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
- Catch up on Sony’s Tokyo Game Show 2016 press conference
Catch up on the news from Sony’s Tokyo Game Show press conference, which you can watch in its entirety here. There’s plenty of interesting announcements, especially for anyone who likes Japan centric games, some of which have made it into the rest of this news round up.
- The Last Guardian has been delayed until December
Just for old time’s sake, it’s been pushed back from October until the second week of December.
- PlayStation 4 Firmware 4.00 came out this week
And it’s a pretty damn big update with folders, a new in-game PDM menu, HDR support and plenty more.
- Hideo Kojima talked more about Death Stranding
And nobody is any the wiser as to what it’s about. It’s something about dolphins and whales now?
- Ezio gets remastered in Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection
Coming out this November, and looking at the comments, people seem quite happy about this. Then again, gazzagb asks, “Why no PC remaster?”
- South Park: The Fractured But Whole delayed until early 2017
MrYd wrote, “Maybe someone realised that the new (20th) series is going to be as bad as the last one, and a couple of months between the end of the series and the game gives people time to forget about it?” But RFC2007 is more optimistic, saying, “The Stick of Truth was far funnier than any of the recent seasons for me though, and I’m sure this game will be even better when it finally releases.”
- The For Honor closed Alpha is running this weekend
Just in case you signed up for this and haven’t checked your emails, you should probably do so. If not, console yourself with our For Honor preview from Gamescom.
- 2K Games block BioShock: The Collection streaming
Because that might spoil the story, or something?
- Final Fantasy XV Luna Edition is the first limited edition “slim” PS4
Personally, I’d have been a bit more interested if this was a PS4 Pro.
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!
- The New PlayStation 4 – It’s rather good
- Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 – PS4, Xbox One, PC – 9/10
- Mount & Blade: Warband – PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Linux – 9/10
- Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past – 3DS – 8/10
- The Tomorrow Children – PS4 – 7/10
- Touhour Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet – PS4 – 4/10
- Oceanhorn: Monsters of Uncharted Seas – PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, iOS – 4/10
- One Way Trip – PS4, PS Vita – 2/10
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.
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.
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!