Well, I think it’s safe to say that the Rugby World Cup final isn’t playing out in the style that a lot of fans might have hoped or expected. After dominating the All Blacks, you might have expected England to run away from South Africa, but the first quarter (as I write this) has been much closer and bitty than ideal.
By the time you’re reading this, it will all have been decided one way or another. Will England turn on the flair? Or South Africa manage to grind them down?
Enough of sport, it’s also been pretty lively in the realms of video games this week. The reviews for Death Stranding dropped, with plenty of diverging opinions across the games press, we’ve had BlizzCon’s opening ceremony, and plenty more besides. So, let’s dive in!
In the News This Week
- Overwatch 2 announced at BlizzCon 2019 – and it’ll be backward compatible with the first game
- Diablo 4 makes its bloody debut at Blizzcon 2019
- BlizzCon 2019 opens with apology for Hearthstone Hong Kong controversy
- Death Stranding PC release confirmed for summer 2020
- Nioh 2 release date confirmed for March 2020
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s next steps detailed by Ubisoft
- Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – how Respawn “screwed up” with BD-1’s beeps & boops
- Codemasters extend their F1 license to 2025, and possibly beyond
- Xbox Console Streaming preview now available on Android
- The PS4 is now the second best-selling home console of all time
- Sony trademark the PlayStation 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10
And now that we’re into November, how about those free games in online subscriptions?
- November’s Games with Gold includes Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter
- November’s PlayStation Plus games stars Nioh and Outlast 2
Games in Review
Yeah, so Death Stranding has happened now. Don’t trust us? Well, we’ve got a handy Death Stranding review round up to scope out some other opinions.
- Death Stranding – PS4 – 10/10
- Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout – PS4, Switch, PC – 9/10
- Luigi’s Mansion 3 – Switch – 9/10
- Cat Quest II – PS4, XBO, PC – 8/10
- Jet Kave Adventure – Switch – 7/10
- Gun Gun Pixies – Switch, PC – 5/10
(Reviewed platform in bold)
This Week’s Features
Jim has been busily beavering away at our Call of Duty: Modern Warfare review. Before we can put a score on it, he asks if this is the best Call of Duty single player yet, and looks at the fresh, but punishing Modern Warfare multiplayer.
With the recent port, Dom was lured back to Overwatch on Nintendo Switch, saying it’s still one of the best games of all time. He also went hands on with Pacer, asking if it could be the anti-grav racer to finally steal WipEout’s crown.
I returned to my hands on time with Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, finding seven ways it can surprise you.
Jim spoke with Nathan Whitehead about creating the music of Days Gone, while Nic looked at a very different kind of wasteland, taking in Fallout 76’s continuing debacle while considering the Fallout Legacy collection.
The latest Playing with History saw Ade speaking with the creators of the unique, medieval marginalia inspired Inkulinati.
Rounding out the week, What We Played featured Death Stranding, Destiny 2: Shadowkeep and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
It looks like it was a quiet week for the community:
- Crazy_Del has been a busy bee since he last posted his gaming. He’s had weekly FUT weekends, is narrowing in on the platinum for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and muddling through the tedium of Ghost Recon Breakpoint.
- tactical20 has played Luigi’s Mansion 3, calling it “another brilliant game on the Switch.”
The Week Ahead
The reviews dropped this week, but Death Stranding doesn’t come out until 8th November, alongside this clutch of games
- Just Dance 2020 – Wii, Switch, PS4, XBO – 05/11
- Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – Switch – 05/11
- Planet Zoo – PC – 05/11
- Red Dead Redemption 2 – PC – 05/11
- Valfaris – PS4, XBO – 05/11
- Death Stranding – PS4 – 08/11
- Disney Tsum Tsum Festival – Switch – 08/11
- Golem – PS4 – 08/11
- Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire’s Conspiracy – Deluxe Edition – Switch – 08/11
- Need for Speed Heat – PS4, XBO, PC – 08/11
- New Super Lucky’s Tale – Switch – 08/11
That’s it for this week, I’ll see you again soon!