Short Pause Gaming Podcast #108: Destiny's Grand Finale, Switch's Success, & Our Initial Impressions of Mass Effect: Andromeda
We're back! After a last minute scheduling conflict prevented the fellas from recording a show last week, the whole squad is on deck this episode to discuss the latest and greatest in the world of video games. Topics this week include:
- Initial Mass Effect: Andromeda Impressions - Mass Effect: Andromeda hit EA Access on Xbox One and PC this past week, and Brent gave it a go to see how Bioware's newest epic is shaping up. After all of the hoopla surrounding the game's bizarre animations, are they as bad or distracting as the internet has made them out to be? How do they affect the overall flow of the game?
- Destiny's Age of Triumph Event Revealed - Bungie is slowly lifting the veil off of their eagerly anticipated upcoming event, Age of Triumph, an event set to put a bow on Destiny 1 before the community transitions to Destiny 2 later this year. While changes to the in-game Director, weekly rituals, and Nightfalls sound great, it's the old raids being brought up to the current Light level that has everyone talking. With Age of Triumph appearing celebrate the first Destiny and send it off the right way, is it time to hop back into Bungie's shared-world shooter for one last hurrah?
- Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Looks Incredible - An epic 16-minute trailer gave us our first taste of Shadow of War gameplay in action, and the game looks to be shaping up phenomenally. The Nemesis systems returns bigger and better than ever, the action is as visceral and violent as fans of the series expect, and you can possess dragons! With Shadow of War now on the release schedule for August, does its inclusion this year solidify 2017 as a contender for the best year in gaming ever?
- Capcom Announces the Disney Afternoon Collection - Nostalgic NES fans the world over cried tears of joy this past week after Capcom revealed the Disney Afternoon Collection, a compilation of six Disney NES games coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Comprised of Chip 'n' Dale: Rescue Rangers 1&2, Darkwing Duck, Talespin, and Ducktales 1&2, the Disney Afternoon Collection looks to treat these games with the same care Capcom displayed in the recent Mega Man Legacy Collection. The impeding release of the Disney Afternoon Collection begs the question: How long until we see a Mega Man X Collection for current gen platforms?
- Nintendo Switch Sales are Through the Roof - Nintendo's newest piece of hardware is off to a roaring start, with initial estimates pegging sales of the system at 1.5 million units worldwide after one week on the market. With the Switch now cemented as one of Nintendo's most successful hardware launches of all-time, will the Big N be able to maintain the system's momentum into the summer and throughout 2017?
- Horizon Zero Dawn Sells a Ton - As Sony's newest IP from one of their premier studios, Horizon Zero Dawn had a lot riding on its success, and the property responded big time. Guerrilla's open-world RPG epic moved over 2.6 million copies in its first two weeks on the market. Will Horizon have a chance to reach the same kind of sales numbers Uncharted 4 saw last year?
- February's NPD - The results of February's NPD report are in, and PlayStation 4 has once again topped the hardware charts for the month, while Ubisoft's newest IP, For Honor, found itself atop the software charts. Perhaps even more interesting, Rainbow Six: Siege continues to chart more than a year after its release. What can the rest of the industry learn from the way Ubisoft has handled this title? Also, where's Halo Wars 2?
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