t’s a week of news and game releases summed up along with quite a bit of entertainment news to go along with it all. Mostly entertainment news as the two mediums intertwine a bit. This weeks blog post will cover the crazy off beat-ness of November 12 to 18, 2017. Also worth noting is that I cover the news that I find interesting and worth sharing once again. Sorry news that didn’t make the cut, but you didn’t manage to catch my attention.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 –
The multiplayer battle between the rebels and the Sith Empire continues in the Star Wars universe, one the brings together many of the older characters along with the newer ones to bring the battles to life. There is also a single player campaign where you play as a Sith special forces commando who witnesses the destruction of the second Death Star and feels she must avenge the empire. The story connects the movies Return of the Jedi with A Force Awakens. Developed by EA DICE and published by EA Games on November 17, 2017. The game came out for Xbox One, PC, and PS4.
L.A. Noire –
You play as police officer Cole Phelps working his way through the Los Angles police department starting as a beat officer to working various detective jobs. Your job is simple, find the criminals and do what you can to get them behind bars. Originally created by Team Bondi and the helped to release by Rockstar games in 2011, the remaster along with the DLC released on November 14, 2017. It came out on the Switch, PS4, and Xbox One.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 –
Kang the conquerer has been traveling along different timelines kidnapping cities and placing them together to make Chronopolis from which he’ll take over the world. However in doing so, he’s also brought the cities heroes with the city, now those heroes must team up to save the day. The game takes place four years after the events of the first game and it plays out as typical action adventure LEGO game will. Released on November 14, 2017 it came out on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. The game was developed by Traveller’s Tales and published by Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment.
Pokemon Ultra Sun or Ultra Moon –
Pokemon are back at it again only in an alternate Alola region with a bit of a differing story from the original Sun and Moon games. There are new ultra Beasts as well as new legendary Pokemon. Created by Game Freak and published by The Pokemon Company, it came out for the Nintendo 3DS on November 17, 2017.
Derek Kolstad who created the John Wick film series is working on a script for a new television series for Hulu. He isn’t straying far from the hitman style action in fact he’s going to be creating a series based around the Hitman video games. The show will try and stay as close to the games story line as possible. There have also been two feature films featuring Agent 47 and the Hitman franchise, which have at best had mixed results. This story comes from Deadline.com.
Let’s start off by mentioning that I was not as impressed by John Wick as many were. I haven’t seen the second so I won’t judge that. Overall, I’m not as high on this as some people seem to be especially if they’re going for a serialized story which concentrates on a single story thread. I think it would work better as an episodic assassination show, with an over arching plot that connects things because that’s how the games always felt to me.
There is a chance the Mario might be returning to the world of big screen movies. Illumination Entertainment, who made the Super Mario Bros. Movie, is in negotiations with Nintendo to once again bring the property back to the film. This time instead of a live action adaption the movie is looking to be an animated feature. You can read all about it from Business Insider’s tech blog.
Well this could go many different ways if it does happen, which I’m inclined to think it probably won’t. Stories about Nintendo properties becoming shows or movies usually pop up every now and then which result in nothing happening. Not to say that Nintendo won’t change their minds and suddenly open the doors, but they haven’t signaled that they’re interested in changing their ways when it comes to film and movies.
EA Games and Dice have gotten themselves into a PR mess in regards to Loot boxes for Star Wars Battlefront 2. Gamers are frustrated over the unlock rates of heroes and the general handling of micro-transactions. Making matters more frustrating is that the Belgian regulatory board for gambling is now looking into if loot boxes count as gambling. EA has also, for now, taken away the ability to buy the in-game currency crystals so that all progress is tied to the players putting in the time. You can read about the Belgian investigation here. As for the rest of the mayhem there are far too many stories and posts out there on the net to even consider trying to get them all together for a nice neat post.
While EA and Dice have a black eye from this and haven’t handled the situation well, they’re trying to make amends which is the right move. They’ll have to keep it up and figure out how to best to work in micro-transactions that don’t feel like they hamper the experience.
Amazon had two stories catch some traction to be worth talking about. First is that Amazon has secured the rights for a Lord of the Rings TV show from the Tolkien estate. The show would be set prior to the events of trilogy of the films. No one is quite sure what that entails as it hasn’t be clarified, but the show is moving forward. In the second story, Amazon is exploring options to let people watch their shows without subscribing to Prime. The idea being that people would watch ads like it’s almost regular TV. You can check out the story on potential Prime ad version from The Verge. Or check out the Lord of the Rings story from Deadline.com.
This is an interesting situation for Amazon as they’re going to have to pay a lot of money to make a Lord of the Rings series work well. This might be their sort of Game of Thrones type show to attract people to watch their shows. Who knows if it will work out for them though. As for the potential free shows if you’re willing to watch some advertisements. Well, its worth a shot to attract people though I’m not sure Amazon has enough shows to pull people in.
A lot of sources are saying that FOX will be selling its Film and Television divisions whether its to Disney or other competitors remains to seen. But Fox stock is doing really well as a result, and it looks like a matter of who and not when this will happen. This comes after Comcast, Sony, and Verizon have approached the company to buy certain properties. Rueters brings you the story of what’s going on.
The best thing for consumers if Fox is really selling is that its properties get nice a spread out amongst other companies so no monopoly can occur. But with the FCC seemingly so friendly with businesses these days, it will likely be all or nothing purchase by someone, likely Disney and for the back catalog of shows and films not the Marvel stuff.
The famed novel Catch 22 is becoming a television mini-series/limited series which has George Clooney attached to the project as a director and star. The novel follows a pilot by the name of Yossarian who flies bombers during World War 2 and finds himself stuck between going insane and actually being insane from the stress of trying to survive. Add to that his commanders keep up the amount of missions one must complete in order to get sent home. Leaving you with a captain Yossarian who is looking for any escape possible. The series which is being made by Paramount’s TV division doesn’t currently have a network to broadcast the show. The novel was also turned into film in 1970 starring Alan Arkin. This comes from an exclusive report from the Hollywood Reporter.
This is certainly unexpected news wise. I’m not sure I trust Clooney to delivery on this, but I’m curious to see it as I loved the novel. I do wonder who will land this show as I could see it going pretty much anywhere it wanted from HBO to The History Channel, or perhaps a streaming service.
CBS is looking to bring the film Stripes from the big screen down to the little screen so that they can make a TV show about it. The original starred Bill Murray, John Candy, and Harold Ramis who are people dissatisfied with their lives and decide to join the U.S. army. This new version is being created by Sam Brown, Zach Cregger, and Trevor Moore of Whitest Kids U’know fame. Variety.com earns its “Stripes” with their story.
TV remakes rarely work well, the two current exceptions are both on Fox in the Exorcist and Lethal Weapon. I also don’t watch many CBS shows in general as I don’t seem to be their audience. That said with those three writing and producing the show it has my interest. However, this is also CBS and The Whitest Kids U’Know aren’t well known for polite humor. It will be interesting to see what happens if this show continues to be made and how much will the creators wind up having to pull back on the jokes.
That’s all that is to be written for this odd week that was more entertainment than video game related but that can happen sometimes. Thanks for all those that stopped by to read and take a look around. It is appreciated. For those that wish to get in contact with me, you can do so through three ways. You can comment below in the comment section, or find me and message me on Twitter at @Snipehockey, or email me at Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com. All of those will get my attention pretty quickly.
Well, have a good week and what not, and goodbye for now.