A week of gaming captured and blogged about.

Welcome to the weekly write up of video game news and releases with a touch of entertainment news alongside. I’ll be covering the stuff that caught my interest for the week from August 19 to the 25 of 2018. This blog is where I recap what has gone down, but mostly the stuff I thought worth putting out there once again in case anyone missed it. Anyway, enough rambling onto what you care about.

 

 

Gaming Releases:

Guacamelee! 2

The action platformer returns to the fight in another adventure that plays out like a metroidvania style experience. The Mexiverse is being threatened and its up to Juan Aguacate to come out of retirement and save the day. Released on the PS4 and PC by Drinkbox Studios who acted as both developer and publisher. It released on August 21, 2018.

 

F1 2018

As the F1 season is set to return from its summer break and race around the famed Spa race track, developer and publisher Codemasters have brought forth a new F1 racing game. Create a driver or use one of the many current drivers and try to win the championship and make your mark on racing. It was released on August 23, 2018 for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

 

Little Dragons Cafe

A twin brother and sister learn how to run and manage a cafe. There mother was teaching them how to do this, when she fell into a deep slumber and refused to wake up. A old stranger comes to the cafe and tells them that they must raise a dragon in order to wake up their mother. With no other choice, the twins do just that. Released on August 24, 2018 for Switch and PS4. It was developed by Aksys Games and Toybox Inc and then published by Rising Star Games.

 

 

Gaming News:

A cinematic trailer for The Sinking City a Lovecraftian based story that’s meant to bend the mind and make you question everything has been released. The game is an open world adventure set in a city that is sinking and water clogged.

If this was a movie, I would have jumped in line to pre-order tickets to the movie theater and I have never pre-ordered movie tickets. It is a really cool trailer that I wish was a movie. Hopefully the game play can live up to this trailer or that the CGI artists who put this together go make a movie similar to this game.

 

Assassin’s Creed will be taking a break for 2019. Ubisoft has announced that the series will be taking a break for 2019 but a new game will be coming after the break. This news comes from Gamespot.com where you can check out their news article.

It’s good for a game series to take a break so that they don’t become repetitive, a bit stale, or long in the tooth using the same mechanics over and over with little evolution. I do wish more games series would do it, looking at Battlefield and Call of Duty respectively. There could be any number of reasons why they decided to take a break in the series, but it probably didn’t help that people where saying that AC: Origins and AC: Odyssey look a bit too similar.

 

Helicopters which had been playable in Gaijin’s War Thunder April fools event in 2017, are making a comeback. Following the slowly being released naval battles, and then the modern tanks which were a part of the same April fools event as helicopters. War Thunder’s next big update will see helicopters fight though they will be a rank five vehicle with its own separate tab and unless you research vehicle in rank four you can’t access them unless you buy one of the packs. You can check out the official stream which Gaijin used to introduce helicopters during Gamescom.

I play quite a bit of War Thunder and when I played the helicopters during the April Fools event I never could get the hang of them. I hope that the controls are easier or that they have an option for easy to use controls. I’m kind of looking forward to seeing how they will fair in the battlefield against one another, against tanks, and planes. Hopefully it adds an interesting mix to the fight.

 

The Grand Tour, the Amazon TV series is becoming a game? A trailer was released showing off alpha footage of the game that intends to bring to life the shenanigans the trio Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson, and Captain Slow “James May” to the world of games.

Oh dear, is about the only thing I could think of while watching this trailer. It looks more like a parody of a game trailer then an actual game. And I’m not saying that this can’t somehow turn out to be good, but as first impressions go, I’m not wowed by it.

 

Amazon has also announced that they will be ending their 20% off Prime discount for gaming pre-orders and that Prime users of Twitch will no longer have ad free streams. Instead you’ll get a 10$ off on select titles. Check out Amazon’s blog post for a full rundown on the upcoming changes.

I feel like these are cut costing measures meant solely to make sure that Amazon makes some money off of Prime. Amazon tends to offer a lot for how much they charge and they’re probably looking to recuperate some of that back by penny pinching. Still its not going to sit well with gamers who once you give them something tend don’t want to see change.

 

THQ Nordic has signed a deal with Microsoft which will see them porting games from the Microsoft store over to Steam. The first few games will be: Disneyland Adventures, ReCore: Definitive Edition, Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure, Super Lucky’s Tale, and Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection. Read why this is happening over on Gematsu.com.

This is one of those things that makes you pause for a second and go wait what? But it does make some sense. Microsoft doesn’t want to put the effort into bringing a game over to a new platform but you have a company who is willing to do so, in this case THQ Nordic, and everyone gets a cut and the games reach a larger audience. So, it works out even though it jumps through a lot of hoops.

 

Originally A Hat in Time was not going to come to the Nintendo Switch as the developers didn’t have the time or money to put into bring a port to be. However, things have changed and the platforming adventure game will indeed be heading to the console. This news comes from Nintendoeverything.com.

I am a bit surprised that the developer changed their mind. They seemed set against doing a Switch port due to the time and effort it would take when they wanted to concentrate efforts elsewhere. Still it is nice that they’re managing to make it happen and that their game can be played by many more people as a result.

 

Shigeru Miyamoto has spoken out about games and the prices that are being charged for them. He fears the nickle and diming of gamers will drive more to piracy then to paying for games. One of his major points was to talk about how the music industry failed to account for the digital age downloads and continued to price music expensively even single song downloads and it resulted in wide spread piracy. Bloomberg has a full report on fShigeru Miyamoto speech.

I agree completely with Mr. Miyamoto that publishers and developers have to be careful with how they price games, loot boxes, and DLC. The one thing I didn’t expect was to hear Miyamoto say it. There needs to be some change occurring otherwise the gaming industry continues to price gouge its customers people will either pirate games or simply walk away.

 

Darksiders III got a trailer for Gamescom to show the upcoming game and what it is offering. In the first two games you played as the character War but for this new game has switched protagonists to Fury who is War’s sister.

This is a bit of weird trailer that makes me question how close this game is to release. It is not a great or even good trailer. It feels pieced together and like it is a last minute rush job. There are other trailers that do a great job of selling the game, yet someone okayed this one? I’m not sure how this one was allowed to get out to the public.

 

 

 

Entertainment News:

Actor Hugh Laurie who was recently cast in George Clooney’s Catch -22 adaptation will soon be another TV series. This time from the creator of The Thick of It and VEEP, Armando Iannucci, set mostly in space called Avenue 5. It will be a half-hour HBO comedy. Head over to Esquire.com to learn more.

I loved The Thick of It, and unfortunately couldn’t get into VEEP. I also love almost all of the stuff that Hugh Laurie has done. This seems like it could be a match made in heaven and I look forward to seeing and hearing more about this series.

 

The Man in the High Castle has been on break for a long time but the new season is near. Amazon released a bit of a teaser trailer for the San Diego Comic Con and now have released a full trailer. This third season sees the rise of the resistance and their fight against the Japanese and Nazi empires.

I really enjoy this series despite its heaviness and dreariness. It was so much so that I stopped watching the second season for a few days to give myself a break. But some of the characters are just so amazing that I had to keep going. It helped that the second season is better than the first. This trailer gets me in the mood for this third season. I’m looking forward to seeing how things play out and if Amazon is going to bring it back for a fourth season.

 

The insane horror remake Suspira got a full trailer. It keeps the 1970’s feel but with a bit duller colors than the original film. Directed by Luca Guadagnino and starring Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton. It’s all about a young woman who enters a prestigious dance academy but finds things a bit unusual and disturbing. It comes to theaters on November 2, 2018.

Well this is pretty creepy looking. I’m not sure if it will wind up being just horror or a horror thriller but the trailer creates a lot of intrigue which of course has my curiosity. The downside is that it probably isn’t going to play in a lot of theaters and its a 2 and a half hour movie. I’m all for epic movies, not sure if I’m ready to sit through a horror movie that long though.

 

On August 27, 2018 Twitch will begin streaming the Pokemon television series – all nineteen seasons of it plus sixteen of the movies. The 900 plus episodes will be split up over several sessions making it so that Twitch will be streaming then into 2019. There is also a catch, but not the usual catch Twitch is trying to encourage people to watch the series and capture all of the Pokemon that appear. Digitalspy.com can tell you all about the upcoming streams.

I’ve never bothered to watch any of previous shows that Twitch streamed, it never caught my attention enough or I wasn’t a big enough fan to tune in. I’m not sure that Pokemon will change my mind, but I do think its cool that someone could potentially sit down and go through the entire nineteen seasons.

 

 

Another week comes to a close in the usual style, quietly slipping away before we knew it was here. Thank you for stopping by my blog I appreciate it. I welcome suggestions, comments, and questions down below. Or if you can contact me on Twitter at @Snipehockey, or emailing me at lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com.

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