Ink Comes to Consoles Next Month

I’m not sure why the 2015 platformer Ink is suddenly coming to consoles, but it is. Whatever the reason, this is pretty great news becuase Ink was freaking phenomenal. The game was surprisingly challenging and a little too short in my opinion, but i still thoroughly enjoyed it. If you’re looking for a platformer with an interesting set of core mechanics, i can absolutely recommend Ink. And hey, maybe if you buy it i’ll get the sequel I’ve been wanting for ages now.

Path Out Trailer and Impressions

War isn’t a new topic for games. Many games have been set against the back drop of war, many have even put you in the shoes of soldiers fighting them. Hell, we even have enough games commenting on the nature of war that it no longer feels novel for them to do so. But as one of those anti-war, “let’s all just get along” hippy types, i’ll always have a soft spot for games that look at the human cost of armed combat. Enter: Path Out, an RPG about fleeing a war torn Syria. Based, at least in part, on the life of its creator Path Out looks to be a really be shaping up to be something really interesting and i can’t wait to see how it turns out. For those interested, the game has a Demo on Itch.Io. I can’t attest to the games quality, only that i think it looks interesting. But for the low price of “nothing”, i think it’s more than worth it to give an interesting looking game a try.

ARK: Survival Evolved has Gone Gold, Release Date Announced

After two years in early access, Ark has finally gone gold and is scheduled to release on August 29th. While i don’t get the point of survival games (and wasn’t exactly pleased to see Ark releasing paid DLC before being a finished product), it is good to  see the dev teams hard work has finally paid off. Now the question is: will it matter?

While the game hasn’t been in a finished state, it has been playable for the past two years. I was going to pose the question of “if the player base has dropped, will the game actually being released be enough to bring them back”.  But after doing a bit of digging, i found this:

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This more or less says that, at the time of writing, the game’s player base has been more or less consistent over the last two years. That’s all well and good, but now another question comes to mind: what if everyone who wants the game already has it? As far as i’m aware, survive games are a  rather niche genre, and with a preexisting installed player base it doesn’t look to be a welcoming place for new comers. I could be totally off base here, granted, But i do have to ask: if there isn’t a large player base interested in the game who doesn’t already have it, how do you make any money off it? More DLC? Sure, that could work, but that requires more development time. I guess what i’m trying to figure out is, now that the game is done, how does it benefit from that fact? I’m not trying to say the game should stay in early access or that this isn’t an accomplishment for the dev team, it’s just a question that’s been on my mind.

Indie Darling Bleed Coming to PS4 and Xbox One

Bleed and it’s sequel two of the best surprises I’ve played since i started reviewing games. They’re both a bit on the short end, but they are both marvelous little games. And luckily for you, if you missed the game when it was regionally released for the Xbox 360’s Xbox Live Indie Games service and don’t have a computer, next month the original game will be coming to both the PS4 and Xbone One. Xbox owners will even get a 20% discount if they pre-order the game.  If you’re in the market for a really good action platformer that you can get on the cheap, i can’t recommend Bleed enough.

And if you want to read my review for Bleed 2, you can do that HERE.

>Observer_ Trailer and Impressions

I love cyberpunk and it’s associated aesthetic, but i rarely associate the genre with horror. That’s kind of crazy right? I mean, this is a realm where downloading another persons memories is a potability, but no one i can think of has ever talked about reliving someone else trauma or their own misdeeds? Maybe my ignorance here is more my fault than anyone else’s, but i do have to thank Blood Team here for putting the idea in my head with their new game Observer. The Idea of going into someone’s head directly to look for incriminating evidence is scary enough, but when you add to that the way memories can be distorted, and the way other people  could twist them in a cyberpunk setting, and you have the set up for a potentially limitless horror story. I can’t say if any of those ideas will come into play here, or how well they’ll be handled if they do. But as of right now i am intrigued by this and more that willing to give the game a few hours.

Kingdom Hearts 3 (Supposedly) Releasing Next Year

At this years D23, Disney showed new footage og Kingdom Hearts 3, including an extended bit set in the Toy Story universe. The game continues to look amazing, but the real interesting news came at the end of the trailer. While no hard date was given, they did announce that the game in scheduled to be released sometime in 2018. After a decade long wait it’s hard not to get excited by this news, but it’s also just as hard for me to believe this information. I’ve yet to see any English language footage, which has me worried the localization with end up delaying the game at some point. Even so, having a release window is preferable over the “sometime in the next 3 years” Square Enix last said for this and the upcoming Final Fantasy 7 remake.

In Case You Were Wondering, Kingdom Hearts 3 still Exists

It’s been over a decade since Kingdom Hearts 2 was released. We had an entire console generation come and go without seeing another real installment in this franchise. This kind of wait would kill most other franchises in other forms of media. But unlike other long awaited returns like Half-Life 3 or Beyond Good and Evil 2,  there has at least been a decent drip feed of information regarding this newest Kingdom Hearts game to make the wait not as tedious as it could have been. “Not AS tedious” being the key phrase there.

But in all honesty, after watching this i am kind of impressed, as the game doesn’t look like it’s been 10 years in the making. It’s hard to explain what i mean: i last played the games when they were re-released on the PS3, where i marathoner my way through the two main titles. This footage feels like, had i been playing this then, it would have been right at home in that collection. That’s pretty miraculous in my opinion, as you would think that over 10 years either something would have changed or the style would have become out dated. But no, this looks just as fun as the original games did. Even though i’m one of those weird-o’s who likes the more complicated side of the franchise more than the “Disney self-insert fanfiction” stuff the series made it’s name on, i’m still excited for this and i’m really happy to know it’s at least looking like it’s been worth the wait.