A crossed up and odd week of gaming releases, gaming news, and some entertainment news is here to be wrapped up. I’m covering some of what’s happened that caught my interest and that I felt worth sharing to you the reader. This news covers the week of February 2nd to the 7th, of 2020. Now onto the stuff you skipped to it in the first place.
Zombie Army 4: Dead War –
The horror combat co-op shooter is back as well as the zombie hordes though Hitler has been defeated. The game picks up in 1946 as you fight your way through the stragglers trying to survive and free Europe in this chaotic terrible world. Developed by Rebellion Developments who also published the game on PS4, PC (Epic Game Store), and Xbox One. It released on February 4th, 2020.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics –
You are a gelfling on a journey to restore light to the world of Thra. It will not be an easy journey as you must think and act strategically against your enemies who will be many and vicious. It plays out as a tactical turn based RPG. The game takes place during and slight after the events of the Netflix series which was a prequel to The Dark Crystal. Released on Switch, Xbox One, PC, and PS4 on February 4th, 2020 it was developed by BonusXP with publisher En Masse Entertainment with Netflix.
Door Kickers 2 has been announced via a nice little trailer. The military strategy game has you planning out your teams movement as you to take on a terrorist cell in the middle east. The game is planning to release onto Steam Early Access in 2020.
This looks a bit cliché in setting it in the middle east and all that but maybe the game won’t completely be in that area. It does look very much like it is following in the footsteps of the first game in tough action and planning for the unexpected.
In a surprise move Dan Houser the co-founder of Rockstar Games is stepping away from the company in March. This comes after a reported extended break from the company and some controversy over Dan’s take on how their games needed 100 hour weeks to be completed. Dan’s brother Sam Houser and co-founder of Rockstar is staying with the company as president. The news was made public by Rockstar who filed a notice with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission who apparently require such notice for publicly traded companies. If you wish you can check out the filing itself with the SEC.gov website or read all about the news on Venturebeat.com.
It will be interesting to see if this will effect the writing of future Rockstar games as Dan was heavily involved in that aspect of the company. Either way, he probably very much needed more than a break from working at Rockstar if he was putting in those 100 hours a week himself. Best of luck to him on his next venture.
A new indie game called In Other Waters had a reveal trailer release. It’s a UI heavy game where you’re interacting with a ship on a strange planet to send it on a missions. The ship however doesn’t completely trust you and seems to have its own mission. It has a planned release for the spring of 2020 for PC, Mac, and Switch.
This looked pretty neat and I figured it was worth giving some attention. There is a lot going on despite the simple premise of the game if the UI and what’s on the screen is any indication. It’s a curious looking game with a bit of a mystery going on which I guess is what’s attracting me to it. The trailer is well worth watching to get a feel for the game.
Nvidia has brought its version of cloud based gaming called GeForce Now out of beta and ready for release. This program will allow you to play certain games on your Steam account via GeForce Now streaming it to other computers for 4.99 a month or a free version which is limited to an hour streaming sessions. Check out the Nvidia Geforce blog for all the details if this service appeals to you.
The gaming streaming wars are picking up steam… kind of? The Stadia doesn’t have much going for it right now. And this new option while cool, the thing is that I don’t know that I’d want to pay for it and the free option seems really limiting. I don’t know, maybe it is worth it to someone out there and it is good to have competition. I just feel like this might pass by with too few people knowing that it exists.
It is very wonderful to be the Wonderful 101 as the game is getting a bit more love from Platinum Games. They launched a Kickstarter to raise funds for a remaster on the Switch and blew past that goal and many other goals on the first day of the Kickstarter. A PC version and a PS4 version are now going to be made thanks to the funding they’ve gotten. The Switch remaster has been worked on for about a year prior to the launch of this crowdfunding effort. You can check out the Kickstarter to see if it’s something you’d like to donate towards.
It’s cool that the game is getting a second life and might garner more of an audience. I do wonder though if this is going to be pretty much a straight remaster or if they’ll fix the complaints that players had of the original. It would be nice if they tightened up the game play loop so that it wasn’t so frustrating but I guess we will wait and see. An interesting side note is that Nintendo apparently had to give permission to Platinum to let them bring the games to other platforms which they got. It’s just odd to see and not something you’d expect from Nintendo, although they also allowed some of the updated music and sounds from Bayonetta to be used in the PC port if I remember correctly.
If you’re into PS1 style graphics and horror games you might want to check out itch.io and find the Haunted PS1 Demo Disc. There you will find a “demo disc” of new games that have stylized themselves to look like they’re from the PS1 era. All of these are demos of games with many of them being made into full games but some will remain just demos. And just to be clear there is no actual disc this is just a downloadable file if you follow the link above.
This is a neat little way to show off games and is reminiscent of the old demo discs for PC, PS1, and PS2. Hopefully it gets a lot of attention and people can have some fun with these games.
Amazon released trailers for two of their upcoming movies. Blow the Man Down is jumping straight to their streaming service on March 20th, 2020. The story revolves around two sisters covering up a gruesome murder that they committed and are now trying to hide. And then there is The Vast of Night a thriller science fiction story that is coming soon to movie theaters and Prime. This film is set in 1950’s New Mexico where a radio DJ and a switchboard operator discover a strange audio frequency that could change the course of their small town.
I enjoyed both trailers as they look like fun films and since they’ll both be on Amazon Prime it makes it a much easier time investment to set aside time to watch them. They might not be movies that set the world on fire but just enjoyable stories and I can live with that. Netflix does it all the time with their releases and it is a bit surprising that Amazon took so long to follow suit and hopefully they’ll have more films coming.
That will do for this weeks blog post. Thank you for visiting and goodbye until next week. For those that wish to get in touch with me you can do so in the comment section. Or you can contact me on Twitter: @Snipehockey, or emailing me at Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com. Bye.