break! The full list of videos awaits you after the jump…

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Now Arriving: March 2019

Welcome to March, everyone! After a month that had plenty of big name games, the train isn’t stopping in March. As we’ve seen over the past couple of years, March has traditionally been a very good time to release new games and 2019 is no different. Here are some of the titles coming at you this month and make sure to hit the jump to see the complete list below.

For many, the biggest name this month comes from Ubisoft. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 looks to sprint out of the launch gate strong this time around as not only are fans getting a brand new location (Washington DC) and a continuation of the story from the first game, but many of the mistakes and grievances from its predecessor looks to have been fixed or improved. You just gotta love when a developer learns from their past to make a better game.

Not a fan of the crowded looter-shooter market? Capcom has you covered with the return of their action series, Devil May Cry 5. Not only does the game look absolutely stunning, but players will have three characters to control throughout the course of the game: series mainstay Dante, returning hunter Nero, and the mysterious newcomer V.

Of course, this isn’t everything that March 2019 is bringing to the table. There are plenty more upcoming titles this month to check out like Yoshi’s Crafted World, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and much more. Continue reading for a look at the full March release schedule.  Enjoy!

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