Ten After Ten: 10/20/19-10/29/19

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Four Game/Movie Releases

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

The newest title in the Call of Duty series is here with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. I already have quite a few hours in the game, and I can say it is a blast. The campaign has some incredible levels, the multiplayer offers gameplay that feels catered to my liking as well as some new modes I have fallen in love with, and co-op is a mode with potential. This game isn’t perfect, but I think it is one of the strongest Call of Duty releases this generation. Modern Warfare released on the 25th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Lonely Mountains: Downhill

Lonely Mountains: Downhill is a new bike game about biking down a mountain. No really, that’s it. I have been waiting for this game for quite some time, and I am glad it’s finally out. I talk about this game more at the bottom of this blog, so I’ll let that do the talking. Lonely Mountains: Downhill released on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on the 23rd.

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The Outer Worlds

Obsidian’s newest game is The Outer Worlds, a spiritual successor to Fallout New Vegas. This is also a game I have some hours into, and this game is great as well. The combat is fun, the choices are meaningful, and the writing is clever. In other words, it’s the best parts of Fallout New Vegas put into a playable game. On top of that, the game is on Game Pass, giving even more incentive to play it.The Outer Worlds released on the 25th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Afterparty

The newest game from the Oxenfree developers is Afterparty, a game about two friends trying to drink their way out of Hell. Oxenfree is a game I keep meaning to play, but I think this game looks much more interesting. The setting of Hell is interesting, I can think of some neat demon characters that would be cool in the game, and I wonder about the whole drinking aspect and how it affects conversations. Afterparty released on the 29th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Three News Stories

Fallout 1st

Bethesda, in their infinite wisdom, has added a subscription service to their failure machine that is Fallout 76. This new service costs $12 per month or $100 per year, and will give users access to private servers, among other digital goodies.

Unsurprisingly, fans have been outraged, and there are even reports of non-members targeting members. The biggest pushback against this service comes from falloutfirst.com, a domain not owned by Bethesda and instead is a rant against the service.

It amazes me how Bethesda manages to dig an even deeper hole than the one they are already in, and I am almost excited to see what new way they will screw over the fans next.

EA Returns to Steam

For the first time in years, EA is going to release games on Steam again. Sims 3 DLC is the last piece of Electronic Arts content on Steam, which released in 2013. The first EA title to hit Steam will be on November 15th with the release of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

On top of their big Star Wars release, EA also plans on releasing their subscription service EA Access on Steam as well as previous titles like Apex Legends and Battlefield 5.

Payday 2 Resumes Development

Around a year ago, I made a blog post talking about the end of Payday 2, a game I have played for years. Over the course of the year, Starbreeze has gone through major financial difficulties, laying off a lot of staff and going through restructuring.

Not too long ago, the studio announced the release of Payday 3 to be around 2022 or 2023. Now, the developers have announced a renewal on Payday 2 content. They are planning on both paid and free content, and Ultimate Edition has changed to Legacy Edition.

A new heist is already listed in Steam, titled Border Crossing Heist, and is expected to release in November.

Two Blogs

John Wick Hex (PC) Review

The newest game to throw around John Wick’s name is John Wick Hex, a strategy game that takes place before the events of the movies. I was hyped for this game because I was interested in seeing the gun-fu action of the films put into a strategy game. Unfortunately, I don’t think this game nails the feel, as for the gameplay feels clunky and frustrating. The time mechanic is neat, but it as well as the whole game feels like it needed more time to develop. John Wick Hex isn’t a great strategy game, and it certainly isn’t a John Wick game.

Ranking of Saints Row Part 1: Saints Row 2

It’s the start of a series rank, and this time I am tackling the Saints Row series. Since I can’t access the first game, I decided to start the rank on the second game. The second game feels like a game on its way to finding an identity. The open world has some fun activities and I like the gangs, but the respect meter makes the game grindy and the PC version is horribly optimized. In the end, it’s a fun game, but it feels like Mad Max compared to Mad Max 2. I think it will stay relatively high on my rank by the end.

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One Game

Lonely Mountains: Downhill

A man, his bike, and a mountain is all you need, and Lonely Mountains: Downhill, a game about biking down a mountain, is just that. This game in terms of its gameplay is about as simple as it gets, but that is what I love about it. No trick system, no music; just biking. As you play, you unlock challenges for each route, which unlocks new routes, cosmetics, and bikes. Where the game really shines, though, is in its freedom. Your goal is to reach the bottom of the mountain, but whether or not you want to follow the trail is up to you. In many ways, trying to figure out the best methods of getting down the mountain reminds me of trying to find the best way to climb a route, which is a connection unique to me that I love. Lonely Mountains: Downhill is secretly one of my most favorite games of this year, and I hope more people can get their hands on this hidden gem.