We’re finally getting the Nintendo Switch Pokemon game! Pokemon Sword and Shield take place in the Galar region, based on Great Britain. Players will visit idyllic countryside towns and steampunk-style cities in equal measure. Pokemon Gyms take the form of football stadiums - because of course they do.
The game also comes with a ‘Wild Area’, the series’ first attempt at an open world setting. Many Pokemon will just roam freely here in changing weather settings. You can even participate in multiplayer raids, and meet other players there. Your Galarian starters are the grass-type Grookey, the fire-type Scorbunny and the water-type Sobble. If you don’t choose Sobble, you’re a monster. Sorry, but them’s the rules.
Yes, we’re finally getting a new singleplayer Star Wars game! Developed by the always-amazing Respawn Entertainment (Titanfall 2, Apex Legends), this game takes place years after Revenge of the Sith. Padawan Cal Kestis is one of the few surviving Jedi, but gets discovered by the Empire when he openly uses the Force to save a friend. The Empire dispatches the Second Sister to hunt Cal down, and kill all remaining Jedi Knights.
This game is equal parts metroidvania and Souls-like - meaning that environments offer renewed potential for exploration every time you unlock new abilities. Its core gameplay loop is modelled after FromSoftware’s Souls series, with limited health regeneration items and places to ‘meditate’ and save your game, which also respawn enemies around you. Respawn hasn’t made a single bad game yet - so this game is very, very high on my personal list of must-plays.
We still don’t have word on a Singaporean release for Google Stadia - but hear me out. We’re looking at, potentially, a whole new way to play videogames. You could play games like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on your phones, or even play games at 4K resolution, with 60 frames per second on your trashy old laptop. That’s huge.
Sure, you need a stable internet connection to play Stadia games - but this just might be a make-or-break moment for the game industry’s streaming efforts. If Stadia works out, more companies might start reaching out to Stadia. We might see Stadia become a name as big as PlayStation, with exclusives that are just as massive. If not - it will die, and bring game streaming down a notch with it. It will be interesting to see how well its launch works out, for sure.
Shenmue III simply shouldn’t exist. Shenmue II came out all the way back in 2001 when the Dreamcast was still a thing - to give you an idea of how long it’s been. The game continues the story of Ryo Hazuki, a teenage martial artist who searches all over Japan and China for his father’s murderer, Lan Di.
Ryo meets Ling Shenua, an enigmatic girl who embarks on a new journey with him in Bailu Village, in the mountains of Guilin, China. There will be turtle races, gambling, martial arts, phone calls to Japan and a siege game - need I say more? Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Shenmue III will conclude the series’ story. Creator Yu Suzuki intends to create more games in the series, which seems… risky, to say the least.
There’s a little something for everyone this month. From Star Wars, to Pokemon, to a new weird Kojima game - making it a great month for players and a bad one for their wallets. What are you going to play? Let us know!