Ah, here we are once again talking about what has happened to video games for this week April 9 to 15, 2017. This is my weekly round of games released plus the news which caught my attention and I decided to write about while adding in a dash of my opinion on it.
Now as they say, let’s get on with it by talking about this week in releases (both big and indie): Yooka-Laylee, Bayonetta
Yooka Laylee –
An action platformer from some of the former Rare developers who worked on the Banjo-Kazooie franchise. It brings back the nostalgia of collecting many objects scattered around a variety of levels. You play as Yooka and Laylee a lizard and bat who must work together to get around. The game came out on April 11, 2017 on PC, PS4, Linux, Xbox One, and Mac. There is a Nintendo Switch version planned for later this year.
The wonderful and absurd world of Bayonetta once again comes to life but this time for PC, as you brawl and mash buttons to destroy the crazy enemies around you. This is a third person brawler where you play as the magical witch Bayonetta who wakes up unsure of who she is or where she is. Her problems are compounded when she remembers she is an Umbra Witch and one of a faction fighting to have both Eyes of the World. The game came out on PC on April 11, 2017. It saw releases previously on the Xbox 360 and PS3. It was also released as part of a special pack for those that bought Bayonetta 2 for the Nintendo Wii U.
This week in Gaming News –
Ryzen 5 has arrived in stores and the reviews are pretty upbeat about the AMD CPU. It appears to deliver good gaming performance plus the ability to multi-task with its multiple thread CPU. It won’t take out Intel’s i5 CPU’s anytime soon, but does add a bit more competition to the market. You can check out all the reviews over on TweakTown.com.
This might be right up your alley if you’re looking to get into PC gaming on a budget and want a potentially future proof chip. That future proofing however requires that more and more games have to start using multiple cores and threading to make their games run. This is something that might happen as many consoles are moving towards multi-core run games and to make things easier for themselves developers will homogenize their game by keeping CPU usage as similar as possible.
Microsoft has decided to allow users of the Windows store and Xbox Live store to be able to refund digital purchases. In order to get this refund you will have to have owned whatever product you bought for less then two weeks and have used it for less then two hours. You can read all about it here.
A smart move by Microsoft to allow users to be able to refund purchases. It may also put pressure on Sony and Nintendo to institute a similar process and make gaming much more consumer friendly.
Nintendo held one of its Nintendo Direct videos showing off a bit of what’s to come for their 3DS handheld and the Nintendo Switch console. While the event covered a lot of small announcements, it really concentrated on two upcoming Switch titles. The first is ARMS, where we got to see a new character in Min Min and a release date of June 16, 2017. The other game is Splatoon 2, which looks as goofy as ever with a new horde style mode called “Salmon Run” and a release date of July 21, 2017.
ARMS and Splatoon 2 both look like pretty good titles and show Nintendo’s interest in not having a huge block of time where no games come out for the Switch. A problem which plagued the Wii U quite a bit. Either way two action multiplayer games are pretty much what the Switch needs right now.
It is also Star Wars weekend with lots of activity buzzing about the upcoming movie and the upcoming last season of the television show Star Wars: Rebels. EA Games has jumps into the madness by showing off a trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront 2. The single player component of the game will concentrate on special forces of the Stormtroopers who have just seen the Deathstar explode and want revenge. And yes according to EA the story will be be a part of the canon. The game will be coming out on November 17, 2017 for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
The game will be the usual chaotic shooter that has action going on all over the place. The story does seem pretty interesting with its different perspective. It will be interesting to see if the game lives up to its hype and if it can deliver a stronger game after fans were disappointed with EA’s first Battlefront game.
In non-gaming news well nothing caught my eye or interest so I’m just going to wrap this news infested edition up. Thank you so much for stopping by. Any comments, likes, or follows are appreciated. Also if you have any suggestions for improvements or changes, I would love to hear them.
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