I genuinely don’t know where the last week has gone. It seems to have flown by, and yet it doesn’t feel like an awful lot has happened.
Even so, I do have a personal highlight: the announcement of Nintendo Labo VR Kit and the duck’s bum inspection minigame it seems to include. Nice.
In the News This Week
- The movie version of Sonic the Hedgehog has leaked
- A staggering 50 million people played Apex Legends in its first month
- EA is collecting information on the Anthem PS4 crash bug to determine the cause
- Get this lovely free PS4 theme to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019
- Leaked Battlefield V Firestorm battle royale tutorial video gives us our first look at the mode
- EA has announced there will be no press conference at EA Play 2019
- Report: All Digital Discless Xbox One to launch this May
- PlayStation 4 System Software 6.50 adds support for iOS Remote Play
- The Division 2’s marketing is getting very political on Twitter
- Nintendo Labo VR Kit will hold a Switch to your face in April
- It’s taken Valve “significant fact-finding” to discover a game about violent rape is probably a bad idea
- THQ formally apologise for hosting an AMA on 8chan
Games in Review
Another big week in terms of game reviews, with the gang crashing and bashing their way through eight games! At the top of the pile is the Smokin’ Sexy Style of Devil May Cry 5.
- Devil May Cry 5 – PS4, XBO, PC – 9/10
- Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn – 3DS – 8/10
- Swords & Soldiers 2 Shawarmageddon – Switch, PS4, PC – 8/10
- Horizon Shift ’81 – Switch, PC – 8/10
- Attack of the Earthlings – PS4, XBO, PC – 7/10
- Warplanes: WW2 Dogfight – Switch, PC – 7/10
- The Occupation – PS4, XBO, PC – 5/10
- Oniken: Unstoppable Edition – Switch, PC – 5/10
Reviewed platform in bold.
This Week’s Features
The big PS4 exclusive for the first half of 2019 is Bend Studios’ open world zombie game, which we got to go hands on with for our Days Gone preview. We then sat down with writer and director John Garvin to talk about the story, defining zombies and how the game could surprise players.
Following on from Dark Souls and Bloodborne, Rebecca played FromSoftware’s latest in a Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice preview, which we then followed up with a quick preview video chat. It’s looking like a really interesting twist on the genre from its masters.
A few of us went in to preview the Warhammer: Chaosbane closed beta with Gamoc on hand to write up his impressions of this Diablo-like action RPG.
For this month’s Playing with History, Ade stepped into the alternate history detective mystery of Lamplight City with an interview with its creators
Finally, What We Played featured Devil May Cry 5, Anthem and Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn.
Not many of you piped up in What We Played this week, so here’s the diehard regulars:
- Crazy_Del went back to his PS3 backlog to grab the SoulCalibur V, NASCAR 2011 and Master Reboot platinums. He also played Lego Marvel again to get in the mood to go watch Captain Marvel.
- MrYd sank a lot of time into Elite Dangerous, Firewall Zero Hour, and lots of Honor and Duty: D-Day, which “looks a bit crap, but is lots of fun”.
- TSBonyman spent two days re-downloading a ton of great games from the last decade, deciding to go back to Metro 2033 and Counterspy. He also found last weekend’s The Division 2 open beta a bit dull.
If you want to be included in this section, make sure to comment on What We Played of a Friday evening.
The Week Ahead
Big games seem to be landing pretty regularly right about now, which is great news if you’re a billionaire and can pay people to play them for you. This coming week’s biggest game? The Division 2.
- Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Free Edition – PS4, PC – 12/03
- One Piece: World Seeker – PS4, XBO, PC – 15/03
- The Caligula Effect: Overdose – PS4, Switch, PC – 15/03
- The Division 2 – PS4, XBO, PC – 15/03
That’s it for this edition, have a good weekend and we’ll see you again soon!