Ten After Ten: 10/10/19-10/19/19

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Four Game/Movie Releases

Parasite

Two families, one rich and one poor, decide to form a relationship, but it’s one that can only last for so long. Right around the same time I learned about The Lighthouse, I learned of this film as well. While it hasn’t been on my radar until recently, I am still excited to see it (if I can find a theater playing it). Bong Joon Ho, the director, has some reputable titles on his belt, and the trailer gave me just enough to sink my teeth into without telling me what the film is. Parasite released into theaters on the 11th.

The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse follows two lighthouse keepers in late 1890s as they try to keep their sanity while living at the lighthouse. I’m always down for good indie film, and this film instantly impressed the moment I laid eyes on the trailer. The beautiful black-and-white 35mm photography, the haunting score, the incredible-looking performances by Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, and much more had me interested in this film for awhile, and it is finally here. The Lighthouse released on the 18th into theaters.

Killer Queen Black

Arcades have had a bit of a resurgence in the past few years, and the one modern arcade game that has the most buzz now has a console release. Killer Queen Black is a competitive multiplayer game that tasks two teams of four to win by either killing the enemy’s queen, taking all the berries, or riding a snail to a certain spot. I’ve seen this game in an arcade once, and while it is overwhelming, I found the game fascinating. I really want to get into this game, and now I don’t need to go to the arcade to do so. Killer Queen Black released on PC and Switch on the 11th.

Disco Elysium

The latest isometric RPG is Disco Elysium, which follows a detective as he does detective things, but what he does is up to you. This game sounds a lot like Divinity: Original Sin 2, which is a game I haven’t tried out yet but one I have heard nothing but praise about. On top of that, I really like the setting and art style of this game. Disco Elysium released on the 15th for PC.

Three News Stories

Blizzard-Hong Kong Continues

The news of Blizzard and Hong Kong continues beyond Blitzchung, as for more and more people are protesting Blizzard. An Overwatch Switch event cancelled (though it isn’t known if the cancellation is due to protest), more player bans, and even Mei from Overwatch became a symbol of protest.

The crown jewel on top of this heap of news involve lawmakers writing a letter of concern to the company. The letter was signed by various members of the government including Democrat Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Republican Senator Marco Rubio, urging the company to reverse course on Blitzchung and take a stance against China.

Blizzard doesn’t seem like they are backing down, though I do hope they change their stance and support Hong Kong. I know I am only one voice in a sea of many, but I support the people of Hong Kong and their fight against the Chinese government.

Fortnite Black Hole

Fortnite, the biggest game of the past few years, got sucked into a black hole. The black hole represents the end of Season Ten and the start of a new chapter.

At the end of this event, the black hole opened up again to reveal Fortnite: Chapter 2, which is a reboot for the game. Chapter 2 brings in a new map and some new mechanics, including fishing and new vehicles.

Fortnite has somehow managed to stay relevant throughout the past few years, and this event shows they have no plans on slowing down.

Riot Games News

League of Legends developer Riot Games celebrated their 10th anniversary by announcing multiple new games, as well some extras.

Riot is expanding beyond the horizons of League with games in multiple different genres. They announced a hero shooter currently titled Project A, a fighting game currently titled Project L, a new “social” game currently titled Project L, a card game titled Legends of Runeterra, a team management game titled League of Legends Esports Manager, and mobile ports for both League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics. Accompanying this news is an animated series called Arcane and a documentary series called League of Legends Origins.

Riot has specialized in League of Legends for ten years, but it’s nice to see them try something new. Congratulations to the company for hitting ten years, and hopefully they can find success in their future endeavors.

Two Blogs

Gears 5 (PC) Review

The next entry into the Gears of War series is here, dropping a few words and adding in a new mode. The only experience I had with the series going in was with Gears of War 4, but I enjoyed my time with that game, and I expected the same thing with this game. While it started out strong, with an enjoyable campaign and plenty of content to keep me busy, I fell off the game by the end. Every mode this game offers have enough flaws to keep me from getting attached to it, which left me stuck in the menu wondering what I want to force myself to play by the end. Still, I think there is something there for Gears fans and I think there is a bang for your buck.

Ten After Ten: 9/30/19-10/09/19

Normally, I don’t put any of my Ten After Ten blogs on a Ten After Ten, but this one came out late. September 30th through October 9th brought a lot of news to the table, so much so that I flipped the games and news segments around to talk more news. The Blizzard-Hong Kong news started during this time, which is still getting news as of now. Shawn Layden left Sony, John Kirby passed, Fortnite is getting a lawsuit for being too addicting, Red Dead Redemption 2 was announced for PC, Jeopardy! had a fake Tetris question, and much more. Releases, previous blogs, and the one game I have been playing is there as well.

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One Game

John Wick Hex

John Wick and strategy gameplay. Put those two things together, and you get my interest. I pre-ordered this game awhile ago (mainly to get it for 60% off, but also out of excitement), and the game is finally out. And boy, am I disappointed. Personally, I think real-time strategy is the best way to really capture the gun-fu action of the films, because I think other genres like FPS could only do so much. In my mind, I can see this game capturing the John Wick lightning in a bottle, but it ultimately fails to do so. Every move I do in the game feels clunky, and every encounter with multiple enemies would either end in frustration or some awkward jig that usually ends with cheesing enemies. It’s an okay strategy game, but it fails to deliver anything remotely close to John Wick action. A review of the game will be up soon.