It’s time to get back to talking about gaming news and what’s been going on in the gaming world recently. There was a rather nice break where most of the news turned to a bit of a trickle and then stopped, but now has come back to life. So, this latest blog post will be covering January 1st to the 13th of 2018. Now to the video games!
Goblins of Elderstone –
A game that has come onto Early Access from the remains of Steam Greenlight. It involves building a village of goblins and keeping them happy and working despite all the issues you may run into. The game launched on PC on January 9, 2018.
Intel has had a few issues lately with CPU and the potential for them to be hacked. Adding in that the CEO sold off a large portion of personal stock of the company right before the news broke and it looks ugly. The major issues is the way the CPU’s use memory access a critical flaw that potentially could let hackers bypass the operating system to steal information. The good news is that Microsoft has already patched it so that this exploit cannot be taken advantage of. The downside is that computers that use the Windows operating system that isn’t 10 will experience some slow down from the CPU. AMD looked to be in the clear but a second vulnerability was discovered which pulled them into the matter as well as ARM, IBM, and more Intel CPU chips into the situation. More patches are going to be coming as people try to sort out the issue. Techcrunch has the full run down on what went down leading to this news if you’re interested.
Well this situation has become a bit of a SNAFU. Intel hasn’t done itself many favors with their handling of the situation and its hand waving that it isn’t a big deal. The CEO selling lots of shares right before the news broke won’t help settle the fears of most of the buying public. How this was allowed to happen and no one thought for a second that this would be discovered is pretty shocking.
Subnautica the game where you find yourself on an ocean planet after you crash land there will soon be leaving early access and headed for full release. It’s planned to come out on January 23, 2018 for PC. This is an open world survival game where many things can kill you especially starvation if you aren’t careful. Developer Unknown Worlds will be having a launch live stream when the game comes out, which you can check out over on Twitch.com.
This is such a beautiful game to watch and bit more terrifying to experience. I hope the developers continue to expand the game after its out, however if they choose to move on after three years of early access that’s perfectly understandable.
World War 2 seems to have regained a bit of its popularity in first person shooter scene. A new multiplayer game titled, Battalion 1944, looks to fill that slot as it enters into early access ion February 1. 2018. The game is shooting for an old-school feel where things are kept simple and to the point. The game is having a closed beta on January 19 to the 21 for Kickstarter backers and for those who pay for it through Humble Bundle. The game will be 15.00 USD when launching on early access with the price rising when it gets a full release.
When I first saw the trailer I thought it looked a bit cartoony or just off a smidge, something about it didn’t sit with me and still doesn’t. That said, anything that can challenge COD is welcome to try and takes its crown.
HTC is continuing to find ways to improve their Virtual Reality headset. They are introducing the HTC Vive Pro and a wireless adapter to give a wire free experience. The Pro comes with an AMOLED screen giving a sharper image and easier to read text. They’ve also streamlined the design so that it doesn’t suffer from the front heaviness that plagued the predecessor. No release date or price have been announced. Gamespot.com has the full story details.
I’m not big on VR as it always feels so off for me. The thing that caught my interest though is the wireless adapter, as such a device could change the game for VR. Though, it will depend on how long the wireless lasts for and if its comfortable to use in addition to the headset.
Nintendo has held one of their Direct videos announcing a slate of things. Only this time its a mini one that still managed to be packed with info on upcoming games and DLC. Upcoming games include: The World Ends with you: Remixed, Hyrule Warriors Ultimate Edition, Mario Tennis Aces, Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, Payday 2, Fe, Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze, Celeste, and Dark Souls 1 Remaster. The DLC side of things includes: two new fighters for Pokken Tournament DX and four new supports which will be coming in two waves, Donkey Kong will be arriving in the world of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle in the spring of 2018, and finally Super Mario Odyssey will be getting a free update in a hunt the balloon mode.
This really didn’t feel like a mini-event from Nintendo as they dropped quite a bit of news. There’s a lot to look forward to for the spring from a new Mario Tennis to getting a lesser known stuff like Fe. The downside is that the Switch still seems to be suffering a bit from games being ported over from the Wii U. But games are games and if more people get to try out fantastic games that they missed the first time around, well that’s great.
Speaking of Dark Souls 1 Remaster it will also be heading to PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on May 25, 2018. There won’t be any new textures added to the game or HDR lighting for the PS4 Pro model. However, the game will see quite a bit of optimization to help it run just a bit better on the newer consoles. This will be the first Dark Souls game for a Nintendo console.
It’s a bit of a surprise that Dark Souls is getting a remaster as the game really isn’t that old. It will be interesting to see if this remaster offers enough of an improvement over the original to make consumers willing to spend there money on it.
Assassin’s Creed Rogue will be getting a remastered version for Xbox One and PS4. In this game you play as a former assassin turned Templar fighting against assassins as they try to find Temples of Eden which are causing catastrophic earthquakes. The remaster is coming out on March 20, 2018.
Another surprise remaster that seems like it wasn’t that long ago it was new. In this case the game got caught up in the end of the console cycle and never got that much attention. Maybe it will get more love this time, but I suspect it will be another quiet release even with the remaster.
Total War will soon arrive in China as a fight for three kingdoms is about to erupt. Creative Assembly is bringing its real time strategy game to the ancient Chinese war for lands. The game is set for release in the fall of 2018 on PC. It appears to be one of Creative Assembly’s smaller world games that they’ve set out to create to quench peoples thirst for historical war games. It’s worth noting that the Three Kingdom period known as the Romance of the Three Kingdoms became popular in video games thanks to the Dynasty Warriors games. The game will be called Total War: Three Kingdoms.
It’s great to see that Creative Assembly is branching out into new lands and territories with their historical games. I’m curious to see if they cover the German reunification in the Austro-Prussian war or even the U.S. Civil War. It seems they’re concentrating on their bread and butter with swords, bows and arrows, siege equipment, and the ever frustrating cavalry, I do hope that they explore later periods in history at some point.
That’s all I’m going to write for this blog post. Thank you so much for stopping by and looking around, I appreciate it. If anyone is looking to get in touch with me there are three ways in which you can do so. There’s emailing me at Lostvideogames@gmail.com, or contacting me on Twitter at @Snipehockey, or finally dropping a comment below. Bye bye until the next blog post.