Kaser Focus: What’s up, witches?

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Anyone who knows me even remotely knows what I’m most looking forward to this week. Bayonetta 3 is finally coming out in October. In fact, just a few days before Halloween. For those of you who haven’t figured it out yet, Bayonetta is my favorite game and I’ve been waiting for the third part for what feels like forever. So my fall will include Bayonetta 3, Slime Rancher 2, A Plague Tale: Requiem – I won’t have a dull moment. I better not.

I’ve seen some users on Twitter speculating as to why Nintendo didn’t reveal this news in a direct. I can answer that: First, Bayonetta doesn’t have to share a seat everyone; and second, their gameplay doesn’t need to be explained or narrated. Bayonetta’s style speaks for itself, thank you. I could speculate for days (without exaggeration) on the potential implications of multiple Bayonettas for the story, who the heck Viola is, and whether the game is meant to be a crossover with Astral Chain… but I’ll save that for my personal blog.

A few things happened this week that I wanted to briefly touch on. For starters, the Assassin’s Creed: Liberation debacle. In case you haven’t heard, Ubisoft is removing the multiplayer features and some DLC for some older titles, including Liberation. Then for a while a hint on Steam implied that the game would be unplayable even after September 1st. No one seems to get a straight answer from anyone as to whether or not this is true. I hope that’s not the case – Liberation is a charming introduction to the series and deserves more attention than it gets. Also, taking a game out of the mouth of people who paid for it is just a bad look.

In other news, PlayStation is introducing a rewards program called PlayStation Stars. Players can receive rewards for completing challenges or “campaigns” in various games. You can purchase digital collectibles – “definitely not” NFTs, they say Washington Post – as well as loyalty points that can be used to purchase PlayStation Store games and credit. Aside from all the other implications of this initiative, my first thought was that these campaigns could be a way to draw attention to games that PlayStation, for whatever reason, feels is underplayed. Well, at least it will be free when it launches later this year.

What’s playing this week

what’s new

  • loopmancer
  • neon rot
  • Time on Frog Island
  • Escape Academy
  • PowerWash simulator
  • Stone Keeper: King Aurelius
  • Eyes in the Dark: The Curious Case of a Victoria Bloom

New to Subscription Services:

  • My Friend Peppa Pig (Xbox Game Pass)
  • Overpower (Xbox Game Pass)
  • PAW Patrol The Movie: Adventure City Calls (Xbox Game Pass)
  • Relicta (Xbox games with gold)
  • Torch Light (Xbox Games with Gold)
  • Pokemon Puzzle League (Nintendo Switch Online)
  • Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap (GeForce Now)
  • Dead Age 2 (GeForce Now)
  • Huntdown (GeForce Now)
  • Out There: Oceans of Time (GeForce Now)
  • Titan Quest Anniversary Edition (GeForce Now)
  • Subway Surfer Day (Apple Arcade)

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