Phoenix Point/Darksiders Genesis, Riot begins publishing, more



How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from and welcome to your daily gaming update for Friday, December 6th. Hey if you were having trouble hearing this show at the beginning of this week, my apologies, I think I’ve got it all worked out now. Let’s jump in.

Ok we’ve got two game releases here and I’d like to cover what the critics are saying about them. The first is Phoenix Point, which is a game from the original XCOM creator, though the most recent XCOM games have inspired this one. It seems like reviewers were pretty content with most of the things in the game, but the biggest grudge was that combat often felt repetitive. They say it’s fun, but you do a lot of the same. Here’s a nice summary from Sam White of VG247, “Like XCOM…Phoenix Point is a gripping tactical strategy game…it’s lovely to look at, wonderfully tense, and there’s a lot of depth and customisation…but that overwhelming sense of deja vu is inescapable in much of its design…Phoenix Point is all a little too much like XCOM to move the genre forward in any huge way.” The other game I want to look at is Darksiders Genesis, a spinoff prequel of the s eries. What’s unique about this one is that it’s got a much more zoomed out camera which gives it a perspective of like a loot-collecting hack-n’-slash like Diablo, but it’s not, it’s still Darksiders. Critics loved the combat, generally disliked the story, and also ran into some technical issues with the camera. Overall though, pretty positive, especially for a spinoff. Available solo or co-op, with campaign having two playable character throughout.

Riot Games is getting into games publishing, with a new division of the company called Riot Forge. Their specific goal will be to publish games in the League of Legends universe, so they’re probably going to have creative supervision and its not like they’re just publishing for anybody. One project is already in the works, which will be revealed at The Game Awards next week, and of course the main division still has all of those other games they previously revealed, so the card game, the FPS, and the fighting game.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is now available on Steam, after being exclusive on PC to the Rockstar and Epic Games Launchers. That’s pretty much all on that story, but you know what else is available on Steam, is Halo. The Master Chief Collection and Halo: Reach are both being played like crazy right now, it’s doing insane numbers on Steam and on Twitch, really cool to see that happening.

Microsoft has just listed two new remasters on their store, Vanquish and Bayonetta. They’re apparently being remastered for the first time, with 4K graphics and 60FPS available for the Xbox One X, available February 2020. Apparently there will also be a bundle of the two together, under the label of their 10th anniversary. Sega has yet to say anything about this, so they may have jumped the gun a little early.

That is all for today, thank you very much for tuning in. As you know I am here every Monday-Friday with the news, but tomorrow is Saturday, and I’m going to be talking about something. Don’t know what yet, but the weekends are always fun to create so we’ll have something nice. Anyway until tomorrow….Happy Gaming Everyone.