Kaser Focus: Prepping for Ragnarök

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Well, take a look at that. Less than one week after I chastised the room at giant for being disagreeable to the devs of God of War Ragnarök as a result of they wished to know the discharge date — we all know the discharge date. There’s an apparent conclusion right here: Let me yell at you, and optimistic adjustments occur. Of course, we additionally acquired a delay on Forspoken, which is able to now not launch in October. No, as a substitute it’s gone from being launched exactly between The Last of Us Part 1 and God of War to the comparatively empty enjoying discipline of January 2023. Huh.

We additionally noticed the resurrection of E3 this week, kind of. The ESA introduced it was partnering with ReedPop, the PAX folks, to make the occasion occur. I benefit from the delicate shade that ESA CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis threw at these different summer season video games exhibits by saying, “The past three years have confirmed that E3 convenes our industry like no other event.” I’m not saying I agree, however I’m seeing numerous “Aw heck, I actually miss E3” sentiment cropping up. I’ve no canine within the hunt — I’ve by no means been to an in-person E3 occasion.

Speaking of resurrections, we additionally lastly acquired our first take a look at Skull & Bones. I used to be beginning to assume it was a fable. But no, Ubisoft revealed what it’s been working for virtually ten years — it’s a pirate MMO, similar to we thought it’d be. Well, maybe that’s not completely truthful. I’m going to provide it a attempt, for positive, as a result of I liked the ship fight in Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. If it performs the way in which it appears to be like, that is in all probability going to be only a prettier model than that. I can’t say I’m going to play it a lot, however I’ll no less than play it as soon as.

In private information, I did a factor I do know I’m going to remorse: I began a brand new farm in Stardew Valley. I hadn’t returned to it for the reason that final main replace. Something about this recreation is nice for when it’s too scorching and also you need to simply keep inside and play one thing candy. Some video games are a glass of lemonade, others are a scorching mug of tea — Stardew is one way or the other each. I’m additionally going to take a while to attempt a recreation that got here out a short while in the past, however which I hadn’t gotten an opportunity to play: AI: The Somnium Files — Nirvana Initiative. It’s a sci-fi noir detective journey, which ticks my containers after which some.

What to play this week

What’s new

  • Arcadegeddon
  • Gwent: Rogue Mage
  • Last Call BBS
  • Madison
  • Matchpoint: Tennis Championships
  • Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series

New on streaming:

  • House Flipper (Xbox Game Pass)
  • Yakuza 0 (Xbox Game Pass)
  • Yakuza Kiwami (Xbox Game Pass)
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2 (Xbox Game Pass)
  • DJMax Respect V (Xbox Game Pass)
  • Road 96 (Xbox Game Pass)
  • Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time (PlayStation Plus)
  • Dark Pictures: Man of Medan (PlayStation Plus)
  • Arcadegeddon (PlayStation Plus)
  • Samorost 3+ (Apple Arcade)
  • Starship Troopers – Terran Command (GeForce Now)
  • Sword and Fairy Inn 2 (GeForce Now)
  • Arma Reforger (GeForce Now)

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