GameSkinny Weekend Download: Video Games Blamed for Violence, Loot Boxes Get Nerfed(?), Planetfall Impresses, and More

Your weekly roundup of GameSkinny news, reviews, guides, and features.

In the wake of two mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, politicians, including President Donald Trump, blamed video games for violence. Days later, Walmart began removing from its stores advertisements for violent and "aggressive" video games and movies. 

Elsewhere, Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo, along with other ESA members, pledged to (somewhat) regulate loot boxes in all future games that use the mechanic. What's more, the ESRB released official numbers showing that 18% of games rated by the service since April 2018 have some type of microtransactions. 

However, some consumer advocates, such as those with Consumer Reports, say that tags and warnings aren't enough. 

On a far less political front, Age of Wonders: Planetfall released to rave reviews, including here at GameSkinny. In fact, we called it the strategy game of the year, so be sure to check out our review of the game below, alongside reviews for Metal Wolf Chaos XD, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, and more.  

Of course, we've rounded up other gaming news such as the rumor that Modern Warfare might actually get a battle royale mode and that the game will feature mouse and keyboard support on console; that Humble Bundle has more than 200 games on sale right now; and Cyberpunk 2077 will get a new game plus mode. 

On top of all of that, we've got culture pieces on X-Wing VR mods and why Madden 20's story mode is dope. And naturally, we have a good handful of guides for some of the latest games. 

Sit back. Relax. Enjoy. It's the weekend. What else are you gonna do? Play video games? 


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Published Aug. 10th 2019

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