Countdown to 2018: Favorite Video Games Released in 2017!

Power up Players for Countdown week on GamersUnitedGG! We are nearing the end of the year and have experienced another fantastic year of video games, movies and interests. Before we catalogue this year in our memories, we will be counting down the top moments of the year! To start off the week of countdowns, we’re going to start with the premise of the blog, video games! We have been asking around and will list our top video games of 2017 in descending order from number 5 to our favorite game of the year!

#5 Call of Duty World War II – cod

Call of Duty World War II comes at the bottom of the list for me. While I am happy to finally have played a COD game after a few years hiatus, WWII wasn’t as grand as I thought it would be. I believe it is because I wasn’t really a fan of World at War and WWII is supposed to be a sort of sequel to that game. The old school style guns and maps are just not appealing to me, but the game is still fun so it made my list!

#4 Golf It – Golf-It-Free-Download

Golf It is a mini golf game (similar to Golf With Friends) where you will play as the golf ball! I like this game because you can change the appearance of your golf ball like adding on hats or changing the color. This game is an adventure, sandbox type game where the community can create maps for you to download. Golf it is super fun and I’ve been playing a few times a week with my friends (this will be a game featured on the YouTube channel next year).

#3 Destiny 2 – destiny3

D2 is my first experience with Destiny as I did not play the original Destiny game. I just didn’t find it appealing, but after being worn down by my friends, I picked up Destiny 2 about a week after it’s release. You can review my First Impressions post by clicking here! I really enjoyed D2 and the variety of game modes gave it a better rating in my opinion.

#2 Final Fantasy XIV Online – final

I have just recently purchased Final Fantasy XIV Online (First Impressions Post coming soon). FFXIV is a MMORPG game where you are battling bosses, fulfilling quests and leveling your characters to become a great savior! Sooo pretty much another RPG game. What I love about FF so far is that it offers soooo many missions and character classes that you can play. I am playing as an Arcanist but I think I will upgrade to a Summoner soon. This is my first experience with a Final Fantasy game and I am enjoying the ride so far. Plus Chocobos!!!!!!

#1 Halo Wars 2 – halo-wars-banner

My number 1 game for 2017 has to be Halo Wars 2 hands down! I was super excited when I found out that HW2 was being released on the Xbox One, so much so that I traded in my original Xbox One and bought the Halo Wars 2 Xbox One S bundle! Best purchase of my life! The new Xbox runs smoother, is white (which I wanted instead of the standard black one), is slimmer and just beautiful! You can read my review of Halo Wars 2 by clicking here! I really enjoyed the strategy game and I still play it to this day (it was released in February). If you have played HW2, I also wrote a First Impressions and Tips post!

Those are my top games played that were released in 2017. Let’s hear from some of our blogging buddies:

Drakulus- Top 5 games of 2017 are  Divinity: Original Sin 2, Wolfeinstein 2, Mass Effect: Andromeda, The Elder Scrolls Legends, and For Honor. Read the review on why and the top 10 games that made the list by clicking here!

Lightning Ellen – Top 5 games didn’t really make her list because she didn’t play 5 games in 2017 lol! She did give her insight on her top 2 games which are Hellblade and Horizon Zero Dawn!

Hundstrasse – Luke from Hundstrasse posted on his top 5 games of 2017 which included 7 Days to Die, Owlboy, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Strafe and Fortnite! Read his reasons for selecting each game and their placings by clicking here!

The Well Red Mage – Our buddy and fellow blogger at WRM selected:

#1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
#2. Super Mario Odyssey
#3. Shovel Knight Treasure Trove
#4. The Disney Afternoon Collection
#5. SteamWorld Dig 2

What are your top game releases of 2017 that you have absolutely loved? Which games are you looking forward to in 2018? Have you played any of the video games on our lists? Tomorrow we countdown our Top WWE Events of 2017 and the 12 Days of Christmas posts resume! Let’s talk video games!

-Luna 🙂

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CWL Dallas Results!

Power up players! This past weekend was the first Call of Duty competitive event for Call of Duty World at War! We have crowned our first tournament of the season, but before I announce the winning team in the $200,000 prize pool open tournament, let’s talk about some of the highlights of the weekend! You can view my predictions post by clicking here!

The event started on Friday December 8th with the massive open bracket and stacked Pool Play teams. The event was cut short by a supposed bomb threat and that threw off the tournament and the players for the rest of the weekend. The streams and games cancelled for the rest of Friday evening, which set a strict timeline for Saturday and Sunday.

Pool Play

The bulk of the pool play matches took place on Saturday and many of the matches did not have short intermissions like we were used to in previous events. It was one map after the other which was great for the viewers but may have been an added stressor for the players. The results of pool play are below

 

Pool A – Optic and NV

Pool B – LG and Ground Zero

Pool C – Team Kaliber and Red Reserve

Pool D – Splyce and eUnited

 

Open Bracket:

I think the biggest effect that the delay of the event had was definitely on the open bracket teams. The open bracket normally plays Friday nights and Saturday mornings, however, because of the incident, they were forced to play over 10 hours on Saturday. This could have fatigued the teams before being inserted into the deadly pools and having to face some of the best teams in the world. That is not an excuse, but you can wonder how that would have affected some of the matches in pools.

The four teams that came out of pool play were Echo Fox, Allegiance, Faze and Next Threat .

All 4 of these teams are known and I was not surprised that they emerged into Pool Play. Echo Fox moved to Pool A, Allegiance moved to Pool B, Next Threat went to Pool C and Faze went to Pool D (Pool of Death!).

Championship Bracket:

Champ bracket consisted of the top 2 teams from each pool battling against each other in a best of 5 series. The number 1 teams were randomly drawn against the number 2 teams. The remaining teams were not eliminated,but placed in the loser’s bracket in which 1 loss eliminates you from the competition. The Champ matches are displayed below.

 

Winners Round 1:

Optic versus Red Reserve

Ground Zero versus Splyce

Team Kaliber versus Echo Fox

eUnited versus Luminosity

Winners Round 2:

Optic vs Splyce

TK vs eUnited

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Finals: Optic beat Splyce and sent them to the losers bracket where they took on the winner faze. In the winner’s finals, Optic lost to TK and was sent to the losers bracket to take on the winners of Splyce versus Faze! Splyce pulled out an impressive victory over Faze and battled the team that sent them to the loser’s bracket, Optic Gaming in the Loser’s Bracket Finals! Splyce pulled off the 3-0 to send Optic Gaming out of the tournament and advance to the Grand Finals where Team Kaliber was waiting.

Splyce versus TK ended with Team Kaliber winning CWL Dallas! I didn’t see that one coming but TK played fantastically the whole way through. Breakout star Kenny really sealed the deal for Team Kaliber and I can see them being a threat in the coming events.

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Do you watch any competitive Esports? Did you watch CWL Dallas? Who were your favorites? Who were some surprise teams? Let’s talk Esports!

-Luna 🙂

 

CWL Dallas Pool Play Predictions!

Power up Players for my Call of Duty World League Pool Play Predictions post! With the release of Call of Duty World War II game last month. If you’ve heard anything about this game, the most frequent mantra was that Boots are Back on the Ground! For my none Call of Duty Players, the last 3 games Advanced Warfare, Black Ops III and Infinite Warfare were games that incorporated some form of jetpacks. This took away from the traditional COD scene and really shook up the pro player scene. Now that we are back to being on the ground, the consensus is that players who excelled in earlier Cod games will be back on top, but is that true?

Now the first tournament of the year is set for this weekend in Dallas, Texas. The pros and non pros have been battling for pro points in weekly tournaments to make it into Pool Play. Pool Play has 16 teams already seeded and sorted and 4 additional teams will be sorted into different pools from the largest open bracket in COD history! Let’s breakdown how the tournament works and then I will get on to the predictions!

Pool Play: 16 Teams are split between Pools A -D. All teams in Pool A play each other in a best of 5 series. The top 2 teams from each group move on to the Championship Bracket.

Open Bracket: Any teams not already in pool play will play Best of 3 series until only 2 teams are remaining.The Open bracket teams usually start playing on Thursday and play all night until Saturday morning.

Pool Play Teams:

Pool A – OpTic Gaming, E6, Unilad, NV

Pool B – Luminosity Gaming, Ground Zero, Vitality, Epsilon

Pool C – Team Kaliber, Red Reserve, Rise Nation, Mindfreak

Pool D – Splyce, EUnited, Ghost Gaming, Evil Geniuses

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Notable Open Bracket Teams: Echo Fox, Millennium, Team Canada

Pool Play Predictions:

Pool A – OpTic and NV

Pool B – LG and Ground Zero

Pool C – TK and Red Reserve

Pool D – Splyce and Ghost Gaming

Want to hear more about my decisions for my choices? Click the audio file below to hear me talk about my COD past experiences and predictions!

Those are my predictions for the first tournament in Cod WWII this weekend! Do you watch any competitive Esports? Are you going to watch the tournament? What are your predictions? Come back Monday for the recap of the event! Let’s talk!

-Luna 🙂

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Call of Duty WWII Beta Thoughts!

Happy Tuesday Novas and Gamers! This past labor day weekend was the last chance for players to get in on the WWII Beta before the game releases November 3rd, 2017. I started playing last weekend with the early access beta for PS4 and I’d like to share some.of my thoughts. First, I was only able to play maybe a total of 6 matches both weekends because I had a pretty busy schedule, ughh. I’m actually pretty annoyed that I didn’t have more time to play.

The beta included 3 maps but I don’t think I’ve played 2: One was a a building in like a wooded area. There was a bunker, a tank and I want to say a church or something. This map had 3 clear lanes, left to the water and woods, right to the building and down the middle y the tank. The other map I played was a town or a compound with a few buildings.I honestly don’t remember too much of the map, all I remember is going through the tunnel and shooting people in the back rofl.

Highlights:

  • A person on my team with the CMPR clan tag, yet he went 3 and 22! (sooo did you not camp?? lol).
  • The molotov cocktails! – Seeing people go in flames with the molotov cocktails hit them
  • Running to the spawn and getting a triple kil… before running out of sprint and getting killed myself lol

What I Liked:

  • The game play- With this COD game we are back to boots being n the ground. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the jetpack and super jump feeling of the last 3 games, but I’m ready for something else. More drop and jump shots are going to be used this time. I didn’t have any trouble with my bullets registering or dying too fast. The beta seemed pretty balanced for me.
  • The Feel – It’s definitely Call of Duty. I love the feeling it gave me when I was yelling out “Just install your game now, you’re trashhhhhh” lol. Ok I can get intense when playing but it’s all fun and I missed having that feeling.

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What I didn’t Like:

  • Dude, where’s my perks?– One of my main grievances was the setup of the classes. I’m used to being able to place marathon, sleight of hand and ninja on my classes as a perk. I didn’t really find a custom perk setup ike previous games had. Yes, you can get marathon by using the Airborne class and you can add on attachments to give you  sleight of hand or steady aim, but I didn’t want to use a slot on my gun for it.
  • Maps– The Maps were fun but I’ve never been a fan for maps with more than 1 building. The 2 maps that I played were god sizes althoungh the one map reminded me of a map from Black Ops II.
  • The Weapons– I didn’t play World at War which is supposed to be the inspiration for WWII so I wasn’t quite sure what guns to expect (other than you know, old school guns). Again, I didn’t get much playing time because it was a busy 2 weekends for me, but I didn’t like the guns that I was playing with. This can definitely change because I only had a few things unlocked.

Overall I liked the game enough to decide to keep my pre-order. I hope that the actual game is a bit more customizable with the weapons, but other than that it was a great time! Did you play the beta? What’s your favorite COD game? What did you like about the game or hope that they would install? Let’s talk Call of Duty!

-Luna 🙂

 

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