Welcome to the Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind for November 30, 2019.
With this past week being a short week for some because of the Thanksgiving holiday there is a short Weekly Rewind so everyone can get back to catching those great shopping deals and visiting with family and friends. Stardew Valley and No Man’s Sky both released content updates that both bring quality of life improvements while one adds a new end-game mystery and the other lets players salvage ships. Lastly players cut loose some mayhem as a ferret in Widget Satchel.
Stardew Valley 1.4 Content Update
Big content update news from ConcernedApe, Stardew Valley’s developer had been teased since the start of November and this past Tuesday the 1.4 Content Update arrived. There are lots of new additions as well as several quality of life improvements. The update blog post was purposely kept vague to avoid spoilers and this article will try to do the same.
A new end-game mystery that involves an abandoned building in town has been added. More character events including new 14-heart events for every spouse have been added. The spouse events adds more to the story of what each one is doing post marriage.
Fish ponds have been added as a new farm building. Players can now raise fish and harvest a variety of items for them. Most fish produce roe and used in a preserves jar. Other fish produce other items and may even produce secondary items.
Four Corners is a new farm map and perfect for the separate money option in multiplayer. Each farm can have their own quadrant to live in. The map is still fun for single player or cooperative farms as each quadrant has a different perk. However it should be noted that the intruding cliffs reduce total farming area.
There are also over 60 new items, 24 new hairstyles, 181 new shirts, 35 new hats, 14 new pants, and 2 new boots. The Junimo Kart has been completely re-done. Sheds can be upgraded to double their interior size. Two new monsters make an appearance and two new alternative levels have appeared in the mines. A new type of upgrade is available at the Blacksmith and an emote menu for the player’s farmer is available with ‘Y’ being default key.
A full spoiler-filled list of changes is available in a full 1.4 changelog on the Stardew Valley website.
Stardew Valley is available for purchase on Humble Bundle, GOG, and Steam for PC. The game is also available for on the Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch platforms and on mobile for iOS and Android. For the latest information on Stardew Valley visit the game’s website at stardewvalley.net.
No Man’s Sky Synthesis Update
The Synthesis Update also known as patch 2.2 has arrived in the universe of No Man’s Sky on November 28, 2019. In the eighth free content update from Hello Games players can expect to see some frequently-request features and improvements from the community.
Of all the changes one of the most welcomed will be the addition of the Starship Outfitting Terminal that can be found at the Space Station. This terminal allows players to add inventory slots to their favorite ships or spend nanites to upgrade its class. In addition, the terminal can be used to salvage unwanted ships for scrap that grants valuable products and technologies.
A new terrain editing system includes an improved and optimized Terrain Manipulator. New visual effects along with Restore and Flatten modes have been added. Terrain edits made with a base are new protected from regeneration and the protected edit system allows for more edits to be made before reaching the cap.
Custom outfits can now be saved in the Customiser allowing for quick changes between appearances. Players in all versions of the game now have access to First-Person Exocraft. Camera settings are accessible in the Quick Menu. The starship space map has been overhauled to improve the quality and clarity of visuals.
Inventory management has seen improvements with a number of quality of life improvements. Items can be dragged and dropped for position swapping. Damaged technologies can now have items dropped on them for automatic repair. Stack size control has been improved for the charging, shop, and transfer interfaces. Hazard protection upgrades not relevant to the current environment are hidden from the Quick Menu.
New technologies and a range of triangular base parts have been added. One new technology is the Personal Refiner for the Exosuit allowing the ability to refine elements directly within the exosuit. Storage containers now have increased capacities and given custom names. Discovery pages have seen some polishing addressing bugs.
The full list of changes in the No Man’s Sky Synthesis Update can be found the the game’s website. A followup 2.22 patch was released on Friday that includes additional bug fixes with a list of changes also available on the site.
No Man’s Sky Beyond is currently available on Humble Bundle, Steam, and GOG for PC, on the PlayStation Store for PS4, and Microsoft Store for Xbox One. For more information player’s can visit the No Man’s Sky website at nomanssky.com or follow @NoMansSky on Twitter.
Widget Satchel Unleashes Players Inner Ferret
From Noble Robot comes a game where players can unleashed their inner ferret in a very mischievous manner aboard a space station in Widget Satchel that was released last Tuesday.
Set in the distant future players take on the role of Sprocket. This cute and fun ferret has a keen sense for mischief. From knocking over things to flat out stealing them, Sprocket is going to cause some minor inconveniences for humans.
The game is presented in a Metroidvania-lite single-player style with platforming and a game unique satchel weight mechanic that affects the speed at which one can complete a level. Each level also has a special Fabricator room where Sprocket can turn Widgets into Doohickeys which act as power-ups. There are a total of five different power-ups.
A dynamic soundtrack that reacts to the players current status helps further immerse the player into Sprockets world. And don’t forget about the socks! Sprocket loves to try on the various pairs and don’t ever worry about getting hurt as the game is safe family fun.
Widget Satchel is available now on the Nintendo Switch and for PC on Steam and Itch.io at a price of $14.99 USD. PS4 and Xbox One console releases are planned for 2020. A special promotion runs for the PC version on Steam and Itch.io reducing the game’s price to $11.99 USD until December 3, 2019.
That is all for this edition of the Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind November 30, 2019. Be sure to check back next Saturday for the latest edition of Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind.
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