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Games We’re Excited About: December 2017

It’s hard to believe we’re almost at the end of 2017. This year has been one of the best years for game releases ever (something we’ll be talking about on the podcast soon). While most gamers have enough games to last them at least another year, we still have some releases to get to before we close out the year. Without further ado, here are the games we’re excited about for Decemeber 2017:

 

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Nintendo Switch)–Dec 1
I didn’t play the last Xenoblade Chronicles game, but after seeing Zelda and Skyrim on the Switch, I am totally stoked for Xenoblade Chronicles 2. A huge world to explore, an epic storyline, and dozens of hours of gameplay? Sign me up.

 

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Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris (PS 4, PC, Xbox One)–December 5
The first major expansion for Destiny 2 arrives this month, and I’m hoping it will provide some variety to a game that I was not terribly impressed with at launch. It looks promising, as the storyline focuses on a renowned Warlock named Osiris and takes place primarily on Mercury. There’s a new social hub, a new patrol space, a new Crucible map and more.

 

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (Xbox One)–December 12
The battle royale-style game that has been tearing up the PC charts is coming to the Microsoft’s Xbox Game Preview program this month. It will be interesting to see how it stacks up against Fortnite: Battle Royale, which has been doing extremely well on Xbox One. In the game, players parachute into a giant island map and battle to see who’s the last one standing.

 

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Resident Evil VII: End of Zoe/Not a Hero (PS 4, PC, Xbox One)–December 12
I absolutely loved Resident Evil VII (you can watch my playthrough on YouTube), and I’m particularly interested in these two episodes. End of Zoe is where we will learn about Zoe’s ultimate fate, and Not a Hero will feature series favorite Chris Redfield. The latter is free, while the former is $15. I’ll be grabbing both.

What games are you excited about for December? Let us know in the comments!

WELCOME TO CITY 17! – Brian Plays Half-Life 2 – EP 1

Gordon Freeman arrives in City 17, and plans to reunite with old friends immediately go awry.

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About Half-Life 2

Half-Life 2 is a first-person shooter video game developed and published by Valve Corporation. It is the sequel to 1998’s Half-Life, and was released in. Taking place some years after the events of Half-Life, protagonist Gordon Freeman is awakened by the enigmatic G-Man to find the world has been taken over by the alien Combine. Joined by allies including resistance fighter Alyx Vance, Gordon searches for a way to free humanity using a variety of weapons, including the object-manipulating Gravity Gun.

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BlizzCon 2017 Was Amazing!

I had pretty high expectations for my fist BlizzCon, and they were exceeded in pretty much every way. From amazing esports events to interesting panels to big news reveals, BlizzCon packed a hell of a lot of content into two days.

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As an Overwatch fan, there were several highlights for me. Being there for the reveal of new character Moira and the new Blizzard World map was a wonderful thing to experience with fellow fans (we got to go hands on with the new character and map later on). We even attended a panel where the devs walked through the design of Moira and how it had evolved over the course of the creative process. But the highlight for me was getting to watch a good portion of the Overwatch World Cup. The match between USA and South Korea was just insane, and the atmosphere reminded me of a WWE event.

On the panel side, there was a great Geek and Sundry panel about building community that really focused on the authenticity and genuine love that G&S was built with.

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We got to play an exclusive Diablo III boss run, check out the new Kobolds & Catacombs Hearthstone dungeon run, watch some of the Heroes of the Storm championship and so much more.

And to top it all off, Muse closed the show with a full set, and they were fantastic.

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I could not have had a better time at BlizzCon 2017, and I am definitely planning a return trip next year.

BEGINNER’S BAD LUCK! – Co-Op Plays Fortnite Battle Royale – EP 1

Brian and Parker jump into Fornite’s new Battle Royale mode and get owned quickly.

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About Fortnite:

Fortnite is a co-op sandbox survival video game developed by People Can Fly and Epic Games, the latter also publishing the game. The game was released as a paid early access title for Microsoft Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on July 25, 2017, with a full free-to-play release expected in 2018. It features cross-platform play between the PlayStation 4 and PC versions. A standalone mode, Fortnite Battle Royale, based on the battle royale genre, was released for Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in September 2017.

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Rest In Peace, Robert Guillaume

symipage54Sad news this week, as we learned that Robert Guillaume passed away at the age of 89. I grew up watching Robert in his Emmy-award winning role of Benson DuBois on Soap and the Guillaume-led spin-off show Benson. I was three years old when Soap started, and twelve by the time Benson ended, so Robert was a regular on our family’s TV for most of my childhood.

Of course, Robert is known today by many gamers as the voice of Doctor Eli Vance in Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode 1 and 2. Hearing his voice for the first time in that game will always be one of my favorite Half-Life 2 memories, as it was like running into an old friend again. In fact, as soon as I heard of his passing, I decided I’d be playing through Half-Life 2 again so I could revisit his amazing performance.

Rest in peace Robert, and thank you.

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CHAINSAW CHARLIE! – Brian Plays The Evil Within – EP 3

Sebastian runs into another living human–Dr. Jimenez–and the two of them continue to search for Leslie.

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About The Evil Within:

The Evil Within a is a third-person survival horror video game developed by Tango Gameworks and published by Bethesda Softworks. The game was directed by Resident Evil series creator, Shinji Mikami, and was released worldwide in October 2014. The game centers on protagonist Sebastian Castellanos as he is pulled through a distorted world full of nightmarish locations and horrid creatures. Players battle disfigured nightmare-like enemies, including bosses, using guns and melee weapons, and progress through the levels, avoiding traps, using stealth, and finding collectibles.

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Games We’re Excited About: October 2017

October is just about here and were are all-in on the major games release season. This month is packed with releases, from highly-anticipated sequels to new entries featuring beloved characters. Here are the games we’re excited about for October:

 

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Battle Chasers: Nightwar (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – October 3
Joe Madureira’s fan-favorite comic series is now an action JRPG by developer Airship Syndicate. The combat is turn-based and the dungeons of the aracnepunk world are randomly generated, which should make for a lot of replayability.

 

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – October 10

The Nemesis system returns in the sequel to the very  well-received Shadow of Mordor. For this new tale of Middle Earth see the return of Talion and Celebrimbor, as they head into Mordor to turn Sauron’s own minions against him.

 

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The Evil Within 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – October 13
Detective Sebastian Castellanos barely survived the nightmare of The Evil Within, and in this second installment, he has to work with the group that destroyed his life in order to save his daughter. If you missed the original game when it came out (as I did), you can watch my let’s play series on our YouTube channel.

 

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Road Rage (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – October 24
A mere 26 years after the motorcycle brawler Road Rash cosumed many hours of my SEGA Geneis playtime, its spiritual successor arrives on console and PC. Road Rage is an open-world race and vehicle combat game where you can customize your character and bike and then take to the streets of a huge city that has been ravaged by crime.

 

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Wolfenstein: The New Colossus (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – October 27
Maybe the most exciting reveal of E3 this past spring, The New Colossus looks like it’s definitely a game of the year contender. I haven’t even played the first Woflenstein yet, and I am dying to get my hands on this one.

 

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Super Mario Odyssey (Switch) – October 27
Every single thing I’ve seen from this game looks amazing. The Switch has been building a fantastic library of games since it launched, and now we get a Mario game to sit alongside Zelda. I cannot even put into words how happy this makes me. Nintendo is back, and this looks like it could be one of the best Mario games of all time.

Man! What a month! These are just a handful of October’s releases, so let us know in the comments what you’re excited about, or hit us up on Tiwtter at twitter.com/coopcritics!

ESCAPE! – Brian Plays The Evil Within – EP 1

Brian steps into the role of Krimson City police detective Sebastian Castellanos and begins to investigate the massacre that occurred at Beacon Mental Hospital.

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About The Evil Within:

The Evil Within a is a third-person survival horror video game developed by Tango Gameworks and published by Bethesda Softworks. The game was directed by Resident Evil series creator, Shinji Mikami, and was released worldwide in October 2014. The game centers on protagonist Sebastian Castellanos as he is pulled through a distorted world full of nightmarish locations and horrid creatures. Players battle disfigured nightmare-like enemies, including bosses, using guns and melee weapons, and progress through the levels, avoiding traps, using stealth, and finding collectibles.

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GOLF STORY IS OUT ON SWITCH TODAY!!!

This could be the last game I ever buy.

Okay, so that’s probably not true, but I am beyond excited that Golf Story is out on the Nintendo Switch today!!! The geniuses at Sidebar Games have combined two of my favorite genres–RPGs and golf games–into one peanut butter cup of amazingness. Look at this:

I am going to put sooooooooooooo many hours into this game. See you next year!