August has been whizzing by, and we’re now just a few days away from this year’s all-digital Gamescom. While it’s never quite as big a bonanza of video game announcements as E3 is, Microsoft has a big showcase for their upcoming games, and the Saints Row Twitter account is teasing a franchise reboot.
What are you hoping to see at Gamescom? Or are you just wanting some nice surprises?
While you thing about your answer, let’s look back on the week that was with a gaming round-up for news, reviews and more.
In the News This Week
- Halo Infinite won’t have campaign co-op at launch
- Saints Row reboot teased, reveal at Gamescom 2021
- Call of Duty: Vanguard announced and it’s coming out November 5th
- The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim Anniversary Edition announced with a free next gen upgrade
- PlayStation exclusive Wild has been cancelled according to a report
- Splitgate beta will continue as shooter hits 10 million downloads
- Quake has been remastered and gets a new campaign from MachineGames
- The Tales of Arise demo is now live for PlayStation and Xbox
- Among Us devs comment on Fortnite’s copycat Impostors mode
- Government watchdog investigates Ubisoft Singapore over workplace discrimination and harassment
Games in Review
It might be the heights of summer, but there were quite a few great games in our review pile this week:
- HUMANKIND – PC – 9/10
- Death’s Door – XSX|S, XBO, PC – 9/10
- Fracked – PSVR – 8/10
- Fort Triumph – PS4, XBO, NSW, PC – 7/10
- Greak: Memories of Azure – PS5, XSX|S, NSW, PC – 6/10
And Nic went to the movies to watch the latest video game-inspired film:
- Free Guy – 9/10
In the “not quite reviews” section, we had the release of Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut, with Jim diving in to check out the PlayStation 5 enhancements through the game and the new Iki Island expansion. Meanwhile, I played RiMS Racing, the latest attempt at a motorbike sim racer, but with plenty of new ideas. Does it pull it off?
Miguel previewed Aragami 2, finding a game that’s really upping the ante from the ninja stealth of the original with a new gameplay structure and more co-op features.
Finally, What We Played included Death’s Door, Hades and Splitgate.
Here’s what you in our community has been up to this week:
- willbuchanan has been playing plenty of Monster Hunter World, and reckons he’s got through most of the story. “There’s a lot to take in, some of which isn’t brilliantly explained, but I’m enjoying myself so that’s the main thing!”
- MrYd has continued with Hades and is absolutely loving it’s shifting form and challenge. There was also more Generation Zero and Watch Dogs Legion, and he returned to Quake after its surprise re-release this week. He also enjoyed the new War for Wakanda expansion for Marvel’s Avengers, even if they’ve made the UI a bit worse…
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.