Homeworld Remastered Collection, 2/25/215 NXT Recap, Duck Tales Returns, Humble Bundle, Bundle of Holding, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
I saw that the Homeworld Remastered Collection has finally been released. I missed Homeworld entirely back in 1999, as well as its sequels in the early aughts, although I know that they are well loved. Also, I had been under a long misconception (which is to say basically until this game was released) that the Homeworld games were space exploration games along the lines of Freelancer (which is a game that I loved dearly). Instead, it is apparently a real-time strategy game and I admit that, after reading all of the recent coverage and checking out some videos (like the release video, above), I am thoroughly intrigued. The collection is $34.99 for remastered versions of Homeworld and Homeworld 2 and is currently rocking an 89 Metacritic score. I’d love to give it a try at some point. On to the wishlist with it!
Pretty good episode of NXT this week after a lackluster Fastlane pay per view this week. Match-wise, Bayley vs. Beck Lynch was probably the best match on the card, plus Bayley is super-over. I’m interested to see Dillinger and Jordan get some screen time, although it was an odd choice to feed Dillinger to Baron Corbin immediately after starting his feud, but I don’t guess it hurt him, either. After having Corbin go through Bull Dempsey, I wonder who you put him against next. Rhyno, maybe? As an aside, I like some of the old mid-carders coming back through NXT, and The Brian Kendrick and Finn Balor put on a good match. The Kevin Owens stuff on commentary was just awful, overall, and I don’t feel any heat with Owens and Balor, but they’ve certainly got time to develop it. I also like seeing the continuing of Breeze – Itami, since they have great chemistry together. A lot of setup this week, but still a solid episode with two good matches and a lot of things put into motion. Maybe not the best episode in the series, but I’m interested in seeing some of these stories advance, and I’m hopeful that ever a little more meaningful in ring action next week.
I also saw that Disney is bringing back DuckTales, arguably the best of the Disney Afternoon shows (sorry, Darkwing Duck) on its Disney XD channel in 2017. The old episodes actually hold up pretty well, but I just hope that they can keep the high adventure feel of the original series. It may be a long way off, but it’s something that I’m excited to see continue on for the next generation of viewers.
There are also two bundles worth taking a look at, in my opinion. The first is the current Humble Bundle. I don’t recall how much I paid for Sleeping Dogs, but it was worth $15. I’ve also heard nice things about Tomb Raider, although I haven’t played it. Although it didn’t review that well, I actually enjoyed the time that I have spent with Thief, which I got during the Steam winter sale, and Startopia is a personal all-time favorite in the simulation arena. Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Directors Cut is also a game that I think highly of. Although I played further into the original version of the game, my understanding is that they cleaned up several of the boss fights in this version, which I thought was a very nice update of the classic game. Also included are Lara Croft & The Guardian of Light, Supreme Commander 2 and Hitman GO for Android, among others.
The other bundle I would point you to is the Bundle of Holding, which includes a bunch of material for Robin D. Laws’ Hillfolk and Pelgrane Press. It’s not a game that I ever got to the table, but I certainly enjoyed reading it. It does a lot of interesting narrative things encouraging the group to tell a story that make it interesting to explore, generally, regarding what makes a good story and how we create drama in roleplaying games.
Here’s today’s music: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, a seven-piece band from Australia. Described as “unpredictable psychedelic music” by Pitchfork. I heard of them when the name caught my eye when looking at the Bonnaroo lineup. I present for your consideration Muckraker, which is not off of their current album, but is probably my favorite song of by them that I’ve heard to this point: