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Sony PlayStation Roundup- New Year Special

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After a break for the Christmas holiday, we’re back with our weekly PlayStation roundup. This week will be a little different than usual. As this is the first roundup of 2019, we’re going to have a look at some of the top news for PlayStation and Sony in 2018 and also look to the future to see what 2019 will have in store. We will have some more trailers than usual, both for upcoming games and the best trailers from 2018.

PlayStation 4 2018 Sales

The PlayStation 4 was the dominating video game console on the market last year. An article from gamesindustry.biz states that the PS4 had an increase in hardware sales in 2019, with over one million units sold.  Despite the Nintendo Switch putting up a strong fight as its sales increased more than 20%, the PlayStation still came out as the leading console for 2018. It was also recently announced the PS4 has surpassed 90 million units sold in its lifetime, an impressive achievement which further suggests its dominance.

Despite the impressive sales for consoles, physical copies of games are slowly on the decline due to the ease, convenience, and accessibility of digital purchases. However, PlayStation still dominated the market in terms of physical sales. According to the same article, PS4 was responsible for 42.2% of retail game sales in 2018. Although this is a 9.7% drop from 2017, it still makes up a significant amount of physical games sales. Sony and PlayStation have definitely taken the lead in terms of sales figures for video game consoles and for physical copies of games. Hopefully, this success will continue through 2019.

Single Player Success

Another great success for Sony and PlayStation came from some of their 2018 exclusives. Spider-Man is now one of their biggest hits to date, beating the Batman Arkham series to become the fastest selling superhero game in US history and breaking several records while doing so. One of the most notable features of Spider-Man is that it’s a narrative driven single player experience. With the growth of online games such as Fortnite, it has been a concern for gamers that single player games may be on the decline. Other factors such as the collapse of Telltale Games, a studio which popularized the point-and-click story-based adventure games, towards the end of 2018 gave way to the notion of online games becoming the primary concern for game developers in the future. However, Spider-Man and other single player story games such as God of War and Detroit: Become Human shows that there is still a huge market for good games with a strong narrative, and no online play required. The critical and commercial success of all of these titles is crucial for the continuation of narrative-based games, as suggested in an article from PlayStation Lifestyle website which I’ll link here if you would like to know more. 

Great Trailers for 2018 PlayStation Games

Marvel’s Spider-Man Be Greater Trailer- Trailer Released September 2018

This was a great trailer that captures the character of Spider-Man perfectly. We see Spidey keep getting knocked down by several villains, the antagonists from the game including Electro, Rhino, and Vulture. He is failing and with each hit, he gets weaker. But ultimately, he gets back up and fights his way back to the top of the skyscraper. It’s a perfect representation, no matter how many times he his hit, no matter how hard he falls, Spider-Man always gets up and never gives up. This is one of the most endearing parts of his personality when he is Spider-Man but also when he is Peter Parker. This trailer shows that the game knows who Spider-Man is and will honour his character, which it well and truly did. It also includes the tagline “Be Greater”, a nice take on the usual “With great power comes great responsibility” phrase. As a huge fan of the game, I definitely found myself striving to be greater and be the best Spider-Man I could be.

God of War- Story Trailer- Trailer released January 2018

God of War was one of the biggest PlayStation successes of 2018 and this story trailer did a brilliant job of highlighting the narrative of the game as well as showing that this was going to be a very different God of War game. We see Kratos and Atreus embark on their journey to scatter Fayes ashes and are introduced to some of the characters that they meet on the way such as Freya and Mimir. What I really enjoyed about this trailer is how it showed that the story and the relationship between father and son were crucial elements of the game. It was no longer just a hack and slash title, it was about to become an action adventure with a wonderful narrative.

Great Trailers for Upcoming PlayStation Games

Resident Evil 2 Remake- Releasing January 25th, 2019

Now this is how you do a remake! Capcom already successfully remade the first Resident Evil game so it wasn’t too surprising when the sequel, which has often gotten more praise than the original, was also due to get the remake treatment. The characters, iconic scenes, and settings all look fantastic with the impressive update to the graphics and camera which is now in a contemporary over the shoulder style. It’s considered one of the greatest survival horror games of all time, so seeing it in a whole new, modern way is both nostalgic and terrifying. Raccoon City has never looked so inviting.

The Last of Us Part II Gameplay Trailer- No Release Date Given Yet.

When a sequel to Naughty Dogs widely successful 2013 title The Last of Us was announced, I was unsure as to how to feel since the end of the original story seemed very fitting. It didn’t feel like more was needed to add to the compelling and near-perfect story.  However, the little that we have seen since the announcement of Part II has been enough to get me excited. The player takes on the role of Ellie this time around and not much is known about the story as a whole. In the above trailer, we see that she is several years older. We see her interacting with others her own age but we also get to see some gameplay of her taking down enemies. In an interesting decision from Naughty Dog to show that the enemies in the trailer are not infected, but healthy people. We see how much Ellie has evolved and what she is willing to do to survive but the trailer also leaves us with many questions about the story and where Joel comes into the picture. Naughty Dog have yet to give us a release date for the game but we will continue to wait patiently.

There are so many great titles coming out for the PlayStation 4 in 2019, here’s a list of a few more with concrete release dates for you.

Kingdom Hearts III- January 29th

Metro Exodus- February 15th

Jump Force- February 15th

Dead or Alive 6- February 15th

Far Cry: New Dawn- February 15th

Anthem- February 22nd

Devil May Cry 5-March 8th

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice- March 22nd

Mortal Kombat 11- April 23rd

Days Gone- April 26th

Rage 2: May 14th

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled: June 21st

Shenmue 3: August 27th

Death Stranding: No release date but it’s a Hideo Kojima game so definitely worth a mention!

 

Antonia Haynes resides in a small seaside town in England where she has lived her whole life. She's a simple girl with a passion for zombies, writing, film, television, drawing, superheroes, Disney and, of course, video games. Her ideal day would consist of junk food, fluffy pyjamas and video games because quite frankly going outside is overrated. Follow her on Twitter on @RainbowMachete

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Watch the Trailer for ‘The Mandalorian’ the First Live-Action ‘Star Wars’ Series

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Thanks to the arrival of the D23 Expo, Disney has revealed the first trailer for its long-awaited Star Wars original series, The Mandalorian.

Created by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), the series is set after the events of Return of the Jedi and follows Pedro Pascal as a mysterious, gun-slinging Mandalorian bounty hunter who navigates the seedier side of the Star Wars universe.

Along with Pedro Pascal, The Mandalorian stars Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, and Taika Waititi. The first season of episodes will be directed by filmmakers like Dave Filoni, Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow.

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Here’s the official description of The Mandalorian:

After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

The Mandalorian begins streaming on Disney+ on November 12, 2019.

Check out The Mandalorian trailer below.

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Soundtrack Gets a Vinyl Release

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While we don’t publish music news or music reviews here at Goomba Stomp, we are huge fans of vinyl and since we cover film, we figured this announcement would interest some of our readers.

Back in 2017, Jordan Peele’s Get Out topped our list of the best films of 2017 and while the year isn’t yet over, there’s a good chance his follow-up Us, will land somewhere on our best of the year list as well. There are many reasons why we love Peele’s ambitious sophomore film including for the suspense, cinematography, performances, and direction, but one thing that doesn’t get enough praise is the soundtrack by Michael Abels. And if you like us, love the original score, you’re going to love this bit of news.

After giving his Get Out soundtrack a vinyl release last year, Jordan Peele is now doing the same for the soundtrack to Us.

WaxWork Records announced the news earlier today and if you’re planning on buying a copy, you don’t have to wait since it is now available to purchase through the label’s website.

The soundtrack, which received a digital release earlier this year, features composer Michael Abels’ score, in addition to songs from Janelle Monáe, Minnie Ripperton and the “Tethered Mix” of Luniz’s “I Got 5 on It” that appeared in the film’s first trailer. The album artwork was created by illustrator Edward Kinsella and features an interactive die-cut mirror board back cover, a heavyweight art print and an exclusive essay from UCLA Professor, scholar, and activist Shana L. Redmond Ph.D.

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Trailer for the Twisted Dark Comedy thriller ‘Villains’

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Alter has released the first poster and the official trailer for Villains, the upcoming dark comedy thriller which stars Bill Skarsgård (IT) and Maika Monroe (It Follows) as a couple who rob a gas station and scores enough cash to start a new life in Florida. Unfortunately for them, their getaway plans turn upside down and the young couple end up stumbling on much more than they bargained for.

Villains hits theaters on September 20th and was written and directed by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen. In addition to Skarsgard and Monroe, the movie also stars Jeffrey Donovan and Kyra Sedgwick. It’s co-produced by Bron Studios, Star Thrower Entertainment, Creative Wealth Media Finance, and The Realm Films. You can watch the trailer for Villains below.

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Beanie Babies: The Collectables with Heart

Toys We Love Spotlight

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For our Toys We Love Spotlight, I’m looking at one of my personal favourites: Beanie Babies. I had collected so many of these growing up, and households worldwide in the 90s and early 2000s were sure to have at least one Beanie Baby in their possession (was it even the 90s if they didn’t?). These plushie companions were cute, cuddly, and collectable, so it’s not a surprise that the Beanie Babies craze swept the globe, forcing parents and toy collectors everywhere to dig into their wallets.


Beanie Babies had a few aspects to them that made them stand out from your average plushie. Firstly, they did not have as much stuffing as most soft toys. Whilst some thought that this made them look cheap, it also made them light, posable, and gave them a realistic feel and look. The bear Beanie Babies were particularly good to pose, and this set them apart from run-of-the-mill teddy bears. Another element that made Beanie Babies more unique was their special tag. Each toy had a tag attached which had the toy’s name, date of birth, and a quotation etched inside. The former was something that could have been a risky choice, as although it wasn’t completely taking away the child’s choice of name — there was nothing stopping them from just calling their Beanie whatever they wanted — a pre-selected name can be difficult to sell, as kids can often take great pride and pleasure in naming their toys.

It was a great success, however, and worked as a nice finishing touch for the Beanie Babies, adding a dash of personality and flair (something much needed in the often critically over-saturated soft toy market), as well as making each Beanie Baby feel like their own creature with their own little stories. Adding to that was the wide variety of animals that were available, such as Tiny the Chihuahua, Pegasus the Unicorn or Swampy the Alligator. This means that the desires of each individual child or enthusiastic collector could be catered to (I myself favoured the dogs and bears).

The puppies were my Beanie Baby of choice. They were all such good boys and girls.

The Beanie Babies also had their own way of tackling difficult issues in society, showing them to kids through the guise of a soft toy. I’ll give you an example through my own experience: I had a Beanie Baby that (as odd as it may sound) gave me more of an understanding of the horrors of September 11th. Weird, right? Allow me to explain. I was only just nine years old on that now-historical day when the twin towers in New York were attacked and so many innocent people lost their lives. I had come home from school (it was afternoon time here in the UK when it happened), and I remember my mum watching it on television in complete shock. She had watched the whole thing whilst I’d been at school.

I didn’t really understand what was happening to be honest. Even when I was watching the repeats of the plane crashing into the side of the tower, I was somewhat oblivious the gravity of the situation (though as a nine year old child, I suppose I could be forgiven for that). The news continued to report the tragedy for a long time, and my school held assemblies to discuss the matter. I knew people had died, and that made me very sad, but I remember thinking that people died all the time, so why was this one incident reported on so much? About a month or so after, TY released three Beanie Babies as a tribute to those lost during 9/11. One of these was a Dalmatian Beanie Baby called Rescue, and I wanted him the moment I saw him, not really knowing the true nature of his purpose. My mum obliged happily, knowing what he represented. I remember taking my little Dalmatian with the red collar and American flag on his leg home and reading his tag. It read:

To honor our heroes
who lost their lives in the
national catastrophe that
took place on September 11, 2001.
We mourn for them and express our
deepest sympathy to their families.
God Bless America

Rescue the Dalmatian was joined by America the Bear and Courage the German Shepherd. The Beanies were a set of three released to honor those who perished in the tragedy of 9/11.

I found Rescue in my room recently, and the memories flooded back to me upon reading it again. I remember looking into all the acts of heroism and bravery after reading Rescue’s tag, and that’s when the situation really hit home to me. I looked into the stories of firefighters and first responders and those who had died, as well as all the search-and-rescue dogs attempting to save people among the chaos. As a child, it can be hard to see past your immediate opinion and truly consider the sheer weight of a situation, but with Rescue’s help, I was able to see just how this event was indeed very different to anything I had ever seen before, and how serious it was. It was the first time I felt like I was thinking like a grown up. I looked at the world differently from then on — obviously as I got older, but also from my ability to think harder and search deeper. Honestly, I don’t know if I would have even bothered if it wasn’t for Rescue reminding me of exactly how much was lost on that day.

Rescue, perhaps the goodest and bravest boy of them all.

Beanie babies will forever be ingrained in culture. They are still bought, sold and collected even now and will remain a timeless staple of most of our childhoods. They certainly are for me. Especially you Rescue, the bravest firefighting Dalmatian the world has ever known.

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‘Shenmue III’ Gamescom Trailer Details a Day in the Life of Ryo

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The original Shenmue games pioneered the open world genre, in part through their inclusion of many different minigames and side activities. The Kickstarter-funded Shenmue III looks to continue that legacy, as developer Ys Net and publisher Deep Silver have debuted a new trailer at Gamescom 2019 entitled “A Day in Shenmue.”

The developers provided the following description of the trailer via their latest Kickstarter update: “Exploring the town, playing minigames and battling! We hope it feels just how a Shenmue day should!” Sure enough, the footage showcases the series protagonist Ryo participating in a number of minigames, such as a boxing game and a pachinko machine. The end of the trailer also includes a good look at the series’ signature kung fu combat.

Beyond the new trailer, the Kickstarter update also noted that Yu Suzuki, the famed creator of Shenmue, will be present at Gamescom for autograph signings.

After numerous delays, Shenmue III will finally launch on November 19, 2019 for PS4 and PC via the Epic Games Store.

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