Kaser Focus: Return to me, Norman Reedus

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In case you haven’t heard, Death Stranding is about to launch on PC Game Pass subsequent week. I by no means truly completed Death Stranding, I’ll be completely frank. I believe that was a case “it’s me, not the game” — although Death Stranding didn’t assist by being abstruse AF. But maybe it is a probability to redeem myself and eventually determine what the heck is occurring with Norman Reedus (although given it’s a Kojima title, I’m not holding out a lot hope).

Embracer Group had been on a tear this week, gobbling up a number of IPs in a single day. It now owns Tripwire Interactive, Limited Run Games — oh, and somewhat factor you will have heard of known as Middle-earth Enterprises. This provides them the rights to Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit works, in addition to the video games, reveals, and so forth which are coming with them. This is after it acquired Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montreal and Square Enix Montreal earlier this yr. At this level, I’m beginning to really feel snubbed that I’ve but to be acquired by Embracer. Apparently I’d be in good firm.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out the current allegations by contract staff towards Nintendo of America. According to a report from Kotaku, a number of feminine recreation testers had been focused by male colleagues. They referred to a “frat house”-like ambiance on the Washington-based studio. (Funny how descriptors like that maintain popping up with regards to sexual harassment allegations in gaming corporations.) Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser reportedly mentioned in an inner e mail that the corporate is investigating the allegations and inspired disturbed workers to “remember that our HR teams are here to support you.” Nintendo, if that is true, I’m disillusioned. The checklist of video games I can play from unproblematic corporations is beginning to look so skinny, it’s almost nonexistent.

In private information, I believe I’m going to have to examine in on my Xbox Game Pass video games this week. The service loses a number of main video games this week, together with Hades, Myst, Spiritfarer, World War Z and What Remains of Edith Finch. While I’ve performed most of these earlier than, will probably be enjoyable to attempt them out once more, at the very least within the title of getting some Xbox achievements. Good riddance to Twelve Minutes, although.

What to play this week

What’s new:

  • MultiVersus Season One
  • Madden NFL 23
  • Kirby’s Dream Buffet
  • Rollerdrome
  • We Are OFK
  • Cursed to Golf
  • Fashion Police Squad
  • Thymesia
  • Altair Breaker

New on subscription providers:

  • Coffee Talk (Xbox Game Pass)
  • Scourgebringer (Xbox Games with Gold)
  • Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine (Xbox Games with Gold)
  • Yakuza 0 (PlayStation Plus Extra/Premium)
  • Yakuza Kiwami (PlayStation Plus Extra/Premium)
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2 (PlayStation Plus Extra/Premium)
  • Dead by Daylight (PlayStation Plus Extra/Premium)
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands (PlayStation Plus Extra/Premium)
  • Bugsnax (PlayStation Plus Extra/Premium)
  • Metro Exodus (PlayStation Plus Extra/Premium)
  • Trials of Mana (PlayStation Plus Extra/Premium)
  • UNO (PlayStation Plus Extra/Premium)
  • Monopoly Madness (PlayStation Plus Extra/Premium)
  • Monopoly Plus (PlayStation Plus Extra/Premium)
  • Wave Race 64 (Nintendo Switch Online)
  • Century: Age of Ashes (GeForce Now)
  • Clanfolk (GeForce Now)
  • Coromon (GeForce Now)
  • Hypercharge: Unboxed (GeForce Now)
  • Phoenix Point (GeForce Now)
  • Jetpack Joyride 2 (Apple Arcade)

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