Hello, and welcome to another GamesBeat weekly roundup! This time, we played some of the most anticipated games for the rest year: Middle-earth: Shadow of War (which has you killing things in an open-world Mordor) and Assassin’s Creed: Origins (which has you killing things in an open-world ancient Egypt). Also, Neill Blomkamp plans to make sci-fi short films with Unity, and the indie farming simulator Stardew Valley arrived on the Switch.

Enjoy, and have a great weekend!

Pieces of flair and opinion

  • The DeanBeat: Middle-earth: Shadow of War is the revenge of the nerds
  • PC Gaming Weekly: Early Access success for Fornite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  • AR/VR Weekly: Microsoft charges in
  • Forza Motorsport 7: Comparing the Mazda MX-5 Miata with its video game counterpart
  • Golf Story is proof that Japanese-style RPGs can ‘fore’-go fantasy

Above: Eleague is back.

Image Credit: Eleague

News

  • SpecialEffect raises $391,470 for gamers with physical disabilities
  • Relic Hunters Legend seeks Kickstarter treasure for its shooter RPG
  • Eleague is hosting the next Counter-Strike: Global Offensive major championship
  • Ubisoft is buying back up to 4 million shares in Vivendi battle
  • Fashion brand ULT rolls out apparel for pro Madden team Versus
  • Level Ex raises $11 million for a real surgeon simulator
  • Overwatch’s Halloween Terror event returns October 10 with new content
  • Microsoft rescues AltspaceVR, announces Samsung VR headset and SteamVR preview
  • Europa Universalis IV’s new expansion adds Muslim empires to the strategy game
  • PlayStation 4’s newest system update: better parental options, messaging, and friend lists
  • Former Intel CEO Paul Otellini passes away at 66
  • District 9 director Neill Blomkamp makes two sci-fi film shorts with Unity
  • Immersion will add touch feedback to Unity game engine
  • Sony’s game chief Andrew House steps down after putting PlayStation back on top
  • Nielsen: Esports fans follow an average of 5.7 games
  • Stardew Valley sprouts its Switch version on October 5
  • Amazon’s Twitch opens official online merchandise store
  • Nioh brings its punishing samurai-vs-monsters action to PC on November 7
  • My Time at Portia marks Team17’s first-ever partnership with a Chinese developer
  • HTC will bundle Fallout 4 VR with the Vive headset

Mobile and social

  • Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes will gets its first The Last Jedi character in December
  • Kongregate acquires War Metal: Tyrant creator Synapse Games
  • The International Mobile Gaming Awards removed — then restored — Iranian games
  • Google reveals new Daydream View VR headset for $99
  • Wooga’s June’s Journey hidden-object game features ambitious weekly updates
  • Microsoft resuscitates AltspaceVR for social mixed reality
  • Lumos Labs expands from brain-training games to educational math titles
  • Bend the knee to the new mobile Game of Thrones: Conquest
  • Middle East and North Africa take their turn in this set of mobile gaming award nominations
  • Marvel Puzzle Quest turns 4, celebrates the o-cajun with Gambit
  • Bidalgo targets $250 million in 2017 revenue for AI-based mobile advertising platform

Above: Golf Story incorporates a lot of familiar JRPG elements, but you solve every problem by hitting a ball with a club.

Image Credit: Sidebar Games

Previews, reviews, and interviews

  • Sunken is the hidden object VR game that takes you under the sea
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II is a mature adult compared to the first’s awkward childhood
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War — the first half hour has some big story twists
  • Heat Signature is about the stories you come back with when everything goes wrong
  • Golf Story review — Nintendo Switch’s hole-in-one blend of RPG and links
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins game director: The vast open world of Egypt is a stage for franchise rebirth
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins hands-on: Clearing out the Romans with stealth
  • Dual Universe is a massive online game that’s one world — and the players create it
  • ‘Don’t Die’ is one author’s spotlight on gaming’s underrepresented people and views
  • Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is the latest indie to warp to Nintendo’s Switch
  • Total War: Warhammer II review — strategy game brings the Warhammer universe to life
  • Batman: The Enemy Within Episode Two review — the rogues bring better twists and turns

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