The week of weeks has arrived with many big games now being released. I’m covering the gaming news and releases, plus a touch of entertainment news for the week of October 22 to 28, 2017. Please note that I do not cover all that happens during the week as that would take forever. Also I like talking about the stuff that catches my interest and getting that stuff out there just a but more.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus –
The Nazi’s control the United States after winning the war and B.J. Blazkowicz finds himself in a coma with new parts to keep him running. All is not well as Frau Engel attacks and kills B.J.’s pregnant lover Caroline. Distraught, he and a group decide to follow thorough with Caroline’s plan to attack the Nazi’s in the U.S. This is a first person shooter with lots of action, shooting, and a bit of trippiness to round it out. Puchlished by Bethesda Softworks and developed by MachineGames it’s out on the PC, Xbox One, and PS4. The game arrived in stores on October 27, 2017 with a Nintendo Switch version due to arrive in 2018.
Super Mario Odyssey –
Mario has to once again save the day and the Mushroom Kingdom as Bowser has kidnapped Princess Peach with the intent of marrying her. He’s also kidnapped Cappy’s sister, Tiara, to help him with his plans. Mario has to team up with Cappy traveling around the kingdoms on an odyssey to save Peach and Tiara. The game play is that of an action platformer with lots of collectibles hidden throughout the kingdoms. The game was developed by Nintendo EPD and published by Nintendo for their Switch console. It was released on October 27, 2017.
Assassins Creed Origins –
Taking place during the Ptolemaic Kingdom era of Egypt in which Ptolemy XIII, his sister Cleopatra are fighting and Roman Julius Ceaser is trying to broker peace. You play as Bayek trying to help the people as he gets pulled into the terrible situations by a secretive group who seem to be controlling what goes on. This leads the main character towards becoming an assassin. The game plays out as a third person action stealth game play with an open world to explore it game out on October 27, 2017. It was released on the PS4, PC, and Xbox One. The game was published by Ubisoft and developed by their Montreal division.
Rockstar has come out talking about how they felt single player DLC wouldn’t have really worked for GTAV. But that they will be working on such things for future products as they make sense. You can read about the story from Gameinformer.com who first reported it.
While I don’t doubt that Rockstar has a bit of honesty with what they’re trying to say, it comes across more like PR doublespeak. I don’t know that I trust the company especially since they now have a taste of the money things like shark cards bring it compared to a fully fledged single player DLC. Only time will tell if they will return to making single player DLC,
Nintendo has a mobile, as in iOS and Android, version of Animal Crossing coming out sometime around the end of November 2017. Titled – Animal Crossing Pocket Camp – it has you running a camp ground trying to build it up to attract your animal friends to come visit.
All the charm of an Animal Crossing game appears to be there but in a mobile free-to-play sense. It will probably be worth at least checking out when it releases. There are a lot of fans of the series clamoring for a Switch title, so maybe this satiates them for a bit.
The Shin Megami Tensi series is back for a fifth game in the main series and it will be a Nintendo Switch game. It will continue its main theme of two polar opposites fighting it out while touching on issues that are effecting Japan currently.
The trailer is a bit of an odd confusion that leads to the repeated statement of, “what?”. Other than that though it looks like a potential crazy adventure to have to play through. I’m looking forward to seeing more about the game even though it will be awhile before it makes it to the U.S.
Bundlestars the online retailer known for its gaming bundles and sales is changing its name and website. Soon it will be known as Fanatical. You get to keep your game keys and account so no worries there. The change is set to go into effect on November 1, 2017. Check out fanatical.com for all the pre-launch information.
The change is rather an odd one it feels like. On one hand you have an established brand and idea that is conveyed in a simple name. On the other, you had a website that felt like many others and you have to deal with the negative connotation that gets stuck on cheap game bundles even if it isn’t deserved. Sometimes a fresh face and a new start are what one needs to get just far enough away from the negatives without abandoning who you are.
L.A. Noire got a trailer showing off its 4K resolution remaster that’s coming out soon. It’s coming out for Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch featuring the base game and its DLC.
This game is definitely showing its age in this trailer as it doesn’t look as sharp as when it originally came out. The 4K resolution also doesn’t appear to have done much of anything for the game, which is a bit sad as it was a fun but terribly imperfect one.
Steam, the digital distribution platform, has welcomed a change that has been asked for by many users. You can now buy digital gift cards, The catch is that you have to be friends on Steam in order to send or receive a digital card. The Steam Community blog has the full breakdown of what they’re offering.
A nice addition by Valve and I kind of get why it only works with friends as a safety precaution, but still feels a bit silly to have so much protection. Alas they likely don’t want to deal with any backlash when someone claims that they weren’t protected enough.
Microsoft has official stopped production on their Kinect device which acted as camera along with acting as a human body like controller. The Kinect never gained much popularity despite being a rather interesting idea. Games and the device never completely meshed the way that VR headsets have tried to. You can read up on the end of the Kinect from Techcrunch.com.
It’s sad to see it go, but much like other failed ideas it could have been brilliant but never found a way to make it work well with games. It may have been completely wrong for video game and hopefully someone can find a nice niche for it and it will make a comeback in some form.
Destiny 2 has had a bit of a rough launch on PC with quite a few bans being handed out to players and often for not very clear reasons. Making matters worse is that Bungie, creators of the game, have said that all bans have been done manually. Claims as the cause of the ban have varied from users having Geforce experience or discord overlays open, to people starting the game and then getting hit with a ban for no reason. Bungie has fixed most if not all of the bans thankfully. You can check out the whole story from PCGamer.com.
The thing that troubles me about this is that the situation makes it feel like Bungie and Activision were somehow unprepared for the PC launch. It makes it feel like a half-hearted event where someone in control of bans freaked out at the slightest behavior. It’s reflects poorly that this even happened to some extent in the first place.
Moonlighter a small indie game got a trailer showing off what it will be. The game combines running a shop during a day while you go dungeon hunting for things to sell while battling your way through monsters. The game is being made for PC and Nintendo Switch and is aiming for an early 2018 release. This game ran a Kickstarter and managed to run the former gauntlet known as Steam Greenlight successfully.
This is a neat looking little game that reminds me a bit of the game Recettear, which is a good thing in my opinion. Moonlighter looks to have its own bit of charm and feel which gets me excited to see how it will turn out.
Daniel Day Lewis’s last supposed movie, Phantom Thread, got a trailer showing off a first feel for the upcoming Paul Thomas Anderson directed movie. The story revolves around a troubled dressmaker who finds his muse in a headstrong woman.
I know a lot of people seem to excited for this one because its Daniel Day Lewis’s last movie, but dear god this trailer bored me. I saw nothing that would remotely get me to go see this in theaters. I’m not even sure what critics and fans are seeing that makes them think this will be good. But maybe it all comes down to not being my thing.
The Simpsons had its annual Tree House of Horror, which aired on October 22, 2017, episode to celebrate Halloween. It featured three vignettes centered on stories from The Exorcist, Caroline, and cannibalism. The episode had a darker tone and feel than the last couple of Tree Houses of Horror’s.
This was actually a pretty interesting episode, and the final vignette turns things up to the point of uncomfortable. Seriously. It had me uneasy with how the decided to do it. It’s worth a watch, even for those fans that have decided that the newer Simpsons episodes aren’t worth their time.
Apple who are working to launch their television division have reportedly said that there shows will contain no violence or nudity. There will still be comedies and dramas, just aimed at a much wider audience where families can potentially watch a show together. You can checkout Screenrant.com for the story.
This is an odd choice for Apple and one that feels like they’re trying to control everything about the shows instead of letting the artists create the art. That’s not to say that what they create needs violence or nudity to make them stand out. But you also can’t control where ideas take you and sometimes you need that extra something to really bring things to life. To me this just makes it look like Apple really isn’t interested in getting into creating TV and Movies, there only in the space because others, like an Amazon or Google, have devices that compete with there AppleTV and also happen to make shows.
That’s it for me and a crazy week of gaming news and releases, which was a rather busy one at that. Thank you for visiting, and for those that leave likes, comments, and follows. I appreciate all of those things. For those who wish to get in touch with me there are three ways in which you can do so. There is the comment section below, or you can email me at Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com, or you can find me on Twitter at @Snipehockey.
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