It’s one hell of a weekend for sports fans, as it always seems to be on the second weekend of July. We’ve got the finals for all of the various Wimbledon categories, there’s the ever-popular British Grand Prix, and the final of the Cricket World Cup with England facing off against New Zealand.
So yeah, you might not get much gaming done tomorrow with the TV flicking back and forth between BBC and Channel 4…. unless you’ve got a Switch to play during the downtime or don’t care about sports and just want to play games instead.
In the News This Week
- Nintendo reveal a new Switch Lite console, but rumoured “Switch Pro” console will not launch this year
- Konami reveal the full line up of games and price for the TurboGrafx-16 Mini
- Psychonauts 2 gets delayed and will now be coming in 2020
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2v2 Gunfight revealed, full multiplayer gameplay premiere on 1st August
- Xbox Germany say Final Fantasy VII Remake coming their console, then backtrackbecauseSquare Enix confirm Final Fantasy VII Remake is PlayStation 4 exclusive for now
- You can still play your purchased games if the publisher leaves Google Stadia
- Amazon is behind the free to play Lord of the Rings MMO
- G2A.Com employee asks for a post about them being ethical to be published unethically
- Microsoft and Sony look to move some console production out of China and Nintendo confirm that Switch manufacture will partially move from China to Vietnam
Games in Review
We had some polar opposites with our crop of reviews this week:
- Dragon Quest Builders 2 – PS4, Switch – 9/10
- Senran Kagura Peach Ball – Switch, PC – 8/10
- They Are Billions – PS4, XBO, PC – 7/10
- Blazing Chrome – PS4, XBO, Switch, PC – 5/10
- Don’t Even Think – PS4 – 2/10
- Nacon Asymmetric PS4 Controller – PS4, PC – 6/10
(Reviewed platform in bold)
This Week’s Features
Elsewhere, we had a good look at a wide range of upcoming games. Jim got to go hands on with Supermassive Games’ Man of Medan and its surprise multiplayer mode, while Dom hacked away at The Surge 2 for a few hours to deliver his thoughts on this Souls-like sequel. He’s also got some early thoughts from the highly anticipated Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
I went to visit Codemasters to go hands on with their GRID series reboot and how they’re trying to recapture the magic of the first game. It’s a surprising game, in a lot of ways, and I picked out 8 surprising things for a video:
Meanwhile, Miguel chipped in with a preview of Dying Light 2 and its branching narrative, Jim returned to cyber ninja VR game Sairento as it came to PSVR, and dipped a toe into Rainbow Six Siege’s Showdown event and I put my noggin to playing the tycooning Transport Fever 2.
Finally, What We Played featured The Surge 2, Dragon Quest Builders 2 and Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
It’s another pretty quiet week in the What We Played comments section.
- tactical20 was initially optimistic about the Breaking Bad mobile game, but soon found himself butting up against microtransactions and pay walls. 3/10.
- MrYd has been on a gaming spree. He’s enjoyed Detroit: Become Human (even if it’s a bit on the nose), dabbled with Lego City and Abzu, and grabbed Trials Rising from the sales. Finally, a little bit of VR with Arca’s Path, which was £4 in the sale.
- Crazy_Del has finally grabbed the World War Z platinum and moved on to Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and The Sinking City.
- Finally, ron_mcphatty has been feeling a bit poorly this past week, to the point that playing games was tricky for his cloudy thinking. So, Spider-Man got put to one side and so he’s been playing Flood It 2 on his phone and watching Final Space on Netflix.
The Week Ahead
And here’s what’s coming out in the next few days:
- 198X – PS4 – 16/07
- Focus On You – PSVR – 16/07
- Etherborn – PS4, XBO, Switch, PC – 18/07
- Gabbuchi – PS4, PC – 18/07
- Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order – Switch – 19/07
- Redeemer: Enhanced Edition – PS4, XBO, Switch –19/07
- Telefrag VR – PSVR, Vive, Oculus Rift, WMR – 19/07
That’s it for this week, I’ll see you again soon!