Sunday Video Round Up: Sept 23 – 29

It’s the weekend which means it’s time for another weekly edition of the Video Round Up! As always, I’m bringing you the best trailers and gameplay footage from the previous seven days. Here’s a few of the trailers waiting for you below, let’s get started!

Another week, another bizarre but captivating trailer from Hideo Kojima. I’ll be honest, I really have no idea how to set up the trailer for you but just know that it’s for Death Stranding, another game I really can’t describe, and it involves Troy Baker and a massive gold masked lion, beast, sludge monster. Have fun!

The news many have been waiting for finally arrived this week as Bethesda announced the beta start dates for Fallout 76. While Xbox owners can get a head start one week early on October 23, Bethesda also released the official opening cinematic from the game to get people ready to emerge when the game launches in November.

I’ve also got new videos for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Forza Horizon 4, Pokemon Let’s Go, and so much more after the break! The full list of videos awaits you after the jump…

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Hitting the Panic Button: Red Dead Redemption 2

Well, Red Dead Redemption 2 has had quite the week, hasn’t it?

For a game that has (so far) received such little marketing and trailers, many outlets finally got actual hands-on time with the game. Naturally, most of what I read and saw was outrageously positive. This shouldn’t be too surprising considering it’s Rockstar Games, a developer who typically tries to cover all of their bases and go into extreme detail with their games. Red Dead Redemption 2 definitely seems to be going in that direction as well.

As someone who absolutely loved the first game and still considers it to be one of the best games I’ve ever played, I find myself in an odd position. I can’t seem to get hyped or at all excited for Red Dead Redemption 2.

What’s wrong with me, right? Let’s try to sort this out…

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Remembering Telltale Games

It’s never good hearing about a studio closure, but I’ll admit that hearing Telltale Games was shutting down completely blindsided me. Here’s a company that has seemingly been able to turn nearly any IP into a fantastic adventure game style experience.

While the studio has a long history, it seems like they were really able to hit the mainstream when they launched the first season of The Walking Dead. Based off of the comics which had then gone on to be a hit TV show on AMC, Telltale’s Walking Dead was inspired by the world but telling a new story and introducing fans to now beloved characters like Clementine and Lee Everett.

While that franchise has spawned multiple seasons and even a spinoff or two, they went on to create some really stellar experiences based on other popular properties and franchises like Game of Thrones, Batman, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Minecraft Story Mode. The studio even partnered with Netflix to create a game based on Stranger Things and bring a five-part narrative series of Minecraft: Story Mode to subscribers.

I personally loved Tales from the Borderlands, which not only featured new characters but masterfully integrated existing ones from the games like Scooter and Handsome Jack. The writing was hilarious and spot on, but what really stuck out to me was that the studio was able to take a franchise deeply rooted in the first person shooter genre, and turn it into an equally fantastic adventure style game.

So what happened?

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Sunday Video Round Up: September 16 – 22

With October right around the corner, we’re in the thick of the fall release schedule. While that may be bad for all of our wallets, it’s definitely a good thing for those of us who enjoy watching new trailers and gameplay videos. Let’s take a look at all the content from this past week in a brand new edition of the Video Round Up. Here’s a taste.

The biggest reveal this week arguably came from Capcom as they finally revealed the highly anticipated Dante gameplay for Devil May Cry V. The reveal trailer also included a number of surprises for longtime fans as well as a crossover item from one of Capcom’s other well known franchise: Mega Man.

In fact, another classic Capcom franchise also made quite the splash this week. The latest trailer for Resident Evil 2 Remake continues to impress with its visuals and attention to detail. Longtime fans of the franchise will definitely see a classic character making a return and I don’t know about you, but zombie dogs have never been more scary…

I’ve also got new videos for SoulCalibur VI, PlayStation Classic, Pokemon Let’s Go, and so much more after the break! The full list of videos awaits you after the jump…

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Rise of the Clones: Sony Announces the PlayStation Classic

In the age of remasters and nostalgia for what once was, Sony has finally jumped into the fray. Today, the company announced the PlayStation Classic, a miniature version of the original PlayStation 1 console that’s arriving on store shelves later this year.

The news is undoubtedly exciting for many fans, especially those who grew up with the old school PlayStation console. While I knew people with the PS1 console and was fortunate to try some of those classic games, I grew up strictly Nintendo so I don’t have a real connection to this announcement. This may seem like a biased opinion after what I just admitted, but after seeing this announcement, I couldn’t help but immediately think of Sony copying what Nintendo has been doing the past could of years.

I honestly can’t blame them. I’m sure development was greenlit as soon as they saw how crazy the NES Mini sold and then the SNES Mini a year later. It’s easy money these days, especially for those of us who grew up with these systems.

I still have a number of questions, however. The announcement felt overly vague, kind of like announcing another announcement coming later. We got the basics, sure, like what the package comes with (two controllers, USB cable, HDMI Cable, console), how much smaller it is than the original (45%), and when it launches: December 3.

Now, the other piece of information is that the console launches with 20 games and is going to retail for $99.99. While the final pre-loaded list of games wasn’t provided, fans are definitely going to see Final Fantasy VIIJumping FlashRidge Racer Type 4Tekken 3, and Wild Arms. What struck me is that this console comes with less games (20) for a much steeper price ($100) than what Nintendo has offered with the NES and SNES Mini. It’s an odd decision, to say the least especially when companies have access to better technology these days.

While Microsoft doesn’t have the classic backlog that Sony or Nintendo does, I have to give them a quick shout out for this gem on social media after the PS1 Class announcement went live:

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Sunday Video Round Up: September 9 – 15

We’re back at the weekend and that means it’s time for a brand new Video Round Up! We’re still a few days away from the official start of the annual Tokyo Game Show, but that hasn’t stopped some companies from releasing trailers early. There’s a lot to get to, so here’s a small taste of what’s waiting below.

Well, Nintendo certainly dropped a lot of news this week, didn’t they? Not only did we see Luigi’s Mansion 3, but they confirmed Isabelle is indeed joining Super Smash Bros Ultimate as many predicted. Not only that, with the help of that shifty loan shark Tom Nook, Nintendo finally revealed that a dedicated Animal Crossing game is coming to Switch sometime next year.

Another no-brainer reveal came earlier this week as SoulCalibur’s resident undead pirate, Cervantes, finally made his official debut in a brand new trailer. Longtime fans of the franchise should be pretty happy with his inclusion and classic move set.

I’ve also got new videos for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Pokemon Let’s Go, Marvel’s Spider-Man, 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 Impressions and Thoughts – Does Whatever A Spider Can

After what felt like an eternity, the highly-anticipated open-world superhero game, Marvel’s Spider-Man finally launched this past week on the PlayStation 4. While I’m a fan of Spider-Man, what excited me most about this game is the fact that Insomniac Games was the developer behind this one.

Sure, all of the trailers and write-ups have been excellent leading up to release, but after what the developer pulled off in Sunset Overdrive (not to mention its storied history with Ratch & Clank), I had a feeling this one would be something special.

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I’ve spent a good chunk of hours in the game to this point and I’m ready to reveal some of my initial impressions. So, does Marvel’s Spider-Man ensnare me in its web or would we be better off just rolling up a newspaper and swatting it away?

Read on to find out, true believers.

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