Hardsuit Labs has recently announced that Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 will see delay from Q1 2020 to “sometime in 2020”. While a new date has not been announced per this statement, it’s possible we may hear more details via PDXCON on Saturday, October 21st. The developer has also stated they will hold a Reddit AMA the following Sunday to aid in answering several fan questions.
Revealed at this year’s New York Comic-con, the upcoming Avenger’s game from SquareEnix detailed its next joining character; Ms. Marvel. While to some people this may have come across as Captain Marvel, it’s actually that of Kamala Kahn, a Muslim hero that’s been around since 2013.
While the CEO of Gearbox, Randy Pitchford stated that Troy said he turned it down the chance to come back as his character, Rhys, the popular voice actor, and one of the creative minds behind Retro Replay, fired back on Twitter indicated that wasn’t the case at all.
With Nintendo’s recent trend of cash grab mechanics in their latest mobile games, Mario Kart Tour saw its release on iOS and Android this week and what Nintendo has done here borders on insanity. For a company that earlier this year stated they would lessen their direct approach to microtransactions in their mobile games, had fundamentally done the opposite.
This summer, news broke that Spider-Man, a character who’s film rights belong to Sony, would exit the Disney fueled MCU due to negotiations failing between the two companies. This comes off of the stellar release of Spider-Man: Far From Home, which went on to become one of Sony’s highest grossing movies of all time.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare launched a trailer during Sony’s State of Play and in case you missed it as many did, small text popped up after the Special Ops Survival Mode segment ending with “timed exclusive content until October 1, 2020." Indicating that the entire mode will be exclusive to the PlayStation 4 platform for an entire year
Children of Morta is a title I’ve been excited for ever since it was shown off at the Microsoft 2018 E3 press conference, and when given the chance to review it, I installed the game immediately. While I wasn’t initially expecting a rogue-like adventure with members of an adventuring family, it’s those very things that give the game its own unique charm.
With Bungie recently going on their own, breaking away from Activision, I was curious about what the studio would do next. With making Destiny 2 largely free to play, and returning to the moon, I jumped back in to soak up the nostalgia and see what the game had in store for me.
Developed by the same studios that brought us the God Eater trilogy, this anime aesthetic vampire romp through a post-apocalyptic world is fairly enjoyable but suffers from a drab story that attempts to add emotional weight through a series of drawn-out memories that move at a snail’s pace.
The Surge 2 is a stellar follow up that satisfies on a combat level that I’ve wanted in games like this forever. The dismantling aspects to its raw and destructive encounters ensure I am always gaining new weapons and armor to make the road ahead possible. With intense boss encounters and an impressive intricate world to explore, The Surge 2 is one of the best games I’ve played this year.
With a metric ton of locations and secrets to discover and some very enjoyable endgame activities, Borderlands 3 is a tremendous success despite some questionable technical hiccups that just shouldn’t have existed. While Borderlands 3 is still more of the same, it is still downright amazing and you can consider me addicted all over again.
Going into Astral Chain, and being a fan of Platinum games, largely because Bayonetta 2 is one of my favorite games of all time and Nier: Automata is very impressive as well, I had a fundamental idea of what to expect here. Helmed by Takahisa Taura, the man behind Nier: Automata, Astral Chain started life due to the cancellation of Scalebound, a title originally set for release on the Xbox One platform.
French developer, Spiders, is a studio I’ve kept my eyes on ever since 2014’s Bound by Flame. I adored the game as I also did with their 2016 follow-up, The Technomancer. Flying under the banner of being one of those “Euro Jank” studios, their releases have always shown passion and creativity over their more technical and visual elements.
Gears of War has been an incredibly beloved Microsoft franchise since its debut some 13 years ago. While the series is now developed by The Coalition, under the leadership of Ron Ferguson, a man who has been with the franchise since its conception, the series continues to remain popular and relevant due to what I feel is its greatest strength; its heart.
If you’re familiar with 2015’s PS4 exclusive, Until Dawn, then going into Man of Medan is going to make you feel right at home. The first in the developer’s biannual Dark Pictures Anthology, Man of Medan is another performance capture choose-your-own-adventure told through the faces of little to well known actors as they avoid death’s cold hand with a button prompt here and a bad choice there.
While the game certainly has some interesting ideas and genuinely creepy atmosphere, it can come off a bit weak in its overall gameplay variety. That said, Blair Witch still offers a fun and enthralling experience for its average 5-6 hour length. Those looking for a solid horror experience can certainly have a very good time here.
Control, the developer’s latest, feels like a combination of their past works, using the DNA from what has come before to create a truly engaging release that is hurt only by a few poor design choices and some severe technical problems. By wielding a mass array of powers and an ever-shifting gun, Control can, at times, be something truly special.
Bugbear Entertainment, the developer behind Flatout, is back with Wreckfest, a return to the glory days of Destruction Derby while also feeling like a successor to Flatout itself. While the title can certainly offer a trip down memory lane, its technical problems and last gen visuals hold it back from standing alongside the greats.
Hobbs and Shaw, a spin-off of the Fast and Furious films, places the unlikely duo of the titular characters directly in the path of a chemical virus, doomed to destroy the world. It’s fun, its cheesy, and while some of its jokes either fall flat or go on for too long, it’s still a vastly entertaining film from start to finish.
Much of the early marketing given to Spider-Man: Far from home told us two things; Spider-Man would survive the events of Avenger’s Endgame, and that Mysterio would play a large part in the events surrounding the film. Later on, closer to its release, and of course, after Endgame had hit theaters, we found out that the death of Tony Stark would shake Peter’s world to its core.
Avenger’s Endgame is the 22nd film in a series that all started with 2008’s Iron Man. It is the culmination of a story weaved through many films central plots and merely danced upon in others. It’s a story that gets wrapped up almost perfectly in a way that will make you cheer, make you cry, and make you wonder about the future of the MCU.
While the story here differs a little from how it actually went down, it takes the key moments of his story and ties them into the dimension hopping hi-jinks of the Spider-Verse storyline, only with far less death and a much smaller cast.
While the film is immensely entertaining, especially for a character that is often the joke of the DC Universe, the acclaimed horror director strikes a fun balance of action, humor, and gives the character some much needed toughness and grit that translates to a more engaging character overall.
Sony chose to release Venom as a PG-13 rating, and the cuts required to do so are not only apparent in the film, but much of the tone required to make the film work is just not there. Venom is one of the worst superhero films in the last few years.
As history tends to repeat itself, Ant-man and Wasp, like its predecessor, releases just a few short months after a major Avengers film. While the story itself takes place before Thanos and the Avengers went toe to toe, I still strongly recommend watching Avenger's: Infinity War before you take in this fun-filled and very enjoyable sequel.
Jurassic Park was a franchise that was destined to be popular. The technology to create that movie and the subsequent sequels that followed, allowed the child in all of us to be wowed by their realistic Dinosaurs and the worlds they would inhabit.