It’s the weekend again already, so I guess that means a couple days chilling out and playing some games, right? Same thing we do every weekend a moment, right? Whether it’s hot newness of Valheim and Project Triangle Strategy, or an old favourite like Destiny 2, I’m sure you’ll have a swell time.
But since you’re here, you’re probably looking to get a quick round up and check in on all the news, reviews, previews that we’ve published over the past week. Maybe catch up on that Nintendo Direct. Let’s get on with it!
In the News This Week
- Nintendo Direct catch up – all the other announcements from last night’s stream including:
- BlizzConline saw the announcement of Diablo II: Resurrected, Blizzard Arcade Collection, WoW Classic: Burning Crusade, Diablo IV’s Rogue class and more.
- EGX announce a very optimistic return of real world gaming events in July 2021
- Ninja Gaiden Master Collection is set to slice up consoles and PC this June
- Fall Guys is coming to Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One this summer
- First five Xbox Series X|S ‘FPS Boost’ backward compatibility games announced
- EA has completed their Codemasters acquisition
- Stubbs The Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse releases March for PC and consoles
Games in Review
There wasn’t a huge number of reviews this week, but those we did review were well worth the time.
- Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos – NSW, PC – 9/10
- Ys IX: Monstrum Nox– PS4 – 8/10
- Glyph – NSW – 8/10
- Eternal Hope – XBO, PC – 7/10
And we had a big of a glut of gaming hardware reviews to make up for it.
- Audeze Penrose Gaming Headset – 9/10
- PowerA Fusion Pro Wireless PS4 Controller – 8/10
- Vivo X51 5G Mobile Phone – 8/10
- PowerA MOGA XP5-X Plus Mobile and Cloud Streaming Controller – 7/10
Stepping away from the reviews, Dom dove straight into the demo for Project Triangle Strategy on Nintendo Switch to check out the HD-2D tactical RPG successor to Octopath Traveler. It truly is a game all about threes.
Steve, meanwhile, checked out the “medieval GTA” of Rustler, as I got in a few rounds of the dodgebrawl multiplayer action of Knockout City and got to share my hands on thoughts of Evil Genius 2: World Domination, the sequel to the early 2000’s spy villain lair sim. Stepping even further back into the realms of retro, Nic R had some great things to say about Graven, a clear homage to Hexen and shooters of the mid-90s.
With the reemergence of Six Days in Fallujah and all the controversy surrounding it, I wrote about how its publisher’s CEO was painting the game into a corner over its very intentionally narrow view of the battle, whitewashing the atrocities committed and making it a political statement, whether he admits it or not.
Finally, What We Played this week featured Valheim, Guilty Gear Strive and Project Triangle Strategy.
Here’s what you in our community has been up to this week:
- MrYd’s been enjoying his shiny new PS5, savouring the quiet speediness (and complaining about the UI, the whole PS button change and the rubbish external hard drive nonsense). Once set up, he had a great time going through Astro’s Playroom, sampled the games given away on PS Plus, and dove into AC Valhalla and some regular PS4 and PSVR games he owns. You know, the usuals.
- It was the “more like an expansion” Far Cry New Dawn and a bit of Everybody’s Golf on Vita for willbuchanan.
- gazzagb has been reminded of the early days of Minecraft while playing lots of Valheim.
- hornet1990 got in a smidgeon of Dragon Age Inquisition, and his favourite thing is how quickly it loads in!
- After rattling through a few Lego platinum trophies with his little ‘un, tactical20 has been loving Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury.
- camdaz got God of War free through the PS Plus Collection and seems glad that he actually tried it, after dashing through the main story.
- And Andrewww has continued to “suck badly” at Warzone.
That’s all for this week’s gaming round-up. As always, have fun at home, stay safe if and when you’re out, and we’ll see you next week.