The catch-up coffee: June 17, 2024

Did somebody say "lesbian road trip RPG"?

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Paul Raschid’s latest interactive film is The Run

This news has been so quiet in gaming circles that I nearly missed it; that could be because The Run is being described as an “interactive feature project” but not “FMV game.” Interactive films are a subcategory of FMV games, though, so let’s not pretend otherwise! The genre is shifting, that’s for sure. Anyway, Paul Raschid is the director behind titles like The Complex and Five Dates (which he also wrote). In 2023, his hostage thriller The Gallery was the first interactive film to get a limited cinema release. Raschid’s recently-announced interactive horror-thriller film The Run involves the same gameplay mechanic of making decisions that affect the game’s narrative path.

The Run is about a famous fitness influencer whose morning run turns into a fight for survival while being chased by killers who appear to have no motivation. (“Appear.” Noted.) While on the run she meets a local farmer, putting his his life is on the line as well. The interactive film is currently being shot in Northern Italy.

For a second time, George Blagden (The Gallery, Black Mirror) stars in a film by Rashid. The Run also stars Roxanne McKee (Game of Thrones). Other cast members include Fabio Testi (Letters to Juliet), Jamie Ward (His Dark Materials), Jemma Donovan (Neighbours), Katia Ricciarelli (Un Passo Dal Cielo), and Franco Nero (Django Unchained). Veteran Italian filmmaker Dario Argento (Suspiria) has also been added to the project.

Lesbian road trip RPG Get in the Car, Loser! is coming to consoles

I know I’m not alone in spending years wishing on shooting stars for this announcement! Get in the Car, Loser! is a game about fighting for love and justice in the face of indifference. It’s been available for PC/Mac for a couple of years now, and a Nintendo Switch version was announced quietly last week via a newsletter for the game. This version of the game will include bonus beach DLC Battle on the Big Boardwalk and extra story DLC Fate of Another World.

Get in the Car, Loser! follows three young students from the Academy of Order and one renegade angel from the Divine Order as they head off on a road trip to prevent edgelord cultists from unsealing the Machine Devil, unleashing evil. Sam Anon and company will have to seal away evil while hitting every diner along the way and likely blushing during every single conversation with her beautiful friends.

Developed and published by Love Conquers All Games, Get in the Car, Loser! will be released for Nintendo Switch in September. It is currently available for PC/Mac via Steam/

Aksys is bringing Fitness Boxing feat. Hatsune Miku to the West

With an English version of Fitness Boxing feat. Hatsune Miku already announced for launch in Asia, it was only a matter of time until the game was announced for a Western release. It’s pretty much Fitness Boxing with a Miku skin, but that’s actually pretty awesome – just ask Matt, who reviewed the Japanese release and really enjoyed it.

Fitness Boxing feat. Hatsune Miku has a class Fitness Boxing Mode and a new Miku Exercise mode that features 24 classic Piapro songs plus some special ones tossed into the mix. Train alongside the Piapro characters: Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Rin, Kagamine Len, and Megurine Luka. There is a wide range of warm-up options and difficult settings. Fitness Boxing instructors Lin and Evan join in on the fun, too.

Developed by Imagineer and published by Aksys Games, Fitness Boxing feat. Hatsune Miku will be released for Nintendo Switch in the West during Q4 2024.

Another video game adaptation of Monopoly is on the way

Monopoly as a video game doesn’t work well often, or not that I’ve experienced. It’s been a lot of boring and janky gameplay with a few exceptions. Maybe this time will be different too? Monopoly’s description is that the classic is returning with improved graphics (yawn) and gameplay that brings the tabletop game to the digital world. While moving around the board, watch as the neighbourhood transforms before you. Hidden tokens can be found hidden in nooks and crannies, but Mr. Monopoly might just be hiding in plain sight.

You can customize the experience by choosing dice/token aesthetic or crafting your own rule set. There’s a Fast Mode that makes you switch strategies and a Speed Die mode that has faster board progression that creates shorter matches.

Developed by Engine Software and published by Ubisoft, Monopoly will be released for Luna, PC via Steam/Epic/Ubisoft, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series, and Xbox One in September.

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Lindsay picked up an NES controller for the first time at the age of 6 and instantly fell in love. She began reviewing GBA games 20 years ago and quickly branched out from her Nintendo comfort zone. She has has developed a great love of life sims and FMV titles. For her, accessibility is one of the most important parts of any game (but she also really appreciates good UI).

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