Foresight For The Week: September 19th Edition

by | Sep 19, 2017 | Videogames, weekly

Foresight For The Week: September 19th Edition

by | Sep 19, 2017 | Videogames, weekly |

Every Tuesday, Foresight for the Week is your guide to the gaming industry for the next 7 days. With game and DLC releases, news about upcoming cons and events, and information on the latest patches and updates in gaming, Foresight for the Week helps you stay on top of everything gaming. 

Game Releases

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite (Xbox One, PS4, PC)

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is finally here, and it’s arriving with a hefty does of controversy. The collector’s edition of the game comes with a steep $200 price tag. For your money, you get the game, some trinkets and one set of Infinity Stones. The problem is, the “Infinity Stones” look more like cheap Easter eggs than anything else. If you’re wondering just how bad it actually is, just check out this tweet from gamer Yohosie.

As for the game itself, it’s receiving mostly lukewarm reviews with the broad consensus being that it has good mechanics and is generally fun, but wholly unspectacular. 

Pokken Tournament DX (Switch)

Pokken Tournament DX for the Switch may not be the Pokemon game we all wanted, but it’s what we got, for now at least. The switch version of the game is quite similar to its beleaguered Wii U counterpart with a few key changes. There’s an expanded roster, some new game modes and the ability to play a local vs. match on the same screen. The improvements are all desperately needed and should make the game better and more sustainable, especially in the competitive sphere.

With PT all polished up, hopefully Nintendo can turn to focusing their attention on a proper Pokemon game for the Switch. 

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 (Switch)

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 has been out for over a year on most platforms, but now it’s coming to the Switch as well. The game we’ll be mostly the same with a couple minor adjustments. Most importantly, the switch version of the game will support “up to 6 players simultaneously over local wireless.” This will allow for “local co-op raid boss battles with up to 6 players and 3 on 3 versus matches.” On top of that, players will also be able to use the joy-cons’ motion control to activate certain ultimate moves.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 debuts on the Switch on Friday. 

Project CARS 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

If you’re a fan of cars or racing games and you didn’t play the first Project CARS, you did yourself a serious disservice. The only way you’re going to be able to make it up to yourself is by spending way too much time playing Project CARS 2. The game is a meticulous recreation of the driving experience, or at least what the driving experience would be like if you were a gearhead with all the time and money in the world. 

CARS 2 has 180 different cars, everything from a go-cart to a 1998 Panoz Esperante GTR. And according to the developers, “Each car has been faithfully built to exacting standards, with architecture that has been approved by each and every automaker, and handling that has been tested and approved by half-a-dozen real-world drivers.”

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Indie Spotlight

The First Tree (PC)

The story behind The First Tree is an interesting one. It’s developer, a man named David Wehle, is not a programmer and he built the entire game without any knowledge of code.  According to his Reddit AMA, the game was built using “Unity with some paid plugins, and Photoshop and Maya for the art.”

 The First Tree is “a third-person exploration game centered around two parallel stories: a fox trying to find her missing family, and a son reconnecting with his father in Alaska. Players take control of the fox on a poignant and beautiful journey that crescendos at the source of life, and perhaps result in an understanding of death. Along the way, players can uncover artifacts and stories from the son’s life as he becomes intertwined in the fox’s journey towards The First Tree.”

Patches, Updates, and DLC

NBA 2K18 Getting Patch To Fix Saving Issues

It’s been a rough start for NBA 2K18. The game has been experiencing a launch bug which wipes save files and in-game currency, supposedly just on the Xbox One version of the game. Just to be safe, a patch has been released for both the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game. Although there are still some erogenous complaints going around, this patch seems to have fixed the save files and in-game currency problem. According to the game’s official Twitter page, 2K plans to release further details at a later time. 

Destiny 2 Update 1.0.1.3

Destiny 2’s “Hotfix” patch makes only a handful of minor changes to the game. You can read the complete patch notes below, or on Bungie’s website

Items
  • Fixed an issue that caused players to not receive Man O’ War Linear Fusion Rifle Quest Reward when they have a full weapon inventory
    • Players can obtain their missing Man O’ War from Asher Mir on IO
UI
  • Fixed an issue where the Prism modifier did not persistently display the currently featured element
    • Prism will now display a brief screen effect when the element changes to increase visibility
    • This will also resolve an issue impacting the Momentum modifier
General
  • Fixed an issue where a Raid object was receiving an unintended amount of damage from Wardcliff Coil
  • Fixed an issue where completing a Meditation before selecting it from Ikora would hide that Meditation and prevent players from completing it receiving appropriate rewards.
  • Fixed a rare memory leak that would result in a Matchmaking crash

League of Legends Patch 7.18

No major changes for this patch. According to the notes,

“Worlds is coming up, so none of these changes are particularly aggressive, but we do want to make sure that some of the dominant outliers get tapped down a bit, and some popular picks who have fallen out of favor see some love. Because the stability of this patch is so important, we’re holding back on deeper changes that we’re still investigating, but we’ll be revisiting those champions and items in future patches.”

Champions in this patch include Azir, Gnar, Ivern, Jarvan IV, Lee Sin, Lucian, Ornn, Rakan, Rengar, Tristana and more. 

You can read the complete patch notes here.  

Events Calendar

Tokyo Game Show 2017

If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in Japan this weekend, you might just want to stop by Tokyo for one of the world’s largest and most exciting gaming conventions. TGS 2017 kicks off on Thursday with its first of two “business” days. Then the weekend is all about fun and games for the public.

Of course, TGS is like E3, you don’t actually just show up because you happen to be in Tokyo. The gaming convention is Asia’s biggest and all of the most important names in the gaming industry are there. Most major companies use TGS as a primary platform for their Asian audience, as well as a promotional opportunity for games coming out around the Holiday season. You can probably expect new trailers and announcements for Assassin’s CreedCall of Duty, and more. We also expect Microsoft to announce another round of pre-orders for the Xbox One X this week, even though they’re not officially part of the event.

Check back in next week for a complete recap of TGS 2017.  

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