Something for the Weekend – 09/02/19

The calm before the storm.

Are you ready for it? The next fortnight is one of the most ludicrous bonanzas of major game releases since AC Origins, Wolfenstein II and Super Mario Odyssey went toe to toe on the same day back in 2017. Metro Exodus, Crackdown 3, Jump Force, Far Cry New Dawn this week, then Anthem the next, it’s all a bit much. I’ve barely even had time to sit down and play Resident Evil 2 (though, to be fair I have been distracted by Apex Legends!).

We’ll get to the news in just a second, but first things first, if you’re an infrequent visitor to TheSixthAxis you might have noticed that things look rather different around here. On Tuesday we launched our first major redesign in over a decade, and can read more about it here! We hope you’re liking it.


In the News This Week


Games in Review

It’s been a slower week than most in terms of reviews.

Reviewed platform in bold.


This Week’s Features

The big story of the week was the announcement and launch of Apex Legends. We were fortunate enough to play it ahead of time and had some day one thoughts on how it takes the next step for the Battle Royale. We followed this up with a chat with design director Mackey McCandlish, and then offered up 22 tips and tricks to get ahead in the game.

Elsewhere, we spoke to Anthem producer Thomas Singleton about how that game will continue to evolve and grow after launch, and to composer Robert Lundgren about crafting the dynamic soundscapes of Mutant Year Zero.

Ade kickstarted a weed growing business in Weedcraft Inc, and spoke to Vile Monarch’s Kacper Kwiatkowski about the moralities and dilemmas behind the game

Jim has been getting to grips with Kingdom Hearts III and offered up some first impressions on the long-awaited RPGwhile Alan Wen joined us to go hands on with the sensational Devil May Cry 5, and I asked if Jump Force is the fun, despite the weird 3D visuals.

Finally, What We Played featured Apex Legends, The Division 2 and Kingdom Hearts III.


Trailer Park

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice gets a cinematic story trailer

Here’s a CG animated short for next week’s Metro Exodus

Dong Zhuo unveiled as the twelfth playable faction in Total War: Three Kingdoms

World War Z is getting a PvPvZ multiplayer mode

And here’s the Anthem launch trailer


Your Achievements

Time to see what the community have been playing this past week:

  • Crazy_Del whipped through Darksiders III and grabbed the platinum with ease – “Apocalyptic difficulty was a joke!”
  • MrYd finished the main story of AC Odyssey, but thinks Ubisoft would be wise to take another year off from the franchise. He’s also contemplating just giving up on his gaming backlog.
  • Eldave0 finished his first run through Resident Evil 2.
  • And Andrewww’s mainly been playing Resident Evil HD, before sampling a bit of The Division 2.
  • TSBonyman’s smallest of victories was completing another level in Thumper.

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


The Week Ahead

As mentioned above, it’s all a bit nuts this week:

  • Trials Rising – PS4, XBO, Switch, PC – 12/02
  • The Liar and the Blind Prince – PS4, Switch – 12/02
  • Crackdown 3 – XBO, PC – 15/02
  • Dreamworks Dragons Dawn of the Riders – Switch – 15/02
  • Far Cry New Dawn – PS4, XBO, PC – 15/02
  • Jump Force – PS4, XBO, PC – 15/02
  • Metro Exodus – PS4, XBO, PC – 15/02

That’s it for this edition, have a good weekend and we’ll see you again soon!

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