Things in the gaming world have slightly settled down thanks to no holidays or big conferences taking all of the attention. Which means the week of July 9 to 14, 2017 will have the releases, the gaming news, and some entertainment news to talk about. I will point out that I don’t cover all of the news that comes out or all of the games potentially released over the week as that would take forever to write up and well I’m slightly lazy. Also I’m here to talk about the stuff that caught my attention that I think is worth putting out there so that they can get some nice little love.
Releases this week:
Fire Pro Wrestling World –
The popular Japanese wrestling game has made its way to Steam’s Early Access service. It’s a 2D Isometric fight for the championship belt with lots of customization from your character to the ring. The game was developed by Spike Chunsoft and came out on PC on July 10, 2017 there is also a PS4 version being worked on.
Death Squared –
You and your friends are cubes and must work together, for the most part, to solve intricate puzzles and clear levels. This game previously saw releases on PS4, Xbox One, PC. It was released on the Nintendo Switch on July 13, 2017.
Minecraft: Story Mode Season 2 –
Telltale Games continues their crazy Minecraft story adventure in the second season as you play as Jesse who once again gets sucked into a crazy adventure. Like all of Telltale games the series has been split into five episodes with just the first episode being released on July 11, 2017. The game can be found on PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android.
Gettysburg: The Tide Turns –
Set during the American civil war specifically July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of 1863 at Gettysburg. This game plays out more like a board game, as you move troops and rely on invisible dice rolls to decide who goes and when. You attack and defend using strategy and troop alignment to make sure that you don’t over extend yourself leaving troops vulnerable. The game came out on July 14, 2017 for PC. The game was developed by Slitherine Games and published by Matrix Games.
The End is Nigh –
A hardcore death welcoming platformer where you’re a tiny pixel character trying to manuver through difficult levels. The game is from Binding of Issac and Super Meat Boy creator Edmund McMillen with the assistance of Nicalis. It released on PC on July 12, 2017 with a Nintendo Switch version planned to come some time later.
Ultimate General: Civil War –
Covering the U.S. civil war from 1861 to 1865, you take control of an army building it up while recruiting men and keeping your weapons up to date. You’ll also need to be careful as you guide your army, as losses on the battlefield can lead to your removal as the commander. With games release on July 14, 2017 it leaves Steam Early Acess
The Escapist 2 will break its way out of development and into digital stores on August 22, 2017. This is the sequel to the indie prison breakout sort of simulator The Escapist. The sequel promises multiplayer co-op action, new prisons to try and breakout from, a new combat system, new items to craft, and different ways to break out. The game will be coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One, with a Nintendo Switch version to follow.
I’m really looking forward to this title to see the improvements they make. I played a lot of the first one but never really got any good at it. I’m hoping that I can break out a little easier this time around, and not feel like the guards manage to catch me at exactly the right time.
Valve, according to Gamasutra, is revamping their Steam recommendations to better help users find games. The end goal is to get gamers to be able to find the right games for them whenever they look through recommendations.
While it sounds like Valve is doing something great, I fear that this really isn’t going to solve many users issues. The client itself feels like it needs an overhaul to make it snappier and easier to use. It feels like Valve is stagnating slowly while competition has continued to try and push improvements to their clients. Now I’ll admit that the competitors have yet to catch up to the numbers that Valve gets, but there are some nice looking and easier to navigate user clients out there.
A new trailer giving a bit better look into the crazy madcap GTA style world of Shakedown: Hawaii was released by the developer Vblank Entertainment. It shows a bit of what the game will be about, from buying businesses and taking over the town, to blasting your way through enemies trying to stop you. The game will be coming to the 3DS, PSVITA, Nintendo Switch, PC, and PS4 but it doesn’t have a release date yet.
Well this game certainly looks a bit different than its predecessor with it being 16 bit pixel graphics instead of the 8-bit ones in Retro City Rampage. It has me curious to see how much different this spiritual successor will be.
There is a new isometric style RPG in town and it goes by the name of Empyre: Lords of the Sea Gates. The game is being created by Coin Operated Games and sets the story in a neo-Victorian New York City in which the city has been flooded and there is no fresh water. You must adventure out into the world seeking sources of water so that you can continue to survive. The combat is a turn based strategic action which should keep you busy planning your way through fights. The game is planned for later this year (2017) on PC. You can find the announcement over on Pcgamer.
The trailer looks pretty slick and fun though it also has a bit of a stiff feeling like the world hasn’t fully come to life yet. Still, it should be an interesting one to keep an eye.
Amazon’s version of The Tick! now has a trailer showing off the wacky kooky series of an idiotic superhero who doesn’t know any better and his reluctant obsessive sidekick. Originally created as a mascot for New England Comics it became popular enough to spawn its own comic story from creator Ben Edlund. Then in the mid nineties it was turned into a Saturday cartoon series that ran for three successful seasons. Next came the ill fated live action 2001 sitcom starring Patrick Warburton which lasted all of nine episodes before being canceled. And that brings us to the latest version which will air on Amazon Prime Video. It will be a twelve episode run with the first six episodes set to air on August 25, 2017 with the next six episodes some time in the fall. This will give fans that love the series a bit of time to bask in the pure silly insanity that the show might just bring.
My personal reaction is that I really want this to be a good series, but that trailer was kind of blah. It didn’t do a great job of selling the concept, it did look like it could be quite humorous. If they can get the jokes to manage to land it could easily be one of the best superhero shows. I get the sense though that there is a lot of rushing with the series because the creators want to capitalize on the goodwill and momentum created by last year’s pilot. I’m a little more hesitant than I was but I am hopeful that the series will be good. Also to finish off the CGI doesn’t look all that good, but I feel like the show might be able to get away with it a bit in the same way that Doctor Who gets away with some terrible terrible CGI.
A rather busy week in game releases summed up and finished, along with some news, and entertainment news. Thank you so much for stopping by to check out what’s here. Also appreciated are any likes follows, or comments. If you’re looking to get in touch with me there are three way in which you can do so. There’s contacting me on Twitter @Snipehockey, or emailing me at Lostvideogamesblog@Gmail.com, or you can use the comment section below. You can use those if you have any suggestions for improvements or corrections.
Right well thank you once again and have a nice week. I’ll be back next Saturday for a review of whatever that week decides to hold.