Mod Aria’s Most Anticipated August Game Releases!

Mod Aria’s back! It’s that time of the month; where I divulge into some great new upcoming titles for all gamers to check out! We’re still pretty deep into the dry season of gaming, but that certainly does not mean you have to wait for fall to play some awesome new video games!

Let’s see what’s in store:

Game Number 1: Agents of Mayhem 

Agents of Mayhem is a new action adventure game created by the developers and publishers of the Saints Row series. The game is set in a futuristic Korea and is considered a spin-off to the original Saints Row games. Like the Saints Row games, Agents of Mayhem will be an open world experience with a ton of quirk to it.

There are twelve playable unique characters that the player can select to take on the various missions in the game. All have power sets and abilities individual to them, so it’ll be fun to make your own perfect team. However, the characters must be unlocked via completing specific missions. But there is also a campaign for the player to follow, as well as missions for the player to learn more about each playable character. This sounds like Deep Silver’s attempt to make something similar to Overwatch, but possibly a bit more funny.

Honestly, we love the Saints Row games here at NWG, so we have a lot of faith in a spin-off game developed and published by the same team. The game is bound to be quite hilarious as well as interesting. Since the logo for M.A.Y.H.E.M also resembles the Saints Row symbol, I’m certain there are bound to be tons of references to the franchise within Agents of Mayhem. Any Saints Row fan should definitely give this game a chance.

Agents of Mayhem drops for Xbox One, PS4 and PC on August 15th in North America

Game Number 2: Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle 

The next large Nintendo title after Splatoon 2, and a game that literally no one could have predicted. Nintendo teams up with unlikely partner Ubisoft to create a fusion of Mario and the popular Rabbids from the Rayman series. What exactly is this game?

Mario Rabbids (as I call it) is a turn based RPG, and is the closest thing we’ve gotten to a traditional Mario RPG in quite some time. The game is also tactical, so using the environment in combat is essential. Mario is also not the only character from his franchise to appear; Yoshi, Peach and Luigi team up with some Rabbids to fix the mess that resulted in the merging of their dimensions. This is certainly not a paragraph I ever thought I would be writing, but after last year, nothing really surprises me anymore.

A fun feature in this game is that it’s got local co-op, which means its a good game for the kids to finish out the summer playing before being carted back to school. If you’re not that young, you might just enjoy the wackiness of Mario meeting the Rabbids. Or maybe you’re waiting for Super Mario Odyssey to come out and you need your Mario fix. Regardless, I definitely think this game is worth a shot. Despite the wary feedback, I usually have faith in Nintendo to produce something great. I’ll give Mario Rabbids the benefit of the doubt for now.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle releases world wide for Nintendo Switch on August 29th.

Game Number 3: Sonic Mania

This is one of the most anticipated games of this year, and for a good reason. Sega has teamed up with indie devs Headcannon and PagodaWest games to celebrate Sonic’s 25th birthday by releasing Sonic Mania, both a remake and a remaster at the same time.

Sonic Mania is a remastered version of the Genesis Sonic titles; these titles are heralded as the best installments that the Sonic franchise ever had. Not only have all the old Sonic games been remastered for current generation consoles, but new stages have been developed for the game as well. It’s quite clear that these games have been giving a lot of care and attention, as the developers were brought onto the project due to their work on fan-made Sonic mods.

The gameplay of the Sonic Genesis titles has been preserved, so there shouldn’t be anything too surprising about the game. There have been some new enemy additions alongside the new levels, and some of the new levels are actually redone levels from previous Sonic games to fit the atmosphere. Many, I’m sure, think that Sonic Mania will be the full revival of the 2D Sonic games, and I cannot say I disagree. In comparison to the mediocrity of the 3D Sonic titles, this is the first Sonic game that I have seen the community actually excited for in so long.

This game along with Sonic Forces, the next 3D Sonic, were both teased last year; I’m uncertain of which one will end up getting a thumbs up from both critics and gamers. While 2D Sonic games are highly praised, will Sonic Mania be able to recapture the magic like so many other companies have tried and failed to do? Will Sonic Forces be yet another disappointment added to the pile of 3D Sonics? Who can say? But I’m very interested to find out what happens.

Sonic Mania releases for Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC on August 15th in North America.

And this list is complete! That’s all for August. Did I get the game you were hyped for, or did I miss it? Let us know which games you’re looking forward to. And please continue to support NWG. Have a great day!

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Top 5 Best: Multiplatform Games with Mod Loser!

Hey there, Nasties! It’s Mod Loser, Jackie, whatever you want to call me. And today, we’re getting into multiplatform games! Third party titles can make or break a system just as much as not having good first party ones can, so let’s all get to the meat of the top 5 Multiplatform Third Party games!

Number 5: Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion

A fantastic RPG for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC gamers, as well as my favorite elder scrolls game of all time. I adored that Oblivion had a heavy emphasis on an extreme amount of quests that actually felt pretty varied with their goals, as well as a lengthy and interesting main plot line.

What always drew me into Oblivion for replay value were quests with multiple endings given the choices you made, a Fame-and-Infamy meter that decided how the people around you viewed your character, and enchantment and spell creation. Making my own spells always felt too good! Most loyal Nasties know that I hate Skyrim, so I think its about time I give Oblivion the love that it deserves.

Number 4: Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight has come to Nintendo Switch, Wii U, Xbox One, Ps4, PC, and Nintendo 3DS, and I absolutely adore the game. I may not have been very good at the first Shovel Knight, but Specter of Torment drew me in moreso than any indie game yet. A perfect mixture of what felt like Castlevania meets Mega Man. The combat was fluid and challenging, while the platforming was fun and fair.

Shovel Knight, Specter Knight, and Plague Knight may be indie games, but what I adore about them is that they have such broad appeal with tight gameplay that it was important to put them on every console possible. I firmly believe that anyone looking for some nostalgic gameplay or just a good action platformer should pick up this game immediately.

Number 3: Mass Effect 2

A game released on Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC. Do I honestly need to sing the praises of Mass Effect 2 to anyone? This was, in my opinion, the best Sci-Fi RPG I have ever played in my life, and I thoroughly enjoyed Knights of the Old Republic. Mass Effect two had great controls, had a power system that added flavor to third person shooting, a character creator that was stellar for the era, and fantastic characters.

Mass Effect 2 kept me coming back over and over each time purely because of how much I loved the romance, the characters,and the multiple ways I could end the game. This game wasn’t perfect by any means, which I understand. But to this day, if anybody asks for a Sci-Fi game recommendation, Mass Effect 2 will be the first game I suggest.

Number 2: Dark Souls 3

Released on Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC. I adore Dark Souls; this isn’t anything new to our fans! I could sing the praises of this game for far too long, but suffice to say it’s a fantastic entry into the souls franchise, and from what I can tell, it has been a great starting point for many people. The story is fantastic and the gameplay tighter than ever, with weapon skills and the FP bar. I also found the DLC to be incredibly enjoyable; however, with the Fire Fades edition, you can now purchase the game together with the DLC. If you want to try a Dark Souls game, now is the time.

Number 1: Dragon Age Inquisition

Released on Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC. This is, without a doubt, my favorite Western RPG of all time. I could not accurately describe how much I adore Dragon Age Inquisition. With great Queer representation, so many amazing and depthy party members, massive worlds and areas to explore with great quests both side quests and main story, I don’t think I’ll love another western RPG as much as I have loved Dragon Age.

Unfortunately for myself, despite having the DLC, I have yet to play through it all which is a shame. Even so, just the core game was so long and enjoyable and intense; I would recommend this game to just about anybody who likes fantasy RPG’s. From killing dragons to slaying demons, get ready to lead the Inquisition.

Well Nasties, did you enjoy my list? How about you; what are your favorite multiplatform games that have been release? Tell us in the comments below your thoughts. 

This has been Mod Loser, Jackie, whatever you want to call me, signing off!

Nasty Discussion: E3 Hype with Mod Loser!

 

Mod Loser, Jackie, whatever you want to call me and I want to discuss what amounts to Gaming Christmas with all of you nasties! Yes, E3 has a reputation for showing fantastic cinematic trailers only for many games to turn out absolutely terrible, but there have also been fantastic games that had light shed upon them during E3! For example, in E3 2016, we were shown a ridiculous amount of content from Breath of the Wild, and it sufficiently got people hyped the world over!

I could talk about the bad games that came out of E3 like Watch_Dogs, but instead I’d rather focus on the positive things that we as gamers can look forward to. On the Nintendo Side, we have the first DLC pack for Breath of the Wild that needs to be discussed, and supposedly the entire presentation will focus on new content for the Switch and 3DS family. I’m not one for predictions, but if Nintendo really wanted to slam it out of the park, I’d put money on a new first person Metroid for the Switch!

I’m also hoping for details on the virtual console, as well as more information on the new online features that will be coming this fall, and of course, Super Mario Odyssey. Would I like info on Pokken Tournament Deluxe, or perhaps a Super Smash Bros. Deluxe? Yes, absolutely I would. I’d also love information on Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing! Nintendo is in a rare position where, with the launch of a new console, any of their primary IP’s could make a huge splash in a way that the Wii U never got.

Meanwhile, Sony is going to have to pull out all the stops, as there isn’t much right now going on. Yes, the Crash Bandicoot remakes look amazing, but with Kingdom Hearts 3 and the Final Fantasy 7 remake being delayed, there aren’t many IP’s for Sony to bank on to bring the hype.

Many are speculating that Bloodborne 2 will be coming to E3, and if so that could definitely bring in hype from the Dark Souls fan base. What Sony needs to do, in my opinion, is really blow the lid off of the new Spider-Man that Insomniac is developing. It’s been so long since a very quality super-hero game came out, and a new Spider-Man could really push some consoles.

Finally, we have the most unfortunate of the three situations. Microsoft and the Xbox. With a new console looming, the Scorpio, Xbox is in a rough position. There aren’t any major exclusives right now aside from Halo 5, Halo Wars 2, Forza, and Gears of War 4, which doesn’t spell well for Microsoft. This is especially true given the current heavy focus on single player RPG’s, the best examples of the past year being Dark Souls 3, Breath of the Wild, and Horizon Zero Dawn. Without Scalebound, Xbox is struggling to stay relevant.

The Scorpio is clearly Microsoft’s answer to the PS4 Pro, playing the same games as the Xbox One but with more power, but I think Microsoft has forgotten that without blockbuster game titles, the console won’t sell. The Wii U struggled similarly, either releasing its good first party games too late into the life span, or releasing games without a great amount of substance. Xbox is starting to fall into that same category while the Switch is attempting to innovate, while still being a friendly platform to third party.

The power of the console isn’t very important anymore, rather, the popularity and broad appeal of the console. The Switch has great broad appeal, being both a home console and portable console, and the PS4 is considered to be the definitive home console of the generation. Xbox needs something monumental this E3 to gather hype, or else I fear they may start falling to the wayside.

Thanks for reading my thoughts, Nasties! What do you think is going to be announced this E3? How do you feel about the current console war, and did I miss some games that you think can really turn this E3 into something great? Comment down below!