MOOD SWINGS?

Besides being the obvious side effect to a hormonal outburst, ‘Mood Swings’ is an editorial crafted by our editor Jay Tee, alongside contributions from the team. It’s like a series of extended tweets, ranting or raving about something terrible / great that has happened in the world of gaming. It’s a collection of random musings designed to provide a snapshot of what we’re doing, things you should be excited for, and stuff to avoid as you navigate the choppy waters of this wonderfully unpredictable hobby.

Anything, from reactions to a new game announcement, surprising breaking news, to “our cat just nibbled our thumb sticks”, can be found here. We try to be as honest as possible, sharing our gut reactions to stuff that has occurred in the last twenty four hours.

BORDERLANDS 3 DLC - After our time with Guns, Love, and Tentacles, it’s fair to say that Gearbox have set a wonderful precedent for everything that remains in their current schedule of premium content. We’re the first to be sceptical whenever significant campaign DLC is deployed for a title so relatively soon after launch, but hats off to the team for once again delivering a densely packed, and entirely bespoke new chapter for a game already bursting at the seams. If Moxxi’s visit to Handsome Jack’s Casino, and the opening salvo of this second DLC, are any indication, all signs point to positive for the remaining two slices of downloadable action. Be sure to check out our interview with Maxime Babin, Creative Director for DLC 2, exclusively on AltChar.com.

When the three eyed fish from the Simpsons just isn’t cutting the mustard… try a bulbous mutant thug!

NEXT GEN CONSOLE SPECS - Microsoft have unveiled the full technical specifications for their next gen effort, and from a pure hardware perspective, the numbers are impressive. Unfortunately, whenever previous leaks are somewhat verified, or there’s unsubstantiated reports suddenly doing the rounds once again, the same inevitable articles and posts crop up. Why folks are comparing the Xbox Series X spec (that we now know in detail) to another that is still theoretical (PS5) is beyond my comprehension. The level of hearsay, console war click bait articles doing the rounds is borderline madness. What this has done is shine a spotlight on Sony’s radio silence, which seems even more baffling with so many rumours circulating. Time to set the record straight.

NEW HORIZONS - The reviews are in for Animal Crossing, and the word is that it’s a beacon of positivity in these uncertain times. New Horizons had an enormous weight of expectation leaning on its shoulders; as the first truly megaton Switch release in 2020, following its delay, this one had an opportunity to make its presence felt, or see Nintendo fumbling the ball. Thankfully, all indications are that it’s a special and worthwhile sequel, with multiplayer being praised and a ton of new mechanics hitting the mark. We can’t wait to go hands on, and you can expect a full review sometime after launch. And if recent first party efforts are any indication, we’re in for a long tail with this one, with all things crossed for some DLC and ongoing support.

B3: GUNS, LOVE, AND TENTACLES (PS4, XB1, PC)

Insert joke about 2001: A Space Odyssey here.

XBOX SERIES X

Set phasers to maximum hype on this one!

ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW HORIZONS (NS)

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THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT FOR BORDERLANDS 3
Downloading a winner.  


MOOD SWINGS
By JAY TEE
16/03/20

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