Kaser Focus: The return of Max, Lara, and Guybrush

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I don’t know what was in the air this week, but the gaming industry decided to announce the return of several iconic gaming characters this week. Earlier this week, we heard that there will be a new Monkey Island game and that Ron Gilbert will be involved. I’m not coming off as Mike Minotti, but I’m excited to see the return of one of the best point-and-click adventure games of all time.

Rockstar and Remedy announced that they are remaking the first two Max Payne games for current-gen consoles. I’m not exactly the biggest fan of Max Payne, but I am a big fan of noir and urban thrillers, and Max Payne is one of the most authentic examples of both genres in video games. Also, I like the Remedy jib cut in general.

Crystal Dynamics is making the next entry in the Tomb Raider series on the recently released Unreal Engine 5. We don’t know anything else about it, but that’s all I need to know, because I missed Lara Croft. I’ll assume that Lara Croft will return in the new title, although no one at Crystal Dynamics has explicitly said so. It’s not a Tomb Raider game without Lady Croft.

Other than that, great news is that Activision Blizzard has converted over 1,000 of their contract workers to full-time employees, with a corresponding pay raise. Notably, the change in pay does not apply to Raven Software and its QA team, who were spearheading unionization efforts after their colleagues were laid off. Very interesting.

As for this week’s games, I’ve been playing the new adventure game Chinatown Detective Agency. This return to the old Carmen Sandiego games is reinvigorating my love of investigation and detective work. But on the other side of things, I finally completed my Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands review. The two games feel about as far apart from each other as you can get, so it’s been an interesting week.

What to play this week

What’s new:

  • MLB The Show 22
  • Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  • Chinatown Detective Agency
  • Outbreak: Contagious Memories
  • road maintenance simulator

New to subscription services:

  • Hooded: Outlaws and Legends (PS Plus)
  • Kill the Needle (PS Plus)
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom — Rehydrated (PS Plus)
  • Cricket 22 (Xbox Game Pass)
  • MLB The Show 22 (Xbox Game Pass)
  • Dragon Age 2 (Xbox Game Pass)
  • Chinatown Detective Agency (Xbox Game Pass)
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (Xbox Game Pass)
  • Star Wars: Squadrons (Xbox Game Pass)
  • Die after sunset (GeForce Now)
  • Elder (GeForce Now)
  • Tunic (GeForce Now)
  • Northgard (GeForce Now)
  • Off-World Trading Company (GeForce Now)
  • Island Spirit (GeForce Now)

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