Today we’ve gathered up the best gaming deals from around the web, rounded up the hottest announcements from Nintendo’s E3 conference and can reveal that the Switch is about to get Switcher …
Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?
Which one of these incredibly popular games was first revealed at E3?
Rainbow Six Siege
Grand Theft Auto 5
The answer will be revealed at the end of this issue!
Desert Rangers get chilly in Spring 2020 with Wasteland 3
Brian Fargo and his inXile Entertainment studio are marching Desert Rangers into frostbitten tundra early next year with Wasteland 3, the direct sequel to Wasteland 2. We’re swapping the parched Arizona outback and murderous Los Angeles sprawl for the inhospitable ice box of Colorado. It’s coming to PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and it’ll be a part of Xbox Game Pass too.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to get more air with sequel
Nintendo has revealed that they’re working on a sequel for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and it looks to be a direct follow-up — and won’t be related to Majora’s Mask as fans had speculated. The as-yet-unnamed sequel looks like a darker and more foreboding game, just as Majora’s Mask offered a significantly more sinister tone than its cheery predecessor, Ocarina of Time.
Gearbox’s half of Half-Life’s legacy
Did you know all the expansions for Valve’s original Half-Life were co-developed by Gearbox Software and directed by Randy Pitchford?
Gearbox, founded by former 3D Realms and Bethesda developers, started out developing Half-Life expansions and ports for Valve. They developed both Opposing Force and Blue Shift, as well as console ports of Half-Life for SEGA’s Dreamcast and Sony’s PlayStation 2.
Even Counter-Strike wouldn’t be the same without Gearbox: While the game started out as a community-made mod, both the original retail version as well as Condition Zero were handled by Gearbox. Having cut their teeth on Valve’s formidably successful titles, they went on to create the acclaimed Brothers in Arms franchise and the fan-favorite Borderlands series, undoubtedly their most famous and successful work.
But not everything Gearbox touches turns into gold: Class-based online FPS Battleborn was eclipsed by Overwatch; they completely messed up Aliens: Colonial Marines, and proved that you should not always bet on Duke with their attempt to rescue the legendarily delayed Duke Nukem Forever from Randy Pitchford’s former employer, 3D Realms.
These days, Gearbox acts as both developer of their own original titles and publisher of titles like Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition, We Happy Few and Risk of Rain 2. It also looks like Gearbox has drifted away from their old chums at Valve and into Epic Games’ welcoming embrace — the PC version of the recently announced and eagerly anticipated Borderlands 3 is exclusive to the Epic Games Store for six months!
What are ya buyin’?
Got some cash burning a hole in your pocket and a few hours to spare? We’ve got your next gaming session sorted with these sweet deals! If you’re particularly fond of Square Enix or Ubisoft titles, you’ll definitely want to take a look at the Fanatical Sale this week, too, with many popular games priced under £10.
The Walking Dead – The Telltale Series: A New Frontier (PS4) £6.99/ (Xbox One) £7.99 @ Zavvi [Free Delivery Code: ACFREE]
Watch Dogs 2 Deluxe Edition (PS4/Xbox One) £6.99 @ GAME
Don’t let these titles sit in your backlog any longer and start working through them now that the E3 conferences are all wrapped up. Some of these titles have sequels on the horizon too, so now is the perfect time to pick them up!
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The Witcher 3 accepts contract for Nintendo Switch
The White Wolf will soon go monster hunting on Nintendo Switch: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition has been announced! The port will feature all 16 DLCs as well as both expansions: Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine. Yeah… just take a moment to take in how incredible it is that all this content will be on a single cart.
CD Projekt RED’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has sold over 20 million copies, and is generally considered an RPG masterpiece. The game puts you in the tall boots of emotionally stunted monster hunter Geralt of Rivia, who has hacked, slashed and decapitated his way into the hearts of gamers ever since his debut over 10 years ago.
His gruff demeanor and poor life choices hasn’t stopped him collecting more than 250 Game of the Year awards. Now Switch gamers can finally agonize over and be haunted by the consequences of their decisions, and maybe even live long enough to retire to a nice idyllic vineyard on some prime real-estate in a beautiful countryside… infested by thirsty vampires.
Less fidelity, more portability
The port won’t challenge the graphical grunt of its big brothers on PC, PS4 and XBone: the Switch version will run at 1280×720 in docked mode and use dynamic resolution scaling to keep the experience smooth when the action gets too busy for the Switch to handle.
While the graphics may not be as spectacular, the port is still a significant achievement considering the Switch’s diminutive hardware, and proof of World War Z developer Saber Interactive’s considerable proficiency with the platform.
A digital and physical release will launch later in 2019 for Switch, and the physical edition will include The Witcher Universe compendium, a map of the vast game world and some stickers.
Pokémon Sword and Shield gets poked, reveals secrets
The Nintendo Switch exclusive Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are arriving later this year in November, and we’ve just got some more details about the games. There’s a new Gym leader, Poké Ball Plus support, plus tantalizing glimpses of the Wild Area and Max Raid Battles.
A vast expanse of land in the Galar region, home to many Pokémon
Unexplored territory — completely new to the Pokémon games
Weather affects what Pokémon will appear and battle conditions
Max Raid Battles:
The new Y-Comm informs you of other players looking for a Max Raid, as well as enabling trading and Link Battles online or via local WiFi
Four players can join together to fight a wild Dynamax Pokémon in the Wild Area
Pokémon Dynamax are creatures of tremendous size and strength unique to the Galar region
Many varieties depending upon what Pokémon Dens they explore
Dynamax Pokémon will greedily use multiple moves per turn, neutralize Pokémon’s Ability or remove all stat changes
For more of a home advantage, Dynamax Pokémon can also erect mysterious barriers you must break through
Defeated Trainers can still cheer on their Max Raid buddies
Max Raid Battles can let you catch the Dynamax Pokémon, and provides powerful loot
New Water-type Gym Leader, Nessa
Galar has Pokémon Gyms scattered across it
Nessa is calm and collected, even when she beats you silly with her Water-type Pokémon
Poké Ball Plus Compatibility
Syncing with the Poké Ball Plus will let Trainers take their Sword and Shield Pokémon for a stroll in the real world
They’ll occasionally remind you they’re in there with a cry, and by lighting up the ball
New Poké Ball Plus will include the Mythical Pokémon Mew, which can then be linked to their Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game
The Poké Ball Plus cannot be used as a controller with Sword and Shield
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are releasing exclusively for Nintendo Switch on November 15, 2019.
Panzer Dragoon: Remake soars onto Switch this winter
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a dragon-riding on-rails shooter franchise spreading its wings once again! Both Panzer Dragoon: Remake and Panzer Dragoon II Zwei: Remake will come home to roost on Nintendo Switch this winter.
Forever Entertainment is responsible for the unexpected but very welcome remasters of the late-nineties SEGA Saturn classics. As evidenced by the trailer, both games are receiving a major graphical overhaul, but for now details are scarce — although Nintendo promised they would remain faithful to the original games.
The Panzer Dragoon series used to be a big part of SEGA’s line-up, an epic saga spread across six games including an RPG, culminating with the Xbox exclusive Panzer Dragoon Orta in 2002.
You play as memorably-named hero Keil Fluge, who comes across a pair of dragons locked in deadly struggle, and gets adopted as a blue dragon’s new rider. Your job is to help your dragon buddy stop the wicked Prototype Dragon from reaching the Tower, where it will presumably bring doom and destruction.
Featuring high-speed, no-holds-barred dragon-riding action, the series built on the hugely successful Space Harrier design, taking it into the third dimension and introducing the lock-on drag-and-release aiming style later used in United Game Artists’ seminal psychedelic shooter Rez.
Most famous for creative level design and gorgeous environments, the original on-rails classics never made it off the underperforming SEGA Saturn, and second-hand copies of the games eventually came to command astonishingly high prices on eBay and other auction sites. A perfect candidate for a lick of paint and a new lease on life, in other words.
Empire of Sin, sandbox of crime for early 2020
Crime doesn’t pay, unless you’re strategizing and RPG-ing it right with Empire of Sin, says Paradox Interactive. It’s a turn-based 1920’s Chicago gangland developed by Romero Games, founded in 2015 by Brenda Romero — most famous for Jagged Alliance — and her husband John Romero of Doom fame and Daikatana infamy. Build an empire, defend and expand it, say ‘capiche’ a lot, make fashionable concrete shoes, keep the cops on the take, and dirty up the unions in Spring 2020.
Banjo and Kazooie goes Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Rare’s platforming duo Banjo and Kazooie are joining the roster of Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Xbox big cheese Phil Spencer said it all ‘just kind of happened’ and didn’t involve any shady super-secret high-level deals or Nintendo ninjas breaking into Microsoft’s Redmond HQ.
Microsoft famously snatched up Rare in 2002 in spite of the studio’s long and lucrative first-party relationship with Nintendo, who owned a big stake in the company. The bear and bird duo started their adventuring career with Nintendo in Banjo-Kazooie all the way back in 1998 on Nintendo 64. It’s like a family reunion!
Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?
Which one of these incredibly popular games was first revealed at E3?
A: Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege!
Ubisoft revealed the latest game in the Rainbow Six franchise at E3 2014, along with an impressive video that showed off the game’s destructible environments.
Rainbow Six: Siege took up the torch after Rainbow Six: Patriots — which was a more traditional, narrative-focused affair — was cancelled. Siege went back to the series’ roots with sophisticated, infiltration-based gameplay in detailed, realistic locations. After a slow start it’s now one of the world’s most popular games, with over 45 million registered users.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was announced in June but not at E3. Fortnite was announced way back at the 2011 Game Awards — 6 years before its release — and has gone through drastic changes since then to become the battle royale behemoth it is today. As for Grand Theft Auto 5, Rockstar just generally hate E3, so don’t expect to ever see them there.
HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro Gaming Headset
We’re celebrating our launch week by offering all our subscribers the chance to win a HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro Gaming Headset, and we will give one away each day this week! We will randomly draw one lucky winner from our active reader list every day.
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