Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (November 9, 2017)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (November 9, 2017)

Mario seems to be on the brain of the community in this week's short and sweet Blog Herding. 

Community Blogs For November 2 – November 8:

Which Games Have Fully Met Your Expectations? ConnorTrinske was prompted to ask this question after enjoying Super Mario Odyssey. In fact, he writes that it is the first time in a while that a game met his expectations. I usually don't watch trailers or read much about upcoming games, so I am usually pretty stoked when a new game comes out. But that's not always the case. So, what games have met your expectations?

Watch Us Mess Around In Sonic Forces' Character Creator

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Watch Us Mess Around In Sonic Forces' Character Creator

Sonic Forces is out now, and one of the biggest additions is custom characters being thrown into the mix. As well as controlling Modern Sonic and Classic Sonic, you also craft your own custom avatar hero.

Kyle Hilliard, Leo Vader, and I decided to see what we could do with the character creator. In addition to going through our options and putting them together to make our very own creation, we also fool around with the random generator, seeing our creation in action, and see him in a cutscene alongside other characters from the Sonic universe.

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New Gameplay Today – Star Wars Battlefront II's Campaign

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New Gameplay Today – Star Wars Battlefront II's Campaign

Star Wars Battlefront II is out in a few weeks, but EA Access members can get an early look at the upcoming game. As luck would have it, we just happen to be members of EA Access. Wow! This morning, Kyle Hilliard, Andrew Reiner, and I checked out the game's campaign to see what we're up against. As it turns out, it's a whole lot of Rebel scum.

We skip past the game's first section, showing the first main gameplay segment on Endor. It's set during the period of Return of the Jedi, which becomes fairly clear early on. In addition to showing some of the on-foot action, we also check out some of the game's ship combat, featuring a backdrop that Star Wars nerds may freak out at. At least, Reiner did.

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Exploring The Miiverse During Its Final Hours

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Exploring The Miiverse During Its Final Hours

The Miiverse is – or perhaps more accurately, was – one of the Wii U's most fascinating oddities. The social network, which later made its way to 3DS, served as a place to post screenshots, make comments, and draw pictures about the games you were playing. It featured both talented, and unapologetically untalented artists, talking and drawing about Nintendo games, and sometimes it got really weird.

Back in August, Nintendo announced the service was shutting down, so we decided to sign in during its final hours and see what the community was up to before the service would go away forever. As a bonus, Jeff Cork, Jeff Marchiafava, Leo Vader, and I all submitted one final post to the Miiverse as a means to help us cope with its unavoidable annihilation.

The art seen above was submitted to the Art Academy Miiverse community by a user named Kewn.

New Gameplay Today – Hitman: Game Of The Year Edition

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New Gameplay Today – Hitman: Game Of The Year Edition

Last year's episodic Hitman game was a polarizing chapter in the long-running series. While some players (including our own reviewer, Jeff Marchiafava) were underwhelmed by the experience, others put it on the top of their year-end lists. Leo Vader is among the latter crowd, and he, Fava, and I gathered together to check out a new mission from the Hitman: Game of the Year Edition's Patient Zero campaign. 

In this mission, which is set in Bangkok, Agent 47 is tasked with taking down a doomsday cult by eliminating its two leaders. Leo went into it blind, and let's just say that he did... an okay job. Even without the benefits that come from methodical planning and observation, we did get to see a bunch of new things. Just don't expect to see the words "Silent Assassin" anywhere in this episode. 

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Is The First Episode Of Wolfenstein II's Freedom Chronicles DLC Worth Checking Out?

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Is The First Episode Of Wolfenstein II's Freedom Chronicles DLC Worth Checking Out?

Yesterday, the vault inside of Wolfenstein II finally opened to reveal its treasures, including two new gameplay modes. The first mode, a challenge mode similar to the one in the The Old Blood, lets you replay levels from the campaigns, encouraging you to build up your score with combos to unlock medals and achievements. It's a funny, goofy mode if you like Wolfenstein II's gameplay, but it doesn't offer anything narrative-based.

The second, bigger treasure is that the first bit of Freedom Chronicles, Episode Zero, opened up if you bought the season pass or preordered The New Colossus. The episode serves as a playable introduction to the three upcoming pieces of DLC that make up the Freedom Chronicles. If you're curious whether or not there's enough enough promise in Episode Zero alone to warrant going all-in on the season pass for all the episodes, here's what you need to know (as well as our impressions).

Episode Zero Is Short But PackedEpisode Zero will take you a little over an hour to complete your first time through, so it's rather short. However, the episode serves as a sampler for all three characters you'll be playing as across the Freedom Chronicles: Gunslinger Joe, Agent Silent Death, and Captain Wilkins. Every character has their own mission to complete, with each adventure apparently being a standalone experience. 

Easter Eggs And Fun Facts From Overwatch's Upcoming Blizzard World Map

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Easter Eggs And Fun Facts From Overwatch's Upcoming Blizzard World Map

At BlizzCon 2017, I asked the Overwatch team to tell me the deepest secrets and hidden lore tucked away inside the upcoming Blizzard World theme park map that draws upon all of Blizzard's IPs. Lead character artist Renaud Galand, lead designer Geoff Goodman. and lead software engineer Bill Warnecke teamed up to provide us with a dazzling array of interesting Easter eggs and fun production facts. Enjoy!