Another week, another Round-Up.
Man, it has been way too long since my last Round-Up (approximately six months, yikes). I’ve been busy with the kids during summer break and writing essays for my English classes (and I won’t lie, playing World of Warcraft and Fortnite) but I’m going to try and get back on track with my posts. I’ve got a bunch of review codes for games I need to start playing. I’ve got reviews incoming for We Happy Few, City of Brass, Long Story and my impressions on the early access battle royale game Fear The Wolves. This week also sees the release of two of my most anticipated games this year. I really need to get my act together!
Spider-Man releases this Friday
My hype level for this game was well over 9000. Each trailer Insomniac releases seems to be better than the last. Now that we have confirmation that the Scarlet Spider suit is in the game for anyone to use, my hype level has gone into the stratosphere. Insomniac is one of those developers that can deliver on all fronts. Spyro, Ratchet & Clank, Resistance. These guys know how to make fantastic games. My spidey-sense is telling me that this won’t be just some Arkham clone.
Spider-Man releases on PS4 September 7th
Dragon Quest XI comes out tomorrow!
So I’m part of this Dragon Questers group on Facebook. Some lucky folks had been posting pictures of themselves with early copies of the game they had purchased from Wal-Mart or their local mom and pop shops. Hoping I could replicate those bastards good luck I called my local Wal-Mart (no luck) and kept calling a local game shop that has been known to release games early (cough Vampyr cough) but the owner wouldn’t budge (I know you have copies behind your counter!). Despite my fruitless efforts to grab an early copy, I cannot wait to dive into this JRPG. I’ve been itching for those classic turn-based battles. I love playing World of Warcraft with the wife, but I do enjoy playing my single player RPGs. The last one I played was Persona 5, so I think I’m about due for another one.
Dragon Quest XI releases on PS4 & PC September 4th
Diablo 3 is coming to the Nintendo Switch
I know this is old news, but I’m very excited about this. I was one of those people that genuinely loved Diablo 3, from release right up until now. I was unsure of the future of the Diablo franchise, but it looks like Blizzard still has a lot of love to give. Having a portable Diablo is fantastic. With Blizzcon only a couple of months away, everyone is thinking we’re going to get a Diablo 4 announcement. It would make sense since we just got the fantastic Battle For Azeroth expansion for WOW. Hopefully, if we do get a Diablo 4, it will be available on consoles right at launch.
Grandia 1 & 2 will release on the Nintendo Switch
Grandia is an excellent game with an extremely long and epic quest. The franchise also has one of the best combat systems. I played the second one on Dreamcast many moons ago but was never able to finish it. Now we have word that there will be an HD release on Nintendo’s portable marvel. The Nintendo Switch once again proves to be a must own system. Yeah sure, it seems to be releasing a ton of remakes and remasters, but I don’t care. Being able to play these classic games on a portable system is a dream come true. Bring on all the old RPGs!
Destiny 2’s next expansion releases tomorrow
I can’t seem to shake my hate for this franchise. I bought the goddamn collection (Destiny 2 and first season pass) when it was on sale and ran the Curse of Osiris raid with my friends like 3 months ago…. but that was it for me. I haven’t touched it since. After spending $40 on that set it turns out Destiny 2 is one of the free games on PS Plus for September. Now I’m just pissed off. I feel like I’ve been robbed, then I have to drop $80 on this Forsaken expansion. Just when I think I can try to love Destiny, stupid shit like this happens. Maybe I’ll learn my lesson one day and just not buy anymore Destiny.
Destiny 2: Forsaken releases on PS4, Xbox One & PC September 4th
That’s it for The Round-Up. Until next time! – NVJ