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Lethal Company and the New Handhelds!
Grand Theft Auto is coming to Netflix, Fallout is coming to Amazon, hats are coming to Chocobos, games are coming to your hands, and Lethal Company is really pissing off Activision!
Three ‘Grand Theft Auto’ titles are coming to Netflix’s mobile game library - Article by CNBC
Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Confirms New Chocobo Feature - Article by GameRant
Lethal Company - A co-op horror about scavenging at abandoned moons to sell scrap to the Company. - Zeekerss (Steam, available now)
Bethesda Confirms Fallout TV Show Is Canon In First Official Preview - Article by Kotaku
Great reviews and full coverage of the Steam Deck OLED and Lenovo Legion Go:
Steam Deck OLED - Overrated or Must Have?
Lenovo Legion Go -THIS is DIFFERENT
FINALLY! ASUS ROG Ally Hands ON!
9 Years of Shadows
This week is a little bit different!
First off, Andy addresses ongoing issues with the podcast on YouTube
Josh talks about Strauss’ plans on charging for games in a totally new way!
And finally, Nick reviews “9 Years of Shadows” for the Nintendo Switch!
9 Years of Shadows - Fight to bring beautiful colors back to a hand-crafted world of darkness and discover the story of Europa, a young warrior, and her ghostly childhood companion, Apino. - Halberd Studios (Steam, Switch, Available now)
Grand Theft Auto 6, The Zelda Movie, and Blizzcon 2023!
Who knew that being gone for a week would mean that all of the world's biggest gaming announcements were going to happen! This week we’ve got new details on Grand Theft Auto 6, a new Legend of Zelda live action movie announced by Nintendo themselves, Against the Storm, Caves of Qud, and more info from Blizzcon than you can shake a stick at!
Grand Theft Auto 6 Trailer Arriving in December - Article by IGN
Grand Theft Auto 6: All the news we’ve heard about Rockstar’s next game - Article by Polygon
Nintendo announces a live-action film based on its hit video game 'The Legend of Zelda' - Article by Eurogamer
Against the Storm - A dark fantasy city builder where you must rebuild civilization in the face of apocalyptic rains. As the Queen’s Viceroy, lead humans, beavers, lizards, foxes, and harpies to reclaim the wilderness and secure a future for civilization's last survivors. - Eremite Games (Steam, available now)
Caves of Qud - Caves of Qud is a science fantasy roguelike epic steeped in retrofuturism, deep simulation, and swathes of sentient plants. Come inhabit an exotic world and chisel through layers of thousand-year-old civilizations. - Freehold Games (Steam, available now in Early Access)
Diablo IV: Vessel of Hatred will introduce a never-before-seen class to the Diablo franchise. It takes place in Hahantu, an area from Diablo 2, and continues Mephisto’s story.
Vessel of Hatred is poised to launch Fall 2024
Overwatch 2: Blizzard announced a new hero Mauga who is the first Samoan hero to debut in Overwatch!
Mauga features a kit that is designed to bash through the front lines and brawl his opponents in close-quarter combat, by wielding two powerful Chainguns that can either be fired individually or in unison. Ignite enemies with his Incendiary Chaingun “Gunny” to burn them when they take enough damage, then finish them with a critical hit from his Volatile Chaingun “Cha-Cha.” Paired with his Berserker Passive, which grants Mauga temporary health whenever he deals critical damage, he’s a mountain on the battlefield.
Mauga’s not just a leading star—he also brings a host of new abilities to support his team as well. Mauga can break his way through the front lines with Overrun, a charging ability that cannot be stopped by any crowd control abilities, and stomps into opponents dealing a powerful knockback. When the fight gets intense for his team, he has Cardiac Overdrive to engage both of his hearts and create an aura that reduces incoming damage, allowing allies to heal themselves while dealing damage.
Finally, when he really wants to tango up close with his foes, Mauga can unleash Cage Fight, his ultimate ability. Cage Fight traps nearby opponents in a cylindrical fighting ring. This barrier blocks enemy incoming damage or healing from the outside, forcing those trapped inside to face Mauga with Gunny, Cha Cha, and the barrage of infinite ammunition. If you can’t take him down quickly, the last thing you might see is his charming smile.
Mauga will officially become available to play at the start of season 8 which starts 12/5/2023
Mauga Origin Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCLjZDkpBoY
Hearthstone: Showdown in the Badlands: Deep in the heart of the Badlands, the Bloodrock Mining Company has struck gold! Or, rather, something even better: Azerite. Now they’re double-timing their mining, bleeding the land dry and putting everyone in the Badlands at risk. Mysterious heroes came on horseback to set the town right, but the corrupt Sheriff Barrelbrim’s stubborn as his hat is tall. It’s high time for high noon in this Showdown in the Badlands!
New keyword “Quickdraw” - In the Badlands, being quick on the draw might just save your hide. Cards with the Quickdraw keyword get a special effect on the turn they are added to your hand. Shoot cards off as
Getting Slim and Slippery
XBOX Partner Preview shows us some games to look forward to, Nick shows us some games we can play now, and Josh and I talk about nerdy numbers and specs and whatnot!
XBOX Partner Preview - XBOX wants to put the spotlight on it’s 3rd party developers, feeling they haven’t shared much of the limelight since the announcement to acquire Activision Blizzard King. So let’s not forget that there are games coming from other developers other than them, and Bethesda! Check out these upcoming games from Konami and more!
Buy Galactic Civilizations IV: Supernova Edition - Take command of a civilization that has just achieved faster-than-light travel in Galactic Civilizations IV, the newest entry in the award-winning space 4X strategy game series. Explore the galaxy, colonize worlds, shape cultures, make alliances, fight wars and pioneer new technologies. - Stardock Entertainment (Steam, available now)
Whoa, Alan Wake II’s PC Requirements Aren’t Screwing Around - Article by Kotaku
Backpack Battles - The inventory management auto battler! Buy rare and legendary items to build powerful setups. Then battle other players with it. - PlayWithFurcifer (Steam, available April 2024, demo available now)
Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth takes around 40 hours to beat, and you won't start from level 1 - Article by GamesRadar
ENDLESS™ Dungeon - ENDLESS™ Dungeon is a Rogue-lite Tactical Action game, set in the award-winning ENDLESS™ Universe. Recruit a team of shipwrecked heroes, plunge into a long-abandoned space station, and protect your crystal against never-ending waves of monsters… or die trying, get reloaded, and try again. - AMPLITUDE Studios (Steam, available now)
PS5 Slim Disc Drive Comes With Bizarre Online Requirements - Article by Kotaku
Nvidia Could Be Working on New Arm-Based Processors for Windows - Article by GameRant
Twitch allows simulcasting to it’s direct competitors! This means that, excluding partners with exclusivity clauses in their contract, Twitch streamers can now stream to platforms including Facebook, YouTube, Kick and more! This comes with some guidelines later posted in their Terms of Service.
Activision Blizzard King has now been officially purchased by Microsoft. What does that mean for the company going forward? What does that mean for Game Pass? And what about ol’ Bobby?
Here’s a good catch up for what’s been going on since the beginning of the Activision Blizzard acquisition that started 21 whole months ago, and great explanations of what is to come!
Everything that happened with Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard - Article by Polygon
Controversial Activision Blizzard Boss Bobby Kotick to Remain CEO Until End of 2023 - Article by IGN
Microsoft is running an ad in The Washington Post to say that it’s cool with unions - Article by The Verge
Workers at Microsoft-owned ZeniMax Media voted ‘yes’ to unionize 300 QA staff positions - Article by Polygon
Phil Spencer Explains Why There Won't be any Activision Games on Game Pass in 2023 - Article by IGN
Phil Spencer on Activision Blizzard King + Xbox | Official Xbox Podcast - Check out this interview of Phil Spencer on the Official Xbox Podcast to get caught up on a lot of the talking points from this weeks Video Game Tango!
THESE DEMOS ARE INSANE! STEAM NEXT FEST!
Unity’s CEO is out! The mills are aflutter with rumors of Titanfall 3! Rocket League isn’t allowing player trading any more! And apparently it’s 2009 all over again, because the Fall of the Lich King dropped for Wrath Classic today! Then on top of that we have some excellent video game previews thanks to Steam’s Next Fest!
Unity CEO is Stepping Down Following Pricing Controversy - Article by GameRant
Microsoft Reportedly Plans to Buy Activision Blizzard Next Week - Article by IGN
Rocket League Will Ban Item Trading, Nuking Market For Secondhand Skins - Article by Kotaku
Foundry - Build a factory in an infinite simulated voxel world. Mine resources, craft machinery and automate your research to progress. Face logistic challenges by planning and building a conveyor belt and pipe network. Manage a complex power system and expand your constantly growing production lines. - Channel 3 Entertainment (Steam, demo available now)
Fall of the Lich King - World of Warcraft, Wrath of the Lich King Classic: Fall of the Lich King is now LIVE! (Youtube Trailer)
The Thamaturge - The Thaumaturge is a story-driven RPG with morally ambiguous choices, taking place in the culturally diverse world of early 20th century Warsaw. In this world, Salutors exist: esoteric beings that only Thaumaturges can truly perceive and use for their needs. - Fool’s Theory (Steam, demo available now)
My Work is Not Yet Done - My Work Is Not Yet Done is a narrative-driven investigative horror game, combining elements of the survival/simulation genres with a dense, nonlinear plot exploring the imbrication and dissolution of human identities/meanings within uncanny wilderness. - Sutemi Productions (Steam, demo available now)
Slime 3K - Welcome to Slime 3K, an unhinged roguelite bullet-heaven set in the Despot’s Game universe! Build a deck of crazy weapons, grow stronger and devour hordes of pink puny humans as a murderous jelly blob on a warpath of death, violence and pretzels. - Konfa Games (Steam, demo available now)
Gunhead - Gunhead is a fast paced strategic roguelike FPS where you take the role of a pirate mech with a gun for a head, looting derelict spaceships filled with monstrous drones made out of bone and steel. Sequel to the 2d roguelite Cryptark. - Alientrap (Steam, demo available now)
Enshrouded - ou are Flameborn, last ember of hope of a dying race. Awaken, survive the terror of a corrupting fog, and reclaim the lost beauty of your kingdom. Venture into a vast world, vanquish punishing bosses, build grand halls and forge your path in this co-op survival action RPG for up to 16 players. - Keen Game GmbH (Steam, demo available now)
The Last Exterminator - You're an exterminator. You kill things for a living. When a hostile invasion of alien cockroaches rocks your city, you've got a job to do. A high-octane retro-FPS inspired by some of the best games of the 90s - Ironworks Games (Steam, demo available now)
Last Train Home - The Great War is over - the fight continues. Command a legion of soldiers, desperately trying to make their way home amidst the chaos of civil war. Lead them through the unforgiving wilderness onboard an armored train. Manage your crew and resources and try to survive. - Ashborne Games (Steam, demo available now)
I could listen to you guys talk for hours! Always entertaining! Can’t wait for more episodes!