Games News Roundup 11/13/19 – 11/20/19

This week in one sentence: Google released its Stadia platform, the next Pokémon game was released to fanfare and hatred, the story of Anthem may not be over, Shenmue 3 rose after more than a decade of slumber, and Logitech released a suite of accessibility tools.

This week in one sentence: Google released its Stadia platform, the next Pokémon game was released to fanfare and hatred, the story of Anthem may not be over, Shenmue 3 rose after more than a decade of slumber, and Logitech released a suite of accessibility tools.

Top Five Stories

1/ Stadia Came Out To A Whole Host Of Problems: Google Stadia was delivered on November 19th to people who pre-ordered the Founder’s and Premiere editions— or rather, to most people who pre-ordered  them. The new platform has been plagued by issues related to undelivered products, framerate stuttering, graphical flaws, and a UI that seems undercooked. Additionally, many reviewers are questioning if the business model makes sense and who the target market is for this service. (Eurogamer / Kotaku / IGN / Polygon / Gamespot)

2/ Pokémon Sword And Shield Released To Fanfare And Complaints: Pokémon Sword and Shield came out this week to both adoration from the games press and fans, and ire from a small but vocal minority of players. The series transition to Switch has sold well, and many reviewers have noted small ways that the game has evolved the series formula. Angry fans have criticized the lack of a National Pokédex, animations, and countless other grievances. One shared complaint between the fans and press are the technical issues that can arise, such as frame stuttering, texture and model pop-in, and camera issues. But, have you seen Grookey? They are adorable. (Digital Foundry / Kotaku / Gamespot / Polygon)

3/ Anthem Isn’t Dead Yet: Jason Schrier at Kotaku reported that BioWare hasn’t given up on Anthem. The developers are allegedly working on overhauling Anthem, similar to “Destiny’s critically acclaimed Taken King [DLC].” The report claims that BioWare is planning on rebranding the game as “Anthem Next” or “Anthem 2.0”. There is no announced release date or other official details. (Kotaku)

4/ Shenmue 3 Finally Released: Yu Suzuki has followed up his 2001 release of Shenmue 2 with the next game in the series. Shenmue 3 is out following its successful crowdfunding campaign that started back in 2015 on Kickstarter. Reviews have been mixed, with many reviewers focusing on how the game does play like it is straight from the 90s. (Polygon / Eurogamer / Screen Rant)

5/ Logitech Releases Adaptive Gaming Kit: Logitech released a new set of triggers, buttons, and other peripherals that work with the Xbox Adaptive Controller. The kit costs $99 and is available for order now. It was developed in conjunction with input from many accessibility groups to give people with disabilities people a customizable gaming setup. (Ars Technica / Polygon / Engadget)

✏️ Notables

  • Half-Life: Alyx was announced as a “flagship VR title,” but it isn’t technically Half-Life 3. (Kotaku / The Verge / Ars Technica)
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order came out to people praising its design but questioning the technical problems. (IGN / Kotaku)
  • Steam Remote Play left beta and is now available to people who want to play couch co-op remotely. (Gamasutra / Polygon)
  • Blizzard’s released their new “auto battler” Hearthstone Battleground. It’s fun but weird. (Polygon / Kotaku / Game Informer)
  • Amy Hennig, the writer of Uncharted 1, 2, and 3, is joining Skydance Media to make narrative games for streaming platforms. (VentureBeat / Polygon /
  • The Oculus Quest can now play more games on PC via the new Oculus Link beta. (Rock Paper Shotgun / PC Gamer / Polygon)
  • Path of Exile 2 and a mobile version of Path of Exile 1 was announced at ExileCon. (Destructoid / Polygon / PC Gamer)


I Reviewed Every Game From E3 In Five Words Or Less

E3 2019 was a wild time. We got some amazing announcements and new games on the horizon. But, have you ever felt overwhelmed by newly announced games? Maybe you just want to know what is good, before it’s even out. Don’t worry, I got you.

I have done you a kindness. I’ve reviewed nearly every game from E3 in five words or less. This means that you are ready when your friends ask you about the games they should play.

EA Play

Apex Legends: Season 2

Don’t make developers crunch

Battlefield V (Update)

War, war never changes (not)

Fifa 2020

More Balls

Madden NFL 20

Bring back the truck stick

Lost in Random

Hey kids, EA is cool


This robot is my friend

Unannounced Game by Hazelight Studios


Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order

Leave Kashykk Alone

The Sims 4: Island Living

Eco-friendly colonization

Xbox Briefing

12 Minutes

Live, Die, Get Sad, Repeat



Age of Empires II Definitive Edition



I guess

Blair Witch

1990s PT

Bleeding Edge

Edge-y overwatch

Borderlands 2: Commander Lilith and The Fight for Sanctuary

Borderlands 2 had a story?

Borderlands 3

Possibly set at Medieval Times

Crossfire X

War is COOL! Explosions!

Cyberpunk 2077

*Keanu Reeves voice* Cy-ber-punk

Dead Static Drive

That art style though

Dragon Ball: Kakarot

*Goku voice* Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Dying Light 2

AZAB (All Zombies Are Bastards)

Elden Ring

Another Soulsborne is coming

Flight Simulator

Bing Map Simulator

Forza Horizon 4: LEGO Speed Champions

I genuinely love LEGOs

Gears of War 5

The Terminator DLC is lame

Gears POP!

GOTY 2019

Halo Infinite

What if AI, but bad

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

This dead horse makes money

Minecraft Dungeons

Diablo, now with less hell

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Will probably make me cry

Phantasy Star Online 2

…..why?….. How

Project Scarlett

Imagine an Xbone, but better

Psychonauts 2

Double Fine is still good

RPG Time: The Legend of Wright

Good Drawn to Death


An owlman plays the violin

State of Decay 2: Heartland

More zombies and heartache

Tales of Arise

Anime chest swords are…. Cool?

The Outer Worlds

Fallout: New Space-gas

Wasteland 3

Old Fallout, but new

Way to the Woods

Must protect deer

Xbox Elite Controller – Series 2

Pro-er controller

Bethesda Showcase

Commander Keen

More like, commander small screen


More like death-poop (I’m sorry)

DOOM Eternal

They gave Doomguy a hookshot

Elder Scrolls Legends: Moons of Elsweyr

Everybody has a CCG

Fallout 76: Nuclear Winter

ToddHoward’s Battleground

Fallout 76: Wastelanders

Never means maybe

Ghostwire: Tokyo

Get ghost raptured


Everybody has a streaming service!

Rage 2: Rise of the Ghosts

Oh yeah, Rage exists

Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr

Dragons make games good

The Elder Scrolls Online: Dragonhold


The Elder Scrolls Online: Scalebreaker


The Elder Scrolls: Blades

Nobody wanted this

Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot

Mecha are a deterrent!

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Young women taking direct action

Devolver Digital Big Fancy Press Conference


I feel kinda sick now

Devolver Bootleg

Make more Hotline Milwaukee levels

Enter the Gungeon: House of the Gundead

Wait, is this real?

Fall Guys

The ultimate battle royale experience

My Friend Pedro

What a trustworthy Banana

The Messenger: Picnic Panic

Everybody loves the beach!

UploadVR Presents: The E3 VR Showcase


Don’t trust that bot

Acorn: Attack of the Squirrels

These squirrels don’t look right

Angry Birds Movie 2 VR

How the mighty have fallen

Arizona Sunshine: The Damned

The Hoover Dam suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucks

Asgard’s Wrath

God of Boar


Beat Saber: Gun


See (In VR) of Thieves

Boneworks: Stress Level Zero

Those arms look really nice

Budget Cuts

Late capitalism, with robots

Budget Cuts 2: Mission Insolvency

Automation didn’t solve our problems

Disciples of Dawn

It’s so dark, when’s dawn?

Doctor Who: The Edge of Time

Let me pet the Dalek

Drunken Bar Fight Special Edition (DLC)

Please, VR responsibly

Echo Arena

Ender’s Game ain’t shit

Espire 1

Stealth Tactical Espionage VR Action

Garden of the Sea

I love that Penguin thing


This golem better not die

Hotel RnR


Lone Echo 2

It’s even echo-ier


Unlicensed Blade Runner car game

Mini Mech Mayhem

Better than Catan, probably

Pistol Whip

Serious Hotline Miami vibes

Pixel Ripped 1989

The best fake Game Boy

Pixel Ripped: 1995

90s graphics were bad, okay

Rogan: The Thief in the Castle

Trailers please, show, not tell


Motion sickness ninja simulator

Solaris: Offworld Combat

Literally zero details about this

Spaceteam VR


The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets

Cute as fuck

The Soulkeeper

Medieval brood game on point

The Walking Dead: Onslaught

The franchise that won’t die

Undead Citadel

Please stop with zombies

Until You Fall

New Infinity Blade looks tight

PC Gaming Show

Age of Wonders: Planetfall

Civilization, but with laser dinosaurs.


Spore: Monkey Edition


Stardew Valley, but more mutants

Auto Chess

In 2019, games play themselves

Chivalry II


Conan Chop Chop

This conan is kawaii


Magical Girl the RPG

El Hijo

Metal Gear Son

Evil Genius 2: World Domination

This is just plain….. evil

Genesis Noir

The Ultimate Space-Time Whodunit


Apocalypse: The Gathering

Last Oasis

It’s like K’Nex but deadly


Grand Theft Auto: Shark

Midnight Ghost Hunt

I see ghost chair people

Moons of Madness

Ghosts of Mars: The Game


What if phones, but bad

Mutant Year Zero: Seed of Evil

Trees are fucking dangerous

Phantom Brigade

Fire Emblem: Mechas

Planet Zoo

Please don’t free the lions

Per Aspera

They are even automating planets

Remnant: From the Ashes

Left 4 Stargate

Rune II

Beowulf simulator

Shenmue III

How many forklifts are there?

Solar Ash Kingdom

Hyper Light Skater

Songs of Conquest

Pixelated skeletal armies are neat


Stardew Space Station

Telling Lies

Their Story

Terraria: Journey’s End

They still make Terraria expansions?

The Pathless

Princess Monono— Hawk Lady

The Sojourn

The Witness, but about birthing

Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer’s Legacy

A hella pretty ARPG

Untitled Goose Game

Set loose the goose


*headbangs furiously*

Vampire The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2

These vampires fuck

Warframe: Empyrean

These space ninjas fuck

Warhammer Vermintide II – Versus

Did that rat have a gun?

What the Golf?

Way better than Outlaw Golf

Zombie Army: Dead War 4

I thought Zombies were over?

Kinda Funny Games Showcase


Cheerful puzzlebox murder


This nut muncher can punch

Wave Break

Wave Race with grinding bears

Super Space Club

Enormous flashy Asteroids


Really fucked up Pong

A Duel Hand Disaster: Trackher

Particle effects out the wazoo

Looking For Healz

Always tip your healer

One Night Stand

A fun walk of shame

The Inner Friend

“Id” will be really funny


Survival mechanics galore


No one can stop tetrinomino

Pig Eat Ball (Console)

Vomiting pigs are a tool?

Standby (Switch Release)

Hat guy’s gotta go fast


Magnets, how do they work?

Falcon Age (PC)

Dabbing bird fights colonizers


These boys can cook for me

Solace State

Always hack your ex-lover

Freedom Finger

This finger has Kirby powers

Ribbiting Saga

Adorable pirate frog is good

Wooden Nickel

How the West was fun


Gravity, and skin, get weird


These magpies sure can fly

The Gardens Between (Switch Release)

Time is just a suggestion


Tonight this byte night fights


Unjammer handy

Sneaky Ninja

Assassinations have never been cuter


A mine full of slimes

Monster Prom 2: Holiday Season

Mothman is like super hot

Summer Catchers

My summer wasn’t this cool

Fling To The Finish

Get mad at friends simulator


Windjammers with cyberpunk styyyyyyyle

Lonely Mountains: Downhill

Falling off a bike is brutal


Magical girl bullet hell

Police Stories

Can we not?

Brave Earth: Prologue

Most likely, really hard Castlevania

Astalon: Tears of the Earth

What a cute beholder

Treachery In Beatdown City

Ron Dümp is a real dick


Cuter than a real Tamarin


Dungeon crawler meets caravan simulator

Stronghold: Warlords

Great Walls cannot stop flamethrowers

Lucifer Within Us

All hail sci-fi Satan


Geometry Wars: more particle effects

Half Past Fate

500 Days of 8-bit lovers


*Smokes blunt* perspective is weirddddddd


Last of Us with mom

Castle Storm 2

Castle tower defense autochess

Trials Of Fire

You’ve activated my trap card!


I want a mechanical bird

Deliver Us The Moon (Console)

Space is fucking scary y’all


Hack the digital planet


Stab robots, skeletons, and more

Relic Hunters Legend

Some Ducks need a punching


Giant robots are cool, okay!?

Lost Ember

I will die for doggo-bird

Adams Ascending

No Man’s Bigass Skeleton

Trigger Witch


Ubisoft Press Conference

Brawlhalla (Adventure Time DLC)

Jake vs. Jake me coward

Ghost Recon: Breakpoint

Let Jon Bernthal pet dogs

Gods and Monsters

Breath of the Greek Canon

Just Dance 2020


Rainbow Six Quarantine

Please, vaccinate your Operators

Rainbow Six Siege (Operation Phantom Sight DLC)

Commissioner Gordon finally ditched Batman

Roller Champions

Wear helmets while skating

The Division 2 (Roadmap)


Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad

Generic ass soldier gatcha

Watch Dogs Legion

Elderly lady energy is powerful

Square Enix


This is so fucking Bootleg

Battalion 1944: Eastern Front

FACEIT, WW2 is played out

Circuit Superstars

Little tiny baby pit crew

DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age

The one with bad music

Final Fantasy VII Remake

The prettiest midgar EVER

Final Fantasy VIII Remastered

A lot of hot dogs

Final Fantasy XIV Online: Shadowbringers

Is this Kingdom Hearts now?

Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius Collection

Come “Gacha” some Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles

An exciting bucket management sim

Kingdom Hearts III: Re – Mind

This will not resolve anything

Octopath Traveler (PC/Console Release)

You will never finish this


Chibi ghost hunters, the game!


Was that a Destiny warlock?

Romancing Saga 3 & SaGa Scarlet Grace: Ambitions

Y’all like JRGS, right?

The Last Remnant Remastered

My brain erased this game

Dragon Quest Builders 2

Anime minecraft returns!


Alien Isolation (Switch)

Shit your space pants, again

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Finally, the fruit auto-stacks

Astral Chain

Mecha persona, by Platinum

Cadence of Hyrule

Make Zelda playable more often!

Collection of Mana

The mad lads did it

Contra Collection

Always choose Browny

Contra: Rogue Corps

Hopefully better than Neo Contra

Daemon X Machina

Too mecha anime 4 u

Dauntless (Switch)

Hunt monsters on the go

Dead by Daylight (Switch)

Those textures are scary

Empire of Sin

A TRPG you can’t refuse

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Harry Potter with more murder

Hollow Knight: Silksong

I already broke my controller

Link’s Awakening

The only Zelda with Goombas

Luigi’s Mansion 3

Bow down to Gooigi

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games

Let us see Sonic’s feet

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

Squirrel girl or bust

New Super Lucky Tale (Switch)

Character platformers are back, bay-bee

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered

Where is this boy’s mom?

No More Heroes 3

Travis touchdown jerks it again

Panzer Dragoon (Switch)

That dragon looks fucked

Pokemon Sword & Shield

Everybody horny for gym leaders

Resident Evil 5 (Switch)

A kinda competent Resident Evil

Resident Evil 6 (Switch)

No one asked for this

Settlers of Catan (Switch)


Spyro Trilogy (Switch)

Spyro really uh… kills folks

Stranger Things 3: The Game

Your favorite 80s game design

Super Mario Maker 2

Play my kaizo death trap

Super Smash Brothers Ultimate (The Hero DLC)

Yay…. another anime sword fighter………

Super Smash Brothers Ultimate (Banjo-Kazooie DLC)

A toxic, co-dependent relationship.

The Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance Tactics

Relive your childhood nightmares!

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Untitled Sequel)

Fans can make anything horny

The Sinking City

Please go to the dermatologist

The Witcher 3: Complete Edition (Switch)

The Witcher 3…. at 540p

Trials of Mana

JRPGs are en vogue again


Creature in the Well

Badass pinball

Persona 5 Royal

Still can’t play a girl


Improvise, Adapt, Kill Mutants