I’m rarely sure what to talk about in these intros, so let’s fall back on an old favourite: sports. It’s been a week of wildly contrasting fortunes, whether it’s England and Novak Djokovic crashing out of their respective tournaments, to the joys of Wales borrowing a little luck from the other side of the Irish Sea on their way past Belgium.
Then there were all the suspension failures that a bunch of yellow sausage kerbs wrought on foolhardy F1 drivers… Still, it means that Jenson Button and his McLaren will quite miraculously be starting on the second row of the grid for today’s Austrian Grand Prix!
We all love a good underdog story, don’t we?
That underdog label might well apply to the British economy for the forseeable future and beyond. With the value of the Pound dropping quite significantly after the referendum, analysts say that this could soon be reflected in the cost of games consoles.
As camdaz rightly said, this is still educated guesswork. “At the moment it seems the financial markets are afraid of the unknown. Who knows where we’ll be in six months or a year or two’s time.”
Then again, for publishers, “game development in the UK becomes cheaper in some ways,” beeje13 said. “Swings and roundabouts.”
Even though games consoles would be far from the only things affected, Andrewww said, “I know this is a gaming site, and that’s why I come here, but I very much doubt price rises of consoles and games […] will be among the more relevant outcomes of Brexit, not even for the hardcore gamers among us.”
Corbula bemoaned that they thought TSA and gaming was “The one place I thought I was safe to avoid all the EU Brexit talk.”
Sorry to disappoint…
So let’s look at something that’s definitely on the up. PlayStation Plus has just passed the 20 million subscriber mark, having almost doubled in the last 18 months!
TSBonyman said, “That’s an impressive jump, but also shows that half of PS4 gamers don’t play online.” To which gazzagb replied, “I don’t. Forking out 40 quid a year just seems excessive, especially when the ‘free’ games they hand out are rubbish.”
Bunimomike jokingly supposed that “They’re probably Leave voters.”
Finally, while Warner Bros. were forced to delay the Batman: Return to Arkham collection – “So now we are having delays on remasters too?” kjkg asked – 2K announced BioShock: The Collection for release in September.
Though not everyone got on with the games before, with homerjnick and cam_manutd both failing to gel with the look and pacing, it’s a “Day one purchase,” Avenger said. He also realised that “this, XCOM 2, Assetto Corsa, F1 2016 and Forza Horizon 3 are all within a month now. That’s a lot of day one purchasing.”
Oh, and Eldave0 said, “Just a heads up for anyone who has a semi-decent PC: the Bioshock games are in the Steam sale this week. These are eligible for the free remastered upgrade in September.”
It’s good to see some of the more regular faces in these achievement round ups popping up again. There’s a wide array of games being played, from Overwatch to Uncharted 4 and the more unusual titles. When not playing Dead Island with friends, R1MJAW has battled and struggled with The Binding of Isaac’s Afterbirth DLC, but has finally managed to get to 1001% completion in the game.
DividSmythe has the platinum trophy for South Park: The Stick of Truth, but he enjoyed it so much that he’s tempted to go and play it on PS3 just to earn it all over again. He’s a bit crackers, but not as crackers as Crazy_Del – a surprisingly sane man, despit the name. He played through Not Alone with his missus and got 100% completion on it, before racing through a second run of Grim Fandango just for the ‘Tank Controls’ trophy.
Youles‘ 104th platinum comes from Dirt Rally, and a 105th is on the cards, having finished a “Veteran with no checkpoints” run of Black Ops 3’s campaign. However, he’s now faced with grinding through thousands and thousands of kills with different weapons…
Perhaps it’s the warm glow inside from having been allowed to do yesterday’s Round Up, but The Lone Steven‘s luck turned in his battle to save mankind in XCOM, despite its insistence of missing with a 95% chance of hitting. Even so, he’s closing in on the game’s finale, and his infectious… enthusiasm, shall we say, has tempted Avenger back to doing another run through, when he’s not playing Halo 5’s new Warzone Firefight mode.
The trophy leaderboards are on a hiatus at the moment, so after a rather brief Chronicle, all that’s left to do is bid you farewell for another week.