MetaGamer Monthly October 2017

(Credit: Netflix)

 

This month we have the surprise mobile game for Stranger Things, a hidden game Nintendo placed on the Switch to honor late company President Satoru Iwata, the future closing of Nintendo’s Wii Shop, a demo for the recently released Switch version of Oceanhorn, and finally the latest major software update for the PS4.

Also several major games coming out this month, among them the highly anticipated Super Mario Odyssey, and several sequels including Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Wolfenstein: The New Colossus, and South Park: The Fractured But Whole.

 

Mobile

Stranger Things

Last week Netflix released an unannounced mobile game for Stranger Things in preparation for the second season later this month. The game is available for any Android and iOS platform.

Gameplay

Like the hit Netflix series, the Stranger Things game is a throwback to the 80s. Featuring 8-bit graphics and sound, the game resembles an adventure game you’d probably find on the NES.

The player starts out playing Hopper, the Police Chief of the small Indiana town of Hawkins. As you progress through the “dungeons” you solve puzzles and meet new playable characters. Each character has their own abilities, that are required to solve the game’s many puzzles

Throughout the game you will also find collectibles, some of which give you heart pieces that upgrade your health, or quest items that will give you upgrades when given to the right NPC (like one helps upgrade how many rocks Lucas can carry for his slingshot). One collectible, the VHS tape, allows you to get a sneak peak at the upcoming season when you collect all of them.

If you’re a fan of late 80’s adventure games than you should love this one. I know it has me addicted.

 

Screenshot (Credit: Netflix)

 

Players: Single Player
ESRB Rating*: T
Price: MSRP Free
Platforms: Android, iOS

 

Nintendo

Hidden Game On Switch

Last months intrepid users discovered a hidden game on the Switch. The hidden game was placed there as a tribute to the late Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, who passed away July 11, 2015.

The hidden game is an emulation of NES Golf originally released in 1984 with full motion controls. You can only access the game if the system date is set to July 11 (date of his death) and moving the detached Joy-Con’s in a certain way (mimicking the hand movements Satoru was fond of making).

Here is a detailed video one user made that shows how to activate the game:

 

 

Nintendo Closing Wii Shop

Nintendo recently announced that the Wii Shop will eventually close on January 30, 2019. Users will be will be able to add Wii Points up until March 26, 2018 and use those points to purchase game until the Wii Shop’s closure.

For more detailed info check Nintendo’s blog: Nintendo Support

 

Oceanhorn: Monsters Of Uncharted Seas Demo

Makers of Oceanhorn (recently released on the Switch) announced on their Twitter , that they will release a demo on the Nintendo eShop. Oceanhorn bears a strong resemble to the The Legend of Zelda series namely Link to the Past and Wind Waker. The demo releases sometime later this month.

 

 

Players: Single Player
ESRB Rating*: E
Price: MSRP $7.99 iOS, Free (in-app purchases) Android, $14.99 PC, PS4, Switch, XBOne, $12.99 PSVita
Platforms: Android, iOS, PC, PS4, PSVita, Switch, XBOne

 

Playstation

System Update 5.0

Sony recently released a major update this past week for the PS4 systems. The update features new changes to messages, notifications, and virtual surround sound support for Blu-Rays and DVDs on headphones among other things.

Check out the Playstation blog for full details: System Update 5.0 Notes

 

Playstation Plus Free Games

 

 

PS3

  • Hustle Kings
  • Monster Jam Battlegrounds

PS4

  • Amnesia: Collection
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

PS4/ PSVita

  • Hue
  • Sky Force Anniversary

 

Xbox

Xbox Live Gold Free Games

 

 

Xbox One

  • Gone Home: Console (October 1 to 31)
  • The Turing Test (October 16 to November 15)

Xbox 360/One

  • Rayman 3 HD (October 1 to 15)
  • Medal of Honor: Airborne (October 16 to 31)

 

October Releases

October 3

  • Battle Chasers: Nightwar (PC, PS4, XBOne)
  • Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen (PS4, XBOne)
  • Forza Motorsport 7 (PC, XBOne)

October 5

  • A Hat in Time (PC)
  • Stardew Valley (Switch)

October 6

  • Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy (3DS)
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions (3DS)

October 10

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War (PC, PS4, XBOne)

October 13

 

 

  • The Evil Within 2 (PC, PS4, XBOne, PC)

 

October 17

 

 

  • Elex (PC, PS4, XBOne)
  • Etrian Odyssey 5: Beyond the Myth (3DS)
  • GT Sport (PS4)
  • NBA 2K18 (Switch – Physical Edition)
  • Rogue Trooper Redux (PC, PS4, XBOne)
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole (PC, PS4, XBOne)
  • WWE 2K18 (PS4, XBOne)

October 19

  • Age of Empires: Definitive Edition (PC)

October 20

  • Fire Emblem Warriors (3DS, Switch)
  • Syberia (Switch)

October 24

  • Destiny 2 (PC)
  • Just Dance 2018 (PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, XB360, XBOne)
  • Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon (PC, PS4, Switch)
  • Road Rage (PC, PS4, XBOne)
  • Yomawari: Midnight Shadows (PC, PS4, PSVita)

 

October 27

 

 

 

 

  • Assassin’s Creed Origins (PC, PS4, XBOne)
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Switch)
  • Wolfenstein: The New Colossus (PC, PS4, XBOne)

 

October 31

  • Bubsy: The Woolies Strikes Back (PC, PS4)

 

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

 

 

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