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.

Death Match is coming to Overwatch

Hey you! Yes, you Mister “fuck the payload, i’m just going to get as many kills as possible”.  Blizzard has a new game mode just for you. I’m not sure when it’s coming, but death match and team death match will be coming to the Overwatch arcade.

In death match seven or eight players go head to head, and the first person to get 20 kills wills. However, if you are in the top four in terms of score you’ll get points towards the arcade loot boxes.

Team Death Match is…well….team death match. Two teams, first team to get to 30 kills wins. Pretty standard stuff.

This…doesn’t really excite me all that much, as i don’t think Overwatch is particularly well suited for death matches, but in the end, i’m more or less okay more game types.

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.

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.