Video Game News Roundup for the Week of 12/04/2017

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Did you have a hectic week? Didn’t get to see all the new gaming news and announcements because you were busy cooking dinner? I get it. We’re all busy. However, I’ll do my best to bring you some of the biggest news of the week, so you don’t have to stay glued to Twitter and neglectful to your family. This is Video Game Roundup for the week of 12/04/2017.

EA Rolls Out Changes to Battlefront 2 Lootboxes and Reveals New Single-player Content

Our first story of the week is expertly timed in order to ride the hype train until next week’s release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. EA is making some small changes (with bigger ones coming more gradually) with the way the economy and progression works.

  • The end-of-round payout has been increased
  • Earn 3X more Credits daily in Arcade Mode
  • Daily Login Crates will now provide more crafting parts than before

In addition, on December 13th (just two days before the movie, hurray synergy!), some free content based off of The Last Jedi will hit Battlefront 2 bringing with it new heroes, maps, and vehicles. Check out the trailer above for a look at this new content. In addition, it looks like some new single player content will be hitting that same day. You’ll be able to play a number of new chapters that are part of the game’s single-player campaign.

Mega Man Celebrates his 30th Birthday with a Slew of Announcements

An iconic character that seemed to have been all but forgotten, finally gets some recognition from the company that built, and later abandoned him. Here is a summary of the announcements.

16-bit Resident Evil?

It would have looked even WORSE than this if you can believe it.

Game Informer revealed this week that the very first Resident Evil game began life on the Super Nintendo. This revelation was revealed during their interview with Koji Oda.

“This was back before the name Resident Evil had even been assigned to it,” says Oda. “The codename for this was literally just ‘horror game.’ On the SNES, we were working with limited hard drive space, so it’s not like we could dump a movie in there. If we had actually completed it on the SNES, I’m sure it would have been considerably different. For example, it was originally set in a place that had nothing to do with reality – more of a hellish place.”

Nintendo brings HD Wii games to Nvidia Shield in China

Welcome to the Upside Down

Nintendo has been branching out and aiming to widen its audience lately. In a move that seems so crazy that only Nintendo would do it, they are bringing several HD Wii games to hardware that isn’t their own. What the implications of this is for their own Switch console in the future is unknown, but it’s interesting to see Nintendo trying break into the Chinese market and strengthening their bond with Nvidia.

New Portal Game Announced – Bridge Constructor Portal

The first Portal game to be announced in what…six years? And it’s a Bridge Constructor crossover? Errr…okay. I’ve never played any of the Portal games, but I seriously doubt that this is what fans were wanting. But hey at least the IP isn’t dead right?….right? We’ll find out when it launches first on PC and Mobile on December 20th with the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch versions launching later in 2018.

Weather and 50 Pokémon from the Hoenn Region are coming to Pokémon GO

Yes I still play Pokémon GO. Yes people still play that. Millions in fact. Okay, now that we got that out of the way, Niantic announced that it will be updating the game with 50 Pokémon from Generation 3 starting this week, with more rolling out in the following weeks. In addition, real time weather will start to play a role in the game, making significant impacts on how the game is played. I’m actually really excited about the weather aspect as it sounds like a really cool way to increase the immersion. I can’t wait to catch them all again and then painstakingly wait for Niantic to find some more ways to keep the player base engaged.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Versus Mode Coming December 8th

Regretfully, I haven’t had a chance to experience this game yet, but I’d really like to at some point. It’s great to see that they are still supporting the title and versus mode sounds like a great addition. Check out some gameplay footage of it here.

Ubisoft Hits Far Cry 5 and The Crew 2 with Delays

Some more news from the land of Ubisoft, this time not as positive as it looks like delays have hit both Far Cry 5 and The Crew 2. To be honest, I thought Far Cry 5 was already released. Still a bummer for the fans of the series.

New Tomb Raider Game Officially Announced

In a small, but impactful tweet, the third game in the rebooted Tomb Raider series was announced (as if there was any doubt it was coming). I couldn’t be more thrilled. I adore the rebooted series and can’t wait to play as many games as they want to give me.

Devil May Cry HD Collection coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One on March 13, 2018

DMC HD

This news comes at an interesting time as rumors of a DMC 5 have been ramping up. Seems like Capcom wants to give the fans some more opportunities to give them money before the big reveal. I really liked DMC1 and enjoyed DMC4 but missed the two games in between so I’m interested in this collection.

World Reveals and Industry Recognition at The Game Awards

If you didn’t see last night’s The Game Awards, you missed out on some awkward people trying to look smooth on camera, as well as a boatload of awards and brand new reveals.

Here is your “TLDR” on reveals:

And your winners are:

  • Game of the Year – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Best Game Direction – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Best Narrative – What Remains of Edith Finch
  • Best Art Direction – Cuphead
  • Best Score / Music – NieR: Automata
  • Best Audio Design – Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Best Performance – Melina Juergens, Hellblade (as Senua)
  • Games for Impact – Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Best Ongoing Game – Overwatch
  • Best Independent Game – Cuphead
  • Best Mobile Game – Monument Valley 2
  • Best Handheld Game – Metroid: Samus Returns
  • Best VR/AR Game – Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  • Best Action Game – Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • Best Action/Adventure Game – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Best Role-Playing Game – Persona 5
  • Best Fighting Game – Injustice 2
  • Best Family Game – Super Mario Odyssey
  • Best Strategy Game – Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
  • Best Sports/Racing Game – Forza Motorsport 7
  • Most Anticipated Game – The Last of Us Part II
  • Trending Gamer – Guy Beahm (“Dr. Disrespect”)
  • Best eSports Game – Overwatch
  • Best eSports Player – Lee Sang-hyeok “Faker” (SK Telecom 1, League of Legends)
  • Best eSports Team – Cloud 9
  • Student Game Award – Level Squared
  • Best Debut Indie Game – Cuphead
  • Chinese Fan Game Award – jx3 HD《剑网3》重制版

And that’s it for this (jam-packed) week! I tried to find a good balance of “big” news and some smaller stuff that seemed relevant. I’ll continue to tweak the formula moving forward. In the mean time, I’ll keep my eyes on the news and try to get you another comprehensive round up next week.

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