It doesn’t really feel like it, but a major new gaming platform launched at the start of this week. Since the middle of the week, I don’t think I’ve heard a peep about Google Stadia, though.
Has anyone here picked up a Founder’s Editions (outside of Dom)? How are you finding it?
In the News This Week
- Half-Life: Alyx trailer drops – it’s coming out in March 2020
- Report: Resident Evil 3 remake in production
- Destiny 2 had major problems Friday, is now back online [Updated]
- Pokemon Sword and Shield sales pass 6 million to break Nintedo Switch record
- Rebellion Unplugged announce Sniper Elite the Board Game
- Divinity: Original Sin – The Board Game fully crowdfunded within 4 hours
- Bobby Kotick doesn’t think Activision Blizzard’s games should be political
- Google Stadia game prices revealed – how does it compare?
- Logitech G Adaptive Gaming Kit makes accessible gaming a lot more affordable
- Battlefield V update 5.2 will bring time-to-kill and spotting overhaul in December
And it’s time for those Black Friday sales to kick off as wel:
- The EU PlayStation Store Black Friday sale is now live
- Xbox One’s Black Friday sale now on for Xbox Live Gold subscribers
- Nintendo Switch Black Friday Cyber Deals are live
- The Epic Games Store Black Friday Sale is now on
Games in Review
As we head to the end of the year, there’s still some delightful games to dip into and review… as well as a few stinkers.
- Deemo Reborn – PS4, PSVR – 9/10
- Planet Zoo – PC – 9/10
- Mutazione – PS4, PC, iOS – 7/10
- Narcos: Rise of the Cartels – PS4, XBO, Switch, PC – 7/10
- Skybolt Zack – Switch, PC – 7/10
- Yaga – PS4, XBO, Switch, PC – 6/10
- Terminator: Resistance – PS4, XBO, PC – 4/10
- VR Ping Pong Pro – PSVR, Vive, Rift – 4/10
And we’ve been powering through a bunch of gaming hardware of late as well, with some solid offerings all round.
- Roccat Noz Headset Review – 8/10
- Sennheiser GSP 370 Wireless Headset Review – 8/10
- Speedlink Orios RGB Gaming Mouse Review – 8/10
(Reviewed platform in bold)
This Week’s Features
Though Stadia’s yet to really make its mark, I had two hands on experiences with game streaming for the start of this week. I previewed both Project xCloud from Microsoft, and then went hands on with Google Stadia. Both have their ups and downs, and 2020 is going to be fascinating to see how they and PS Now compete.
Stepping away from a potential future of gaming, Jim stepped into something that should have happened in the past. He’s been playing Shenmue III, and asks if you should buy it.
Miguel then returned to BattleTech and its new Heavy Metal expansion to mess around with the ten new mechs in the game, and I explored the season finale of Life Is Strange 2. In the process, I also spoke with the game’s lead writer, reflecting on the game’s development, how they shaped Daniel’s behaviours and more.
What We Played capped off the week as usual, featuring Control, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Shenmue III.
Checking in with you guys:
- TSBonyman finished off The Outer Worlds after a whopping 45 hours and 48 minutes. He did rather enjoy it, saying he wishes for another 40 hours of game, but will settle fo an expansion or a sequel.
- MrYd is back to his usual self, trying to clear his backlog… and failing to do so by playing Crash Team Racing, Kingdom Hearts 3 and quite a bit of Battlefield V. Oh, and the last AC Odyssey DLC, and Middle-earth: Shadow of War, and more of his usual VR games…
The Week Ahead
There’s not much going on this coming week. Are we done with huge video game releases for 2019?
- Gas Guzzlers Extreme – PS4 – 26/11
- Gris – PS4 – 26/11
- Golazo! – PS4, XBO – 27/11
- Five Nights at Freddy’s – PS4. Switch – 29/11
- Where the Water Tastes Like Wine – PS4, XBO, Switch – 29/11
That’s it for this week, I’ll see you again soon!