Ten After Ten: 6/30/19-7/9/19

Two Game/Movie Releases

Sea of Solitude

Sea of Solitude is an adventure game that follows a girl stuck in a city partially submerged and running away from monsters. Sea of Solitude proved to be the only interesting thing to come out of EA’s press conference in 2018, and it’s the only interesting thing that has released in the past ten days. The game’s world and deeper themes of mental health shows a promising game I hope to play in the near future.

Midsommar

Midsommar follows a few American tourists who go to a festival in Sweden only to find that things aren’t usual. Honestly, I wasn’t going to include this film into the Ten After Ten, but there is a lack of exciting game or movie releases. The only thing I know about this film is that it is from the same people behind Hereditary, which is a film I have heard a lot of great things about. I probably won’t watch this one in theaters, but I still want to check it out nonetheless.

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Four News Stories

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G2A, the grey market digital store for PC keys, has gone under fire recently. It started with Descenders developer Mike Rose stating he would rather you pirate his games than buy it from G2A because “Devs don’t see a penny either way, so [the developers] would much rather G2A didn’t see money either.” Shortly after, others including Vlambeer’s Rami Ismail joined Mike Rose’s side on the situation.

In response, G2A stated they will pay developers ten times the amount of lost sales if they can prove the keys were illegally obtained. Not long after this statement, G2A sent out emails to ten different outlets asking for undisclosed articles that favor the marketplace. After this leaked, the company blamed this action on a singular unnamed employee.

Whether or not any of this stuff is true, the fact remains that G2A isn’t the best spot to get games. This isn’t their first controversy, and it probably won’t be their last.

The Witcher TV Series and Cuphead Show

Last year, Netflix announced they will be making a series based off of The Witcher starring Henry Cavill as Geralt. Not too long ago, the show announced they have wrapped up filming, and the most recent piece of news shows off the poster as well as a few stills of the show. The show will release in late 2019, but more info will be shown at San Diego Comic Con later this month.

In other video game show news, Cuphead will also get a spot in Netlifx, titled The Cuphead Show! Very little info is out on the show, but one thing worth noting is that MDHR isn’t working on the art for the sake of time. Since the show is in its early stages, there isn’t a release date for it yet, but I would guess a late 2020 release.

Daybreak Games Hackers Sent To Prison

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Austin Thompson, member of the group DerpTrolling (what a terrible name), has been sentenced to 27 months in prison, with the official charge being “Damage to a Protected Computer.” This group is also responsible for other attacks including denial-of-service attacks against online services including Sony Online Entertainment, Battle.net, League of Legends, and Dota 2. Along side the sentence, which will start on August 23rd, he will also pay $95,000 in restitution.

Remedy Regains Publishing Rights to Alan Wake and may be Bought by Sony

Remedy Games, known for titles like Max Payne, Alan Wake, Quantum Break, and the upcoming Control, has regained the publishing rights to Alan Wake. Also, Remedy received $2.5 million in royalties from other games. This news could mean an Alan Wake sequel, but only time will tell on that.

Shortly after, rumors started to circulate about Sony picking up the studio. According to a PushSquare article, they have “heard from a number of sources that Sony is lining up a bid.” Microsoft has made a big push in buying up studios recently, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see Sony start doing that as well. If the merger happens, my guess is nothing will change with Control’s release, but future titles just may be a Sony exclusive.

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Three Blogs

My first blog, which actually came out on the 30th but for some reason says the 1st, goes over the games releasing in July. I was surprised to find that this month is pretty low-key considering it follows E3, but there are some things to still get excited about. One thing worth noting is that two of the games on the list (Night Call and Wolfenstein: Youngblood), both involve death in Paris, though that is where the relation ends between the two. Other than those two titles, the three others that made the list include Sea of Solitude, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and Griftlands.

My Standings on the 2019 Games Critics Awards

The final blog of E3 2019 goes to the Game Critics Awards, which is an award show presented to the most promising titles at E3. This is my first year covering it, so I was surprise to see that this award is nothing more than a list on a website. Still, I covered it, and I found myself agreeing with this list more than others. I did disagree with a few (like the best game being FF7 Remake), and there were one or two that I found baffling, but I found myself agreeing more than disagreeing, which I can’t say for other award shows.

Supraland (PC) Review

The final blog during this time is a review of Supraland, a first-person exploration game that takes influence from Portal, Zelda, and Metroid. Despite a few shortcomings like a lack of a map and mediocre combat, I had an absolute blast with this game. The puzzles are some of the best I have ever played, and the level design which holds all of the mechanics in is amazing. There are another five months of releases left, but Supraland is already shaping up to be a top ten game of the year for me.

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One Game I Am Playing

Maximum Action

Maximum Action is a retro FPS about being the action movie hero. The game involves going through the level and killing everyone, and the game includes the ability to slow-motion dive. In other words, think a first-person Max Payne with a faster pace and a lack of story. So far, my time with this game has been a lot of fun, but it isn’t without issues. The slow-motion diving, mass amount of weapons, and user-created content offers a lot of fun, but the iffy controls, lack of streamlining, and overall lack of developer-created content shows a game that has a ways to go. This game isn’t quite ready yet, but what is there is promising.