Watch list 2020: Minecraft Dungeons…

HUGE games are releasing in the year 2020. Of course, most people will be thinking about games like CyberPunk 2077, Last of Us 2, and Dying Light 2… The game we will be discussing today is for sure the most hyped game of the year… Minecraft Dungeons! This is of course not the case, but I will be tackling this game for our watch list for 2020 since this is one of the games I am most excited for in the upcoming year! Minecraft Dungeons has been rumored to be dropping in the first quarter of the gaming season, and here is everything we know so far about the dungeon crawler!

Minecraft Dungeons is set to be a Diablo-esque bird’s eye view dungeon crawler RPG. The game will be taking place in the Minecraft world but will be focusing much more on a progression/loot-based system. The game will not follow a normal class-based system like most dungeon-crawling RPGs, but more of a Runescape style game of interchanging items and loot! There will be different items and enchantments, (20 Enchantments per item style!!!), in the game to make your character more of a “warrior”, “ranger”, “mage”, or other variations to be announced. Mojang will do their best to stay away from making the game feel like a grind, and it will just be a fun time of looting while dungeoning!

Minecraft Dungeons will have a storyline to the game, but will not be the main focus of the game. The focus will be the combat, loot, and progression, BUT we will see a storyline with a villain named the Illager. We aren’t too sure where the story will go other then we are battling against the evil forces of the Illager. There will be plenty of different monsters from the original game such as creepers, spiders, and skeletons thanks to the evil forces. We are still waiting for what other forces will join the battle against our heroic dungeon crawlers (ELDER DRAGON???)…

Make sure to check out the cinematic trailer of the game to have your idea of what is to come ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJczpIdONjs ).

What are your thoughts about Minecraft Dungeons? Is this a game for you? Are you glad that Minecraft will be making a return? Let us know in the comments below! If you enjoyed the article leave a like to let us know you enjoy the articles! What would you like to see our next article on?! 

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Watchlist 2020: Cyberpunk 2077

Hey friends, we are nearing the end of not only 2019, but the end of this console generation with both the PS5 and Xbox Scarlett slated to launch next Fall. Keeping that in mind – there are still so many incredible, generation-defining games still to come in the final year of these consoles. Speaking of generation-defining, the first game on our list is looking like it is just that. We are going to kick off our Watchlist 2020 series with Cyberpunk 2077.

The story of Cyberpunk 2077 begins with a two-minute cinematic trailer that casually dropped in January of 2013. There wasn’t any real context to what happened in the trailer but graphically it was so advanced that it piqued my interest immediately.

Fast forward to today, nearly seven years and one blockbuster release (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt) later and CD Projekt Red is just mere months away from releasing Cyberpunk 2077. The game has quickly become one of the most anticipated releases of all-time thanks to its beautiful presentation, the sheer scale of the world, and the impact player’s decisions will have on the game’s world.

For those of you who do not know what Cyberpunk 2077 is, the game is a massive open-world roleplaying game that is loosely based on the tabletop RPG Cyberpunk. The game takes place in the megacity known as Night City, a town free of government control. Due to the lack of structure, the town is always full of chaos and conflict between gangs and corporations. There are six different districts in Night City, with each bringing different conflicts for you to resolve. Since Cyberpunk is a non-linear story, when and how these conflicts are resolved is entirely up to you.

Who you are in the game is entirely up to you. The only constant with the protagonist (or potentially antagonist, depending on how you play) is that you are V, but who V is entirely up to you. From gender to appearance, the backstory to skills, the choice is yours to make as to who you are going to be. This is the first example of how your decisions impact the game world. Your backstory, skills, and appearance all have an impact on how you will interact with NPCs in the game. If you’re a street kid you may have an easier time getting along with some of the street gangs of Night City, and difficulty fitting in amongst the corporations.

That is just a small taste of how much depth and attention to detail CD Projekt Red has put into this game. Every interaction you have can affect your playthrough of the game. If you use the same doctor to help upgrade your character, they will give you a loyalty discount. If you make friends with a certain NPC companion in the game, it can harm your relationship with others. This world that CD Projekt Red has crafted is truly alive, and that’s what makes the idea of playing this game so enticing.

All of this is simply scratching the surface of what Cyberpunk 2077 is going to be. The above video gives a great look at the gameplay and character skills in the game. I would highly recommend checking out that video, as well as the 48-minute gameplay, reveal that came out last year. I can assure you once you watch those videos you will be as sold on Cyberpunk as I am. The level of freedom and roleplaying that this game offers is something we have yet to see in video games and I believe that CD Projekt Red is going to knock it out of the park.

 

 

What We Know About Overwatch 2 So Far…

One of the most successful games over the last decade is by far Overwatch. This game came out of the gates with a boom and took over the gaming community by storm. I was very skeptical when the game first drop[ed, but I must say I am very glad I was pushed into this game by some friends. The game has had one of the best development teams for continuously attempting to balance the game when imperfections surfaced. The game was constantly changing and characters were being added throughout the life of the game. Some people are confused about why a new Overwatch is even in the works because games like League of Legends and DOTA is what Overwatch seemed to be the life cycle the game was going for. We will have to wait and see the full reason for an Overwatch 2, but as of now, this is the information we have so far thanks to BlizzCon 2019…

As of this moment in time, we do not even have the slightest idea of a release date. For all, we know it could be coming out next year, the drop of the next-generation consoles, or even years from now. Sadly we won’t be able to provide any insider information on a release date, but we can give you everything about the game itself! It seems like Overwatch 2 will be having a very heavy focus on the PVE side of Overwatch. We may have a much deeper dive into the lore of Overwatch with the PVE for what the cinematic trailer shows us. IF you haven’t had an opportunity to, please take the time to watch the Overwatch 2 Announcement Cinematic “Zero Hour” you will not be disappointed!

The PVE of the game with being driven on Hero and story missions as you battle the Null Sector. The game will have new and old heroes returning to the fray of battle. We will see a new way to improve your characters and make them own in a sense. You will be able to upgrade your heroes’ abilities, and you can even change the ultimates of your characters to properly assist you in battle! We will have to see if the abilities are going to stay in the PVE or make their way into PVP… which could cause some problems for balancing sake.

As for the PVP, it does not seem like much will be changing. We have seen some gameplay of a good portion of heroes that would be returning (Genji, Lucio, Reaper, Winston, Tracer, Mei, Torbjorn, Reinhardt, Mei, Brigitte, Bastion, Zenyatta, Widowmaker, Doom Fist, Mercy, Hanzo, Roadhog) that can all be spotted in the Overwatch 2 Gameplay Trailer( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZl1yGUetjI ).

There also seems to be some space combat in the trailer it is hard to tell if that will be PVE or PVP, but we can hope for some PVP space combat! There are four locations they show off in the trailer for PVP as well as a new game mode Push! It seems as if Overwatch 2 in a PVP aspect is just going to be a HUGE DLC rather then a new game. Blizzard has done a good job with their games so I’m sure this will feel much more than a cash grab for what some people are worried about.

What are your thoughts on Overwatch 2? Is it needed? Will this resurrect the community back to full strength again? Is this a waste of resources by Blizzard and they should put more money/time into Overwatch? Is it a cash grab? Let us know in the comments! If you enjoyed the article leave a like to see more content like this!

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Apex Legends Season 1 is Here!

You read that right ladies and gents, just one week after Respawn took to Reddit to call out dataminers giving out misinformation about their hit battle royale game… they announced everything those dataminers leaked previously. But hey, Season 1 of Apex Legends is almost here! As announced on the games official Twitter account, tomorrow will mark the beginning of Wild Frontier, and the release of the first battle pass for the game.

In their full press release on the games website, they lay out the entire battle pass for fans to drool over until its released. Throughout the 100 levels of the battle pass players will be able to unlock rewards ranging from weapon skins, themed stat trackers for each character, intro quips for each character and more. The announcement of the battle pass also confirmed the release of the next legend in the game Octane. There will be rewards to unlock for the new legend in the battle pass as well and many players are anxiously waiting to see what Octane brings to King’s Canyon.

The battle pass will cost just 950 Apex Coins (roughly 10 USD) similar to the Fortnite battle pass. If you are young, dumb, and broke high school kids (do I get points for a dated pop culture reference?) or just dont feel like the battle pass is for you, there will be Apex Packs and stat trackers for you to earn for free.

Check out the battle pass for yourself at the link above and let us know what you guys are looking forward to most in the comments below or on Twitter. Don’t forget to follow our Twitch channel to keep up with us, and even join us in Kings Canyon.

No Man’s Sky Beyond: Our Wishlist for the New Update

Hello Games must have been reading our minds because I kid you not I was wondering when they were going to be announcing their next update for No Man’s Sky just yesterday. Now 24 hours (and one Twitter meltdown by yours truly) later, we have an idea of what is next to come for the space exploration game. They made the official announcement of the next update called Beyond, a large three part update that is proclaimed by Hello Games to be even bigger and better than previous updates (you can find the announcement on the game’s official website).

Beyond is being described as a culmination of three updates interwoven into one. The announcement of the update gave us just the first of the three updates to the game, which includes all new multiplayer and social experiences. The game will now be a full online experience where players can interact with one another. Hello Games is refraining from calling it an MMO because their are no subscriptions or microtransactions, but in essence… it’s an MMO now (hence my Twitter meltdown).

The bad news in this announcement is that they only announced that first part of the update and are going to announce the other two over the next two weeks. The good news, though, is that we get to let our imaginations run wild with ideas of what the other two parts to Beyond might be. I have a couple of things that I would personally love to see added into the game that are not completely out of the realm of possibility.

Our buddy Simon, who you guys would recognize from our CoD podcast, joked that he would never play the game unless there was a battle royale mode that spanned multiple planets in a star system. As sarcastic as he was when he said it, my ideas arent terribly far off from what he brought up. They also are two interconnected ideas so I feel like they would fit in with the theme of Beyond as a whole. The first part of it being a true, fleshed out PvP experience.

PvP

The past two and a half years since launch, Hello Games has been committed to bringing narrative, exploration, cooperative play and crafting to the heights they currently, and have done a fantastic job. Now that the PvE experience has reached the potential Hello Games envisioned initially, it feels like the right time to shift focus towards new PvP experiences.

There are a couple ideas I have conjured up on how they could potentially approach PvP. They could do a traditional matchmaking system where you have ground or air combat with whatever multi-tool or ship you have in your playthrough and just do match made games, or another thought I had was implementing PvP star systems. You could have a designated filter on your galaxy map that will show you which star systems are PvP enabled and which are PvE only.

Updated Faction System

The third piece to my dream Beyond update would be to add depth to the faction system. There are currently faction based quests and ways to gain or lose reputation with the different factions in the game, but it still feels a little shallow and you dont entirely feel like apart of a certain faction. I would love to see them have you ally more closely with these factions and build on the bits of lore that you find within the universe.

How They Would Intertwine

These two concepts would work very well together because the updated factions and lore can attribute to why the PvP events are happening. You can even have full faction based PvP if you so choose. Have conflicts between Gek and Vy’Keen players scattered in different star systems. Another idea is have PvP arenas of sorts in certain Vy’Keen systems (I chose them because they are the brutish warrior race). These two concepts play so well off of each other so I feel like these would be such great pieces to the game.

Other Ways it Could Impact the Game

With an improved faction system I feel like it would be a great opportunity to continue world building by adding new, complex building types that are unique to each faction. For example, in a Vy’Keen system, you might see remnants of warrior base camps on planets or intricate well made Gek cities. This would make each planet feel more alive and unique.

With PvP, it gives them an opportunity to add new types of mods for the multi tools to help cater to combat more and even add new vendor types that can help you better equip yourself for battles.

The possibilities for Beyond are endless at this point and this is all just wild daydreaming but I would love to see those changes implemented into the game. The evolution of No Man’s Sky has been amazing and I hope they continue to bring new exciting things to the game (like my ideas listed above) so that the game can continue to captivate the fans that stuck with them through this development cycle.

What big changes do you want to see hit No Man’s Sky in the Beyond update when it drops this Summer? Sound off below or let us know on Twitter!

Shaggy’s Fate With Mortal Kombat 11…

It has been a great time over the last month with some amazing Shaggy memes hitting social media out of no where. The memes have been taking the beloved character of Scooby Doo, and they have been turning him into an all mighty demi-god character that is Shaggy. Through the time of the memes it has been noticed by higher ups at Nether Realm thanks to a petition to introduce Shaggy into the Mortal Kombat Universe as a DLC for MK11. At first it seemed like all fun and games just some jokes with the community that was a distant dream to happen in the game… Then Ed Boon started making tweets about Shaggy…

Hi? Lo? Mid? Grab? I will mix your shit up in fighting games! – Ed Boon

This started to pick up some traction by the community and people started to hope that this might become a real thing, such as myself. There were many fans of the genre starting to draw up concept art, think of names for combos, and voice lines for the character’s fatalities and intros. This was going so far at one point this is what exploded the internet…

Hack and Slash Shaggy variation 😂

-Ed Boon
When Ed Boon dropped this photo on twitter everyone took a second to think.. wait did we do it? Is this going to happen. Even myself I told everyone I’m going to dedicate my life to become the best Shaggy one trick in MK11… People started to think if they could have the rights to Shaggy which it did seem possible with Nether Realm and Scooby Doo being owned by Warner Bros. there is a possibility…Sadly it was finally confirmed that we would not be seeing the lovable mystery solving goon that is Shaggy with a tweet of #RIPShaggy. It was fun while it lasted but it is defiantly crazy to see how far a petition can go in the gaming industry.
Thanks for checking out our article on Shaggy’s Fate with Mortal Kombat 11. Make sure to leave your thoughts in comments below. What was your favorite idea for Shaggy as a character in Mortal Kombat 11? If you could see any character introduced to the franchise who would it be? Make sure to follow us on social media!
-Brandon Maj

Outward: The Most Interesting Game You Haven’t Heard Of

Ninedots Studios was founded back in 2011 with the goal of pushing the potential that games have to offer. Their first two games – Brand and GoD Factory: Wingmen – were both well received, with GoD Factory getting greenlit on Steam and published by Bandai Namco; however, their next project, Outward, looks to be their most ambitious project yet and a big step towards their goal.

Outward is an unique take on the open world RPG genre. It doesn’t tell the story of a young knight and his rise to prominence or the leader of an army facing an impossible threat, just a story about you. Who you are in Outward is quite simple, you are an adventurer living life in the land of Aurai. That is what makes Outward such an intriguing prospect, it gives you the freedom to do what you want and play how you want.

There is a big, beautiful world for you to explore with four different biomes within it. Two different mountain regions with varying weather and enemies, a desert region that has extremely warm and cold temperatures depending on the time of day, and a marsh that has poisonous waters. The changes in the weather in the game will also change the way you go about navigating the world. Your character is effected by extreme temperatures (both hot and cold) and you will want to pack appropriate clothes for the right conditions.

Your pack is something that is unique to the game as well. Backpacks will vary quite a bit in size and will effect your characters movement. If you carry around a large pack you will be able to fit more loot and supplies with you but you will be sluggish while carrying it. You will be able to remove your backpack and explore and fight without it on but you run the risk of losing it.

These types of mechanics are why Outward has my interest piqued. The world feels very much alive in a way that many RPGs haven’t explored yet. For example, if it snows during the winter, snow will actually accumulate on the ground. You will also see events that take place in real time; so if someone were to ask you for help and you decide to continue on with other things, that person doesn’t just stay there waiting for you to come back they carry on with the task without you. Sprinkle in survival elements, dungeons to explore and towns to explore, and you have a game that could help lead the RPG genre forward to new depths.

Hopefully Ninedots desire and efforts to test what games can be inspires other studios to test the boundaries of not just the open world genre, but all types of games. I would highly recommend checking out some gameplay so you can see some of what Outward has to offer before it drops on March 26th (which you can find here).