Ways To Make Your Day More #NerdPositive: March 17, 2017

Not too much this week, a few games and upcoming game deals and an often discussed live action remake of a beloved Disney classic.

New Games to Play

Play Collective

Sony is promoting something called the Play Collective, in which you can digitally pre-order specific upcoming games in March and April for a discounted price if you’re a PS plus member. I’m not going to go into too much detail about them myself, but the games are:

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Cosmic Star Heroine

From the official Steam description:”3 exotic planets to explore. Aliens. Robots. Magic. Forbidden technology. Ruined Worlds. Ghosts. Long-lost secrets. Conspiracies. A galactic threat. And one brave heroine to make things right. Cosmic Star Heroine is an exciting new RPG from the creators of Cthulhu Saves the World.”

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Everything

From the game’s website: “Discover what it’s like to be the universe in this beautiful interactive nature simulation.

Everything is an interactive experience where everything you see is a thing you can be, from animals to planets to galaxies and beyond. Travel between outer and inner space, and explore a vast, interconnected universe of things without enforced goals, scores, or tasks to complete. Everything is a procedural, AI-driven simulation of the systems of nature, seen from the points of view of everything in the Universe.

Learn to change what you are to create worlds within worlds within worlds, or let go any time to allow Everything to take over and produce a never ending documentary about the world you live in.

Narrated by the inspiring philosophy of Alan Watts, and featuring a rich score from composer Ben Lukas Boysen, Everything will give you a new perspective on life.”

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Full Throttle Remastered

Description from official Double Fine website: “The third classic LucasArts adventure title to get the remastering treatment from us here at Double Fine is Full Throttle, and it’s headed to PS4, PS Vita and PC on 4/18!”

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PaRappa the Rapper Remastered

Official PSN description: “After 20 years since his Debut, PaRappa the Rapper returns to PlayStation! Relive the original music game and join PaRappa on his quest to win the heart of Sunny Funny and learn from favorite rap masters like – Chop Chop Master Onion, Instructor Mooselini, and Cheap Cheap The Cooking Chicken. Complete with all the music and gameplay that made PaRappa the Rapper an instant classic.”

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Rain World

Official PSN description: “You are a nomadic slugcat, both predator and prey in a broken ecosystem. Intense, bone-crushing rains pound the surface and make life almost impossible for most of the year, but the dry season has just arrived. Grab your spear and brave the industrial wastes, hunting enough food to survive another hibernation cycle, but be wary—other, bigger creatures have the same plan… and slugcats look delicious.

Inspired by the aesthetics and simplicity of 16-bit classics, this survival platformer requires fast-paced sneaking; both of your own prey and past the larger predators looking to make you their meal. The impressive enemy AI ensures that each ravenous predator in your path will be cunning, vicious and always hunting you.”

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What Remains of Edith Finch

Official PSN description: “What Remains of Edith Finch is a collection of short stories about a cursed family in Washington state.

Each story offers a chance to experience the life of a different family member with stories ranging from the early 1900s to the present day. The gameplay and tone of the stories are as varied as the family members themselves. The only constants are that each is played from a first-person perspective and that each story ends with that family member’s death. It’s a game about what it feels like to be humbled and astonished by the vast and unknowable world around us.

You’ll follow Edith Finch as she explores the history of her family and tries to figure out why she’s the last one in her family left alive.

It’s being made by Giant Sparrow, the studio responsible for the surreal first-person painting game The Unfinished Swan.”

From this list I’m most interested in Cosmic Star Heroine, but I want to get a general consensus about how it plays first before I decide to get it. I’m also interested in Rain World but I’m not sure if it will resonate with me. On another note, PaRappa the Rapper is awesome and I’m glad it’s getting an HD remaster, although I prefer the soundtrack from PaRappa the Rapper 2. 

Other Games:

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Danganronpa 1-2 Reload (PlayStation 4)

The popular visual novel series gets ported to PS4 before the third main game comes out in September. If you like anime, visual novels, and series like Zero Escape, then this game may be worth a try.

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The Binding of Isaac Afterbirth +(Nintendo Switch)

The popular rogue-like comes to Nintendo Switch, which includes all past expansions.

New Stuff to Watch (but not much)

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Beauty & The Beast

A live action remake of the animated movie from the Disney Renaissance era starring Emma Watson. So far it seems to be getting mixed to positive reviews. It might be worth checking out.

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Iron Fist (Netflix)

The fourth defender comes to Netflix. Iron Fist is one of my favorite less popular superheroes and it’s sad to hear that at least half of the series is difficult to watch. Oh well, maybe after The Defenders we can get a Heroes for Hire spin-off with Iron Fist and Luke Cage with a much better writer. Plus, if you’re disappointed by Iron Fist you could always try watching Into the Badlands instead.

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