Assassins Creed: Valhalla announced, Streets of Rage 4, more

TGO Daily

TGO After-Show

Links:

Transcript:

How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here, welcome back to The Gaming Observer. It is Thursday, April 30th

Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla announced

Ubisoft have officially announced Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. A trailer is going to be dropping at 11am Eastern time today, the 30th, though I’m not sure if it will bring along more information about the game. As rumoured, it appears as though the setting is viking themed, which I’m sure many people are excited for. Also, the way they announced the game was very interesting, they essentially did a super long livestream of the creation of some art for the game. So people were slowly able to see the setting take shape, and even get an inside look into how professional artists do their thing. Anyway, if there’s more to tell then I’ll let you know tomorrow.

Streets of Rage 4 reviews out, and game released!

The reviews have dropped for Streets of Rage 4, which releases today. Of course this entry in the series is a revival, with Streets of Rage 3 coming out in 1994 for the Sega Genesis. The critics love it, with no review dropping below a 7/10, and a number of praises across the board. The combat is apparently fluid and satisfying, which is definitely necessary for a beat-em-up. The soundtrack and art-direction were also both notably well regarded in the reviews. I think where critics are mostly getting divided is on this, “If you played the original…titles, good news: Streets of Rage 4 is a lot more Streets of Rage.” That comes from Polygon, who also say “the campaign is a delight. The stages flow smoothly. And though the combat is simple, it’s an absolute pleasure.” Eurogamer also agrees with this saying “It’s worth pointing out that [the game] isn’t an exercise in hollow nostalgia…[It] isn’t afraid to forge its own path.” And just to cap it off here, Game Informer disagrees, saying “the gameplay is unmistakably old-school…Sometimes this…produces nostalgic thrills — but it is often just boring.” I’ll let you see the gameplay for yourself, but I wanted to give you an idea of what people thinking.

Fortnite getting a non-combat mode?

On the TGO Podcast on Tuesday, Kato and I talked briefly about Fortnite being more than just a battle royale game, it’s also a place for people to hang out. An environment, as opposed to a battleground. Well, today, Epic Games have revealed a zero-combat mode of Fortnite. It’s called Party Royale, it’ll have its own map, and presumably will provide an opportunity to have a bunch of people just existing together, and maybe it’ll have a few minigames in there. More details should be coming soon, but I think this is a super smart move, and I’ll be interested to see how it plays out.

Deep Rock Galactic is pretty cool game, exiting Early Access

Ok final story, I want to tell you about a game that is exiting Early Access which I somehow only discovered for the first time today, it’s called Deep Rock Galactic. It’s got 27,000 reviews on Steam, and 96% of them are positive. Also after researching it, I’ve only ever seen positive things said about it. It is a co-op shooter where you play a space Dwarf, and what they advertise is “100% destructible environments, procedurally generated caves, and endless hordes of alien monsters.” It does look like quite a bit of fun, I’m seeing comparisons to like Left 4 Dead and Vermintide, anyway, it exits Early Access on May 13th, and it’s $30. You should take a look if you’ve got a group of friends to play with.

Alright everyone, thanks very much for joining me. I’d also like to thank Andrew for leaving me a 5-star review on Amazon, and NCIceman for a review on Apple Podcasts. That’ll be all for today, and I’ll be back tomorrow with the news, until then, Happy Gaming Everyone