Re-Spawn: This Week’s Video Game News for 06/26/2017

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Re-Spawn - This Week's Video Game News
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Welcome back to the latest edition of Re-Spawn where we share video game news that caught our eye in the last week and let you know what we’ve played recently.

  • Blizzard’s Latest:
    • We are finally getting something new in Diablo III next week. The Necromancer player class becomes available starting June 27th. Unfortunately, they’re charging $14.99 for it which I find a little distasteful considering all the disappointments the game endured in the first year of release. Add in that folks have been clamoring for new content (new maps, acts, gear, etc. instead of more Torment levels) for so long I think everyone lost their voice (literally and metaphorically). I’ve recently been playing again to get myself back to muscle memory status ahead of the release and I didn’t recall all the trade limitations in place and got frustrated all over again. Made miss Diablo II all over again. Here’s the buzz video for the new player class to tide you over.
  • Xbox’s Latest:
    • Xbox has been pretty quiet since the announcement of the new Xbox One X at E3 last week. If you missed my recap you can go read it now of course, and also get even more details on the E3 page on the Xbox website.
    • Current Games with Gold are Speedrunners (06/01 – 06/30),  Phantom Dust Multiplayer Content Pack (06/01 – 06/30), Watch Dogs (06/16 – 07/15), and Dragon Age Origins (06/16 – 06/30).
    • You can check out the games on sale right now on the Deals With Gold page.
  • Nintendo’s Latest:
  • Playstation’s Latest:
    • Playstation HAD a Flash sale. Unfortunately, I saw nothing about it in any of their news/blog posts before last week’s Re-Spawn or I’d have given you advance warning. Sorry about that, folks. If you caught the sale and picked up anything really cool let me know.
    • This week’s The Drop highlights 22 new releases in the upcoming week. Check out the blog entry for the full list but here is a couple that caught my eye:
      • The Tenth Line has an old school feel. It is a 2D platformer with RPG, battle, and card play aspects from the independent development company Sungazer Software.
      • Plague Road from Arcade Distillery is another 2D platformer + turn-based battle game with an interesting twist. You play as a doctor who had to abandon your town and your people due to a plague but has returned now in search of survivors.
  • STEAM’s Latest:
    • The annual STEAM Summer Sale is on! It runs from 06/22 – 07/05 and so many games are on sale I can’t possibly list everything. The discount amounts vary from game to game but are well worth a fresh look at your wish list. Some of the GeekDads have been partaking and recommend the following:
      • Ryan Hiller is excited for Pathfinder Adventures which is now available on STEAM. And just in time for the sale! Both the standard and Obsidian Edition versions are currently 25% at $18.74 and $29.99, respectively.
      • Randy Slavey recommends Middle-Earth: Shadow of MordorHe says it is “a great story, [with] beautiful scenery, plenty of story mode as well as side mission gameplay. Picking up this not quite 3-year-old game for $4 is a no-brainer.” Last I checked, I have some of those brain thingies so I picked up a copy.
      • I also picked up the following:
        • Little Nightmares for $14.99. I shared some additional details about this one a few weeks ago when I first saw it and liked it. I had to pick it up during this sale.
        • Lost Castle for only $5.99. I wanted to share a gameplay video on this one but after watching several and not finding one with a pleasant voice or even without commentary entirely I switched to the trailer.
        • Don’t Starve for $3.74. I pulled in the Together trailer because I just like this trailer. Game play is pretty much the same for solo versus this.
        • Grim Dawn for $12.49. This one is an oldie but goodie I’ve wavered back and forth on buying many times. Most folks compare it to the old Diablo II for play style and since that one is on my list of Top 10 PC Games of All Time, you can see why I’d be tempted.
        • Dungeon of the Endless – Endless Collection for $4.99 (as recommended by GeekDad Mike LeSauvage).
        • What Remains of Edith Finch for $14.99. You may recall I became smitten with this game a few weeks back and at 25% off I pulled that trigger.

GeekMoms and GeekDads often write about video games and this week we really stepped it up for you. Here is a list of all the video gaming related articles from the blogs from this past week:


Below are the video games some of the Geek Parents have been playing lately:

  • Jonathan Liu
    • Transistor and Hidden Folks (PC)
    • Osmo Coding Jam
  • Will James: Star Wars: Force Arena, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, Transformers: Earth Wars, and Transformers: Forged to Fight (iOS)
  • Anthony Karcz: Hearthstone, Transformers: Forged to Fight, and Marvel Puzzle Quest (iOS)
  • Mike LeSauvage:
    • Has-Been Heroes (Nintendo Switch)
    • Heroes of the Storm (PC)
  • Ryan Hiller: Unturned (OSX)
  • Sophie Brown:
    • Sims 3 (PC)
    • Lego Lord of the Rings and Minecraft (PS3)
    • Disney Magic Kingdoms (iOS)
  • Randy Slavey:
    • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Battlefront 1 (PS4)
    • Mario Party 8 (Wii)
  • Samantha Fisher:
    • Overwatch, Diablo III, Splendor, and World of Warcraft (PC)
    • Ticket to Ride and Candy Crush Soda Saga (Android)

Have you played any new games this week? Send me a comment or hit me up on Twitter (@samanthafisher) to let me know what you’ve been playing.

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