One Word. Blizzcon. Press Start to BGN Show Recap 08/10/2017

One Word. Blizzcon. Press Start to BGN Show Recap 08/10/2017

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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 on the show we reviewed what was announced during Blizzcon and the fact you can now   Thanks for tuning in!

NEWS!

  • LA Noire is the next switch game that won’t fit in the switch’s internal memory
  • Super Mario Odyssey is the fastest-selling Mario game ever in the USA and Europe
  • Overwatch has a new hero, Moira, and a new map, a park inspired hybrid assault/payload map called Blizzard World
  • Blizzard also released a new animated short for Overwatch staring Reinhardt titled Honor and Glory
  • World of Warcraft has a new expansion called Battle for Azeroth
  • Heroes of Storm welcomed two new characters to its roster Alexstrasza from World of Warcraft and Hanzo from Overwatch
  • Hearthstone has a new expansion called Kobolds & Catacombs a “love letter” to old school fantasy dungeon crawlers.
  • Starcraft 2 is going free to play on November 14.
  • Quantum Break’s Xbox One X Patch will be taking up 178GB
  • Legend of Zelda: Breath of the wild champion Amiibo functionality detailed by nintendo (more about this here)
  • Playstation VR Skyrim bundle announced
  • Gamestop has announced that they are going to launch an unlimted used game rental service titled Power Pass.
  • Playstation Trophies can now be used to pay for games
  • Cuphead’s creators play their own game in a video from IGN

What’s Coming Out Soon!

Hey everybody! Check out what came out this week!

  • Game Title
    • Description

PS+

  • game

Games With Gold

  • game

What We’ve Been Playing:

EDEN

  • Horizon Zero Dawn
    • From Guerrilla Games comes their 2017 action roleplaying game Horizon Zero Dawn. In this game,
      players play as Aloy, an archer hunter who lives in a world overrun by robots. The game comes with an
      open world to explore, tribes to visit and side quests to complete alongside its main storyline. Discover
      the dangers and secrets lurking in this games world, now available on PlayStation.

CASSIE

  • 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.
  • Peak – Brain Training

    • From Apple comes the brain training app Peak. In Peak, players can play over 40 games, each designed to aid in producing better cognitive skills for players. The game also tracks your success rates for completing games to help players see their progression. Available on iOS.

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.

JELENA

  • Assassin’s Creed: Origins

    • From Ubisoft Montreal comes the latest installment to their action-adventure stealth game series Assassin’s Creed: Origins. Players are Bayek, a Medjay officer in Egypt during the Ptolemaic period, where various political crises are at hand. Discover how Bayek became the one of the first assassins and how the Brotherhood of Assassins came into being, available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
    • From Guerrilla Games comes their 2017 action role-playing game Horizon Zero Dawn. In this game, players play as Aloy, an archer hunter who lives in a world overrun by robots. The game comes with an open world to explore, tribes to visit and side quests to complete alongside its main storyline. Discover the dangers and secrets lurking in this games world, now available on PlayStation.
  • King’s Quest

    • From Sierra On-Line and The Odd Gentlemen comes the re-imagined of the original game, the new 2015 episodic adventure game King’s Quest. Unlike the original King’s Quest, the game is not point and click but rather lets players fully control the movements of their player character, being able to interact with different objects through the five senses. The story follows the story of King Graham when he was a young knight and is narrated as a story being told to his older self’s granddaughter. Choose how the story will end in this new installment in the King’s Quest franchise, available on PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PlayStations 3 and 4.
  • Overwatch
    • From Blizzard Entertainment comes their 2016 first person shooter, multiplayer game Overwatch. Overwatch contains multiple characters to choose from to battle as with their strengths being linked to four main play categories: offense, defense, tank, and support. Choose your character and fight either one on one or on a team of six against other teams throughout the game’s various game modes and maps. With updates and events coming out throughout the year, Overwatch is available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

STEPHAN

  • Cuphead

    • From StudioMDHR comes the 1930s cartoon inspired run and gun game Cuphead. To repay a deal he made with the devil, Cuphead and his brother Mugman must fight a series of bosses to collect their souls for the devil. Play in both single and cooperative mode in this hand drawn, Max Fleisher animation inspired game, available on PC and Xbox One. 
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War

    • From Monolith Productions comes the sequel to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, the new Middle-earth: Shadow of War. In this action roleplaying game, the story takes place right after the first installment, having players be Tailon, a human ranger, on his path of forging a new ring of power to take down Sauron for good. Amass your armies and get ready for war, available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
  • Super Mario Odyssey

    • From Nintendo comes the newest installment to the Mario franchise, Super Mario Odyssey. Play as Mario with his new companion Cappy, a spirit that has possessed Mario’s hat, as the two of them travel across various worlds to stop Bowser from marrying an unwilling Princess Peach. Unlike previous Mario installments, the game is more exploritive with an open-ended gameplay structure such as that of Super Mario Sunshine and allows Mario to capture and control various enemies, NPCs, and objects with the help of Cappy. Explore and progress through the story your way in this new Mario title, available on the Nintendo Switch.

HUNTER

  • The Resistance

    • From Don Eskridge comes The Resistance, the strategic team deduction game. From five to ten players, players are either the resistance forces trying to complete three of five missions to create a successful revolution or government spies trying to fail three of five resistance missions to maintain power. Through team discussion, a designated player chooses a team to go on a mission which the entire group decides on if the mission goes through. If the votes are mainly for the mission group, the mission group members cast cards to determine mission success or failure with one government spy card leading to mission failure. Figure out who the spies are or overthrow the resistance in this deduction card game.

MUSIC

This week is going to be filled with music from the new NFS Payback soundtrack. I’ve been playing it for a couple of nights now, and I’m totally in love with this soundtrack. Here are my top picks (the songs I used):

Intro: watt- Burning Man (ft. Post Malone)

Intermission: Duckwrth- MICHUUL. #RIPMichaelJackson

Outro: Tom Walker – Play Dead (Avelino x Raf Riley Remix)

I’m your man when it comes to editing the show on a weekly basis, so let me know what kind of music you’d like to hear! I only use music from video game soundtracks, so keep that in mind. If you’re cool with that, or have any questions/comments/concerns on how I edit the show, don’t be scared to email me at ladx3790(at)mylaurier(dot)ca!

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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