For those that don’t know Cavern Blogs are pretty much my end of/start of the week post (depending how you look at it) that wraps up the previous weeks news highlighting a selection of the posts. There is also a final thoughts section on the bottom where I’ll briefly discuss my own thoughts about select stories from the week or my own gaming experiences.

This Week in Gaming News

Sonic Forces Launch Trailer – The blue blur is back for a second round this year with this week’s release of Sonic Forces, a new 3D entry in the long-running speedy platformer series that incorporates three styles of Sonic gameplay.

Skyrim VR PSVR Bundle Announced – Those of you who don’t already own a PSVR headset will have a slightly more budget way of gaining access to one along with Skyrim VR with the announcement of a new $449.99 bundle.

DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY Golbez Trailer – Final Fantasy IV villain Golbez is the next character to join DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY’s roster, a currently Japan-only arcade fighter which will soon be making its way to PlayStation 4.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Direct Round-up – A new Nintendo Direct for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 revealed some new details, such as the existence of a Expansion Pass and an optional Japanese Voice Pack.

Dragon Ball FighterZ Android 16 Trailer – Dragonball FighterZ latest character intro trailer is for Android 16.

ToeJam and Earl: Back In the Groove Overly Cinematic Trailer – Alien duo ToeJam and Earl have crash landed from the 90s with a new “Overly Cinematic” trailer for Toejam and Earl: Back In the Groove.

Battlerite Free-To-Play Launch Trailer – PvP arena brawler Battlerite made its transition to free-to-play, opening the gates to any Steam user that wants to give the game a shot.

Dodgeball Rising Announcement trailer – Asakusa Studios and Happinet have officially announced Dodgeball Rising, a 3v3 competitive action dodgeball game that appears to be heavily inspired by the classic dodgeball titles in the Japanese Kunio-kun series.

Serious Sam 3 VR: BFE Launch Trailer – Croteam has finished off their Serious Sam VR re-releases with today’s launch of Serious Sam 3 VR: BFE.

Ascent: Infinite Realm Reveal Trailer – Bluehole Studio may have found extreme success with Playerunknowns’s Battlegrounds, however they haven’t given up on their roots in the MMORPG genre as seen with the reveal trailer for Ascent: Infinite Realm.

Monster Hunter World Squads, Other Features Detailed – Capcom shared some new Monster Hunter World information, including details on the new Squad feature, which is essentially the game’s version of a guild or clan.

Wandersong Announcement Trailer – Dumb & Fat Games announced their side-scrolling musical adventure game Wandersong would be headed to the Nintendo Switch through a new trailer.

EA to Acquire Respawn Entertainment – EA announced they would be acquiring Respawn Entertainment, the developer responsible for the Titanfall series, which EA handled the publishing for.

INJUSTICE 2 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer – Injustice 2 will be receiving a third fighter pack, the stars in this collection being guest characters The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Final Thoughts

There wasn’t much in terms of buzzworthy news this week outside of the announcement that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would be joining the roster of Injustice 2.  Even if I never plan to pick up this game, I do think it is a good direction and perhaps a hint that they are just moving further in the direction of being a non-Marvel comic book character fighter.  Perhaps NetherRealm’s next game will be exactly that, serving as a Injustice series spiritual successor with a more varied roster.

I haven’t talked about my own gaming experiences in over a week and at this point I’ve slowed down my time with Super Mario Odyssey and Destiny 2 significantly as I’ve essentially beat both of those games.  There is still a lot of content left to play in each of them, and I am enjoying a slow pace as I work through it.  I wanted to have my Mario review up by now, but we should see it go live this week.  Destiny 2 may go live soon as well, however I was hoping to try out the raid before the review.  My friends with the game haven’t been playing as much so they aren’t at that point just yet.

Lately I’ve been spending most of my game hours with Nioh, which just recently game out on PC.  I enjoyed my experience with the original PlayStation 4 beta, actually almost purchasing that version, but I decided to wait and it paid off big time with this surprising port announcement.  So far I’ve been having a great and challenging time with the game, which is like Demon’s Souls meets Ninja Gaiden meets Diablo.  This game is lined up for review as well though so look forward to that eventually.

Looking forward, there isn’t a whole lot else game-wise I have my eyes on this year.  I am anxious to give Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp a shot whenever that launches this month.  Getting it this week would be nice, but I’m thinking it will launch the week of Thanksgiving.  Outside of that there are also the typical December gaming events which could be interesting.  This includes The Game Awards (Dec. 7) and PlayStation Experience (Dec. 9-10).  We can almost certainly expect major reveals and trailers from both these events so mark your calendars.

Hope you all had and have a great week!