Mulaka Trailer and Impressions

This. Looks. Fantastic. The game is apparently built around mexico’s indigenous Tarahumara peoples, and as one of those “representation in media matter” type hippies, that instantly made me interested. What made me excited for this was…well, pretty much everything else.

While there isn’t a whole lot in this trailer, it easily made me want to see more. The hack and slash gameplay looks pretty solid and the ability to turn into animals is one more games should use…if we can find a ways to not let the furrys know about it. Looks guys, do what you do, just do it somewhere else.

My only real complaint is the games look, and even there i’m torn on how i feel about it. I’ve always been a proponent that a strong art direction is more important that sheer graphical power. And you can’t say  Mulaka here doesn’t have a strong art direction. But on the other hand…it looks like someone just forgot to add textures. And that does kind of bother me. Plus, i don’t prematurely like the look of the human character. There’s just something about how angular the character is that rubs me the wrong way. I hope this gets some more work, and as the game isn’t coming out until next year i’m sure that it will.

In the end though, i’ll take interesting but kind of ugly over a boring game any day. and this looks really damn interesting.

 

Yacht Club to Unveil King Knight DLC at Pax West

I. Fucking. Love Shovel Knight.  The work Yacht Club has done has been consistently pronominal. The fact that most of it has been free is one of the most beautiful gestures in gaming history. They could have easily charged and other $15 for both previous prices of DLC and i would have happily paid it. While i can’t yet say the same holds true for the upcoming King Knight DLC, the dev team has at least earned the benefit of the doubt in my book. While King Knight wasn’t exactly my favorite of the games bosses, i very much doubt they would have picked him for an expansion if they couldn’t do something interesting with him.  Sadly i wont be able to try the game out at Pax West becuase…well, i’m poor. So very, very poor.  If you go, feel free to tell me what you think. I can’t wait to see what the team does here.

And If you’re interested, here are all my reviews for the franchise so far (warning, the first two are old and not very good….)

Shovel Knight 

Plague of Shadows

Specter of Torment

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.

Enter the Gungeon coming to the Nintendo Switch

Once upon a time, i sent Devolver Digital an email saying “hi, i’m an up and coming games journalist and would like to be added to your press list”. They ignored it. I don’t blame them for this, i” just bringing it up because i realize this may be old news to anyone who actually get press releases from Devolver. With that out of the way: Hey switch owners, noew there’s a game other than Zelda and Mario Kart worth playing on your switch. I reviewed Enter the Gungeon ages ago and love the hell out of it and think it;s going to fit in nicely with the switch’s line-up. Not much else to say about this one, but this is swiftly becoming one of those games you’re running out of excuses not to play.