Working over the latest week of stuff that was for gaming.

Welcome to a week of gaming news, releases, and some entertainment news that I’m about to blog about. This will cover the week of November 10th, to the 16th, of 2019 of all the stuff that I found interesting and worth talking about. Please read on…

Game Releases:

Bee Simulator

Live the life of a busy bee in this simulation game. That’s right you take on the life of a bee and must forage for pollen, protect your hive, and other bee activities. Developed by VARSAV and published by Bigben productions the game released on November 14th, 2019. It came out on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC (Currently Epic Game Store with a Steam version at a later date).

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield

Taking place in the Galar region a totally new area for the franchise. The game is the first in the mainline franchise on the Switch and introduces new Pokemon, new open world areas, regional area evolution’s. Released on the Switch on November 15th, 2019 it was developed by Game Freak and co-published by The Pokemon Company and Nintendo.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

In a galaxy that is very far away Cal Kestis find himself on the run from the Empire because he is a padawan with Jedi powers and Order 66 is in full swing. He is sent on an action adventure journey to find a list of children who might be tuned to the Force in order to protect it from the Empire. To get to the list though, he must find his way and accept his path as a Jedi. Released on November 15th, 2019 by developer Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. The game came out on Xbox one, PC, and PS4.

Sparklite

An action adventure game that has you setting out to put a stop to the evil Baron as the character Ada. The world of Geodia is one that runs on the energy source Sparklite however the Baron wants it all for the war machines that he’s going to use to rule the world. But, by taking all of the Sparklite through mining the world has begun to drastically change. It’s up to you to put a stop to all of this madness. Developed by Red Blue Games and published by both Maple Whispering Co. Ltd., and Merge Games. It released on November 14th, 2019 for PC, Switch, PS4, and Xbox One.

Game News:

The combat system for Crusader Kings 3 will see some changes from the previous game. If you like running around with a giant stack of armies you can still do so, but there are now other options to optimize who is in your army and how they’ll fight. You can checkout the development blog over on the Crusaderkings.com website.

You’ll have a lot more choice which is great, but probably also will lead to a lot more pausing as you try to figure out how you want to build your army. The series is in need of some tactical decision making as it always felt like they barely touched the surface when it came to the second game. Hopefully this will do that and players get other options to deepen choices and strategies.

Microsoft held their X019 event meant to show off upcoming games for Xbox One, PC, and potentially their next generation console Project Scarlett. They’re showing off games: Everwild, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Age of Empires IV, Grounded, West of Dead, Last Stop, Kartrider: Drift, and The Artful Escape. The Yakuza series and the prequels will be coming to the Xbox One console as well in 2020.

This was a nice event lots of interesting stuff shown off with a lot of similar looking art styles between the games. Nothing blew me away but stuff looked good for a first look as most of the trailers didn’t have game play. It’s hard to judge games based on trailers that don’t have game play other then it potentially looks neat. West of Dead looks cool as does Flight Simulator but that one is more dependent on price and potential DLC microtransactions. I really don’t want to see Flight Simulator turn out like Train Simulator where you wind up having to buy thousands of dollars of trains and packs to get a full experience.

The launch of Google’s Stadia streaming console is right around the corner and some issues have arisen. The problem being that not all of the promised features are going to be available at launch, but rather they will be rolled out over the weeks that follow the launch. This report comes via arstechnica who has a full breakdown of what’s going on.

As with most big launches it is going to be rocky going and I don’t know why Google thought it was a great idea to make promises. Consumers have shown that they will cling to any and all promises made by a company so one would expect a company who has been through big launches before to tone down promises… yet here we are. Hopefully, the features come quickly otherwise people are not going to stay subscribed.

Nintendo is in a fight in the European Union in court over refunds on pre-orders that occurred on the European eshop. The German and Norwegian governments are claiming that such practices are breaking EU laws and that Nintendo needs to stop doing this now. This was reported via a Norwegian press outlet and picked up on the Nintendo subreddit r/NintendoSwitch which you should visit if you want to know more.

I doubt Nintendo wins this, as the EU always seems to win when it comes to consumer protection which is a good thing. I don’t know why Nintendo is even fighting over refunds to pre-orders as it doesn’t make a lick of sense to me. That is the way of Nintendo though, do some good then make some weird out their choices.

The gears that get games into development having been grinding away. This time via Grinding Gears Games who have announced that Path of Exile 2 is coming. The top down clickfest RPG will feature a new engine, a new story, and quite a bit of an overhaul on many other aspects of the original. Those who who content from the original game do not fear as stuff will come over to the new game. Technically not really a full on sequel but more of a concentrated overhaul of the game it will remain free to play but will not even see an open beta until late 2020 at the earliest.

It’s a long time to wait for even a beta and it seems rather odd to announce it when the game is far out, but maybe they felt it was the perfect time and that their players would understand and be willing to wait. I don’t know, I will probably forget about it as I concentrate on other closer games that have more of my attention. When I tried out the original game I mostly felt lost and unsatisfied by what I was playing so, while this is exciting I’m also not fully on board.

Entertainment News:

Netflix and Nickelodeon are teaming for a multiyear deal to create all new original content for Netflix and revive older content for Netflix. This comes after Nickelodeon’s movies in Rocko’s Modern Life Static Cling and the film Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus found their home on the streaming service after the channel passed on deciding to air them. This was reported on the HollywoodReporter.com website who have a few more details up.

It’s a pretty good fit. Netflix needs more content as do all of the streaming services and this gives them a young adult audience potentially and a nostalgia based audience who want that older content. There is room for both reboots and new content but my hope is that they concentrate on newer content

A new improved Sonic trailer hit the internet running and the changes were pleasing to the masses. Sonic’s eyes got a make over to make him a bit more inline with the way he appears in video games. The film which will be in theaters on February 14th, 2020 stars James Marsden, Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik, and Ben Schwartz as Sonic.

The good thing is that Sonic looks a lot better than his first trailer, not perfect but way better, The downside is that the trailer still felt a bit corny in a bit of a try hard way. That sort of humor can work, I’m not sure it will make a lot of money in theaters though but what do I know.

That will do it for me. Thanks for reading my blog I appreciate it. For those wishing to get in contact with me you’ll find me on Twitter: @Snipehockey, or you can email me at Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com, or just use the comment section below. Thanks once again and bye.

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