Meta Gamer Monthly July 2017 And E3 Special (Updated)

Days Gone PS4 Exclusive (Credit: Bend Studio)

 

Since I was vacation during E3, I am combining my E3 coverage with the my Meta Gamer article for July. It won’t be exhaustive, but I am highlighting some of the more interesting games. I am saving all the Nintendo coverage for a separate article, it will feature a ton of info about Super Mario Odyssey.

PlayStation and Xbox haven’t announced their free games for July yet. Keep an eye out as I will update this article when they do.

Thanks to my lovely fiance, I finally got a Nintendo Switch and will share my first impressions. Also expect a review of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in a few weeks.

***Updated: Free Games for PS Plus and Xbox Live Gold now included.***

 

Nintendo Switch First Impressions

The dock for the Switch is very light and not very substantial. Docking and undocking was fairly easy, although the Switch does wiggle while docked.

The Joy Cons slid very easily into the grip. The grip itself isn’t very wide as compared to a Dualshock 4 for the PS4 and took some getting to use to.

I got to test out the best thing about the Switch. While playing Breath of the Wild the electricity went out. Normally this would be a “Oh no I didn’t save!” moment, but as the Switch has it’s own battery it was still running, I just slid in the Joy Cons then pulled it out and continued playing.

My only issue is with the wrist straps that come with it the Switch, one is very hard to detach from the Joy Con.

 

E3 2017

Cross-play Controversy

During E3, Microsoft announced cross platform play for Minecraft, so players on PC, Switch and Xbox One would be able to play with each other but not PS4 players. Also during E3 Nintendo announced Rocket League was coming to the Switch and the games developer Psyonix announced it would also have cross-play with PC (through Steam), Switch and Xbox One and again no PS4.

Neither Microsoft or Psyonix are responsible for the omission, Sony is the hold out in both cases. According to Eurogamer’s interview with Jim Ryan, global sales and marketing head for PlayStation, Sony feels they can’t adequately protect children online (in reference to Minecraft). It seems to be a flimsy excuse considering Nintendo is often considered the family and kid friendly company. (Source: Eurogamer)

 

Multi-Platform

Evil Within 2

Sebastian Castellanos returns from the first game, when his old partner from the first game Juli Kidman tells him that Lily, the daughter he thought dead, is still alive. He has to return to the STEM from the first game and find and save his daughter.

Official Site: The Evil Within 2

Trailer

 

E3 Gameplay Demo

 

Players: Single Player
ESRB Rating*: RP
Price: MSRP $59.99
Release Date: Oct 13th 2017
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

 

Star Wars Battlefront II

The next game in DICE’s Star Wars Battlefront series will allow you to play in any era, participate in space battles and best of of all Darth Maul!

Official Website: Star Wars Battlefront II

 

 

Players: Single Player, Multi-Player
ESRB Rating*: RP
Price: MSRP $59.99 ($79.99 Elite Trooper Edition)
Release Date: Nov 17, 2017 ( Nov 14, 2017 Elite Trooper Edition)
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

 

Other Games

 

A Way Out

 

Anthem

 

Assassin’s Creed Origins

 

Beyond Good And Evil 2

 

Destiny 2

E3 Trailer

 

Gameplay Trailer

 

Far Cry 5

 

Kingdom Hearts 3

 

Sonic Forces

 

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

 

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

 

PS4

 

PlayLink

At E3 Sony introduced a PlayLink, a social gaming platform that connects with mobile devices so play games in a social setting. One of the games That’s You will be free for PS Plus subscribers when PlayLink launches July 4. (Source: PlayStation)

Official Website: PlayLink

 

 

Days Gone

This was originally announced at last year’s E3, but I somehow missed it (probably because I was obsessing over the Breath of the Wild coverage). Days Gone is essentially Sons of Anarchy meets the zombie apocalypse.

Set around the fictional Oregon town of Farewell, the game stars Sam Witwer (the character is voice by and modeled after him) from the show Being Human and the Stars Wars games The Force Unleashed I and II. He plays a biker named Deacon, who was in a motorcycle club before everything goes all to hell. He has to use his skills to work as a mercenary and survive this new world.

Gameplay

To navigate this new reality Deacon relies on his trusty bike and his skills.

Bike

  • Can be upgraded
  • Handles differently depended on the dynamic weather system
  • Can be knocked off bike by “clothes-line” traps that can be disarmed
  • There is a gas gauge telling you how much gas you have left

Weapons

  • Guns
  • Knives
  • Bear traps
  • Bombs
  • Environment (Deacon uses “clothes-line” rope to choke an enemy)

Crafting

Deacon will be able to craft, but there isn’t much info yet on what crafting will entail.

Tracking Sense

Deacon also has a keen tracking sense that helps him complete objectives.

 

Enemies

Deacon will fight other survivors as well as the “Freakers”

Freakers

Freakers are Days Gone answer to zombies. Similar to Dying Light’s zombies, Freakers aren’t dead but living humans (and in this case animals) infected by virus that drives their insatiable hunger. Different types will attack each other. They all hate the cold and are attracted by noises.

  • Swarmers – Small fast groups
  • Hordes – Much larger groups
  • Newts – Infected children
  • Runners – Infected wolves
  • Ravagers – Infected bears

 

Days Gone is a PS4 exclusive by Bend Studio. No release date announced as of yet.

Official Site: https://bendstudio.com/games/days-gone/

E3 2016

 

 

E3 2017

 

Players: Single Player
ESRB Rating*: RP
Price: MSRP TBA
Release Date: TBA
Platforms: PS4

 

Detroit: Become Human

Another game originally shown off at last years E3, Detroit: Become Human is made by Quantic Dream, who is responsible for such hits as the gritty noir Hard Rain, and Beyond: Two Souls. The game is set in future Detroit where human looking androids are used to perform many tasks, most of them menial. The androids start to develop independent thought and decide to rebel.

Player’s decisions play very heavily in this game as the you’re able to choose multiple outcomes for every situation. You can use built in tech to analyze your surroundings to help you formulate a plan of action. These decisions can affect the overall game world.

You play one of the three android characters:

  • Kara – She is fresh out of the factory and is experiencing the world for the first time
  • Marcus – He is a revolutionary at the forefront of the android rebellion
  • Conner – A hostage negotiator that had to deal with “Deviants” androids who have gone rogue

Official Site: Detroit: Become Human

Gameplay Trailers

 

 

Players: Single Player
ESRB Rating*: RP
Price: MSRP TBA
Release Date: TBA
Platforms: PS4

 

Other PS4 Games

 

God of War

 

Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds DLC

 

Spider-Man

 

Xbox

 

Xbox One X

Microsoft revealed the name and price of their new console. Previously know as Scoripo the new Xbox will be called the Xbox One X. Price is MSRP $499.99 and will be released November 7.

Offcial Site: http://www.xbox.com/en-us/xbox-one-x

 

Free Games For July 2017

 

PlayStation Plus Free Games

PlayStation has a great selection this month. PS4 players can get the horror game Until Dawn and Game of Thrones: The Telltale Series Season One starting the 4th of July.

 

 

PS3

  • Darkstalkers Resurrection
  • Tokyo Jungle

PS4

  • Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series
  • Until Dawn

PS Vita

  • Element4l

PS4, PS Vita

  • Don’t Die, Mr. Robot!

 

Xbox Live Gold Free Games

 

 

July 1-15

  • Kane & Lynch 2 (Xbox 360**)

July 1-31

  • Grow Up (Xbox One)

July 16-31

  • Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (Xbox 360**)

July 16-August 15

  • Runbow (Xbox One)

 

** Available on Xbox One through backwards compatibility.

 

 Games Releasing In July

 

July 1

  • CodeRed: Agent Sarah’s Story (PC)

July 4

  • That’s You (PS4)

July 7

  • Accel World vs. Sword Art Online (PS4, PSVita)

July 11

  • Black The Fall (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Fable Fortune (PC, Xbox One)
  • Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (PS4)
  • Minecraft: Story Mode – Season 2 (Android, iOS, PC, PS4, Xbox One) Digital Only

July 12

  • Antihero (PC)
  • The End is Nigh (PC)

July 17

  • Albion Online (PC)

July 18

  • Children of Zoiarcs (PC, PS4)
  • Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy (iOS, Android)
  • Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles (PS4)

July 21

  • Car Mechanic Simulator 2018 (PC, Console releases later this year)
  • Splatoon 2 (Switch) – July 21

July 25

  • Aven Colony (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star (Switch)
  • Pyre (PC, PS4)

July 27

  • Galaxy of Pen and Paper (Android, iOS, PC)
  • Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls (PC)
  • The Darkside Detective (PC)

July 28

  • Hey Pikmin (3DS)

July 31

  • Immortal Planet (PC)
  • The Station (PC)

 

*ESRB Ratings
E – Everyone
T – Teen
M – Mature
RP – Rating Pending

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