Launching the latest salvo of gaming news in a weekly wrap up post.

The weekly week of gaming releases, news, with a touch of entertainment news is here and covers February 11 to 17, 2018. Ta Da. Or some such nonsense. Anyway, please take note that while I do talk about about what’s happening around the world in gaming, I do not cover all that happens. I’m here to talk about the stuff that I thought was interesting and worth sharing.

 

 

Gaming Releases:

Bayonetta/Bayonetta 2

A hack and slash series style game from PlatinumGames and co-published by SEGA and Nintendo. You play as Bayonetta a witch who has been revived but has no memories and finds herself fighting angels and demons. In the sequel the fight continues the fight several months after the events of the first game, you’re still fighting for your life with your magical powers and hair. Originally the first game came out on Xbox 360 and PS3 on October 29, 2009, a Wii U version would follow in September 2014 alongside the exclusive sequel due to Nintendo’s funding. A PC version of the first game also came out in April 2017. Finally we get to the Switch version of the first and second games which was released on February 16, 2018. It should be noted that the physical copy of the Bayonetta 2 comes a code to download the first game. Purchasing a digital copy of either game from Nintendo’s e-store will get you a discount on the other one which brings it in line with the purchase cost of the physical copy.

 

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

An army of mercenaries descends on the town Skalitz murdering and slaughtering everyone they can get their hands on. Henry, a blacksmith son is sent off to warn local lord Divish of Talmberg of the attack. You play as Henry in this action adventure role playing game living out his now broken life as he struggles to find his place in it. Released on February 13, 2018 by developer Warhorse Studios and published by Deep Silver. The game came out for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

 

Secret of Mana

A remake of the 1993 classic role playing game. You play as three heroes trying to put a stop to the empire who is trying to find the eight mana seeds to bring back and use them to power their fortress ship. Should the empire succeed the gods may comeback and once again ravage the world for abusing the power of mana. Originally a Super Nintendo game, it’s seen ports to the Wii and Wii U virtual console, iOS, Android, and now PSVita, PS4, and PC. It’s developed and published by Square Enix and came out on February 15, 2017.

 

Crossing Souls

It’s the summer of 1986 when a group of friends in California discover a weird pink stone. This stone allows them to travel between realms. This however draws the attention of the U.S. government who had tried to get the stone in 1945. Now being chased by the government and conspiracies surrounding it, the gang tries to figure out exactly what this stone is. Out now on the PS4, Linux, Mac, PSVita, and PC. It was developed by Fourattic and published by Devolver Digital and came out on February 13, 2018.

 

Celebration of Violence

A fantasy rouge-like with methodical weighty combat that mushes together Binding of Isaac with a Dark Souls style of play. Death is permanent but you can always try again and again to learn how each creature you fight actually fights and in turn defeat them. Developed and published by Julian Edison it came out on PC on February 13, 2018.

 

Fe

You play as a fox like creature in a forest that’s being invaded by the Silent Ones that are threatening the wildlife. You enlist the help of other animals by singing to them and they in turn can teach you new songs to help you defend your home. Released on the Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, and PS4 on Feburary 16, 2018. It was developed by Zoink and published by EA Games.

 

 

Gaming News:

The owners of the IP Saints Row and Dead Island have been bought out. Koch Media, which has no relations to the Koch brothers, is being bought by THQ Nordic for 121 million Euros (151 USD or so). Koch will continue to operate as they have but with a bit more oversight and with potential resource help from their new parent company. You can check out the report from PC Gamer.

My one hope out of this news is that we might potentially see a new Saint’s Row game come out of this. But one more in line with the second and third game in that they’re wacky but not exhaustively so. This news might not even lead to a new one, but I still hold out hope that one day we’ll get back to those off beat gaming days.

 

A game play trailer for the Call of Cthulhu game has come out. It’s a first person adventure where you play as Edward Pierce who investigates the death of an entire family on Darkwater Island near Boston Mass. There he discovers the impending arrival of the fabled monster Cthulhu.

A recent problem I’ve had with some games and this has also extended over into TV and movies is that they have this far too dark look to them that it makes it diffiuclt to see what’s going on. And I’m kind of getting that feeling from the trailer for this game, but it also has this really cool look to it. I find myself rather conflicted and hope that they add just that bit more light so it doesn’t feel like you’re drowning in darkness even though it does very much suit the tone of the game.

 

Insel Games have had all of their games taken off the Steam store platform. This was due to various complaints about review manipulation through various accounts being used by the company to give their games good reviews. There was a small and brief blog post put up by Valve on their Steam Community page.

This is kind of sad news, as the developers have put in a lot of hard work into their games and its been thrown away pretty much by the company. I can also see why Valve decided to end the relationship with this studio as they felt continuing would only further damage the Steam brand.

 

Nintendo has shown off the Labo variety pack with a nice trailer explaining and showing off the different creations in the pack. Like the RC car which moves do to vibrations, the fishing rod lets you fish, the toy house lets you discover what inserting cardboard creations into the window does, the motorcycle creation lets you race and create race tracks, and finally playing with a piano making music. Due out on April 20, 2018 and you will need a Nintendo Switch to make the whole thing work. Nintendo also showed off the Robot kit, where oddly enough you build up and control a robot rampaging through a city. Then there is Toy Con Garage which allows you to play around with programming and creating mini-games. Things are kept relatively simple, and are meant to get be inspired and creating new and unusual ways to play, while also allowing them to be shared.

It’s funny, part of me is like all that Nintendo has done is play around a bit with cardboard. The other part of me is geeking out a bit, because some of this stuff looks genuinely fun to play with. I might be part cat in that respect in that carboard seems grand, though it might also be the interesting tech Nintendo put into the controllers.

 

Paradox Interactive will soon see a shift in upper management. The current CEO, Fredrick Wester, who founded the company will be stepping aside on August 1, 2018. He won’t be completely leaving the company but is stepping away from the day to day activity, instead taking on the role of Executive Chairman of the Board at Paradox. Stepping into the CEO roll will be Ebba Ljungerud. You can check out Wester’s full comments on the Paradox forums.

Only time will tell if this is the right move for the company, but one of my first thoughts is to wonder how this potentially could change the way the company does DLC. Will they change? For those who don’t follow Paradox I highly recommend you check out the Steam pages for either Crusader Kings 2 or Europa Universalis IV as both have tons of extra content. Granted they always tweak and improve the base game when they release DLC, but getting the full experience is starting to feel a bit like a Train Simulator game.

 

 

Entertainment News:

Ryan Murphy how has show run so man shows its borders on madness from American Horror Story to Feud to the recent 9-1-1 show is moving his talents to Netflix. The rumored 300 million dollar deal for five year will have him working exclusively for the streaming service. This comes after Fox and FX entertainment are potentially being sold to Disney which is rumored to have prompted Mr. Murphy to make his move over to Netflix. Deadline.com has the whole story for your reading pleasure.

That is a shocking amount of money and Mr. Murphy already seems hard at work coming up with new projects. I wish him the best of luck, not that he needs it, as there will be a bit of pressure to deliver some great shows for the platform.

 

Amazon’s Bosch TV series will soon be back to fighting hard crime in Los Angles. The trailer for season four dropped, in which Detective Bosch has been put in charge of task force looking into the murder of a civil rights attorney in which the police department is suspected of involvement. Also announced shortly after the trailer dropped was that season 5 has been greenlit and will begin shooting in the summer of 2018. Season four of Bosch will arrive on April 13, 2018 on Amazon.

Another slick looking season and it hits soon, which makes me happy. I look forward to seeing how this plays out as Bosch seems a rather unlikely candidate to lead such a task force. This upcoming season also plays on a sensitive nerve in today’s society with civil rights and police brutality. I hope that it doesn’t wind up heavy handed or preachy when it comes to dealing with the issues and has the trailer says “let the chips fall where they may”.

 

The legendary and probably slight if not completely insane John Cleese of Monty Python fame will soon be making a return to television. He is set to be on the new British sitcom Hold the Sunset where he plays a former love interest of a widower and both have decided to give it another go. However, said widowers son has decided to move back in with his mom despite being 50 and having a wife and kids. The series is set to air on BBC One.

The trailer for this isn’t the greatest, but it also feels like it isn’t particularly aimed at me and is going for an older audience. That said, I’m curious to see if Cleese has a bit of that old magic and that the show has some legs to stand on without feeling a bit dribble-y or drivel-y.

 

 

Well that ends another blog post, with not much happening aside for a rather large amount of games to decide to come out now. Anyway, thank you for stopping by and reading my mad ramblings about video games and other things. I appreciate it. If anyone is looking to get in touch with me you can do so through email at Lostvideogamesblog@Gmail.com, twitter at @Snipehockey, or use the comment section below. I may or may not have a blog post next week covering February 18 to the 24, 2018 as I’m having oral surgery so yeah…. It will all depend on how I’m feeling and if anything is going on at that time. But for now, bye until next time.

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