LET THE DYING BEGIN! – Brian Plays Death’s Gambit – EP 1

Brian begins a playthrough of the brand new offering from Adult Swim Games. He dies a lot, and marvels at the similarities to some of the systems in the Souls series.

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About Death’s Gambit:

Death’s Gambit is a challenging Action-RPG through which you explore an alien medieval planet filled with beasts, knights, and horrors. As an agent of Death, bound to his service, banish your fears and endure the struggle that lies at the heart of Leydia.

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Our Three Favorite E3 Games That Are Coming in 2018

E3 2018 is in the books, and it seemed to be a little underwhelming this year. There really weren’t many surprises, and a lot of what was announced for the first time isn’t coming until 2019 or beyond. But there were some pretty cool announcements and updates on things that are coming out this year, and we’ve picked some of our favorites:

 

Spider-Man (PS4)–September 7

My favorite comic character of all time is getting a game that looks to be worthy of his legacy. We saw a lot of gameplay from E3, and the game is looking gorgeous. Mechanically, it looks like the Batman Arkham games, but with an amazing swing mechanic thrown in. Which is totally fine with me. It looks like Spidey is facing not only the Sinister Six, but Mister Negative as well. Sign me up.

 

Fallout 76 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)–November 14

Set well before the recent Fallout games, this new installment looks to be more like an online multiplayer game than a traditional RPG. Between the multiplayer and the crafting elements, this looks like a mix between Elder Scrolls Online and something like 7 Days to Die. As a fan of both of those games, I’m looking forward to this one.

 

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo Switch)–December 7

I have never really been into this series, but somehow Nintendo still found a way to get me totally pumped for this game. A lot of games toss around the “Ultimate” tag, but bringing together every single character from all of the previous entries seems pretty ultimate to me.

So that’s our top three E3 games for the remainder of 2018. Let us know what your faves were, and stay tuned for a look at what we’re excited about for 2019!

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E3 2018 Horror Games Wishlist

E3 is almost upon us, if you couldn’t tell from the myriad leaks that have already happened over the past few weeks. But even though a lot of what we’ll see has been spoiled, there are still surprises lurking–or at least I hope there are. As a huge horror fan, there are three games in particular I am hoping are announced, or that we see more about at this year’s E3:

 

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Until Dawn 2

It’s a travesty that we haven’t seen a sequel to one of the best horror games of this generation yet. Until Dawn was a superbly crafted slasher story, with great acting, and the wonderful “butterfly effect” system that saw every choise you make impact the outcome of your story. Supermassive Games has made a couple of well-received VR experiences since then, both of which are tied to the Until Dawn series, but now it’s time for a full-on sequel. Make it happen, Sony.

 

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Dying Light 2

Dying Light is hands down the best horror game of this generation for me. Techland has supported the hell out of it, and the game is still a blast to jump into and play three years after its release. We know they are working on a battle royale mode (which is a perfect fit for this world), and I’m actually hoping they push that feature into the sequel and just move forward with the next game. I’m betting we’ll see an announcement at E3, and I will be super disappointed if we don’t.

 

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Call of Cthulhu 

This game has already been announced and is in full development, but I want a lot more info at this year’s E3. CoC is using the rules engine of the fantastic pen-and-paper RPG, and with Chaosium’s involvement, we know this game will be true to the source material. The game follows private investigator Edward Pierce as he investigates the death of an entire family on Darkwater Island near Boston, Massachusetts, and discovers the impending revival of the Great Old One Cthulhu. We should at least get a release date at E3, and hopefully some good gameplay demos and developer interviews.

 

What horror games are you hoping to see at this year’s E3?

New Series: Dark Souls Remastered–Saving Solaire (EP 1)

We are Osuria, a cleric and scholar who has studied the Age of Ancients, the Age of Fire and the Undead Curse that plagues our world for years. Through our studies we know this curse and this cycle has affected many worlds, and they key to stopping the curse is ensuring the fire is kindled in the world where all of this began. One name has shown up repeatedly in our research–Solaire.

In order to save Solaire–and our world as well–we must sacrifice everything. Forsaking our faith and our humanity, we will travel to Lordran and become an vessel for chaos so that Solaire may bring order to the world.

But first, we must slay the demon who patrols the Undead Asylum.

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About Dark Souls:

Dark Souls is an action role-playing game developed by FromSoftware and published by Namco Bandai Games. Dark Souls is a third-person action role-playing game. The core mechanic of the game is exploration. Players are encouraged by the game to proceed with caution, learn from past mistakes, or find alternate areas to explore. The player character is a cursed undead, locked away in an undead asylum. After escaping the asylum, the player travels to Lordran to ring the Bells of Awakening, where they meet undead from other worlds, such as Solaire of Astora. The bells awaken Kingseeker Frampt, who tells the player to brave Sen’s Fortress and ascend to Anor Londo. In Anor Londo, Gwynevere instructs the player to succeed Lord Gwyn and fulfill the prophecy. To accomplish this, the Lord Souls must be acquired from all the Lords and returned to the flame.

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Games We’re Excited About: June 2018

With all the focus in June being on E3, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a pretty sparse month as far as game release. Not So. This month we’re getting expansions, new IP, returning franchises and megahit ports. Here are the games were excited about this month:

 

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The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset (PS4, Xbox One, PC)–June 5
I first bought ESO when it launched on XBox One, and I probably pout four or five hours into my first character. But as a solo experience, it just didn’t match games like Oblivion or Skyrim for me. I finally got Nick and Jeff to get on board with Summerset though, so you can expect some co-op adventuring from us int he near future.

 

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Vampyr (PS4, Xbox One, PC)–June 5
I know next to nothing about this game, except from what I’ve seen int he trailers. It has a very “The Order: 1886) feel to me so far, and that’s enough to make me interested in checking it out. I’m hoping the blood-craving system has some sort of sanity-like effect that is deep enough to make being a vampire interesting.

 

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Flashback: 25th Anniversary Edition (Switch)–June 7
Flashback is still one of my favorite SEGA Genesis games of all time. It was mind-blowing when it came out, and I was such a fan that I actually tried several times to play its terrible sequel, Fade to Black. I didn’t pick up this remaster when it originally came out a few years ago, but i will gladly play through this again on the Switch.

 

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Mario Tennis Aces (Switch)–June 22
I like my tennis arcade-y, and I like my characters Nintendo-y. Enuff said.

 

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Switch)–June 29
I still haven’t played the first Wolfenstein, despite having it on the hard drive of my PS4. But being able to take the sequel with me when i travel for work will definitely get me to play this one.

Those are the games piquing our interest this month. What’s on your list?

THE END! – BRIAN PLAYS DYING LIGHT: THE FOLLOWING

It’s a race against time as Kyle must find the Mother and then make a decision that will affect thousands–if not millions–of lives.

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About Dying Light: The Following
Dying Light: The Following is a standalone expansion for the open-world first person survival horror game Dying Light. The game was developed by Techland, published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on February 9, 2016. The expansion introduces new characters, a new story campaign, new weapons and gameplay mechanics. Dying Light: The Following – Enhanced Edition includes this expansion, the original Dying Light game and all of the downloadable content released for the original game.

S9 PLACEMENT WITH MOIRA! – Brian Plays Overwatch

Brian completes a few placement matches with Moira for Season 9 of competitive play.

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About Overwatch:
Overwatch is a team-based multiplayer online first-person shooter video game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. It was released in May 2016 for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Overwatch assigns players into two teams of six, with each player selecting from a roster of over 20 characters, known in-game as “heroes”, each with a unique style of play, whose roles are divided into four general categories: Offense, Defense, Tank, and Support. Players on a team work together to secure and defend control points on a map or escort a payload across the map in a limited amount of time. Players gain cosmetic rewards that do not affect gameplay, such as character skins and victory poses, as they play the game.

RETURN TO YHARNAM! – Brian Plays Bloodborne

Brian picks up where he left off two years ago, in the Forbidden Woods. The first order of business is unlocking a shortcut so he can bypass the area that he’s been stuck in forever.

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About Bloodborne:

Bloodborne is a 2015 action role-playing game directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki, developed by From Software, and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 4. The game was announced at Sony’s Electronic Entertainment Expo 2014 media briefing on June 9, 2014, where a trailer was shown, and was released worldwide in March 2015, to critical acclaim.

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Co-Op Crosses Over With Unfiltered Gamer!

I was in California last week, and our friends Michael and Calli over at Unfiltered Gamer invited Nick and I to be guests on their Wednesday night Facebook Live stream! We had an absolute blast playing Escape Room: The Game, where we were given one hour to thwart a madman’s explosive scheme. You can watch our entire playthrough below.

A HUGE thanks to Unfiltered Gamer for having us on! You can watch their livestream every Wednesday night at 7:30pm PST over on the Unfiltered Gamer Facebook page. You can also keep up with their news and reviews on UnfilteredGamer.com and on Twitter @unfilteredrng.

You can get a copy of Escape Room: The Game right here.

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New Inside Xbox Show Takes a Page From Nintendo’s Book

Xbox has a new monthly showcase that aims to give fans a combination of news, sneak peeks, developer interviews, community engagement and more. The new show is co-hosted by Major Nelson, Graeme Boyd, Jeff Rubenstein, Alex Hebert and Lydia Ellery, and it premiered on March 10th with a two-hour first episode. You can watch the show in its entirety in the player below.

I feel like Xbox is taking a page out of Nintendo’s book here, and I like it. When Nintendo wanted to change the narrative the games media had created for them in 2011, they started taking control of their own story with Nintendo Direct. That series has proven extremely successful for Nintendo, and I see no reason why it won’t for Xbox as well. The narrative on Xbox is that it’s hopelessly behind the PS4 now, and lacks the exclusives of both the PS4 and the Switch. The recent announcement that Xbox Game pass would include exclusive games was well-received, and Xbox clearly wants to build on that momentum.

What do you think of the new Inside Xbox show? Will you be tuning in monthly?