It’s the night before Christmas, and I hope you’ve all got a lovely weekend ahead of you. Get those presents wrapped – you have bought all your presents, right? – spend time with family and friends and, if you’re in the path of Storm Barbara in the north of the country, batten down those hatches!
Understandably, given the time of year, the gaming world has been a bit quieter than usual.
In the News This Week
- The EU PlayStation Store’s January Sale gets under way
Plenty of games on offer, but are they cheap enough to tempt you?
- Xbox And Steam also get their year ending sales started
Looks like Steam’s planning to drain your wallets once more.
- A Gravity Rush 2 demo was released
- As was a demo for NieR: Automata
- Tracer kissed a girl and the internet wasn’t sure if it liked it
I mean, you’d kind of hope that Tracer did.
- Super Mario Run sprinted past 40 million downloads in 4 days
- The Nintendo Switch reportedly runs faster when docked
I’m very intrigued by the Switch, but there’s still a lot of questions and worries about how the system will work.
- Crytek is closing all but two of its studios
Desperately sad news for all those facing layoffs, as Crytek’s longstanding financial troubles rear their heads once again.
Games in Review
As the year draws to the close, we only had a handful of game reviews this week. I looked back on Telltale’s Batman series, as well as looking forward to The Walking Dead’s fresh start, and then Dave’s been playing a bizarrely named RPG on 3DS.
- The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – Episodes 1 & 2 – PS4, XBO, PC, iOS, Android – 8/10
- Batman: The Telltale Series – Series Review – PS4, PS3, XBO, X360, PC, Mac, iOS, Android – 7/10
- 7th Dragon III: Code VFD – 3DS – 6/10
This Week’s Features
We’ve been in full on end of the year mode, with Review of the Year recapping gaming and world events from March, April, May, June and July, while Ones to Watch in 2017 sifting through the upcoming Shooters, RPGs, Virtual Reality, Indie and Action games.
In Game of the Year, we handed out awards for:
- Best Soundtrack
- Best Audio Design
- Best Visual Design
- Best Handheld/Mobile Game
- Best Hardware
- Best Virtual Reality Game
- Best Story
- Best Character
- Best Racing Game
- Best Sports Game
But there was still plenty of space for a few other things. Miguel shared his thoughts on Gravity Rush 2 from playing the demo, we spoke to Guerrilla Games about how they developed RIGS to be accessible to as many people as possible, and how they’re taking the VR shooter forwards with the Winter Update. We also dove into Independent By Design, a book all about the studios and people behind a broad variety of indie games.
Finally, we had What We Played, with Shantae: Half-Genie Hero incredibly popular among the staff.
The first trailer of Seasons of Heaven for Nintendo Switch have released
Though the devs admit they don’t have Switch dev kits yet, and this was on PC
We’re light on the achievements from this week, but I’m sure plenty of people will be spending the next week staring intently at TV screens as they plough through games and grab trophies.
Ron_mcphatty got to try out a PSVR and absolutely adored the Star Wars Battlefront VR mission, before settling in to complete his first run through of Ratchet & Clank, while Pixel_nme played with another platforming duo in The Last Guardian, thoroughly enjoying his first play through. He also managed to scoop up the platinum trophy for The Division with the help of Forrest (who also got the plat).
The Week Ahead
Unsurprisingly, there aren’t any games planned for release between now and the end of the year, and TSA will basically shut down for the next week or so. That doesn’t mean you can’t keep visiting us, as we recap what’s happened in the last year, look forward to the games of 2017, and continue picking out what we think have been the best games of 2016.