Marshalling up the latest blog post about the week that was in video games.

Welcome back to my blog about the week that was in gaming new and releases, as well as a touch of entertainment news. I’m covering what caught my interest and was worth talking about for June 16th to the 22nd, 2019.

Game Releases:

My Friend Pedro

A 2.5D side scrolling mad dash shooter in which a banana tells you go to kill things. You’re aiming for high scores and beating levels with the craziest manner you can using slow motion mechanics and whatever happens to lying around the level. This game released on PC and Switch on June 20th, 2019. It was developed by DeadToast Entertainment and published by Devolver Digital.

Judgment

A spin-off of the Yakuza series, you play as a private investigator investigating a serial murder case where no one seems to be willing to cooperate with you. It takes place in the same world as the Yakuza series but has its own story that doesn’t cross with the original games. Combat is similar to the Yakuza 0 game. The game released early for the players that went through a digital pre-orders June 21st, 2019. It’s official release is on June 25th, 2019 internationally as it has already released in Japan last year. It was developed by Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio and published by SEGA for PS4. It will be getting a re-release in Japan on July 18th, 2019 due to one of the Japanese voice actors being arrested on drug charges. This re-release version will replace actor Pierre Taki.

Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled

Crash and friends are back to kart racing around furious levels in this remake of the original game. Your only goal is be the best and grab as many victories as you can in single player or multiplayer as you can race online. The game hit stores and digital stores on June 21, 2019 after being developed by Beenox and published by Activision. It came out on Switch, Xbox One, and PS4.

Steel Division 2

The real time strategy game takes things from the western front to the eastern front. You choose to play as either the Soviets or Nazi German as they fight out Operation Bagration during World War 2. Plan how you will fight and try and take your enemy before they can amass their forces to take you out. Created by developer/published Eugen Systems it released the game on PC on June 20th, 2019.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

A metroidvania game that was Kickstarted by producer Koji Igarashi. You play as Miriam an orphan who is taken in by the Alchemist guild who carry out experiments on her that result in a coma and her being used to summon demons. Awakened by one of the Alchemists who wishes to put a stop to this she must fight the demons that sprang from her and return the crystals that they use as a source of power. Released on Xbox One, PC, and PS4 on June 18th, 2019 with a Switch version coming on June 25, 2019. It was developed by ArtPlay, DICO, and WayForward Technologies and the published by 505 Games.

Game News:

EA very ambitiously is claiming that loot boxes are not loot boxes but rather “Surprise Mechanics”. They’re comparing the idea to Kinder Candy which offers a toy or a surprise within each candy egg. To find out more head over to PCGamesN who have the report on what Kerry Hopkins who is Vice President of EA’s legal and government affairs department had to say to the U.K.’s Parliamentary committee dealing with the issue.

It’s not a great look to try and brush aside loot boxes especially in an age where click bait headlines are read and then inherently trusted as the whole story. It isn’t going to end well unless you do the whole corporate speak leading to companies not saying much of anything with lots of words. Which again that will be ripped apart by the public for not being honest. As for the whole comparison of a Kinder candy egg? I kind of get it, but it isn’t a great analogy as you get candy along with the toy. In loot boxes you only get what they give you.

Psychonauts 2 will not be seeing a release in 2019 as it now officially takes aim at a 2020 release. This news comes from Dualshockers.com who have said Microsoft who acquired Double Fine is letting the game get that extra needed love.

I can’t say I’m surprised. This is probably a game that needs a lot of work to get right and Double Fine isn’t known for sticking to any deadlines that they come across. Still, one hopes for the sake of the backers that this turns out how they want it to and judging from what was seen at E3 it looks like a good follow up to the original.

If you’re looking for a different style of storytelling FromSoftware’s upcoming Elden Ring it will be following the Dark Souls style of telling stories. You’ll have to search out for the lore in out of the way places and perhaps rely on YouTube videos to get the whole story. If you’re interested in knowing more once again head over to Dualshockers.com.

This is kind of disappointing news, as stories can be a great way to get players deep into the world. I get that FromSoftware games are all about combat with the secondary feature being a story of sorts that you have to actively seek out and find. I don’t mind searching out for a story but when its so hidden that you have to go to YouTube to find out what’s going on it isn’t my kind of thing.

For those disappointed by the game play of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order from E3 2019 there is some hope. The game is designed to be a Metroidvania style experience with you finding new upgrades and using those new upgrades find new areas to explore. This comes from a tweet by Kotaku’s Jason Schreier.

It’s a curious decision to show such a liner level around E3 2019 to market the game. And one that didn’t, in my opinion, look good at all. I am more curious about a Metroidvania style game as it might have bring something new to the Star Wars brand but now seeing game play I’m pretty hesitant about overall. They had my curosity when they first announced it and now they’ve pretty much lost my interest in what they’re offering. I can of course be swayed by new trailers showing new game play as I’m open to see what they have to offer. They are however starting on the back foot with what they chose to show.

Andy O’Neil has passed away at 47 years old. He was known for being a programmer on Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2 as well as vice president and co-founder of Bluepoint Games. The studio became known for their many ports of games. If you’re interested you can check out his obituary from digital memorial.

I’m sorry to hear of his passing. The games he worked on and the studio he helped to create have touched many people.

Kaz Hirai has now officially retired from Sony and the Playstation brand. He joined Sony in 1995 working his way up becoming vice president of the corporate executive group and a few months later as President of Sony Computer Entertainment. In 2011 he went over to the Sony Corporation to oversee consumer products and services group until 2013 when he took over as CEO. He then stepped down from that position in 2019 to take on a chairman role with the Sony board and has now stepped down from that job on June 18th, 2019. He will continue as a senior adviser for Sony. Head over to Gamespot.com if you wish to know more.

A well deserved retirement for Mr. Hirai. I hope he enjoys his retirement and sticks around the gaming industry popping up every now and then. Perhaps he’s looking for something new to challenge himself though and if that’s the case I wish him luck in that.

Entertainment News:

The sweet and slightly bittersweet trailer for the movie The Peanut Butter Falcon dropped. It’s a movie about a young disabled man played by Zack Gottsagen trying to live out his wrestling dreams. It also stars Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, and John Hawkes. It arrives in theaters on August 9th, 2019.

I really like this trailer. It does feel like it gives much of the film away, but this might be one of the few cases that I’m okay with it. It’s just a sweet trailer and hopefully a good movie that I want everyone to go see.

That’s all that needs to be said for this week. Thanks for stopping by and if you have any opinions or different takes on what’s going on I’d love to here them. Please feel free to leave those below in the comment section, also if you have any suggestions or questions those are welcome as well. You can also get in touch with me via Twitter or email at @Snipehockey and Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com respectively. With all that said and done, bye until the next blog post.

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