Saturday’s always felt like the odd one out on the long Easter weekend, what with the two bank holidays of Good Friday and Easter Monday sandwiching it, and Easter Sunday and all its religious and chocolate egg hunting significance overshadowing the day before. Still, the weather’s lovely, and I’m sure there’s a fair few of you lighting up barbecues to make use of what could easily be the one and only sunny weekend we get to enjoy this year.
Looking back at the past week of gaming news, and there’s one story that clearly stands out from the crowd, as Sony started gabbing about what we can expect from the next PlayStation.
In the News This Week
- Sony’s next PlayStation tech specs officially revealed, and it’ll be backward compatible
- PlayStation 5 will have an “appealing” price
- Xbox One S All-Digital Edition officially revealed, and it’s out in May
- The Last of Us Part II cinematics motion capture has wrapped for Ellie & Joel
- XIII remake has been announced, and it’s out this winter
- Master Chief has been cast in Showtime’s Halo TV show
- Housemarque’s Stormdivers: “The race is on and we just couldn’t make it”
- Sega reveal the Coke Zero version of Judgment’s Kyohei Hamura
- Actress confirms Horizon Zero Dawn 2
Games in Review
There weren’t any big, huge games in the review pile this past week (keep an eye out next week for those!), but that just meant that a delightful sounding game like Heaven’s Vault got to steal some of the limelight. It’s well worth checking out.
- Heaven’s Vault – PS4, PC – 8/10
- Corpse Party: Sweet Sachiko’s Hysteric Birthday Bash – PC – 8/10
- RBI Baseball 19 – PS4, XBO, Switch, PC – 4/10
- RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures – Switch, PC – 4/10
- Logitech G432 – Headset Review
Reviewed platform in bold.
This Week’s Features
With the PS5’s tech details outlined by Sony’s Mark Cerny, that was at the forefront of a lot of our thoughts this past week, and with a new cutting edge CPU and GPU set to be joined by an SSD over thirty times faster than the spinning disk in your PS4, we had to wonder, will this cost a fortune?
Alongside that, I went hands on with Remedy’s Control and found a game that’s letting them really stretch their supernatural legs, while speaking to the team at R8 Games gave me some insight into why they’ve rebranded their anti-grave racer from Formula Fusion to Pacer. I’ve also become just a little bit hooked on My Time at Portia on console, delving into the game on both PS4 and Switch to see how the console ports stack up. Spoilers: it’s good!
With word of Horizon Zero Dawn 2 being in development and job listings at Guerrilla Games for multiplayer developers, we held a Mass Debate on whether or not a multiplayer side to the game a) could work at all, and b) if it’s just a terrible idea.
Jason shared some hints and tips on how to get to grips with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s latest new character, Joker, and we rounded off the shortened week in the usual way with What We Played. It featured World War Z, Days Gone and Mortal Kombat 11!
Checking in with the community:
- TSBonyman has been getting to grips with Dreams, finding the potential for making some music with its tools very exciting.
- Following the devastating fire at Notre-Dame, JR. has returned to Assassin’s Creed Unity to revisit its recreation of the place.
- Crazy_Del has been playing Dangerous Driving and already nabbed the platinum. He then did the same for Slyde (which was 99p), and has been loving World War Z.
- MrYD has been playing an unhealthy amount of Stellaris, but did squeeze in a big of Star TreK: Bridge Crew.
- Tony C nabbed the platinum for Spider-Man, snuck in a few games of Apex Legends and is working his way to the endgame of The Division 2.
The Week Ahead
It’s a big week ahead, with Days Gone, MK11 and plenty more besides. Here’s some highlights:
- Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen – Switch – 23/04
- Mortal Kombat 11 – PS4, XBO, Switch, PC – 23/04
- Imperator: Rome – PC, Mac, Linux – 25/04
- SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech – Switch – 25/04
- BoxBoy! + BoxGirl! – Switch – 26/04
- Days Gone – PS4 – 26/04
That’s it for this edition, have a lovely long weekend and we’ll see you again soon!