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The Last of Us Part II release date trailer finally confirms Joel’s status

The Last of Us Part II trailer reveals the game’s release date, but something equally important: Joel’s status.

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The Last of Us Part II trailer reveals the game’s release date, but something equally important: Joel’s status.

Throughout the buildup for The Last of Us Part II, we’ve seen lots of Ellie. Joel, on the other hand? He’s been nowhere to be seen. There have been… theories.

Ellie has – when she’s not been doing nice, civilised things, like barn dancing and kissing girls – been on a bit of a vengeance rampage in the trailers, hammer in hand. It has been incredibly violent. Violent even for The Last of Us, a video game that makes Cormac McCarthy’s The Road look like a gentle, cross country stroll.

In interviews, the game’s director, Neil Druckmann, has confirmed that The Last of Us Part II will be a tale of revenge. As a result of Joel’s conspicuous absence, the theories have centred around his being dead as the catalyst for Ellie’s vengeful rampage. He also confirmed that Ellie would be the only playable character in the game. That was another bad sign for Joel fans.

The only trace of him? At the end of the game’s reveal trailer, where Ellie plays guitar in a blood-soaked murder house, Joel appears and asks, “What are you doing, kiddo? Are you really going to go through with this?”

“I’m gonna find,” Ellie begins, “And I’m gonna kill every last one of them.”

The prevailing theory for The Last of Us Part II went that Joel had been killed, by whichever group of wasteland villains Ellie had in her sights, and that his brief appearance there? That was Ellie imagining Joel, as something of an Obi-Wan figure, advising her from beyond the grave.

Then in today’s trailer – which also reveals the release date for The Last of Us Part II – we get an inkling of what causes Ellie’s rampage.

It looks like her girlfiend, Dina, gets fridged (because heaven forfend a female video game character exist as anything more than morbid motivation) but when Joel’s brother, Tommy, arrives to try and talk her down, it still looks like Ellie’s father figure from the first game might no longer be around.

But late on in the trailer, Joel’s status is confirmed: he’s alive! (Well, we presume he’s alive. Deceased Obi-Wan figures can’t usually touch the world around them, and Joel keeps Ellie quiet by holding his hand over her mouth.)

“You think I’d let you do this on your own?” Asks a visibly older, greyer Joel.

No, we didn’t, Joel. Not if you were still breathing, anyway. It’s good to have you back, apocalypse dad.

Oh, and The Last of Us Part II launches on February 21, 2020. Yes, that was the main focus of the news, but arguably confirming Joel’s status as alive was the thing more people were waiting for.

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Save up to 80% in the Humble Lunar New Year sale

Save on a decent selection of PC Games in the 2020 Humble Lunar New Year Sale.

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Save on a decent selection of PC Games in the 2020 Humble Lunar New Year Sale.

The latest Humble Store sale marks the Lunar New Year (somehow) with a selection of discounts on some top PC games.

The sale highlight is a 67% price cut for Capcom’s excellent and terrifying remake of Resident Evil 2. It’s well worth playing before the April release of follow-up Resident Evil 3.

Players who prefer to explore huge open worlds could do much worse than taking a trip to ancient Greece in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey or the American frontier in Red Dead Redemption 2. Retro gaming enthusiasts can get their thrills with both volumes of the Mega Man X Legacy Collection and The Disney Afternoon Collection.

Team Thumbsticks sale favourites include the beautiful remaster of Clover Studio’s epic Okami, and Ubisoft’s content-packed snowsports extravaganza, Steep. Visit the Humble Store for the full lineup of Lunar New Year savings. The sale ends on Friday, January 31 2020.

Humble Store Lunar New Year Sale Highlights

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – 60% off
  • Borderlands 3 – 35% off
  • Dead Rising 4 – 50% off
  • Devil May Cry 5 – 60% off
  • The Disney Afternoon Collection – 50% off
  • Dungeons 3 – 80% off
  • For Honor – 50% off
  • Mega Man X Legacy Collection (1 & 2) – 50% off
  • Monster Hunter World – 20% off
  • Okami HD – 50% off
  • Onimusha Warlords – 40% off
  • The Outer Worlds – 25% off
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 – 20% off
  • Resident Evil 2 – 67% off
  • Steep – 75% off

Don’t forget that a percentage of every game purchase on the Humble Store goes to a range of worthwhile causes.

Visit our sales page for the latest Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 offers. You can also follow Thumbsticks on Facebook, Twitter, and Flipboard.


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The Resident Evil 3 Collector’s Edition is available to pre-order

Capcom has unveiled the Resident Evil 3 remake Collector’s Edition for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Capcom has announced a Collector’s Edition for the upcoming remake of Resident Evil 3 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

You’ll never guess what’s included with the Resident Evil 3 Collector’s Edition. What’s that you say? An art book? A soundtrack? And a figurine? Well, you might be on to something.

Capcom has unveiled a physical version of the game for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 that includes all the goodies you’d expect in a limited edition release. The pack includes a copy of the game with exclusive lenticular cover art, a Jill Valentine figure, a printed art book, a Raccoon City map poster, and a copy of the soundtrack. The soundtrack is included digitally in the US and on two CDs in other regions.

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Resident Evil 3 is a ground-up remake of the 1999 survival horror favourite, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. The game serves as a prequel and follow up, of sorts, to Resident Evil 2, which was itself remade and released to universal acclaim last year.

The game is the latest to be developed in Capcom’s RE Engine, which has already been put to spectacular use with Resident Evil 7, Resident Evil 2, and Devil May Cry 5. The game also includes Resident Evil Resistance, an asymmetrical 4 vs 1 online multiplayer game.

Resident Evil 3 will be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on April 3, 2020. Pre-orders of the Standard and Collector’s Edition include an exclusive costume pack that features the original design for Jill Valentine and hairstyle for Carlos Oliveira. The game is available from the usual retailers, including Amazon, GameBestBuy. and the Capcom Store.


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The next Metro Exodus DLC arrives next month

4A Games have announced a release date for Sam’s Story, the second major content expansion for Metro Exodus.

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Deep Silver and 4A Games have announced a February release date for Sam’s Story, the second major content expansion for Metro Exodus.

Metro Exodus – a game that, for all its flaws, we rather enjoyed – is getting a second story expansion on February 11, 2020.

Titled Sam’s Story, the DLC follow the adventures of Spartan Ranger who, following the nuclear war, yearns to return home to the US and search for his father. Cue a perilous journey through crumbling ruins, a tsunami wrecked harbour, and rolling meadows full of beautiful daisies. Well, maybe not the last one.

The non-linear sandbox survival level also adds new characters, weapons, and mutant variants to enjoy.

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Sam’s Story is released on February 11, 2020, on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Stadia. It’s included as part of the Metro Exodus Expansion Pass along with The Two Colonels DLC that was released last summer.

For more on Metro Exodus, read our guides to pumping the Tikhar air rifle, charging the flashlight, and using the gas mask. And check out details of the franchise’s imminent arrival on Nintendo Switch.


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New Xbox One releases: January 27-31, 2020

Kentucky Route Zero and Journey to the Savage Planet headline this week’s new Xbox One video game releases.

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Journey to the Savage Planet and Kentucky Route Zero headline this week’s lineup of new Xbox One releases.

Cardboard Computer’s striking point-and-click adventure game, Kentucky Route Zero, comes to an end this week with the release of its fifth and final act. Seven years in the making, it’s rightly acclaimed as a stunning example of what video games can be. It’s pretty much essential.

Comical space adventures also beckon in Journey to the Savage Planet. The debut game from Typhoon Studios is a colourful exploratory adventure in the Douglas Adams vein. Google is evidently impressed and has acquired the studio – which was set up by Ubisoft and Electronic Arts alumni – to make exclusive games for Stadia.

Other new releases include licensed motorcycle racer Supercross 3, Milo’s Quest, and Coffee Talk, a game about helping people with problems from the comforting haze of a Seattle coffee shop.

Each new release can be purchased from the Xbox One digital games store and Microsoft online store. Here’s the confirmed lineup.

New Xbox One games – January 27-31, 2020

Monday, January 27, 2020

  • Stone

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

  • It Came from Space and Ate Our Brains
  • Journey to the Savage Planet
  • Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire – Ultimate Edition

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

  • Milo’s Quest: Console Edition
  • Music Racer

Thursday, January 30, 2020

  • Code Shifter
  • Monster Energy Supercross 3 – Special Edition

Friday, January 31, 2020

  • Coffee Talk
  • HyperDot
  • Sky Rogue

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Sci-fi puzzler The Turing Test is coming to Nintendo Switch

Square Enix has announced that science-fiction puzzle adventure The Turing Test is coming to Nintendo Switch next month.

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Square Enix has announced that science-fiction puzzle adventure The Turing Test is coming to Nintendo Switch next month.

We start the week with news of another game getting ported to Nintendo Switch. This time it’s Bulkhead Interactive’s first-person puzzle game, The Turning Test.

Assuming the role of Ava Turing, an engineer from the International Space Agency, players must uncover the mystery of a missing crew stationed on Jupiter’s moon, Europa.

The game’s description is a checklist of familiar sci-fi tropes: a remote space base, an untrustworthy AI, dangerous secrets, and so on. However, The Turing Test rises above the cliches with cunning puzzle design and a well-told story that neatly ties into Alan Turing’s famous behavioural intelligence test.

The Turing Test was released on PC and Xbox One in 2016, before coming to PlayStation 4 the following year. Speaking about the Nintendo Switch port, lead game designer, Howard Philpott, says:

“Seeing the all the love from players for the original release of The Turing Test was overwhelming for our small team – and now 3 years later being able to bring that experience to a host of new players in their homes (and on the go!) is extremely exciting for us. We can’t wait to share those moments of puzzle, exploration and discovery with a totally new audience on the Nintendo Switch!”

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The game is one of a number of titles developed in Unreal Engine 4 to make the leap to Nintendo Switch. If the likes of Fortnite, Abzü, and Dragon Quest XI are any indication, the game should be perfectly at home on the small (or large) screen.

Take a look at The Turing Test in action in the new Switch trailer. The game will be released via the Nintendo eShop on February 7, 2020. It’s priced at £14.99/$19.99/€19.99 and comes with a 10% discount at launch.

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