legacy of the void

Greetings, NAGillians! This Week In Gaming is a little abbreviated this Saturday, I’m away for the weekend and thus unable to deliver your regularly scheduled programming. Instead, I’ve assembled a bunch of videos with some news sprinkled in, for your enjoyment. Have a great weekend everybody!

Cities: Skyline is making a pretty major splash right now – the general agreement among fans and critics alike is that it’s delivering all the things everyone really wanted from SimCity (2013), but didn’t actually get. In doing so, it’s reignited everyone’s love for the city builder genre in general. Here’s a video discussing what it does right, and why it’s worth your time.

While we’re on the topic of old-school genres done right, Sierra is planning on rebooting a classic adventure title – King’s Quest. Eurogamer conducted a lengthy interview with one of the people behind the reboot which you can find here; but if you haven’t been following the progress of the game, check out this 2014 reveal trailer. It’s looking like they’ve done a great job of bringing the classic series into the modern era whilst still staying true to its roots.

And a little more great stuff from the folks over at Eurogamer, the staff did an extended Let’s Play on Battlefield Hardline‘s campaign and multiplayer components at the game’s release on Tuesday. So if you’re still deciding whether or not you want to take the plunge, this should give you an excellent idea of what you’re in for.

Let’s change pace for a moment, and get into movies – more specifically, Adam Sandler’s Pixels, a big-budget Hollywood remake of a short that sees all the characters we remember from our youth taking over a city in all their 8-bit glory. Honestly, it looks like a treat for any nerd – check out the very first trailer; it just dropped this week.

You may have heard that The Elder Scrolls Online is completely relaunching itself – it’ll now be free-to-play (which isn’t new), and include a bunch of new features and a general reworking. Zenimax’s original MMORPG attempt didn’t really pan out all that well, with the subscription model falling apart quickly and even the switch to free-to-play not doing much to resurrect the franchise. Launching again as The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, the developer is hoping to gain a lot more traction this time. Check out this trailer to see if it’s worth a second look (or indeed, a first one).

Carmageddon‘s reboot, Reincarnation, is finally coming out of Steam Early access. The game will get a proper PC release on April 23rd, including a 16-chapter career mode, 8-way multiplayer (LAN or online), 24 vehicles, 9 maps and 36 race routes. There’ll apparently be PS4 and Xbox One versions as well, but no word on when. Check out the launch trailer:

Starcraft II’s final expansion, Legacy of the Void, will be entering closed beta soon – at the end of this month, to be exact. According to Blizzard, this beta will be running “longer than usual” – whatever that means. You’ll be able to try out the new Protoss units on three multiplayer maps. Check out the game’s launch trailer.

EVE Online is kind of a mystery to me. I know it’s one of those vast, complex MMO style games that gets people highly addicted – but it also seems a lot like a second job. I know that it can probably boast some of the most epic gaming stories in history – I’ve written about a couple of them. I know it’s in space. I don’t know much else, but I do know they just announced a whole new set of stuff, alongside a new trailer. Is this the time for you (and me) to get into EVE? Check it out.

Here’s something a little different I hadn’t heard of – a Warhammer-themed American Football game called Blood Bowl 2, featuring different races and a ton of different moves. Intrigued? Check out this first look at the gameplay.

Let’s end things off with a little drama – a graphics comparison of Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae on the PS4 and Xbox One. Fight!

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