Episode 158: I Didn’t WANT to Get On My Soapbox…

Here is another episode of Pause Screen! This episode Kyle and William are Kaz-less, and have no one to stop them from complaining about games they don’t like. Luckily, they’ve been playing games that they like well enough, with Carrion, Neon Abyss, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2, and Smash on Kyle’s side, and Undertale, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, and Xenoblade on William’s side. After an impromptu discussion about the nature of violence and narratives in video games, we jump onto the Hype Train to cover the Xbox Games Showcase, UbiForward, the Nintendo Direct Mini, some recent releases, and more! Come pause with us!

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HYPE TRAIN – *toot toot*

  • Microsoft had their big Xbox Games Showcase today, which was similar to Sony’s event last month in a whole lot of ways. Few AAA releases, no details on release date or price, and lots and lots of cinematics. However, we did get a meaty Halo Infinite demo to open the show.
    • Halo Infinite
    • Fable
    • Forza Motorsport
    • Everwild
    • Avowed
    • Grounded
    • The Medium
    • Psychonauts 2
    • The Gunk
    • New Genesis Phantasy Star Online 2
    • Crossfire X campaign (developed by Remedy)
    • Tetris Effect Connected
    • Destiny 2: Beyond Light
  • Dragon Quest 11SWAEFOUWEOEFUODSIGOFDGA is coming to Xbone in December, will be on Games Pass
  • Microsoft is launching xCloud in September, will integrate it with the Games Pass subscription https://www.theverge.com/2020/7/16/21326797/microsoft-xcloud-launch-xbox-game-pass-ultimate-free
  • Ubisoft held UbiForward (their not-E3 conference) on 7/12
    • Far Cry 6
    • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
    • Watch Dogs Legion
    • Hyperscape
  • Ghost of Tsushima and Paper Mario: The Origami King came out, got decent reviews. 
  • Rocket League is finally going free to play
  • Spider-Man: Miles Morales will have an ‘optional 60fps/4k performance mode’, which I’m assuming will downgrade detail to enhance performance. Also, the replies to that tweet are amazing. https://twitter.com/insomniacgames/status/1285225145909620736

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