The slow week of gaming turned a bit lukewarm as it went on which was slightly good news. We got to hear about some game releases, some gaming news, and even some entertainment news. This of course if for the week of July 19th to the 25th of 2020 and the stuff that happened during it. Also this is only the news that caught my interest.
A strategy simulation management game that tasks you with building your dream golf course and of course keeping your visitors happy. It has a bit of a futuristic feel to it, plus plenty of little quirks to keep things on the interesting side when designing things. The game hit the tees on PC on July 21st 2020 as an early access title for Steam. It is being developed and published by MinMax Games Ltd.
In this game you play as an evil creature with no known origin and an appetite to eat humans. You have been captured and brought to a secret laboratory where these humans think they have you safely contained. Now is the time to break out and devour all these tasty morsels of humans but to do so without being seen. The game released on July 23rd 2020 on PC, Xbox One, and Switch. It was developed by Phobia Game Studios and published by Devolver Digital.
Nintendo held a mini-mini-direct direct video event to showcase some games from third party developers. In total five games got a quick sneak peak look at and those included: Cadence of Hyrule DLC packs, the third person shooter Rogue Company, WWE 2k Battlegrounds a quirky over-sized wrestling game, Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturn HD Remaster which will update the loved if frustrating game, and finally Shin Megami Tensei V is still happening for switch its just not been heard from much since they game was announced.
This really was a small direct chiming in at only 8 minutes with not that much to show for it. Nintendo of course sort of blames COVID-19 for the disruption and causing game delays in organizing these events and getting content to its users. Overall not a great showcase unless you love Shin Megami Tensei, still is nice to see some other games that aren’t Nintendo ones get announced. Plus Atlus is doing a world wide release for the first time with SMT V though who knows if that plan will stick around. A middling showcase with some potential fun games.
One of the games announced in the Japanese Nintendo direct which didn’t make it into the U.S. direct is Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin. It is a side scrolling 3D Japanese action RPG that also has farming elements to it. The U.S. release will be on November 10th 2020 and out on Switch, PS4, and PC. Europe and Australia with have to wait for the PS4 and Switch versions which will land on November 20th 2020. The game will hit Japan on November 12th 2020. Just as a warning the trailer is in Japanese and is from the Japan direct. There are older trailers with English on Youtube should you wish to watch those instead.
This looks pretty neat and I’m sorry that it didn’t somehow make the U.S. Nintendo direct, though I doubt it would have quelled the angry crowd who wanted Nintendo games. It’s a good looking game worth at least a look with its fun characters.
Rocket League the popular game that combines cars and soccer and a bit of mayhem will be going free to play. For those that bought the game before it goes free to play you’ll receive a bunch of goodies plus some of the DLC as long as it isn’t tied to some other intellectual properties. The game is going free to play in the summer of 2020 when it launches on the Epic Games Store. You can check out Rocketleague.com website for the full details.
I expected this to happen at some point it is a perfect game to go free to play with all the seasons and passes that they do now. It also makes me wonder though, what happens to all of the game mods sitting on Steam Workshop? Do they get left in the dust or will Psyonix continue to support them?
For fans of the rogue like Risk of Rain 2 and haven’t wanted to jump into the early access side of things there is good news! The game will soon be exiting early access for a full release. This is slated to happen on August 11th 2020 barring any unforeseen things cropping up. This was announced on the game’s steam page where you can get some information.
This is an interesting game as it is one of the few games that have made the successful jump from 2D to 3D world and it’s been quite some time since any game has tried it. According to the early access reviews on steam it is well liked so it should have a successful launch to full release which is good. The game perhaps could use a bit more media presence otherwise it will be much like the first game loved but sort of put off to the side by a lot of people.
Another video game showcase has been hauled into view for the public to glare at and judge with judgey eyes. This time Microsoft revealed more games for the Xbox Series X this time with more first party games. They announced the rebooted Forza Motorsports, Fable, Avowed, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, and of course showed off game play for Halo Infinite.
Some interesting looking games here. Nothing mind blowing but good looking games. Much like the Sony presentation many of these games look like they’re far away from being ready for release. Still, it’s nice to see some old games coming back like Fable but I doubt it will be much like the original games. I am curious about the soft reboot of Forza though, it seems like you’d only really do that if the developers were starting totally new and trying to revamp the entire game. I don’t know if that will be the case, but it certainly seems like something is up.
In gaming TV news the old channel that used to cover the world of gaming G4 looks to be returning with the show X-Play. This looks like it will be occurring sometime in 2021.
It’s great that it is back and we might get more coverage of video games. But, at the same time, a TV show when most gamers get their news from the internet already? It doesn’t seem like it will last that long in the modern gaming world unless they get a lot of exclusives and refuse to put them up on the internet. It’s a nice idea and all but I just don’t see it surviving without quickly establishing an audience who will tune in constantly.
The new Simon Pegg and Nick Frost TV series Truth Seekers held a virtual panel for the @ Home version of the San Diego Comic Con. This series is about a British group of paranormal researchers who call themselves the Truth Seekers. They hunt paranormal stuff in England while also working their regular job as cable installers. The company that they work for may or may not be up to something nefarious involving the paranormal. The series will arrive on Amazon Prime but does not yet have a release date.
Despite the trailer not completely selling me on the show, there is something I like about it. It has this sort of feeling of a cross between X-Files and Doctor Who with its exploration of paranormal and campiness. I’m curious to see at least a full trailer since it is Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and those two usually make amazing things together so this seems worth the shot.
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