A hectic week in the world of games and entertainment in a nicely rounded up blog form.

Beep boop, a new week of gaming releases and news is here to be run through and over as I write about the stuff that I found interesting. Said blog post might also include some entertainment news if anything managed to catch my interest. Two things to note, first: this post will cover the week of July 30, 2017 to August 5, 2017. Second: I only cover the news and gaming releases that have caught my attention. This is because otherwise I’d be swamped trying to write up all that happened. So, keeping it simple, this is just the news that caught my interest and attention to talk about it.

Right let’s get on with the madness.

 

 

Gaming Releases:

Slime Rancher

You play as Beatrix LeBeau a person who has decided to cross the galaxy from Earth to a small planet to become a slime rancher. It’s a first person game where you collect slimes and their plorts that you can turn into money and further your slime ranching capabilities. The game graduated from Steam Early Access to full release on August 1, 2017. It’s been released by Monomi Park for PC, Mac, Linux, and Xbox One.

 

Tacoma

An exploration game from Fullbright Games that sets you on an empty space station where you’re sent to retrieve AI data from parts of the station. A meteor recently struck the station causing catastrophic problems, and helps unveil some of the issues that the place was suffering from. It’s up to you to explore and find out what’s gone on. The game was released on August 2, 2017 for the Xbox One, Linux, PC, and Mac.

 

The Long Dark

A survival first person adventure game that takes place in a frigid Canadian wilderness after a global disaster. You must fight against the elements and animals to be able to live day to day. With the game leaving Steam Early Access on August 1, 2017 the game also released its single player story mode. The game came out on the PS4, Mac, Xbox One, Linux, and PC. It’s developed and published by Hinterland Studios Inc.

 

Aztez

Team Colorblind has created a strategy brawling action game with a mostly bleak black and white atmosphere with spurts of red. It’s designed to play a bit like an arcade game that marries together God of War and Devil May Cry style combat. The game came out on August 1, 2017 for PC with plans for console releases at a later date.

 

The Shrouded Isle

In this game you play as a high priest who has the job of purging heretics threatening to your cause and raise the god from the seas below. It is a horror strategy simulation management style game where you must choose your options carefully or they might come back to haunt you. The game came out on PC on August 4, 2017 and was created by Kitfox Games.

 

 

Gaming News:

The much awaited update for Stardew Valley bringing muliptlayer and co-op has been pushed from coming soon in 2017 to 2018. The multiplayer update is looking to include an interesting twist to keep players happy. When you start the game Robin, the builder, will offer to build up to three cabins on your farm land. Your friends who join your game will live in those cabins and can do much of the same thing that you can, including marrying NPC’s, mining, fighting, or doing general farm work. For those wanting local multiplayer it currently is not being planned or worked on. The Nintendo Switch version of the game is however, still planned to come out this year. The Stardew Valley blog has all the news for your reading pleasure.

While it’s disappointing to hear that the mulitplayer aspect won’t be out until next year. It’s probably for the best that they delay it until they get it right. There is nothing worse than a buggy release especially when it comes to multiplayer, and when its a small studio those issues can easily become magnified and put a stop to further bug fixes or expansions until the multiplayer is completely fixed.

 

Developer Runic Games new game, Hob, is almost ready to launch, in fact they have announced that it will be hitting stores on September 26, 2017 in a launch announcement trailer. It will be an action adventure platformer with puzzles to solve.

I do love the visuals of this game as they give off such an artistic feel to them. Though, I worry about the game play as in all the trailers that I’ve seen it looks rather thin and uneventful. I’ll keep an eye on this one though as I loved Runic’s previous games.

 

Comedy Night a niche game where you perform live stand up comedy for an audience in a gaming world will soon be coming to Steam. Originally an Xbox indie market place game it now spreads its wings to a new platform and perhaps new life. Unfortunately the trailer is on Facebook only, so its hard to embed onto this page, but its still worth checking out on Facebook.

This looks both a bit peculiar and interesting to me as I like stand up comedy. I don’t know how well it will work out, as the people of the internet love to jeer things for the sake of jeering. But I remain optimistic that it could be fun if it’s at the right price.

 

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle got two new trailers as the game closes in on its release date later this month. The turn based strategy game that reminds people a bit of the game XCOM and flipped people’s minds during the past E3 shows off combat and a bit of the co-op action.

The more I see of this game the more the goofiness of it seems to whisk me away. Plus all of the previews that I’ve read all make the game seem like a good challenge while keeping things light hearted and fun.

 

 

Entertainment News:

Sony’s film and television studio division, Sony Pictures, has acquired 95% of anime distributor and dubber Funimation. This will bring the rights to One Piece, Dragon Ball, Attack on Titan, Cowboy Bebop, and My Hero Academy into the fold with Aniplex Studios which Sony already owned. You can check out the Los Angles Times report on the news.

It’s tough to say what will happen to Funimation, maybe they stay solo, or maybe they join forces with Aniplex to reduce costs. It’s all up in the air right now, but hopefully the company continues to do good work with the properties that they have.

 

And speaking of the manga and anime One Piece it looks like their may be live action adaptation in the works from Tomorrow Studios. This will be company who is also working on the live adaptation of the famous Cowboy Bebop anime series. Heroic Hollywood has the complete story for your reading pleasure.

Well this could either go historically badly or find a decent range to play with. I don’t know which its going to be, but I’ll keep my eye on it to see where this might go. One things for sure though, they’ll have to limit Luffy’s stretchy rubbery body otherwise they’ll blow through there CGI budget. One interesting note is the creator of the manga Eiichiro Oda has been careful with moving forward to quickly with a live action series, saying he wants it to be just right as he doesn’t want to let fans down. We will have to wait and see if this series goes any further forward.

 

Aaron McGruder and Will Packer have unveiled a bit more about their upcoming alternate history TV series that they’re creating for Amazon. The series, called Black America, imagines that the U.S. won the civil war but as a result of respiration the states of Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana have been given to the freed slaves. The now freed people form their own country, New Colonia, though they have a frayed and haired relationship with the U.S. The show fast forwards us to when New Colonia is becoming a rising industrialized nation as the U.S. begins to slip into decline. However, the fate of the two countries are tied together so if one falls the other may soon find itself in a similar situation. Deadline was the first to report on the upcoming series. Deadline.com broke the story and has all the facts about the show so far.

A potentially interesting new series that seems like it might not air until maybe late 2018. It of course also drew comparisons to HBO’s new series Confederate which is also a ways away from being made. I won’t rush to judge this series just like I won’t with HBO’s alternate history show. All we have is a description of a show no footage or casting decisions. Thus it is close to impossible to judge what will become of it. The one thing that does really intrigue me is that this is created in part by Aaron McGruder known for the TV series The Boondocks and Black Jesus. It will be interesting to see if he creates a series that once again toes the difficult line of satire or if the series winds up as more of a drama.

 

 

An eventful week has crashed into its conclusion. So, that will bring an end to the latest and silliest blogging post from me*. Thank you for visiting, or leaving a like, or following, or commenting as those things are greatly appreciated. If you have any corrections or suggestions I would love to hear them. You can get in contact with me through three ways: there’s the comment section below, contacting me on Twitter at @Snipehockey, or emailing me at Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com.

Thank you and until next time, goodnight!

 

*Any and all humor may or may not exist depending on if I wrote any in, or if it managed to make you smile or if it is in fact there in the first place.

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