What’s good y’all? The weekend is here to grace us once again. Hope you had a great week and I hope you have plenty of time to game this weekend. It’s been a while so I really should update that banner since next gen is here, huh? Anyways…
What’s on your weekend gaming playlist?
First up for me is Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. I decided to give this game another try after falling off of it in late 2019. I’m really glad I did, because I am thoroughly enjoying it. It’s definitely a skill based game that takes some getting used to, but once you break through that, it’s an incredible experience. Every boss battle has been a memorable experience. I have a suspicion this may be my favorite Miyazaki game when it’s all said and done.
I really needed to jump into another JRPG, but could not decide on what. Even though YS IX is right around the corner, I decided to jump into Xenoblade Chronicles 2 yesterday. I just started chapter 2 and I must say I am enjoying it so far. I’m interested to see where this story goes.
Last but not least is Cyber-Shadow. I started this game on stream a couple of days ago, and had a lot of fun with it. The soundtrack is excellent and the gameplay is great as well. It has a very metroidvania/Mega-Man ascetic going for it and it works very, very well.
Other than that, I may dip into SFV and Dragonball FighterZ a little bit. Tell me what games you’ll be getting into this weekend. Sound off in the comment below.
Arc System Works published a new trailer detailing Strive’s various game modes. Tutorial mode, arcade mode, mission mode, survival mode, training mode, and of course there is online play. It’s about what you would expect from a fighting game and it’s good to see there will be plenty of offline content for those who don’t necessarily want to play online. In the trailer, it seems like they made an effort to make sure we know Strive will have, “optimized net code.” Arc Sys has announced last year GG Strive will in fact have roll back net code, which is a major plus for online play. Only thing I wish was included in this trailer is a date for the next beta.
Guilty Gear Strive will be available on PS4, PS5, and PC via Steam on April 9th, 2021. Crossplay will be available between PS4 and PS5, but PC has not been mentioned in that conversation just yet.
Could We Finally get An Update on Bayonetta 3 this year?
It seems very likely. PlatinumGames has been teasing various announcements on their official website, since last year. Four have already been revealed, but the fifth star on the website has been mysteriously updated with the year 2021. According to DualShockers this lines up with a recent interview with Hideki Kamiya, who mentioned we will get an update on Bayonetta 3’s development later this year.
Bayonetta 3 was originally teased at the 2017 Game Awards show and we really haven’t heard anything since. This is a Switch exclusive I’ve been waiting for for quite some time so I am sure it will be worth the wait.
Electronic Arts revealed their new Vancouver based studio, Full Circle. This studio will be dedicated to the Skate franchise and led by Microsoft’s former head of Xbox Live, Daniel McCulloch, with Deran Chung and Cuz Parry, who were creative leads on previous Skate games, joining the team as well. Fans, including myself, have been wishing EA would bring the Skate series back from the dead for well over a decade. The latest entry, Skate 3, came out in 2010. Skate 4 was revealed to be in the works, at EA Play back in June 2020, to much excitement. Considering EA has created a whole new studio for Skate, the series might be back for good. Maybe we could get a Skate game compilation with the first three games included. Finger crossed!
A BioWare-less Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Game is in the Works?
According to a reputable Star Wars insider, Bespin Bulletin, that is. During the latest episode of B.O.B. The Podcast, Bespin claims the game is in the works and fans will never guess what studio is behind the project.
“Amongst my digging, I heard there is a Knights of the Old Republic project in development somewhere,” Bespin said. “I talked to a couple of people, and I also found out that Jason Schreier said that it’s not with EA, and we’ll ‘never guess’ who the studio is that’s making this game.”
Even though this is just a rumor at the moment, this does excite me. EA losing their exclusive rights is a great thing and other studios will get a chance at making Star Wars content. Whoever the studio is, I’m sure they will do Knights of the Old Republic justice.
Seems like Ninja Does Not Want to be a Good Role Model
Twitch streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins recently sat down with The New York Times and had an interesting take on parenting. The interview itself covered quite a few topics, but the part making headlines is on the kids who frequents his livestreams and their behavior in his chat.
“It all comes down to parenting,” Blevins says. “You want to know who your kid is? Listen to him when he’s playing video games when he thinks you’re not. Here’s another thing: How does a white kid know he has white privilege if his parents never teach him or don’t talk about racism?” He continues, “If they’re gaming and their first interaction with racism is one of their friends saying the N-word and they have no idea what it is–what if it was on my stream? Is it my job to have this conversation with this kid? No, because the first thing that’s going on in my head is, This kid is doing this on purpose to troll me. If someone says a racial slur on someone else’s stream, it can potentially get that streamer banned. It’s awful, but that’s the first thing I think of.”
My take is, he has a point. Parenting is in fact part of the problem, but I also think it’s Ninja’s job to moderate his streams and try to be a better role model in the public eye. Yes, it’s not his job to have conversations with them, but they are in your chat. You should not let that type of behavior go on in your chat to begin with. Shut it down, explain why that’s an issue and why you won’t tolerate it, and move on. If the rules are not followed then maybe that person should not be allowed in your stream. Just from these quotes, he comes off as a coward in my eyes. He refuses to step up and make a change in society and that is just sad.
Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & The Secret Fairy | PS5, PS4, Switch, PC [Tuesday, January 26]
Project Winter | Xbox One [Tuesday, January 26]
Cyber Shadow | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC [Tuesday, January 26]
The Medium | Xbox Series X/S, PC [Thursday, January 28]
The Yakuza Remastered Collection | Xbox One, PC [Thursday, January 28]
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This is a part of my new experiment to start blogging again. I really enjoyed putting this together and I hope you enjoyed reading it. Look for the Geek Dojo Weekly every Thursday.
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