Three Game/Movie Releases
Blackout Club is a first-person co-op game about kids who are investigating strange events that happen at night that only they seem to remember. Co-op games feel like a dime a dozen these days, but Blackout Club feels different for its Stranger Things vibe and procedurally-generated missions. I am always on the lookout for a new game to play with friends, and this may be a solid one. Blackout Club left early access on the 30th and is on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Age of Wonders: Planetfall
There a still a few genres of games I have not yet played, and 4X is one of them. I know nothing about the genre or the games, but I do think that Age of Wonders: Planetfall looks like a really fun one of those. I like the different factions that range from futuristic to prehistoric, and the amount of content available sounds like a lot. Age of Wonders: Planetfall released on the 6th for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Metal Wolf Chaos XD
Before the days of the Souls games, From Software worked on a lot of mech games. On of those mech games is Metal Wolf Chaos back in 2004, and the cult classic is now back with the all important ‘XD’ at the end of the title. The game follows the 47th POTUS defending the country from the vice president the one way he knows how to: in a giant mech. I know nothing about this game, but if an Xbox exclusive from 2004 is worth a new release, then there has got to be something here worth getting excited about. Metal Wolf Chaos XD released on the 6th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Four News Stories
Video Games and Shootings
Recently, two mass shootings happened in Dayton and El Paso. Both are tragic events as well as a stain on history, and both have been blamed on video games.
While blaming mass murder on video games happens just about every time there is a mass murder, this time in particular seems like a ramp up of blame. In a recent video by The White House, President Trump said that we must “stop the glorification of violence in our society. This includes the gruesome and grizzly video games that are now commonplace,” among other things.
Many different people and organizations have said their thoughts on the matter, but the one that seems to be getting the most attention is Walmart, which was the scene for the El Paso shooting. Ever since the event, Walmart has committed to remove violent game advertising from their store, which originally was interpreted as the removal of all violent games from sale.
Whatever views you have on the recent shootings and video game’s part in it, the shootings are tragic, and my heart goes out to the victims of these two horrible events.
In a surprise announcement, Ninja, the largest streamer on Twitch, announced he is leaving Twitch and is exclusively going to stream on Mixer. Mixer pulls significantly less viewers than Twitch, so the reasoning for the move is questioning. Many say that money was the incentive for the move, though Ninja seems adamant about the fact that it wasn’t money that brought him over (though he still hasn’t said what).
Whatever the case may be, Ninja has already reached one million followers, making him the top Mixer streamer in less than a week. Whether or not this upward trends hold true in the future, Ninja’s switch to Mixer has so far proven to be beneficial for Microsoft.
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced that the big three console manufacturers will require games with loot boxes to disclose the possibility of getting loot. This is coming after a game workshop by the Federal Trade Commission. This new policy will be implemented in 2020, and publishing companies such as Activision Blizzard, EA, Take-Two, Bandai Namco, Ubisoft, and more will also take part in this new shift.
The battle royale game that promised incredibly large matches has been cancelled. On their website, Automaton games announced that insufficient funding has stopped the development of the game, and that they are trying to license another one of their games to keep that game afloat. Mavericks is now the second Spatial-OS game to be recently shut down, with Worlds Adrift shutting down back on July 26th.
Battle royale games are hard to manage considering the size of the lobbies, the different regions and modes, and more, so trying to do that with 400 player lobbies sounds like a nightmare. Ultimately, I don’t think the shutdown of this game comes as a surprise to many.
This blog marks the two year anniversary of my monthly list, which is crazy to me. Fortunately for me, a lot of solid releases are happening this month, giving me plenty to get excited about.Hunt: Showdown, a game I picked up day one in early access, is finally leaving early access this month, and I am excited to get back into it. Man of Medan is the newest game by the same crew as Until Dawn, which is a game I love. Astral Chain looks like a solid Switch entry, Remnant: From the Ashes sounds like a challenging yet fun game filled with replayability, and Control already sounds like a cult classic. There are plenty of game to get excited about, and I hope to get my hands on them before the year ends.
The second blog I did was on Manhunt, Rockstar’s infamous snuff film of a game. I only knew the game based on its controversy before starting, so I essentially went into this game blind as to what the game is. Well, it’s a third-person stealth game about killing as brutally as you can and escaping the level. That description is about as complex as the game gets, as for the stealth is braindead easy and the story doesn’t really get beyond ‘go kill.’ Unfortunately (or fortunately for me), the game started crashing for me three hours in, so my time with the game is limited. Ultimately though, I’m glad I didn’t get stuck into however many more hours of mediocre stealth slog, and my final review of the game is at a two out of five.
Night Call is a detective game about a night time cab driver in Paris trying to solve a serial murder case through talking with the people he is driving. This game interested me for its blend of detective work and money management as well as its noir setting, so all of that plus the fact that it’s on Game Pass for PC made this game hard not to play. I have only completed one case so far, but there are a few things I have noticed. The whole money management part of the game feels worthless, as for it feels like nothing more than a countdown telling you to hurry up. Also, the game feels political to the point where it feels like it is trying to go out of its way to make a point (and usually ends with a few cab riders feeling artificial), and I often find the scenery in the back of the car or the map of the car’s location to not match up with what is being said. Not all of it is bad though, as for I am enjoying how varied the cab riders are and I do enjoy solving the case. I definitely need more time with this game, but as it stands I am going to say that Night Call is a decent game, but I also think there are better games out there.