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Something For The Weekend – 10/02/17

The one where some people were wrong.

I know it’s still February, but it’s been bloody cold this past week, which I guess is pretty fitting when the Winter Olympics kicked off in PyeongChang, South Korea, featuring some rather wonderful open ceremony shenanigans with drones glowing in the dark.

I think it was actually a little reminiscent of the opening to London’s 2012 Summer Olympics in that regard, but then opening ceremonies are always going to be full of local nostalgia for the past and looking to the future of the country. It was especially good to see North and South Korea united under a single banner, as they put aside their differences, even if only for a short period.

Anyway, onto the news and the biggest story of the month so far:

In the News This Week

Games in Review

February keeps on trucking, but while we have a number of high scoring games this week, they’re different to the big hitters we’ve enjoyed over the last month or so.

Reviewed platform in bold.

This Week’s Features

There was plenty of variety in the rest of this week’s features, with my personal highlight coming as I ventured into the dark and mysterious forest of Fe.

Just a gorgeous to behold is Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, which Dave went to play this week, sampling its Kingdom Building mode, before chatting about the game with Dom.

Dave also returned to Dragon Quest Builders for Switch, finding it to be most at home on the oft handheld console, while Jim’s thoughts on Steep’s Road to the Olympics expansion were published just in time for the actual Olympics to kick off

I delved into the Early Access release of the throwback WWII shooter Battalion 1944, before shifting over to Total War: Arena’s fast team-based multiplayer strategy. I also spoke to CA’s Josh Williams about the game as it heads into open beta later this month.

There was another left turn as I then spoke to Obsidian’s Josh Sawyer about Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfirebefore rounding off my week by trying to tip a tractor in the upcoming Pure Farming 2018. Did I manage it?

Finally, What We Played featured Shadow of the Colossus and Monster Hunter: World

Trailer Park

Far Cry 5’s Guns for Hire trailer has an adorable throat ripping dog

Beckett’s got a really weird trailer

Laser League gets a community trailer as it heads into Early Access

Your Achievements

Let’s check in with the community:

  • MrYD has not enjoyed this month’s selection of PS+ games, saying Rime is a poor man’s Journey, and that Knack is highly flawed. He’ll still play it though, because he needs to fill the void of having finished the main story in Assassin’s Creed “Oranges”.
  • At 99p, the price tactical20 paid for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was decidedly not infinite. “Only a few missions in, but 99p seems about right,” he says. He’s wrong though.
  • hornet1990 is also wrong.
  • ron_mcphatty is dead impressed by Red Dead Redemption, and says it looks great, despite being a good seven years old.
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is “stunning”, says Andrewww, thanks to its emotional depth.
  • TSBonyman completed Horizon Zero Dawn this week and thinks it definitely lived up to the hype.
  • 16 hours in and Steelhead is enjoying Persona 5 quite a bit.
  • gernboes can finally play Uncharted 4, now that he’s completed the third game in the series. It might have to wait though, since Gravity Rush 2, Persona 4 Golden, Hitman and Monster Hunter: World are all on his plate!

If you want to be included in this section, make sure to comment on What We Played of a Friday evening.

The Week Ahead

What’s that? Another busy week of game releases? Sure, that sounds about right…

  • Dynasty Warriors 9 – PS4, XBO, PC – 13/10
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance – PS4, XBO, PC – 13/10
  • Owlboy – PS4, XBO, Switch – 13/10
  • Secret of Mana – PS4, PS Vita, PC – 15/10
  • Bayonetta – Switch – 16/10
  • Bayonetta 2 – Switch – 16/10
  • Fe – PS4, XBO, PC – 16/10

Have a great weekend, and we’ll catch you next week!

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