A busybody gaming blog post.

Welcome back to a new week of blogging about the world of video game news, releases, and that slap dash touch of entertainment news. This is for the week of January 12th to the 18th of 2020 and please know that I cover what new stuff caught my interest for this week. Now onto the mad written blog post…

Game Releases:

Mad Tower Tycoon

Now exiting Steam Early Access this game is all about simulating building a skyscraper tower. Your job is to slowly build the tower filling it offices, apartments, shops, etc, as you build upward. Also don’t forgot that you have elevators and transportation methods to worry about. This is a simulation building and management game developed by Eggcode Games who also published it with Toplitz Productions. It came on PC on January 14th, 2020.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore

A remaster/remake of the Wii U game brought to the Switch. It combines elements of Nintendo’s Fire Emblem series and Atlus’ Shin Megami Tensei series of games in an action RPG. It’s set in modern day Tokyo as inter-dimension rift opens allowing for Mirages to come through consuming people’s dreams and hopes known as Performa. It’s up to you to put a stop to all of this. Released on the Switch on January 17, 2020 after being developed by Atlus and published by Nintendo.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot

This action role playing set in a semi-open world of Dragon Ball and loosely follows the plot of the TV series as you go from area to area completing tasks and fights. You play as Goku but a variety of other characters are also playable. Of course the main task is to find the Dragon Balls themselves so you can have a wish and undo all the damage to the world that you committed during your amazing fights. Released on January 17th, 2020 by developer CyberConnect2 and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

Game News:

Japan is looking into laws that would limit young kids game playing time. They have proposed a law limiting the amount of time per day that a kid can play video games to one hour or ninety minutes on weekends and holidays. This would effect kids under the age of 17 and would apply to 18 year old’s if they have graduated from school yet. There is also a limit to when kids can play where they will not be able to play games after 10 pm if they’re in high school and if the kid isn’t in high school they must stop playing by 9 pm. This was reported by Soranews24.com who have the report on what is going on.

I don’t know how well this will work or how they will even enforce such a law. How do you even set up a fair disciplinary for this? What if you break the law you have to do community service? Or do you go to jail? It all seems a bit draconian and over thought up for a problem that should be handled by the parents of the kids. I’m curious to see what comes of this but only because it seems like a train wreck heading off the rails.

Sony is forgoing E3 2020 after having done the same for E3 2019. They are concentrating on small video events that will introduce the Playstation 5 to the public instead of one grand unveiling. The news broke over on Gameindustry.biz who have comments from both Sony and ESA who run E3.

I’m of two minds on this because it is both smart and could backfire on them. They should not in my opinion do many small videos introducing the PS5, but one big event right around E3 2020 where they tell us most of the information we need. The smaller videos should be about other things to do with the console but Sony still needs to make sure that these are highly visible and catch peoples attention. The last thing anyone wants is to go into a purchase not feeling fully informed about what they’re buying.

Doom Eternal has gotten a new madcap action and gory trailer. Plus there is a bit of a story going on in this trailer instead of just the violent mayhem and action that rips apart your screen with blood.

Pretty much what one expects from Doom. Fast action, lots of violence, and many guns to delivery quick satisfying results. If you wanted more Doom 2016 but with a bit of story then this is probably great for you.

Epic games store which gave away video games for all of 2019 has said that they will continue to give away games for 2020. This effort to draw consumers to their digital game store continues as they also slowly improve their store. They have also announced that they will be working with OpenCritic a website that acts as an aggregator for critic reviews on video games should they have one. That base score from OpenCritic will show up on the game’s page and is now available for use. Epic announced this via blog post with a bunch of other Epic Store stats if one is interested. The Opencritic announcement came via a tweet from their official Twitter page.

It’s nice that they’re giving away games and still trying to draw in customers. Whether it is worth it in the end for the developers we may never know. Hopefully it sparks interest in the game and the studio’s that made them so that their next game has more of a fan base to launch to. As for OpenCritic, it is nice to have it to see what critics said about a game and its nice to see that Epic is still working on their store. Though Epic does seem to be working on it fairly slowly, but rushing in half-finished ideas isn’t great either so it is what it is.

In games being delayed news there are three much hyped games that are pushing back their release dates. Final Fantasy VII Remake has been pushed to April 10, 2020 after originally being scheduled for March 3, 2020. The upcoming action adventure Marvel Avengers video game from Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix has been delayed. It was set for a May 15th, 2020 release but sill now be coming to September 4th, 2020. Finally, the much drooled over and talked about Cyberpunk 2077 is headed for a September 17th, 2020 release from its April 16th, 2020 planned date. The Final Fantasy delay was announced from Squares website, similarly The Avengers delay was announced on Crystal Dynamics website. While Cyberpunk 2077 delay news came through from Twitter.

It sucks that these games have gotten delayed hopefully the extra time will get the games the extra polish they need. Of these from all the trailers I’ve seen Avengers seems to be the one the most in need of work as to me it always looked off and not terribly fun from what I saw. Though many journalist who played it said it played great.

The next Super Smash Brother’s Ultimate DLC character has been announced. They’re once again headed back to the Fire Emblem series picking Byleth from the latest game Three Houses. When the content hits Byleth will become the eight character of the Fire Emblem series to join Smash.

While not as surprising or nearly as fun as some of the other DLC characters, Sakurai does seem to love him some Fire Emblem. And since there are more DLC characters announced and coming sometime I feel like this announcement while not great, is okay and its another character to try out. Now, though people are really going to be begging for out of the world crazy choices for the second DLC fighter pass.

Entertainment News:

The new James Bond theme singer for No Time to Die has been announced. Billie Eilish got the job though the song title has yet to be announced.

Really this announcement only served to remind me how overrated these songs generally tend to be. None of the latest Bond songs have stuck with me much and they all tend to be so one note and forgettable. Oh well, perhaps this one will break that mold, but I somehow doubt it.

NBC and Comcast have now announced their Peacock streaming service with a launch date and a price. Streaming will start on July 15th, 2020 unless you’re a subscriber to Comcast’s Xfinity X1 or their Flex program which will grant you a sneak preview on April 15th, 2020 in the United States. International users will have to wait longer as Comcast has yet to set a release date for it. It will have three subscription levels: free, five dollars a month, and ten dollars a month. The free level gives you limited access to their new shows and older content with ads. The five dollar level gives you more access but still has ads, and the ten dollar level is ad free and access to all the content within a day of release plus Premier League soccer games. If you wish to know more head over to CNET.com for the full run down.

At first I thought the ad free version sounded not that bad, but on second thought it does sound limiting and very much like they don’t want anyone to actually sign up for that. It all comes down to the content though as they’ll need to stuff their library with older shows and movies plus have new content ready to go on day one. If they don’t then they’ll probably flounder and struggle to get their footing in an ultra competitive streaming field. It’s a wait and see approach until they release some show trailers for their new content.

And with that I shall wrap up this blog post. Thank you for visiting and taking a look around. For those with comments, questions, and or suggestions I welcome those below. Or you can email me at Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com, or talk to me on Twitter @Snipehockey. Thank you once again and goodnight until the next drastic blog post rears its head and demands to be posted.

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