E3 continues to sneak its way closer and closer with its imminent impact due on June 10, 2017 with the kick off of pre-conference press conferences and runs until Jun 15, 2017. That means the latest of news will mostly be early leaks or games trying to avoid the hard crush of information coming down the line by getting it out early. But, until then, there is still some news that gets out.
I’m here to sort through the gaming releases and news, plus some entertainment news or trailers to see what’s caught my eye and worth talking about a bit. I will say that I don’t write about all that happens because that would take forever; which leaves just the stuff that caught my attention in some form.
The game releases of this week:
Formula Fusion –
A futuristic racing game and spiritual successor to the Wipeout franchise where you’re using weapons and wits to race through fast twisting tracks. Upgrade your race craft to get better and better as you try to win all of the races. The game came on on PC on June 1, 2017 a version is planned for Xbox One and PS4 but they currently do not have a release date. The game was developed and published by R8 Games.
Tekken 7 –
The crazy fighting series is back. This time the story revolves around a reporter who is trying to report on a crossfire that killed the wife and son of Mishima Zaibatsu and was caused by a world war created by Jin Kazama. The game originally came out in Japanese arcades in 2015, and now makes its way to PS4, Xbox One, and PC on June 2, 2107. The game was developed by Bandai Namco Studios and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment.
Rising Storm 2: Vietnam –
The sequel to the acclaimed Rising Storm 2 though the setting has changed a bit going from World War 2 to the jungles of Vietnam along with the weapons form the era. This is still very much a multiplayer first person shooter with teams of 64 battling it out for the future of the country. The game came out of early access on May 30, 2017 and is out on PC. The game was co-developed and published by both Antimatter Games and Tripwire Interactive.
The gaming news this week:
SuperGiant Games have announced a release date for their new action role playing game Pyre. It will be hitting PS4 and PC on June 25, 2017. You will play a character stuck in exile in a high fantasy world as you travel across a purgatory like land. You can check out Supergiant blog post about it. The video is taken from a live stream that the company did.
While the developers first game Bastion was pretty good, their second game Transistor never caught my interest as much. I’m cautious about this one, it looks beautiful but the music isn’t pulling me in. I’ll look to see what the reviews potentially say, but I get the feeling of a look of flashy style and not much substance.
Need for Speed has had its world reveal trailer unveiled and given the game its title by developer Ghost Games. Called Need for Speed Payback it will drop on November 10, 2017. It’s all about a former street racer, Tyler Morgan, who has been double crossed, left in exile and now set on getting payback. You can check out the full Need for Speed Blog for the complete details.
The story line is cliché without a doubt, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a fun over the top racer, I’m curious to see the actual racing in action before I make up my mind of if this is a good or bad route to take the game.
Nintendo has clarified their online plans for their Nintendo Switch console. Originally launching in late 2017. the plan is now to launch it in 2018 with a monthly, a three month plan, and a yearly plan which will cost 3.99, 7.99, and 19.99 USD respectively. Those that pay will also get access to voice chat and classic games for as long as pay. Nintendo.com has a short post on what they’re offering so far.
Well the prices are certainly cheap which is nice to see. There still isn’t enough information to judge if the service stands up to Sony or Microsoft’s. Until Nintendo fully announces their plans, its hard to come to any conclusion about their pay to play online program.
Steam Direct released a little more information for developers setting the cost for each game that they want to list as 100 USD. The cost of the game is recoup-able though how much of it is has not been said yet. Steam Direct will be replacing Steam Greenlight but with no firm date for the switch over to happen. Valve has also announced their plans to rework their Curator program a bit to make it more appealing to the eye. You can check out the Steam Blog for further details.
Valve continues to tinker with Steam to try and make it better and I’m not sure these changes will ultimately lead to that much greater of a service. I get the choice to switch to Steam Direct from Greenlight, even though I was a fan of Greenlight and being able to have some small say in what might get onto the platform. The thing about curators doesn’t matter one ounce to me. I have never cared for that section of Steam and probably never will as I see it as another distraction for a clean store front that simply presents its goods.
And the entertainment entertaining news that left me curious:
Logan Lucky trailer dropped this week. It stars Adam Driver, Channing Tatum, and Daniel Craig and is about two brothers attempting to pull of a heist during the middle of a NASCAR race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The film steals its way into theaters on August 18, 2017.
I’ll be honest I had no idea what I was really getting myself into watching the trailer, and I’m still not completely sure either. It is entertaining in a bizarre off the cuff sort of feeling. I don’t know if I’ll go see the movie, but I will certainly keep my eye out to see what the reviews say.
The second trailer that sort of shook things up a bit was the Murder on the Orient Express. A film directed by and starring Kenneth Barnagh as well as a whole slew of talented actors and actresses. The story based on the Agatha Christie novel of the same name, involves a murder on the famous train and the thirteen suspects who might have done it. The film releases to theaters on November 10, 2017.
Another odd off beat looking movie that watching the trailer I wasn’t completely sure of. That said it looks pretty neat, my only complaint was the music at the end of the trailer didn’t fit.
That wraps up another uneven week of games and the news that came with it. Thank you so much for stopping by, leaving a like, or leaving a follow, or even a comment as those are all appreciated. Also if you have any suggestions I would love to hear about ways to improve the blog.
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