And now for a newly minted week of blogging about video games.

Another week has rumbled around pan handling its way through as it seeks a bit of attention. So, here I am blogging about the gaming releases, gaming news, and entertainment news that caught my interest. This is for the grand old week of July 28th, 2019 to August 3rd, 2019.

Gaming Releases:

Oxygen Not Included

Survive as best you can among the terrible elements all of which seem to want to kill you. You control three colonist at the start of the game on an asteroid with limited amount of oxygen to go around. This game plays our as a simulation survival game where you must gather resources to build, survive, and grow your small colony for as long as possible. Created by and published by Klei Entertainment after a year in early access the game came out on July 30th, 2019 for PC, Mac, and Linux.

Madden 20

The return of the NFL season is still a little ways away, but the latest in the Madden franchise is here for some football action. Lead your favorite NFL team or create a player and help lead them to the promise land known as the Super Bowl as you try to win it all. Released on Xbox One, PS4, and PC by developer EA Tiburon and published by Electronic Arts it released on August 2nd, 2019.

Game News:

The upcoming game Phoenix Point from X-Com creator Julian Gollop was set for a September 3, 2019 release but that won’t be happening anymore. While the game is coming along and together the development studio, Snapshot Games, is pushing the game to December without a firm release date. Much like X-Com it’s a turn based strategy game where you’re controlling individual soldiers you send on missions. You can head over to PCGamer.com as they have the story of what’s going on.

Sad to hear that the game has been delayed but if it needs more time to fine tune then that’s what it should get. Even in the age of game patches hitting day one, it just isn’t good to force out an unready game especially a smaller game that relies so much on those first few impressions and weeks of release.

Nintendo have decided to do a little mini-mini-direct for the upcoming Super Smash Brothers Ultimate DLC character Hero from the Dragon Quest series. This is a sword fighter but varies a bit from the usual formula.

The Hero and the variants of the Hero all look pretty interesting and with quite a lot going on. There’s lots of spells to use plus your recharging mana to worry about if you go heavy on using them. The character definitely has a very RPG heavy feel which based on the franchise the Hero is from is a pretty good thing. It’s certainly a unique character.

If you’re looking for more kart racing madness well a new karting game has appeared on the horizon. Well, it’s actually a sequel but few people know about the original. This game is based on the Garfield comics and will be called Garfield Kart: Furious Racing. It will arrive in the U.S. on November 5, 2019 and in Europe on November 7, 2019 on Xbox One, PC, PS4, and Switch. If you’re curious to know more about the game head over to Gematsu.com for the story.

This looks weird, perhaps because I keep seeing the I’mSorryJon subreddit of reddit pop up and it’s become a creepy meme place. Otherwise I don’t know if this will really offer anything new or truly exciting, but at the same time I’m curious to see if it can rise above all of that to become a good game.

In a surprise announcement Obsidian Entertainment who are hard at work on The Outer Worlds are bringing the game to Switch with the help of developer Virtuous. It also will not be coming out at the same time as the PC, PS4, and Xbox One versions as development has started much later.

I didn’t expect this to happen at all. In fact when I first saw the game I figured, yeah that’s never going to be on the Switch as much as I’d love it to be. Now the only big question remaining is how big of a hit will the visuals take for this port and hopefully the game won’t wind up too buggy to play.

The mad madcap Japanese producer/writer Hidetaka Suehiro a.k.a. Swery65 has delayed his upcoming game The Good Life. In this game you play a young woman living out your daily life trying to repay your debt in a small town that has a terrible mystery. The town is also cursed and citizens can turn into cats and dogs. It was announced via the Kickstarter page of the project that the game would now be aiming for a 2020 spring release.

Again, it is frustrating to see a game get delayed but you don’t want a rushed game. Also since Swery creates such weird and insane games its perhaps best to let the game get all it needs in development time.

The PS4 game Concrete Genie has a release date of October 8th, 2019 via a short little teaser.

It looks like a visually impressive little game, and does remind me visually a bit of Psychonauts. Now the game just needs to find its niche and audience which hopefully it does.

Publisher 1C Entertainment has released a trailer for developer GameTrek’s upcoming grand strategy game Secret Government. In this game you play as a secret organization who goes about arranging things to happen to European governments. Things like wars or the fall of a government and the rise of the one you support. It’s all about managing your resources in each country to get to your end goals. It will be releasing into early access on Steam in October 2019.

I’m always up for some grand strategy games, and this one seems like a nice twist on the usually Paradox Entertainment dominated subsection of games. I want to see more of it before I jump all in, but so far it seems like it has a promising look to it.

EA CEO Andrew Wilson has taken time to talk about why they are not supporting the Nintendo Switch as much as they are. Saying that since Switch owners generally already owned another console or a PC that they choose to buy EA’s games on those other platforms. Gameindustry.biz has a story if you wish to know more about what’s going on.

This sounds like Andrew Wilson has some preconceived notions about the Switch and is sticking to them fiercely. I mean its pretty much know that there are a lot of ports coming to the Switch and the whole full priced port deal which people like to call the Switch Tax, is a thing. Perhaps, with so many of EA’s recently gaming failures they just don’t want to invest but they’re trying to find a polite way of saying it? Either way, coming out and saying this just makes EA look silly.

If you’re a fan of the game Jalopy you might be interested in the developer, MinskWorks, is developing a construction game. It’s a first person perspective game where you assemble all the parts on a building site and set about building stuff. You also have the choice to get drunk and build stuff if you’re interested in making things a little crazier. The game is called Landlord’s Super and it is set in the Midlands, England during the 1980’s. PCgamer.com has a full preview of the game if you want to learn more.

It looks a little rough right now, but if it has the charm of Jalopy it will probably win me over. I’m curious to see the world that is around this game and if you have to stick just to the construction area or if you have more freedom.

Entertainment News:

In the world of small indie movies, the film The Lighthouse starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe about two lighthouse keepers taking care of a solitary lighthouse. The teaser trailer dropped giving a picture of madness that they’re suffering through in this black and white film. It will arrive in U.S. theaters on October 18th, 2019.

The whole time I was watching this trailer I couldn’t shake the feeling that this was in some way a homage to Alfred Hitchcock. It looked and felt very disorientating like it wanted you not to be sure of what was going on and to make sure you questioned it. I felt it was a great trailer, but if you don’t like black and white films or old school psychological horror this might not be for you.

The upcoming Sam Mendes World War 1 film 1917 had its first trailer drop. The film is about two brothers who must cross the treacherous no mans land to find a battalion where there other brother is to call off an attack that is believed to be a trap. The movie arrives in limited theaters on December 25th, 2019 with a full release on January 10th, 2020.

The second that the character in the trailer were told that they had to go save their brother and the 1600 troops from walking into a trap my mind went to Saving Private Ryan. That isn’t a bad thing, but it just felt so similar that I fear I’m now going to constantly draw parallels to the two films now. I also didn’t really like what I saw. It felt almost like it was going to be another Hollywood cliche film that didn’t bite into its subject but stayed at the surface level of story.

I feel like that should wrap up this week. Thank you for taking a look at my blog and blog post. For those with questions, comments, or suggestions you leave them in comment section below, or contact me via email at Lostvideogamesblow@gmail.com, or find me and talk to me on Twitter @Snipehockey. With that I’ll sign off until next week’s madness.

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