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This Week at Game Space - June 4th

By Suzie Ford on June 04, 2017 | Columns | Comments

This Week at Game Space - June 4th

GameSpace is our little corner of the internet where we can post news and reviews of games that we play outside the MMO genre. Each week, we'll be bringing you the wrap up of the week's reviews and editorials about other games that might just catch your fancy. See what happened This Week at GameSpace.com!

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THIS WEEK'S REVIEWS

Syberia 3 - Verdict 4.5

It seemed like a game with such promise and that it would somehow be something more than what it ultimately became. To say that I am disappointed is to understate things greatly. Let’s hope that Microids lets the Syberia IP go, or at least wait a good long while before making another one that is worthy of the first two games because Syberia 3 isn’t it.

Dreamfall Chapters - Verdict 8.0

The bottom line is, Dreamfall Chapters is a stunning PS4 game that is story rich and should be on any adventure gamer’s list, especially those that played through the first two PC games. You might do yourself a favor though and find a recap of the first two games’ stories before jumping into this one.

Tokyo 42 Review - Verdict 8.5

While I am primarily a PC keyboard and mouse loyalist, I felt the isometric camera made WASD movement a bit wonky.  It’s like trying to play Q-Bert, you need to press SD, SA, WA and WD for diagonal movement.  Luckily, Tokyo 42 supports controllers natively.  I used a USB Xbox One controller and immediately the game controls extremely well with the analogs.

Mages of Mystralia - Verdict 7.5

The fact remains, despite drawbacks, Mages of Mystralia is a promising start to Borealys’ life as a game studio. There’s abundant charm, tight controls, and enough ingenuity to make me confident that Mages’ real story is only just beginning. Bring on a Switch version, and bring on a sequel!

Victor Vran Overkill Edition - Verdict 9.5

If you’re a console player and just getting into ARPG’s, ‘Victor Vran’ is an excellent place to start. As a veteran player of the genre I would recommend this game to anyone who loves ARPG’s. With a great balance of character development, smooth combat, nice story delivery and sweet loot, ‘Victor Vran: Overkill Edition’ is an excellent ARPG title worth having in your games library.

BIG NEWS ITEMS OF THE WEEK

Harvard Students Can Take a Game of Thrones-Themed Class

According to Time, this fall Harvard students will have an opportunity to join a new real medieval history class, “The Real Game of Thrones: From Modern Myths to Medieval Models”.  Students will take a look at how George R.R. Martin’s series of books “echoes and adapts, as well as distorts the history and culture of the ‘medieval world’ of Eurasia from c. 400 to 1500 CE”. The program will also explore “a set of archetypal characters at the heart of Game of Thrones — the king, the good wife, the second son, the adventurer, and so on — with distinct analogues in medieval history, literature, religion, and legend”.

Nintendo Switch Online Brings Classic Titles, eShop Discounts & More

Today Nintendo of America unveiled its basic plans for Nintendo Switch Online, the multiplayer service that we’re all currently enjoying for free. In 2018, you’ll need to pay $3.99 a month, or $19.99 a year for online multiplayer gaming with your Switch. But that’ll also net you access to a host of classic Nintendo games (Super Mario 3, Dr. Mario, and more), as well as eShop deals, and an Online Lobby and Voice Chat App.

October 10th is the New Launch Date for Middle-Earth: Shadow of War

Developers have announced a new release date for Middle-Earth: Shadow of War. It was originally set to come out in August but has now been pushed back to October 10th. October 10th provides extra time for development The game is being delayed in order to give Monolith more time to work on it.

Nintendo Details Splatoon 2 & ARMS E3 Tournaments

Splatoon 2 and ARMS are games that lend themselves perfectly to tournaments, and E3 is an ideal venue to bring people together to compete,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “These friendly tournaments will highlight the fun, competitive nature of these games and the Nintendo Switch hardware for people at home and on the show floor.”

Owlcat Games to Launch KickStarter for Pathfinder: Kingmaker

In our second bit of news about the Pathfinder IP, we have learned that Owlcat is taking its game to KickStarter. The team is looking for $500,000 to add more to Pathfinder: Kingmaker, an upcoming PC RPG.  While the game was announced last week, no mention was made at the time about KickStarter. Today’s announcement has come as something of a surprise to many. The fund raiser is expected to begin this week. What is interesting about the initiative is that the company is not looking for money to complete the game, but to add to it. The team wants to add companions and to their stories as well as include new classes, dungeons, events, locations and more.

Northgard Introduces Multiplayer Mode

Shiro Games has sent out a word that long-anticipated Multiplayer Mode is coming to its real-time strategy Northgard today. The company launches a massive update for the game, allowing up to 6 players war against each other, in a free-for-all as well as teams.  Players can also add AI opponents to their matches for the extra challenge.

Pokeland Announced for Mobile Devices, Japanese Alpha Starts Today

Fans of Pokemon will be pleased to hear that Nintendo has announced Pokeland. The game will be heading to both Android and iOS mobile devices soon. In fact, the first alpha is scheduled to start soon in Japan. Pokeland The Next Web calls the game a “fusion between Pokemon Go and Rumble”. Players collect and train Pokemon as well as battle other players in special duels.

Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. An avid gamer, Suzie lives in the desert Southwestern US with her own personal minion.