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

Fallout 76 Gameplay Videos – A variety of different gameplay videos and impressions of Fallout 76 have surfaced on the internet.

Hitman 2 Colombia Mission Gameplay – Press and Youtube influencers have got their hands on the new Colombia level in Hitman 2 meaning plenty of new videos are starting to pop up.  I’ll share a few links below for those interested.

Onimusha: Warlords Action Gameplay Trailer – Samurai lovers unite to check out a new trailer for the upcoming Capcom remaster of PlayStation 2 classic, Onimusha: Warlords.

Resident Evil 2 Claire Redfield Gameplay – IGN has shared 10 minutes of Claire Redfield gameplay in the upcoming remake of Resident Evil 2.

Microsoft Announced Project xCloud Game Streaming Service – As Phil Spencer announced at E3 earlier this year, Microsoft is planning to enter the game streaming business.  Those plans are coming to fruition now with the announcement of Project xCloud, a currently in testing service which will allow you to stream and play Xbox One/Win 10 games to mobile phones and tablets which are Bluetooth linked to an Xbox One controller.

Heroes of the Storm Mal’Ganis Spotlight – Blizzard fans may want to check out the new Heroes of the Storm spotlight video for World of Warcraft universe hero Mal’Ganis.

Borderlands 2 VR Announcement Trailer – Everyone’s favorite 2012 looter shooter from Gearbox, Borderlands 2, is getting a VR makeover.  This is the full experience as well, not some spin-off or chunk of the game.

Darksiders Lore: The Charred Council – If you are a bit behind or completely uninformed about the Darksiders lore, feel free to check out an episode of a new mini-series covering The Charred Council.

LEFT ALIVE Release Date Announcement Trailer – Square Enix have announce their new survival action shooter LEFT ALIVE will be launching early next year on March 5 for both PC and PlayStation 4.

Fortnite Deep Freeze Retail Bundle Announced – Epic Games announced a partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to sell a new physical retail version of Fortnite called Fortnite: Deep Freeze Bundle.

Pokemon GO Sinnoh Region Announced – Pokemon GO players can soon look forward to Sinnoh region Pokemon appearing in their area as teased in a short new trailer.

7 Billion Humans Nintendo Switch Trailer – Tomorrow Corporation has shared a trailer for the soon to be launching Nintendo Switch version of 7 Billion Humans.

Stardew Valley Going Mobile This Month – Popular farm life simulation game Stardew Valley will be making the jump to iOS mobile devices on October 24.

New Pokemon Meltan Live Action Trailer – A new live action trailer further teases newly discovered Pokemon Meltan, which appears to be some bizarre metallic version of Ditto.  The end of the trailer also teases a possible evolved form which seems to be triggered by a large gathering of Meltan.

Resident Evil 2 Licker Battle Gameplay – While we shared some similar footage earlier this week, Capcom now has uploaded their own Resident Evil 2 video showing off Claire Redfield’s encounter with a Licker, an infamous and horrifying enemy type from the classic survival horror game which returns in this remake.

Just Cause 4 Story Gameplay Trailer – Delve a bit deeper into the world of Just Cause 4 in a new story gameplay trailer for the upcoming open-world action game sequel.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Zombies Blood of the Dead Trailer – A new Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 trailer covers a re-imagined Zombies fan favorite, Blood of the Dead.

Assassin’s Creed: Rebellion Mobile Game Announced – Ubisoft revealed they would be taking their popular Assassin’s Creed series to mobile devices with the announcement of Assassin’s Creed: Rebellion.

JUMP FORCE Saint Seiya Character Trailer – A new JUMP FORCE trailer reveals the roster additions of both Pegasus Saint Seiya and Dragon Saint Shiryū.

Rhythm Game Gal Metal Dated for Switch – XSEED Games announced that free-form rhythm game Gal Metal will be arriving in North America later this month on October 30 exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

SINNER: Sacrifice for Redemption Launch Trailer – Nintendo shared the launch trailer for next week’s release of SINNER: Sacrifice for Redemption, an action RPG with a focus on boss encounters.

Hitman 2 Ghost Mode Trailer – A new multiplayer option has been revealed for Hitman 2 called Ghost Mode.  Unlike the cooperative offering seen in Sniper Assassin, Ghost Mode is purely competitive and sees two players competing to take out targets as quickly as possible.

Yo-Kai Watch 4 Japanese Trailer – While we are still waiting for the third entry to release outside of Japan, we are now getting a new look at Yo-Kai Watch 4, a new entry in the Pokemon inspired RPG that has made the jump to the Nintendo Switch.

The World Ends with You: Final Remix Launch Trailer – The World Ends With You is making its third platform jump with its new debut in the definitive Final Remix version on Nintendo Switch.

Final Thoughts

Fallout 76 was a game that intrigued me initially with its reveal as the idea of infusing multiplayer into almost anything often sounds fun in concept.  However unfortunately after seeing the new gameplay footage this week from many who had hands-on experiences with them I am very underwhelmed and concerned about the quality of the game.  Before getting into the technical issues the game itself just simply appears very bland and unoriginal as it essentially takes concepts we’ve already seen too many times and slaps on the Fallout IP.  It’s clear this was simply built using Fallout 4 assets as well, making it seem like nearly enough effort went into it for what you’d think would be a AAA project with the Bethesda brand.  Then there is the performance and visual issues as it was not only a dated looking game, but it ran very poorly and sluggish.  I’m not sure if this was running on a Xbox One S or X, but I hope it wasn’t the latter because the performance was abysmal.  In the end I wasn’t sold on the game at all from this event and I’m somewhat amazed that Bethesda would show it off in this state.  You’d think they would demo the PC version or something so we could see it running at peak performance.

Fallout 76 looking disappointing is sad, but also possibly somewhat of a relief because Fall and Winter 2018 is so congested with intriguing new releases that I wouldn’t mind shortening that list in some select cases.  Anyway, hope you all had a great week, I’m hoping we’ll see some Smash updates soon as am anxious to see a new character.