Games have rambled into another mad week, this time for February 24th to March 2nd, 2019. I’ll be covering the gaming releases, gaming news, and a touch of entertaining entertainment news. And please know that I cover the stuff that caught my interest for the week and that I thought worth talking about.
Ape Out –
A top down highly stylized visual game where you play as an ape who must escape. It’s a two button game where you’re trying to avoid and kill your captors before they end you. Plus there is the wildly frenetic jazz drum soundtrack to keep you company as you smash humans. Created by developers Gabe Cuzzillo, Bennett Foddy, and Matt Boch while being published by Devolver Digital it released on PC and Switch. It released on February 28th, 2019 with the chance that it will come to other consoles at a later date.
ToeJam and Earl: Back in the Groove –
A return to the isometric original game where you exploring the worlds and trying to reassemble ships. Series creator Greg Johnson helped bring the series back to life with his studio HumaNature Studios who also published it. The game released on Mac, Linux, PS4, Switch, PC, and Xbox one on March 1st, 2019 The physical copies of the game for Switch and PS4 were handled by Limited Run Games.
Trials Rising –
The motorbike physics series where you’re racing up and over tough obstacles that would rather you fall off then complete the race is back. It’s all about balancing your motorbike just right as you race against the clock and if your competitive against others online. Created by RedLynx and Ubisoft Kiev and published by Ubisoft. It came out on February 26th, 2019 for Switch, Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
DiRT RALLY 2.0 –
Rally racing and Rallycross racing returns with another Codemasters simulation racing game. Improved graphics and tighter handling lead this new game as you drive as fast and as hard as you can. The game released on February 26th, 2019 after being developed and published by Codemasters for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
Dead or Alive 6 –
The usually bouncy fighting series returns for its sixth go around. This time with improved fighting mechanics and characters to keep players fighting it out. It was created by Team Ninja and published by Koei Temco for PS4, PC, Xbox One, as well as Arcade though that will be harder to track down. It released on March 1st, 2019. The game has run into a bit of controversy due to its expensive DLC season one pass.
ArenaNet the developers who created Guild Wars and its sequel Guild Wars 2, have canceled a project and announced that they will be laying off 143 workers. This comes as NCsoft the owner of ArenaNet has struggled with its other developers and is looking to cut funding all around. You can check out this story from geekwire.com.
It’s sad to hear developers losing their jobs because of mismanagement that’s not even done by your immediate bosses. Hopefully, the studio can recover from this and can continue to make games.
Also in layoff new Good Old Games, known today simply as GOG, has also laid off some workers. Unfortunately this news comes from poor sales of the classic games on their digital distribution platform. They have been forced to cut the Fair Price Package program which promised the same price in every country that they served. GOG has put a bit of the blame onto other distribution platforms which have offered better cuts from game sales as a way to garner interest in releasing games on their distribution platform. This news about the FPP deal is from GOG.com’s blog post, the layoff news is from Kotaku.
A tough business especially when the big companies come to play hard and want all of the sales for themselves. GOG’s greatest asset is their customer relationship and they need to find ways to emphasize that fact. The last thing they need is getting into a stiff competition with either Valve or Epic and try to compete with them. As doing so will likely cut too much into GOG’s bottom line. It will be a tough battle for the company in a flooded market where everyone seems to have digital distribution stores.
The Pokemon Company have announced the newest Pokemon games and these will be games in the main franchise. Titled, Pokemon Sword, and Pokemon Shield, they will take place in a whole new region called the Galar region. The starter’s for this 8th generation are Grass type Grookey, Fire type Scorbunny, and Water type Sobble. The game is set to arrive in late 2019.
This looks like a good reveal for the game with the starters being fairly cute. The game also looks like it is pretty deep in development for what was shown, though that might just be me seeing more into then I should. I’m curious to see more about this game and to see if it will be as linear as some people are saying because of the way the map looks.
Newly announced is the 2D animated role playing game WARSAW. It is set during the Warsaw uprising in August of 1941. You’ll fight it out as Polish resistance members fighting against the Nazi occupation of the city. The game is set to arrive on PS4, PC, and Switch sometime in the third quarter of 2019. Check out the Steam page to learn all about the game.
This game looks gorgeous and I can’t wait to see more of it. It’s also a not much talked about period in world war two history at least as far as I know in the U.S. This is a game that I feel should be on more people’s radars as just the looks alone will get people talking about it.
Star Wars video game fans will have something to celebrate and complain about during the Star Wars Celebration. On April 13th, 2019 EA and Respawn Entertainment will show off Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
I kind of figured that something like this would happen, either for the latest Star Wars movie or a game or something. It’s pretty predictable, but yeah to be expected almost. Also it will be nice to have something to actually see from this game since its rather abysmal announcement at E3 2018.
In the world of World War 2 games, Unity of Command is getting a sequel called Unity of Command 2. It will feature better graphics, a better supply system, a new headquarters mechanics to improve on the original game. This new game will be arriving or storming its way into the war zone on PC in the third quarter of 2019.
I’m slightly surprised that this is getting a sequel as I found the original to be a rather niche game which often felt a bit difficult to play. Mind you, I only played it around the time that it launched so they may have made a lot of adjustments. Hopefully the sequel manages to fix the issues I had with the original and introduce some fun new things.
If you have any Objections! You may want file them now before the original trilogy of Phoenix Wright games arrive in the U.S. on April 9th, 2019. The game will be translated into several languages this time around. It will be arriving on Switch, PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
I have a soft spot for this franchise as silly as it is. Hopefully this is a good port and many more people can get to enjoy the series and result in more new games from the franchise.
Game developer/publisher Nexon is for sale and as a result three massive companies have put in bids to buy it. Those would be EA Games, Comcast, and Amazon who join in a variety of other Asian companies such as NetMarble, Kakao, and MBK Partners. Nexon makes mobile and PC games and the sale could top 9 billion dollars. This news comes from the Reuters news wire.
That’s a lot of money to be throwing around though not entirely surprising since it seems like you need at least a billion dollars to acquire companies these days. Nexon will probably remain an Asian owned company, but it is interesting to see Western companies throw their hat in and to see who is interested in getting into the world of video games.
A new trailer explaining the upcoming detective game The Sinking City has come out. It shows exactly what’s going on and what you’ll be doing in this game.
I’m getting an L.A. Noire feeling from this game with of course supernatural and Lovecraftian feeling to it. But, that gets me excited for it as you don’t usually get that kind of game. Now, the trailer didn’t completely blow me away as much as I love it. The gun combat looked rather meh, which can be looked past as long as the rest of the game is good.
Amazon has released trailers for two of its upcoming April 2019 shows. Arriving first on April 5th, 2019 will be the second season of The Tick! Arthur and Tick will once again face down bad guys and meet new heroes as they continue on the heroes journey. Bosch season five will arrive on April 19th, 2019 with Harry going undercover to trace drugs and killers.
The second season of the Tick looks a bit different from what I thought it might go towards. But, that’s just the writer inside of me trying to write out what I think and feel should happen. It looks good overall and retains that slightly hyper happy feel with the nice touches of humor to it. Now Bosch, also actually looks pretty good. It will continue its noir-esque detective story. Plus the show can now move beyond who killed Bosch’s mother which was a story line that kept dragging on and on for the previous seasons. Not that it was so bad, but it did feel like it needed to go.
Rotten Tomatoes made a couple of changes to their website and claim that this wasn’t because of some backlash that Captain Marvel is suffering from. They removed the ability to write a review before a movie has released on their website. They also removed the ability to press a button that allowed you to say that you don’t want to see a movie. If you’re curious about any of it, you can check out the Rotten Tomatoes blog.
I will agree that reviews prior to the show or a movie coming out are rather ridiculous to allow to happen. Why Amazon has them and why Rotten Tomatoes allowed them is beyond me. I for a while didn’t even know that there was a button that said wanted to see a movie or not on Rotten Tomatoes. It was a neat piece of information to see. In all honesty I avoid Rotten Tomatoes like the plague as it simple isn’t a good website in my eyes. It’s too easy to game the system so that bad reviews are suddenly considered ripe because the reviewer said it was. I don’t trust Rotten Tomatoes and I don’t think anyone else should either.
That’s a walking wrap for this week, not that I know what a walking wrap is. Anyway thank you for visiting my blog, I appreciate it. For those with comments, questions, or suggestions please drop them below in the comment section. Or you can contact me via Twitter @Snipehockey, or emailing me at Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com. With that, night night, or good day depending on when you decide to read this.