A slash dash type of week in gaming.

Another week of video games has been spinning its wheel and is ready to set off for another crazy week of video game madness. I’m covering the world of games for the week of October 29 to November 4, 2017. One cavet to note is that I cover the stuff that caught my interest from the week and not all that happened.

 

Game Releases:

Call of Duty: WW2 –

COD makes its return to its roots with this new look at World War 2. You follow along through the eyes of a soldier fighting from the invasion of Normandy to the dying days of the war. The game of course also has lots of multiplayer action to keep fans satisfied as well as a co-op zombie mode. Released on Novmeber 3, 2017 for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

 

Spintires: Mudrunner –

Driving through mud never felt so good, unless you get yourself well and truly stuck which might just happen in this game. The sequel of sorts to Spintires, you are once again exploring maps, unlocking new crazy trucks, and trying to make delivers through difficult terrain. The game sloshed through the mud for an October 31, 2017 release date on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

 

 

Gaming News:

Gamestop is getting into the game rental business sort of. They have announced that they’re making their Power Pass available to a wider consumer set after test runs in select markets. The pass, which cost 60 USD for six months, allows you to rent any used game in their physical stores and at the end of that time period keep one game. You are only allowed to take one game at a time and must be a part of their Power-up rewards program but you don’t have to be a part of paid version of it. The pass will becomes available in time for the holidays on November 19, 2017. This comes from playstationlifestyle.net who saw the advertisement for the program.

This seems great for a person who wants to try out a bunch of games. Now the downside is making sure you get a copy of a game that isn’t impossibly scratched up. Also its a chance to play the latest hits without investing the 60 or so USD to play each one. The big question for me is Gamestop undercutting themselves as they thrive on used game sales, and this potential cuts that lucrative market.

 

Sony held a big event for the Playstation in Paris, unveiling trailers and game announcements for games coming to the PS4. Games shown off include Last of Us 2, Spelunky 2, and a new game from developer Sucker Punch called Ghost of Tsushima. With Spelunky 2 you return to your speed running exploration of caves as you go deeper and deeper in search of artifacts and riches. The Last of Us 2 brings back the world torn apart by a fungus that infects humans and other humans who don’t want their lives disturbed. Ghost of Tsushima however places you in Japan where samurai and warring continues to dominate the scene. You play as a samurai who has lost everything due to war.

An interesting showcase from Sony, though the game that caught my attention was Ghost of Tsushima which gave me some what of a feeling of a Grand Theft Auto or Red Dead Redemption set in Japan and historical. I’ll be curious about Spelunky 2 to see what they do differently, perhaps make the game a bit easier to play. I also feel a bit bad about Last of Us 2 catching flack for a violent trailer, when the first game and this one will have harsh violence setting its tone. It really is an adult game to be played by adults and the flak is ridiculous.

 

Starcraft 2 the real time strategy game will be going free to play on November 14, 2017. Quite a bit of the campaign as well as co-op modes and the multiplayer will be made available for anyone with a Blizzard account. You can check out the Starcraft 2 blog for more information.

This is certainly a bit of a surprise, though not a totally shocking manuver by Blizzard as they have done so over other games. Its a good call by the company to potentially get a few more players to try out the game and potentially buy into what Blizzard does and sells.

 

There have been some reported issues with L.A. Noire’s Switch version. The game weighs in at a hefty 29 GB total with the Switch cartridge able to handle 16 GB of space which means you’ll have to download the rest. The console itself has an internal storage of 32 GB, but 6.2 of those are reserved for system and if you have any other games downloaded you’ll find yourself out of space. This will be a game where you’ll have to by a memory card in order to play the game. Eurogamer.net has the full story for you.

I fear that this will be a common thing among Switch games as third party developers don’t practice tight data compression like Nintendo does. It’s going to be rough for Switch fans if they have to buy more and more cards to keep up with games because games have gotten so big gigabyte wise

 

UFC is fighting its way back in a new game from EA Sports. The game had its first trailer drop giving a bit of a peak at the action. The game will be coming out on February 2, 2018 you can sign up for to test out the beta version of the game before it drops. The beta will include three modes: UFC Ultimate Team, Fight Now, and Online Quick Fight.

I won’t say its a surprise that EA is making another UFC game, it is a bit surprising that there wasn’t more of an advanced warning of the trailer drop. Overall, a slick trailer that shows off a bit of the game without showing off too much. Not that one can show off too much unless they revamped the fighting system completely.

 

Runic Games the mad studio behind the Torchlight series and the newly launched Hob has closed its doors. There will be news on where the Torchlight series is going, indicating its life isn’t over yet, but alas it is no longer with the loving hands of Runic. This decision came from their owners Perfect World who are also shuttering Motiga who created Gigantic. You can read the small goodbye on Runic’s blog or check out the full news story from Rolling Stone.

It’s sad to hear whenever a studio closes its doors as people are losing their jobs as a result. I hope that the developers and their games all find new homes where they can continue on doing what they love.

 

Entertainment News:

There are reports and rumors circulating around that Warner Brothers and Amazon are working on a deal to create a new Lord of the Rings series for television. There’s a lot out there from reports that the Tolkien estate wants 200 to 250 million dollars up front. The original report comes from Variety but Deadline’s report also has Netflix and HBO also in the running for the series.

While I’m not sure if the world is ready for more Rings it might be interesting to see an in depth show that doesn’t worry as much about time constraints that the movies had. It will be interesting to see if how or if this will play out.

 

 

 

That’s the week that was in all its excitement and frustration. Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look. For those interested in getting in touch with me you can do so through email at Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com, or find me on Twitter at @Snipehockey, or finally use the comment section below.

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