It’s been a long-ish week and the world of games has marched through it without a single care in the world. So, I’m here to write about the game releases, gaming news, and a touch of entertainment news that caught my interest for the week of June 14th to the 20th 2020. Now on to the blog post itself…
Barn Finders –
A wacky game about hunting for treasures among abandoned houses, storage auction lots and other places. The game does have a bit of a twisted story to go along with its weird and wacky ways. It was developed by Duality Games who also acted as publisher along with PlayWay S.A. It came out on PC (Steam) on June 15th 2020.
Lithium City –
A stylistic neon shooter set in an isometric perspective. You have a variety of weapons to help you through your fight against the various thugs who have decided that they don’t like you. Use strategy to get the fights one on one and so that you aren’t trying to shoot your way out of a mess. Or if you prefer to shoot through a mess use your speed to zip about to take advantage of the opponents positions. Released on June 15th 2020 for PC (Steam) it was developed by and published by Nico Tuason after getting the game through the old Steam Greenlight process.
Desperadoes III –
The old west is calling and it isn’t bringing a straight six shooter to the fight. No this is a stealth action isometric game that does allow for you to use your six shooter, it’s just that using it will draw attention when you generally don’t want that. You once again play as John Cooper as he searches for redemption and gets help from an odd cast of characters on his journey. Released on Xbox One, PS4, and PC the game was developed by Mimimi Games and published by THQ Nordic. It came out on June 16th 2020.
The Last of Us 2 –
The heartbreak story of a world gone mad with disease returns for part two. This time you play as Ellie who is hard set on revenge and destroying those that stand in her way. You’ll have a tough gruesome road to go through to find out Ellie’s story. This was released on June 19th 2020 from developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment for the PS4.
For those that loved the game Bomber Crew the developers are hard at work on a new game. This time though it is set in space as you manage a crew trying to keep your spaceship floating through space. It will be aptly called Space Crew and you’ll have lots of mayhem to deal with. It will be releasing sometime in September of 2020 for the major consoles: Xbox One, PS4, Switch and of course on PC.
It looks like an amusing version of FTL perhaps with a little less stress? Maybe there is more stress in this game but there is definitely also much more silliness and humor. It looks fun and like it will have lots of mayhem going on which is both what you want and don’t want at the same time. Hopefully the game can strike a good balance between the chaos and calm..
EA held a “not E3” but basically the same thing EA Play Live event to show off their upcoming games. Many of which were indie games and unfinished games that weren’t announced but visibly potentially shown. The big game was Star Wars Rogue Squadron which will be arriving on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. It is a flight combat game with battles of 5 vs. 5 and it will have a VR mode allowing you to fully immerse yourself in single player as well as multiplayer.
This conference didn’t have a lot going for as all the games seem to be far down the road. That said, the indie games, and the stuff that they did show looked like it has potential to be interesting plus fun. Now did it need a conference for this? Probably not, but overall it was nice to see them showcase and talk about important things. All of the indie games that they showed from It Takes Two, to Rocket Arena, to Lost in Random all had their moment to shine. They all look really good to me and different enough to get them a chance to succeed if they can pull it off. Rogue Squadron looks pretty sweet and like it could be pretty intense if the battle fields are close enough to one another to keep up that intensity.
The intellectual properties (IP) of Bloodrayne, Raze’s Hell, Advent Rising, and Flip’s Twisted World was acquired by Ziggurat Interactive. The studio was set up to remaster, rework, and restore old classic games from 80’s, 90’s, and some more modern ones. Head over to Venturebeat.com for the story.
It’s good to see old games get a new life, though I’m not sure if we ever will see these games again. Properties do tend to get passed around and sold to differing companies who all have their crack at trying to bring it back to life. Inevitably the consumer never seems to get to see what the developers worked on as funding runs out. Such is life of many arts, and hopefully this time it works out. I won’t of course hold me breath but I will try to keep an ear out to see if any of these games manage to come back to life in the form of a remaster.
In the U.S. the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has given the green light to a video game called EndeavorRX, which will help treat ADHD. This along with therapy and educational programs is aimed to helping kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This game however is only available through prescription. For those that wish to learn more head over to CNN.com who have a bit more on the game and how this is being handled.
This is kind of cool as I never expected that a game would ever be prescribed as a treatment for something. I wonder how effective a treatment it will be, though it probably had to show at least some promising levels of help to get past the FDA. But, since I don’t know much about how the FDA operates maybe that’s me being hopeful that they tested it pretty hard.
With many fan conferences/expo’s going online the guys over at Penny Arcade and EGX (Formerly Eurogamer Expo) have teamed up to create a free online expo. It is called PAX Online and it will be showcasing games for 24 hours a day for nine days. It begins airing on September 12th 2020 and goes to September 20th 2020. If you want to know all that’s going on head over to PAXOnline and sign up for email updates
I think there is going to be a lot of repeated footage for them to fill out nine days of content. That said, it’s pretty awesome that they’re doing this for free for anyone willing to tune in. It’s nice that they’re doing this and I hope that a lot of indie games get a chance to be shown off plus bigger games. In fact hopefully they show off as many games as possible!
For fans of Pokemon Snap a game all about taking pictures of Pokemon this week was a good week. Nintendo have announced that a new Pokemon Snap game is being made called, New Pokemon Snap, and it appears to follow the same on rails experience of snapping pictures as the original game. It seems like they will also be replicating the fact that it is all about getting high scores plus getting Pokemon to do things as you travel by.
I never got into the original as a kid. I tried out a demo back in the day but it never really appealed to my younger self. However, I can see how this game would be popular as it is so chill unless you decide to get competitive about it. The only question that remains is how much content will this have over the original which was a pretty short game at the time? Hopefully a bit longer, or maybe they extend the life of this new game with interesting DLC packs and new maps.
Cyberpunk 2077 has been pushed back once again from its release date. It moves from September to November 19th 2020.
For such an ambitious game I’m not surprised that it got moved off of its release date. I’m sure developers CD Projekt and CD Projekt RED have a lot riding on this that they don’t want to get it wrong. And the delay is only a couple of months so they probably aren’t that far off of where they wanted to be but they needed more time. It will probably be well worth the wait for fans.
Warner Brothers have decided that they will be holding a digital event to show off DC comic movies. This 24 hour event will be held in August and shows off upcoming DC comic movies and some behind the scenes stuff from older movies like Shazam! This news comes from Indiewire.com.
This is a nice little thing for Warner Brothers to offer out for free. Though 24 hours does seem like a rather short period but I’m guessing that they don’t have a lot to showcase. It will probably be quite of a bit repeat stuff and hopefully they show some animated stuff as well as DC Universe stuff. It almost feels like DC Universe has already been lost and forgotten about and this could be a great chance to show upcoming stuff for that service.
And with that I shall end this post of stuff that caught my interest. Thank you for reading my blog post even if it is just a silly thing. If you wish to get in touch with me please feel free to write a message below in the comment section, or via email Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com, or message me on Twitter @Snipehockey. Thank you and please stay safe out there.