Three Game/Movie Releases
Platinum’s newest game, Astral Chain, follows cops in the future as they stop creatures from a different dimension from destroying the world. I still haven’t played a Platinum game yet, but I have heard great things about some of their previous titles. Plus, this game has received stellar reviews, and I am always looking for a new title to play on my Switch. Astral Chain released on August 30th for the Switch.
Creature in the Well
Hacking, slashing, and pinball…ing. These are the ingredients to Creature in the Well, the newest game by Flight School Studios. I love a good mashup game, and the concept of pinball with another genre sounds intriguing. On top of that, this game is out for Game Pass, and I have been playing the game as of writing this. The game is a good deal of fun, and I am sure to talk about this game some more in the near future. Creature in the Well released on the 6th for Switch, Xbox One, and PC.
Atomicrops is mixture of farming simulator, rogue-lite, and apocalypse that is published by Raw Fury. I have always enjoyed the mixture of excitement and mundane (farming and exploration in Slime Rancher, shopkeeping and dungeon crawling in Moonlighter, etc.), and I think its quirky style mixed with its gameplay components make a compelling game. Atomicrops released on the 5th into early access on PC, and will release on PS4, Xbox One, and Switch in the future.
Three News Stories
Nintendo made a lot of news recently with various new announcements. They started with a new Nintendo Direct, showcasing new game announcements. Some of the more notable announcements include Overwatch, a library of SNES games for Switch Online members, a new Deadly Premonition as well as the release of the classic, and more.
The next announcement is a new controller. The new controller is a giant, bendable circle with one Joy-Con attached, and a leg strap with the other Joy-Con attached. The new controller looks to be a fitness-based product, though the clothes the people in the commercial were wearing says otherwise. There are no game announcements along side this new controller, so only time will tell what this product truly is.
Speaking of controllers, Nintendo has filed a patent for a new Joy-Con, which sees a bend in the middle of the two controllers. The controllers will bend downwards, which I hope will make for more comfortable play. This is just a patent and could never see the light-of-day, but it is still interesting nonetheless.
Battlefront 2 was a disastrous launch, and EA tried to defend it on Reddit. Tried, and failed, as for their response has now made the Guinness World Records for the most downvoted comment on Reddit. As it stands, the comment is at around 667,000 downvotes. This discovery was made by a user named Ashma, who found the listing in the 2020 Guinness World Records book. I hope EA has “a sense of pride and accomplishment” for this achievement.
Need I say anything else? A new vodka celebrating either the 25th anniversary of Doom, the release of Doom Eternal, or both, is going to release. This vodka is called a bone vodka for a reason, as for one of the ingredients in this vodka is beef bone. What isn’t so cool is the limited release, only releasing in a select few countries. Still, a Doom-themed alcohol sounds pretty sweet.
The beginning of the month is here, which means another monthly list of anticipated releases. This month has a lot of exciting releases, but the list can only be five. Number five is Gears 5 (unintentional), offering a big return to the series. Number four is Creature in the Well, a game that mashes pinball and hack-and-slash together. Number three is Police Stories, a top-down police tactical game. Number two is Borderlands 3, the newest game in the cel-shaded looter-shooter series. Finally, my number one pick is The Surge 2, the sequel to the sci-fi Souls-like that I am a big fan of. There are other releases this month worth mentioning as well like The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (which didn’t make my list considering it is a re-release). September is a solid month of releases, and I can’t wait to see what October has in store.
The new Blair Witch game hit Game Pass on the 30th, so I decided to try it out. This game has mixed opinions about it, but I found my experience to be positive overall. The game goes above being an Outlast knockoff by offering a fleshed out character, some awesome moments, and a great side companion. While I think the supernatural elements of the game are neat, they also confirm the presence of something supernatural, which I know is a theme of the original film. Still, I enjoyed the game quite a bit, and I hope to play it with a group of friends at night sometime in the future.
My last blog of the ten day period is my review of the final game in the reboot Tomb Raider trilogy. Shadow of the Tomb Raider takes Lara into the rain forests of South America as she tries to stop the Mayan apocalypse she started. I am a fan of the reboot series for its darker tone and fun gameplay, and this game follows in the same footsteps. The story is predictable and the combat is mediocre, but this game sticks to what works and offers a fun experience. I had a great time with the game, and I don’t think any fans of the trilogy will be disappointed with this final entry.
One game I have been playing during this time is Subnautica, a first-person survival game about being stranded on an alien planet that is mostly water. There are only a few genres I dislike, and hardcore survival is one of them. Fortunately, Subnautica is a blast to play despite this because it has a great balance between survival and exploration. On top of that, the scenery at night is stunning, with everything lighting up like neon with a blacklight. The one issue I do have with the game is a lack of weapons. I feel defenseless against predators, and any encounter I have with them always ends in running away. I do know that the game director talked about this issue and linked their reasoning to gun violence, but the only message I get out of this is “you are defenseless, and the only solution is to run away.” Still, this slight hiccup doesn’t stop the game from being a great time. This time, I will not be releasing any review or blog of this game.