Something For The Weekend: 18/08/19

Gamescom is upon us once more, and I’ll be trekking out to Germany tomorrow to spend the best part of a week trying out dozens of upcoming games and speaking to developers. Also, I’ll be doing my best to avoid the mad hordes of gamers crowding every hall and walkway in the public side of the show.

What are you most looking forward to hearing more about?

In the News This Week

Games in Review

There’s been some pretty big games on the test bench this past week, and some real stinkers to go alongside.

Reviewed platform in bold.

This Week’s Features

In the rest of the features, Playing With History returned with a look at the gorgeous 11-11: Memories Retold, with Ade speaking to its creators at Aardman and DigixArt to explore the human toll of WWI that it tries to depict.

I then went hands on with the realistic modern era shooter Insurgency: Sandstorm, finding a game that really surprised me with how fun and accessible it felt despite its hardcore elements.

I also spent time with Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate on Switch, before getting an early look at the Gamescom demo for Total War: Three Kingdomsand speaking to three of the senior developers.

Last but not least, Miguel brought us seven new things to do in the gangster paradise of Yakuza Kiwami 2, before What We Played featured that same Yakuza game, Everspace and Dragon Quest XI.

Trailer Park

See a little more of the curious looking The Quiet Man

Check out the Battlefield V Gamescom trailer, The Devastation of Rotterdam

Here’s ‘How to Hitman’ in a new Hitman 2 trailer

Check out the official Doom Eternal gameplay reveal from last weekend

Your Achievements

There’s plenty of busy gaming this week, as we check in on the TSA community:

  • “MrYd got the Platinum for The Walking Dead Collection, and did some other stuff.” – MrYd
  • It’s been Dead Cells and nothing more for GeneralJeeb.
  • JR. got sweaty with The Inpatient on PSVR, before nabbing the platinum trophies for Fe, Dear Esther and Life Is Strange: Before the Storm.
  • Ron_mcphatty “dusted off my trusty old winged space banana.” I stopped reading at that point.
  • It was the usual GTA Online for gernboes, but it was joined by Mass Effect Andromed, Gravel, a lot of Dead Cells, Phantom Doctrine, and he went back to Assassin’s Creed Chronicles. He’s crammed in a lot of gaming before his two week Thai holiday!
  • Lastly, aerobes dove into Rainbow Six Siege, Driveclub, PES 19’s demo and The Witcher 3.

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

The Week Ahead

Despite it being Gamescom, there’s still a good few games coming out next week.

  • Guacamelee! 2 – PS4, PC – 21/08
  • Shenmue I & II – PS4, XBO, PC – 21/08
  • Slime Rancher – PS4 – 21/08
  • My Hero One’s Justice – PS4, Switch – 23/08
  • Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr – PS4, XBO – 23/08
  • F1 2018 – PS4, XBO, PC – 24/08
  • Little Dragons Cafe – PS4, Switch – 24/08
  • Night Trap: 25th Anniversary Edition – Switch – 24/08

Enjoy the weekend and we’ll catch you next time!

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