Previously on This Week in Gaming… | Week of 10.06

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STARDEW VALLEY

[image: Stardew Valley, featured on a Nintendo Switch]
Stardew Valley, the wildly popular open-ended country life RPG (aka a farming simulator), released for the Nintendo Switch last Thursday for $15 USD. Stardew Valley has been on the Xbox One and PS4 since June of this year, so it’s great to see it get branched out a little.

THE GOOD LIFE

[image: Naomi, her default cat form, and her default dog form]
The Good Life, the game by White Owls creator Swery, which features a New York City photographer who comes to a small English town to discover a murder mystery afoot, has been launched on Fig with a $1.5 million dollar goal. As of noon today, 10/10, it’s only raised $444,175. The game will only be funded if the full amount is raised, so it’s not looking too good – the campaign will only run until this Thursday, October 12th. We hope for the best for Swery and The Good Life, especially since they recently announced that there would be two different versions of the game released – at night, the townspeople will turn into dogs or cats, depending on which version you purchase. The two versions will have to be purchased separately.

OCTOBER GAME RELEASES

Here’s a fun list of October 2017’s video game releases!

Forza Motorsport 7 (10/03)
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen (10/05)
Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy (10/06)
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions (10/06)
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War (10/10)
The Evil Within 2 (10/13)
Gran Turismo Sport (10/17)
South Park: The Fractured But Whole (10/17)
Fire Emblem Warriors (10/20)
Syberia 3 (10/20)
Destiny 2’s PC release (10/24)
Assassin’s Creed: Origins (10/27)
Super Mario Odyssey (1/027)
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (10/27)

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA ENCYCLOPEDIA

[image: The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia’s front cover]
A Legend of Zelda encyclopedia, spanning from the very first game from 1986, until Twilight Princess HD, is coming next spring from Dark Horse. The book will have everything – potion locations, enemies, loot, concept art, screenshots, characters, languages, and so much more. The book releases April 24 for $39.99, and is available for pre-order on Amazon for $23.99 and at Barnes & Noble for $26.47.

 

STARFOX 2’S DEBUT

[image: Starfox 2 bootleg SNES cartridge]
With the release of the SNES Classic two weeks ago comes the official release of Starfox 2. With the release of Starfox 2 comes “hackers” who have extracted it from the SNES Classic’s internal organs and plopped the game into bootleg SNES cartridges so they could post them on auction sites like ebay, for as much as $70 USD. The cartridges actually look fairly legitimate, with a nice-looking, age-appropriate label, but don’t be fooled by them – they aren’t worth it, even if the cartridge actually works on an original SNES. Not for that price. Save your money, and wait for the SNES Classic to be available in your local stores again. Don’t give in to people who do stuff like this.

PS4 FIRMWARE UPDATE

PS4 Firmware update 5.0 released this week, bringing some minor, but necessary, updates to the console. Like parental controls – we have no idea how parental controls USED to work, but now multiple adults can use parent/guardian labels and run a family’s account, and adjust parental controls independently for each child account. You can now disable notifications during video playback (I very much like this feature. Nothing takes me out of immersion like “The Dualshock 4 has disconnected” during a TV show), and check notifications from the quick menu. PS4 Pro players can now broadcast games to Twitch in 1080p at 60 frames per second. Woo!

SKYRIM: SURVIVAL MODE

[image: Skyrim’s information about how being cold affects your character in Survival Mode]
Bethesda’s Creation Club is now officially available for Skyrim Special Edition. You will have to update your game and select “Creation Club” from the main menu – it logs you in with your bethesda.net credentials, then you can select anything you want from the Club. Unfortunately, today is the last day you have to get Survival Mode for free – from today on, it will cost you 500 credits, or around 5 dollars. This kind of sucks, because the lowest denomination of credits you can purchase is 750 credits for $7.99, which… also sucks, because that’s the worst of the available deals for purchasing credits. Bethesda, we love you, but you gotta get your shit together.

THE LITTLE THINGS

So, it was discovered that the Xbox One X has an image inside of it of Master Chief riding a scorpion. No, really. Check out this video at around 11:11. He’s adorable.

Horizon Zero Dawn’s Game of the Year edition leaked a little early from Play Asia. The leak was quickly removed, but screenshots were taken across the globe in the hopes that it’s real. It states that the GOTY version of HZD will be around $50 and will ship on 12/05. Guerilla Games has not gone public with any Game of the Year information yet.

[image: The Horizon Zero Dawn Game of the Year leaked information]
There’s going to be another Sonic the Hedgehog movie… featuring both live action and CGI techniques, somehow, “as it brings Sonic to the big screen for the first time”. Deadpool director Tim Miller is the Executive Producer, which… should be interesting, at the very least.

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