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

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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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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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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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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Valorant, I Think It’s a Mix of Valor and Accelerant

Riot is diversifying into games besides LoL with a new 5v5, free-to-play shooter called Valorant. The name is terrible, it has 25 round matches and is kinda generic looking, but it’s 100% possible that it can compete with CS:GO, it’s intended competition.

Other Gaming News

  •  The Coronavirus Continues to Wreak Havoc in Gaming 
  • Dead or Alive 6 Might Have the Worst Money Making Mechanic Ever 
  • FF7 Now Has a Playable Demo 
  • Predator: Hunting Grounds has a F2P Weekend Coming Up 
  • Thank God They Are Fixing One of the Most Annoying Things About Diablo 3 Couch Co-op 
  • GameStop is Dying, Maybe Game Phoenix Can Resurrect Game Trading? 

What We’re Playing

Colby: Eternal Sonata, Dead Cells
Cliff: Journey to a Savage Planet, Life is Strange 2, Arc, The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit
Dylan: Blood Roots

Questions

Vinny: Name three games that are a perfect 10 to you, preferably ones that aren’t widely rated as 10’s. (*cough* *cough* Red Dead 2)

JoeColeslaw: Follow-up from last week’s question…How have you been? What have you been up to? Ya know, personal experience and to better know you.

JoeColeslaw: What are two games that you played that were out of your comfort zone, one that you loved and one that you hated.

Turndwn4wut: You’re allowed to take one item from any video game. What do you choose and why?

Megan: Since yesterday was Super Tuesday, which video game characters would be your first and last pick for president, and come up with their campaign slogans

Grreat Britton: What things would you keep track of if you had a real-life HUD?

Cheap/Free Games

Epic Games Store

GoNNER

GoNNER is a tough as hell score-based procedurally-generated platformer with roguelike elements. GoNNER is also a story about friendship between Ikk, Death, and a space whale named Sally.

Offworld Trading Company

Mars has been colonized, and Earth’s corporate titans fight to dominate this new market. Competition is fierce in this fast-paced economic RTS from Civilization IV Lead Designer, Soren Johnson.

Game Pass Console 

  • NBA 2K20 (March 5)
  • Train Sim World 2020 (March 5)
  • Ori & the Will of the Wisps (March 11)
  • Pikuniku (March 11)

Game Pass PC

  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary (March 3)
  • Train Sim World 2020
  • The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game
  • Mother Russia Bleeds
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps (March 11)
  • Pikuniku

PS Now

  • Control (available until Monday, August 31)
  • Dead or Alive 5 Last Round
  • Nascar Heat 3
  • Nights of Azure
  • Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon
  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider (available until August 31)
  • Toukiden 2
  • Toukiden Kiwami
  • Warriors All-Stars
  • Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus

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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March 2020 Video Game Releases

February

  • Lumote (PC) – February 20 – $20
  • Bloodroots (PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – February 28 – $20

March

  • The Division 2: Warlords of New York expansion [PC, PS4, Xbox One] – March 3 – $30
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX (Switch) – March 6 – $60
  • Ori And The Will Of The Wisps (Xbox One, PC) – March 11 – $30/GP
  • Nioh 2 (PlayStation 4) – March 13 – $60
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch) – March 20 – $60
  • Doom 64 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – March 20 – $5 or preorder bonus
  • Doom Eternal (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC) – March 20 – $60
  • Half-Life: Alyx (PC) – March 23 – $60
  • Bleeding Edge (Xbox One, PC) – March 24 – $30/GP
  • Control: The Foundation DLC (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – March 26 – ???
  • Saints Row IV: Re-Elected (Switch) – March 27 – $40
  • Persona 5 Royal (PlayStation 4) – March 31 – $60

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 Xbox Series X is Going to Have All of the Flops

Phil Spencer released some new information about the Xbox Series X and it sounds like it’s going to have some serious horsepower (can you convert teraflops to horsepower?)

Other Video Game News

  • The New PlayStation Controller Might Drink Your Sweat 
  • Visit Every Airport in the World In MS Flight Sim 
  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint Misses Update Deadline and Folks Are Mad 
  • Red Dead Hackers Are Getting Random Players Banned
  • Rainbow Six Siege Devs Want the Game to Go F2P 
  • Riot Could Be On the Hook for a LOT of Money 

What We’re Playing

Colby: Dead Cells, Eternal Sonata
Cliff: GTA 5, Children of Morta
Dylan: Sea of Thieves

Questions

Vinny: What was the first game you ever completed?

Megan: If you had to recommend someone play 5 games to really get a feel for you and your video game tastes, what five would you pick?

Mister Polite: Watching the animal crossing direct I was like “Tom Nook is the worst.” That made me think, Tom Nook isn’t supposed to be a villain but I don’t think there is anyone in the world that likes him. So the question I have for you all, “Who is your favorite villain that is supposed to be a lovable character”. Or is Tom Nook the only example

Turndwn4wut (Travis): If aliens invade the earth and you alone could save the planet by defeating them in a 1v1 game, which game would you choose?

Cheap/Free Games

Epic Game Store

  • InnerSpace

Games with Gold

  • Batman: The Enemy Within – The Complete Season ($14.99 ERP): Available March 1 to 31 on Xbox One
  • Shantae: Half-Genie Hero ($19.99 ERP): Available March 16 to April 15 on Xbox One
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 ($39.99 ERP): Available March 1 to 15 on Xbox One & Xbox 360
  • Sonic Generations ($19.99 ERP): Available March 16 to 31 on Xbox One & Xbox 360

PlayStation Plus

  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • Sonic Forces

Game Pass

  • Ninja Gaiden 2 (Feb 20) Console
  • Reigns: Game of Thrones (Feb 20) PC
  • World of Horror (Feb 20) PC
  • Kingdom Hearts (Feb 25) Xbox
  • Wasteland (Feb 25) Xbox & PC
  • Two Points Hospital (Feb 25) Xbox & PC
  • Yakuza 0 (Feb 26) PC

Twitch Prime

  • Furi
  • Bomber Crew
  • Epistory Typing Chronicles
  • Whispers of a Machine
  • Mugster

Troll Corner

Pro Gamer Trolls So Bad He Gets Banned from ALL EA Games

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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Sony is Dropping PAX Like a Hot Coronavirus Infected Potato

Sony is ditching PAX East a week before the convention starts citing safety concerns for their employees related to the Coronavirus. 

Other video game news:

  • Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct Thursday, Feb 20th at 6 am PST
  • Overwatch and Diablo Cartoons in the Works
  • The Sonic Movie is doing… well!?
  • Amazon’s New MMORPG: New World
  • GTA 4 Heading Back to Steam, without Multiplayer

Questions

Vinny: What reimagining of a game do you want next generation?

JoeColeslaw: How have you been? What have you been up to? How’s the work from home life?

Turndwn4wut: What is the most evil thing you’ve done in a video game?

Princess Megan: If video games/tv/movies/music no longer existed, how would you spend your free time?

Mister Polite: What is your favorite Dad Joke or your newest favorite dad joke?

Cheap/Free Games

Epic Game Store Feb 20-27

  • Faeria
  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

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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Both Anthem & The Division 2 Are Giving It One Last Shot

Anthem and The Division 2 have a roadmap that both games hope will help them get back on track with their respective player bases, but it remains to be seen if either of them can actually pull it off.

Other game news:

  • Stardew Valley Dev Has Two New Games in the Works
  • Sony May Have Actually Convinced Me to Buy a PS5 
  • Destiny 2 Might Have Lost All of Your Stuff 

What We’re Playing

Colby: American Fugitive, Journey to the Savage Planet

Cliff: My Time at Portia, Link’s Awakening, Life is Strange 2

Dylan: Divinity: Original Sin 2

Questions

Vinny: What’re your thoughts on review scales? IGN recently changed their 100 point scale to a 10 point scale. Is this a good/bad/indifferent thing for you, and what would you personally wish would be the standard for reviews? 

PS Question: What’re your tips for attending Cons of any sort? I’m going to Pax East in a couple of weeks and am trying to plan for it ahead of time. Thanks!

Josh: Often entertainment attempts to deliver a message to its consumers, games are no exception. What games stand out as delivering a powerful message (good or bad) to the consumer? What was the message and how did it resonate with you?

Kevin: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck would? (New York state wildlife expert Richard Thomas found that a woodchuck could (and does) chuck around 35 cubic feet of dirt in the course of digging a burrow. Thomas reasoned that if a woodchuck could chuck wood, he would chuck an amount equivalent to the weight of the dirt, or 700 pounds.)

Mister Polite: With Parasite winning best picture, it made me think is there a game or movie that has overwhelmed or underwhelmed you lately?

Turndwn4wut: If you could, what video game would you make into real life?

McWhopper: What 80s action film would you like to be turned into a game? What kinda game would it be?

Princess Megan: Which video game character would you pick for your valentine?

JoeColeslaw: With games coming around to seasonal battle passes. . . If a single player game and the campaign would adopt an episodic or seasonal release, would you buy in? Would you just stick to the “vanilla” release? Or would it turn you away completely?

BONUS QUESTION! With Dreams coming out “this week” [Friday 2-14 and Tuesday 2-11 to early access users] What would be your wild, crazy creation, game, sculpture, environment, song, sound or compilation that you would make? Would you want to try to recreate games or mechanics? Or do something completely original? What would be something exclusive for the Byte Me brand?

Cheap/Free Games

Nintendo Online (Feb 19)

  • Pop’n TwinBee
  • Smash Tennis (SNES neither of which were originally released in the US)
  • Shadow of the Ninja
  • Eliminator Boat Duel

Epic Game Store

  • Kingdom Come Deliverance
  • Aztez (Aztez is a unique hybrid of beat ’em up and turn-based strategy, set in the world of the Aztec Empire. Highly technical, real-time, beat-em-up combat events resolve ongoing conflicts in your expanding empire.)

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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