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Something For The Weekend - 17/09/16

Ramping up.

It’s been a strange old week, with some of the hottest weather of the year at the start and finishing off with yesterday’s torrential downpours. At least we seemed to have settled into the usual cloudy British misery for the weekend.

If that nice weather had stuck around, it would’ve been a lovely way to cap off a fairly busy week. Sony held their pre-TGS show conference, so there was plenty of news to cover there, but we also had a good few games to review, as we start to get into the busiest part of the year for videogames. Next week is looking chock-a-block, as everyone seems to have picked 20th September to release on!


In the News This Week


Games in Review

There’s a good few reviews this week, covering all manner of different games, some of which are more weird than they are wonderful. Oh, and there’s also a nice hardware review!


This Week’s Features

We carried on from last week’s PlayStation 4 Pro announcement in a couple of different ways. First, we took a look at what it takes to bring a game to PS4 Pro, before turning our attention to the difficulties of demonstrating new tech like 4K, HDR and PS VR and doing so within the constraints of older tech. Anyone remember the old “This is DVD” videos that were on VHS?

There was a big blowout of new Mafia III content, as we went hands on with the game for a good few hours. So there’s a written preview, a 10 minute long video preview chat, and then an interview with executive producer Andy Wilson.

Tuffcub got to go hands on with Crytek’s first person VR game, Robinson: The Journey, and played with a pet dinosaur. We also spoke to Crytek about what exactly has gone into making this all work in as seamless a fashion as possible.

Dom got into the festival spirit for a Forza Horizon 3 preview and re-coloured the world of Paper Mario: Color Splash, while Aran played the NBA 2K17: The Prelude ahead of reviewing the full game. Dom, Miguel and I then returned to the shopping malls and casino complexes of the Dead Rising remasters games, for a 10th anniversary look back on the series’ inventive zombie bashing fun.

Finally, as ever, there’s this week’s What We Played, featuring Forza Horizon 3, The BioShock Collection and Mafia III.


Trailer Park

Never forget Sony’s TGS 2016 PlayStation 4 rap
Wow!

Battlezone gets a full on four player VR co-op campaign
But that’s not all that this 7 minute long video will tell you about the game.

Jon Snow goes bad in the new Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare story trailer
And UFC champion Connor McGregor is in it too, for some reason.

Destiny: Rise of Iron’s launch trailer has flaming axes and wolves in it
What more could you want?

New Everybody’s Golf looks pretty ace
And it’s much, much more than just golf this time.


Your Achievements

It’s been a pretty quiet week for you trophy hunters. R1MJAW’s birthday – happy birthday! – saw him pick up a few games off PSN, and he’s already grabbed 100% of the trophies for Letter Quest, while also enjoying a little bit of Absolute Drift and Unepic. He also teamed up with regular co-op buddies heedbaw and Pixel_nme for GTA V, the latter of whom finished off the single player this week.

Ron_mcphatty’s been playing through Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, reawakening the kid inside him and finishing all the story missions within a couple of days.

Blast71 finally managed to bag the platinum trophy for Battlefield 4, and just in time for Battlefield 1’s release next month. Meanwhile, Crazy_Del nabbed the plat for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and Youles got the platinum for Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, got sucked into doing all of the game’s DLC trophies, restored the 100% completion for both TTR: World Tour and Minecraft on Vita, and got the platinum for Severed. He’s been a busy bee, that one!


The Week Ahead

Next week’s a big one. Just see for yourselves:

  • Destiny: Rise of Iron – PS4, XBO – 20/09
  • NBA 2K17 – PS4, XBO, PS3, X360, PC – 20/09
  • Batman: The Telltale Series – Episode 2: Children of Arkham – PS4, XBO, PS3, X360, Win, Mac, iOS, Android – 20/09
  • The Bunker – PS4, XBO, Win – 20/09 (24/09 on XBO)
  • Dear Esther: Landmark Edition – PS4, XBO – 20/09
  • Seraph – Win – 20/09
  • Cossacks 3 – Win – 20/09
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse – 3DS – 20/09 US release
  • Firewatch – XBO – 21/09
  • Virginia – PS4, XBO, Win – 22/09
  • Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade – Win, Mac, Linux – 23/09

And with that, whether you’re playing with a fancy new iPhone 7, watching the Singapore Grand Prix, weekend football or playing videogames, I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

14 Comments
  1. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    Is it just me or are Hello Games suddenly very quiet about No Man’s Sky? There’s barely been a peep out of them, nor has there been much news for a couple of weeks now.

    Comment posted on 17/09/2016 at 18:42.
    • MrYd
      Member
      Since: Mar 2011

      Is it really surprising, given there’s a very vocal minority having a good whinge about everything? I’d definitely go for the “Screw you internet, I’m going home” option if I was in their shoes. It’s that or spend all your time replying to “It doesn’t do this, which we were promised” with either “yes, it does” or “no, you weren’t promised that”.

      Comment posted on 17/09/2016 at 19:38.
      • The Lone Steven
        Never heard of him.
        Since: May 2010

        I think it’s the majority of people being really pissed about the lies that Hello Games told about NMS and it being a massive disappointment instead of the minority.

        Sony seems to have gone the “Hey, it’s nothing to do with us.” approach and HG are either trying to do damage control or they are trying to get features in in what seems to be a half finished game.

        Comment posted on 17/09/2016 at 20:05.
      • gazzagb
        Master of speling mitakse
        Since: Feb 2009

        I’d hardly of called it a minority that are disappointed with the game.

        I think Steven is right, they know they can’t defend themselves so they’re just keeping hush.

        Comment posted on 17/09/2016 at 20:49.
      • ron_mcphatty
        Member
        Since: Sep 2008

        You’re right in that they can’t defend themselves, but I don’t think they overpromised it to the degree the internets say they did. It’s definitely an indie game, maybe the Sony PR machine was the problem rather than Hello Games? Still love it, was addicted, had to go cold turkey, coping now.

        Comment posted on 18/09/2016 at 10:25.
      • gazzagb
        Master of speling mitakse
        Since: Feb 2009

        They over-promised it by showing off videos of amazing planets, all calling it “in game footage” which then looked nothing like the final release.

        To be fair to Hello Games, loads of developers do this (e.g Ubisoft) but graphical downgrades can be overlooked if there’s still a good game beneath it, which there doesn’t seem to be with NMS.

        Comment posted on 18/09/2016 at 10:39.
      • TSBonyman
        Member
        Since: Dec 2009

        They’ve posted on their blog that they knew people were having issues and once they had ironed out those issues they would move on to new content. And they released another update today.
        I don’t understand all the hate, the game could do with some extra content but otherwise it’s a beautiful thing. The planets seem to be becoming even more lush and beautiful as i travel and after 130+hrs playing, (and possibly due to an extra tweak in todays update) i discovered butterflies for the first time ever – not birds, beavers or cows with butterfly wings – actual butterflies, fluttering about at head height. Butterflies might not seem like a big deal but it’s a completely new type of critter to me after already playing for so long, which just compels me to play more to see what else i can discover.

        Comment posted on 18/09/2016 at 20:33.
      • The Lone Steven
        Never heard of him.
        Since: May 2010

        Basically, it was overhyped and failed to meet expectations. People tend to be real pissed about being decieved and tehre was a lot of lies told by Hello Games along with misleading marketing.

        Comment posted on 18/09/2016 at 22:51.
    • JR.
      Member
      Since: Apr 2013

      This is the problem with naming your company Hello Games. They’re just asking for trouble. If they had called themselves F*ck You Games, people might have shown some restraint.

      Comment posted on 19/09/2016 at 00:21.
      • The Lone Steven
        Never heard of him.
        Since: May 2010

        Incidentally, that is what Digital Homcide will be renaming themselves after the lawsuits they are in. :P

        Comment posted on 19/09/2016 at 00:30.
      • JR.
        Member
        Since: Apr 2013

        Company creates rubbish games.
        Gamers review rubbish games harshly.
        Company sues gamers.
        Gamers creates dinosaurs.
        Dinosaurs eat company.
        Trump inherits the earth.

        Comment posted on 19/09/2016 at 00:51.
      • The Lone Steven
        Never heard of him.
        Since: May 2010

        And yet, despite all of that, Peter Molyneux still has a career.

        Comment posted on 19/09/2016 at 01:08.
  2. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    Digital Homicide have been kicked off Steam for being hostile to Steam customers. That’s quite the understatement on account of them threatening and attempting to sue users for millions. I think picking on Steam may have slightly backfired and we may hear news of Steam being sued soon.

    Anyway, it’s september thus meaning that all the christmas stuff is out and halloween is given a bit of a notice in supermarkets. Really want to get mince pies but it would be commiting high treason against the country if i have them now. :O

    Summer is over. Autumn is here. Winter is coming and we will shut down at the slighest bit of snow.

    Think the what you been playing should be added to the achievements instead of just people’s trophies. Else, it is at risk of having the same people being mentioned and giving a misleading impression of favourtism.

    Also, my chances of getting a jerb will increase soon. Volunteering starts in a fortnight! :D

    Comment posted on 17/09/2016 at 21:05.
  3. Crazy_Del
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    Late to the party…. Loving this new weekend article and the layout aswell as the week in and week out.
    And oh Happy Birthday R1MJAW ^^

    Comment posted on 18/09/2016 at 14:08.

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