After the match between England and Argentina fizzled into nothing with and Argentinian red card, we’re now halfway through the crucial match between Japan and Samoa at the Rugby World Cup. Can the host nation continue their fantastic run of form and escape the group stages for the first time? It’s seeming quite likely, but Samoa are putting up a stern test and Scotland might have something to say in their next match.
But what about video games? It’s been another busy week with plenty for us to catch up on.
In the News This Week
- Red Dead Redemption 2 announced for PC with “graphical and technical enhancements”
- PlayStation cross-platform play now out of beta, available for all games to support
- Shawn Layden unexpectedly leaves Sony
- Monster Hunter World: Iceborne getting a free new Volcanic region next week
- Return of the Obra Dinn console release date set for PS4, Xbox One, and Switch
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will have cross platform progression, up to 40 game modes rumoured
- Super Mario Maker 2 finally gets online friends multiplayer update
- Death Stranding has an official tie-in album called Timefall, tracklist here
- CS:GO’s new loot box X-ray Scanner ruins French ethical surprise mechanics
- Sony slash up to 50% off PlayStation Now subscriptions – God of War & GTA V join the service
Games in Review
Another haul of reviews this week, but the two biggest games – Ghost Recon Breakpoint and Destiny 2: Shadowkeep are still in progress
- The Surge 2 – PS4, XBO, PC – 7/10
- Sniper Elite 3 Ultimate Edition – Switch – 7/10
- Grid Autosport – Switch – 7/10
- Bus Simulator Console – PS4, XBO – 6/10
- River City Girls – PS4, XBO, Switch, PC – 6/10
- Witching Tower VR – PSVR, Oculus, Vive, WMR – 6/10
- Super Neptunia RPG – PS4, Switch, PC – 4/10
- Destiny 2: Shadowkeep – PS4, XBO, PC – Review in Progress
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint – PS4, XBO, PC – Review in Progress
(Reviewed platform in bold)
This Week’s Features
Despite the time of the year, we found time to get a few previews and other features published as well. Dom went hands on with the delightful Planet Zoo beta, while I came away from Star Renegades impressed by its looping narrative and strategic RPG gameplay.
I was able to put some questions to Popcap about the upcoming Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville and how they’re trying to take things to the next level for their latest multiplayer shooter.
Heading over to the community, and here’s what you’ve been up to:
- MrYd’s got his usual mix of VR games and plenty of PvZ “Garden Warfare 3”, which have been joined by Disgaea 1, Far Cry New Dawn and God of War via PlayStation Now.
- Just FUT in FIFA 20 for Crazy_Del.
- The usual No Man’s Sky VR for TSBonyman, but he’s also headed into a second playthrough of Detroit: Become Human and Uncharted 4 is next on his replay list.
- And Andrewww is still “drowned in the depths” of Subnautica.
The Week Ahead
It’s a busy, busy week for indie games next week, but will the scores match the release dates?
- Concrete Genie – PS4 – 8/10
- Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince – PS4, XBO, Switch, PC – 8/10
- Indivisible – PS4, XBO, PC – 8/10
- Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair – PS4, XBO, Switch, PC – 8/10
- Atlas – XBO (Game Preview) – 8/10
- A Knight’s Quest – PS4, XBO, Switch, PC – 10/10
- River City Melee Mach!! – PS4, Switch, PC – 10/10
- The Bradwell Conspiracy – PS4, XBO, Switch, Arcade, PC – 11/10
- Frostpunk – PS4, XBO – 11/10
- Grid – PS4, XBO, PC – 11/10
- Killer Queen Black – Switch, PC – 11/10
That’s it for this week, I’ll see you again soon!