Another week, another blog post on the state of gaming and a touch of entertainment news to cover what has happened. This time I’ll be covering the stuff that caught my interest for June 23rd to the 29th, 2019.
Super Mario Maker 2 –
The mad maker returns. Put together mad Mario levels or just try to defeat the ones that others have created. The game has some nice tweaks including slopes, a 3D world Mario done in a 2D side scrolling adventure, and lots of hidden stuff for people to find. Created for the Nintendo Switch it was developed by Nintendo and Nintendo EPD (Entertainment Planning and Development) as well as published by Nintendo. It released on June 28th, 2019.
The Sinking City –
A horror story set in a Lovecraftian world you play as a private investigator who has come to Oakmont, Massachusetts to find if it has any answers to the visions and nightmares he’s been having. Soon you also find yourself wrapped up in the mystery of why the town is constantly flooding as madness takes over the residents of the town and dark forces are to be blamed. The game was released on June 27th, 2019 by developer Frogwares and published by Bigben Interactive for the PS4, PC, and Xbox One. A Switch port is coming sometime in 2019 and the publishing of that game will be handled by Frogwares themselves.
Samurai Shodown –
The 12th entry into the franchise and a reboot of the fighting series, it takes place between the 1993 game and the game Samurai Shodown V. It’s a weapons based fighter with 16 playable characters. Released on Xbox One and PS4 on June 25th, 2019 worldwide, with a Japanese release on June 27th, 2019. It will also be coming to Arcades in the summer of 2019. The Switch and PC version are planned for Japanese release in the winter of 2019 with no set worldwide release date yet. It was developed by the SNK Corporation who published it in Japan, the worldwide publisher is Athlon Games.
F1 2019 –
With the F1 racing season in full swing developer and publisher Codemasters have brought out their latest iteration of the F1 games. This aims to be a simulation of what it is like to race in F1 and the difficulties that come with this style of racing. It released on June 25th, 2019 for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
The famous manga One Punch Man is getting turned into a game in the form of a quasi fighting game as an arena fighter. It will be coming to PS4, PC, and Xbox One and is called One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows.
I’m curious about this one because the main character in One Punch Man, Saitama, is meant to be a ridiculous over powered character in a funny way, and I don’t know how well that will translate over to a fighting game. It could work if he isn’t the main character you’re meant to play, but that doesn’t sound like a game I want to play. I’m conflicted and curious to see how this winds up when it does come out.
The NBA2K series has been bit contentious lately with the amount of micro-transactions in the last game and now their latest controversy. There will be ads in the loading screens of 2k19. Originally it was thought that these ads would not be skippable or that you couldn’t turn them off. It turns out that you can at least turn them off in the menus but you’ll have to search out the option. This news broke via Reddit as users poured in to the NBA2K Reddit to complain about it.
Well 2K Sports and developer Visual Concepts certainly like to find ways to push their boundaries with what consumers will find acceptable. Hopefully they learn their lesson and back off of the idea of ads in loading screens. People already paid for the game and doing this to them now just feels like company is grubbing about for money that they can suck out via any means possible.
If you haven’t had enough of the Retro console crazy yet, a new throw back one has been developed by Koch Media and Retro Games. This new old console is the C64 or Commodore 64 that has a fully working keyboard, joystick, plus 64 old school games to play. It’s arriving in stores on December 5th, 2019 for around 120 USD. If you head over to Techspot.com you can find out more about the C64.
The keyboard looks pretty cool and if it potentially works as a keyboard alone to me that might make it worth it. Right now though, that’s a steep price to pay even with all the games, the keyboard, and the joystick that you get. I also have no connection or nostalgia for the Commodore 64 so that may be why I’m looking at this as not worth it.
The three competitors in the console business: Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo are protesting the recent tariffs that will be implemented by the Trump Administration. They have submitted a joint letter to Joseph Barloon of the United States Trade Representative asking for a waiver from the tariff. They explained that the majority of consoles are made in China and that they couldn’t switch the manufacturing base without raising prices on consumers and that it would hurt the business overall. You can check out the letter to the United States government on the regulations.gov website.
I’m not sure that this will do much good, as the current U.S. government seems rather eager to charge full head on into whatever they want with little regards to at what cost this effects everyone else. One hopes that the situation might be averted, but yeah it doesn’t look pretty right now. Hopefully it doesn’t effect the gaming industry too much but we will probably start to see a lot of prices going up. And once companies see people willing to spend that amount of money on a game or a console should the tariff’s be dropped afterwards then those same companies might not see any reason to bring the price back down.
Microsoft held its ID@Xbox Game Pass video event to showcase the upcoming smaller games coming to PC and Xbox One. These games will be coming to the Xbox and PC Game Pass and highlights some of the stuff that didn’t get major attention at E3 2019.
It’s nice that these games got a bit of a highlight and a chance to stand out, especially now that all the hubbub about E3 is over. Nothing particularly stood out to me, but it was nice to see what they’re trying to do with the Blair Witch game.
A version of Tetris 99 is headed to mobile platforms iOS and Android soon. It will be called Tetris Royale and is being made by N3TWORK and doesn’t have any official relation to the Nintendo Switch game. BGR.com has the whole story should you wish to check it out.
Tetris is always a bit wonky on touch screens so that’s giving me pause about this. If they can get the controls to be smooth as the game speeds up then this could be a decent little game. I don’t know if they’re going to charge for it or not, hopefully its pretty cheap otherwise people might pass on it.
In news of the slightly wacky, the Russian Defense Ministry is claiming that the game series Metal Gear Solid is in fact an intelligence project for the United States government. It’s aimed at making young people unsatisfied with their government and more willing to protest authorities. This most likely isn’t true unless Hideo Kojima who is Japanese and Konami a Japanese company are working with the U.S. Government secretly. If you’re interested in the story check out Polygraph who wrote about it.
Is it possible? Well anything is technically possible but I don’t think the game is popular enough to sway people to protest governments. This just feels like a way to blame something for what someone sees as troubles instead of fixing issues that people have. It’s a game of pass the blame onto something else so you don’t have to deal with it. It is kind of sad really to see
The popular adventure video game Myst might be made into a film or a TV series with both being worked on. The rights have been acquired by Village Roadshow who are hard at work exploring how best to take advantage of the intellectual property. This was reported by Variety.com.
I don’t know if this will happen or not. I’m trending towards not even though it could be a really cool things to see. Four years ago it was the studio Legendary trying to make it happen and Hulu had at least ordered something to move the project forward. Then nothing came out of that. So, while I’m hopefully that the great game series might make a great TV show, I’m not in the mood to hold my breath hoping for it to happen.
The teaser trailer for Roland Emmerich’s new film Midway dropped. It looks to cover from the beginning of the U.S. entry into World War 2 to the battle of Midway in the pacific theater of operations. It stars Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, and Woody Harrelson and will arrive in theaters on November 8th, 2019.
If you like CGI and mindless action, well that might have been the perfect trailer for you. But, if you happen to know a thing or two about the pacific theater during World War 2 this probably looks pretty bad if not down right jingoistic. I didn’t have high hopes when I first heard about the project, nor when the first poster came out. The trailer sank pretty much all hopes I had of telling a decent looking story.
A demo video of Mouse Guard made its rounds around the internet. It was cancelled/shelved two months ago by FOX/Disney and now appears to be searching for a new home. The footage which shows a sampling of what they were going for but was not a finished project. The original upload to YouTube was deleted so here’s another upload that hopefully stays up.
I doubt that Disney/Fox are going to completely give up on this project as it does look to have potential. To me it looks more interesting then anything Pixar has come up with lately so I don’t see why they wouldn’t give it a shot. That said if say Netflix or Amazon were to come in and take over the project I could see it being a big deal for them. I think this could be a big deal of a movie from what was shown. I have no idea if it will translate into a full film, but the promise is there and the internet seemed to like it so you do have that fan base that will potentially check it out should it be made into a full feature length film.
I think that shall about wrap up what I wanted to write for this week. Thank you for reading my blog and if you have any suggestions, questions, or comments please feel free to leave them. You can do so via emailing me at Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com, you can leave them in the comment section below, or just find me and bug me on Twitter at @Snipehockey. With that all said and done, goodbye until next week.