Welcome back to Press Start to BGN, Laurier’s gaming show by a bunch of Game Design & Development students here at Laurier’s Brantford campus. The program is very new and so is our show, so for those who don’t know it’s headed by Dr Scott Nicholson through the Brantford Games Network or BGN, hence the name “Press Start to BGN” which sounds like “begin.” So here’s everything we covered in our first episode of 2017, enjoy!
- PlayStation Plus users will have access to four games for free this month: Day of the Tentacle Remastered, This War is Mine: The Little Ones, The Swindle and Titan Souls
- Xbox Live game users also have four free games accessible during the month of January; World of Van Helsing: Deathtrap, Killer Instinct: Season 2, The Cave and Rayman Origins
- Rime, the puzzle game developed by Tequila Works has recently been announced to be available on all platforms, including the Nintendo Switch.
- Both Stardew Valley and Yooka-Laylee have both cancelled their Wii U releases and have confirmed that they will be released on the Nintendo Switch instead
- Over the holidays, Blizzard Entertainment confirmed that Tracer, one of Overwatch’s characters, is a lesbian. This marks a huge achievement for LGTBQ+ representation in video games, especially in AAA game titles, as Tracer is the character used in the majority of marketing for Overwatch
- RollerCoaster Tycoon and RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 have been combined into an app known as RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic and is now available on iOS and Android
- Frontier Developments, the creators of Planet Coaster, are filing a lawsuit against Atari over underpayment of royalties for the development of RollerCoaster Tycoon 3.
- The winners of the first annual Steam Awards have been announced:
- “Villain in Most Need of a Hug”: Portal 2
- “I Thought this Game was Cool Before it Won an Award”: Euro Truck Simulator 2
- “Test of Time” (awarded to the game that most voters kept going back to): Skyrim
- “Just 5 More Minutes” (awarded to the game that keeps voters up late): CS GO
- “Whoooaaaaaa, Dude!” (awarded to the most mind-blowing game): Grand Theft Auto V
- “Game within a Game”: Grand Theft Auto V
- “I’m Not Crying, There’s Something in My Eye” (awarded to the game that unexpectedly made voters cry): The Walking Dead
- “Best Use of a Farm Animal”: Goat Simulator
- “Boom Boom” (awarded to the game with the best explosions): Doom
- “Love/Hate Relationship”: Dark Souls III
- “Sit Back and Relax”: Euro Truck Simulator
- “Better with Friends”: Left 4 Dead 2
- Kojima Productions plans on selling statues of their mascot Ludens for $2 000 USD
- World of Warcraft’s upcoming Brawler’s Guild bosses have been leaked to parody characters of Overwatch, and have been comically referred to as ‘Ogrewatch’.
- Trailers from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild have revealed that the game will be taking on an approach that is very similar to the NES classic The Legend of Zelda
Topic of the Show: Our Massive 2017 Preview!
Mass Effect Andromeda
Bioware has created another instalment of their Mass Effect series set to release March 21st this year. Set aside from the original Mass Effect trilogy, Mass Effect Andromeda is set 600 years after the original trilogy and lets players choose between being one of two twin siblings, Scott and Sara Ryder. The player is tasked with exploring the Andromeda galaxy as a Pathfinder whose mission is to discover new planets for humanity to colonise. This action role-playing, third-person shooter will be available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Red Barrels has created a sequel game to their original survival horror game Outlast which will be released sometime this year. In this instalment of the franchise, you will be playing as a cameraman and investigative journalist Blake Langermann travelling with his reporter wife Lynn on the trail to finding clues to the mysterious murder of pregnant women named Jane Doe. After crash landing their helicopter in the Arizona dessert, Blake must find his wife when travelling through a cult village believing that the end of days is near. Outlast 2 will be available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Sea of Thieves
From developers Rare comes Sea of Thieves, a single player/multiplayer adventure set to release this year. In this game, you play as a pirate setting course on their own voyage. In multiplayer, you can team up with other players to explore the world and fight rival pirate crews. Sea of Thieves will be playable on PC and Xbox One.
As a follow-up to their first game Gone Home, Fullbright releases Tacoma, a single player game set to release this year. This game is set on the Lunar Transfer Station Tacoma residing 200,000 miles above the earth. Tacoma is set to release on the platforms Linux, MacOS, Windows and Xbox One.
From Messhof, comes the sequel to their game Nidhogg comes Nidhogg 2, a single player/multiplayer fighting game. This game is a fast-paced two-player duelling game that has players fencing against one another to reach their opponent’s side of the playing field. Nidhogg 2 is promised to have the same gameplay as the first instalment but include more weapons, music, levels and fun. Nidhogg 2 is set to release sometime this year.
Developed by Andrew Shouldice comes Secret Legend, an action-adventure game where you play a fox with a sword who fights monsters, finds items and explores the world they’re in. Secret Legend is set to come out sometime this year.
From Capybara Games comes Below, an adventure game that has players play as a tiny warrior exploring the depths of the remote island they are on. This game will be a single player game with the possibility of a multiplayer mode that focuses on survival through the world they are in. Below is designed to be a challenge of brutal but fair combat that includes permanent death. Set to come out this year, Below will be playable on PC and Xbox One.
Shovel Knight: Spectre of Torment
From the studio that brought you Shovel Knight comes Yacht club Games prequel to the series Shovel Knight: Spectre of Torment. Instead of playing as shovel-wielding hero, Shovel Knight, players will play as Spectre Knight, one of the many bosses from the previous game. The game is set around the founding of the Order of No Quarter and will involve new enemies, bosses, areas, music and more. As the second of three free updates for the original Shovel Knight game, players will need to own Shovel Knight to receive this new gameplay update set to release this spring, available on PC, Nintendo 3DS, the Wii U, OS X, Linux, PlayStations 3 and 4, PlayStation Vita, and Xbox One.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
From the studio that brought you The Last of Us and the Uncharted series comes Naughty Dog’s Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, a story DLC set to come out this year. The story focus Chloe Fraser and Nadine Ross, two characters from the previous Uncharted games who are teaming up to recover the long-lost Tusk of Ganesh from India’s Western Ghats mountain range. Uncharted: Lost Legacy is a stand-alone game that will be released this year. If you have the Uncharted 4 Digital Deluxe Edition or the Explorer’s Pack, you’ll get Uncharted: Lost Legacy for free.
Red Dead Redemption 2
From Rockstar comes their sequel to their Red Dead Redemption series, Red Dead Redemption 2, coming this Fall. This sequel will continue to take place in the Old West and will contain seven star characters. This game will have both a single player and multiplayer mode of play. Red Dead Redemption 2 will be playable on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series
From Telltale comes their next take on a comic book franchise, this one being Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series. The game will include an original, character driven storyline that allows players to take on the many character roles of this group of misfit heroes. The first episode of this five-episode series will be playable on home consoles, PC and mobile devices this year.
Assassin’s Creed 2017
Not much is known about Ubisoft’s newest Assassin’s Creed except that it is set to take place in Egypt and be launching on the soon to be released Nintendo Switch along with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Stay tuned for updates as this rumour as to either the confirmation or denial of this claim.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands
Developed by Ubisoft Paris, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildland will be the first of the ten games to include an open-world environment and will resemble the original Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon. The game will include a single-player and four-player multiplayer mode in this instalment of the franchise. Available on March 7th on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Omori is a new indie game from Omocat, an anime fashion designer which has just released a new trailer for their game on January 2nd. Omori has players playing as Omori, a young monochromatic boy, who can travel between two worlds, one of pastel colour tones where his friends reside and one of a monochromatic colour scheme known as White Space. The player will meet people, fight enemies, explore their own memories and uncover hidden secrets of the worlds they travel between in this phycological RPGmaker horror game. Depending on when Omori is released, it will be available on PC, Mac and Nintendo 3DS.
From Ubisoft Montreal comes the online action hack and slash video game For Honor. The game is set in a medieval period and allows players to play as a character of one of three factions based on knights, samurais, and Vikings. The game will have a single-player and multiplayer modes with various modes of play. For Honor is set to release this Valentine’s Day, February 14th, on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
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