A lovely bunch of gaming news for the weekly blog post.

And now for a new week that has run about with some gaming stuff happening in the form of some releases and news. There was also a touch of entertainment news that caught my interest and I felt worth talking about. This by the way, is my blog post for the week of May 5th to 11th, 2019. Now to the stuff that is more important than a babbling intro.

Game Releases:

Shakedown: Hawaii

An open world adventure game where you are taking over an island by using businesses and explosives when necessary to help you along on your journey. It’s meant to be a parody of big business and the shady tactics that they get up to as they try to run small businesses out of business. Created and published by Vblank Entertainment Inc for PS4, PSVita, Switch, and 3DS. It is also available on PC through only the Epic store at the time I wrote this post. It came out on May 7th, 2019.

Game News:

For those that have been looking for a game in the vein of the original Super Monkey Ball there might just be a new game for you. Called, Rolled Out, which sticks a small mouse in a ball that you must roll from the start point to an exit point. It keeps the basic marble rolling formula that Monkey Ball perfected but adds its own tweaks for those that love to speedrun. Currently it’s running an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign and has successfully reached its goal with it now taking aim at its stretch goals.

This looks like a sweet little game that hopeful has the fun multiplayer levels which were what most people, I believe, cared about from Super Monkey Ball. I wish the game the best in being made and hope it comes out. Crowdfunded games are known to be hit or miss with a pretty big miss streak going on.

A John Wick game which will be called John Wick Hex is being made by Mike Bithell who is acting as both designer and writer for the game. The game is taking an interesting direction in that the game play element revolves around turn based strategy. Bithell is known for making the games Thomas was Alone and Volume. It is being made of Xbox One, PC, and PS4.

I appear to be one of the few people who thought that this looked really cool and I liked that it wasn’t just a slow-mo action fest shoot’em up. To me those games have been done before and wouldn’t bring anything new to the John Wick franchise. This game however does something different and potentially cool, it might not work out, but at the very least it is nice that it won’t be a typical movie game tie in which for the most part rarely work out.

Two Point Studios who made the game Two Point Hospital have been acquired by the publisher SEGA. The two teamed up in 2017 to publish Two Point Hospital and now are joined together even further. SEGA has said that there are several unannounced projects in the pipeline at the studio. This news comes from gamesindustry.biz.

Hopefully this works out for both sides. Two Point Studios gets the financial stability that they need and SEGA gets a game maker that they can allow to just go out and make the games that interest them. I’m interested to see what is coming down the line from the studio, as Two Point Hospital was fun from what I tried, but it was missing something to keep me playing.

A lawmaker for the U.S. Congress is proposing a bill to ban micro-transactions and stuff like loot boxes aimed at children. Josh Hawley a republican from Missouri is introducing the bill “The Protecting Children from Abusive Games act” aimed to take on the idea of pay to win which induces players to pay money for a chance to win and level up to be able to compete with other players. This comes via a report over on arstechnica.com.

I’m not against laws that help protect young gamers, but I also don’t see this getting very far in congress as they usually tend to have bigger things to deal with. It is important to find a way to protect customers against predatory tactics that take advantage of people. However, I also don’t completely trust congress to make a good bill out of this. As it will likely either be too toothless that everyone will just ignore it, or go overboard to the point where the entire concept of loot boxes will be outright gotten rid or. I know a few gamers who would be pleased with the latter. Personally I feel like loot boxes are okay in most cases as long as they aren’t pay to win sort of things and contain mostly cosmetics for their respective games. Plus in theory they should allow a multiplayer game or a game to be continually supported long after its release.

Sony have held another State of Play video event on YouTube. Showing off the remake of Final Fantasy 7 which will have a revamped combat system and it will be split up into chapters for episodic release. There was also the cute pixel isometric RiverBond a hack and slash that challenges you to fight your way through vibrant looking worlds. MediEvil remaster which was announced a while ago and now we have a brief glimpse into what looks to be a mostly true to the source remake.

I like that Sony is doing these bite sized videos introducing games and giving some attention to some smaller games. I do wish that these are a bit longer, I wouldn’t mind them spending sometime on the games themselves showing more then brief clips. That or having more to go over, because it doesn’t feel like they had all that much to talk about. Overall State of Play is improving from the last video, but it still needs more work to show us either more games or show us more overall of the games that they decided to include.

Entertainment News:

A Watchmen teaser trailer dropped for the upcoming HBO TV series. In it we see several Rorschach masked people who seem to have decided to change the way things are in the world violently. The show is expected to be a continuation of the film but takes place several years later and is being handled by Damon Lindelof who will produce and write for it. The series is due to be released in the fall of 2019.

This trailer reminds me of the classic conundrum of the choice of style over substance or substance over style. There is nothing wrong with either approach, but I tend to like shows to have a good amount of substance. This trailer feels like its all style and little to no substance. To me it feels too slick, too impressed with itself, and it isn’t selling me on the product.

It returns in It Chapter 2 as a creepy stunning teaser trailer dropped for the upcoming movie. The teaser shows off a stunning scene in which Beverly visits her old home in Derry, Maine and then shows off some quick shots of the movie. The film stars Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Skarsgard, and Bill Hader and will be coming to haunt theaters in the U.S. on September 6, 2019.

Well this trailer managed to do what I wanted it to do, make me completely uncomfortable with it. I loved what they did with the first film and loved all of the young actors in the series. My hope is that this can continue that without losing the magic that made the first movie do so well. I’m looking forward to seeing more about the movie and the next trailer.

That’s all there is to be written for this week. For any comments, suggestions, and lovely questions please feel free to leave them below. Or you can get in contact with me on Twitter at @Snipehockey, or by emailing me at Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com. Thank you so much for stopping by and for now goodnight.

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