This week Hazel is in control, taking Rani and The Temporarily Returned Tobi on a journey through the musical influence video games had on their lives, while Zahra tells us about the cuddly cat game Calico, and Maylee delivers the freshest of video game news.
This week Maylee leads the charge on Zed Games, with Cameron taking over the airwaves for this weeks gaming news! Then Caroline leads the way with their totally impartial review/rant/discussion of the recently bug filled release of Pokemon Scarlet & Violet.
The 2022 Game awards will be held on Friday December 9 at 10.30am – 1.30pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. There are 31 award categories including Game of the Year, Best Indie, Most Anticipated Game, Innovation in Accessibility and Best Art Direction.
In addition to this there is the game awards future class, ‘50 inspiring individuals who represent the bright, bold and inclusive future of video games’.
Composer Maize Wallen and designer Chantal Ryan are two Australians that have been included in the 2022 Game Awards Future class list.
Chantal Ryan is the Director of the game development studio ‘We have always lived in the Forest’ and produces ‘experimental narrative games and systems built upon disruptive language technologies’.
Maize Wallen has produced audio for games such as God Fall, Receiver 2, Wayward Strand and Cosmic Express. Their focus is 3D spatialised audio and dynamic music.
Pokemon scarlet and violet get patched
A whopping 1GB patch was made available on the 1st of December – Nintendo’s support website stating that the patch includes season 1 of ranked battles, fixing an issue that caused music to not play correctly during the elite four and top champion battle and lastly, other select bug fixes.
They have also acknowledged that many players may encounter issues that affect the games performance. Given that this has been the buggiest pokemon game ever released, this is an understatement.
VR Showcase Winter 2022
The Upload Gaming Showcase 2022 steamed this morning and showcased ‘exciting game updates, announcements and exclusive reveals’. Some of these are:
Call of the Sea VR, by Out of the Blue, a mysterious adventure game where you solve puzzles and maybe become some sort of sea monster? Intriguing!
Across the Valley, by FusionPlay is a VR farming simulator for those who want their cow milking to be more immersive.
Maskmaker by Innerspace VR is a puzzle game where you play a mask maker’s apprentice.
Survival Nation by Wenkly Studio is an outdoor adventure sim with added zombies.
And The Signifier by Playmestudio is a detective thriller that has you using victims’ dreams to solve crimes.
And now for the releases!
Chained Echoes for the PC, Playstation, Xbox and Switch, NecroBouncer on PC, The Rumble Fish 2 for PC Playstation, Xbox and Switch, Witch On The Holy Night for Playstation 4 and Switch.
Dragon Quest Treasures for the Switch, Jitsu Squad for Playstation and the Switch.
Wavetale on PC, Playstation, Xbox and Switch
Crisis Core –Final Fantasy 7– Reunion on PC, Playstation, Xbox and Switch, High on Life for the PC and Xbox Series X.
The Witcher 3 comes to Playstation 5 and the Xbox Series X.
And that’s all this week in gaming news!
On Zed Games this week Hazel, Caroline, and Peter talk news, Caroline walks us through a review of Lunistice, and then the crew talk the g̸͚̜̈́͋̕l̵̊ḭ̸̭͗̃t̴̚c̸̈́̚h̸͠é̷̉̚ŝ̷̌ of the most recent Pokemon release.
Hitting your earholes from Zed Games, the crew talks news, Pokemon Scarlet/Violet hype, and Paul kicks groin in McPixel 3.
New content for Cult of the Lamb!
The Blood Moon Festival: Cult of the Lamb’s first seasonal event is underway and will go until the 10th of November. For the duration of the festival a new ritual is available to perform, giving players the opportunity to unlock 3 new forms to spook up your followers and 4 new creepy decorations. In the same announcement, Massive Monster announced that they are working on a major content update that will be available to players for free.
Disco Elysium writer files lawsuit against ZA/UM
Earlier this month it was revealed that Disco Elysium’s lead designer and author of the book the game is based on Robert Kurvitz, lead artist Aleksander Rostov and the main writer of the game Helen Hindpere had no longer been working at ZA/UM due to what was described as an involuntary departure since late 2021. Robert Kurvitz has been revealed to have filed a lawsuit against ZA/UM although at this point the exact details of this lawsuit are unknown. There is speculation that Kurvitz is looking to gain control of the rights to the game in order to produce a sequel.
Pokemon’s gone to the dogs
Just in time for Halloween Nintendo has revealed yet another new Pokemon from the upcoming Pokemon Scarlet and Violet and it’s a heccing spoopy pupper. Greavard has the internet in raptures despite the fact that the Pokemon company has said that it drains the life from you.
“Greavard is so affectionate that paying it any attention will make it so happy that it’ll follow you wherever you go,” The Pokémon Company tweeted. “However, Greavard will slowly and inadvertently absorb the life-force of those around it.”
Amazon is doing the least
Finally in celebration of Fallout’s 25th birthday, amazon has released a single screenshot of the upcoming live action fallout TV show. Very little is known about the show, with no news on when it is supposed to be released or what can be expected from the story.
Upcoming game releases
Brewmaster- Playstation, Xbox and Switch
Horse Club Adventures 2 – Hazelwood Stories PC, Xbox and Switch
Moonshine Inc. – PC
Paper Cut Mansion PC, Playstation, Xbox and Switch
The Pinball Wizard- PC and Switch
Star Ocean The Divine Force – PC, Playstation, Xbox and Switch
Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr -Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X
Bayonetta 3 – Switch
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2- PC, Playstation, Xbox
Live by The Sword: Tactics – Xbox One, Switch
Resident Evil Re:Verse PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One
Resident Evil: Village: Shadows of Rose DLC PC, Playstation and Xbox
The Unliving – PC
Embracer Group Takes in Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, and More
Development studios Eido-Montreal, Crystal Dynamics, and Square Enix Montreal will be acquired by Embracer Group, who has entered an agreement to acquire the studios as well as multiple IPs such as Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Legacy of Kain, and many more from the Square Enix catalogue.
The acquisition also includes over 1,100 employees in eight locations, with the total purchase price reaching 300 million USD. This agreement is expected to close later this year.
“We are thrilled to welcome these studios into the Embracer Group. We recognise the fantastic IP, world class creative talent, and track record of excellence that have been demonstrated time and again over the past decades. It has been a great pleasure meeting the leadership teams and discussing future plans for how they can realise their ambitions and become a great part of Embracer,” says Lars Wingefors, Co-founder of Embracer Group.
Alleged Pokemon Thieves Killed
Police officers in Florida, USA opened fire on four suspects who were believed to have stolen Pokemon cards, as well as some pizza. After multiple units converged on a Target in Florida in response to an Audi with obscured registration tags, they spotted two teenagers who were immediately deemed ‘suspicious’ due to wearing hoodies and face masks. A security officer in Target had alleged that the teenagers had stolen some Pokemon cards and a pizza, confirmed via security footage.
Police attempted a takedown and then opened fire on the teenagers, injuring two and fatally wounding another, with a fourth suspect detained. None of the teenagers were carrying any weapons.
County Sheriff Marcos Lopez has defended the actions of the officers involved after facing backlash for the over-the-top response.
Halo Infinite Had A Massive Update
Halo Infinite’s second season is here, and it is a big one! With new maps, modes, and cosmetic items, the detailed patch notes needed a six-chapter table of contents.
Some of the new content includes a King of the Hill, Attrition, and a battle royale inspired Last Spartan Standing game mode.
Updates have also been made to some of the movement abilities, affecting what players call ‘skill jumps’, which utilised movement tricks to pull off some very hectic tricks around the various maps. The left shoulder pad of the Jorge-052 armour kit now also shows the correct texture, for the more observant fans out there.
Sonic Prime Teaser Trailer Is Here
Netflix released a trailer montage showing off some of the kid-friendly animated shows that will be joining the roster. Right at the end we got to have a glimpse at everyone’s favourite blue hedgehog, also giving fans a listen to voice actor Deven Mack’s performance.
And now for some upcoming games!
- Best Month Ever (PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch)
- Trek to Yomi (PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO)
- Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters (PC)
- Crowns and Pawns: Kingdom of Deceit (PC)
- Songs of Conquest (PC)
- This War of Mine: Final Cut (PS5, XSX)
- Brigandine (PC)
- Source of Madness (PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch)
- Achilles: Legends Untold (PC)
- Cantata (PC)
- The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story (PC, PS5, PS4, Switch)
- Flippin Kaktus (PC)
In this weeks podcast, Paul and Jango talk gaming news, Rani reviews Pokémon Legends: Arceus and Elliott takes us into the Aussie bush with a review of Ty Tasmanian Tiger.
Nintendo in the Headlines
On the 18th of August a Pokémon Presents by Nintendo revealed several updates to their mobile Pokémon franchise the most notable being that Pokemon Unite would be coming to mobile with crossplay available on September 22nd. The Present also announced two new Pokémon are slated to join in future updates; Marmoswine & Sylvion
Nintendo also confirmed the release of Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl for the 19th of November, and a surprise Switch lite Dialga & Palkia Edition available on November 5th. For this generation remake they showed off partner Pokémon, customising your pokeball with stickers to personalise the pokeball release effects, revitalised mini-games, outfit personalisation and that personalising your underground base with statues will gain you access to specific types of Pokémon hideaways new to this remake.
Lastly, Pokémon Legends: Arceus. It was confirmed this game will take place in Hisui, in an early age of the Hinoe region, and in it you will survey, observe and capture Pokémon. In new developments to this generation, you will be able to be attacked by Pokémon outside of combat, and there will be two new combat “styles” of strong and agile. This change puts a strategic edge to the move economy as they will allow for heavier but slower, or multiple attacks per round of combat. Nintendo also showed off new region-specific evolutions and type changes, as well as mounts available for fast travel within this open world game. Pokémon Legends: Arceus will be released on January 28th 2022.
Another feather in Nintendo’s cap is that for the week of August 2nd to 8th the Switch held every slot in Japan’s Top 30 Famitsu’s chart. No single console has held this title since November 1988 when Nintendo’s Famicom managed the same feat.
In other Nintendo news, earlier in the year the company was awarded $2.1 million in damages for copywrite and trademark infringements against Mattew Storman, owner of RomUniverse, a website hosting pirated ROM versions of Nintendo games. This week a Californian court has ordered Storman to keep RomUniverse offline and destroy all illegal Nintendo ROMs by August 17 after he threatened to continue to operate the site and failed to pay the first $US50 monthly instalment for damages to Nintendo.
Special Olympics “Gaming for Inclusion” hosted by Microsoft.
Microsoft has teamed up with Special Olympics to create the inaugural bracketed e-sport tournament named “Gaming for Inclusion”. The event has evolved from the Xbox Virtual Gaming Event of May 2020, which aimed to combat the effects of loneliness and isolation due to the pandemic. This time round, Special Olympians and Unified partners will participate in a bracket-style tournament over several days in September with the aim to “…showcase the power of inclusion through sport.” Each day of the event is dedicated to its own game;
Sunday 12th Rocket League,
Monday 13th Forza 7, and
Tuesday 14th Madden 22.
Participants are awarded the chance to play with celebrity supporters of the Special Olympics to be hosted on Saturday 18th.
The event will be organised by Microsoft’s online e-sports platform Smash.gg and live-streamed on Xbox’s Twitch channel and the Special Olympics YouTube channel.
And now for some Game Bytes;
Activision Blizzard let go of two of the employees seen in the 2013 picture of the infamous “Cosby Suit” following the lawsuit announcement last month. Jesse McCree and Jonathon LeCraft’s departure was announced internally without an official statement.
Journey to the Savage Planet’s developers have reformed under the title Raccoon Logic after being unceremonious dropped following the failure of Google Stadia. They retained the rights to Savage Planet and have received investment funding from Tencent to bankroll an unannounced future project.
Boyfriend Dungeon have promised to update their content warning after complaints from their player base that the warning doesn’t go far enough. Developer Kitfox Games quickly apologised via Twitter for any hurt caused and reassured players the warning would be updated shortly.
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And finally, the upcoming game releases!
On Friday 20th the release of Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut is coming to PS4 and 5, Heart Chain Kitty is coming to Switch, and Madden 22 is coming to PC, PS 4 and 5 and Xbox One and Series X.
On Tuesday 24th, Alien franchised online team shooter Alien: Fireteam Elite comes to PC, PS4 and 5, and Xbox One and Series X. Turn-based tactical RPG King’s Bounty comes to PC, Switch, PS4 and Xbox One. And the long-awaited sequel Psychonauts 2 comes to PC, and Xbox One and Series X.
Finally, on Thursday 26th, the arcade party game Have a Blast comes to PC and Switch, and PCGamer’s 2013 Game of the Year and its sequel Spelunky and Spelunky 2 come out on the Switch.
This week, Alanah and Lee review Pokemon X & Y and square off against each other for a live, on-air Pokemon Battle!
Guest reviewer Darragh Murray tackles Pro Evolution Soccer 2014.
In studio: Razor, Lee, Alanah, Candi & Jody.
Aired 11 December 2013.