Have you heard of Moonlighter? If you love the idea of being an RPG shop keeper stocking your shelves, crafting more wares, but still going out on adventures to make it all possible, then you're exactly like me -- and you should be paying attention!
The game is officially coming out May 29 on Steam, GoG, Windows 10, and Xbox One, and PS4. Back in October of 2017 they announced a Switch version, but it appears that won't be coming out until sometime later.
I feel like I've been in a "check out this cool game coming out" mode lately. Keeping with that trend, here's another game that looks pretty cool: Jurassic World evolution. It's basically a dinosaur park management simulator. As the player, you'll get to control and design the park, handling everything from dinosaur breeding to park logistics.
Looks pretty good. I'm usually not falling head over heals for the sim/management games on PC. Looks neat and worth keeping on the radar.
Release date is June 12, and I think there's a new Jurassic World movie coming out around then too.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance is one of those games I saw back at an E3 or during some game conference and thought it looked decent, but then forgot about it completely.
They were kickstarted successfully back in 2014 for four times their ask, and were planning to deliver the game much sooner but saw some setbacks. Now the game is coming out February 13, 2018 for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
Short post tonight, friends. I have a cold/flu I’m battling that zaps me every time I try to play something. I did manage to play the three quests in Monster Hunter World Beta on the PS4.
Graev is really the big MH fanatic of the family, so I have to defer to him on all of the real technical details on things. I’m a novice having only played two previous versions, one of which I only dabbled and the other I played for maybe 30 hours. Something about MH on a 3DS screen is what kept me from playing more. I needed that bigger screen and controller to immerse myself more.
Monster Hunter World is awesome. It’s still very much Monster Hunter, but the presentation on PS4 is excellent. I think the controls are what make it for me more than anything else. The graphics are also really pretty, but something about having so much more control over my character while fighting a giant boss on a big screen felt right. I’ll have more to say when I think think straight and try more weapons.
If you have a PS4, even an original launch one like me, give it a shot! The beta is open until the morning of the 12th.
I've had the Minecraft itch for a while, but instead of going back and playing MC for the umpteenth time, I think I'm going to be a little more forward looking to a game I've followed only loosely for a while: ECO.
ECO is a sandbox-style building game that takes the whole "living world" concept to the legitimate next level.
"Every organism in Eco exists as a component in a rich simulation. A disruption in one species can have cascading effects across the planet. Chop down all the trees, and habitats for creatures will be destroyed. Pollute the rivers with mining waste, and your farms will become poisoned and die. The ecosystem supplies materials to the world. Manage your pollution, mining waste, hunting, and resource collection to limit your effect on this system, or you may run out of resources."
They're definitely trying to teach you something here. ECO has some grants and funding from educational sources, and the game itself seems to lean heavily towards teaching the players that there are consequences for how you interact with your world. I couldn't help but remember my Captain Planet cartoon-watching days.
Scope creep is what I fear most from a game like ECO. Everything from running for office to creating your own currencies, to creating vehicles, etc.
I don't know how they manage to make it all work in a sandbox game, but it certainly sounds enticing enough to give it a try.
Now the big question: Do I buy into the alpha phase, or wait for launch? ECO is currently available for early access on the official website, but not yet available for pre-purchase on Steam.
There are talks of hosting Keen and Graev Community servers, which I think could be a lot of fun if we managed to get a group of people together devoted to making a nice and thriving civilization... though knowing some of my friends, we may need to impose heavy fines on strip mining.
I was traveling and super busy this past week when Animal Crossing Pocket Camp had its proper announcement during the Nintendo Mobile presentation.
I like Animal Crossing games. I'm a sucker for their cute, sim-like, decoratingness. I've played them on handheld systems in the past, and always seem to find a certain relaxing pleasure to the series.
I've been a fan of the idea of bringing games like this to smartphones for years. I think it's long overdue for Animal Crossing to get a proper insallment, and I think we're way past due for a real Harvest Moon game too.
Anyway, let's check out Animal Crossing Pocket Edition.
"Some amenities shown require
giving up your entire life extensive game play"
I found the disclaimer on the second video rather humorous. You know when there's a disclaimer like that on a video it means "good luck."
The gist of the game:
I have high hopes that this means we might see Animal Crossing come to Switch, but AC has definitely found a home on mobile devices.
Pantheon has reserved a special place on my "MMOs to watch and be excited about" list because it's trying to hearken back to an era where MMOs were based on a world of challenge and teamwork.
So as the years go by, my interest grows as Visionary Realms continues to show more and more gameplay.
Obviously what they showed was early, and the hiccups/issues were present. They're going fairly indie on this one, and it shows, but that's okay. There's a lot to glean from some of the ideology they're expressing.
I took away several key points from this presentation that I want to share with you.
This is hard to define clearly, but it has to do with the idea that the game and the world evolve beyond more than just the repetitive tasks of killing monsters and clearing a dungeon for an in-game defined objective.
MMOs were once about forming the community and the bonds of friendship for no other reason than having virtual friends or to live and fill a role in a virtual world. That's the glue that makes these games often 'sticky' and something we want to continue to log in to each and every day -- or even 17 years later.
How Pantheon looks to create that feeling again... I don't really know that Brad answered that clearly beyond having a game that will be challenging and require teamwork. To me, it's not something that one can clearly check the boxes required and then have a sticky game.
I thought this was really cool. Instead of there being invisible barriers or simply quest objectives locking your progress, your character will actually go up against the environment. This is definitely a nice play on the "player vs. environment" angle of PvE.
For example, during the presentation we saw that a snowy area will require cold resist gear. I hope there will be fire, poison, and other area making environment a real factor in "PvE."
Most games -- probably all these days -- tend to have a "this is the best sword at level 20." Pantheon is striving to have a system where gear is more situational. One sword might excel in one area but not in another. I believe this system will expand to other armor and weapon combinations.
When asked whether raids will be the typical fair, the Visionary Realms team responded by saying yes, but with more twist. In previous games like EQ you could bring 40 people to a 20-man raid. In Pantheon you can still do that, but if you bring an overwhelming number of players the encounter is going to react -- the monster might run away or call reinforcements.
This matters a lot more than people give credit. To have an open world vs. instances means we're all playing together. Your group doesn't get an instance to itself. This means a zone isn't "completed" or "reset". An open-world provides much more "live in it" and "survive it" gameplay.
Pantheon still has a ways to go, but they're entering Pre-alpha before the holidays. I hope they us a big favor and continue to release gameplay showing off the gameplay. I'd like to see what it's like in a group, what it's like to craft, what it's like to explore, etc. I don't want cutscenes or gimmicky trailers -- pure gameplay. I'll be watching.
The Sea of Thieves team released a pretty good last month with 10 things you need to know about Sea of Thieves.
Let's check it out.
While I think their list is good, a few stand out.
I started poking around Facebook a bit and found this Inn-Side Story (It's like a dev diary type thing) where they talk about reducing the toxicity among crew members in order to try and preserve that sacred bond between shipmates.
That's really important to someone like me. Community means everything to me. One big reason I stopped playing DOTA and Overwatch type games is because of how the community hates on each other. I don't know that Sea of Thieves has cracked that nut, but I like the discussions and attempts to try.
I particularly like the ability to send crew to the brig and vomit on them and dance playing music while they sit there behind bars. Ahhem...
Other things I also like are the "small ship" announcements where you can play on a ship by yourself if you don't want to get into the whole "big ship" gameplay.
Though, at this point in time, I really don't know the difference in how that impacts your gameplay other than the ship being smaller. They show how small ships can gang up on big ships. So it's not like you're invulnerable to PvP.
There are still obvious questions lingering for me.
Will the entire world be PvP?
How many people co-exist in the same open world?
I see references to "match making" and I have to wonder if that means you get put onto a ship with someone into an "open world" that is just a big instanced world.
How much persistence is there in the world? Is it just your character? Is there any persistence at all or is it jump-in-jump-out?
Answers will come with time. What we do know is that the developers are do a remarkable job building a community and marketing their game. I'm a huge fan of how incorporated their art style and theme are in all they do. The wait for release is getting harder.