The summer glut of non-releases is coming to a crashing end this week, as more and more games start vying for your attention. I’ll be covering the news, game releases and maybe a touch of entertainment news. As a fair warning to all readers I don’t know cover all that has happened in the gaming world just the stuff that managed to capture my attention. Also this will be covering the week of August 27, 2017 to September 2, 2017.
Now on with the silliness of video games…
Yakuza Kiwami –
A remake of the original Yakuza game for the Playstation 2. It follows the story of Kazuma Kiryu after he gets out of jail for murder which his friend committed and he took the fall for. Upon his release though he finds a much different world, one where his friend has disappeared, 10 billion yen has gone missing from the Yakuza’s bank accounts, and everyone seems to be after a mysterious girl. The game is developed by SEGA and published by Deep Silver for the world wide release.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle –
Ubisoft has created an insane turn based strategy game that involved their Rabbid’s creatures and Nintendo’s Mario world. The rabbids through some insane misfortune have come crashing into the world of Mario and friends with many of the poor creatures infected with a badness that turns them into baddies. A few of the rabbids however team up with Mario and crew to get rid of the cursed rabbids and restore the kingdom. The game came out on the Nintendo Switch on August 29, 2017. It’s published by Ubisoft and developed by two of their internal teams Ubisoft Milan and Ubisoft Paris.
An action role playing that focuses on martial arts and fighting versus an enemy. You use cards to add or remove fighting moves from your repertoire as you explore the world before you. The game has a minor online componet where you can co-op fight with your friends. Released on August 29, 2017 it was developed by Sloclap with help from publisher Devolver Digital for the PS4 and PC.
XCOM 2 War of the Choosen –
This expansion pack adds and changes a bit from the original game. You’ll have new characters and modifers to play with while there are tweaks to the campaign mode. Of course there a few new enemies to have to deal with as well as you fight to save humanity. The DLC dropped on August 29, 2017 and was created by Firaxis Games for the PC, Linux, Mac, PS4, and Xbox One. The game continues to retain its turn based strategy roots.
Sunless Skies –
The sequel to Sunless Sea it’s set ten years after the events that occurred during that game. In this game you’re taking control on an interplanetary locomotive which you use to explore the crazy world that’s been created. It plays as a top down RPG with fast paced action.
The game ran a successful Kickstarter and we now begin to see the successful fruits of labor as it came out on August 30, 2017 for both Steam Early Access and GOG and is playable on Mac, Linux, and PC. The game was developed and published by Failbetter Games.
Bethesda has unleashed their latest attempt at what is paid mods while not really being paid mods for their games. Called “Creation Club” it allows mod creators to work with developers from Bethesda to work on and help bring about successful mods. The key to all of this is that those mods are then listed on their website for you to buy with credits. With prices ranging from 8.00 for 750 credits, 15.00 for 1,500, 25$ for 3,000, and 5,500 credits for 40$. All prices are in the U.S. dollar. Currently the creators club works with Fallout 4 and Skyrim for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. You can checkout the mods available on www.creationclub.bethesda.net.
I’m not the biggest fan of this way of doing things as I feel that donating to mod makers is a better way to get them money. Now Bethesda gets a cut of money for what is mostly the mod makers work. The bright side of all of this is that those that create these mods can now work with the developers to make the mods work seamlessly with the game.
Nintendo had a small showcase of their upcoming “Nindies” the small upcoming independently developed games. They kept it fairly short and to the point, giving a lot of estimated release dates for the odd collection of games. The big announcement out of the event is probably No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again which will feature the titular assassin Travis who has been sucked into an evil gaming console along with his enemy Batman who is seeking revenge for his daughter, Badgirl, death. Games shown include: Super Meat Boy: Forever, Shovel Knight: King of Cards, Mom Hid my Games, Golf Story, Floor Kids, Wulver Blade, Poly Bridge, Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition, Earth Atlantis, Next Up Hero, Steamworld Dig 2, Mulaka, Yono and the Celestial Elephants, Dragon Marked for Death, Battle Chef Brigade, Morphies Law, Nine Parchments, Sausage Sports Club, Light Fingers, and the previously mention No More Heroes.
Most of the games look pretty sweet and interesting though the inability to nail down release dates is a bit frustrating. It is also a bit understandable as to why they can’t give exact dates, as games must pass through Nintendo’s certification process first which can take time especially if an issue pops up. As for Travis and No More Heroes well it looks like another insane adventure from Suda 51. It will be interesting to see how the small games, Hotline Miami and Shovel Knight with more to come, integrate into the overall story.
I wanted to briefly talk about The Tick! Which premiered on Amazon on Friday August 25, 2017. It’s a superhero story about Arthur Everest who is an accountant that believes the evil super villain the Terror is still alive but doesn’t have proof. But in chasing evidence Arthur runs into The Tick a big blue superhero who isn’t completely there in the head. And despite his best effort Arthur finds himself entangled and becoming a superhero alongside of the Tick. Together they set out to prove that the Terror is still alive and running things. The first six episodes of twelves were released with the next six due sometime in early 2018.
I was nervous going into the show, the trailer wasn’t the greatest though it got better after watching it a few times and I had hopes that it could at least match the tone of the cartoon. Instead I got a show that did it’s own thing while touching on the feeling of the previous versions. A move that I feel paid off pretty well for a simple yet entertaining show.
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