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New Release Roundup – 7/24/19

This week is all about variety across gaming platforms. Here are the bests and worsts we’ll be contributing to the Nightfall Unlimited Podcast test show tonight!

Nintendo Switch

Super Mario Maker 2

Super Mario Maker 2 can’t fail. It’s effectively a Mario game that will never stop changing and will have unlimited free content forever, it gets kids into design, and it’s perfect for viral videos which we’re already seeing all over the place. Personally as a game designer I have like no interest in playing it at all, simply because that isn’t how I want to relax, but tons of my colleagues play it and basically everyone else should try it.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

Why the hell is Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 a Nintendo Switch exclusive? The previous games weren’t exclusives, Xbox One just rereleased the rest of the series, and I wouldn’t honestly have expected a game like this to perform that well on the Switch. I haven’t played it—I probably won’t—but I liked the rest of the series so here you go.

Xbox One

Gears 5 Tech Test

Gears of War 5 looks fantastic. If you have Xbox Game Pass, hopefully you already participated in the tech test (whatever they mean by that) over the weekend. If not, it looks like there’s another opportunity starting Friday. Personally, I’m saving myself for the full game. Is there time to get caught up from Gears 1 before then?

Blazing Chrome

Speaking of Game Pass, if you have it, you should still be playing Blazing Chrome, a retro-style Contra-like that came out earlier this month. If you don’t have Game Pass, just buy the game.

PS4

There’s basically nothing going on. The highest new release on Metacritic has a 76. Not sure what to tell you.

PC

Teamfight Tactics

Auto-chess games are the near future of PC gameplay including Twitch and esports. These games involve putting together small armies on the fly and battling it out with opponents without directly controlling the combat. I’m only just learning Teamfight Tactics from Riot, but it’s a pretty fun gameplay experience. New players should expect fairly steep learning curves to “git gud.” You can play Teamfight for free.

Nowhere Prophet

If you like strategy and card games, be sure to look at Nowhere Prophet from Sharkbomb Studios. This is a single-player card game with randomly generated maps tied together by a wasteland pilgrimage story and it’s getting fantastic reviews.

Mobile

Dr. Mario World

Dr. Mario World is out, and I’ll recommend it if you really love Dr. Mario and don’t mind strong similarities to Candy Crush. I think that’s all I’d like to say.

Sky: Children of the Light

Sky: Children of the Light from ThatGameCompany is available for iOS and might be a better example of the possibilities of mobile gaming. The game has received scores as high as 100 on Metacritic.

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Gone Fishin’

Cast your cares away and join us on a wilderness getaway in the form of a show recorded inside a massively multiplayer online first-person fishing game. Yes, really. 

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An Afternoon with Obsidian Entertainment

A road show from Irvine California! I traveled to the sacred ground that gave us Fallout: New Vegas, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and the awesome new Pillars of Eternity series. Hear about my tour, lunch with the team, and also how my USB microphone scared the TSA and got me briefly detained.

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Weekly Roundup

I’ve been a busy writer (and even a fairly busy editor). Busyness is no excuse for not posting a weekly roundup so here it is: last week’s content both here and around the web.

Plenty more great stuff on the way!

UFC/EA’s Fight for the Cover – This story was great fun to cover. Never before have two professional athletes fought in a cage to grace the cover of a video game — and, sure, to win the division championship as well. We know now that “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor will appear on the upcoming EA Sports UFC 2, but it was fascinating to know that two potential game boxes were waiting to be revealed after the fight.

UFC 2 Fight for the Cover

It’s hard to imagine other fighters on the cover but I can’t help but think Holly Holm got shortchanged, having beaten Rousey the day she was announced for the retail box.

Amazon’s Fire Tablet is Awesome for Mobile Gaming – I decided to write up the Fire tablet after my wife and I bought one for our son for Christmas. This thing is awesome. One of the biggest draws is the access it gains you to Amazon Underground, a program where players play popular commercial games totally free of charge and Amazon picks up the tab. It’s probably the best mobile gaming value for the cost.

Oriental Empires Headed for Steam Early Access – I love my strategy games. I could play Sid Meier’s Civilization V all day long and, more than a few times, I have. When I saw the press release about Oriental Empires I made it a point to follow the game’s development. It would be awesome to score a review copy at some point to cover for one of my sites.

Oriental Empires

Dawn of Steel Coming to New Platforms Next Year – Some of my closest friends spend a lot of their time in an iMessage group chat playing and talking about this game. While the news that it’s rolling out to new platforms wasn’t life-changing for us, we were celebrating when we heard word that players can now join alliances and work together on team objectives. For a free-to-play iOS game, Dawn of Steel is surprisingly well-designed. I’ll probably check it out on Windows when the time comes.

 

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New Adventures in Gaming Journalism

Over half a year ago, I left my full-time software development career of ten years to take care of my son and pursue indie game development. Since the closing of NightfallUnlimited.com, I hadn’t given much thought to what would be next in terms of my writing, podcasting, blogging, etc. Then a funny thing happened.