A wild blog post appears and demands your attention. Or it would if it was in anyway sentient but it isn’t so… yeah welcome to my silly video game blog. I’m covering the week of February 23rd to the leap year day of the 29th, 2020. In this blog post it will have some game releases, gaming news, and some entertainment news that caught my attention and that I thought worth sharing. Now, on with the post.
One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows –
A brawling action adventure arena fighting game where you play as heroes fighting against monsters trying to take over the world. Involving the characters from the manga One Punch Man you can choose three heroes to fight with but if you choose the main character Saitama he’ll show up late and generally use one punch to finish up a fight. Published by Bandai Namco Entertainment and from developer Spike Chunsoft it released on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. And it came out on February 28th, 2020.
A challenging racing game where you’re in a four wheel buggy and the terrain is your biggest enemy. You’ll be driving through terrain that is rocky, steep, muddy, and generally will give the suspension and your vehicle a work out. Released on February 27th. 2020 for Xbox One, PC (Epic Game Store), and PS4 with a Switch version planned for a March 12th, 2020 release. The game was developed by Zordix Racing and published by Bigben/Nacon.
A simulation management game that puts you in charge of an airport. But all you have to start off is land with nothing on it. You’ll have to set out the plans for your airport and send the builders to build it piece by piece and keep it from going broke. Released from Early Access to full release on February 28th, 2020 by developer/publisher LVGameDev LLC its out on PC.
Microsoft has revealed more details about their newest generation of console the Series X or as it is somewhat confusingly know Xbox. The new console will feature a 12 teraflop GPU which will put it into the current high range of graphics cards available while not being top of the line. It will offer ray tracing and variable rate of shading so that the GPU won’t be over taxed. The central processing unit the CPU will be a proprietary AMD Zen 2/Radeon RDNA 2 unit. And the quick resume game feature will now work on multiple games. If you wish to read more you can head over to the Xbox Reddit page where they talk all about the new stuff coming.
I do love when you have to start talking about the technical bits of computers and consoles because it mostly sounds like a bunch of made up buzz words. I have a teraflop and I know how to use it and so on. I know that I should look it all up to better understand things, but most consumers only care that the games run well enough and hopefully as bug free as possible. So, all this sounds nice and perhaps cool or cutting edge but it is all PR talk that’s not particularly great at winning over consumers of different products unless they’re of a young age. Then it’s all about what sounds cooler. For most people it is all about a smooth running product with great games. All this talk though has reminded me of the N64 and original Playstation and SEGA Saturn era, where everyone spent forever talking about bits. The Playstation and Saturn both being 32 bit while the N64 was 64 bit and not a bit of that mattered much in the end.
The former TV series Samurai Jack will soon be turned into an action adventure game from developer Soleil and Adult Swim Games. A surprise trailer dropped out of the middle of nowhere and has graced its presence upon us with Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time. You will be playing Jack as he fights in the future against his mortal enemy Aku. It will be arriving on Xbox One, PS4, Switch, and PC for the summer of 2020.
The game looks fun though a bit cartoony in its graphics. A fact that I can live with as it gives the game something to differentiate itself from other games. Plus, I’m not sure it would work out well visually if the game was realistic and gritty. I’m curious to see how this will turn out as games made off of TV series always seem to vanish pretty quickly from sales charts.
Programmer Kazuhisa Hashimoto who worked at Konami and was a programmer on the game Gradius has passed away. He is most famously known for: up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, a, b, start, which is the famed Konami cheat code during the Nintendo Entertainment System era of games. You can read up on it via The New York Times article if you’re so inclined.
I’m sad to hear of his death. He helped bring cheat codes to the forefront and added a layer to games that could make them fun after they were beaten. I hope his efforts are immortalized in some museum of some sort as they have already spent plenty of time in pop culture.
The Wonderful 101: Remastered will soon be upon us. Platinum Games have announced it will be arriving on the Switch, PC, and PS4 with the release being a bit spread out. The game arrives in North America on May 19, 2020 with Europe getting released on May 20, 2020, and the game finally released in Japan on June 11, 2020.
I knew that the Switch port was mostly completed when they launched the Kickstarter. I should have figured that porting that over to PS4 and PC probably isn’t that hard of a task and was probably also done with a fair amount of speed. I’m wondering if because the date between the Kickstarter and the launch is so short if that will help sales since it is such a short hop jump between the two. At the very least it will keep the game in the press.
With the Coronavirus concerns more and more developers and publishers are looking to skip conferences, especially if the virus sticks around. Penny Arcade Expo East and the Game Developers Conference have both had conference showers deciding to pull out. And E3 2020 might lose some people and the press as fears mount of infection. Most of the major companies dropped out of GDC and after much consideration the organizers of GDC decided to postpone the conference until the summer to see how the virus played out. Another conference EVE Fanfest 2020 which was to take place in Iceland has been cancelled.
It’s understandable and a very scary thing to have to deal with and not wanting to get sick or get anyone else sick. Conferences are known for being places where bugs and viruses tends to come about so people staying away when a major epidemic is sweeping the world is only natural. I do feel sorry for the people who spent lots of money to attend these events as it will probably be difficult to obtain a refund if that’s even allowed.
Bob Iger is stepping down as CEO of Disney to be replaced by Bob Chapek. Iger steps down after many successful moves including acquiring Fox, LucasArts, and Marvel. He also launched Disney+ to try and rival Netflix on the family friendly content front. Mr. Chapek has been with Disney since 1993 when he joined Buena Vista Entertainment where he worked his way up to president of the unit. He they was moved to president of the home video arm of Disney then to president of distribution. In 2011 Chapek was promoted to Disney Consumer Products where he would stay until 2015 where he moved over to Disney Parks chairman role. Finally he was named CEO of Disney this week, though Bob Iger will retain the executive chairman position on the board until 2021. If you wish to learn more head over to APnews.com who have a full report.
Seems like it will be a smooth baton pass from one Bob to another Bob as Disney sails on to try and conquer the world. Though it remains to be seen if Mr. Chapek has the talent of Iger in getting things done. At the very least it will be interesting to see how he does as Mr. Chapek isn’t well liked from when he oversaw the parks, raising prices and so on. Was he just doing that because Disney told him to or was it his move and if it was that definitely goes against what Walt Disney originally wanted in a place where families could afford to come to.
Amazon released a trailer for their new show Tales from the Loop. This series is based on the artwork from creator Simon Stalenhag. The story involves a town and its people who live above a loop that allows them to pursue and explore the mysteries of the universe making the impossible quite possible. The show will arrive on April 3rd, 2020.
This is such an odd trailer because it feels like it gives you a feeling for how the show will be. But, at the same time it feels vague and almost spacey or spacial? Either way it has my curiosity and I’ve only ever seen a few of the artist’s works. I never read the book or checked out the tabletop RPG but I might have to after being lost in the daze of this trailer.
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