Watchlist 2020: Fairytail

Hey friends, first of all, Happy New Year! Everyone here at TNC feels like 2020 is going to be a big year for us and we could not be more excited to share another year with all of you. We are going to start the New Year off right and continue our Watchlist series for the games we are excited about for this year. The next game on the list is a game based on one of my favorite anime series, Fairytail.

Fairytail is a long-running manga/anime franchise that is centered around a guild of wizards and their adventures as they work to be the best guild in the kingdom of Fiore. The game is based directly on three main story arcs of the show but also ties in some brand new story content unique to the game. The story arcs that are included in the game are some of the most exciting in the show and include the Tenrou, Tartarus, and the Grand Magic Games arc, which was a personal favorite of mine.

When I first found out that a Fairytail game was being made, the first thought that came to mind was, “oh cheese its I hope this game is gonna be just another anime fighting game.” I was thankfully reassured when the first trailer was released explaining that the game was going to be an RPG of sorts.

In the game, you will control a party of up to five wizards as you battle your way through various jobs to help Fairytail go from one of the lowest-ranked guilds all the way back to the top. There will be several different wizards for you to choose from including members that you will be able to recruit from other guilds. As you progress through the game your characters will level up to gain new attacks as well as rank within the Fairytail guild.

The combat in Fairytail is going to be a fun mix of Final Fantasy and Persona. It is turn-based combat with enemies placed on a 3×3 grid. You will choose different spells that the wizards will have at their disposal, and each spell will attack in a different pattern on the 3×3 grid. There will also be elements of gathering and crafting in the game that they have yet to give more details on.

Koei Tecmo seems like they are going to great lengths to make Fairytail more than just a service to fans of the anime but a game that fans of turn-based RPGs can thoroughly enjoy as well. If you like games like Final Fantasy, Persona, or Fire Emblem this is a game that should definitely be on your radar. Fairytail will be launching on PS4, Switch and Steam on March, 20 of this year. For those that pre-order the game there is a bonus outfit for Erza Scarlett that players will get to use.

What games are you guys looking forward to this year? Let us know in the comments below or let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Kyrie!

My Biggest Moment in Gaming for 2019… (Brandon)

Every year there are some amazing moments in gaming. It could be reaching a new rank in a competitive game, a long-awaited release finally dropping, or an amazing moment with your friends. To start the year if I had to guess what would have been my favorite moment of the year, I would have easily guessed the release of Borderlands 3. I even would have guessed getting to champ in Rocket League or reaching gold in League of Legends before what happened. I could not believe when City of Heroes made its return.

     Growing up my favorite game was City of Heroes. It was my first PC game and MMO experience. I remember when my dad got into the beta and watching him play the introduction to the game, and I remember thinking that was the coolest game I have ever seen. After watching him play for hours and days, I took all of my saved money from the last two years to buy my first computer. I got to the point where I got lost in this game. I created so many bonds over the game with the community, and so many memories with my friends. It even got to the point during double experience weekends my dad would take me out of school early to play the whole weekend. Sadly back in 2012, the game closed out of nowhere. The game seemed to be doing better than any point. The game just went free to play, and the game resurged. People were spending so much money in the online shop since there was no more monthly subscription. There was no explanation as to why the game closed down other than the company was done working on the game. 

     2019 was an emotional year for City of Heroes fans. In early 2019 there was a rumor going around that there were private servers that were never closed because people kept them private. It slowly started to leak out thanks to a youtube video about the servers. The community freaked out when they released the servers to the public. The creators of the game caught wind of this pretty quick, and there was a bit of a scare. The admins had to close down the servers to discuss what they could legally do with the servers. At this point, I remember being at work when I found out the servers were closed down, and I was heartbroken. Thankfully after some heroes that were running the servers, they got the right to keep the servers open. I have never seen so many people so emotional over a game’s return. I even took off two weeks of work to completely dive into this game again with friends and family. Thanks to some amazing people fighting for this game, we got to walk the streets of Paragon City to fight crime again. 

     Not only was this my favorite memory of the year it may have been my favorite of the decade. It is crazy to see what can happen when a community bands together to get what they love back. I would have never guessed this game would have returned. What was your favorite moment of the year for gaming? Was it a major accomplishment or a hilarious moment with friends? Let us know in the comments below!

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My Top Five Games of the Decade (Brandon)…

There have been some amazing video games that have released. That being said, this decade my hold the torch for the best decade for a very long time. We might be able to jump fifty years into the future, and people could still be talking about this decade as one of the bests. Games like GTA5, Skyrim, and Fortnite dominated the last decade. The last week on our live show we gave our Listener Topic, “What are your top 5 games of the decade”? We received some great responses from you all, but here are my top 5 games of the decade.
Out of all the games on my list, if you would have told me that Mortal Kombat would have made my Honorable mention… I would have laughed in your face a decade ago. This is the one type of game I was never into. I loved every other game type at the time… Multiplayer, Shooters, Story, RTS, EVERYTHING except fighting games… When this game came out, the trailers were just too hype for me to pass on the opportunity. The game was so clean and the fatalities were INSANE! My buddy Adam was super into the franchise, so I decided to join him for Mortal Kombat X. I have never put so much time into a game that I never understood how to play. After a few weeks of constant practice, I was able to hold my own in ranked play. It was one of the best accomplishments I have felt in a video game. From being a hardcore button masher into some nasty combos I saw myself improving. It made my experience with fighting games so much better.
The decade started strong with Halo Reach. It blew my mind with a great way to bring back Halo after the third installment. Halo Reach did such a great job making you care about all of the characters in the campaign. The game did such a good job pulling at your heartstrings throughout with all of the heartbreaking moments. The multiplayer was also groundbreaking for the new mode they added, Invasion. It was a great new spin on the game that was much needed. The best way to explain this game mode was sort of like Conquest from the Battlefield franchise. Your team had to push through and take over each base that the defending team had. The final thing that was a polarizing asset to Halo Reach was the customization shop. It gave you something to work for when it came to the multiplayer experience. Going for all the fun cosmetics gave you a whole new layer to your Halo experience!
After Halo Reach, I was struggling to find some sort of single-player game. I tried out Fallout New Vegas because I remembered how much I enjoyed Fallout 3 back in the day. Fallout New Vegas was a very shocking experience for me. Not only did this game provide me with a love for a single-player adventure, but it also showed me how some games can have great replay value. You could play this game in so many different ways, and every time could be a completely different ending. The weapons were so well put together, the enemies were great, and the side quests pull you into the game! This game by far has one of my favorite stories in any game. It honestly has me extremely interested in Outer Worlds for how well they made Fallout New Vegas…
The next game on my list is Borderlands 2. Thanks to the first game in the series, I was so hyped for the sequel. I have never had a game that brought so many inside jokes to myself and a group of friends for all the insane moments in Borderlands 2. The character development was so fun to watch between some of the main NPCs in this game. I have never had a game that made me fall in love with so many character’s personalities. Thanks to Borderlands 2 I still have faith in story-driven games. Even though Borderlands 3 may have disappointed in comparison to 1 and 2. I still love this franchise more than any other.
The game that brought more friends of mine together in the last decade had to be Overwatch. Not only did we have times where we were playing competitive Overwatch. We were even together watching the Overwatch League tournaments. This game swept the world with the fast-paced team-based shooter. Not only was the gameplay so smooth and enjoyable the characters were so fun to play. The lore behind the charterers gave a whole other aspect for people to enjoy Overwatch. I have never seen so many people flock to one game so fast. Blizzard did it again with its amazing rendition of a team-based shooter.
Finally… my favorite game of the decade has to be Rocket League. I have not continuously played a single game for such a long time outside of Rocket League. For such a simple concept of rocket-powered cars playing soccer, a game has never been so enjoyable for so long. The game is constantly evolving with players finding new mechanics in a game that hasn’t changed in the four years it has been out. When it first hit the PSN store it dropped for the game of the month, and people flocked to this game. It started as just a fun game to play with friends to one of the biggest Esports around. This is one of those games I could see myself playing for another decade easily. Just like League of Legends this game could keep afloat for its super fun E-Sports reputation!
There have been thousands of games to come out over the last decade, but which games were your favorite? Did I completely flop on missing something from my top 5? What game are you surprised from my list that Someone could enjoy this much to add to their list? What games do you believe will make it into your list for the next decade? let us know in the comments below! If you enjoyed the article make sure to leave alike! If you have a topic you would like to see us write about let us know on Twitter or Facebook @TheNerdChambers. Thank you for your support!

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PlayStation State of Play 12/10 – Our Favorite Announcements

For those of you that may have missed it, PlayStation showed its final State of Play broadcast of 2019 early Tuesday morning to show off more of what’s in store for PlayStation fans. The broadcast was the typical 20 minutes in length and was full of gameplay trailers and announcements. We picked out a few games from the show that we feel like stood out the most.

Untitled Goose Game

One of the biggest memes in the gaming community this year is Untitled Goose Game. A game that’s simply about a goose causing mischief. People all over social media have been joking that this is the best game of 2019 but there is actually a lot of charm to this game. Watching the trailer to kick off the show I have to admit I was laughing pretty hard at the idea of this game. Running around and just being a cynical pest of a goose sounds like a that would be really fun to play on a couch with a couple friends. This game is actually the earliest arrival of the group, you can play Untitled Goose Game on PS4 starting December 17th!

Spellbreak

Our second pick from the state of play is Proletariat’s new spin on the battle royale genre Spellbreak. This is a game that has been in early access on PC for some time now but it will finally be debuting on a console next Spring on PS4. What piques our interest in Spellbreak is that it has a completely unique combat system that we have yet to see in battle royale games and that is spell-based combat. Spells come in different elements and can be strengthened throughout a match. For those of you that enjoy battle royale games will definitely want to give this game a try when the beta starts in the Spring.

Dreams

Okay this may be a personal pick and the other guys may not be as interested in Dreams as me but this was one of the best games to be shown off in the show. The big announcement for Dreams is that the game will be going full release February 14th, 2020 exclusively on the PS4. The game going full release means that we are more than likely going to see the campaigns that we were assured will be apart of Dreams. I am very interested to see what sorts of experiences will be in store for players when actual professionals get their hands on the creation tools that Dreams offer its users.

Ghost of Tsushima

The last of our favorites from Tuesday’s State of Play was the next game from developers Sucker Punch, Ghost of Tsushima. The short teaser they gave us rounded out the presentation and is having gamers wait until tonight’s Game Awards show to know more information. There was one thing they did say that was of note to me which is that gamers will be able to dive into this experience soon. It is something of note because we have yet to receive even a release window for the game, but there were several rumors in the past stating that we would see Ghost of Tsushima in February of 2020 so it could be that we see that release date drop tonight at The Game Awards. It would also make sense because Naughty Dog just recently delayed the Last of Us 2 until May, leaving the door open for another exclusive to drop in February.

Make these video games into TV shows already!

There have been a plethora of new Netflix/Amazon/Films that have been released over the last decade which have phenomenal success. Different series has stemmed from books, movies, original ideas, and some from video game franchises. With all of the amazing shows that have dropped, there are still some video games franchises that NEED a television series finally… Here are some that we came up with…

There are so many different video games that need cinematic adaptations, but we will focus it down to just three for the sake of your sanity. The number one game that needs to have a series is Overwatch. The lore in the universe that we have been given has been incredible, and there is so much to expand on from there. That being said, I would like to see this show as a fully animated show. As cool as it would be to see some of the characters brought to live-action, Blizzard does an unreal job with the cinematic they have provided us in their videos. Sometimes, I get lost watching their cinematics because of my admiration for the work they put into them. They are so well made creating unique design and animation styles that scream Blizzard. These short films are on a new level of story telling through animation. You could have a full series about a certain event, a character, or even an event that was seen by different character’s perspectives. Not only would this help enhance the Overwatch lore they have already built, but it will help Blizzard reach a wider audience. I’m sure Blizzard could get some amazing writers on an Overwatch series project so please make this happen!

Just like Overwatch, another game has some AMAZING lore behind its characters, yes you guessed it… League of Legends! This is another game that definitely needs some sort of series. Whether it is a mini-series or a full-fledged season after season I would love indulge in this full cinematic world. Just like Overwatch, I believe this game would fit best as an animated series instead of live-action. I hate to say because a live adaptation can be mind-boggling, but for Riot, their cinematic videos blow us away. I’m sure with the proper writers on board this show could flourish and prosper. They could do all the different factions, the world around them, or just like a possible Overwatch show have character-based series of episodes. You can’t tell me a mini-series on the battle between Lucian and Thresh would not be fantastic to experience a full-fledged adventure!

Finally, the last video game universe that needs some sort of film adaption whether it is TV or movie is… Fallout. This universe has so many places it can go which has been proven in the handful of games that have been released. They all have the same concepts of post-apocalyptic world, but each game gives us unique stories with the baseline of a fallout. With all of the different factions, weapons, and characters that have been met over the last few games you could easily make a series about this show. This is the one show out of these three that I believe would be best filmed as a live-action adaptation. The visuals that could be brought together with the creatures and weapons would be outstanding. The only real problem with that is the CGI definitely cost a pretty penny with today’s standards. Therefore there would have to be a great production company to pick up a film of this nature to back the content creators. There are plenty of different ways a production company could story board a show like this. Follow a single character for multiple seasons, or jump around to multiple cities that were devastated by a nuclear war. There are plenty of different ways a series could work, but it NEEDS to happen sooner rather than later. This universe deserves it with all the love the Bethesda team has given it over the years.

There are many more video game universes that need to see some sort of film adaption whether that is a Netflix, Amazon, or a blockbuster film series but these are my top three. Which did we miss that you would like to see adapted into a series? Should they be live-action or animated? Television, film shorts, or blockbuster movies? Let us know what you think in the comments below! If you enjoyed the article leave a like and share it with your friends! Thank you so much for your support!

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