What's New in Gaming?
By: Savannah Ho
With the gaming industry growing ever upwards, it’s no surprise that there are new video games released every month. Whether you play on a PlayStation, Xbox, PC, or some combination of those, you can expect a video game for your platform each month. There are countless titles per month, but here’s a list of the handful of games worth spotlighting.
Player Unknown’s Battleground (PUBG):
Originally developed by PUBG Corporation for playing on a PC, this extremely popular game is finally coming to Xbox 1 as its first console platform on September 4. PUBG made the battle-royale genre of video games popular, and many say that the current popular battle-royale video game FortNite copied it. Whatever the case, it’s safe to say that PUBG still retains its large fanbase of players and is now expanding its playerbase to include Xbox players. With this final crossover, PUBG is now playable across all major gaming platforms, including mobile.
Destiny 2: Forsaken DLC:
With this latest DLC (downloadable content) being released on September 4th, Destiny 2 further enhances and expands its gaming experience for its players. Included in this release are new abilities for each of its playable classes, exclusive content, and updates to its storyline. Destiny is brought to players by a collaboration between Bungie, the creators of the famous Halo video games, and ActiVision, who created the world-famous first-person shooter (FPS) series, Call of Duty (COD). Following in its predecessors’ footsteps, Destiny is also a multiplayer FPS game set in a mythical science fiction world where players are either pitted against each other or then environment.
Coming out on September 18th is indie gaming studio Toby Fox’s Undertale for Nintendo’s latest console, the Switch. Though some say its gameplay is a bit lacking, Undertale makes up for it with its amazing storyline. Players are immersed in the game as a character who has fallen into a magical world beneath Earth’s surface forced to deal with enemies and friendlies alike. What makes Undertale engrossing is that with every choice a player makes, the storyline changes and the outcome of each gameplay is different. Undertale’s die-hard fans keep coming back for more as there seem to be an endless number of endings to the story, and now they can come back and find more endings on the ever-popular portable Switch.
Dying Light: Bad Blood:
Techland’s popular game series Dying Light is getting a new mode which combines elements from COD’s zombie survival mode and the outrageously popular battle-royale game mode. Although the official release to the public is set for later this year, beta testing is live September 1st. Also offered alongside its free-to-play game, Techland has made available a $20 Founder’s Pack for serious fans interested in immediately owning exclusive in-game character aesthetics along with 1,000 Blood bucks, the in-game currency.
Gaming on Campus
Despite the hundreds of video games out there to play, there’s only one place on campus where you could play them among fellow video gamers, and that’s with the CSULB eSports Club. As last year’s winner of the Best Recreation Club on Campus award, the eSports Clubs boasts over 200 active club members who are both casual and competitive players. With such a diverse pool of gamers, the club caters to all major game genres ranging from FPS games like CS:GO to fighting games like Smash Bros.
The club is also home to the defending champions of Vain Glory, a popular battle-arena mobile game. To keep up with the growing gaming industry, the club is always expanding its scope of games and recently added FortNite to its collection of games hosting a competitive team. If you’re looking for new teammates on campus for any game, there’s no better place to look than in the CSULB eSports Club.