Gamescom 2018–Saints Row: The Third Is Coming To Switch!

Saints Row: The Third is coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2019.

With all the announcements at Gamescom, this is what I’m excited about?

Yes.

I adore the Saints Row series, and while I think Saints Row 2 is the high-water mark, Saints Row: The Third is a very close second. It’s a completely insane open-world sandbox, with a level of customization usually reserved for hardcore RPGs. So of course, I loved it.

I am so glad we are getting the third installment of the series instead of Saints Row 4, which was nowhere near as good as the first three games. Being able to play on the Switch will be awesome, and I hope this will revive interest in the franchise, so we can get a proper Saints Row 5.

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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?

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New Nintendo Direct Mini Showcases Kirby, Dark Souls and More!

This morning Nintendo dropped a new Direct Mini to preview some of the games that coming to both Switch and 3DS in the coming months.

For me there were four highlights–The World Ends With You (2018 release TBA), Kirby Star Allies (coming on March 16), the new Mario Tennis Aces (Spring 2018) and the big one, Dark Souls on Switch!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am ridiculously excited about Dark Souls coming to Switch on May 25th. I can now take one of the greatest games of all time with me when I travel for work.

It was also really cool to see the continued support of already released titles, like Mario Odyssey, Pokken Tournament DX and Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle.

This Direct Mini was the perfect way to assure current and future Switch owners that there are plenty of games coming int he first half of 2018, and the best Switch games of last year are still being supported. Nintendo is absolutely killing it right now.

You can watch the whole Direct Mini (which runs about 15 minutes) right here!

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New Metal Gear Survive Gameplay Video!!

IGN just posted a new video that shows off several minutes of Metal Gear Survive gameplay, and I’m completely sold on it. This is a game that a lot of people seem ready to just dismiss out of hand, but I think it looks pretty amazing. The Metal Gear stealth appears to be there, but the game also seems to be reminiscent of Fortnite and 7 Days to Die for me. Lots of crafting and base building, with periodic horde modes. I’m am so down for this.

Metal Gear Survive comes out on Ferbuary 20th in the US.

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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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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!