A glancing blog of a gaming blog post returns.

Welcome back to a video game blog that covers the news of the week that was. A mouthful to say, but there it is the whole point of this blog. I’m back for the week of December 1st to the 7th of 2019 plus some stuff that happened the previous week since I didn’t blog that week. As per usual I’m covering the game releases, gaming news, and that touch of entertainment news that managed to catch my interest.

Game Releases:

Phoenix Point

A tactical turn based strategy from original the X-Com creator Julian Gollop. The game is set in 2049 in the middle of an alien invasion which have a Lovecraftian style. You and your team of survivors must battle back the invasion before it destroys humanity. Released on PC and Mac on December 3rd, 2019 there is a PS4, and an Xbox version planned for a 2020 release. The Microsoft PC game pass version is currently being worked on but has not released on that PC store front yet. The game was developed by Snapshot Games who also published it. This game did go through crowdfunding and did so successfully on the Fig crowdfunding platform.

Darksiders Genesis

A different take on the Darksiders franchise as this game takes a top down perspective as you slash and hack your way through enemies as either Strife or War. Fight and destroy the enemies of the horsemen of the apocalypse in this prequel to Darksiders series. Developed by Airship Syndicate and published by THQ Nordic for Stadia and PC on December 5th, 2019 with a Switch, Xbox One, and PS4 version coming in February 2020. Released on December 6th, 2019 to steam early access it was created by and published by Jumpdrive Studios for PC.

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You are put in charge of the last space battleship of your faction. Create and gather your fleet as you try to politically deal with other factions who don’t like you. There is also the problem of another alien enemy who is constantly attacking and will not be stopped, all you can do is build hope and pray to survive another attack. Released on December 2nd, 2019 for steam early access on PC. It was developed and published by Jumpdrive Studios.

Game News:

Codemasters has bought developer Slightly Mad Studios who are best known for the Project Cars series of games. This acquisition for 30 million dollars includes the Project Cars license and a yet to be named game. There is no word yet on if this will kill the console that the CEO of Slightly Mad announced in January of 2019. If you wish to know more head over to the Codemasters blog post which has the news.

This is surprising to hear, especially since Slightly Mad Studios was talking big about their console that they were making. It will be interesting to find out what effect if any happens to either Codemasters racing games or Slightly Mad’s games.

There has been a settlement between Riot Games and the female staff who sued over gender discrimination. The settlement created by Riot will amount to a 10 million dollar fund from which the payouts will come from for those wronged by Riot’s actions. Screenrant.com has more on the story if you’re interested.

It’s good that this is settled and both parties can move on to better things. The only thing to keep an eye on is if Riot falls back into its old ways. They really should find a way to show the public that they’re moving forward and want the public to trust them again as well as their own workers. They don’t have to broadcast all changes that they’re making, but some signs that changes are taking place will go a long way.

The first DLC for Super Mario Maker 2 was announced and then dropped on December 5th, 2019. This free dlc contains new components that can be added to levels to bring new and interesting challenges to the game.

Yeah, it looks like some nice little content but perhaps there isn’t really all that much in this. I mean it is free, but it just seems like some nice small things that might not cause all that much change to the game. Kind of disappointing but it leaves you to wonder what else is being worked on for the game and hoping that it is a bit bigger than this update at least that’s my take away.

If you’re in the mood to celebrate well Sony is currently celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Playstation brand and the launch of the original console which hit store shelves on December 3, 1994 in Japan. The console was born out of a failed CD drive attachment for the SNES when Nintendo decided that they didn’t want it. They’ll also celebrate by releasing a State of PLay video that will release on December 10th, 2019. If you wish to know more about their celebrations head over to the Sony Playstation blog for what they’re up to.

I’m not the biggest fan of Playstation but, I am glad that they’re around and making games. They’ve helped to push the industry in new directions and bring in many people to gaming who might otherwise not have played games. It’s good to have them as competition for the big three plus PC and hopefully the next generation of consoles is super competitive between Microsoft and Sony so that gamers benefit. I’m only leaving Nintendo off of the competitive part because they’re generally running off doing weird things in the distance that somehow still manages to make them money for the most part. Anyway, congrats to Sony and the Playstation brand for making it to 25 years and I hope that they have many more.

For fans hoping that Campo Santo’s newest game would be coming out soon, unfortunately In the Valley of Gods has been put on hold. The team will work on other Valve games until production of the game is set to resume. Campo Santo was acquired by Valve back in 2018 which is why the developer is now working on Valve games. This news was reported by Polygon.com.

I don’t want to say that I saw this coming but yeah any time a company joins Valve it does seem that they mostly disappear into the inner sanctum to rarely reappear. That is just the way it appears since Valve doesn’t make too many game these days. If Santo’s new game is going to be a VR experience then it might be for the best for them to gain experience working on the new Half-Life game that will be in VR.

Entertainment News:

A Black Widow movie is getting ready to hit theaters next year in April 2020. Marvel released a teaser trailer to show off the upcoming film that takes place before the events of the latest Avengers film. The film will of course star Scarlett Johansson, but also Florence Pugh and David Harbour. Taking place after Captain America: Civil War it finds Black Widow on the run and with a past that just won’t go away. She finds that she must confront her past to be able to move on.

This looked like a pretty typical Marvel movie. A little bit of action, some lines of dialogue, and a bunch of other stuff to show off that stuff is happening. Plus some over the top silly looking CGI scenes that make you wonder if they’re on the right or wrong side of believable. This probably should have also been made years ago, but hey no one at Marvel trusted their audience enough to believe that a female superhero movie could work, at least for a while anyway.

James Bond never truly dies and the movie franchise marches ever onward this time with its latest movie, No Time to Die. Returning to the role of James Bond is Daniel Craig for perhaps the last time. He’ll be joined by Ana de Armas, Lea Seydoux, and Rami Malek in a villainous role. This time Bond has left the secret agent life when Felix Leiter finds him to ask for a favor leading to a terrible mystery.

I don’t want to be a downer, but I’ve never been a big fan of Daniel Craig’s Bond and this trailer doesn’t convince me that it will change the way things have gone for his take. I’m sure it will be fine, but for me they stripped out the soul of Bond to bring him down to reality and it never quite landed as well as it should have.

And now welcome to the end of the blog. Shocking I know it only just seemed to get started but it is already the end of another blog post. So, thank you for visiting and poking around to see if it is worth sticking around. For those that have any questions, comments, and or suggestions both good and bad I’d love to hear them. You can leave them below in the comment section, find me and talk to me on Twitter @Snipehockey, or email me at Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com. And with that goodbye until next week.

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