A new news week of gaming that wasn’t too busy but left the world with a bit of interesting stuff and some head scratching stuff. Along with video games I’m back talking about some entertainment news that went down. Please note I don’t cover all that’s happened in the week, just the stuff that manages to catch my interest, and that I’ll be covering the week of January 14 to 20, 2018.
A strategic management adventure that in part plays out as a text adventure. You play as a whaling captain in Nantucket back when whaling was a major industry in the U.S., you must guide your ship to find whales, find lost ships, and deal with random issues as you travel. This game went through the Greenlight process successfully getting voted through. It came out for PC on January 18, 2018.
Nintendo caught everyone off guard when they announced a new way to play with their Switch console. What they showed was paper craft/cardboard craft build sets which you put together to create fun different builds that add to your playing experience. It will be called the Nintendo Labo. Nintendo will have two sets for sale on April 20, 2018. The first set a Variety kit which will sell for 69.99 USD includes all you need for several builds plus all the little odds and ends to make it work. The second kit is exclusively a robot one which is a bit more complex to put together. The robot kit will sell for 79.99 USD. These sets are mostly aimed at children and getting them engaged in fun and interesting ways. Both kits come with software to play on the console. It is also worth noting that Nintendo will be offering the plans to anyone who wants to build these for free from their website.
Yeah this is pretty much a case of Nintendo being Nintendo doing something unexpected and creative. Now, I’m not sure that many will pay out for the full price for these, but these will probably be amazing for kids. Downside is that it will mostly be parents putting the things together while the kid runs around instead of helping. That’s life sometimes though.
Simulation building management games have enjoyed a bit a renaissance lately with a variety of different games. Hospital management has also been revived lately with Two Point Hospital being the latest to tackle that world. Inspired by the likes of Theme Hospital, it gives you a wide variety of weird quirky illnesses to deal with as you try and grow your hospital.
I missed out on Theme Hospital when it originally came out, and this looks like its keeping much with the ideas that were created in that original game. I look forward to seeing how this turns out and to see if it can improve on the old formula, while keeping in touch with what made Theme Hospital so loved.
Steel Division: Normandy 44 will soon have some DLC – Back to Hell – to keep the player base happy. Offering historical missions, four new division, and 58 new units to play with. It is set to arrive on February 13, 2018 there will also be a free update alongside that enhances the co-op mode.
I’m not a big fan of the this particular trailer, it feels like it doesn’t show much of anything. Not that you can show a lot that hasn’t already been seen in some other World War 2 games. It does feel like its a touch late as many of the players seem to have moved on to other games. Hopefully this content helps revive the game.
The first Harry Potter game from Portkey Games has been unvielded in a trailer. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery allows you to create your own character and live the life of a student at Hogwarts. You’ll attend classes, challenge friends to duels, and learn spells. This game will be coming to Android and iOS sometime in 2018.
This is the first real Harry Potter game in a while and its a bit surprising that there has been such a large gap from 2012 or 2013 to present day. Though the whole thing seems to be controlled by J.K. Rowling so maybe not that much of a surprise. As for the game itself, the idea seems kind of cool, but I’m not sure how much of a game is there to be played,
The definitive edition of Age of Empires will soon be released. It’s just a short wait until February 20, 2018 for 19.99 USD. The game has been rebuilt for 4K resolution, Xbox Live online play, narration for all of the missions, and enhancement of the campaign plus the scenario creator. A beta of the game will be available on January 29, 2018. Gamespot.com has the story if you wish to read it.
AOE has a pretty hardcore fan base so hopefully this lives up to their expectations as no one likes to face scorned gamers with access to social media. Only time will tell if this version works out, or if it simply skimps by. If it does the latter though fans will not be happy when Age of Empires 4 does come out.
Warhammer Total War will soon be swarmed by Tomb Kings who want their kingdoms back from invaders. Four factions will rise from the dead, creating armies of zombies to fight for them to restore their long dead empires. It will be a fight for survival or you can be the one reclaiming all that was lost when the content comes out on January 23, 2018.
While I have never been big on the Warhammer Total War series from Creative Assembly it is always interesting to see what they can do with the franchise. Case in point there are now zombies to fight with this DLC. It would be kind of cool to see some alternate stuff find its way into the developers historical games or historical stuff into the Warhammer games, but I realize most fans probably don’t want that to happen.
Amazon is cutting and renewing some of their 30 minute comedy/dramas. The Tick! Will be back for a second season but not until 2019. Meanwhile, Jean Claude Van Johnson, I Love Dick, and One Mississippi have all lost their battle for renewal. JCVJ and I Love Dick had their series premier last year(2017), while One Mississippi managed to get to its second season. Variety has the report on The Tick!(‘s?) second season, while Deadline.com has the cancellation news.
I’m really happy that The Tick! Is able to come back for another wacky season. Though if they do another split season with such a long break between the two halves I will be severely annoyed. Of the canceled shows, the only one I cared about was JCVJ because it was a bit of silly fun. That said it does work better as a one off thing instead of trying to stretch out a story line as doing that rarely works in TV. I rather liked One Mississippi as it had a certain charm to it. The second season seemed to lose most of what made me like the show and had a habit of meandering through its story lines. I never got into I Love Dick, as I couldn’t get into the pilot all I heard about it was that it was pretty divisive amongst fans and critics. A show you either loved or hated with little wiggle room between. Overall, none of this comes as much of a surprise. The Tick! was recently named one of Amazon’s top five streaming shows in both the U.S. and around the world. The others didn’t attract all that much attention other than pop culture critics.
The troopers that are super return on April 20, 2018. Yep, a trailer for Super Troopers 2 dropped and well it is captures the zany weirdness that Broken Lizard comedy troupe tend to create. This time the troopers are in part of Canada that’s really supposed to be a part of the U.S. as they try to be a police force that actually does its job. Spoiler alert: Most likely they aren’t going to do a good job.
This movie has been a long time coming and I’m still not sure I’m ready for it. Add in that comedy sequels always seem to manage to miss the mark by about a million miles and it has been a bit trepidation on my part. The trailer does manage to nail the tone though, so it has that going for it.
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