Friday Fun Day!

Happy Friday people of the Nerdom, we hope you guys enjoy the weekend! We just wanted to give you guys an update on a couple things and give you stuff to look for this weekend. 

First things first, the first episode of The Nerd Chambers Podcast is live! You can check it out on SoundCloud but be sure to follow us there and give us feedback on Twitter or by email (thenerdchambers@gmail.com). In other podcast news, we may be looking into applying to iTunes so that we can have our podcast on the Podcast app on iOS, so be sure to look out for that. We are hoping that this will be a big part of our future as a team and will help us coninue to grow.

Other weekend notes, Titanfall 2 has another technical test starting today, so be sure to download and try it out! Also Madden has been getting praise by a lot of reviewers out there so if you are a football fan you may want to pick it up this year. Also a new release that we did not touch on in the podcast, Deus Ex Human Revolution, has been getting outstanding reviews as well. So for those of you that love action, stealth and rpg elements, coupled with a great narrative, do yourselves a favor and check it out. 

Going back to Titanfall 2 though, I am going to be playing the Titanfall 2 Test today here shortly. I will be streaming it on Twitch so for those of you on PS4 looking for someone to play with be sure to stop by! I will be playing it for a bit then sharing my thoughts on there as well as doing a write up on my thoughts. 

So there is your update for the weekend, for more insight and news be sure to check back here at The Nerd Chambers.

-JaceRush 

TNC Podcast Ep. 1 (What to Expect)

The time has finally come. Today is the day we will be recording the first episode of The Nerd Chambers Podcast and we figured we would give you an idea of what to expect from the first show and the structure of the show. So, obviously, we will give you an idea of who we (Ethan, Brandon, and I) are as gamers and what we are playing currently. What we are playing that week will be a regular part of the show to ease us into the next part of the show which will be our five biggest gaming news stories of the last week. We will also be bringing you movie and box office news and we may even touch on some thoughts and advice about Twitch.

So that is just a quick glimpse of what is to come with TNCP, be sure to check in on our Twitter for updates about the first episodes release and articles posted here and remember to check back into The Nerd Chambers for all kinds of  gaming news.

-Manny

Our Favorite Announcements from Gamescom 2016 (Thus Far) 

Europe’s huge gaming convention kicked off earlier in the week and there have been some big announcements so far. Here are a few things that you should be looking forward to that was announced this week.

  • Metal Gear Survive- Konami’s first dive into the Metal Gear universe without Kojima, the first trailer for Metal Gear Survive might possibly the biggest announcement thus far. The game is connected to the ending of Metal Gear Solid Ground Zero. Four agents get sucked into a wormhole along with Mother Base and end up in an alternate universe. Its seems you like will be playing as one of the four agents in this co-op survival game. From the trailer, it seems as though you will be scavenging for materials and items to help survive against crystallized zombies, all while surviving inside the remains of Mother Base. You can check out the trailer here.
  • Mass Effect Remastered… Sort Of- In an interview with Game Informer, EA Studios Executive VP Patrick Soderland stated “I can’t announce anything today, but you can expect us most likely to follow our fellow partners in Activision and other companies that have done [remasters] successfully,” when asked about remastering the Mass Effect series. This is promising news to those that are looking to explore the galaxy in the Normandy once again.
  • For Honor Alpha News- Ubisofts’s upcoming melee-style action game has a new trailer that debuted at Gamescom and, along with it, news on the first closed alpha for the game. September 15th-18th people who sign up for the test will get their first glimpse at the highly anticipated game, which is slated for a Valentine’s Day release next year. For more information and signups for the alpha you can visit the For Honor website here.

Those were just a few of our favorite announcements from Gamescom thus far. There is sure to be more exciting announcement with Tokyo Game Show, Playstation Experience, and The Game Awards still to come later in the year. For more gaming news and insight be sure to check back with us here at The Nerd Chambers and follow us on Twitter, @TheNerdChambers, to stay up to date with articles and The Nerd Chambers Podcast.

-Manny

My First Week With No Man’s Sky

For starters, I know the game has been out a little longer than a week by now but my wonderfully terrible chromebook has not let me edit the website since I posted the news stories on Tuesday. After doing everything Google support told me to do and getting no results for three days now, I decided to give up writing on my chromebook. For the time being, I will be typing from my phone so you may have to bear with me a bit. Now on to much more important matters like No Man’s Sky. 

A game that went from being an indie gem, to most hyped game of this year, to now the most controversial topic in gaming right now, whether you have loved the game or hated the game, you have probably talked a good bit about the game in the past week. If you have played the game you either have played way too of it (like yours truly) or you probably already resold your copy. There doesn’t seem to be a middle ground with this game. In my opinion, it just has to do with the hype surrounding the game and the lack of research people do before willingly spending $60 on a game, but thats a topic for another time.

More importantly, I have gotten to spend nine days with the my most anticipated game since The Witcher last year and I could not be more pleased with the game. A lot of people have had a lot of gripes about the game, and rightly so. There have been some features that were said to be apart of the game and have not shown up, which is very unfortunate, don’t get me wrong, but they have already said there will be plenty of updates and will hopefully change that. 

Despite all of the negative outlook on the game and the misleadings by the development team on some aspects, I have truly enjoyed the game and all it has to offer. Since I have been following the game since it’s initial announcement, I knew going in that No Man’s Sky was intended to be played alone. I was more than okay with that because I enjoy the Witcher and Fallout types of the gaming world that cling onto that single player adventure game experience.

No Man’s Sky is truly an adventure unlike any other. When you start on your first planet, you are left with a ship in need of repair and are simply told you have to repair it by mining for resources. That is the fullest extent of hand holding that this game gives you. After that you are sent off to find out what you can mine whether or not it will help you in repairing the ship. 

This is just the start of a long process of learning the ins and outs of the game (I personally didn’t learn some mechanics until three days into my playthrough). There is an impressive amount of depth to this game despite some features not making it into the game yet. You peruse the different inventories (there is an inventory for your character, and ship, as well as an inventory to upgrade your multitool) and try to figure out what minerals you need to keep your suit and ship maintained as well as how the upgrades for each of the three inventories fit into your inventory to activate them. 

Once my ship was repaired when I was starting the game, I continued to explore the massive planet for a bit before deciding to head to space as the game was urging me to do. I discovered a couple locations on the planet and befriended an animal species native to the planet then headed back to my ship.  The first time I left a planet for space in No Man’s Sky was an experience like no other. Seamlessly going from the ground of a planet to space was a spectacular feeling as the morning sky of the planet turned to the vast unknown of space. Once you get out from the first planet, the massive universe of 18 quintillion is yours to explore at your own pace. 

I have spent approximately 20 hours with the game now and I have had so much fun discovering the varying planets and minerals on those planets that it keeps me coming back for more everytime. However, the most intriguing part, and my favorite part, of the game is the interaction you can have with alien species. At the different colonial and space stations, you can interact with aliens from varying races that have entirely different languages and receive aid from them. Now the trick is, none of them speak your language, so a big part of the game is finding ruins and monoliths of these races and learning words of their languages. This will help you to understand the aliens you meet better the more words you learn. In turn you will be able to properly assist aliens in their personal endeavors. If you choose the best option for helping them out of your available choices you can get valuable technologies to upgrade your equipment with, more knowledge of the language or money. 

I will say the game has it’s moments where it may feel a bit repititious but there are also so many special moments that you can experience with this game if you maintain a curious mind while enjoying the vibrant universe the game offers you. My favorite moment so far was on a fairly bland planet. It had an arid atmosphere which meant not a lot of fauna or oceans to traverse. I was on my way to a trading post and I saw a vein of gold rock to mine and with plenty of space in my inventory I decided to stop so that I can mine the gold and sell it once I got to my desired destination. 

Now, I will preface this next part by letting you know that most veins of gold in the game will give you anywhere from 90-150 units of gold and that each inventory slot in your suit can hold 250 units. So I approached the vein of gold and begin mining it with my multi-tool. Since this particular vein was much taller than most I wasn’t surprised that I was there for a few minutes and mined almost 500 units of gold. For reasons unknown, I felt compelled to continue mining downward after I had mined the massive rock and most times there is nothing there but the planets surface. This time, however, the gold vein continued down further and further until I had mined 1250 units of gold. I had mines so far below the planets surface that I actually had burrowed my way into a vibrant underground cave filled with different things to mine. To me, going from mining on a bland, barren planet to being in a vibrant cave lit by plants was a moment that has pushed me to explore more. So it’s safe to say that this game has it’s hooks in me for sure. 

Is this game for everyone? No, but if you are a gamer with an endless curiosity like me, you will find yourself getting lost in this game for some time to come.

For more news and insight be sure to check back here at The Nerd Chambers. Also be sure to follow our twitter @TheNerdChambers to stay updated on our podcast and when it will be posted! 

-Manny

Top Stories in Gaming of Last Week

Last week brought plenty of exciting and disappointing news in the gaming world. Here are the top five news stories from the past week.

1)  Kotaku – “Overwatch’s Competitive Is About to Get an Overhaul”

Overwatch’s first competitive season is coming to a close here very shortly and with the second season already around the corner, Blizzard took to making drastic changes to the way the competitive mode works.

Updates Include:

  • New Rating system that goes from 1-5000 instead of 1-100
  • Will soon have tiers of ranks (gold, diamond, master and grandmaster to name a few)
  • You will never fall out of tier unless in the top 2 tiers
  • No more sudden death and coin flip (ties will occur)
  • People have to be within 500 skill points to play together
  • Top 3 skill tiers (diamond, master and grandmaster) subject to rank point decay if inactive for a week

These are big changes coming very quickly for the first person shooter, but there are a lot of promising new points that should make the competitive mode even more enticing for it’s already large player base. You can see the full article on Kotaku by clicking here.

2) Gamespot – “Final Fantasy 15 Delay Confirmed, New Release Date Announced”

Unfortunately those of you who are excited about the next installment of Final Fantasy, the ten year wait is going to get a couple months longer. The release date has been pushed back to November 29th now. In Gamespot’s article it states:

“According to a statement released by Square Enix, the new date ‘will allow the development teams time to further polish and conduct quality testing so that the reality of the game can match the expectations of both the fans and the creative teams.’ Game director Hajime Tabata said: ‘From the moment we joined this project, our vision was to create a level of freedom and realism previously unseen in the series. Regrettably, we need a little bit more time to deliver on this vision and are confident that this new release date will help us achieve this. As the director and lead of this project, I wish to personally apologize for the additional wait. As a team, we want Final Fantasy XV to achieve a level of perfection that our fans deserve. We kindly ask for your understanding.’”

Hopefully the extra couple months will be worth the wait, but I guess we will find out in November won’t we? For more info about the delay you can read the full article here.

3) Playstation Blog – “PS4 System Software 4.00 Will Feature Folders, UI Refresh, More”

Sony has finally announced what is to be coming to update 4.0 for their current console. They have not specified a release date, only informed that they are in a testing phase for the new features they are planning on adding in the update.

Update will see

  • UI Refresh  including new background system, revamped What’s New Tab, and new pop up notifications
  • New Quick Menu which does not take you to a separate menu but pops up alongside the application you are running. Allows you to check your sound/devices, online friends, your online status, favorite groups, communities and has a customization option
  • New Share Menu that will allow you to upload screenshots, broadcast and update broadcast settings seamlessly with your app (it will appear like the Quick Menu)
  • Folders system- organize your games into folders so its easier to pick and choose your games vs scrolling through your library
  • Updates for Trophy info and user profile info to find the information you want more quickly and easily

For the full information, check out the full article on Playstation Blog here.

4) Xbox Wire- “Microsoft Acquires Interactive Livestreaming Service Beam”

Xbox continues to try and get innovative technologies under their brand as they go out and buy interactive streaming service Beam. For those of you that do not know what Beam is, it is a live-streaming service like Twitch and YouTube, however Beam does not have any chat delay, so viewers get to interact in real time with the streamer.

“[I]n a blog post on Microsoft News Center, it was announced that Microsoft has acquired Beam, an innovative and interactive livestreaming service that gives viewers the ability to watch and play along with their favorite game streamers in real-time. Beam has evolved game streaming from a passive, watch-and-chat experience into one with real-time participation by allowing the viewer to directly influence a streamer’s gameplay and live broadcast.

‘We at Xbox are excited about this convergence between playing and watching, and want to provide gamers with the freedom and choice to have great multiplayer experiences across all of Beam’s platforms,” wrote Chad Gibson, Partner Group Manager for Xbox Live. “This acquisition will help gamers enjoy the games they want, with the people they want, and on the devices they want.’

If  you want to get the full details of Microsoft’s newest purchase, you can read the full article here.

 

5) PC Gamer- “The Battlefield 1 open beta gets underway at the end of August”

Battlefield’s beta gets a release window, so all you World War era shooter fans can rejoice.

“The BF1 open beta will include the Sinai Desert map, seen in the Gamescom gameplay trailer released today, and two modes: Conquest, in which 64 players battle to control objectives on the map, and Rush, a 24-player attack-and-defend mode that has one team trying to destroy Telegraph Posts, while the other fights to protect them. If the posts are destroyed, the Defenders must fall back to a new sector and try a little harder to hold the line.”

For addition information including sign ups for the beta, you can check out the article here.

Those are the big stories from the last week. For more of the biggest news and all kinds of game and move talk, be sure to check back here at the Nerd Chambers.

Also, as a final side note, we will be (hopefully) recording the first episode of our weekly The Nerd Chambers podcast. Be sure to follow us on Twitter by clicking the link to know when it will be going live.

– Manny