It’s that time of the week once again where I try and find the interesting releases, gaming news, and a touch of entertainment news to share with you. I will be covering the week that was March 3rd to 9th, 2019. I like to talk about the stuff that caught my interest so I don’t wind up covering all that’s happened.
The Occupation –
A puzzle adventure game in the first person perspective where you play a reporter looking into the controversial Union Act which curtailed civil liberties in the United Kingdom. This act came into effect after a terrorist attack in the game. You have choices to make on whether you pursue the story and let it out to the public or help hush it up. The game was released on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC after being developed by White Paper Games and then published by Humble Bundle. It released on March 5th, 2019.
Devil May Cry 5 –
The action adventure series where you’re slashing and beating your way through waves of enemies returns. This time there are three playable characters in Dante, Nero, and new comer known simply as V. The game takes place many years after the events of the fourth game where you’re once again hunting demons but this time you’re doing it for V. Created and published by Capcom it came out on March 8th, 2019 for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
The Path to Die –
You are a Japanese samurai wandering feudal Japan as you explore the top down world there are enemies all about looking to attack you. The combat is based all around using a controller right thumb stick to attack with your sword. The game is out as of March 8th, 2019 on PC. It was created and published by Cat Logic Games.
Nintendo is kind of getting into the VR headset game, though they’re doing it through their Labo sets. There will be four sets with the basic set containing the googles and a cardboard device you can build. There are two other kits that expand and offer you more things to build. And the final kit contains the starter plus the two other kits. These sets will go on sale on April 12th, 2019.
I’m wondering how well this will work if at all. It’s weird but I suspected that Nintendo was going to go down this route after they announced Labo and the fact that their console is handheld. It could be cool, but I’m not expecting anything out of this really.
In other Nintendo news they have talked to their developing partners who work on their mobile, iOS and Android games, asking them to tone down how much they’re asking players to pay. This news comes from the Wall Street Journal where you have to have a subscription to read the full article.
This is kind of curious news, you don’t expect companies to tell developers or publishers to tone down micro-transactions. It’s kind of nice, but I don’t expect much to come of it either way as it will probably only slightly happen on those Nintendo mobile games.
Old school shooters are bit in action and from famed developer 3D Realms. It will be called Wrath: Aeon of Ruin and will be using the Quake 1 engine.
It is interesting to see such an old engine come back to relevance. I’m sure that the game will be super optimized at least I hope so, because it would be rather annoying if it wasn’t. The trailer gives off the old Doom and Quake sort of feeling for those that miss those really old games.
Trine 4 is not only happening but is returning to the 2.5D environment that made the first two games so well loved by many people. The game will be coming to Xbox One, PS4, Switch, and PC where it won’t be a store exclusive.
I’ll be curious to see what comes from this game. I’ve only played the demo to the first or the second game and it was fun, but nothing great in my opinion. Maybe this one will be different.
And to speak a moment on store exclusives, Epic’s store has picked up Shakedown: Hawaii for a year exclusive and then it can go to other stores. The game is getting close to completed and will soon be out on PC, PS4, PSVita, Switch, and 3DS. This news comes courtesy of eurogamer.net.
I’m guessing Epic paid out a decent chunk of money to make up for the lost sales made by the exclusivity. Sometimes that payout is worth it to keep small developers floating as they work on new projects. I’m hoping this game will be good, as it has been talked about for a long time and I want to be able to play it.
Also Kongregate’s indie digital store, Kartridge, which has been around for a year but has failed to really land has started up an exclusivity program of its own. This is to help them compete against other digital platforms, by putting small indie games up for a month first on their platform. I found out about this news on a reddit r/games thread announcing the change. You can also visit the Kartridge website to check out the digital store.
Yeah, it would have been cool to know about this service earlier and it’s sad that they need to go this route. Hopefully, it pays off for them and it gets more attention to the platform where they might get lost in the shuffle on say Steam.
EA Games is joining the list of companies not holding an E3 conference for the 2019 show. Sony had previously announced that they would not be holding a conference event.
It’s kind of sad to see two companies drop out of holding big E3 conferences as that’s always what got people excited for E3. The actual E3 show usually is just a mess of trying to find out about games. The conferences usually at least highlight titles to pay attention to allowing for easier streamlined E3 for those who can’t be at the show.
A new Paradox studio has opened up in San Francisco which will have Rod Humble leading the team at Paradox Tectonic. Rod has formerly worked on Sims 2 and 3 and the game Second Life. Paradox published a blog post announcement for those curious to read.
I wonder what kind of game they’re making? It could be a life simulator judging from what Humble has worked on. Or it could be something completely different because Humble wants to do something different. Either way, I’m curious and want to know more.
Tetris 99 is getting its first tournament style contest where the top 99 players will receive 999 coins or about 10 USD in eShop credit. The tournament will be called the Maximus Cup and will run from March 8th to the 10th, 2019. This was announced via Nintendo’s Tetris 99 website.
It’s good that they’re adding to the game much like other battle royale’s do. And a quick fast dirty tournament with a nice reward for those good enough at Tetris. Now, they just need to keep updating it with new and interesting tweaks.
In indie gaming news a top down pixel game reminiscent of the old Grand Theft Auto’s has been announced for every console and PC. It will be about escaping jail and the police after you’ve been set up for a crime. You want revenge and the only way to do it is to lose the police. It is called American Fugitive and its due out later in 2019.
This one definitely caught my attention with the way it looks. If it plays like an updated and fun top down GTA I can see a lot of people taking a like to it. I’m curious to see if it is entirely open world, or if it is more about escaping the cops.
The game series Dungeon Defenders developed a cult fan base after the first game became a small fun little game. The second game however, burned a lot of bridges going free to play and then constantly shifting and changing things within the game. A third game, Dungeon Defenders: Awakened has been announced and it is crowd funding on kickstarter.
A curious decision that might pay off. I only played a bit of the beta of the second game which I grew rather bored of. The first one I liked though that’s because someone dropped me a super powerful weapon which made the game silly but fun. If they can return to the first game, but with that fun of not having to grind for good loot, they could get back their fanbase potentially.
Apple’s TV show plans continues to struggle to come to fruition. They have plenty announced including a true life CIA story with Brie Larson set to star. But, creatively there seems to be reported issues with allowing creatives to create their vision. Tim Cook, has given repeated feedback to tone down and make things not offensive. There are reports that they want things to be family friendly so no violence will be shown. The news about creative issues comes from appleinsider.com or if your more curious about the CIA series check out Hollywoodreporter.com.
It is possible that Apple can pull off TV shows with violence or sex or whatever they’re trying to censor. And it is possible to make a good show without those things. The issue being that those shows are few and far between shows that do contain such things. Honestly I’m not sure what’s going on with Apple that they’re sticking their nose into the creative process, this isn’t like building a phone or a computer. It’s art, try not to meddle too much otherwise you wind up with the same issues that Warner Brothers has had with its DC character films.
Shazam got a new and final trailer to show off its weird addicting silliness. It will be arriving in theaters on April 5th, 2019 starring Zachary Levi as the caped crusader Shazam formerly known as Captain Marvel.
I really do enjoy the trailers for this movie. It has such a heartwarming feeling to them and it just makes me happy to see such a silly thing. Plus the early social media reviews have been great, though one shouldn’t take them of gospel and that all is well. We’ll have to see what the reviews say about it when it finally does come out. But so far, it is looking good for the movie.
If you’re looking for some end of the world fun, well the upcoming Amazon/BBC production of the novel Good Omens is almost here. A full trailer for the series arrived showing off the wacky action that will bring about the end of times, maybe, on May 31st, 2019.
I both like and dislike the trailer for this show. It isn’t anything bad about the trailer, I just liked the teaser for it more. And it hasn’t taken anything away from my excitement for the series which feels so far away. I hope it is good.
Rumors are swirling about the James Gunn led reboot/recreation of the DC comic series turned movie Suicide Squad. From Idris Elba taking over for Will Smith as Deadshot to the kooky rumors of Polka Dot Man, RatCatcher, Peacemaker, and King Shark. This news comes from Collider.com.
Originally when I heard the characters names I was not off-put but just left wondering ‘okay why?’. Now that I’ve thought about it some more I kind of like that they are so far off what one thinks of. Characters that are just straight up wacky and you don’t think of and can be established in new ways is great. I don’t always want Lex Luthor or Joker to be the villains everyone harps on about.
In sad news Alex Terbek was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He released a video containing the announcement, his plans, and to fight it because he has three more years on his contract.
While it is sad that this type of cancer has a low survivable rate. It is good to hear that he wants to fight and has a sense of humor to keep him going. I will keep him in my mind as he continues to host Jeopardy and hope for the best.
Right I hate to end on sad notes, but sometimes it is best to somber things up. Thank you for visiting my blog and all its weird writings. I appreciate it. For those that wish to get in contact with me for whatever reason you can do so in the comment section, emailing me at Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com, or find me on twitter @Snipehockey. Thanks and goodnight