Video Game Releases May 2020

If you wanted to play a ton of remastered amazing video games on your Switch, May is going to be a great month for you!

  • Zombie Army 4: Dead War (Stadia) – May 1 – $50?, Free for Pro
  • John Wick Hex (PS4) – May 5 – $20
  • Forza Street (iOS, Android) – May 5 – F2P
  • Lonely Mountains: Downhill (Switch) – May 7 – $20
  • Void Bastards (PS4, Switch) – May 7 – $30
  • Star Wars Episode I: Racer (PS4, Switch) – May26/May 12 – ???
  • Deep Rock Galactic (Xbox One, PC) – May 13 – $30
  • Those Who Remain (PlayStation 4) – May 15 – $20
  • The Wonderful 101: Remastered (PS4, Switch, PC) May 19 – $40
  • Saints Row: The Third Remastered (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – May 22 – $40
  • Minecraft: Dungeons (Xbox One, PC) — May 26 – $20/$30/GP
  • Ninjala (Switch) – May 28 – F2P
  • Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (Switch) — May 29 – $60
  • BioShock: The Collection (Switch) – May 29 – $50
  • XCOM 2 (Switch) – May 29 – $50
  • Borderlands Legendary Collection (Switch) – May 29 – $50

Every week the Byte Me Podcast dips into the games you should be playing! Featuring news and reviews for PC, console and mobile games, along with fun discussions about games from the classics to new releases. Perfect for casual gamers or for casual gamers that want to be a little more hardcore, join Byte Me and find your next favorite game!

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The Last of Us 2 Gets Leaked and a Release Date

The Last of Us 2 was leaked to YouTube (allegedly by a pissed off Naughty Dog employee.) The result? The Last of Us 2 is now coming out in June and the internet is mad. Again.

What You’re Playing

Colby: SWORD ART ONLINE HOLLOW REALIZATION

Cliff: Final Fantasy 15, Kingdom Hearts 3

Dylan: Animal Crossing

News

  • There is Actually News About Good Stadia 
  • Phil Spencer Is Excited About Some Xbox Series X Tech That You Might Not Expect 
  • GOG Galaxy Will Now Track Game Pass Games for You Now 
  • This New Fallout 76 Robot is Going to Turn You Into a Commie 

Cheap/Free Games

Playstation Plus

  • Dying Light
  • Dark Souls Remastered

Games with Gold

  • V-Rally 4 ($59.99 ERP): Available May 1 to 31 on Xbox One
  • Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr ($39.99 ERP): Available May 16 to June 15 on Xbox One
  • Sensible World of Soccer ($9.99 ERP): Available May 1 to 15 on Xbox One & Xbox 360
  • Overlord II ($9.99 ERP): Available May 16 to 31 on Xbox One & Xbox 360

Game Pass

  • Moving Out: April 28
  • Red Dead Redemption 2: May 7

Twitch Prime

  • Turok
  • Etherborn
  • Lightmatter
  • Earthlock
  • Kathy Rain
  • Yono & The Celestial Elephant

Epic Games Store

  • https://www.polygon.com/2020/4/28/21240024/epic-games-store-two-factor-authentication-2fa-free-games
  • Amnesia: Dark Descent
  • Crashlands

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Want to Create Your Own Super Mario World?

The final update to Super Mario Maker 2 comes out today and you finally can create Super Mario World style maps with an overworld that connects your different levels. Also, the frog suit is now available.

Other Video Game News

  • Apparently Gamestop is Still Trying to Be Essential 
  • The Doom Eternal Soundtrack Has Some Mixing Problems and Mick Gordan Isn’t Happy About It 
  • The Best Party of Star Wars: Episode 1 is Coming to PS4 and Switch 
  • You Might Want to Set Up 2FA on Your Switch If You Haven’t Already 
  • Gamecon Has Been Cancelled But PAX West is Still On (For Now) 
  • Death Stranding’s PC Release Has Been Delayed 
  • It Doesn’t Just Feel Like A Lot of People Are Playing Animal Crossing 

What We’re Playing

Colby: Legend of Zelda 1, 2, & 3, 88 Heroes, Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization

Cliff: Final Fantasy 15, Bloodroots

Dylan: Animal Crossing, Sea of Thieves

Questions

Vinny: Microsoft Flight Simulator is going to be 150gb install size and Call of Duty Modern Warfare with all modes is a 200gb install size. If these are current gen games taking up this much space…what is next-gen going to look like? What’re your thoughts on this in general?

Princess_Megan: What, if anything, do you miss the most about the pre-COVID world? I miss being able to eat at restaurants and have in-person game nights with my friends

Princess_Megan: What skills have you learned from video games have you been able to transfer into your everyday lives?

CliffHunter: Who do you guys think can pull off a predator game that would make you want to come back just for the hunt? Ubisoft? Rocksteady? I would love for the game to take place right before the predator movie stars.

TheDonz: Do yall have any paintings or random pieces of furniture that you now hate since you have been stuck inside with it?

Keith Bolender: What games have you had for a long time that you only just now got around to playing because of quarantine?

Benjamin Cee: How many episodes of FF7 remake is it gonna take to finish the story?

Kim Cruz: If you’re the next smash bro fighter what would ur moves be and what would your ultimate smash move be

Cheap/Free Games

Shogun 2

https://www.pcgamer.com/total-war-shogun-2-is-going-to-be-free-to-keep-on-steam-for-a-limited-time/ 

Epic Games Store

For The King is a challenging blend of strategy, turn-based combat, and roguelike elements. Each playthrough is unique with procedural maps, quests, and events. Explore Fahrul in either single player, local, or online co-op.

Humble Bundle

https://www.humblebundle.com/games/square-enix-collective-2020 

Every week the Byte Me Podcast dips into the games you should be playing! Featuring news and reviews for PC, console and mobile games, along with fun discussions about games from the classics to new releases. Perfect for casual gamers or for casual gamers that want to be a little more hardcore, join Byte Me and find your next favorite game!

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Cooking Mama? More Like Cooking Drama!

Cooking Mama’s problems started out when Twitter accused it of mining cryptocurrency while people played the game. This ended up not being true, but the game was in the news again this week when the games license holder accused the game’s publisher of releasing it on the Switch without their permission.

In other video game news:

  • Surprise, New XCOM!
  • Chex Quest is Coming! Chex Quest is Coming!
  • I Can Finally Setup My Nintendo Controller Like My Xbox Controller
  • E3 is Now Officially Cancelled
  • Want to Play Valorant? Just Watch a Streamer!
  • The ESRB is Adding Loot Box Warnings to Video Games
  • Have A Fancy Video Card? Show It Off By Playing…Minecraft?

What We’re Playing

Colby: Tales of Vesperia

Cliff: Final Fantasy 15, Destiny 2

Dylan: Animal Crossing

Questions

Vinny: I’m hijacking this one from a question asked to me: How has video games changed your life for the better?

Islandbear: With Mario getting his own lego set. What other game do you guys want in a lego set? GTA? Crash Bandicoot? Leisure Suit Larry ?

Mister Polite: I kind of miss the days when a company would make a video game like the Burger King Xbox games or any of the NES games. If you could pick any modern company to create a game who would you pick and what kind of game would it be? For example, what about an Amazon delivery game in the style of paperboy.

Princess_Megan: If extra lives were a thing in the real world, how would you earn them?

PolyNerdic: Something I have found myself pondering a lot during the last couple of weeks: what is a talent you wish you had? I’m split between wishing I had any sort of musical talent or wishing I could draw/paint worth a darn.

Mansocks: What is your favorite Pandemic treat during the quarantine?

Cheap/Free Games

Stadia

  • Stadia is offering a free 2 month trial for everyone

Humble Bundle

  • https://www.humblebundle.com/games/2ks-game-together

Epic Games Store

  • Just Cause 4 sees rogue agent Rico Rodriguez land in Solis to hunt down the truth about his past, at any cost. Jump into an action-packed open-world sandbox experience and cause chaos with a wide selection of weaponry, vehicles and gear!
  • Wheels of Aurelia: Embark on an immersive road trip through the gritty western coast of Italy during the roaring 1970’s. Playing as Lella, a bold, spunky woman, experience the sights and sounds of a tumultuous time in Italy’s history while uncovering events from Lella’s past.

Xbox Game Pass for Console:

  • The Long Dark – April 16
  • Gato Roboto – April 21
  • Deliver Us The Moon – April 23
  • HyperDot – April 30
  • Levelhead – April 30

Xbox Game Pass for PC:

  • Gato Roboto – April 21
  • Deliver Us The Moon – April 23
  • Gears Tactics – April 28
  • HyperDot – April 30
  • Levelhead – April 30
  • The Long Dark – Coming soon
  • Machinarium – Coming soon

Playstation Play at Home

  • https://www.polygon.com/2020/4/14/21220819/uncharted-journey-free-ps4-sony-coronavirus-stay-at-home-initiative

Uplay

  • https://www.pcgamer.com/ubisoft-are-planning-to-give-assassins-creed-2-away-for-free/

Every week the Byte Me Podcast dips into the games you should be playing! Featuring news and reviews for PC, console and mobile games, along with fun discussions about games from the classics to new releases. Perfect for casual gamers or for casual gamers that want to be a little more hardcore, join Byte Me and find your next favorite game!

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The New Playstation Controller is…Something

The PlayStation 5 controller is out and it looks like a clone trooper and sounds like it was named after some form of adult toy! But it does have haptic feedback, adaptive triggers and a built in microphone for some reason.

More video game news:

  • The Last of Us 2 Has Been Delayed Indefinitely
  • Bunches of Xbox Series X Info Straight from Phil Spencer 
  • Sea of Thieves is Coming to Steam, Surprise! 
  • Get a Free Copy of Fallout 76 on Steam if You Own it On Bethesda.net 
  • Amazon Has Some Gaming News 
  • Mixer is Handing Out $100 Bills to Streamers 
  • Saints Row 3 is Getting a Remaster 

Colby: Yakuza 0, Donut County, Animal Crossing, Maybe other stuff… who knows?

Cliff: Final Fantasy 15, Totally Accurate Delivery Service

Dylan: Animal Crossing

Questions

Vinny: What games did you really want to like, and ended up not liking at all?

Mister Polite: Some random would you rather q’s. Would you rather have horrible long term memory or horrible short term? Would you rather never use a touch screen or never use a keyboard and mouse? Would you rather live on the beach or live in a cabin? Making a Murderer or Tiger King?

IslandCookie: What Board game could you and your quarantine crew be actually sucked into and play to finish? Imagine something along the lines of Jumanji.

Princess_Megan: What is your favorite food?

Cheap/Free Games

Epic Games

  • Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments: Become the most celebrated detective of all time: Sherlock Holmes! Use your impressive talents as a detective to solve six thrilling and varied cases.

Game Pass Xbox

  • Alvastia Chronicles (ID@Xbox) – April 9
    Set out on an adventure in a retro-styled world in this RPG with over 100 companions! Two siblings Alan and Elmia start their journey to avenge their parents’ deaths as they fight to stem the tide of monsters flooding into the world and restore peace to Alvastia. Engage in heated turn-based battles with up to 13 party members. Weapon upgrades, a battle arena, and quests are only the beginning of what this Kemoc RPG has to offer!
  • Journey to the Savage Planet – April 9
    Welcome to the Pioneer Program! In this upbeat and colorful first-person adventure game you play as the newest recruit to Kindred Aerospace, which proudly touts its rating as the 4th Best Interstellar Exploration Company. Dropped onto an uncharted planet with little equipment and no real plan, you must explore, catalog alien flora and fauna and determine if this planet is fit for human habitation. Onward to adventure! Good luck – and mind the goo!

Game Pass PC

  • Overcooked! 2 (ID@Xbox) – Available Now
    Overcooked returns with a brand-new helping of chaotic cooking action! Journey back to the Onion Kingdom and assemble your team of chefs in classic couch co-op or online play for up to four players. Hold onto your aprons … it’s time to save the world (again!)
  • Football Manager 2020 – Coming Soon
    Every decision counts. With new features and polished game mechanics which reward long-term planning and progression like never before, empower managers to develop both your club’s culture and your youth team’s prospects, as well as your own unique managerial identity.
  • Alvastia Chronicles (ID@Xbox) – Coming Soon
    Engage in heated turn-based battles, upgrade your weapons, fight in a battle arena, and embark on epic quests in this retro-styled JRPG. Guide siblings Alan and Elmia as they start their journey to avenge their parents’ deaths, fighting to stem the tide of monsters flooding into the world, and restore peace to Alvastia.
  • Mistover (ID@Xbox) – Coming Soon
    A ”Mist-ical’ RPG with expeditions for finding the key to survival. Choose your next step wisely and keep in mind that your every move will change the future. Create your own ‘Corps’ and explore through various regions in the Pillar of Despair: forests, lakes, mountains, cities, cathedrals, castles, and much more.
  • Stranger Things 3: The Game (ID@Xbox) – Coming Soon
    The official companion game to Season 3 of the hit original series! Play through familiar events from the series while also uncovering never-before-seen quests, character interactions, and secrets! This adventure game blends a distinctively retro art style with modern gameplay mechanics to deliver nostalgic fun with a fresh new twist.

Troll Corner

  • The Atari VCS Owes Their Designer A LOT of Money

Every week the Byte Me Podcast dips into the games you should be playing! Featuring news and reviews for PC, console and mobile games, along with fun discussions about games from the classics to new releases. Perfect for casual gamers or for casual gamers that want to be a little more hardcore, join Byte Me and find your next favorite game!

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We Might Be Getting a Bunch of Mario Games

It’s Mario’s 35 Anniversary and Nintendo has “plans to re-release most of Super Mario’s 35-year back catalog this year.” That means we are getting a new Paper Mario and Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy should be hitting the switch.

In other video game news:

  • Finally, Some Good Coronavirus News
  • Ghost Recon Break Point Now Has a Friends Pass
  • Artifact is Back!
  • Gloomhaven Sequel Raises Millions in First Day on Kickstarter
  • E3’s Cancellation Has It’s First Confirmed Publisher Cancellation
  • Don’t Forget that Steam Lets You Play Couch Coop Over the Internet!
  • Microsoft Dungeons Officially Pushed Back
  • Why The Series X Controller Uses Batteries

What We’re Playing

Colby: Pikiniku, Animal Crossing, Yakuza 0
Cliff: Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Civ 6
Dylan: Animal Crossing

Questions

Vinny: What games do you play that you feel would benefit from seasonal events that don’t do it already? Currently doing the Bunny Event for Animal Crossing and it is phenomenal.

Megan: What game are you looking forward to playing the most this month?

Benjamin Cee: Do any of you plan to Platinum/ fill up Gamer Cards for Final Fantasy VII Remake?

Kim Cruz: Is there a dream guest you guys wish to have on the podcast?

Mansocks: What is your goto food during your #stayathome time?

Cheap/Free Games

HUMBLE CONQUER COVID-19 BUNDLE

  • https://www.humblebundle.com/conquer-covid19-bundle

UPlay

  • Rayman Legends

Game with Gold

  • Project CARS 2 ($59.99 ERP): Available April 1 to 30 – Project CARS 2 is the thrill of intense racing action in beautiful cars at stunning venues. Authentic and intuitive handling, truly dynamic weather, and a wealth of game modes delivers racing fun for everyone.
  • Knights of Pen and Paper Bundle ($22.49 ERP): Available April 16 to May 15 – Take on the roles of in-game players taking on the roles of their characters in a traditional pen and paper RPG session in the ultimate meta roleplaying experience. As both the playing characters AND the game master, you can choose which battles to fight. Put together a bunch of monsters to make for a challenging fight and your efforts will be equally rewarded!
  • Fable Anniversary ($39.99 ERP): Available April 1 to 15 – Fable Anniversary is a spectacular HD remaster of the original Fable with all-new models, textures, lighting, achievements, The Lost Chapters content, and more!
  • Toybox Turbos ($9.99 ERP): Available April 16 to 30 – Codemasters reboots the classic table top racing experience in Toybox Turbos! Collect & customize 35 vehicles, take on 18 crazy tracks & send your rivals into a spin with awesome power-ups, including mines, machine guns & giant car-mounted hammers! Master 6 modes in the single-player game, or take on 4 player multiplayer – local, online, or with a mix – perfect for one-more-go gaming sessions!

Game Pass

  • Totally Reliable Delivery Service (April 1) (Xbox) – Buckle up your back brace and fire up the delivery truck, it’s time to deliver! Join up to three of your friends and haphazardly get the job done in an interactive sandbox world. Delivery attempted, that’s a Totally Reliable Delivery Service guarantee!
  • Nier Automata: Become as Gods (2 April) (PC & Xbox)
  • Gears Tactics (28 April) (PC)

Epic Game Store

  • Gone Home: June 7th, 1995. 1:15 AM. You arrive home after a year abroad. You expect your family to greet you, but the house is empty. Something’s not right. Where is everyone? And what’s happened here? Unravel the mystery for yourself in Gone Home.
  • Hob: Hob is a vibrant, suspenseful action-adventure game set on a stunning and brutal world in disarray. As players delve into the mysteries around them, they discover a planet in peril. Can it be mended, or will the world fall further into chaos?

Twitch Prime

  • Earthlock: Earthlock is an adventure RPG inspired by the classic 3D JRPGs of the late 90’s, with a fresh take on turn-based combat and character progression. Embark on a journey to save the beautiful world of Umbra, a harsh planet that stopped spinning thousands of cycles ago.
  • Kathy Rain: Set in the 90’s, Kathy Rain tells the story of a strong-willed journalism major who has to come to terms with her own troubled past as she investigates the mysterious death of her recently deceased grandfather. Armed with her motorcycle, a pack of cigs, and a notepad, Kathy begins to delve into a local mystery surrounding her hometown that will take her on a harrowing journey full of emotional and personal turmoil.
  • Turok: Turok is back and no dinosaur is safe! When it was first released in 1997, Turok introduced gamers to a world teeming with cunning enemies, traps, puzzles and deadly weapons all within a vast 3D environment ready to explore. Now the classic game has been restored and enhanced with a new visual engine and exciting new features to sink your teeth into!
  • Etherborn: Delve into a third-person environmental puzzle platformer built on exploring and understanding gravity-shifting structures. You are a voiceless being that has just been born into a world where a bodiless voice awaits your arrival. Go forth and seek your purpose.
  • Lightmatter: An Homage to First Person Puzzlers Play Tunnel Vision Games’ love-letter to the genre. Use lateral thinking to solve mind-bending puzzles with lights, shadows, beams, platforms, and lightmatter.

Troll Corner

  • Borderlands 3 Devs Screw Over Employees

Every week the Byte Me Podcast dips into the games you should be playing! Featuring news and reviews for PC, console and mobile games, along with fun discussions about games from the classics to new releases. Perfect for casual gamers or for casual gamers that want to be a little more hardcore, join Byte Me and find your next favorite game!

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April 2020 Video Game Releases

April is what we’ll call a bit of a lean month, with a few remakes and indies coming out, but not much in the way of AAA games.
  • Totally Reliable Delivery Service (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – April 1 – $15
  • Pode (PC) – April 3 – $25
  • Resident Evil 3 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – April 3 – $60 ($50 on sale)
  • Fallout 76 Wastelanders (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – April 7 – Free
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake (PlayStation 4) – April 10 – $60
  • Predator: Hunting Grounds (PlayStation 4) – April 24 – $40
  • Trials of Mana (PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – April 24 – $50
  • Gears Tactics (Xbox One, PC) – April 28 – $60 & Game Pass
  • Moving Out (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – April 28 – $25
  • Minecraft: Dungeons (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – April ??? – $20/30 % Game Pass

Every week the Byte Me Podcast dips into the games you should be playing! Featuring news and reviews for PC, console and mobile games, along with fun discussions about games from the classics to new releases. Perfect for casual gamers or for casual gamers that want to be a little more hardcore, join Byte Me and find your next favorite game!

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The PS5 Will Play Roughly 100 to 4,000 PS4 Games

After last week’s announcement that the PS5 had only been tested with “about” 100 PS4 games, Sony came out this week and announced that they had actually tested it with far more games than that and that it would be compatible with at least some of them. How many? Who knows to be honest.

In other game news:

  • HP, Valve and Microsoft Are Building the VR Headset of the Future 
  • Playstation Is Slowing Game Downloads in Europe, Could the US Be Next (and Would We Notice)
  • Minecraft is Helping Kids Stuck at Home 
  • Want a $2,400 Doom Eternal Statue? 

What We’re Playing

Colby: Sword Art Online, Animal Crossing
Cliff: Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Journey to a Savage Planet
Dylan: Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Questions

Vinny: Doom and Animal Crossing had a wonderful crossover campaign leading up to launch that I feel benefited both games. What other games do you feel could benefit from this kind of marketing?

TheDonz: Since we’re all stuck in quarantine what multiplayer games would you recommend avoiding so you don’t rip your family apart before this is all over?

IslandPizza: With animal crossing being the hot thing going right now. What animal would you be and what kinda services would you provide?

Tr1pletrouble: What are your top 5 desert island games? No online games or co-op games. Just the consoles and games.

Princess Megan: Are you enjoying working from home? How have you been spending your evenings? And how are your families doing?

Mansocks: What is your favorite 2D Run and Gun game?

Cheap/Free Games

Epic Game Store

Figment: Figment is an action-adventure game that invites you to explore a unique surreal universe filled with music, humor and multi-layered narrative.

Tormentor x Punisher: Everything in Tormentor?Punisher can be killed in one hit, including bosses and yourself. Bosses change the shape of the arena, conjuring rooms and traps to make it more hellish and brutal. Demons adjust to your play style and punish you accordingly. Explore and discover new ways of killing enemies to gain cool upgrades. Reload your machine gun by firing your shotgun. Yeah, you read that right.

PS Plus

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End: Set three years after the events of UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception, Nathan Drake has presumably left the world of fortune hunting behind. However, it doesn’t take long for adventure to come calling when Drake’s brother, Sam, resurfaces seeking his help to save his own life and offering an adventure Drake can’t resist.        

Dirt Rally 2.0: DiRT Rally 2.0 dares you to carve your way through a selection of iconic rally locations from across the globe, in the most powerful off-road vehicles ever made, knowing that the smallest mistake could end your stage. 

Every week the Byte Me Podcast dips into the games you should be playing! Featuring news and reviews for PC, console and mobile games, along with fun discussions about games from the classics to new releases. Perfect for casual gamers or for casual gamers that want to be a little more hardcore, join Byte Me and find your next favorite game!

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Dana Carvey Says The Playstation 5 Has Less Flops…But Does It Matter?

Playstation had the most incredibly boring presentation ever conceived of today, hosted by a guy that looked like Dana Carvey that talked like a cross between Ben Stein and Mr. Rogers. We learned a lot about SSD, backwards compatibility and how the number of flops in a PS5 compares to the number of flops in an Xbox Series X. Ultimately? They are both really fast computers.

In other video game news:

  • Nintendo Features 22 New Games in Their Latest Nintendo Indie Showcase
  • Xbox Might Have Taken the Worst Inspiration from Sony
  • The New Xbox Series X Controller is Slick
  • Two Spanish Soccer Teams Play Their Game in FIFA Instead
  • Gamestop Employees Don’t Feel The Company Is Taking Coronavirus Seriously
  • How to Clean and Sanitize Your Gaming Gear

Questions

Vinny: Do companies like Xbox, Ubisoft, Bethesda, etc. Stay clustered around the E3 week or do they spread apart to give themselves more recognition?

IslandPizza: With animal crossing dropping this week. What kinda crossovers would you like to see in the animal crossing world? Maybe Doom Guys helmet as a prop? A Kirby Tee shirt?

PolyNerdic: Not sure if some form of this question has ever been asked but for some time now I have been hung up on certain games that are critically and publically lauded but I don’t personally care for and find myself pondering why I don’t like it even though I think I should. For example, I love the Metal Gear Solid series but after 40 hours with MGS V it occurred to me that I wasn’t enjoying it. Anyone else experience this?

If I may double-dip, I also was curious if anyone else has a game or genre they love but are terrible at? For me, Thumper is a clear example of this. I love the look and sound of the game but am terrible at the rhythm-based gameplay.

JoeColeslaw: Inspired by that RIVETING “road to PS5” … thing. What celebrity would you want to lead a conference IF (you want folks) hyped, excited, or bored out of their ever-loving minds?

MisterPolite: What is your favorite Golden Raspberry for Worst Pictures?

Cheap/Free Games

Game Pass Console

March 19

  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown: Soar through photorealistic skies with full 360-degree movement. Weather and environments affect your aircraft and HUD, making those dogfights just that more realistic.
  • Kona: Northern Canada, 1970. A strange blizzard ravages Atamipek Lake. Step into the shoes of private detective to investigate surreal events in an eerie village while battling the elements to survive.
  • The Surge 2 – Xbox One X Enhanced: On the way to Jericho City, your plane is shot down by a mysterious storm and crash-lands in the outskirts. In this hardcore, brutal melee combat game, The Surge 2 challenges you to unravel its hidden secrets.

March 24

  • Bleeding Edge – Xbox One X Enhanced / Xbox Play Anywhere: Grab your team and tear it up in Bleeding Edge, an electrifying online brawler where every fighter comes mechanically enhanced for mayhem!

March 26

  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid: It’s morphin time! Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid pits current and classic rangers and villains in 3 vs. 3 tag battles.

Game Pass PC (Coming Soon)

  • Astrologaster: A comedy game set in Shakespeare’s London, play as ‘Doctor’ Simon Forman and treat his patients using astrology and win him a medical license.
  • Bleeding Edge
  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
  • The Surge 2

Humble Bundle

Playstation had the most incredibly boring presentation ever conceived of today, hosted by a guy that looked like Dana Carvey that talked like a cross between Ben Stein and Mr. Rogers. We learned a lot about SSD, backwards compatibility and how the number of flops in a PS5 compares to the number of flops in an Xbox Series X. Ultimately? They are both really fast computers. 

In other video game news:

  • Nintendo Features 22 New Games in Their Latest Nintendo Indie Showcase 
  •  Xbox Might Have Taken the Worst Inspiration from Sony 
  •  The New Xbox Series X Controller is Slick 
  •  Two Spanish Soccer Teams Play Their Game in FIFA Instead 
  •  Gamestop Employees Don’t Feel The Company Is Taking Coronavirus Seriously
  •  How to Clean and Sanitize Your Gaming Gear  

Questions

Vinny: Do companies like Xbox, Ubisoft, Bethesda, etc. Stay clustered around the E3 week or do they spread apart to give themselves more recognition?

IslandPizza: With animal crossing dropping this week. What kinda crossovers would you like to see in the animal crossing world? Maybe Doom Guys helmet as a prop? A Kirby Tee shirt?

PolyNerdic: Not sure if some form of this question has ever been asked but for some time now I have been hung up on certain games that are critically and publically lauded but I don’t personally care for and find myself pondering why I don’t like it even though I think I should. For example, I love the Metal Gear Solid series but after 40 hours with MGS V it occurred to me that I wasn’t enjoying it. Anyone else experience this?

If I may double-dip, I also was curious if anyone else has a game or genre they love but are terrible at? For me, Thumper is a clear example of this. I love the look and sound of the game but am terrible at the rhythm-based gameplay.

JoeColeslaw: Inspired by that RIVETING “road to PS5” … thing. What celebrity would you want to lead a conference IF (you want folks) hyped, excited, or bored out of their ever-loving minds?

MisterPolite: What is your favorite Golden Raspberry for Worst Pictures?

Cheap/Free Games

Game Pass Console

March 19

  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown: Soar through photorealistic skies with full 360-degree movement. Weather and environments affect your aircraft and HUD, making those dogfights just that more realistic.
  • Kona: Northern Canada, 1970. A strange blizzard ravages Atamipek Lake. Step into the shoes of private detective to investigate surreal events in an eerie village while battling the elements to survive.
  • The Surge 2 – Xbox One X Enhanced: On the way to Jericho City, your plane is shot down by a mysterious storm and crash-lands in the outskirts. In this hardcore, brutal melee combat game, The Surge 2 challenges you to unravel its hidden secrets.

March 24

  • Bleeding Edge – Xbox One X Enhanced / Xbox Play Anywhere: Grab your team and tear it up in Bleeding Edge, an electrifying online brawler where every fighter comes mechanically enhanced for mayhem!

March 26

  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid: It’s morphin’ time! Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid pits current and classic rangers and villains in 3 vs. 3 tag battles.

Game Pass PC (Coming Soon)

  • Astrologaster: A comedy game set in Shakespeare’s London, play as ‘Doctor’ Simon Forman and treat his patients using astrology and win him a medical license. 
  • Bleeding Edge
  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
  • The Surge 2

Humble Bundle

Epic Game Store

  • The Stanley Parable
  • Watch Dogs

Play Free Games During the Steam Game Festival Spring Edition

  • Steam Game Festival Spring Edition kicks off at 10 am PT/1 pm ET on March 18, and will run until the same time on March 23.
  • Will feature over 40 games

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Members Are Getting Even More Bang for Their Buck

  • Phantasy Star Online 2: A special content bundle, which includes unique emotes, in-game cosmetics including an Xbox jacket, a gold ticket Mission Pass and in-game currency with a Meseta Crystal.
  • World of Tanks: Mercenaries: Start your journey with three powerful tanks and more!
  • Sea of Thieves: With Perks, you get a free Ori-inspired Ancestral Sails, Figurehead, Hull, and Flag to adorn your ship.
  • Smite: A bundle that unlocks five Gods, special character skins and voice packs so you can ride into the battle of the Gods in style..

Epic Game Store

  • The Stanley Parable
  • Watch Dogs

Play Free Games During the Steam Game Festival Spring Edition

  • Steam Game Festival Spring Edition kicks off at 10 am PT/1 pm ET on March 18, and will run until the same time on March 23.
  • Will feature over 40 games

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Members Are Getting Even More Bang for Their Buck

  • Phantasy Star Online 2: A special content bundle, which includes unique emotes, in-game cosmetics including an Xbox jacket, a gold ticket Mission Pass and in-game currency with a Meseta Crystal.
  • World of Tanks: Mercenaries: Start your journey with three powerful tanks and more!
  • Sea of Thieves: With Perks, you get a free Ori-inspired Ancestral Sails, Figurehead, Hull, and Flag to adorn your ship.
  • Smite: A bundle that unlocks five Gods, special character skins and voice packs so you can ride into the battle of the Gods in style..

Every week the Byte Me Podcast dips into the games you should be playing! Featuring news and reviews for PC, console and mobile games, along with fun discussions about games from the classics to new releases. Perfect for casual gamers or for casual gamers that want to be a little more hardcore, join Byte Me and find your next favorite game!

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We Talk About Coronavirus A Lot For a Video Game Podcast

We spend a lot of time talking about Coronavirus this episode, but let’s be frank, it’s kind of a big deal and is having a pretty big impact on video games. First Sony cancelled their PAX appearance, followed by GDC being cancelled and now E3 is also not happening. Where are gamers going to get their Gamer Christmas fix?

In other video game news:

  • Reggie Fils-Aimé is Going to Try and Save Gamestop 
  • Nintendo and Lego are Teaming Up for…Something 
  • Horizon Zero Dawn is Coming to PC and Gamers Are Losing Their Damn Minds 
  • Maybe People Will Hate the EGS a Bit Less Now 
  • EA Just Lost a HUGE Exclusive…Or Did It? 
  • Who Bought the $300K Nintendo Playstation? 
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Warzone is Out and It’s Free 
  • Troll Corner: Don’t Play with Guns While You Are Live Streaming 

Questions

Vinny: Take one character from a video game franchise and put them in another. What’re they doing in that world?

Turndwn4wut: It’s the medieval times and video games exist. What type of games would be some of the hit titles?

Kim Cruz: Not gaming related but from scale 1-10 how much do you fear the coronavirus at this point?

Megan: There’s a zombie apocalypse, which video game character will you choose to defend you from the hordes of undead?

Kent Johnson: What is the first video game you ever played?

Mister Polite: Is there a game that you played in the past that was your jam, but the newer games in that series just don’t hit that itch. I know for me, I was a huge fan of Harvest Moon 64 or the original Animal Crossing but every game after that never really hit me the same way.

JoeColeslaw: What is your favorite “outbreak” game? If there was a video game inspired by a viral outbreak, in this climate what would it be like? Extra HP for handwashing? Defense Up for hand sanitizer? Attack up and area damage over time for sneezing?

Bonus Question: Since you all are HUGE fans of this brand, and they may have leaked or broken this news: What will Devolver Digital do for their “direct/conference/shitshow” for their annual report to the public? I have a guess someone’s head will explode.

Cheap/Free Games

Epic Games Store

Anyodyne 2: Return to Dust
Run, jump, and drive across vast, dreamy 3D landscapes. Shrink into surreal, 2D dungeons inside of characters’ bodies. Travel the world, meet strange people, and save the world from the dangerous Nano Dust.

A Short Hike
Hike, climb, and soar through the peaceful mountainside landscapes of Hawk Peak. Follow the trails or explore the backcountry as you make your way to the summit. Along the way, meet other hikers, discover hidden treasures, and take in the world around you.

Mutazione
A mutant soap opera where small-town gossip meets the supernatural. Join Kai as she arrives in the mysterious community of Mutazione to care for her ailing grandfather. Discover scenic hangouts, magical gardens, new friends, and old secrets…

Every week the Byte Me Podcast dips into the games you should be playing! Featuring news and reviews for PC, console and mobile games, along with fun discussions about games from the classics to new releases. Perfect for casual gamers or for casual gamers that want to be a little more hardcore, join Byte Me and find your next favorite game!

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