Here’s our pick of the week’s best stories from the world of video games.
This week saw the arrival of another 10/10 game, the departure of a leading industry figure, and the demise of a ‘much-loved’ hardware manufacturer.
Persona 5 is this week’s best game ever
Atlus’ highly anticipated JRPG, Persona 5, has received rave reviews across the board. Simon Parkin, writing in The Guardian, says the game is “a spectacular work of contemporary young adult fiction.” Andrew Goldfarb, in his IGN review, says the game is “easily one of the deepest JRPGs of the last decade.” And Lucy James, writing at GameSpot, calls it “a refined, effortlessly stylish RPG that will be talked about for years to come.” So there you have it. One things’s for sure, there’s an awful lot of DLC on the way.
Last weekend saw the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire event. Nintendo Switch owners had the chance to play two maps from the upcoming game, and give the new console’s online features a stress test. By all accounts the online multiplayer performed well, and feedback on the game was broadly positive. Eurogamer’s Martin Robinson summarised all the main talking points.
Destiny 2 is a thing
Destiny 2 is officially official. Activision and Bungie drip-fed the reveal this week – after a few leaked images emerged from Italy – beginning with trailer for the trailer. This was followed by a full reveal on Thursday which confirmed that a) Cayde-6 is becoming insufferable, and b) Destiny 1 players will lose “power, possessions, and Eververse-related items and currency.”
The game’s up for venerable peripheral maker, Mad Catz. After a few tumultuous years – and the unfortunate decision to hitch the wagon to Rock Band 4 – the company has now entered bankruptcy. It’s a shame as Mad Catz has recently been producing some top quality products. That said, I don’t think I’ll ever forgive them for the horrid N64 controller that I maintain was the reason for my poor performance in GoldenEye 007. The Verge takes a look back at some of the company’s most notorious products.
Facebook announced this week that Oculus founder, Palmer Luckey, has left the company. Luckey has been largely absent from the public stage since it was revealed that he made a $10k donation to pro-Trump organisation Nimble America. With the news coming two years after Facebook aqcuired Oculus, we get the feeling that an expiring contract has enabled all parties to move quietly on. Whilst Luckey gets to spend some more time on the beach, Polygon’s Ben Kuchura examines the path ahead for Facebook and Oculus.
PlayStation Plus games for April
Free stuff! Sort of. April’s PlayStation Plus games were revealed this week. The lineup includes David Jaffe’s new game, Drawn to Death, and the marvellous Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime.
Zelda devs reveal their favourite recipes and shrines
How are you getting on with your quest to complete every shrine in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild? At the time of writing we are 80 hours in, with 54 completed. In a follow-up to the recent ‘Making of’ video series, the game’s development team reveal their favourite shrines, and talk about their love for its cooking mechanics. Mmm, time for some Salty Fish Skewers.
Introducing the Yooka-Laylee rap
Sometimes we wonder if Playtonic are trying just a little bit too hard. At this weekend’s EGX Rezzed event in London, composer Grant Kirkhope revealed the Yooka-Laylee Rap. an affectionate spin on the DK Rap from Donkey Kong 64.
There were plenty of imaginative April Fools from the video games industry this year, but our favourite has to be iam8bit’s Monument Valley Escape Room announcement. Not only do we wish it were true, we almost fell for it.