Kylo Ben Weekly #1706

#weekly

This week I've decided to add a new section to the newsletter with a breakdown of new games coming out over the next week along with including more podcasts related to gaming that may be of interest. There has been a lot of news this week so, without further ado...

News

Netflix is making a Castlevania TV show and the producer has described video games as the "dopest artform". This is either going to be really good or utterly terrible but Netflix is a good choice.

Rocket League is getting into bed with Hot Wheels in the next update coming on February 21st. This is all the more interesting bearing in mind that Rocket League is going physical with a range of toy cars from Zag Toys.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole has been delayed... again.

The developers of FTL have teased a new project named Into The Breach. There is no release date yet but it looks really interesting.

Gabe Newell did a press briefing and an interview in which he divulged that Valve is working on three major VR titles. They are also designing the hardware and software in tandem (like Nintendo or Apple) so it'll be interesting to see what comes out of it.

Steam is killing Greenlight and going to introduce a system based on paperwork and a "recoupable application fee for each new title they wish to distribute". Consensus seems to be that this will succeed or fail depending on the size of that fee which could be anywhere from $100 to $5000.

Darkest Dungeon received its Radiant update which helps massage the difficulty to make it a 40 hour game instead of an 80 hour one. Unfortunately I can't find a way to switch between modes so looks like it only applies to new playthroughs.

Kennywdev has released a video of a "side project" he has built importing the Portal gun into the Microsoft HoloLens. This is a really cool proof-of-concept and demonstrates how interesting augmented reality is going to be.

Frontier Developments has acquired a license to build games based on the movies of an "enduring franchise of global renown". The speculation seems to think it'll be Star Wars or Star Trek which may be a good guess but seems too obvious to me; there are huge differences between Elite: Dangerous and Planet Coaster after all!

And finally, Nintendo are doing a global testfire of Splatoon 2 towards the end of March but, as is often the way with Nintendo, they are doing it in a weird way; rather than a full weekend, there will be just 6 one-hour windows to play within over the three days. So weird.

My Posts

  • A Sneak Peek at Hollow Knight — "Hollow Knight is essentially an exercise in exploration with what appears to be an absolutely vast network of caves to explore full of interesting characters and enemies" [link]
  • Yellow Moon: A look at the Poké Transporter and Pokémon Bank — "They recently added support for the Virtual Console titles of the original three Pokémon games; Red, Blue, and Yellow. I picked up a 3DS last week and thought I'd outline how the system works" [link]
  • The voice actor trap — "Bad voice acting can absolutely kill a game and it is a real shame to see LEGO Dimensions fall into the voice actor trap after they had such a strong start" [link]

Podcasts

  • Remaster #28: The current state of games on the iPad [link]
  • PC Gamer UK #34: Outside interference [link]

There isn't a Connecting to Host this week but we did release an episode on Forza Horizon 3 last week and just finished recording an upcoming episode on DOOM.

Upcoming Game Releases

  • Deformers (14th Feb - PC, Xbox One, PS4) [link]
  • For Honor (14th Feb - PC, Xbox One, PS4) [link]
  • Holy Potatoes! We're In Space? (14th Feb - PC, Mac) [link]
  • Sniper Elite 4 (14th Feb - PC, Xbox One, PS4) [link]
  • Circles (17th Feb - PC, Mac) [link]
  • Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf (17th Feb - PC Early Access) [link]

Gaming Time

This week I spent 24.3 hours playing ten different games:

  • On Rusty Trails (0.4hrs): I probably should have played more of this but it has been a nice little platformer to dip in and out of.
  • Reigns (0.5hrs): I was planning on playing this for longer but I think I've reached a point, quicker than expected, where I'm done with it. Review coming soon.
  • Hollow Knight (Sneak Peek) (0.8hrs): I massively enjoyed this sneak peek and wrote a preview last week. I'll be getting in on PC on 24th Feb!
  • Borderlands 2 (1.3hrs): I've already played around 35 hours of this on Xbox One but picked it up for PC in a sale this week. Currently playing co-op with Connecting to Host's John Wordsworth.
  • Pokémon Moon (2.1hrs): The Hawaiian-themed Pokémon adventure continues and I'm about to undertake my second trial.
  • Pokémon Yellow (2.2hrs): I played this just enough to get to Silph Co and pick up a Lapras for trading over to Pokémon Moon. I should really write a retrospective of these original games.
  • Darkest Dungeon (2.9hrs): BACK TO THE PIT! I love this game and need to make some form of soundboard for the announcer...
  • SteamWorld Heist (2.9hrs): An unexpected hit from this month's Humble Monthly and something I can see myself playing for quite a while. It's a weird mashup of turn-based gaming and manual aiming reminiscent of Peggle!
  • LEGO Dimensions (4.2hrs): I received the LEGO Batman Movie story pack on Friday and had it completed on the Saturday. I've written about the voice acting already but a full review will be up tomorrow.
  • Rocket League (7hrs): And of course I played a healthy amount of Rocket League. What isn't healthy is my fall to 2v2 Challenger I, Division V. This will not stand!

This week I added three new games to my library: Borderlands 2, Borderlands: the Pre-Sequel, and Deponia: The Complete Journey.

I'm planning on playing some more SteamWorld Heist and Pokémon Moon this week and I'm hoping to carve out some time for Dishonored 2. I'm tempted to start The Witcher 3: Blood & Wine as well but we'll see!

Until next time, have a great week!