If you’re a rugby fan, I hope you’re a morning person. Having drop-kicked off yesterday, the Rugby World Cup being held in Japan will have those of us in Europe getting up at 5:15 at their earliest during the group stages, and with pretty much every match being done and dusted by lunchtime.
There’s some tasty matches to look forward to – New Zealand vs. South Africa will be coming to an end as this goes live, there’s Ireland vs. Scotland tomorrow morning, before England has their opening match, and Wales then gets their campaign started on Monday morning.
Anyway. Enough about rugby. How about those video games, eh?
In the News This Week
- Here’s how much Control’s Epic Games Store exclusivity cost Epic
- Journalist reports a PlayStation 5 Pro will launch alongside the standard PS5
- Call of Duty Mobile brings the warfare to your pockets in October
- Terminator: Resistance announced for consoles and PC
- John Wick Hex will be available in October
- Konami promise to fix your loose balls in PES 2020
- Red Dead Online’s first legendary bounty is now available to hunt
- UK inflation drops to lowest levels since 2016 and it’s because of video games
- BioWare scrap Anthem’s Acts roadmap to “re-work” the game
- 2K aware of split screen lag in Borderlands 3, working on fix, “Performance Mode” is anything but
With the launch of PlanetSide Arena into Steam Early Access this week – and it’s free-to-play right away, so there’s nothing to stop you just hopping in – we’ve got 10 Recruit Edition bundles to give away for the game. Sold for $19.99, these include $80 worth of in-game crates, so… yeah!
You’ve got until 6PM UK time on Sunday to enter, so just head over to our giveaway page to chuck your name in the hat!
Games in Review
Another trove of big reviews to dig into this week:
- Sayonara Wild Hearts – PS4, Switch, Arcade – 10/10
- The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening – Switch – 8/10
- eFootball PES 2020 – PS4, XBO, PC – 7/10
- The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors – PS4, Switch – 7/10
- Borderlands 3 – PS4, XBO, PC – 6/10
- Daymare: 1998 – PC – 6/10
- Super Dodgeball Beats – PS4, XBO, Switch, PC – 5/10
- Utawarerumono: Zan – PS4 – 5/10
And then the hardware reviews:
(Reviewed platform in bold)
This Week’s Features
With so many reviews, there wasn’t that much space for non-review features! In fact, three of the things I’m bundling in here could be in that bracket. I mean, there’s a FIFA 20 Review In Progress, for one thing
Jim revisited Ni No Kuni Remastered, calling it the best looking JRPG you’ll play all year, while I tackled a Western RPG. Having taken the RPG world by storm in 2017 and then again with the Definitive Edition, Divinity: Original Sin 2 on Switch is a portable CRPG masterpiece.
Beyond that, Tom went hands on with skateboarding sim Session, as it heads into Steam Early Access. It’s a decent start, but currently more of a gameplay playground than a rounded game experience. Still, it ought to keep those Skate fans happy, right?
And finally, What We Played featured Link’s Awakening, Borderlands 3 and Sayonara Wild Hearts
Heading over to the community, and here’s what you’ve been up to:
- tactical20 is absolutely loving Link’s Awakening on Switch, despite never having played the original.
- It’s been Borderlands, Borderlands and more Borderlands for Crazy_Del.
- matthangzhou has finally got Fire Emblem: Three Houses, but hasn’t played it yet because he’s enjoying Untitled Goose Game with his daughter and figuring out account sharing for his wife’s new Switch Lite.
- Andrewww has continued to be amazed by Subnautica’s beauty, delved into the “OK” Valiant Hearts from his backlog and was disappointed by the two Spider-Man VR demos.
- No Man’s Sky VR’s latest tweaks have helped immerse TSBonyman even further. He used to only manage 90 minute sessions, now it’s up to 3-4 hours with no eye strain!
The Week Ahead
Next week is a bonanza of Souls-likes, with The Surge 2 and Code Vein both landing at the same time, and remasters of a clutch of absolute classic RPGs.
- The Surge 2– PS4, XBO, PC – 24/09
- Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition – PS4, XBO, Switch – 24/09
- Baldur’s Gate II Enhanced Edition – PS4, XBO, Switch – 24/09
- Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition – PS4, XBO, Switch – 24/09
- Planescape Torment Enhanced Edition – PS4, XBO, Switch – 24/09
- Mario Kart Tour – iOS, Android – 25/09
- Code Vein– PS4, XBO, PC – 27/09
- Dragon Quest XI S – Switch – 27/09
- FIFA 20 – PS4, XBO, Switch, PC – 27/09
- Ori and the Blind Forest – Switch – 27/09
- Tropico 6 – PS4, XBO – 27/09
That’s it for this week, I’ll see you again soon!