Twas the night before the Big Match, and I’m sure that many an English football fan is torn between the familiar embrace of crippling pessimism and the rather alien feeling of buoyant optimism over their chances for tomorrow night’s Euro 2020 final. Will it actually “come home”? Will it instead swan off on a nice little holiday in Italy for the next few years?
Anyway, enough about that, what about those video games, eh? We had two mini-showcases this week, with Nacon Connect and a new State of Play stream. Let’s check out the biggest headlines.
In the News This Week
- Nintendo Switch (OLED Model) announced for 8th October release, but it doesn’t improve performance…
- Death Stranding: Director’s Cut new features revealed – Coming out in September
- Moss: Book II announced and in development for PlayStation VR
- Arcadegeddon enters PS5 early access from the developers of Predator: Hunting Grounds
- RoboCop: Rogue City announced – coming in 2023 from the makers of Terminator: Resistance
- Clash: Artifacts of Chaos revealed – a new adventure in the world of Zeno Clash coming in 2022
- Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown will take you to Hong Kong in September 2022
- Konami cancels contract with Barcelona footballer Antoine Griezmann after video emerges of racist remarks
- Assassin’s Creed Infinity could be a live service platform of interlinked games
- Report: Grand Theft Auto 6 is planned for release in 2024-25, will feature an evolving world map set in Vice City
Games in Review
We had a good mixture of thing in for review this week, encompassing video games, video game films and video game accessories. Sadly, there were quite a few duff notes to be found…
- Chicory: A Colorful Tale – PS5, PS4, PC – 9/10
- Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin – NSW, PC – 8/10
- Sniper Elite VR – PSVR, SteamVR, Oculus Rift – 8/10
- Out Of Line – PS4, XBO, PC – 6/10
- Dungeons & Dragons Dark Alliance – PS5, XSX|S, PS4, XBO, PC – 5/10
- Elite Dangerous: Odyssey – PC – 5/10
- Watch Dogs Legion: Bloodline – DLC – 5/10
We have a solid alternative to the Nintendo Switch Pro controller below, but if you’re looking for a new set of cans… look away now:
And our movie of the week was:
- Dynasty Warriors Movie – 5/10
What else have we been up to? Well, Nick P checked out Black Skylands, finding an intriguing mix of Hotline Miami and Stardew Valley, while Dom dove into Braking Point, the single player story mode from F1 2021.
Steve stepped back to the 90s with a preview of The Big Con, a vibrant and colourful experience, while Luke Shaw previewed Blood Bowl 3, which aims to bring its fantasy take on American Football back with a crunching tackle.
Ade took a look at how the upcoming Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut can expand Jin’s story on Iki Island, while Francis popped in to ponder if we’re going to get a bit sick and tired of Final Fantasy VII Remake. Carlos also looked back on another video game classic, celebrating the tenth anniversary of Portal 2.
Finally, What We Played rounded things out with Monster Hunter Stories 2, F1 2021 and Ghost of Tsushima.
Here’s what you in our community has been up to this week:
- MrYd has some thoughts about what should happen to the young boy as he plays through A Plague Tale: Innocence for the first time. He’s also enjoyed the opening hours of Judgment some co-op Moving Out, and picked up a bunch of games in the sales.
- doomsday619 finished off Horizon Zero Dawn and its DLC, after letting them languish on his shelf since release, before stepping into Green Hell’s survival game antics.
- We can induct TSBonyman into the PS5 owners club this week. He’s been enjoying the cute tech demo vibes of AstroBot, though he’s not yet sold on the DualSense’s new haptic tricks. Still, he’s loving how much prettier No Man’s Sky is than on PS4 Pro.
- willbuchanan has made it through the first third (he thinks) of Borderlands 3, getting used to the game’s quirks.
- Lastly, ron_mcphatty played a bunch of Cyberpunk 2077. “The story is great and the city looks amazing but the bugs and crap AI are starting to get on my tits and I can completely sympathise with all the complaints and criticism.”
That’s it 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.