Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (October 20, 2016)

This week is short and sweet – so you can enjoy some blogs
and get back to gaming and writing. And before you know it, the steady stream
of holiday blockbusters will be upon us. That’s either good or bad, depending
on your backlog (mine is now an entire hockey duffle bag under my bed, hidden
away like an embarrassing secret).

Community Blogs
For October 13 – October 19:

When Bad Games Do Good
Blogger Psykologic makes a great point: Sometimes games that are bad at launch
become fantastic after some patching and updates. Heck, he even mentions how
BioWare “fixed” Mass Effect 3’s ending (which was fine the first time, for me,
and really didn’t change much through the update), making fans happier and
keeping them loyal.

When A Soundtrack Keeps On Playing
GerardoExber knows that a
good video game soundtrack can, and will, stick with you for days. I still hum
video game tunes I haven’t heard in nearly two decades, but such is the power
of a good soundtrack. See if any of the games Gerardo praises in his blog are
ones you love listening to, and then leave your favorite tunes in the comments.

Writing Challenge

Community Writing Challenge: The Best
Thanksgiving Tradition Ever

When you’re lucky enough
to think of Thanksgiving and also think video games, then that’s one mighty
fine holiday tradition, Haley Shipley. I mean, how cool is it to have two TVs
set up at the holiday gathering place that are used exclusively for video

Community Writing Challenge: Those Games
To Play During Fall

The Dark Cloud 2 image sucked me into GerardoExber’s blog, but the copy made me
stay. While his story hits on familiar notes like college getting in the way of
gaming, fall is a time for our writer to sit back, dig through the backlog, and
beat some games that are starting to clutter the coffee table.

Community Writing Challenge: The Autumn
Game List

Dalin Briggs’ post is
unique in that he has five games that makes him think and feel fall. It’s a
diverse list with an eclectic mix of reasons as to why they make the cut. The
Mass Effect obsession is particularly fun and interesting. But as a whole, fall
is a time for gaming for Briggs.


Retro Review: The Legend of Dragoon
This is one divisive RPG,
but Brendon Curzio is firmly in the I-love-it camp. Some reasons why pertain to
the story, characters, and even the drama of it all. I remember enjoying it
when it was new on PS One, but haven’t played it in years. Glad to hear it
still holds up.

Community Writing

Tell me about
your favorite local multiplayer game. I recently got the chance to play Smash
Bros. with a buddy on the same TV for the first time in 13 years, and it was
magical. From Mario Party to Goldeneye, there are certainly some fun local
multiplayer games out there – and memories and stories to match them.

Community Playdate:

I’ll be gone all
weekend traveling to the Fargo area, but please don’t hesitate to hit me up
for some Monster Hunter shenanigans. Leave a friend code in the comments, and
don’t be afraid to message me on Twitter or via Game Informer.

I hope you enjoy
the blogs! Please contact me via my Game Informer page or on Twitter at @LouisGarcia12 with
any blog news or playdate suggestions.

Beta Test Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (October 20, 2016)

First Episode of Telltale's Minecraft: Story Mode Is Now Free

Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode came to a close last month, and now the first episode, ‘The Order of the Stone,’ is available for free. The season pass is going to be discounted to reflect this across a majority of the platforms it released on, including Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and 4, mobile, and PC.

Outside of the standard Season Pass, The Adventure Pass, Season Pass Deluxe, and Complete Adventure packages are also receiving discounts now that the first episode is free.

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While we enjoyed what Minecraft: Story Mode had to offer, we found the ending to be lackluster.

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Report: Nintendo Switch Reveal Announcement Raised Nintendo's Market Value By $1 Billion

Yesterday evening, Nintendo teased that it would finally reveal the elusive NX console. Today, we found out that its official name is the Nintendo Switch, along with several of its features including a play-and-go functionality and that it uses cartridge-based games. The anticipation for this reveal was huge, and the announcement that a teaser was on its way made Nintendo’s stock rise by more than $1 billion overnight.

According to Bloomberg, who spoke to analyst David Gibson from Macquarie Securities, he believes that the Nintendo Switch will cost around $250, along with a prediction of selling 2.5 million units in its first month and 10.6 million by March 2018. Keep in mind that these are estimates, which will likely fluctuate and change going forward.

You can watch the reveal trailer for the Nintendo Switch by heading here.

[Source: Bloomberg]

Our Take
According to the Bloomberg report, Nintendo’s stock has increased by 50% this year, likely do to successes such as Miitomo and Pokémon Go. I’d be curious to see if these numbers continue to rise now following the reveal of the Nintendo Switch earlier today.

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Orange Box, Joe Danger 2: The Movie, And Galaga Legions Now Backwards Compatible On Xbox One

Three more games just got added to the growing list of backward compatible Xbox 360 titles available on the Xbox One.

Major Nelson announced that Joe Danger 2: The Movie, Galaga Legions, and The Orange Box are available to play on the current-gen Xbox system as of this morning.

Joe Danger 2: The Movie was developed by Hello Games, who went on to create No Man’s Sky. Check out Matt Miller’s review of the Xbox 360 release here.

Galaga Legions is a shoot ’em up based on the arcade classic. The DX remake, which was available in the Xbox Live Arcade, is already playable on the Xbox One. Dan Ryckert reviewed it here.

The Orange Box is a three-pack of Valve games that includes Half-Life 2 (plus episodes 1 and 2), the original Portal, and Team Fortress 2.

For the full list of backward compatible games, check out Major Nelson’s blog.

[Source: Major Nelson on Twitter]

Correction: This story previously described The Orange Box as including Half-Life 2: Episode 2. The game actually includes Half-Life 2 and both subsequent stand-alone episodes.

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Select Content For Red Dead Redemption 2 Comes First To PlayStation 4

Earlier today, we got the first glimpse of what awaits us in Red Dead Redemption 2, which is set to launch next year on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Now, Sony has announced on the PlayStation Blog that it has established a partnership with Rockstar Games so that select online content will arrive first for PlayStation 4 players, along with the critically acclaimed Red Dead Redemption coming to PlayStation Now.

“The game’s vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience,” writes Sony.

You can watch the first trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 by heading here, and read about what we hope will be coming to the new entry here.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]


Our Take
It’s unclear exactly how substantial this online content will be, and since it’s still early on, details are slim. The good news is that this is not exclusive, but instead just coming first to PlayStation 4 owners. Unless Microsoft also has a similar plan in the works, this news could make PlayStation 4 the preferred platform for many potential players. As for the PlayStation Now, this is favorable news for those that use the service, though I never play shooter-based games much on it, given the at times sluggish play that is dependent on my internet connection.

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First Trailer For Logan Film Shows An Old Wolverine, Young X-23

For the last few weeks, we’ve been getting teased with concept art and other stills of the upcoming X-Men film Logan, based on the comic Old Man Logan in which Wolverine’s healing factor is weakening and most other mutants are gone.

Today, the first trailer for the Logan dropped, showing the last remaining mutants as they struggle to survive; we get a glimpse of an older Wolverine, a slightly older Professor Xavier, and a look at Laura Kinney (A.K.A. X-23), Wolverine’s clone (played Dafne Keen).

We also get to what looks to be the film’s primary villain, Donald Pierce (played by Narcos’ Boyd Holbrook), who leads the Reavers, a group of cyborgs dedicated to the eradication of all mutants. You can watch the trialer for the film below.

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Nintendo Switch Uses Cartridge-Based Games

During today’s Nintendo Switch reveal, the preview trailer showed a quick look at players inserting games into the portable component of the system. The glimpse shown demonstrates that Nintendo’s new system relies on small cartridges like the 3DS rather than discs like the Wii U. 

We don’t know much else about the system, but we do know the third-parties confirmed to develop for the Switch, as well as some of the games shown. We also have a decent idea of how Nintendo Switch works

Nintendo Switch releases in March 2017.

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Get Your First Look At Red Dead Redemption 2

Rockstar finally gave us our first glimpse of its return to the wild west today with the debut Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer. 

The trailer focuses predominantly on the idyllic frontier moments, showcasing the beauty of the unspoiled American landscapes (and the powerful Rockstar technology used to recreate it). We do, however get look at a posse of seven armed cowboys riding on horseback to conclude the trailer, with the narrator saying, “when the time comes, you gotta run and don’t look back.” 

Here it is!

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Red Dead Redemption 2 is scheduled for a Fall 2017 release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Nintendo Switch Built Around NVIDIA Tech

This morning, Nintendo officially unveiled its new hardware, the Nintendo Switch. The hybrid handheld and console was previously known by its codename, the NX. The news was accompanied by blog post from NVIDIA, which, while not outlining hardware specs, talks a bit about its partnership with Nintendo in developing the tech behind the new device.

According to NVIDIA, the Switch is based on a custom version of its Tegra processor, which is a CPU designed with performance and low power consumption in mind. The GPU is based on the current crop of its GeForce graphics cards. Additionally, NVIDIA says that it’s all running custom software to account for its mobile and docked states.

We’ll learn more about the hardware, including actual specs, as we approach the Switch’s March 2017 release date.

[Source: NVIDIA]

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How The Nintendo Switch Works

Today Nintendo revealed the Nintendo Switch, via a preview video that showed how the system combines at-home and on-the-go functionality.

The switch consists of a home cradle unit, a screen, and a Joy-Con controller. When you’re playing at home on your TV, it works like a normal system.

When you want to take it out of the house (initiating portable mode), you slide out two components of the controller (which can be unified with a grip accessory) and attach them to either side of the screen. Each part of the controller has a bank of four buttons and an analog stick. It appears that each section has its own shoulder button. There is also an optional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.

The Joy-Con controller sliding out of the grip accessory

Games can be started at home and continued in another location with the screen. It appears by the video that a memory card is needed, and it’s unknown if there is any internal storage.

When you’re playing the Switch remotely with the screen, the two controller sections can remain attached to the screen or removed (with each section being held in either hand). A kickstand props up the screen, which also has a headphone jack.

Multiplayer – both local splitscreen and local involving multiple Switch screens – is allowed with each player using a section of the Joy-Con controller, holding it sideways.

Of course, as much as we know about how the system works, there are still a lot of questions regarding the system, not the least of which is price and release date. The battery life for the Joy-Con controllers and the screen, the online multiplayer network configuration (which hasn’t been a strong point for the company), and the size and functionality of the memory card for portable play are just a few of the questions remaining.

Note: The original story used the word touchscreen to describe the Switch unit. This is unknown at this time. We apologize for the mischaracterization.

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