It’s the extra-long Easter Bank holiday right now, and I hope you all have big plans for maxing and relaxing, whether that’s staying home with a video game or seven, or getting some light outdoorsing in.
It’s also my duty to notify you that, much like in The Purge films, we are less than 24 hours away from legally being able to hunt eggs in all their sizes and gorge ourselves on increasingly paper thin chocolate. Not only that, but we’re about 48 hours away from your local supermarket calling open season on their remaining easter egg stock, slashing the prices ridiculously low in comparison to the last couple of weeks.
In the News This Week
- MLB The Show 21 is coming to Xbox Game Pass on day one – PlayStation owners still have to pay full price
- LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga delayed from its Spring 2021 release window
- Earth Defense Force: World Brothers launches in May for PC and consoles
- Cyberpunk 2077 Multiplayer won’t be a standalone game, but CDPR will bring multiplayer to all their franchises
- Surprise! The free Ratchet & Clank 60fps PS5 update is now live!
- EA Sports PGA Tour in development for PlayStation 5 & Xbox Series X|S
- Wreckfest PS5 upgrade announced, launches in June, but it is not free
- Deliver Us The Moon PS5 & Xbox Series X|S free upgrade will add ray-tracing
- Xbox Cloud Gaming can now play Xbox 360 and Xbox backward compatibility games
There’s now a bunch of Easter game sales on:
- PlayStation Store Spring Sale is now on – save on Ghost of Tsushima, The Last of Us Part II & more
- Xbox Spring Sale is now on – some users receiving £8/$10 gift cards from Microsoft
- Nintendo Switch Big Multiplayer Sale now on – Save on Super Mario Party, Crash Team Racing, Splatoon 2 & more
And we have a heads up about April’s bundled subscription games:
- April’s PlayStation Plus Games have been revealed, and there’s a lot of zombies
- April’s Games with Gold revealed – stare into the Dark Void of this month’s free games
Games in Review
We had a relatively concise set of game reviews this week, and we’re just starting to dive into Outriders.
- Evil Genius 2 – PC – 8/10
- Astrolagaster – NSW, PC, iOS, And – 8/10
- Professor Lupo: Ocean – NSW, PC, iOS, And – 7/10
- Balan Wonderworld – PS5, XSX|S, PS4, XBO, NSW, PC – 6/10
- Doom 3 VR Edition – PSVR – 6/10
- Spacebase Startopia – PS5, XSX|S, PS4, XBO, NSW, PC– 4/10
- Outriders – PS5, XSX|S, PS4, XBO, PC – Review in Progress
We had a glut of surprising news stories on Thursday morning, so we compiled them all into a round up of 8 totally believable headlines from the morning of April 1st, 2021. OK then…
Kicking things off for the features, Steve played some NieR Replicant Ver. 1.22474487139…, already calling this the new best way to play this cult classic.
Follow on from its recent new-gen upgrade, Jim opined that Crash Bandicoot 4 is a must-play platformer on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S (if it wasn’t already!). Meanwhile, Emma continued to dive into Hitman 3 and how you can be an Agent of Chaos Theory.
Dom was convinced to try out EVE Online, to see how easy it is to get into the game in 2021, so many years after the MMO started, while Miguel called Bravery Network Online a “stylish, streamlined competitive team battler”, and I went hands on with the Knockout City cross-play beta.
And finally, What We Played featured Outriders, Evil Genius 2 and Monster Hunter Rise.
Here’s what you in our community has been up to this week:
- ron_mcphatty spent “dozens more hours” in Death Stranding, and it starting to shift focus to completing the story over the regular standing orders.
- TSBonyman made some steady progress in Fury Unleashed, a few more hours of Subnautica, and was lured back to No Man’s Sky once again with the new Expeditions update.
- With little time to play this week, willbuchanan has managed to polish off the main story of Borderlands and is just a few levels away from the platinum trophy.
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.