The Weekender: Two Long Awaited Releases, Finally Here

on Thursday, Jan. 31st

The wait is over.

Is there a better sentence in the English language? Sometimes you can be waiting so long for something it feels like it is never going to happen. That’s how I felt about Skulls of the Shogun, the turn-based startegy game that finally—FINALLY– came out this week thanks to Microsoft.

The folks over at 17-Bit have been working on this indie game for years now. I first got to see it at the IndieCade E3 booth in 2011. Then again at IndieCade last year. Annnnd at E3 this year. Annn… you get the picture. It’s not their fault the game has taken this long to reach our various Microsoft devices, it’s that Microsoft was waiting for there to be various devices to release the game on.

Skulls of the Shogun takes the best parts of a turn-based strategy game and strips away the clunky bits like hex grids and the other old conventions. It plays like a cross between an action game and the classic Advance Wars. Four players at a time can compete against each other– taking turns, of course– as they compete to become the samurai lord of the underworld.

17-Bit had the game up and running with a controller based interface some time ago, and has adapted the game for use on Microsoft’s line of Surface tablets. Now that the full line-up of Surface devices– and Windows 8– are on the market the game is being released. Just in time to fill that late Winter gap that happens in gaming.

Netflix has a big play for your weekend time as well, probably. They haven’t announced an exact time when they will be dealing out the full 13 episodes of the David Fincher produced, Kevin Spacey staring House of Cards, but “sometime Friday” is the safe bet. The show was announced all the way back of March of 2011.

It’s a programming move that will either be looked back on as the death of traditional television or that one time when Netflix blew it by treating a perfectly good high-profile miniseries like it was a back catalog season of L.A. Ink.

Hey: at least February won’t be boring.

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