Four Game/Movie Releases
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
OUATIH stars Leonardo DiCaprio as fading Western TV actor Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt as Rick Dalton’s stunt double Cliff Booth as they try to survive in a rapidly-changing Hollywood in the late 60s. 2019 has been a pretty lackluster year for me in terms of movies to be excited about, but this film has been one a few films I have been anticipating for some time. Fortunately, I actually got to go see it, and I can say it is one of the best movies this year because of its setting, star power, and director. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood released on the 26th.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood follows the twin daughters of B.J. Blazkowicz as they rip through Nazi-occupied Paris to find their dad. While I am more critical of the direction The New Colossus went, I am still excited to try out a new Wolfenstein game. On top of that, the level design is more open and the game has co-op with one other, which means bloody, gory fun with friends. Wolfenstein: Youngblood released on the 26th for all four systems.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
The three houses of Fodlan, who all participate in the Officer’s Academy, are at war, and you get to choose what house you want to fight with. I have never played a Fire Emblem game before, but I am a fan of turn-based strategy games, and I have heard great things about this one. Three Houses is said to be loaded with gameplay and filled new features like exploring around the academy, all while keeping the gameplay elements that makes the series memorable. Fire Emblem: Three Houses released on the 26th for the Switch.
Automachef is a puzzle game about building a machine that will cook food. I keep meaning to try out these machine-building games, and Automachef looks like a good one to try out. I like the idea of a food theme, and I think the game has a quirky sense of humor around it to make the game a little more enjoyable. Automachef released for the PC only on the 23rd.
Three News Stories
ZeniMax’s annual convention happened from July 25th-28th, showcasing new content from the various companies under its wing. Some new announcement from some games like Fallout 76 happened, but the series that really took over this year was Doom. Marking its 25th anniversary, an event called DoomCon happened within QuakeCon, celebrating all things Doom. This included some new Doom Eternal footage as well as a surprise launch of the first three games onto PS4, Xbox One, and Switch.
Unfortunately, the launch of these older titles came with one little bug that’s getting quite a bit of attention: the game requires (or required depending on when you read this) a Bethesda.net account to play the game. This has led to a bunch of memes that involves putting the pop-up message into the dialogue of other games. Bethesda soon after announced it was working on a fix to get rid of the pop-up.
Rockstar North, based in Edinburgh, Scotland, hasn’t paid any corporation tax in ten years. The company has received 42 million pounds in tax credits from the UK government’s video game tax relief scheme (which represents around 19% of the total relief given the UK video game companies), and has generated four billion pounds in operating profit, but has not paid any UK taxes. Instead, all of the profits stayed in the U.S., though nothing Rockstar or Take-Two has done with the profits have proven illegal.
TaxWatch, the think tank that brought this story to light, wants an examination of tax relief for the games industry in the UK, but it doesn’t mean Rockstar or Take-Two will have to pay taxes.
Geoff Robinson, a former StarCraft 2 pro and caster, died suddenly on the 20th. At the age of 33, he died from a blood clot in his lungs. The news came suddenly from a tweet on his Twitter account, which asks for privacy for the family. As a result, a charity tournament has been set up by Platinum Heroes to commemorate Robinson, in which all of the proceeds will go to SoCal Bulldog Rescue.
The passing of anyone is saddening, and it is especially so considering how young Robinson was. May he rest in peace, and may his family find strength through these troubling times.
The first of two blogs is yet another entry into the ranking of Assassin’s Creed. Chronicles: Russia is both the last game in the Chronicles trilogy as well as the last game to stand in the way from the new generation of AC games. It also stands as the most forgettable in the trilogy, despite the story and setting. As I have played through the trilogy, I have increasingly wanted to get away from it and go back to the main games, and this game being at the end of the trilogy meant I was ready to move on. In the end, the game ranks right along side the other two Chronicles games, which are pretty low on the rank.
The second blog to come out in this time is my review of Get Even, a first-person survival horror game. Get Even is a mix between a survival horror, first-person shooter, and detective game, but I found none of that to really matter. In the end, I found the gameplay elements to be mediocre, as for none of the gameplay elements felt refined. What really took the spotlight with this game is a surprisingly well-crafted story and excellent soundtrack, which I would say are the only two reasons worth picking this game up. I found a lot of the marketing of this game to be around the gameplay, but I am here to tell you that this is a story game more than a gameplay game.
Sea of Thieves
I recently picked up Game Pass for PC, so I thought what better time to try out this game with friends thann ow? While I heard of the many disappoints of this game at launch, I know that this game has been receiving updates ever since its release, and that it may be where it should have been at launch. I don’t know what are the differences between the current version and the day one version, but I can say that I have been having a decent time with friends. It isn’t by any means the most fun I have ever had with friends, but sailing around and doing quests or the main quest line has proven to be a pretty solid time. This isn’t to say that I haven’t been having issues though, as for there are plenty of issues and gameplay decisions that either get in the way or are things I personally don’t prefer. Either way, Sea of Thieves is a pretty alright time, and I still have reason to go back and keep playing. I may put up a review of this game in the future.