Well all is not quiet in the world of video game news and releases despite the fact that the Electronics Entertainment Expo is kicking off. Well that’s just the way things are these days, either get you information out early or drowned in the major announcements. This blog post will be covering the week of June 4 to 10, 2017 coving the game releases, news, and so non-gaming entertainment news.
So, let’s get this rowdy show on the road –
Video games released this week:
Developer and publisher Codemasters have brought to life another crazy rally, rallycross, and racing game in the latest iteration of their DIRT franchise. You’ll race across a variety of surfaces to race across from dirt to pavement during a variety of race types. The team management system which was in GRID as well as DIRT Rally will return and has been refined. The game came out on June 6, 2017 in the U.S. and June 9, 2017 in other regions for the Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
WipEout Omega Collection:
A remaster of WipEout HD, WipEout HD Fury, and WipEout 2048 racing games to give you 26 reversible tracks to blast around on. You’ll also have 46 ships to choose from along with unique modes to keep you driving around and around. The game came out for PS4 and PS4 PRO model on June 6, 2017. The game was developed by Psygnosis Limited and published by Sony Entertainment.
This is a strategy simulation game in which you take charge of a submarine as the Soviet Union invades Iceland kicking off what will be World War 3. You as the captain of the submarine must help put a stop to this by destroying the invasion force. The game is developed and published by Killerfish Games and came out for PC and MAC on June 5, 2017.
Greenlight on Steam has officially been closed for any new submissions; as Valve switches over to its new Steam Direct method for getting games onto the platform. The shut down occurred on Tuesday June 6, 2017. You are no longer allowed to submit or vote on any products posted. Steam Direct will be launching on Tuesday June 13, 2017. You can check out Steam’s official blog for the whole story.
As I’ve said before it is a touch disappointing that I no longer can vote for potential games to go on Steam. I understand the streamlining that Valve is doing making it easier a less of a hassle to get onto the platform. It won’t clean up the platform of bad games, and will likely make it harder to find out about those small interesting games you might never have found out before. But it is what it is, and this is how Valve wants to do business, as hands off as possible while still raking in cash.
Nintendo held a Direct video for their Pokemon franchise and announced two titles. First there was Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon which will tell a completely new story in the same universe of the original Sun and Moon games. That game will be for the 3DS. Then there was Pokken Tournament DX for the Nintendo Switch. This is a Pokemon fighting game that originally came out on Arcades in Japan then the Nintendo Wii U. Now, it’s making its way out on the Switch as an enhanced port coming out around September 2017.
Fans seemed pretty hyped and hoped for the first time that a main Pokemon title would come to the home console for Nintendo. That didn’t happen and now there seems to be plenty of people upset about the Nintendo Direct. For me, it would have been nice but I didn’t come close to expecting them to announce a major title so close to E3.
The Binding of Issac creator Edmund McMillen has unveiled his newest game, a hardcore death platformer by the name of The End is Nigh. It features simple 2D side scrolling action with lots of pixels. It is currently in development for PC and Nintendo Switch.
It has a rather simple look and feel to the trailer, making it a bit hard to judge. It also doesn’t help that this is a first look at the game so we only get a basic feel for how it might turn out. I’m currently feeling pretty eh… about what I’ve seen, it could be good, but the trailer didn’t capture my imagination. I’ll keep my eye out to see if the game improves.
Bandai Namco has announced that Project Cars 2 the racing simulator will be released on September 22, 2017 for PC, Xbox One, and PS4. The franchise will keep to its racing simulation roots, with more cars, tracks, and series to race around.
It looks very flashy much like the first game. Hopefully its not all flash a sizzle like the trailers and delivers a competent and well thought out experience. The only real worry is that like the first game will this one get delayed several times in order to get it completed.
Rebellion the makers of the Sniper Elite franchise as well as the Zombie Army games has shown off its newest game. Titled Strange Brigade, it is a multiplayer co-op experience where you’re looting tombs and fighting off the monster creatures that protect them. The game is to come out on the PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
It’s a rather odd and slightly unique looking game. I’ll keep track of the game to see what they decide to do with it. My hope is that it doesn’t feel too similar to the Sniper Elite games and has some satisfying gun play to go along with the game play.
EA Games kicks off E3 a day earlier than usual with its conference to talk about it’s upcoming games. This includes the cadre of sports games, Need for Speed: Payback, the Battlefield series, Star Wars. There is a new action adventure game from Bioware titled Anthem. Then we have the new co-op title called A Way Out in which you and another player must breakout of jail.
I’ll be curious to see more about A Way Out, the other stuff all looks solid and entertaining for the fans. But with the way out you’re trying to escape from prison with another inmate and then survive out in the world and not get captured by the police. To me that sounds really cool.
In entertainment news:
There are reports that the famed anime from Japan Cowboy Bebop will be getting a live action TV series for the United Stats. It’s being worked on by Tomorrow Studios who are teaming with the original creators Midnight Radio and writer Chris Yost who will pen the adaptation. Variety has the news story.
As a fan of the original, I’m hesitant about what they will do and what elements that will get lost in translation. That said, I’m curious to see what they do with it and will keep an open mind. I wonder who will wind up picking up the series if it does get that far.
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Alright that’s it for me, time to drowned in E3 coverage and see what gets announced.