Conglomoblog Update: Civ, Gears, WoW, Business

I’m sorry for the record slowdown around here. This past week was crazy with a few game launches and RL stuff.

Civilization VI

Graev and I both picked up Civ 6. I’ll be the very first to admit that I’m not as familiar with Civ as I thought I was from playing Civ 4. I get the general idea of how to play, how to take a turn, the general ideas, etc. What I don’t have down at all are the strategies or “best practices” of how to play.

My games are always SO DANG LONG. Is that normal? Right now I chalk it up to not having a strategy, therefore spending hours going in multiple directions when I should be focusing on one solid victory.

Gears of War 4

I think Graev and I are making good progress in Gear 4. We’ve come across a few major reveals in the story, and I can tell they’ve definitely set themselves up for a new trilogy.

This is one I still plan to more formally write my thoughts on, but for now I’m happy to say it’s fun and I recommend it for fans of the previous games.


KGC is still progressing in raids. We’ve moved into Heroics now, and plan to pick up the pace now that 7.1 is coming out tomorrow. I’m actually going to write another post on 7.1 here this morning.

Nintendo’s New Console: ‘Nintendo Switch’

Nintendo Switch Console

Nintendo announced their new console this morning! Previous codenamed “NX”, the ‘Nintendo Switch’ releases March 17, 2017.

As many of us predicted, the new system will be a combo handheld/traditional console. The Nintendo Switch features removable handles or “Joy-cons” which can connect to an optional Pro Controller (of sorts) for use during couch play.


When on the go, the handles of the Nintendo Switch disconnect and can slide onto to tablet resting in the “Nintendo Switch Dock”. This takes the entire system on the go.

Players can use the “joy-cons” in many different ways: Connected onto the tablet for mobile play, on a Pro Controller, one in each hand akin to the wiimote and nunchuck, or split them apart for even further multiplayer

Nintendo is once again going the route of “different” over simply sticking with what has traditionally been … well… successful and fun. Looking at the joy-cons, and the system as a hole, it almost looks cheap. I haven’t held the Switch in my hands, but I don’t get a sense of quality from all these moving parts. I sincerely hope I am wrong.

Nintendo's New Console: Nintendo Switch

The graphics capabilities in the Nintendo Switch are powered by a custom NVIDIA Tegra processor.  “The high-efficiency scalable processor includes an NVIDIA GPU based on the same architecture as the world’s top-performing GeForce gaming graphics cards,” said NVIDIA when they made the announcement. Just how “based on” we’re talking here, or what that truly means in terms of power, remains to be seen.

I noticed no mention of a touch screen. I’m betting there isn’t one. I’m okay with that, though, as I felt like it would be one gimmick too many.

I like the idea of taking my little tablet-console-thing on-the-go to Graev’s house and playing local multiplayer with both consoles. I think there’s opportunity for expanded software growth beyond the Wii and Wii U now that motion and touch are likely out of the picture. Good old fashion gaming… with a mobile twist? Maybe?

I confess myself slightly disappointed by their lack of traditional console, but will keep an open mind.

Gears of War 4 – Cross Play is here!

Graev and I picked up Gears of War 4 and are currently working our way through the campaign. It’s really, really good. I don’t want to focus on any of the gameplay itself. What I want to focus on here is more of the cross play experience.

When Microsoft announced their big push toward “play anywhere,” I was extremely pleased. For the past 10 years I have been wanting PC and Console players to merge. Some games have tried, almost all have not. Developers of hardware and software alike have cited a litany of reasons. Now, I hope that’s over.

Gears of War 4 allows for co-op campaign and Horde mode cross play. It works flawlessly.

At first we couldn’t figure out how to make it work. Graev was on his Xbox One and I was on PC, but I wasn’t getting his invites. Then I found an Xbox app on my computer and suddenly the experience was merged. His invites came in like they do when you’re on Xbox and someone invites you. From there, the entire experience was utterly seamless.

Taking things a step further, if I use the Xbox app on my computer I can essentially communicate and interact in every way I can if I was on an Xbox instead. It’s great.

Here’s the one downside: You can’t play competitive multiplayer modes where PC players would be fighting against console players. Microsoft has said this is currently “temporary,” but I won’t hold my breath. I think they’ve left it out of Gears on purpose — to have no ‘negative’ perceptions of cross play among the early impressions.

Whether or not PC is truly the master race doesn’t matter to me right now. I’m just glad that I can play games with Graev on my PC if I choose, and he can be on his Xbox if he chooses. It’s time for Sony and Nintendo to start moving in that direction.

Our thoughts on Gears 4 coming soon…

Dragon Quest Builders: Minecraft with a Purpose

Dragon Quest Builders

Dragon Quest Builders comes out in just under two weeks for the PS4 and Vita!

I started following Dragon Quest Builders when I first saw the video at E3. I thought it looked like a really neat Minecraft-y game. Sure enough, it is. But it’s also quite a bit more.

Dragon Quest Builders main charactersDQB is like Minecraft with a purpose. There’s a clear story to follow, and also a lot of RPG elements. I like the emphasis on rebuilding areas of the world and creating hubs.

I also like the idea of decorating, crafting, gathering, and questing.

Unfortunately, DQB isn’t multiplayer. However, I think that enhances and elevates the RPG and story experience further than it could go if this were more like a Minecraft experience.

The demo for DQB is out TODAY. Give it a try and let me know if you you’ll be picking it up.

What games come out this Fall?

This year continues to be a great year of games. I’ve put together a little list of my most anticipated games coming out Fall 2016 for you to get hyped about.


Overcooked (Already Out) (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

A fun little couch-coop cooking game where you work as a team to serve up orders before your customers leave. The settings are crazy and ridiculous which makes for lots of laughs.

No Man’s Sky (August ‘X’) (PS4, PC)

No Man's Sky Release Date

Who knows if this one will be delayed yet again. I think we’ve had two delays within the 2 weeks ’til launch window. Despite its shaky timing, I think NMS will be a fun game to hop in and explore a galaxy. This will be a great ‘sit back and chill’ game.

WoW Legion (8/30) (PC)

Not much else needs to be said here. Legion is shaping up already to be the best expansion since WotLK. I’m ready to jump in and have several months (at least) of a MMO to play with friends.


Dragon Quest VII (9/16) (3DS)

Dragon Quest VII

I’m anticipating this to be a great RPG. I’ve never played the Dragon Quest series, but I hope this is a fun place to start.

Yo-kai Watch 2 (9/30) (3DS)

Yo-kai Watch 2 release date

Graev speaks very highly of the 3DS version of the original, and I really liked the iPhone version. This is on my list of games to check out.


Dragon Quest Builders (10/11) (PS4)

My hype is high for this one. I just can’t help myself when it comes to builders.

Battlefield 1 (10/21) (Ps4, Xbox One, PC) 

Now that Battlefield is returning to its roots and getting away from the super-tech of modern warfare, I’m interested again.

Civilization VI (10/21) (PC)

This is on my list because it looks fun enough. I’m not sure if it’ll be an immediate buy, but probably one I make before Xmas.


Dishonored 2 (11/11) (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

I really enjoyed the first Dishonored, so this doesn’t take much selling for me. This falls within the window where I may put this on my Xmas list.

Pokemon Sun/Moon (11/18) (3DS)

Pokemon Sun and Moon Release Date

We get to ride Pokemon. Need I say more? Oh, and it’s Pokemon.


Dead Rising 4 (12/6 – yes, that’s still Fall) (Xbox One, PC)

Graev and I have had a lot of fun plowing through zombie bodies in shopping malls. Dead Rising 1 and 2 were great.  I skipped 3 but Graev enjoyed it enough. These have become so zany and out-of-control stupid, but jumping the shark (literally) is still enjoyable. I’d never play alone, so if Graev gets it with me we’ll play.

So those are my most anticipated games for Fall of 2016. Any I missed that are on YOUR list?