Sony is Having a Huge Sale…

In honor of the Oscars coming up, Sony is having a massive sale on the biggest games of 2016. Their critics choice sale will be going on until February 28th and some of the games on there are must buys. These are the most notable deals (for us) in this weeks sale.

  • Darkest Dungeon (Original Price $24.99) $12.49/$9.99 w/PS Plus
  • Dragon Age Inquisition GOTY Edition (Original Price $39.99) $19.99/$15.99 w/PS Plus
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience (Original Price $49.99) $29.99/24.99 w/PS Plus
  • Overwatch (Original Price $59.99) $53.99/$49.79 w/PS Plus
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition (Original Price $49.99) $29.99/$24.99 w/PS Plus

Many of you may think, “why add Overwatch when it’s barely on sale,” well I will answer your question by simply asking, have you played it? It is  one of the most polished games on the market and its incredibly fun.

Also if you have not tried Darkest Dungeon now is a great time to get your hands on one of the best indie games in the past couple years. It is a fun roguelike strategy game that has garnered a lot of praise with an 84 on Metacritic.

You can find the full list of these great games, and many more on Playstation Blog and let us know some of your favorites that are on sale by tweeting us @TheNerdChambers.

Overwatch Competitive Season 3 Ends Today

It is a sad day for many, as the Overwatch competitive season ends at 4pm PST today. For those that would grind for hours to get that SR all the way up to Master ranks or even dreamed of making that top 500 finish, their grind starts over again. I myself started very late this competitive season, and by late I mean started just over a week ago (lul). At least I can say I made it all the way up to Platinum this season and now that I have gotten back into the swing of things, I have big dreams for season 4.

For those that were mired in mediocrity because of lack of teamwork, it is your chance to start anew. Especially with some updates set to be coming out soon (including that recon mode update for Bastion that many are dreading) it gives people a chance to jump on a shift in meta. What is unfortunate is that for the next week, there will be no competitive games to be played and we will all be forced to troll in quick play until Season 4 starts on the 28th.

I will definitely be messing around with some new heroes to use in the next week until the new season. I have already been working on Zenyatta, Roadhog and Genji to add to my repertoire for the new season. Anyways, we here at The Nerd Chambers cannot wait to get back to the grind of competitive play when the new season hits and we hope you guys join us!

Let us know what you are looking forward to in Season 4, and how Season 3 went for you guys! Tweet us @TheNerdChambers

Early Reviews of Horizon Zero Dawn are Out

Sony’s next big exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn is coming out in just 8 days and some early reviews are already surfacing. Horizon Zero Dawn is Guerrilla’s first foray into the RPG genre and it seems that many reviewers are responding well.

Lucy O’Brien stated, “Horizon Zero Dawn juggles many moving parts with polish and finesse. Its main activity–combat–is extremely satisfying thanks to the varied design and behaviors of machine-creatures that roam its lands, each of which needs to be taken down with careful consideration.” She gave the a 9.3/1o and you can read everything she has to say over at IGN.

Jeff Gerstmann says “Horizon Zero Dawn is familiar but also really refreshing. It’s not a short game (I spent around 30 hours with it), but the storytelling still feels concise and efficient. The combat has some nice options that make encounters fun, even when you’re just stacking up stealth kills from the relative safety of a bush.” Gerstmann gave Horizon a perfect 5/5, you can check out his full analysis at Giant Bomb.

Peter Brown states, “This is first departure from the Killzone series for developer Guerrilla Games, and though you might think the team took a risk by stepping out of its FPS comfort zone to create a third-person open-world action game, you’d never know it was their first rodeo. For every minor imperfection, there’s an element of greatness that recharges your desire to keep fighting and exploring Zero Dawn’s beautiful and perilous world.” You can see everything that Peter has to say over at Gamespot.

All of these early reviews have been praising the world design of the game and that the game looks absolutely beautiful – which comes to no surprise as Guerrilla Games have been known for outstanding visuals. However, the game doesn’t seem to be completely perfect as many reviewers have stated that the side missions in the game don’t have much variety to them.

Caty McCarthy gave the game just a 2.5/5 stating the game is “disappointing” and that the game has “overtly repetitive and constraining missions that worked against its open-world sensibilities.” You can read why McCarthy does not have the same sentiments as other reviewers do at USgamer.

From what I have gathered through most of these reviews, Horizon Zero Dawn is not going to disappoint. If repetitive side missions are the only knock that multiple people are giving it, then I am sure most can live with that seeing as most games struggle with that problem. Long story short, I cannot wait to get my hands on Horizon Zero Dawn and I will be sure to give you guys my thoughts as soon as possible.

Crash is Back- N Sane Trilogy Release Date Announced

If you guys are Crash Bandicoot fans like I am, you were jumping for joy when Activision and Sony announced they would be releasing the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy for the PS4. This means fans will get to play Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped all in 1080p or in 4k if you are a PS4 Pro owner. In even better news, the collection is going to be hitting shelves fairly soon. Activision announced that Crash N. Sane Trilogy will be coming out on June 30th and, according to Polygon, it will only cost $40. The $40 price point is sure to entice longtime fans like myself to pick it up on Day One.

Pokemon Sun and Moon Hype is Real

The Pokémon Company has been very busy this year celebrating Pokémon’s 20th anniversary. From free mythical Pokémon codes to tons of new tins and special sets for the Pokémon Trading Card Game to Pokémon Go, they have been going all out in pushing there brand back in the spotlight prior to the release of their new games Sun and Moon, and it has worked very well. The demo recently released for Pokémon Sun and Moon has become the most downloaded demo in Nintendo 3DS history with over three and a half million downloads. If that is not enough to show that Pokémon is going to be the biggest launch of 2016, according to an article on IGN (which you can read here) it is now the most preordered game in 3DS history. No official preorder numbers have been given but with Sun and Moon being the first new region of Pokémon since X and Y (which shipped over 16 million copies), I would not be surprised that, by the time it is all said and done, Sun and Moon ships close to 20 million copies. I am sure The Pokémon Company would love to see those kind of numbers to wrap up what has been a huge year for them.
For more gaming news and insight be sure to check back here at The Nerd Chambers. 

Dishonored Definitive Edition Giveaway!

Hey fellow Nerds,

We want to apologize for being gone for a while, and the way we are going to do it is by giving away three, yes, three copies of Dishonored Definitive Edition! All we ask of you guys is to follow us on Twitter here, once we hit 100 followers on Twitter we will do the giveaway on our Twitch account here. We will of course Tweet out the day and time of the giveaway stream and give reminders so that you guys will know exactly when the giveaway happens.

Be sure to check back with us for all sorts of gaming news and insight!

-Manny (a.k.a JaceRush)

Friday Fun Day!

Happy Friday people of the Nerdom, we hope you guys enjoy the weekend! We just wanted to give you guys an update on a couple things and give you stuff to look for this weekend. 

First things first, the first episode of The Nerd Chambers Podcast is live! You can check it out on SoundCloud but be sure to follow us there and give us feedback on Twitter or by email (thenerdchambers@gmail.com). In other podcast news, we may be looking into applying to iTunes so that we can have our podcast on the Podcast app on iOS, so be sure to look out for that. We are hoping that this will be a big part of our future as a team and will help us coninue to grow.

Other weekend notes, Titanfall 2 has another technical test starting today, so be sure to download and try it out! Also Madden has been getting praise by a lot of reviewers out there so if you are a football fan you may want to pick it up this year. Also a new release that we did not touch on in the podcast, Deus Ex Human Revolution, has been getting outstanding reviews as well. So for those of you that love action, stealth and rpg elements, coupled with a great narrative, do yourselves a favor and check it out. 

Going back to Titanfall 2 though, I am going to be playing the Titanfall 2 Test today here shortly. I will be streaming it on Twitch so for those of you on PS4 looking for someone to play with be sure to stop by! I will be playing it for a bit then sharing my thoughts on there as well as doing a write up on my thoughts. 

So there is your update for the weekend, for more insight and news be sure to check back here at The Nerd Chambers.

-JaceRush