The next generation is going to start coming at us hard and fast over the next few months. Microsoft might not have got quite the reaction they were hoping for after Thursday’s game reveal stream, but there were definitely glimmers of the exciting things to come sprinkled throughout, with a smattering of exclusive games, next-gen exclusives and reveals of games that fans will be looking forward to regardless of the platform.
Personally, I think my highlight was figuring out that Dirt 5 is being made by the game studio formerly known as Evolution Studios. Sure, there’s been a lot of turmoil for that team and many of the faces will have changed over the last five years, but there was a definite MotorStorm vibe at times that has me more than a little bit intrigued about a new, more arcade racer direction for the main Dirt series.
Anyway, that’s enough rambling from me. Let’s get to this week’s headlines and the rest of our weekly round-up.
In the News This Week
First, the biggest headlines from the Xbox Series X reveal:
- Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla game footage debuts during Xbox Series X showcase
- Dirt 5 revealed for release this October, and it’s coming to Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5
- Chorus announced for Xbox Series X and other platforms
- Scarlet Nexus revealed for Xbox One and Xbox Series X
- NFL Madden 21 announced with free upgrades from to Xbox Series X, but not Smart Delivery
- Bright Memory: Infinite is coming to Xbox Series X with free Smart Delivery
And on to the rest of the gaming news:
- The Last of Us Part 2 has now gone gold
- id Software explains split with composer Mick Gordon over Doom Eternal Original Soundtrack
- Report: A Mass Effect Trilogy Remaster will be released in less than a year
- Destiny 2 confirmed to be heading to PS5 and Xbox Series X
- Sci-fi shooter hybrid Disintegration is coming out in June, check out the new story trailer here
- Tony Hawk Sequel coming in 2020 says pro skater
- Jesus Christ, there’s a Pope simulator coming to PC and consoles
Games in Review
There were some unusual games in the review pool this week:
- My Hero One’s Justice 2 – PS4, XBO, NSW, PC – 8/10
- XCOM: Chimera Squad – PC – 8/10
- The Procession to Calvary – PC – 7/10
- The Inner Friend – PS4, XBO, PC – 5/10
And we had a look at a cheap and cheerful gamepad and a premium gaming mouse:
In the rest of the features, Dom pondered how well Microsoft’s Xbox Series X game reveal event went, given the high expectations of a meaningful gameplay showcase.
He also went hands on with PUBG now that it’s arrived on Stadia, but found a game that’s been bizarrely overrun with bots. That was one of his more solitary escapes, as he discussed how the lockdown has affected his family’s approach to screentime with two children.
Speaking of which, I looked at the best and the worst of last weekend’s virtual esports racing, with some excellent action juxtaposed with pettiness unbecoming of a professional racing driver. Meanwhile, for some slower wheeled action, we spoke to Saber Interactive’s Vitaliy Yaruta about SnowRunner, its trucks, toughness and the series’ future.
Rounding things out, What We Played featured Final Fantasy VII Remake, COD: Warzone & Halo: Reach.
In the community, here’s what you’ve all been up to:
- It was a lot of Predator: Hunting Grounds for Crazy_Del, who’s also hunting a Dirt Rally 2.0 platinum trophy and booted up his PS3 to clear Duke Nukem Forever from his backlog. Now there’s a brown and sticky game to be going back to!
- 2ofclubs has gone historical with Assassin’s Creed Origins, which he’s actually preferring to Odyssey. He might even go for the platinum! He’s also notched up his first with in Call of Duty: Warzone.
- MrYd played a bit of Borderlands 3 and The Division 2 before checking out the new PS Now additions. Evil Within 2 is “a bit disappointing”, and he’s enjoying Get Even “quite a bit”.
- It’s also The Division 2 for Andrewww, who finally went to New York and is taking in the skyscraping sights, but feeling a bit bitter about how rubbish his hard-earned gear from the main game has instantly become.
- And finally, when not taking sneaky photos of birds in his garden, TSBonyman revisited some of this Dreams “muzak” projects and developed them a bit more, while planning some non-audiovisual creations for the first time. He also recommends checking this out.
Another week done, stay safe and I’ll see you again soon. Bye!