Clearing up the latest and greatest of video game madness that descended this week.

Welcome to the weekly run down of gaming release/news/entertainment news for March 11 to 17, 2018. Please note I’m only writing about the stuff that caught my interest.

 

 

Gaming Releases:

Surviving Mars

You are the overseer of a group of colonist who have landed on Mars. It’s up to you to plan out the colony and help the colonists survive in this new rough world that they call home. Developed by Haemimont Games for PC, Xbox One, Linux, PS4, and Mac. It was published by Paradox Interactive on March 15, 2018.

 

Kirby Star Allies

A side scrolling platformer where surprise… surprise you play as Kirby alongside his friends exploring the world and defeating evil. Released on March 16, 2018 for the Nintendo Switch. It was published by Nintendo and developed by HAL Laboratory.

 

Burnout Paradise Remastered

The smashing and crashing car series returns to Paradise City for more vehicular mayhem in which it is okay to crash as long as it is epic. This game is a remaster of the original which came out in 2008 and was created by Criterion Software and published by EA Games. The remaster was done by Stellar Entertainment for the PS4 and Xbox One. A PC version will follow at a later date.

 

Soulblight —

A top-down rogue-like adventure where you’re traveling through a shattered reality known simply as The Sanctuary. As you explore you’re forced to make decision that impact your character and their progression. Things like becoming an alcoholic makes you better when you’re drunk, but not so great when sober. Released on PC on March 15, 2018 it was developed by My Next Game and published by Movie Games S.A.

 

 

Gaming News:

Chucklefish are publishing a new and interesting looking game called, Pathway. Set in 1936 where rumors of strange artifacts are being dug up and stories of the occult have attracted the attention of the Nazi’s and Morten who happens to be your good friend. When Morten disappears and the Nazi’s are suspected of causing it, you spring into action to find out what is going on and how it relates to the strange artifacts and the occult. The developer of the game is Robotality who also released Halfway through Chucklefish. Check out the blog post by the publisher to find all about the game.

From the look of of the trailer the game seems pretty neat. It feels a bit Indiana Jones-esque, which could make for a fun sort of adventure. I’m curious to see how this one turns out, as there is a bit of a mixed reaction to their last game, Halfway, on Steam.

 

Starbound developer, Chucklefish, have also announced the name of their new game all about attending a witch school. Titled, Witchbrook, the game has been slowly coming along but is still pretty far off according to the CEO. This news comes from an official tweet via the company Twitter account.

It needs to be said that while Chucklefish helped publish Stardew Valley it isn’t there game, an idea which has seemingly gotten stuck in many minds. Their last game was Starbound, which is known of being a sort of 2D Minecraft with magic and set in space with planet to explore. Again another title that I’m curious to see more of.

 

V-Rally is making a comeback. A four iteration in the series has been announced and will be coming in 2018. The last game came out in 2003 for a variety of platforms and enjoyed a bit of a hit as a cult like game. However, that was it for the Infogames series. However, the series is now being revived by developer BigBen Interactive and publisher Kylotonn Games. It is coming later this year for the PS4, Switch, Xbox One, and PC. Gematsu.com has the full break down on what the new game will be bringing upon its release.

I’m all for more rally racing car games, especially ones that come to many platforms. I’m also looking forward to seeing how they bring the series up to date. The sad thing is the trailer doesn’t really give you much, but looks incredibly slick.

 

Former Battlefield and Halo developers are creating a co-op game where there is a bit of a competition between the players. It’s called Scavangers and will be set in a near-future apocalyptic world where your trying to survive and work with/against your fellow players. This story comes from Gameinformer who also have a trailer of the developers talking about their goals for their new game.

Competitive co-op rarely works out well. The Division tried to make it a thing, but as far as I can tell it never took off as an aspect to that game. I’m not sure it will work out here either, but I’ve been wrong before and if it does work out, great.

 

Toys R’ Us in the United States will soon be no more. The company is selling its stores and closing those stores which it can’t find a buyer for. Money.CNN.com broke the news story.

It’s a bit sad to see a store that was a part of my childhood, especially during Christmas time when they’d release a giant catalog of all the stuff they had, closes. They never managed to seemingly keep with the times and keep their stores feeling fresh. It’s sad that toy stores won’t have the prominence that they once had in children lives. It was always a treat to go to such a store and find many cool things that you’d wind up wanting.

 

Lara is back to hunting tombs and finding herself in quite a few unusual spots. A teaser trailer gave off a quick peek, confirming that this is still the same Lara Croft from the past few games. There will be a full reveal on April 27, 2018 and the game is coming out on September 14, 2018. It will be called Shadow of The Tomb Raider.

Always good to see Ms. Croft going on crazy adventure. Though why they’re teasing the reveal and not just revealing the game is beyond me. I’m going to forget that the reveal is coming until just after it gets shown off and wind up going oh yeah, I forgot about that.

 

Valkyria Chronicles 4 has a release date for North America at lease according to Amazon listings. It should be noted that they have listing for the Xbox One and PS4 versions but not the Switch. You can see the supposed release dates for PS4 here and Xbox One here.

While it is good to get a solid date for this game to come out in the U.S.A. as it’s coming out soon in Japan. I find myself fairly concerned about the Switch version since it announcement there hasn’t been much said about it.

 

Ubisoft have given a release date for The Crew 2. It will be coming out on June 29, 2018 and you can sign up for a beta to see how the racing game will be this time around. This news comes from TheCrew’s Twitter where they posted a simple tweet with the release date and a sign up for the beta.

I remain curious to see what improvements will be coming to this sequel. I know we’re getting more vehicles to race with and ones that fly and boat their way across water. I wonder if the map will feel bigger and the racing less arcady or more so. There are many questions and hopefully the beta will answer them.

 

Entertainment News:

A teaser trailer was released showing off Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald which ties it to the world of Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter. It showed off a bunch of the characters with a bit of a concentration of Jude Law’s take on Dumbledore. It is set to release in theaters on November 16, 2018.

I may be the only one who doesn’t seem to care much about plot holes that this teaser presented. There are so many in the original series that people look past, but this teaser annoys them? It’s weird. Anyway, it looks good and magical without looking like it relies too much on a Harry Potter-esque feel.

 

 

 

That is it for another week of things and stuff happening. Thank you for stopping by and visiting as I appreciate it. For any suggestions, comments, or questions please feel free to contact me through the comment section, or find me on Twitter @Snipehockey, or email me at Lostvidegamesblog@gmail.com. And with that, goodbye and goodnight until next time.

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