Re-Spawn: Video Game News for Week 32 – August 6th to August 12th, 2017

Re-Spawn - This Week's Video Game News
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Welcome to our video game news for week 32. I believe the weather lords heard my whining last week and have bestowed some gorgeous sunshine and not-too-hot weather on us here in Central Ohio. I’ve been soothing my soul with sunshine and hard work in the yard instead of with keyboards and controllers this week. But there is never a week that goes by that I don’t spend a little time finding out what is going on in the world of video games. Let’s take a look at what I found interesting this week.

Video Game News Recap

General News Updates

#VideoGamesIn5Words

This hashtag has been trending on Twitter and bringing me such joy. Check it out when you have some down time this week but here are a few highlights:

And my favorite, for obvious reasons:

Cat Quest

As I was writing this article my son pops in to tell me about Cat Quest. This game is freaking adorable. I had to feature it this week. By developer The Gentle Bros, you’ll enjoy over 60 quests and over 50 dungeons when you become a catventurer in the land of Felingard. Felingard is a 2D open world format for you to explore as you see fit. Check out the video below then prepare to order. It was available on STEAM August 8th and has very positive reviews. It hit iOS on August 10th and will be available for Android in September. Want it on console? The game is slated for release on PS4 and Nintendo Switch by the end of the year. You can find more details on the website, as well.

Blizzard’s Latest Video Game News

Hearthstone

Knights of  The Frozen Throne released last week. The expansion features Hero Cards. This is a new card type that, when played, replaces your hero. When it lands you replace your hero with the one on the card, gaining armor, casting a Battlecry, and you get a new and powerful Hero Power. Listen to one of the developers explain how this feature can enhance your gameplay.

Overwatch

Summer Games 2017 has arrived! Newsflash, I’m horrible at Lucio Ball. So bad it makes me wonder how I ever manage to headshot anyone in the regular game. I’m an embarrassment to my friends that made the mistake of trying it with me.

McCree Lifeguard Skin. Drool sold separately.
McCree lifeguard skin. Drool sold separately. Copyright: Blizzard Entertainment

In better news, I have been enjoying the new skins, emotes, sprays, etc. I’ve gotten the new McCree beach skin (let’s pause while I fan myself on this one), the new Widowmaker beach skin, and several voice lines and sprays.

Beach-ready Widowmaker has her eye on you.
Beach-ready Widowmaker has her eye on you. Copyright: Blizzard Entertainment

Xbox’s Latest Video Game News

Upcoming Games from Xbox

A full list of the new releases coming up next week shows six new games coming out this week can be found on the Xbox News page. Here are a couple highlights from the list:

Thumper

Looking just a bit like an LSD trip at first pass, this game is an intense ride through space set to rhythmic music.

The Pillars of the Earth

If you like games that are more like an interactive novel, The Pillars of the Earth is a beautiful version of this game style.

Current Games with Gold are Runbow (07/16 – 08/15), Bayonetta (08/01 – 08/15), and Slime Rancher (08/01 – 08/31)

Upcoming Games with Gold are Trials Fusion (08/16 – 09/15) and Red Faction: Armageddon (08/16 – 08/31)

You can check out the games on sale right now on the Deals With Gold page.

Nintendo’s Latest Video Game News

Nintendo World Championships

The Nintendo World Championships return in October.
The Nintendo World Championships return in October. Copyright: Nintendo

The Nintendo World Championship tournament begins in New York on October 7, 2017 with qualifier events being held at select Best Buy locations across the country. If you’re interested in participating the dates and locations for the qualifiers can be found in the press release.

PlayStation’s Latest Video Game News

This week’s The Drop highlights 18 new releases in the upcoming week. Check out the blog entry for the full list but here are a couple that caught my eye:

Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma

This creepy puzzler has been out for a while but is now releasing on PS4.

Agents of Mayhem

From the makers of Saints Row comes this open-world action game.

PlayStation Plus includes free games. Currently available are Just Cause 3, Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry, Super Motherload, Snakeball, Downwell, and Level 22.

STEAM’s Latest Video Game News

New releases and upcoming releases are available on the Steam Games page.

Current pricing specials can be found on the Specials page. This page is updated frequently so check back often.

GeekMom and GeekDad Recent Video Game Articles

GeekMoms and GeekDads often write about video games and related items. Here is a list of all the video gaming related articles from the blogs since I last recapped things:

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

Z.:

  • Splatoon 2 (Nintendo Switch)
  • Cave Story + (Nintendo Switch)
  • Miitopia (Nintendo 3DS)
  • Fire Emblem Heroes (Android)

Samantha Fisher:

  • Overwatch (PC)
  • Ticket to Ride (Android)

Anthony Karcz:

  • Hearthstone (iOS)
  • Marvel Puzzle Quest (iOS)
  • Transformers: Forged to Fight (iOS)
  • Pathfinder Adventures (iOS)

Will James:

  • Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes (iOS)
  • Star Wars Force Arena (iOS)
  • Transformers Earth Wars (iOS)

Mike LeSauvage:

  • PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (PC)

Stephen Clark:

  • Alto’s Adventure (Android)
  • Marvel: Puzzle Quest (Android)

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