Wrapping up the latest in the gaming world.

Well, I’m back to blogging after a holdiay week in the U.S. where sadly not much happened, but I’ll still cover it and combine it with this week. So, we get a mass week running from November 19, 2017 to December 2, 2017. AS a reminder this blog is covering the news, game releases, and entertainment news that caught my attention. I do not cover all of the news because that would take too long to track it all down and I’d never get to post about it. So, let’s get on with the weekly round up that stretched itself for a bit longer than a week.

 

 

Game Releases:

Xenoblade Cronicles 2

Despite being a sequel this game features a whole new world and characters to explore and play through. You play as Rex who along with his friend Pyra have set off to find Elysium, a place considered to be paradise for humanity. Developed by Monolith Soft and published by Nintendo it came out on the Switch on December 1, 2017.

 

Animal Crossing Pocket Camp

The world of Animal Crossing is back only this time for mobile phone devices iOS and Android. You’re tasked with running a camp site and making friends with the animals who are visiting the area. The more friends you have the more you can unlock and build to create a better camp. The game was created by Nintendo EPD and published by Nintendo. It came out on November 21, 2017.

 

Battle Chef Brigade

In this puzzle/brawling game your aim is to become a great chef. It’s been split into two individual parts where you go out to find your ingredients and fight them to get them and then the puzzle section where you cook the food. Developed by Trinket Studios and published by Adult Swim Games it came out on November 20, 2017 for the Switch and PC.

 

 

Gaming News:

Valkyria Chronicles 4, the turn based alternate world role playing game, is coming soon in 2018 with the game close to 90% done. Announced for the PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch the game will have you once again fighting it out in the war torn world that is shaped a bit to remind one of World War 2 this time.

This is an announcement that came a bit out of nowhere and I’m not sure anyone was expecting it. Though I’m glad it was announced and that it’s coming to so many systems. I am a bit surprised that a PC version wasn’t announced as the first game did fairly well on Steam. Perhaps a version will happen down the road.

 

PlayerUnknown Battleground players will get their first peek at the new desert map coming up at the December 7 2017 at The Game Awards show. This map will be the much talked about desert level with plenty of rocks and open areas to run and gun across. This comes from a PCGamer.com report.

I certainly hope that this reveal blows away the fans as I get the feeling of a bit of discontent from the way the game is being handled as of late. The developers I feel need to put the wow, back into the game before other similar games steal away most of the audience.

 

According to a Eurogamer.net report Firaxis have announced that they will continue to concentrate on expansion packs as ways to improve the gaming experience for both XCom and Civilization V. They have come out to say this because of the recent loot box issues that have caused a bit of panic in the gaming world and also because they’re owned by Take-Two. A company who recently came out talking about how they’re looking towards recurrent transactions, micro-transactions, to help keep consumers engaged.

Upon first reading a headline where Firaxis claims expansion packs are the way to go with their games, my first reaction was… well duh… But it makes sense for them to come out and say this. There are a lot of loud gamers currently annoyed and frustrated with being sold on the loot box concept. Most companies don’t want to deal with that hubbub especially in a game where loot box and micro-transactions don’t make the most sense.

 

Next year in February of 2018 the servers for Demon Souls will be shutting down permanently. The game which came out in 2009 will lose its summoning ability to get people to help you fight your way through the many creatures that would kill you. You can read about the story from Endgadget.com.

It’s been a long time coming, for a game that probably has people left playing it and using the multiplayer feature. It will be sad when its finally closed, but hopefully people can still manage to squeak their way through the fights should a new player try this game down the road.

 

Shin Megami Tensei V which was announced earlier this year for the Nintendo Switch will be making its way to western markets. There was some question as to if it would be coming out in markets aside from Japan, as one never can be completely sure of which titles will make their way over especially in the case of games that might be considered a bit odd or off-putting. Once again Eurogamer.net wrote this news report.

The trailer, now in English, is still utterly confusing and enticing to watch. I have no clue what’s happening in it, but I’m certainly curious to see where it goes and why.

 

There were quite a few gaming news websites that reported that the Belgian gambling commission had ruled that loot boxes were a form of gambling and thus should be banned. However, it turns out that those reports were erroneous, as no official decision had been made yet. This was pointed out by a reddit poster Terethor, you can check out what they have to say on Reddit.

I think it would have been a great big shock if it only took a day or two from the Belgians announcing that they’re looking into loot boxes as gambling to them banning them. Which is what everyone seemed to expect to happen. Personally I think it would be a bad idea to outright ban would be a ridiculous measure to take and would result in far more damage than good.

 

A new top down pixel magical brawler has been announced in Wizards of Legend. The game has you fighting and dungeon crawling your way through the world to take on the many wizards who rule the land. The game is coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch in 2018. It should be noted that this game ran a successful kickstarter to make this game. You can find out more about the game on developer Contingent99’s website.

This is a pretty neat looking game from what I’ve seen in the trailer. The only thing that has me a little uneasy is the blind scrolling jumps your character has to make as you progress down a vertical level. Those sorts of things never ends well for me as I always seem to do the wrong thing.

 

 

Entertainment News:

Not much has happened that I cared to really pay attention to, however there was one piece of information that managed to catch my attention.

The Man who Killed Don Quixote directed by Terry Gilliam of Monty Python fame is getting closer and closer to being released. Mr. Gilliam is intending to have a cut of the movie ready for the Cannes Film Festival in May of 2018. The movie has had a checkered past with original production beginning all the way back in 1998 with Johnny Depp and Jean Rochefort to star, but a series of events including injury to Rochefort canceled the project. Since then Gilliam has attempted to get the project off the ground several times, but funding kept not happening pushing the project further away from happening. Finally in 2017, with funding secured it wrapped production in June with Jonathan Pryce and Adam Driver starring. You can read read about it from /Film.com for the full story.

This is a movie I’m looking forward to as a lover of Monty Python and as an appreciator of Gilliam’s crazy films. I’ve crossed my fingers that nothing manages to go wrong this time around. And for those curious there is a documentary that was made about the original production called Lost in La Mancha. It’s worth checking out.

 

 

 

Okay that’s all there is be written for this time around. Thanks you for stopping by and wandering through the muck and mess known as my blog. For anyone looking to get in touch with me you can do so through three different ways. There is the comment section below, you can email me at Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com, or find me and message me on Twitter at @Snipehockey.

So long and farewell until the next blog post comes about.

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