This week has been infinitely faster news wise than last week. As we have some game announcements, some big games, a new console release, and AMD’s Ryzen drop into our laps. A topsy-turvy style week with lots to say and well plenty of words to spill the beans on.
Now as I have said in previous two blog posts, this is the next evolution of my blog as such things are still a bit up in the air. But the way things will go down is that I’ll talk about the big games being released this week. Then I’ll highlight some smaller games, maybe they’re coming out or are going through Steam Greenlight before it finally shutters its doors. I’ll then get to the news of the week, hitting up the major stories and throwing a bit of opinion on top of them. Finally, if I have any I’ll add in my non-gaming thoughts about television, movies, or whatever.
The big games -The Legend of Zelda: Beath of the Wild, Horizon: Zero Dawn
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild:
Link must once again take up the task of fighting the evil forces that are spreading across the lands of Hyrule. As with every Zelda game this one has a unique twist to it. You only get a couple of hearts in an open world environment where the weather changes from location to location. You’ll has to get the right equipment to survive in this world, but you’re free to go about the adventure anyway you want. The game was released March 3, 2017 on the Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo Switch.
Horizon: Zero Dawn:
This is an action role playing game where you play as the protagonist Aloy who lives in a world overrun by robots. She has been sheltered her entire life and wants to explore what has been kept from her. She discovers a vast beautiful and terribly dangerous place to explore. The game was developed by Guerrilla Games and is published by Sony exclusively for Playstation 4. It released on Febraury 28, 2017.
Now for a bit of the smaller games -Torment: Tides of Numenera, For the King
Torment: Tides of Numenera:
A story driven role playing game set in the distant future where the world has fallen into a medieval sort of state. Scholars have taken to calling this version the ninth world as society has gone through eight previous great ages that explain the ruins around them. You play as the Last Castoff, a sort of god that can go from one body to another. However, this has drawn the attention of another so called god, who is intent on hunting you and those bodies that you have occupied to death. The game released on February 28, 2017 digital only as the physical copies of the game were pushed to a later release date.
For the King:
The king has been slain by an unknown assailant, and you at the behest of the Queen set out on an epic journey. Your task is a simple one fight for the kingdom and stop the doom from overtaking the lands. This game is an action turn based role playing game that’s heavy on strategy movement. I also would like to make it clear that I did back this game when it was on Kickstarter and thus got a key for the game for backing it. The game released onto Steam Early Access on February 28, 2017.
After a leak of box art from Target we now have a trailer for Middle-Earth: Shadow of War the sequel to the much-loved Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. The game will be coming to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC on August 22, 2017 there will also be a game play trailer on March 8, 2017 for those itching to see the game in action.
I’ll admit I never got around to playing the first game which I really should have. If the combat is good and they continue to evolve it while improving the faults that people have with the first. It will probably be another great hit.
The Ryzen 7 also launched this week, specifically on March 2, 2017 trying to take on Intel’s i series of CPU’s. From the reviews, it appears to be a solid desktop multi-tasker but not as great of a gaming CPU as many had hoped.
While it is sad that it isn’t a great gaming CPU mostly since many games still rely on a single core. It’s still appears to be a good processor that will drive competition with Intel as AMD is nipping closer and closer to their heels.
We also got a new console release at a rather unusual time. Most consoles tend to launch later in the year around October and November to maximize holiday sales. But Nintendo has decided now is the perfect time for the Nintendo Switch. This console is rather unique as it can act as a regular console played on a TV or as a tablet handheld by removing the Switch tablet from the console.
Nintendo is always a bit of a quirky company with their odd concepts that change the way we see gaming. They don’t always do great, but they deliver some amazing games. So as always, I have hopes that Nintendo delivers an interesting console that has lots of support.
Twitch will soon be offering people a way to buy video games through a service while you’re watching a stream of said game. They say that you can click a link below purchase a game and then download it using a program they’re calling Twitch Launcher. You can read about it more here.
I decided to see what was what because I heard that those with Amazon Prime could get the Banner Sage 2 for free through Twitch. It took me a little while to realize the deal was the Free with Prime tab because I always have that toolbar reduced to small size. Claiming the offer was easy, installing the Twitch Launcher was a bit of pain because it’s still in beta and because when it tells you to restart, you must do this otherwise the install won’t happen. After that there isn’t much to the app. It shows you your games and whether they’re installed.
The Non-video game thoughts of the week:
YouTube will soon make things very interesting for people looking to cut the cable cord, as they will be offering a variety of live streaming television channels for a monthly 35-dollar fee. It will offer live streaming ABC, FOX, CBS, and others such as ESPN. It will also add in YouTube Red for what you pay. The service will be called YouTube TV. You can find more about it here.
It’s a cool idea to challenge regular TV and a chance for cord-cutters to get television without having to pirate. To me it seems a bit expensive but I can easily see people jumping on it if it has all the channels that people want.
That will be all for this crazy week of games, consoles, and CPU’s that have rained doom and gloom also perhaps a bit of happiness upon us. Thank you so much for visiting my blog where comments, like, questions, and follows are greatly appreciated as they let me know how I’m doing.
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