No news! Let’s look at game releases from the last month

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer for Tuesday, May 26th. Here’s the deal folks, I totally did not realize that today is Memorial Day in the United States, which means that the news outlets are not reporting on anything. So today what I’d like to do is just take a look at some of the games that have come out recently, and maybe pique your interest on something new. If you only listen to this show for the news, then feel to skip today’s episode, otherwise let’s talk about some video games.

So I decided to basically take a look at all the games that came out in the last month and tell you about them, and why you might be interested in them. I’ve probably talked about them all on this show at some point, but this should serve as a good reminder. So let’s start off here with the tactics genre. On April 24th, XCOM: Chimera Squad released. If you missed this, it is a compact, shorter, experimental version of XCOM 2, and it is absolutely wonderful. I played this myself and can heartily recommend it, especially for its price tag, only $20. I ended up hitting a road block with it unfortunately, so I never finished, but I do want to get back to it at some point, I had a lot of fun. Only a few days after that, April 28th, Gears Tactics released. I didn’t play this one, but it reviewed very well, and apparently its got a pretty distinct take on the genre. I think what I said before is that if you play a lot of XCOM and are interested in seeing how it plays with a Gears setting, or vice versa, then the game is probably for you. Otherwise if you’re a complete outsider to both of those, then you probably would want to start with XCOM 2, or even Chimera Squad, and move from there. This one is available on the Xbox Game Pass as well, if you have it for PC.

On April 30th we had two games released that you might interested in. First is Streets of Rage 4, which is the long awaited entry in the vintage sidescrolling brawler franchise. And I think what I’ve gathered from that one is that if you love the genre, then this is exactly what you’re looking for. Its a 2020 version of Streets of Rage, but it’s probably not much more than that. So if that type of gameplay doesn’t seem like your cup of tea in 2020, then maybe give it a watch on Youtube or something like that. The other game is Legends of Runeterra, which technically was the day it left its beta. This is Riot’s card game, and I’ve gotta tell you, it’s worth playing. I didn’t think it looked all that impressive when I saw gameplay, but when I started playing it myself, I couldn’t put it down. It reminded me of Hearthstone a whole bunch, except it removed my two major complaints of the game, which is the paywall and the RNG. They are extremely generous with their cards and building decks, and almost everything is a tactical decision. I highly recommend it if you were in a similar position to me, or simply want an easy card game to get into.

Next up on May 13th we had the full release of Deep Rock Galactic. I personally haven’t seen a whole bunch of this game, and I really wish that I did, because it seems like a lot of fun. It’s a PvE Co-op horde shooter, so friends who liked Left 4 Dead and games like that should love this one. It has 30,000 reviews on Steam, Overwhelmingly Positive, if you’ve got a group of friends, check it out for sure. And then on May 20th we had Amazon’s Crucible, I talked all about that on Sunday, but in a sentence: it probably won’t be on your top 10 list of the year, but it’s free and worth at least checking out if you like the idea. I imagine it’ll click with a number of people. And finally on May 22nd, we had Maneater and the Saints Row 3 remake, both of which I talked about yesterday, feel free to check that episode out if you’re so inclined.

Looking forward to the next 30 days, here’s what you should have your eye on. Mortal Kombat 11 drops an update today, which has Robocop, you might want to take a look at that. Minecraft Dungeons also comes out today, though the reviews are pretty polarizing on that one. On June 2nd, Valorant has its full public release. And June 19th is the Last of Us Part II, don’t need to say much more there. Folks that’ll be all for today, thank you so much for joining me, and I hope you enjoyed the show that I mangled together today. I look forward to chatting with you more tomorrow, hopefully with some news, and until then…Happy Gaming everyone.