Ten After Ten: 7/10/19-7/19/19

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Four Game/Movie Releases

Blazing Chrome

Blazing Chrome is a retro side scrolling action game about humans fighting for their lives against a robot army. The only thing that needs to be said about what this game is can be boiled down to one franchise: Contra. This is a Contra-like, and it looks like a fun one. It looks like it nails everything it takes its inspiration from, whether it be the combat or the graphics. Blazing Chrome is out for all four systems.

Night Call

In Night Call, you play as a cab driver in Paris as he pieces together a murder through the passengers in his car. Ever since E3 last year, this game has interested me with its noir art style and gameplay mechanics. Trying to piece together a murder through dialogue and setting up the cork board with string all while managing your work life sounds like an intriguing premise I want to try out. Nightcall is out on all four platforms.

Griftlands

Griftlands is a deck-building rogue-lite about making your way through the world through fighting, negotiating, and more. It’s this openness to how you want to tackle missions as well as its sci-fi world that has me interested in this game, and I do like the change to card-based combat. I don’t know what is there in the alpha, but I still want to try it out nonetheless. Griftlands is only available on Windows.

Streets of Rogue

Streets of Rogue is a rogue-lite that changes up the formula a bit. Instead of being a dungeon, players are thrown into a generated city with quests and gives you the freedom of how you want to tackle each mission. I have known about this game for a little while, but it leaving early access has me interested in the game. It sounds pretty ambitious, making a whole city filled with missions generated, and I only wish I was interested in the game sooner. Streets of Rogue is out on all four systems.

Three News Stories

Nintendo, a company known for making multiple iterations on a single console, has made a new iteration for their hit console. The new system is called the Switch Lite, and it is a cheaper, smaller, portable-only version of the Switch. The new system will be $200 USD (compared to the normal Switch priced at $300 USD), has a D-Pad and a 5.5 inch screen (compared to the 6.2 inch of the normal Switch), attached Joy Cons, and no rumble. On top of all of this, Nintendo announced an update to the normal Switch. This new model has an improved battery, and will replace the older Switch model as the ‘normal Switch.’

In other Switch news, Switch users are reporting ‘Joy Con drift,’ which is when the controller thinks you are pressing a button or using the stick when you’re not. This issue is apparently big enough for a class action investigation. Finally, in random Nintendo news, a flight from Dallas to San Diego (where Comic Con is being held), was surprised with a strange partnership between Southwest and Nintendo. The passengers were each given a Switch and a digital copy of Super Mario Maker 2, and each were challenged to play a Southwest custom level for the chance to win a $500 Southwest card. I still struggle to get review codes and Twitch affiliation, so needless to say I’m a little envious.

Nintendo has seen a lot of news recently, and most of it shows a system that is still selling strong. I wish that there was a Switch model that was portable-only but at the same size, but I am still excited to see how this new Switch works along side its older brother.

Gears 5 Will Exclude Smoking Depictions

Gears 5, the game in a series about meat heads ripping and tearing through aliens, will not include smoking or other tobacco products. Anti-smoking group Truth Initiative approached Turner with this request, who worked with Coalition to remove any depictions of smoking. Turner also promoted their partnership with Truth Initiative at E-League’s Summer Series Invitational.

This decision really seems out of left field, especially for a series like Gears of War. Not only is Gears of War a super violent and gory game that is only meant for adults who are old enough to know not to smoke, but smoking is a pretty common item used in war entertainment as something to calm the nerves. So while grizzled soldiers are sawing aliens in half and watching their friends blow up into chunks, just know that at least they’re not smoking.

Pakistani Politician Congratulates a Grand Theft Auto Stunt

An oil tanker pulls onto the runway. In the distance, you can see an airplane ready to land. But what’s this?! The oil tanker stopped in the middle of the runway! Fortunately, the brave pilot just barely managed to avoid a disaster by getting the wings back into the air in the nick of time. But in a true surprising twist, the whole event turned out to be a GTA 5 stunt.

Not everybody knew that key detail though, as Pakistan’s Secretary General Khurram Nawaz Gandapur congratulated the stunt on Twitter by saying “Narrow escape of an aircraft which could have ended in a great disaster. Miraculous save by the pilot’s presence of mind." So, if you ever need motivation as to why you should do crazy stunts in a game, just know that a random government official may congratulate your efforts.

Two Blogs

It’s an Assassin’s Creed week as I catch up on my rank of the series. The first blog is part twelve in my rank of the series with Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. The series has come a long ways since the days of Ezio, and I think this game is the embodiment of that progress. The various improvements and additions to the series made in this game were a blast to experience, and it makes for one of the best games in the series up to this point. As of now, it is in third place behind Black Flag, and I’m guessing it may move down a bit after Origins and Odyssey.

Ranking of Assassin’s Creed Part 13: Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India

Believe or not, there are actually two more games to tackle before Origins, and this one is the first one. Being the second of three Chronicles game, Chronicles India plays just like its predecessor, but with some new improvements. While the last game felt like a nice break from the rest of the series, I didn’t quite find that feeling with this game. Despite that, I actually enjoyed my time with this game more than the last one. At the end of the day though, these Chronicles titles are little spinoff titles that don’t really stand out from the rest, so it is staying pretty low on the list.

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One Game

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

I have played through the first two reboot Tomb Raider games, so it only seems fair to play through this one. Shadow of the Tomb Raider follows Lara through the jungles of Central and South America as she tries to undo the Mayan apocalypse she started, all while making sure Trinity doesn’t control the world. I have come to love the reboot series for its semi-open worlds, puzzles, and exploration, and this game delivers on that. This game is pretty much a copy of the last two games, which is both a good thing and a bad thing. On one hand, more of the same and sticking to your guns is a good thing; but on the other hand, it highlights some issues i had with the game, including mediocre combat and poor story elements. A review of this game will be up in the near future.