First edition of the Saturday state of gaming blog post.

Welcome to the Saturday evening blog post about the current state of gaming and news. This will be an every Saturday, hopefully, post about what I found interesting that’s happened the last week and then throw in some opinion on top of it. This, if you haven’t guessed, is the next evolution of my blog since Valve has decided to unceremoniously dump Steam Greenlight.

With this new blog style I’ll cover some of the games that came out this week giving them a small shout out, at least the big launches as it’s hard to find out which small games will take the internet by storm. Then I’ll cover the big news and of course state my opinion on such matters. This is all up to change and any reader feedback is greatly appreciated.

 

Games that came out this week worth noting: For Honor and Sniper Elite 4.

For Honor is a brawling strategic third person fighter from Ubisoft that pits Samurai, Vikings, and Knights against one another. You’ll fight to see who can control a map check points or there is also duels where you’re fighting without the minions trying to seize check points it is just you versus the other players.
Sniper Elite 4 continues Karl Fairburne’s story as he travels to Italy during the 1943 campaign in World War 2. This third person shooter puts you back in the role as a one-man army using your sniper rifle to single out targets and eliminate them to get to your objective.

 

This week there hasn’t been much big news to talk about, but there is some interesting stuff going on. For the first time, The Legend of Zelda series will be getting DLC and it will be a season pass. There will be two DLC’s one will drop in the Summer of 2017 and the other in the Winter of 2017. The summer DLC will provide a new hard mode while the fall will bring a new dungeon and story elements. This news has seemed to rile some fans, disappoint others, while others are fine with it.

My take on it is that it’s a cool add on for $20 U.S. dollars. I sense that a lot of people frustration coming from this announcement is more due to the lack of information on the Nintendo Switch which launches soon on March 3, 2017. The problem being that consumers feel they don’t know enough about the console and here is Nintendo announcing add on’s to a game where they more want information on the console. The vagueness of the Operating System and how well online will work and plenty of other little things leaves people feeling a little put out. People want to know how these things will work before they purchase it, well most people want some sort of knowledge before spending money some don’t give a care.

In other news, Payday 3 has been confirmed as developer Overkill Software has begun development of the next iteration of the criminal bank heist first person shooter. The series has a lot of devoted fans who will be hoping that this next game won’t be so much of a nickel and dime DLC experience.

I’ve only played a bit of both the first and second Payday and they are the type of games you will need friends for and probably voice chat. That said, I’d like to see a bit more of a single player experience to play around and learn the game. That and the Co-op AI needs to do something other than just stand there trying to protect you. They should feel like they’re taking part by doing things and helping keep a drill going…something or potentially anything but following you around shooting cops and waiting for you to get downed. It might never happen as I realize good AI is hard to program, but I can still dream!

The only other thing that people have been chatting about is the replacement for Steam Greenlight, Steam Direct. This new service as far as anyone is aware will require the developers of indie games to fill out a bunch of paper work and then pay a fee to be allowed onto the store.

Now I only have the perspective of a consumer and there are quite a few differing perspectives on whether this is a good thing. For me personally I don’t see it as a good thing. Greenlight offered me a clean way to look at and discover potentially upcoming games. I rarely visit Steam’s store page and curate it because whenever I do visit it looks like a hodgepodge of noise and bleh. I seriously hate the store front because it feels inorganic and impossible to find something unless you use the search function. In the end, I’m not surprised Valve has decided to drop Greenlight, I do hope that someone else like say a GOG decides to give it a go, but they’ll also have to make sure everything is spelled out so that no misconceptions can arise about what the voting service is supposed to be about and do.

Right I believe that will be all for this first shot at doing a fine Saturday blog post. Thank you for stopping by. If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions they are all very welcome in the section below. Or you can contact me on Twitter @Snipehockey, or good old emailing me at Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com.

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