Well, well, well a new week has wandered around leaving its slight but indelible mark on the world. This is a look at the week of May 21 to 27, 2017 and all that’s happened in the vieo game world from releases to news. There may or may not be some non-gaming entertainment news at the end if anything caught my interest.
I love to make note of the fact that this post is made entirely from my opinion and does not include all release or news from the week. It would take forever to cover all that’s happened. That leaves the stuff that managed to catch my interest as what’s left to report on.
Now let’s get on with this mad show.
This week release of games:
Steel Division: Normandy 44 –
A real time strategy game set in World War 2 during the Normandy campaign. You fight as either the Axis or Allies trying to destroy one another to help decide the fate of the war. It has both single player and multiplayer components. The game was developed by Eugen Systems and published by Paradox Interactive on May 23, 2017 for PC.
Friday the 13th: The Game –
A multiplayer horror game where you play as one of the many campers or as Jason who has the job to hunt down and exterminate said campers. The game plays out in a horror survival fashion where you’re scrounging for any supplies to help you escape the campgrounds. It’s out on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. It released on May 23, 2017. The game was co-developed by illFonic and Gun Media while being published by Gun Media.
The card game from The Witcher series has finally exited closed beta and is now available for anyone to play on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. The game is still in beta just open to everyone. It’s a strategy card game where you have limited cards to win rounds against your opponent. Deploy your card forces to get the highest number you can to win a round, but remember sometimes losing a round can help you win the war. The game came out on May 24, 2017 for Xbox One, PC, and PS4. The game was developed by CD Projekt RED and published by CD Projekt.
The Earth has been ravaged by its limited resources and in order to continue its survival the United States launches a space station to harvest solar energy. However, the Russian military have over thrown the Russian government in a coup d’etat and seized the space station using it against the U.S.. It’s up to Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Burns to put an end to this. The game has been previously released on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 and now has come to PC which hit stores on May 25, 2017.
Gaming News of the Week:
The strike between video game companies and SAG-AFTRA over voice acting concerns appears to have started to come to an end. There are reports from the voice actors union that smaller companies have begun to agree to their demands. However, no names of the companies agreeing to terms have been released. Much of the fight remains over residuals and if voice actors deserve a cut from however many millions a game potentially sells. The strike has been on-going since October 2016. You can read a bit more about it on IGN’s website.
It’s nice to see the sides coming to terms with one another. For me it is also a bit weird that SAG-AFTRA hasn’t released who agreed to terms with them unless they haven’t gotten all of the paper work signed. If that’s the case it makes it even weirder to announce that you have a deal. Whatever happens hopefully both sides can come to a good agreement.
Far Cry 5 which was announced last week got a teaser reveal and then its world reveal. The biggest news about the game however is that it will take place in Montana, U.S.A. It will involve a violent militant group taking over Hope County, who are using religion to baptize this place in violence and subjugation. The game has set a release date for February 2018. ArsTechnica has an in-depth story on the game.
Well it will certainly be interesting to see how people react to the themes of the game. It might be a good satire of slightly overly religious types who take things too far. I’ll keep an eye on this one just to see how weird it potentially gets.
Counter Strike has gotten a new update that goes by the name of Operation Hydra. This ops will run until September includes new maps and new multiplayer battles. You will have to pay for the access pass which will include a few extras. There will be two even modes which are Wingman and Weapons Expert. Then there are the mini-game mode called War Games which include: Heavy Assault Suit, Headshots Only, Hunters-Gatherers, Stab Stab Zap, The Flying Scoutsman, and Trigger Discipline. You can check out Counter-Strike.net for the full details.
Well I’m not big on the CS:GO scene so probably not the right person to be giving an opinion on the game. That said, most of these modes sounds like something you’d find playing one of the latest Call of Duty’s. Not saying that that’s a bad thing, just unusual to see from something that keeps things pretty simulation heavy.
Microsoft has introduced Mixer a streaming service aimed to compete with Twitch. It comes from Microsoft’s Beam service but adds features such as co-op streaming allowing you to watch a variety of streams at the same time. Microsoft 2017 E3 conference will be exclusively on their new service. There’s a blog post from the creators fully explaining what is being offered to users and you can check out Mixer.com to see what it offers for yourself.
Competition to Twitch and over streaming services is always welcome as it drives innovation and allows users some choice. Time will tell if it gains popularity and is able to set itself apart from other streaming websites.
Quietly announced for the Nintendo Switch is the new game Golf Story from developer Sidebar Games. It isn’t just a golf game but combines a crazy role playing story. You play as a golfer forced to give up on everything you hold oh so dear for one last chance at your dream. The game will drop sometime during the summer of 2017. You can keep up to date on the game by visiting developers Sidebar Games Golf Story website.
The trailer is a bit confusing to watch as its not clear whats going on, but it has a lot of charm to it.
Non-gaming News/Entertainment News:
Amazon announced that they’re working with some of the co-creators and producers of the TV show Black Sails to create a series about Cleopatra the Queen of the Nile. It is unknown currently if Amazon will order this straight to series, skipping their pilot program, or if it will end up in said program. Deadline.com broke the news story.
A potentially interesting series that they say will be a bit revisionist in the way it tells Cleopatra’s story. That has me a bit concerned as you do want to stay close to history if you’re talking about a historical person. However, I also understand why you would do that as you don’t know the day to day history of a person and you also have to create deep charters.
Welp a week crumbled and finished before anyone knew what was what and as things go that will also wrap up this blog post. Thank you so much for coming around to visit, or comment, or like, or follow as those are all greatly appreciated.
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