Hello friends of USgamer, and welcome to End Credits! This weekly wrap-up of all the cool stuff we published on the site across the past week is meant to bookend our Starting Screen article.
First and foremost: You made it through another week. Congratulations!
We'll be doing End Credits in lieu of the Community Question for now. The Community Question will be back sometime; it just needs a good nap to recharge its batteries (shhh).
This is a good week to kick off End Credits, I think. We saw a lot of hype (and plenty of worry) about Mass Effect Andromeda, we talked a lot about Persona 5 and Shin Megami Tensei, we learned about the Disney Afternoon Collection, the new 3D Sonic game got a new trailer and a name-oh, and there's still plenty of lingering excitement over the Nintendo Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Overall, the week was a great success. Let's review!
Starting Screen: What Do You Do When Too Many Great Games are Coming Out at Once?
Kat kicked off the week by engaging everyone about their game backlogs. How are you handling these times of plenty? We also talk about Mass Effect, Iron Fist, ResistJam, Gran Turismo Sport, and Chrono Trigger music.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Impressions: The Glorious Return of Battle Mode
Mike played Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Switch over at PAX East and revelled in the return of Battle Mode. Ah, the mingled smells of burnt rubber, shattered turtle shells, and blood cooking on the asphalt.
Dead Cells Is a Roguelike That Wants You to Use Death
Speaking of death, Mike also went hands-on with Dead Cells, a roguelike game that literally wants you dead.
Nidhogg 2 Is More Than Just "A Better Version of Nidhogg"
If it's not clear, Mike was very busy at PAX East because he's a machine-person fueled by Red Bull and kpop. He talked to the developers of Nidhogg 2 and learned how the game differs from its predecessor.
Hob Continues to Bend the World to Its Will
Mike's PAX East preview frenzy endures with a look at Hob.
Battlefield 1's First DLC Release Comes Closer Than Ever to Realizing World War I in a Multiplayer Setting
Kat outlines the history going on behind the scenes of Battlefield 1's first DLC. Here's suitable accompanying music from Great Big Sea.
Refactor Slots Tetris In Next To Metroid
You thought Mike was done with PAX East previews? Mike is never done. Don't miss his preview of the unique puzzle game Refractor.
Voez Signals the Switch's Rhythm Game Potential
Rhythm-game enthusiast Caty looks at Voez and evaluates the Switch's potential for mobile rhythm games. The conclusion? Well, without spoiling anything, we'll just say we're way past ready for a new Elite Beat Agents game, Nintendo. Another Rhythm Heaven game will suffice too, of course.
Stop Taking Review Scores Personally
Jim Sterling branded The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild with a 7 out of 10. The internet's collective objection to the score was very calm, collected, and level-headed.
Nintendo Switch Has Sold 1.5 Million Systems Worldwide, According to SuperData
The Switch is off to a strong start. Insert snapping sound here.
Pokémon Red Recreated Inside Minecraft
A living, working version of Pokémon Red is now compatible in Minecraft. Hey, if Twitch can play it, so can Steve and his Creeper pals.
The First Mass Effect is a Great Game Not Just for its Time, But for All Time
Freelancer Doc Burford makes a compelling argument for why the first Mass Effect is one of the most important games of all time.
#ResistJam Spotlights the Developers Who Persist Against Authoritarianism
Caty outlines some of the games that appeared at ResistJam, a game jam centered around anti-authoritarianism.
You Don't Have a Chance with Prince Sidon, so Smooch These Zelda: Breath of the Wild Characters Instead
Everyone wants to jump Prince Sidon's fish-bones, but there are so many other great characters in Breath of the Wild who aren't getting the love they deserve. Sadface.
Capcom's Disney Afternoon Collection Brings Back Six NES Classics
The Disney Afternoon Collection contains six of the best licensed games Capcom had to offer the NES back in the day (awoo-oo!).
Capcom's Decision to Keep the Disney Afternoon Collection off the Nintendo Switch Is a Load of Duck Feathers
Wait, it's not coming to the Switch? Boo!
Ghost Recon Wildlands Really Needs an Endgame
Jaz enjoys Ghost Recon Wildlands, and he'd like some more (please, sir Ubisoft).
The Shin Megami Tensei Games You Should Play After Persona 5
Wondering which Shin Megami Tensei games you should give a go once you have Persona 5 tucked away? Caty has some suggestions.
Mass Effect 2's Final Mission Was the Apex of the Series
Kat looks back on the excellence that's Mass Effect 2's final hours.
The 'Git Gud' of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Mike examines the "Hows" and "Whys" of Breath of the Wild's considerable challenge level.
Snipperclips: Cut It Out, Together! Review
Mike pastes together a review of this easily-overlooked Switch gem.
Dissecting Final Fantasy VII, Part 4: Sephiroth Skewered Our Expectations for RPG Villains... and Our Girlfriend, Too
Jeremy Parish's latest installment of Dissecting Final Fantasy VII shines a spotlight on Sephiroth, one of the most popular JRPG villains of all time. Guard your girlfriends.
Are Mass Effect Andromeda's Opening Hours Really That Bad? (Yeah, Kind Of)
Kat wonders, are the opening hours of Mass Effect Andromeda as bad as they look? Eh, well...
Mass Effect 3 Deserves to be Remembered for More Than its Final 15 Minutes
Freelancer Rowan Kaiser laments over Mass Effect 3 being mostly remembered-and damned-for its controversial ending.
Here Are The Coolest Things People Have Discovered About Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Breath of the Wild is packed with moments and tributes worth treasuring. Here are a few of the most note-worthy.
Axe of the Blood God: Nier: Automata and Andromeda Drama
In this week's Axe of the Blood God podcast, Nadia, Kat, and Caty talk about Nier: Automata, Mass Effect Andromeda, Chrono Trigger, and, of course, Persona 4 Golden.
And that brings our very first End Credits to a close.
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