Happy Wednesday! What are you playing lately? I bought Ghost Recon Wildlands after watching some gameplay on YouTube. So far I’ve played 10 hours and really like the campaign—it’s an open world with many optional sidequests of varying difficulty, plus you’re always with three AI companions so that you don’t feel like you’re fighting completely on your own. I also started my second story mode playthroughs of GTA V and Watch Dogs 2. Let us know on Twitter what you’re playing!
Here’s some of the news we’ve been thinking about this week:
Pokémon Sword and Shield
The long-awaited next release in the Pokémon franchise released last Friday. For those of you who are playing it, which starter did you choose? Here’s a primer on which starters might be helpful for later parts of the game, and it links to guides to many other aspects of the game.
A little drawing of starters grookey, scorbunny and sobble to celebrate the release of pokemon sword and shield 🎉🎊🎉 pic.twitter.com/M2hczJmvCP
— Waffles & Ham (@waffles_ham) November 15, 2019
from day 1 i was team sobble but now that i’m at the selection screen, i dont know anymore! i had no idea scorbunny sounded like toad!!! now i might reconsider!!! and grookey is even cuter in person!!’ i literally turned off my switch to tweet this, i’m so stressed out
— Ashley Oh (@itsashleyoh) November 16, 2019
One of the things I found most creative and cute about the new game is how the Joy-Con you see in-game are the same color as your real-life physical Joy-Con:
— Drs.塚本 (@TT_LRLLRR) November 15, 2019
Oh, and you can pick your character’s uniform number:
when game freak added the ability to choose your uniform number in swsh they did understand that every single human being on earth would pick either 69 or 420 right
— Bobby Schroeder (@ponettplus) November 17, 2019
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order also released last Friday on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. It is a single-player only game with no microtransactions and no morality choice system. The game takes place after Revenge of the Sith. Here’s a beginner’s guide to the game, and here’s how to unlock the double bladed lightsaber. If you buy the game through the Epic Games Store, you can get a Stormtrooper skin in Fortnite.
Uncharted Movie Casting News
The movie adaptation of the Uncharted franchise, which previously announced will star Tom Holland as Nathan Drake, has cast Mark Wahlberg as Sully. If the movie’s producers want moviegoers to be enthusiastic about this movie, let’s just say this casting choice is counterproductive and disappointing to many.
While no release date has been announced yet for Diablo 4, the game is already generating criticism for having no offline mode and for having microtransactions.
Google Stadia, the new console and cloud gaming service, released on November 19th with 22 games available. Many are skeptical about the new service’s rollout due to a number of confusing announcements and missing features.
- X019, Microsoft’s big Xbox event, was held last week. Here are all their announcements. Interestingly, the developer of Life is Strange, Dontnod, is working on a new game called Tell Me Why which will release on Xbox One, PC, and Switch, but not PS4.
- Four board game designers chose their picks for most influential board games of the decade.
- News about a subscription service for Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp was leaked, with the new service to launch on November 21st.
- Final Fantasy XV was a Jeopardy question.
for those wondering if the FFXV trivia from Jeopardy is real or not ☺️ (it is) pic.twitter.com/Ylc309sFn5
— ᴋᴀᴍ@ᴄᴏᴍᴍs (@kamquat) November 12, 2019
Writer at Sidequest and WWAC; past: Newsarama, Comicosity, executive editor of Kollaboration. I’ve watched over 200 hours of Life is Strange playthroughs. Talk to me about LiS, The Last of Us, and the games and fandoms you love! Twitter: @loudlysilent