Civilization VI Announced – Releases 10/21/16

Guess I may need to amend my previous post about my top upcoming games, huh. Because, much to my surprise, I get an email today about this, complete with announce trailer. Behold said trailer in all its glory.

Ghandi will fall. The crazy bastard.

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My Top Upcoming Games of 2016

I love video games (as if you could not tell). But the last few years have seen me get kinda, well, bored with the recent releases. Last year in 2015 the only game I personally cared about and got excited about was Fallout 4. Before that, Dragon Age Inquisition.

By and large, its hard to find new games that interest me. I have played so many over my 33 years of life as I have been gaming since the days of the Atari 2600. Hell my first PC was a Compaq Presario 520 All in One Desktop with 4MB of Ram, Dos 6, and Win 3.1. To say I have played many games is an understatement.

I was all ready at the end of last year to expect nothing this year, but boy was I wrong. There are in fact 3 major releases this year that have got me excited, and I wanted to talk about each of em!

First up…

The Steam Page

This bad boy releases in 2 weeks, on May 24th. 2 WEEKS. I have not been more excited for a game like I have for this in YEARS. Its sitting in my Steam library, mocking me, begging me to play it. I love the Warhammer universe, but the miniatures game is basically something I cannot play for a variety of reasons (the community around me being one, and the cost being another). I have always wanted a Warhammer Fantasy game that was as close to the Tabletop as I could get. Not something like the Dawn of War series which is a hard RTS. Not something like Vermintide or Mordheim. But something that simulate the great big armies smashing into each other on a battlefield. The Total War series is PERFECT.

Funnily enough, up until around October of last year I hadn’t paid attention to it, as I had been under the false assumption that the Total War series was just another linear RTS game, which I am not a fan of. Color me surprised when I discovered it was in fact a Grand Strategy Game with RTS elements! And if I want, I can avoid the RTS elements (I am horrid at them).

God this needs to hurry up and RELEASE! Thankfully I get the Chaos Warriors since its a preorder! Eventually Creative Assembly has stated that they will release 2 more games as expansions which will provide the full roster of armies available in the tabletop game. Skaven? YES! Tomb Kings? YES! Lizardmen? YES!!!

Second up….

The Steam Page

Coming out on Joon 21st, nearly a month after Total War Warhammer. Its almost perfect. I get a solid month to play and run rampant in the world of Warhammer, and then I can take off into space and begin a journey. A journey to the center of the galaxy.

I enjoy me some space exploration games. I own both Star Citizen and Elite Dangerous, but neither currently has the playstyle that I personally seek in this sort of game, and that’s the ability to fully explore a planet and find cool things. Star Citizen is not feature complete, and Elite Dangerous is slowly building up but is pretty damn barren. Also, the art style in both kinda bores me. But No Mans Sky is colorful, interesting, and looks amazing. Glad I own a copy of it as well already. Joon cannot come Soon enough.

Finally, the last game this year that I care about…

The Steam Page

Adam Jensen probably didn’t ask for this sequel, but I sure as hell am happy it exists. Human Revolution is one of my favorite RPGs of recent years. It has solid gunplay, good RPG Mechanics, interesting characters and locations, and a lot of freedom in how I approach problems and deal with enemies.

Furthermore, I love the slick futuristic art style and color palette, and the music. I have played through the original Human Revolution twice, and the Directors Cut once. And I honestly might replay it with the sequel coming out. I am unsure if you can import your save so your choices carry over, I should research this. The only negative for me is that the game comes out August 23rd, and I have not had the money to prepurchase it. Compared to the other two this is a tad lower on my radar but its still something I really want to play. Adam needs to get more upgrades baby!

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And those are my top games upcoming this year that I honestly want to play. Sure it may not seem like much, but 2 of those have almost infinite replayability and thus will easily keep me busy in the long run!

Any games you all are looking forward to this year? Or next year?

No Mans Sky: 21 minutes of New Gameplay!

From IGN, thanks to reddit, I have now seen this cool video.  This is 21 ish minutes of new gameplay for No Mans Sky, showing off a ton of stuff.  In the video you can see crafting, monoliths, NPCs, a space station. space flight, combat, how to get new patterns, and more!  Explanations on how exploration works as well

I will be honest, until this video I personally was mildly interested in NMS.  But this video shows off enough of what interests me to make me want the game.  Thankfully I have some steam wallet funds (enough to order this) so this now belongs to me.

For those unaware, No Mans Sky can best be described as a space exploration survival sandbox.  If you want to know more, there is a very nice post on Reddit going over the things you can do in the game based on what we know so far.

I am truthfully excited now. I love the idea of making myself basically a scientist / explorer, out to find new worlds, new creatures, catalog them, and learn new alien languages so I can interact with the locals. Much more interesting, and apparently IGN will have more new stuff all month.

6/21/16 cannot get here fast enough.

For those who want to purchase No Mans Sky on PC, here is a link to its Steam Page, and its $60 right now. No real reason to prepurchase it honestly, the ship looks nice but its not really needed. But hey, if you got the cash and want to make sure you have it ready to go, then there ya go.

Just Another Music Monday: Volume 3 (Fallout Edition!)

The Fallout Soundtrack.  Specifically New Vegas.  And one song, in particular, always has grabbed me and makes me think of the game.

*snaps his fingers*

Oh yea, time to get to some bandit killing and raiding the wasteland.

Truth be told the Fallout series has always had fantastic music, and with Fallout 4 coming tomorrow, I cannot wait to hear the soundtrack.  Having my PipBoy play this stuff while I hunt and pick through the wastes always sets the perfect tone.

Ring a ding ding baby!

There are Exclusive Versions of Sword of Summer?!

Normally I wouldn’t be posting on the weekend, but I just found out about this.

You see, my budget this week only allows me to get one new book, when there are two books that I want. Those books being Magnus Chase Sword of Summer and Shadows of Self (Mistborn).

I have pretty much decided on Magnus Chase for the moment. I am a huge fan of the worlds Rick Riordan builds and Norse Mythology is awesome.

But it turns out…there are version exclusives depending on where I buy the thing!

REALLY?! Now I am torn. My original plan was to use Walmart, simply because I can get 10% off as my wife works there. And I could easily pick it up when picking her up from work on Tuesday. But now? NOW I DON’T KNOW! Walmart only gets this Door Hanger which I really don’t need. But if I get a copy from say Costco (and my dad has a membership there) I can get a bookmark. But then I would have to wait for the following Saturday. But if I get it from Barnes and Nobles I can get a cool Broucher! And if I get it from Target I can get a freaking POSTER!

ARG! Now I am freaking torn where do I get it!?