Shirtless Mario? In my Nintendo? Press Start to BGN 20/09/2017

Shirtless Mario? In my Nintendo? Press Start to BGN 20/09/2017

Hey! Listen!

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 Game Design & Development is headed by Dr Scott Nicholson through the Brantford Games Network or BGN, hence the name “Press Start to BGN” which sounds like “begin.” This week we had a couple existential discussions, decided a game where you can’t pet animals is not worth playing and found out that modders are getting a little saucy with Nintendo. Thanks for tuning in!

NEWS!

  • Square Enix announced “Left Alive”, a “survival action shooter”

  • Neko Atsume is coming to PlayStation VR, and will enable players to pet the cats
  • Japan Studio VR Music Festival has been announced during Sony’s Tokyo Game Show, and is said to feature characters from various franchises, such as Gravity Rush and Toro
  • Gearbox has confirmed that it’s upcoming update for Battleborn will be its last, as the company hones its focus on Borderlands 3
  • Doom, Wolfenstein II, and L.A. Noire are all coming to the Nintendo Switch
  • Nintendo Switch is hidding an NES Emulator, “flog”, as well as a copy of the NES “Golf”
  • MODs have added a shirtless Mario to Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U
  • PUBG has beaten Dota 2 for the most concurrent players ever on Steam, with 1 349 584 players on at the same time PUBG had sold over 10 million copies since early September
  • The long awaited Act 1 of Hiveswap has been released

What’s Coming Out Soon!

I’m BACK! How have you guys been? I’ve been good! Busy, but having the time of my life!! Alright, time to write what games are out this week- I promise there are a couple worth picking up in here this week!!

  • MvC Infinite (PS4, XB1, PC) (September 19)
    • The newest installment in the Marvel vs. Capcom Universe! Introducing 2v2 fights instead of 3v3, MvCI hopes to reboot and introduce their series into a new generation! Will it though? The game no longer has assists, but replaces it with a tag-based combo system, letting you perform continuous combos without letting your opponent getting a hit in otherwise. Infinity Stones make an appearance has a new gameplay mechanic, as it applies stat-boosts to your character depending on the stone chosen. It also has a story mode in it (Finally)! Don’t get your hopes up though, it has already been slated in the press and many people are talking about the poor art direction taken in the game. Recently updated, it looks better than it originally did. It also introduces new characters, as well as a new story villian by the name of “Ultron Sigma”, wohever that is. If you like MvC, I’m sure you’ll like the game and tell me otherwise. Opinions will be opinions.
  • NBA 2k18 (PC, Switch, PS3, PS4, XB360, XB1) (September 19th)
    • A new NBA 2K game! Pick it up in Canada and have Demar Derozan on the cover of the game! There is also a licensed soundtrack of 49 songs. It also has a new feature called “Neighborhoods”, which is like NBA The Streets except online and open world. Everything else is pretty much the same as 2K17 though.
  • Echo (PC) (September 19th)
    • Do you like a challenge? Would you like it if the challenger is yourself? Echo is a game about a character named En, trying to find a way to ressurect a loved one. She finds herself in a mansion which, as the lights turn on, reveal these black blobs which learn how to look like you, act like you, and are trying to kill you. As the “blackout” wipes their memories, they become stronger, more perfect clones of you and your previous actions as a player, which makes it easier to kill you. Run? They learn they can run. Hide? They can hide too. Shoot your gun? Suddenly they become deadly. Be careful, be fast, be smart, but don’t be too good. To be honest, I personally believe that this would make a brilliant speed-running game, and the way the AI learn how to be you is a brilliant mechanic. I’m looking forward to this!
  • Pokemon Gold/Silver (3DS Virtual Console) (September 22)
    • Relive the games in all their glory! Pokemon Gold and Silver throw you back into the region of Johto and Professor Elm, who reveal your 3 starters- Cyndaquil, Chikorita, and Totodile! Battle Team Rocket, Challenge the gyms, beat the Elite 4, and capture Lugia and Ho-Oh! Most importantly, HAVE FUN!
  • Pokken Tournament DX (Switch) (September 22)
    • The hit crossover is back! (wait, is this considered a crossover?) The Tekken-style Pokemon fighting game releases for the Nintendo Switch with 4 revealed arcade characters and an exclusive new character! Fight your friends and online foes in 1v1 battles with your favourite pokemon, as well as a brand new game mode!

PS+

  • Thats You! (PS4)
  • inFamous: Second Son (PS4)
  • Strike Vector EX (PS4)
  • RIGS Mechanized Combat League (PSVR)
  • Truck Racer (PS3)
  • Handball 2016 (PS3)
  • We Are Doomed (PS Vita, Cross buy with PS4)
  • Hatoful Boyfriend (PS Vita, Cross buy with PS4)

Games With Gold

  • Forza Motorsport 5:Racing GOTY Edition (XB1) (All month)
  • Oxenfree (XB1) (September 16th- October 15th)
  • Battlefield 3 (XB360) (September 16th-30th)

Thats it! Now that I’m writing these again, I should probably sign off with something, right? …Ah thats too much thinking. I’ll see you guys next week!

Topic of the Show:

The topic of the show this week was what game would you suggest to someone who has never played a game before in their life. Not tag, not minesweeper, not a simple game of Go Fish. This was a simple thing to answer for some but perplexed others as to who this person was and were they okay. The important thing is, no Cassie’s were harmed in the making of this radio show.

What We’ve Been Playing:

STEPHAN:

  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
    • From Naughty Dog comes their latest installment within the Uncharted universe, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Play as Chloe Frazer, a fortune hunter on the search for the Tusk of Ganesh in the mountains of India with ex-mercenary Nadine Ross. Solve puzzles, shoot or stealth your way through combat challenges and travel across the vast landscape within this action, adventure game. Available on PlayStation 4.
  • Metroid: Samus Returns
    • At long last, the newest installment of Nintendo’s Metroid series has arrived! In Metroid: Samus Returns, players are lone bounty hunter Samus Aran on a mission to exterminate parasite creatures known as Metroids before they can cause more harm to the galaxy. Includes in this newest installment are melee counterattacks, being able to fire freely at any angle and a set of new abilities. Fight your way through Metroid: Samus Returns, available on the Nintendo 3DS.

JELENA:

  • Destiny 2
    • Return to the vast worlds of Bungie’s mythic science fiction, action roleplaying game in Destiny 2. Play as a Guardian, a guardian being given a power called Light to use to protect the citizens of Earth from various alien races. Play as one of three different alien species whom can be one of three attack classes; Titan, Hunter, or Warlock, as you protect the Last City from an alien race called the Cabal who have stolen the source of your character’s Light. Journey to regain your Light and find a way to defeat their leader Ghaul and his Red Legion army as you take back the Last City. Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

CASSIE:

  • Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
    • From Moon Studios comes the single-player, platform adventure game Ori and the Blind Forest. Play as Ori, a mouse like guardian spirit as you travel across the world you live in on a quest to restore life to your world; solving puzzles and fighting a variety of creatures along the way. Using the game’s “soul link” system, players can choose where they would like to save their game and how they would like to upgrade Ori’s skills. Immerse yourself in this critically acclaimed game, available on PC and Xbox One.
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf
    • From Nintendo comes the adorable life simulation game Animal Crossing: New Leaf! In this game, you are the mayor of a town filled with andromorphic animals. Talk to your town residents, explore your little town, and enjoy various activities such as bug hunting and fishing. Modify your wardrobe and get yourself a lovely house in this charming game available on the Nintendo 3DS.

HUNTER:

  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf
    • From Nintendo comes the adorable life simulation game Animal Crossing: New Leaf! In this game, you are the mayor of a town filled with andromorphic animals. Talk to your town residents, explore your little town, and enjoy various activities such as bug hunting and fishing. Modify your wardrobe and get yourself a lovely house in this charming game available on the Nintendo 3DS.

PARIS:

  • Destiny 2
    • Return to the vast worlds of Bungie’s mythic science fiction, action roleplaying game in Destiny 2. Play as a Guardian, a guardian being given a power called Light to use to protect the citizens of Earth from various alien races. Play as one of three different alien species whom can be one of three attack classes; Titan, Hunter, or Warlock, as you protect the Last City from an alien race called the Cabal who have stolen the source of your character’s Light. Journey to regain your Light and find a way to defeat their leader Ghaul and his Red Legion army as you take back the Last City. Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

WRAP

That’s everything! We’re super excited to be doing this show and we hope you’re enjoying it too 🙂 We’re on every Wednesday at 7 pm on this site and if you have any questions or feedback feel free to tweet Stephan (@StephanReilly) or email reil4130 (at) mylaurier (dot) ca. If you have any feedback on the blog posts email Cassie, duli6880(at) mylaurier (dot) ca. Thanks again and catch you next week!

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