I really enjoyed last week’s opening round of the Six Nations, and the matches this weekend are set to be thrillers too. Obviously, your enjoyment of the matches will differ by which team you support, but it’s a good excuse to stay in doors this weekend as the temperatures are set to plummet!
In the News This Week
- Project Cars 2 Confirmed For Late 2017 Release
“Colour me intrigued” says Tomhlord as Slightly Mad Studios release a shiny trailer too.
- Oh Bums, Looks Like South Park: The Fractured But Whole’s Been Delayed Again
- Call Of Duty Will Be Going “Back To Its Roots” In 2017
Where do you think this year’s installment will be set?
- Star Trek: Bridge Crew Delayed Again, Now Out At The End Of May
It’s gone from November, to March, to May. Who wants to bet it’ll slip again?
- Valve Has Three Virtual Reality Games In Development
Gabe reckons 2018-2019 is where VR games will start to shine, but says Valve get “really frustrated working in walled gardens” when talking about console games.
- Blizzard Testing A Server Browser For Overwatch
One of 2016’s best multiplayer games is about to get better, as there will be increased support for custom games and servers.
- ARK: Survival Evolved Tops The January PS Store Chart
Closely followed by Rocket League and GTA V.
- February’s EU PS Store Sale Features Some Of 2016’s Biggest Games
Big games, smaller prices!
Games in Review
It was a quiet week in the reviews, but by no means a bad one with Nioh getting heaps of praise.
- Nioh – PS4 – 9/10
- Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 – The Road To Boruto DLC – PS4, XBO, PC – No Score
This Week’s Features
Compared to the reviews, it was a much busier week for the previews. Jim shared his thoughts on the For Honor open beta, which is taking place right now. Calling the game “unique and fresh”, he ponders if it will be 2017’s big multiplayer hit, or if Ubisoft’s track record of buggy multiplayer will hamper its popularity.
Sticking with Ubisoft, Stefan wrote about why he was disappointed by the Ghost Recon Wildlands beta, and it’s interesting to see a divide in the community where some of you enjoyed it while others didn’t. Still, it’s important to remember that both were just betas so we should expect to see some levels of improvement for sure.
Another game currently in beta and well on it’s way down the development path is Sniper Ghost Warrior 3. The addition of an open world sees a dramatic change from the previous games and gives players far more freedom to complete missions how they wish.
Elsewhere, following the announcement this week, Stefan got behind the wheel of Project Cars 2. He also spoke to the Creative Director about how development is progressing and whether the game will get PSVR support at some stage. Check out the video below for his first impressions.
Turning our attention to the blogs now, Jim explained why he’s lost confidence in the Nintendo Switch, and as a result has cancelled his pre-order. Perhaps another reason is that he’s having too much fun with Rainbow Six Siege, which he believes deserves your attention thanks to the great support it’s been getting from Ubisoft.
Everyone chipped in to help Tuffcub come up with filthy 1-2-Switch mini-games that he wants to pitch to Nintendo, while on a more serious note, Stefan wrote about why politics and video games should not be kept separate.
As always, What We Played plays us out with Nioh, Rainbow Six and Project Cars 2.
Taking a look at your achievements, Crazy_Del is close to getting the platinum for Cabela’s Big Game Hunter 2010, while MrYd is being denied the Ratchet & Clank platinum by “those evil hoverboard race related trophies”. Fingers crossed they don’t cause him too much trouble!
DividSmythe enlisted R1MJAW‘s help to power his way through Diablo 3, getting his hardcore character up to level 70. He also got the platinum out of World of Nubla
Andrewww‘s step back to the PS3 saw him tick another game off his backlog, finishing his run through of Tomb Raider, while ron_mcphatty nabbed the platinum in Absolute Drift.
The Week Ahead
The doom and gloom of January is behind us, as it looks like the releases are starting to pick up again:
- For Honor – PS4, XBO, PC – 14/02
- Sniper Elite 4 – PS4, XBO, PC – 14/02
- Rise & Shine – PS4, XBO, PC -17/02
- The Flame in the Flood – PS4 – 17/02
I hope you all have a lovely weekend, and I’ll see you again soon!