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What the hell is going on this week, huh? I took a few days off from work, and suddenly Nintendo, Sony, Ubisoft and Sega all the decisions they need to put on the ritz as soon as I get back? That’s not even mentioning all the Tokyo Game Show news. I’m exhausted – an exhausted person, but yes, still tired. The irony is that I really don’t have the time or energy to play a lot of games this week, except to peruse the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla DLC.
This will be one of my longer Spotlights, see how we got so many going on this week. I’ll be talking mainly about shows, but I’ll have to pause talking about some TGS news and Xbox/Twitch shows just because I’m pressed for space. It’s been a long week and I’m glad I got the chance to talk about it, even if I sound a little grumpy in doing so.
Ubisoft has this sharp idea for a stealth game, friends
No wonder Ubisoft is making than Assassin’s Creed. I have no doubt that Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope will be a good game, and Skull & Bones will definitely be a game. I’m also glad we’re having a new Valiant Hearts game. I’m not exactly sure if it’s exclusive to Netflix, but regardless, I’m streaming it. But the AC showcase is where Ubisoft really showcased their vision for the future.
I feel conflicted about the whole show. On the positive side, Mirage .’s CGI Trailer very cool and Basim is possibly the most interesting protagonist of the series, with certain facts about him that I just can’t screw up. Assuming that the Hexe theories set in 16th century Germany are true, that sounds great – it’s a puzzling historical background that I know little about, exactly what I wanted from Assassin’s Creed.
As for the negative side. . . Have you ever tried to present an idea to someone, such as a boss or a friend, which they would dismiss, only to present later as their own idea with complete sincerity? That’s what the AC intro feels like and it’s a bit unresponsive. Fans have been asking them to “go back to the roots” (ie: make an AC game that focuses on Realistic stealth and assassination) since almost Assassin’s Creed 3. But no, Ubisoft wants AC to be an open-world collectible action game. Oh, isn’t that what Assassin’s Creed is about? Good do that’s what it’s about. Like feudal Japan – we’ve been asking for that since the second game came out. A bit rich to expect a pat on the back to do it nowUbisoft.
Nintendo shocks with Farm and Fire Emblem, but no Metroid
Now, on Nintendo. When you start with a Fire icon game going to release in less than a year, you’ll be out. And when you’re done with new footage Game Legend of Zelda, you know you’ve got an ace in the hole. I’m most excited about Fire Emblem: Engage, Pikmin 4and (tell it to me, you know it’s coming) Bayonetta 3.
Perhaps the most fun part of the show, not to be missed this whole week is the number of breeding sims announced or mentioned. Nintendo shows Fae . Farm, Harvestella, Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life and Rune Factory. Like somebody is trying to replicate the success of a certain life simulation game that became popular during the pandemic. I don’t know if any of these games will turn out to be another Animal Crossing game. Story of Seasons certainly has a pedigree to it. But hey, at least we have a lot of fun games we can look forward to.
But I’d be lying if I said I don’t have a bit slightly disappointed by the lack of Metroid Prime (remake or fourth game) and the remake of Legend of Zelda. I’m less surprised by the latter; Assuming Tears of the Kingdom releases on time, Nintendo might not want to overcrowd its release date. But I’m a bit sad that Nintendo didn’t capitalize on the good press of Metroid Dread to provide some more news on that particular series. Looks like the time is ripe.
Sony has a lot more of the Ragnarok it comes from
Sony has spent a large portion of its time introducing VR titles to its new PS VR2 headset. This makes sense right now, with today’s reveal that it won’t be compatible with its predecessor games. It also literally swings with Tekken 8. Other interesting titles include Rise of Roninan upcoming historical adventure set in feudal Japan (review, Assassin’s Creed: Codename Red), it looks like it could be a lot of fun.
For the most part, the company highlights the work of its Japanese partners, including showing off Square Enix’s upcoming Crisis Core remake for non-PSP consoles. Synduality, from Bandai Namco, and Stellar Blade, formerly known as Project Eve, also appear. Of course, the company couldn’t resist ending the show with a new trailer for the upcoming season God of War: Ragnarok. And it’s about time – that game is about to be released and we’ve seen trailers that are nothing but relatively brief. I think I know what’s going to happen in the game: Kratos is going to do some murder. But it’s still good to see Thor, out of all the gods, able to make him money on a solid basis.
Sega is happy that Western gamers discovered Like a Dragon
Sega and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios will collaborate on the Like a Dragon (formerly known as Yakuza) series. It’s funny, because the Yakuza/Like a Dragon series was, until a few years ago, more niche than in the Western market, at least to my knowledge. Now that we’ve all come to understand and love this crazy crime drama, Sega figuratively pulled the cork from a champagne bottle and claimed not to pop, not two, but three New game in the series. Sure, one of them is a remake of an older title, but with that historical adventure Ishin never been released in the West, it’s basically new to me.
In terms of actual new games, we’ll have a direct sequel in the franchise, called Like a Dragon 8. For now, that’s all we know from the brief trailer. I’ve seen some fans get a little annoyed with protagonist Kazuma Kiryu’s new hairstyle – I tend to be more forgiving, since he’s had the same hairstyle since the 80s. And if anyone losing the aforementioned hair, you can see it in another game, Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name, which follows Kiryu after the events of Yakuza 6. Among all the things announced or speaking of this week, this is the movie that has given me the biggest smile apart from Bayonetta 3. Like a Dragon is a fun series and I will accept more with ingenuity.
What to play this week
- Metal: Hellsinger
- Despot game
- You smoke in the parking lot
- SCP: Secret Records
- Little Orpheus
- Wayward Strand
- Edo No Yami
New on subscription services:
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Xbox Game Pass)
- Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (Xbox Game Pass)
- Ni no Kuni Wrath of the White Wrath Remastered (Xbox Game Pass)
- Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation (Xbox Game Pass)
- DC League of Super-Pets: The Adventures of Krypto and Ace (Xbox Game Pass)
- Fuga: Melodies of Steel (Xbox Game Pass)
- Double Kick Heroes (Xbox Game with Gold)
- Port 2 (Xbox Games with Gold)
- QUBE 10th Anniversary (GeForce Now)
- Animal Shelter (GeForce Now)
- Spirit of the North (GeForce Now)
- Startup (GeForce Now)
- Alisia Dragoon (Nintendo Switch Online)
- Beyond Oasis (Nintendo Switch Online)
- Earthworm Jim (Nintendo Switch Online)
- Garden Tails: Match and Grow (Apple Arcade)
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