Gaming news #116 – Gamescom Showcases, Madden NFL User Score Controversy and More

Fresh news on the upcoming Dragon Age sequel, Madden NFL low user score, new Warhammer fantasy game, Marvel's Avengers post-launch content and more.
Gaming news #116 – Gamescom Showcases, Madden NFL User Score Controversy and more

KeenGamer gaming news is a series of articles designed to bring you the hottest gaming and pop culture related news. Each news is presented in a bite-sized format and will lead you to the original source of the news if you want to find out more details.

Netflix is doing a live-action Resident Evil Series

Netflix is doing a live-action Resident Evil Series

Mystery driven Resident Evil? Sign me up!

Along with the upcoming game, Resident Evil fans are also getting a live-action series. Made by Netflix, the series will consist out of 8 episodes and will focus on Jade and Billie Wesker, the daughters of villain Albert Wesker. The series will unfold across two timelines – one in the past when the sisters, as teenagers first arrive in Racoon city, and the other in the zombie apocalypse future we all know and love. The information released thus far promises a mystery driven plot focused on interpersonal relationships which could prove to be a winner, especially when compared to the often action-focused RE movies of the past decade. For more information on the movie and the team behind it, be sure to check out our original news coverage.

Warhammer Age of Sigmar turn-based strategy showcased at Gamescom

Warhammer Age of Sigmar turn-based strategy showcased at Gamescom

40K has Mechanicus, Sigmar has Storm Ground

Warhammer is an ever-growing property and it’s no wonder Games Workshop is trying to capitalize on its popularity. The newest attempt comes in the form of a new Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground game showcased at Gamescom. Smaller in scope than the Total War games, Storm Ground will be a turn-based strategy game and will see Stormcast Eternals doing battle with the armies of Death. Footage showed promises great visuals, a non-linear campaign as well as tons of loot with which you’ll be able to customize your warriors. The game is set to release in early 2021 and will be published on Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC. For more information and the full trailer, check out our original news coverage.

Dirt 5 will allow players to create their own race tracks

Dirt 5 will allow players to create their own race tracks

Dirt 5 with a dash of Trackmania

It seems like Codemasters are finally opening up their Dirt franchise to fresh, new ideas. In that regard, Dirt 5 will have a brand new feature called “playground”, letting players create their own tracks. What’s great is that the playground will feature a great deal of freedom in what the players will be able to create. Not only will players be able to create their own, unique challenges but the possibilities on offer bring Dirt 5 a step closer to something seen in whacky racers like Trackmania. Think arenas with a ton of ramps and loops which should provide awesome stunt opportunities and offer unique gameplay experiences. For more information and the Playground feature trailer, check out our original news coverage.

Bioware gave us a first look at the new Dragon Age game

Bioware gave us a first look at the new Dragon Age game

Solas will be back as the main villain

After some half-baked project, Bioware definitely needs a win. Hopefully, this will come in the form of the next game in the popular Dragon Age franchise. When we last visited Thedas in Dragon Age Inquisition, things were kind of left on a huge villain cliffhanger. Since then, fans of the series have been eagerly anticipating the next installment to see how it’s going to resolve the threads left hanging. Gamescom offered a glimpse into the development process and we got a sneak peek of the new world, characters, and more. Seeing as we mainly heard the developers talk over concept art, the main takeaway of the showcase was that the game is still fairly early in development. If you want to find out more and see how far the team has come, check out our original news coverage.

Marvel’s Avengers will have one $10 battle pass for each character

Marvel's Avengers will have one  battle pass for each character

Will Square succeed in making this an ongoing experience?

Marvel’s Avengers are upon us and we are finding out more and more about how Square Enix plans to keep it going long after launch. In what is a lengthy post, they outlined how they plan for each post-launch hero to have a sort of battle pass which players can purchase for $10 each. These “Hero Challenge Cards” will allow you to earn challenge points to unlock cosmetic rewards for that hero by completing a variety of challenges.  Many were quick to point out that this could be excused if this was a free-to-play game but seeing as we are talking about a full-priced $60 game – not so much. Ultimately, large companies only understand when players talk with their wallets so it remains to be seen if this business model will be approved by the player base. For more information on the Hero Challenge Cards and Marvel’s Avengers, check out our original news coverage.

Madden 21 Is being review bombed On Metacritic

Madden 21 Is being review bombed On Metacritic

EA really outdid themselves on this one

EA’s sports games have always been under fire for a yearly delivery of glorified updates at a price of $60. While this has been somewhat tolerated in the past, it has all come to a head with this year’s Madden NFL 21. By all reports, the game is a blatant copy of the last year’s installment with very little new features or gameplay mechanics. So much so, that the game has quickly become Metacritic’s worst user-reviewed game of all time, currently sitting at 0.3. Along with being a full-priced game, it’s once again riddled with additional ways for players to spend their money and it seems they’ve finally had enough. For more information on this controversy, be sure to check out our original news coverage.

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