This week in video games: Super Meat Boy for unfastened, Sega teases a Catherine port
A brand spanking new yr! Anything is conceivable. We’re wiping 2018’s slate blank, resolving to be higher in 2019, and—what’s that? The first information tale of the yr is Bethesda broke Fallout 76 once more? Ominous.
That information, plus…neatly, now not a lot else. We’ve rounded up what few tales lets to find this week although, together with a attainable Catherine remaster and the disappearance of Lego: Lord of the Rings, as we slowly ease into the brand new yr.
This is gaming information for December 31 to January four.
Nine years later
Let’s delivery 2019 off proper with a unfastened recreation, we could? The Epic Games Store is lately freely giving more than a few video games, one at a time, in order to kick-start adoption of the brand new platform. That’s doubtlessly excellent information for you, when you’re open to putting in some other launcher. And the most recent? The ultra-hard platformer Super Meat Boy is unfastened thru January 10. A just about nine-year-old recreation isn’t moderately as thrilling as the former giveaway, Subnautica, however good day: It’s nonetheless a unfastened recreation.
Start the day proper
Also unfastened: Meditations, a new indie recreation launcher spearheaded by way of Vlambeer’s Rami Ismail. Here’s the gist, in Ismail’s phrases:
“One morning in 2017, I played a short game that made me wish I had a new tiny game like it for every day of the year. So for all of 2018, I’ve asked hundreds of devs to make a small game. This launcher will serve you a new little game every day.”
365 days, 365 unfastened video games. Each is a bite-sized revel in, perhaps five or 10 mins tops, however I be expecting some neat concepts will emerge from it. The solely problem in this day and age is that the launcher downloads video games in 500MB blocks initially of every month, relatively than putting in video games a day at a time. That’s a bit peculiar, however now not sufficient to place me off the experiment.
Taken the video games to Isengard
And talking of unfastened video games, Humble gave away each Lego: Lord of the Rings and Lego: The Hobbit in December—and now we all know why, I assume. As of this week, each video games were got rid of from Steam, Humble, and so forth. If you personal the sport you’ll be able to nonetheless get admission to it, however nor is being bought. That most often signifies a rights factor, like when Mafia 2 and Alan Wake disappeared. What that rights factor is, in this example? No concept, however till it’s resolved you received’t have the ability to acquire both recreation. And it should take a whilst! Alan Wake was once lacking for over a yr ahead of all of the contracts were given hammered out, so we’ll see what occurs right here.
It’s attention-grabbing to notice that Shadow of Mordor and War are nonetheless on-sale, although. I’m now not certain how the Lego video games lapsed and now not different, apparently comparable video games, however we’ll stay you up to date. (Via Reddit person SuperMoonky)
Sega’s made an effort those previous few years to carry a few of its in the past console-only releases over to PC, which makes me glad—each from a preservation perspective and from a “Oh yeah, that recreation!” perspective. Vanquish, Bayonetta, and Yakuza zero all made it over in 2018, with extra Yakuza (possibly) at the manner.
Now it looks as if Catherine may get ported as neatly. Sega posted a picture of a sheep at the Bayonetta information feed this week, which calls to thoughts a distinguished component of the 2011 puzzle recreation—and simply in time for the PS4 remaster, because of free up later this yr. Pretty cool, if it occurs. (Via PC Gamer / RobotBrush)
Grand Theft Footb-auto
Rocket League spin-offs nonetheless strike me as humorous. Every style’s vulnerable to cloning after all, however in the case of Rocket League…it’s simply so blatant, I assume? There’s not anything else like Rocket League, apart from a lot of these video games attempting so tough to recreate Rocket League.
Anyway, the most recent is Grand Theft Auto Online, of all issues. This bit of reports in reality took place over the vacations, however go online now and you’ll be able to play “Bomb Ball,” which is principally Rocket League in the GTA engine. You can catch a glimpse of it in the trailer under. It’s the only with all of the balls.
The Souls nonetheless burn
Dark Souls developer From Software certain is busy at the moment. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is because of free up in March, however in line with an interview Hidetaka Miyazaki did with fourGamer.internet (by way of Gematsu), the Dark Souls studio has two further video games in construction at the moment as neatly. They’re it appears Dark Souls-esque, although like Sekiro they possibly transplant the ones concepts to new settings. Hell, perhaps one in all them is Bloodborne 2.
Nuclear disarmament now
Fallout 76 started 2019 the similar manner it exited 2018: A little bit of a mess. Players started noticing January 1 that the nuclear missile silos, necessarily the “end-game” for Fallout 76, had been damaged—locked, with a reset counter of nine,999 hours or roughly 400 days. It nearly feels just like the missile silos fell prey to a Y2K trojan horse, 19 years overdue. Or a Y2K19 trojan horse, if you’re going to.
Anyway, portions of the hunt main as much as stated missile silo interactions additionally broke, Bethesda pulled the entire recreation down to mend it, and bingo all of it works as marketed once more. Still, a lovely ominous begin to 2019, yeah? It’s like resolving to visit the gymnasium extra in 2019 after which spraining your ankle at the manner there or one thing.