Jaystonee’s Videogame Picks for 2017!

2017 is here! So now is the time to take a quick glance at the new videogames hitting the market (hopefully) this year. This is not an exhaustive list, but a few games that have piqued my interest for quite sometime. So let’s begin.

Horizon: Zero Dawn by Guerrilla Games is an open-world action rpg (role-playing) game horizon-zero-dawn-wallpaper-picturesthat took my breath away when it was announced at E3 2015. I was in attendance for E3 2015, but Horizon was shown behind closed doors. A little upsetting because at the time I knew I was getting the game, so I really wanted to test it myself. Now, Horizon is a month away and several trailers have highlighted the gorgeous world the protagonist, Aloy, has to survive in. Yes, I do mean “survive”. Aloy lives in a post-apocalyptic world in which machines have transcended well beyond simple humanoid robots, but have taken the form of prehistoric creatures. I know, pretty cool indeed. I cannot wait to get my hands on this game!

Nintendo Switch releases in March. This is Nintendo’s next chance to regain some momentum in the gaming market. They need it.the-legend-of-zelda-breath-of-the-wild Nintendo has been struggling for quite sometime due to poor decision making and bad marketing. Hopefully the switch comes with a strong lineup of games than can put Nintendo back on the map. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild looks very promising. Come on Nintendo, you can do this!

injustice-2I love fighting games, so of course I have been having my eyes on Injustice 2. I skipped Injustice for reasons unknown. I should have gotten it by now, but other games distracted me. Guess I will pick it up when another Steam sales happens. Injustice 2 add news character to the fray with the addition of Blue Beetle, Supergirl, Gorilla Grood, and others. I’m excited to yet again try to be the best competitor, until 2 weeks pass by and everyone in the world knows every combo and mix up imaginable. But I will try!

detroit-become-humanI love sci-fi games. I love “freedom of choice” games. Detroit: Become Human nestles these components in one package to tell a mutli-character narrative. From what I have read and observed from the trailers, Kara and Connor are androids who play pivotal roles in the game’s narrative. A narrative that is influenced the decisions the players makes in the game. Undoubtedly, there may be a larger conspiracy happening for one of the trailers showcases Connor trying to stop a rogue android from killing a little girl. I cannot wait to see more and then hopefully get it in my hands sometime this year.

0a7c6b1a-bc3e-4003-b4b9-2edc104cccb0Lastly, I was going to put Platinum Games’s Scalebound in this list, but unfortunately Microsoft is starting 2017 off with cancelling Scalebound. So let us all pay tribute to the fallen! Scalebound, you showed great promise! You showcased a world full of dragons, creatures, and magic with an upbeat protagonist who enjoyed slaying beasts just as much as I do. You will be missed.

Again, not an exhaustive list, but these games are my top picks for 2017! So here is hoping that they live up to the hype. Most importantly, release on time!

2017, dazzle me!




Nintendo Switch arrives March 3!

I had a feeling that my 100th blog post would be special. Nintendo finally shed more light on their upcoming console, the Nintendo Switch. On January 12 around 8pm PT/ 11pm EST, Nintendo held a press conference (link to press conference here) revealing more information about the console. Nintendo Switch releases March 3, 2017 which is very soon retailing for $299.99 in the U.S. nintendo-switch-presentation-bannerThe console will come package with a Nintendo Switch, the dock, left and right JoyCon controllers, the game pad to connect the controllers, two wrist attachments for when you play with the controllers separately, an AC adapter, and a HDMI cable. The console has three modes; TV mode (playing videogames via hdmi to your TV), Tabletop (playing with the Nintendo Switch tablet with the JoyCon controllers disconnected form the tablet), and Handheld mode (to play games on the go).

A lot of other details were given as well. The Nintendo Switch when disconnected from the dock has a battery life ranging from 2 and half hours to 6 and half hours depending on the game. So, don’t stray too far from home. nintendo-switch-specs

Source: Gamespot.com

Gamespot confirmed that the Nintendo Switch will be a 720p display, 32GB of internal storage, will use game cartridges that resemble the size of 3DS games. The JoyCon controller has an upgraded “HD” rumble technology to really take the sense of realism to the next level. Also, Nintendo Switch supports 8-player LAN (local area network) connection for multiplayer games.

Speaking of games, a lot were announced. ARMS is a “fighting sports game” in which the fighters have extendable arms used to knock each other out. Also, 1-2 Switch  is a party game in which 2 people using one of the controllers shoot it out in a Western fast draw. It’s weird, I know. Hey, that’s Nintendo in a nutshell. Both games are meant to highlight the precision of the JoyCon controllers sensors, motion control, and feel of playing with a single controller.

Beyond that, Nintendo yet again announced that there are “80” games in development for Nintendo Switch. Splatoon 2 was announced and has a Summer 2017 release window. A new Mario Sandbox game called, Super Mario Odyssey, is slated to release during the 2017 holiday season. Todd Howard from Bethesda Softworks confirmed that the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will be on Nintendo Switch. No release date was given. There were a few more interesting titles shown off or teased as well.

I am excited! The Nintendo Switch grabbed my attention in the Fall and soon will be grabbing my money on March 3, 2017! Did I fail to mention that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has a release date. It is being released the same time as the Nintendo Switch, March 3! the-legend-of-zelda-breath-of-the-wild

I am already lined up in front of the Gamestop! I should of brought a jacket. It’s cold outside!