A new month has rolled in as we inch closer towards the end of 2020. We still have some gaming releases and gaming news to attend to for the week of September 27th to October 3rd 2020. Also a small touch of entertainment news to go along with it. Now, please note that I don’t cover all of the stuff that happened during the former week, just the stuff that caught my interest and I felt worth sharing.
Star Wars: Squadrons –
It’s the empire vs the rebellion as you flying famous space fighters and bombers from the franchise series against other players. Taking place after the events of the movie Return of the Jedi you must fight to save the galaxy far far away. The game also have a five versus five multiplayer battles and co-op modes. Developed by Motive Studios it was published by Electronic Arts on October 2, 2020 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. There are no current plans for the PS5 or Xbox Series X versions.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time –
The wacky odd platformer starring Crash and his friend is back for more platforming action. You must guide Crash and his friends through a variety of levels as you have to deal with villains Neo Cortex and Nefarious Tropy who have escaped from prison thanks to Uka Uka who ripped a hole in the time space continuum. Released on Xbox One and PS4 on October 2nd, 2020 the development was handled by Toys for Bob with the publishing dealt with by Activision.
Super Mario Bros. 35 –
A competitive platformer that was released for free to those that subscribe to Nintendo’s online service. It challenges you to get through levels in Mario as quickly as you can without dying as 34 other players are trying to do the same thing as well. Added to to the challenge is that the other players will be sending obstacles your way to slow you down and eliminate you from the competition. Released on October 1, 2020 it will be available for only a limited amount of time until March 31, 2020. It was developed by Arika and published by Nintendo for the Switch.
Developer CD Projekt Red had made a promise that they would no longer do crunch development for their games. This usually involves long hours of hard work to get the game in a state that meets the developer or publishers standards. However, despite this promise CDPR has announced that they will be doing a crunch on Cyberpunk 2077.
It seems like it will take a long time to get game development crunch out of game development. It’s just so expected of developers that its become second nature even when you try to put a stop to the practice. Hopefully this is something that can be conquered which will lead to much healthier lives for developers who give up times with their families to get these games done.
For those looking forward to when EA Play will join in on the Xbox Ultimate Game Pass there is good news. A release date of November 10th, 2020. This will only be available to Xbox Game Pass members who subscribe to the Ultimate plan. Head over to the Xbox.com blog for more information.
This is a nice addition to the game pass for those looking to play or try out games on Xbox or PC. Granted you also have to pay attention as much like TV and film streaming services it always has games coming and going from the platform. The questions is how many games will come over to the service, are they going to remain on the platform for a while or are they rotating out?
Torchlight III the dungeon crawling action RPG will soon be shipping out. The sequel will be arriving on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on October 13th, 2020 with a Switch version being worked on but no firm release date for it.
This is coming much sooner then I expected. There doesn’t seem to be much excitement for this one which is disappointing and I’m waiting for reviews as I haven’t heard much about the gameplay. Granted there is only so much you can do with button mashing RPG’s to make them unique. So, I’m just hoping that this one turns out well.
A new fighter is joining the long list of fighters on Super Smash Brothers Ultimate. This time the character is a bit block-y in nature and comes from the series Minecraft. Steve and Alex will be joining the fight on October 13th, 2020 as a part of the second fighter pack. Or you can buy him separately.
Well this is certainly going to be an interesting character with all of their abilities and how it will change the game. All levels now have to be able to take blocks being built on them without breaking so it is quite the programming heavy feat for the game. And it will certainly make for a challenging fighter to use and fight against until all the pro players figure out the meta that they like for the character as long as they feel it isn’t a throw away fighter.
For fans of pirate games a new one is coming in the winter of 2020 called King of Seas. It is a top down action adventure in which you sail your ship around the seas trying to claim them yourself. It will be coming to PC, Switch, Xbox One, and PS4.
This game feels very reminiscent of Sid Meier’s Pirates a well loved old school PC game. I was excited when I saw how similar it looked while also having its own thing going on. The visuals are more playful and you have special abilities which should help set it a bit apart from Sid Meier’s Pirates while keeping things familiar.
If you’re a fan of animated shows specifically Boondocks and Aqua Teen Hunger Force there is bad news on the horizon. HBO Max which is the streaming home has chosen not to air the particular episodes of Shake Like Me from Aqua Teen and from The Boondocks its the episode The Story of Jimmy Rebel. Part of this happening is because Adult Swim who owns the rights chooses which episodes should be allowed onto other platforms. If you wish to read more head over to Deadline.com for the news.
Yeah, this is not a good look for either HBO Maxx\ or Adult Swim as it feels more like they’re trying to erase history. The better solution was always going to be to put a warning up about the episode and let the audiences decide.
Okay that will wrap up this blog post for this week. Thank you for visiting and taking a look around at my rambling writings. If you have any suggestions, questions, and or comments I would love to hear them. You can leave said comments below, or email me at Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com, or just come talk to me on Twitter: @Snipehockey. And before I go I have launched a podcast that isn’t related in anyway to games. It is an audio story/audio book podcast where I have written and narrated stories. The podcast is called Running Sentences and the first series, Poli Arts, is a collection of ten stories. Those stories all revolve around a new arts council commissioner who has taken up a job at the state arts council. Please feel free to take a look and listen to it via popular podcasting websites or check it out on YouTube. Thanks and please stay safe out there.