Short Pause Gaming Podcast #122: New Destiny 2 Info, Our Favorite Games of 2017 (So Far), & Will the PS5 Launch in 2019?
The whole gang is back together again this week, as Brent, Ben, Bender, and Frankie gather to once again discuss the latest and greatest in the world of gaming. Topics this week include:
- Destiny 2 Beta Details - Bungie finally laid out exactly what eager Guardians will be able to do in the upcoming Destiny 2 Beta, and gamers are in for a treat. The game's first story mission, "The Inverted Spire" cooperative Strike, 2 different competitive Crucible modes, and even the new social space, The Farm (for a brief period on the beta's last day), will all be available to play during the open beta. The only question now is, which of the three available subclasses in the beta will you start with first?
- New Destiny 2 Info - As part of IGN's First program, Bungie and the entertainment giant are unveiling a slew of new Destiny 2 information throughout the month of July. This past week, we got our first taste of the game's new social space, The Farm, learned a little more about how lore will be integrated into the game world instead of Grimoire Cards this time around, saw our first glimpse of how the title's new map will be utilized to guide Guardians on their quest, and even scored a few hints as to what we may see unveiled in the near future. With everything we've heard surrounding Destiny 2 so far, is this game destined to be everything fans want from this franchise?
- Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy Sells Big - The Bandicoot is back! Fans turned out in droves to purchase the remastered adventures of everyone's favorite marsupial, as the game turned in the single biggest product launch of the year in the UK, outselling even the mighty Horizon: Zero Dawn in its first day on the market. The game also topped the PSN charts in the UK for the month of June, and hit number 2 on the US PSN charts after only one day on sale. With the success of Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy, how long before we see something like Spyro the Dragon get the same treatment?
- PS5 in 2019? - Michael Pachter, everyone's favorite video game prognosticator, was talking this past week about the PS5. He thinks the machine is likely to show up in 2019 based on the predicted market penetration of 4K displays a few years down the line. Does 2019 for PS5 make sense, or should Sony hold off even longer on their next machine?
- Halo in 4K - As part of the Halo Summer Celebration, 343 Industries finally confirmed that Halo 5 will be getting the 4K Xbox One X upgrade treatment. They also announced a plethora of Halo game on the Xbox 360 are now backwards compatible on the Xbox One. How awesome is Halo 5 going to look in 4K on the XBOX?
- Lords of the Fallen 2 in Trouble - In an unfortunate turn of events, developer CI Games has drastically scaled back the scope and budget for their big-time AAA follow-up to the surprise hit, Lords of the Fallen. As such, the game's director has been let go, and the team has been severely downsized, leaving the future of the title in doubt. With this significant reduction in team size, is there a chance we might never see this game at all? And if we do, what is it going to look like?
- Our Favorite Games of the Year So Far - It's been an epic year in gaming, so the fellas decided to chime with some of their favorite titles of 2017 so far. Did your favorite game make the list?
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