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The Week in Video Games – 6th August, 2017

Welcome to The Week in Video Games, your weekend roundup of the most important and thrilling news from the world of gaming.

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Welcome to The Week in Video Games, your weekend roundup of the most important and thrilling news stories from the world of gaming.

This week, the Dark Knight returns, PUBG players honk, PES 2018 makes two new signings, and there’s an update on Stardew Valley‘s multi-player mode.

PUBG success continues

There are more stories about PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds than any other game at the moment, and with good reason. This week Brendan “Playerunknown” Greene tweeted that the game has now broken the 500,000 concurrent player mark on Steam. TSM and Cloud9 were also confirmed as the first professional teams to appear at the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds gamescom Invitational.

In other PUBG news, Polygon looks at how players have taken to ‘stream honking’, following the game’s August update.

Batman begins again

The second season of Telltale’s Batman begins this week, debuting on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Mac this Tuesday. An iOS and Android release will follow in October. Check out the trailer for Episode One.

WNBA Teams in NBA Live

Electronic Arts have confirmed that WNBA players and teams will be playable for the first time in NBA Live 18. Players including Maya Moore, Brittney Griner, and Diana Taurasi, have had their likenesses scanned into the game, and Kelsey Plum has provided motion capture.

Rime comes to Switch

The Nintendo Switch version of Rime has been confirmed for release on November 14th in North America, and November 17th in Europe. In addition to the eShop release – priced $29.99/€34.99/£29.99 – there will be a physical edition available that contains the game, and a download code for David García Díaz score. The boxed copy will set you back $39.99/€44.99 /£39.99.


Check out our Rime review, plus our features examining the game’s story and themes.


Play the Monster Hunter XX demo on Switch

Monster Hunter XX has not been confirmed for a Western release, but with the Switch being region-free, you can get a taste of the game by downloading the demo from the Japanese Nintendo eShop.

Tacoma review roundup

Fullbright’s follow-up to the influential Gone Home was released on PC and Xbox One this week. In her IGN review, Miranda Sanchez praised the studio’s capacity for creating memorable characters:

” I came out of Tacoma feeling like I knew the crew pretty well. I greatly enjoyed learning about their issues and how those affected their relationships with everyone else on the station. Each member felt genuine and unique. Tacoma successfully overcomes the challenge of featuring eight characters and making them all interesting in a relatively short game.”

Writing at Eurogamer, Edwin Evans-Thirlwell also appreciated Fullbright’s work with the game’s characters and staging:

“The cutscenes themselves are engagingly acted and voiced, and there’s a winning artfulness to how characters drift together and apart during these sequences.”

Tacoma isn’t the revelation Gone Home was, but it also doesn’t have to be. Abrupt conclusion aside, the game is a smart and emotional experience”

Uncharted uncovered

The PlayStation blog has published a new video to promote the release of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. The video features Naughty Dog’s Shaun Escayg and Kurt Margenau discussing the development of the game, and the new gameplay elements players will experience.

Rocket League bans potty mouths

Rocket League developer Psyonix has updated its Player Report system to ensure a “consistently-safe, harassment-free place where players of all ages and backgrounds can come together.” The biggest change is a language ban that will automatically ban players from online matches if certain words are used. About f&% *@£! time, we say.

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Stardew Valley multiplayer proposals

Chucklefish have published an update on the progress of Stardew Valley‘s multiplayer mode. To the joy of many fans, player-to-player marriage is confirmed to be in the works.

New Sonic Mania details

There’s not long to go until the most promising Sonic the Hedgehog game in years is released. We were drip-fed more details this week with a new trailer, plus news of some cool bonus stages, and a new time attack mode.

PES 2018 signs Fulham FC, and Usain Bolt

Konami have announced two new signings for PES 2018. The partnership with London’s Fulham FC makes sense, but the inclusion of Usain Bolt as in-game player? We didn’t see that one coming. The eight-time Olympic champion will be available to players who pre-order the game. Take that, FIFA 18!

To boldly render

Usain Bolt is not the only famous face to be recreated in a game this week. Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s LeVar Burton will be beaming aboard Star Trek Online for two special episodes.

Persona on the dance floor

Atlus have announced two new Persona dancing spin-offsPersona 3: Dancing Moon Night, and Persona 5: Dancing Star Night. Both will be released on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita next year.

Looking for something new to play?

Get the lowdown on this week’s Xbox One and PlayStation Store releases. And check back on Tuesday for our Nintendo eShop update.

See you next week.

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Four classic Double Fine adventures ported to macOS Catalina, free for a limited time

Pick up four brilliant Double Fine adventures for free this weekend, playable on macOS Catalina for the very first time.

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Pick up four brilliant Double Fine adventures for free this weekend, playable on macOS Catalina for the very first time.

Double Fine, Tim Schafer’s legendary adventure game studio recently acquired by Xbox, has been remastering its back catalogue over the years. Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle and Grim Fandango have all received the spit-and-polish treatment, bringing these classic adventures to a new audience, a whole new generation of players.

But if you recently upgraded your Apple Mac to macOS Catalina, you might have found they no longer worked. To be fair, you’ll have found lots of things stopped working. Indie development Twitter is filled with horror stories of games that suddenly broke on Catalina, while the economics to put it right often doesn’t stack up.

Thankfully, Double Fine has managed to find the time to fix the issue, and those classic remasters – Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle and Grim Fandango – plus the more-recent Broken Age have all been fixed up and ported to macOS Catalina.

To celebrate, Double Fine is making these games free for Mac users for a limited time. You can pick up Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle and Grim Fandango and Broken Age from the Apple Mac app store for absolutely nothing until the end of the day on Sunday, July 12.

(They’ll be back up to full price on Monday, but they’ll still be brilliant.)


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New PlayStation 4 releases (July 13-17, 2020)

Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima headlines next week’s lineup of new PlayStation 4 video game releases.

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Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima headlines next week’s lineup of new PlayStation 4 video game releases.

Another month, another eagerly-anticipated PlayStation 4 exclusive. This time it’s open-world action-adventure Ghost of Tsushima from Sucker Punch Productions.

We recall playing Infamous Second Son shortly after the launch of the PlayStation 4, so it feels appropriate to bookend the generation with a demonstration of how far the studio has come. We have a suspicion that Ghost of Tsushima is going to do very well. It’s also another late-generation example of how much power the PS4 still has to give.

We’re not so sure about Rocket Arena, which, following a long period of development, was unveiled at month’s EA Play Live. It’s an artistically bland 3v3 third-person shooter that looks both fun and forgettable.

We’re more excited to get our hands on Superhot: Mind Control Delete. The game began life as DLC for Superhot Team’s acclaimed time-bending action game, before becoming a full-blown follow-up. If you purchased the first game – i.e. you paid cash and didn’t get it through PS Plus – you can download Superhot: Mind Control Delete for free. It’s a fantastic gesture from a talented studio.

Other new PS4 releases include Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus and Neversong.

We are still waiting on release date confirmation for a couple of new PS4 titles. We’ll update this page as soon as we get it.

New PlayStation 4 releases: July 13-17, 2020

Monday, July 13, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

  • Neon Abyss
  • Rocket Arena

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

  • Ultra Hat Dimension

Thursday, July 16, 2020

  • #Funtime
  • Neversong
  • Radical Rabbit Stew
  • Superhot: Mind Control Delete

Friday, July 17, 2020

  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus

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A remake of a GBA classic is out today on Nintendo Switch

The much-loved Harvest Moon game gets a new lease of life as Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town on Nintendo Switch.

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A much-loved Harvest Moon game gets a new lease of life on Nintendo Switch.

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is a ground-up remake of Marvelous Interactive’s classic Game Boy Advance life simulation, Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town. (The reason for the name change is that Harvest Moon is now used exclusively by Natsume following a split between the two companies in 2014.)

The game is out today for Nintendo Switch in Europe and Australia, and will be released in North America next week, on July 14, along with a PC edition on Steam.

The new version of the game retains the gameplay of the 2003 original but adds bold cartoon-like HD visuals. The new look reminds us of recent Pokémon games, which is no bad thing. It’s also accompanied by new animal-themed cosmetic DLC that lets players dress up like a cow, chicken, dog, chick or sheep. Dreams can come true, it seems.

On the surface, Friends of Mineral Town might look similar to Animal Crossing: New Horizons but it’s a distinctly more structured experience. In our humble opinion, the game’s core loop of farming, animal husbandry, and relationship building has never been bettered by the franchise, and we’re looking forward to playing a life sim that keeps things simple.

The game has its own easy-going rhythm and is well worth a look if you have exhausted Nintendo’s effort or had your fill of Stardew Valley.


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The new PS5 box art design compared to PS4, PS3, PS2, and PS1

Sony reveals the box art design for PlayStation 5 games with the cover of Spider-Man Miles Morales. Here’s how it compares to PlayStation box art design from the past.

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Sony has revealed the box art design for PlayStation 5 games with the cover of Spider-Man Miles Morales. Here’s how it compares to PlayStation box art layouts from the past.

There’s not a huge amount to say about the PlayStation 5 box art design. PS5 games will come in a standard-sized Blu-ray case, and the cover art will feature the PS5 logo in black on a white stripe. The design is pretty consistent with the box art layouts Sony has used in the past, with a couple of notable exceptions.

Here’s a look back at previous PlayStation box art designs, using old Spider-Man games as examples.

PlayStation 4 – Marvel’s Spider-Man

Spider-Man PlayStation 4 Box Art

The PlayStation 4 design includes a similar stripe across the top of the box, but in blue. Late PS3 games also adopted this design in 2015. We love the cover art for Marvel’s Spider-Man. It’s bright, bold, dynamic, and refreshingly simple. Top marks.

PlayStation 3 (Second version) – The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man PlayStation 3 cover art

Sony revised the PlayStation 3 cover art layout with the introduction of the PS3 Slim console in 2009. It’s a sleek and stylish improvement over…

PlayStation 3 (First version) – Spider-Man 3

Spider-Man PlayStation 3 Box Art

The original PlayStation 3 branding caused much mirth by using the same typeface as Sony’s Spider-Man movie franchise. The font is not particularly readable and when used on a Spider-Man game, it’s all kinds of messy.

PlayStation 2 – Spider-Man

Spider-Man PlayStation 2 cover art

The PlayStation 2 branding retains the original PlayStation font and colour version of the logo. The design is now so iconic that it’s almost impossible to critique. Simple and timeless.

PlayStation 1 – Spider-Man

Spider-Man PlayStation 1 Box Art

We’re in CD-ROM country. Again, it’s basic, but all the better for it. The layout does a much better job of selling a game than Nintendo managed with its fussy and inconsistent N64 boxes.

PSP and PS Vita

Spider-Man PSP PS Vita Box Art

The box art branding for PSP and PlayStation Vita games is also reflective of their respective eras.

We apologise for bringing up memories of bad Activision Spider-Man games in this article.


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Sony invests $250m in Fortnite developer Epic Games

Sony Corporation has invested a cool $250 million into Fortnite and Unreal Engine developer Epic Games.

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Sony Corporation has invested a cool $250 million into Fortnite and Unreal Engine developer Epic Games.

PlayStation owner Sony has ploughed $250 million into Epic Games via a wholly-owned subsidiary, acquiring a minority interest in the Fortnite creator. In a joint press statement, the two companies say that the investment will broaden collaboration across Sony’s entertainment portfolio and Epic’s social entertainment platforms.

Sony chairman, president, and CEO, Kenichiro Yoshida says:

“Epic’s powerful technology in areas such as graphics places them at the forefront of game engine development with Unreal Engine and other innovations. There’s no better example of this than the revolutionary entertainment experience, Fortnite. Through our investment, we will explore opportunities for further collaboration with Epic to delight and bring value to consumers and the industry at large, not only in games, but also across the rapidly evolving digital entertainment landscape.”

Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic, adds:

“Sony and Epic have both built businesses at the intersection of creativity and technology, and we share a vision of real-time 3D social experiences leading to a convergence of gaming, film, and music. Together we strive to build an even more open and accessible digital ecosystem for all consumers and content creators alike.”

Epic and the PlayStation-side of Sony have long been on good terms with both the PS4 and upcoming PS5 used to demonstrate the capabilities of Unreal Engine.


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