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The Week in Video Games – May 27, 2018

This week in video games: Battlefield V revealed, H1Z1 returns from the dead, and Nintendo releases a Switch without a dock. Here’s our roundup of the week’s top gaming news stories.

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This week in video games: Battlefield V revealed, H1Z1 returns from the dead, and Nintendo releases a Switch without a dock. Here’s our roundup of the week’s top gaming news stories.

The Week in PUBG

It’s been a quiet week for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. The Miramar desert map was finally released for Xbox One, so there’s that.

Of more interest was this week’s new PC game mode, Ghillie Crossing. Featuring just melee weapons and crossbows, the limited time mode – which ends today or tomorrow, depending on your time zone – looks to have been a big hit with the playing community.

Fortnite Battle Royale esports

Epic Games has announced a $100 million prize pool for the first year of Fortnite‘s esports competition. That’s an eye-watering number for a game that doesn’t appear to be completely tuned as an esport. Perhaps recognising this, Epic says:

“We’re getting behind competitive play in a big way, but our approach will be different – we plan to be more inclusive, and focused on the joy of playing and watching the game.”

EA reveals Battlefield V

EA’s lifted the lid on Battlefield V this week. In a nutshell: back to World War II, a focus on squad gameplay, no battle royale, more environmental destruction, and a scarcity of ammunition and resources. The game will also feature two major new game modes: the multimatch, multiplayer Grand Operations mode, and Tides of War, a continuous online campaign.

DICE general manager, Oskar Gabrielso, also responded to dum dums who are upset that you can play as a female character:

“First, let me be clear about one thing. Player choice and female playable characters are here to stay.”

Battlefield V will be released on October 16, 2018

H1Z1: Battle Royale is a bit of a hit

The oft-forgotten H1Z1 has catapulted itself back into relevance by going free-to-play on PS4 with H1Z1: Battle Royale. Within three days of entering open beta, the game has amassed a massive 4.5 million players. It seems players aren’t tired of battle royale just yet…

…which is good news for the makers of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 who have had to spend the past week explaining the absence of a single-player campaign, and trying avoiding revealing concrete details of their own battle royale mode, Blackout.

Sony doesn’t announce the PlayStation 5

New PlayStation chief John Kodera let loose some choice comments this week. In a company strategy meeting he indicated that the PlayStation 4 is entering the “final phase” of it’s lifecycle. And in an interview with Bloomberg, he suggested that Sony remains interested in portable gaming.

Nintendo releases a dock-free Switch

Just in case Sony do decide to release their own Switch competitor, Nintendo has upped its game in attempting to get multiple Switch consoles into homes. A new ‘Second Set’ console SKU has been released in Japan that doesn’t include a dock, HMDI cable, or Joy-Con grip.

Resident Evil 7 is out now on Switch

Capcom has released a cloud streaming version of Resident Evil 7 in Japan. The game has a free demo to help players determine if their internet connection is up to speed. Early reports suggest that if you are based in Japan, the playing experience is surprising solid. If you’re in Europe or the US, be prepared   fo  r  som e  lag.

Kojima tweet gets people excited

Hideo Kojima entertained people with time on their hands this week by tweeting a picture of some moss. Aside from showing off the capabilities of Guerrilla’s Decima engine, it appears there’s a message hidden in there, or not. And it means Death Stranding might take place in Iceland, or not. With E3 two short weeks away there’s not long to go until we get some real answers, or not.

Yakuza 3, 4, and 5 are heading PlayStation 4

The most recent issue of Japan’s Famitsu magazine says that Sega will port the remaining games in the Yakuza franchise to PlayStation 4. Yakuza 3 will arrive in August, with Yakuza 4 due by the end of the year, and Yakuza 5 set for release in spring 2019. Expect all three to receive modest technical upgrades with 1080p resolution and 60 fps gameplay as a minimum.

Minecraft reaches 100 million in China

Minecraft has amassed over 100 million registered users in China within 12 months of its release. The free-to-play release takes Minecraft to nearly 250 million worldwide downloads across all platforms.

PlayStation 4 to get Elite-like premium controller

PlayStation fans who have been quietly jealous of the Xbox One’s superb Elite controller can now get their hands on their own premium PS4 controller. The SCUF Vantage is officially licensed, and includes customisable control inputs, side-mounted SAX buttons, and four back-mounted paddles. The wireless edition on is yours for a mere $200.

Detroit: Become Human review roundup

Quantic Dream’s Detroit: Become Human has arrived to a decidedly mixed response from video game critics.

Kirk Hamilton, writing at Kotaku, says:

“…for all their flaws, even Quantic Dream’s own Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls were more engaging and experimental than this. Detroit feels blunted and conservative by comparison, just a collection of pretty faces with little to say.”

Oli Welsh at Eurogamer is more positive:

“With this glib, rabble-rousing and admittedly enjoyable thriller, Quantic Dream has finally delivered on the promise of its interactive storytelling format, and resolved its difficult relationship with cinema.”

And Kyle Orland at Ars Technica, says:

“The game’s practically endless narrative possibilities don’t excuse the fact that the bulk of those plotlines are delivered completely artlessly, with a lack of self-awareness and genre savvy that would make a high school creative writing student blush.:

Ouch.

PES 19 gets rights to seven new leagues

Konami has softened the blow of losing the UEFA Champion’s League by announcing that PES 2019 will feature seven new officially licenced leagues. The game will now include the Danish, Portuguese, Belgian, Swiss, Scottish, Argentine, and Russian, top flights. Two more leagues will be announced before the game’s late-August release.

Mario + Rabbids expansion detailed

Ubisoft has announced more details on the Mario + Rabbids Donkey Kong Adventure expansion. The 10-hour long add-on features four new zones, and is set in a Rabbid-fied version of Donkey Kong country. It’s set for release next month.

New Far Cry 5 DLC coming soon

Ubisoft has also released a new trailer for the first expansion for Far Cry 5. Hours of Darkness is set in during the Vietnam war, and is due for release on June 5, 2018.

Farewell

Ted Dabney, who co-founded Atari with Nolan Bushnell, has died at the age of 81. Kotaku looks back at his impact on the video games industry.

We also say goodbye to game critic and YouTuber, John “Totalbiscuit” Bain, who has passed away at the age of 33.

Some Sunday reading

Josh Wise continues his series exploring the intersection of film and video games. In this week’s Cut Scenes, he looks at Manhunt and Halloween. I also spoke with Alex Neuse of Choice Provisions to discuss the return of CommanderVideo in Runner3.

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This week’s PlayStation 4 releases (April 6-10, 2020)

Final Fantasy VII Remake headlines this week’s lineup of new PS Store releases for the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita.

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Final Fantasy VII Remake headlines this week’s lineup of new PS Store releases for the PlayStation 4, PS Vita, and PS VR.

A classic franchise returns to PlayStation 4 this week. Yup, it’s the long-awaited release of Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories. Granzella’s game has a long, storied history, beginning life as a PS3 title in 2011 before real-world events caused its postponement. The game’s western release comes at an equally difficult time, but patient fans of the series should be satisfied.

Speaking of patience, this week’s actual big release, Final Fantasy VII Remake, seems to be everything that fans have been waiting for. The long-awaited game is officially out on Friday, but is shipping early in some regions.

Meanwhile, PS VR owners might not be able to play Half-Life: Alyx, but they do get to experience the rush and thrill of Sharknado VR: Eye of the Storm. Other new PS4 releases coming this week include Capybara’s BelowNull Drifter, Troubleshooter, and Rush Rover.

Here is the full lineup of new PlayStation Store games for the PS4, PS VR, and PS Vita.

New PlayStation 4 releases – April 6-10, 2020

Monday, April 6, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

  • Below
  • Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories
  • Form
  • Galaxy of Pen & Paper +1 Edition
  • Null Drifter
  • Rush Rover (and PS Vita)

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

  • Arcade Archives THE TIN STARConvoy: A Tactical Roguelike
  • A Room Where Art Conceals
  • Sharknado VR: Eye of the Storm

Thursday, April 9, 2020

  • AFL Evolution 2
  • Dissection
  • Drunkn Bar Fight
  • Down the Rabbit Hole
  • Troubleshooter

Friday, April 10, 2020

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake

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Save on classic Zelda with April’s My Nintendo discounts

The latest batch of My Nintendo rewards includes new 3DS game discounts and a seasonal theme.

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The latest batch of My Nintendo rewards includes new 3DS game discounts and a seasonal theme.

In case you missed it, there’s a new batch of discounts available on the My Nintendo rewards programme. It’s a good month if you want to pick up some older Zelda games. In Europe, the often overlooked Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons are both half-price in exchange for 30 Gold Points. You can also revisit a range of revamped Nintendo classics in the excellent Ultimate NES Remix.

In the US, there are discounts on The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Monster Hunter Stories, and a couple of new 3DS themes.

Here’s the full rundown of April’s new rewards. Many of last month’s discounts, including Fire Emblem Warriors, are still available, as well as a seven-day free trial for My Nintendo Online.

New My Nintendo rewards – April 2020

EU Gold Point Rewards

  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages – 50% discount – 30 points
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons – 50% discount – 30 points
  • Ultimate NES Remix – 50% discount – 200 points

EU Platinum Point Rewards

  • Cooking Mama: Bon Appétit! – 30% discount – 220 points

US Gold Point Rewards

  • Fossil Fighters: Frontier – 30% discount – 70 points
  • Mario Party Star Rush – 30% discount – 90 points
  • Mighty Mushrooms Theme – 20 points

US Platinum Point Rewards

  • Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure – 30% discount – 140 points
  • Monster Hunter Stories – 30% discount – 300 points
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D – 30% discount – 100 points
  • Pocket Card Jockey – 30% discount – 100 points
  • Yoshi Springtime Siesta Theme – 100 points

Don’t forget, you can also put gold points toward Nintendo Switch games on the eShop. Here’s our roundup of the latest new Switch releases.


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New Nintendo Switch releases (April 6-11, 2020)

This week’s new Nintendo Switch eShop releases include brawling animals, massive earthquakes, space-stations, and dragons. Here’s the full lineup of new games.

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This week’s new Nintendo Switch eShop releases include brawling animals, massive earthquakes, space-stations, and dragons. Here’s the full lineup of new games.

It’s a reasonably quiet week for new Nintendo Switch releases. There are no massive hits to look forward to, but there are a few little gems to enjoy. (Fortunately, we all have Bunny Week to fall back on.)

Pick of the week is Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories, the long-in-development earthquake survival adventure from Granzella. Based on the free eShop demo, the series hasn’t changed much, but it does have a tangible sense of place and a quietly chilling tone.

If you watched the recent Nintendo Direct, you would have seen Vigor, the self-proclaimed “free-to-play shoot ‘n’ loot game, where you build the Shelter in post-war Norway.” Interested players might just squeeze into the game’s closed beta which begins on Thursday,

Fans of the Picross series should also check out Depixtion, which gets a European release this week. It’s a colourful twist on a classic puzzle format, and value for money too. Other new Switch games include Towertale, Galaxy of Pen & Paper, Tharsis, and Fight of Animals, the bizarre meme animal brawler from Digital Crafter.

Here’s the full lineup of new Nintendo eShop releases. We’ll keep this post updated with new additions throughout the week.

Nintendo Switch releases – April 6-11, 2020

Monday, April 6, 2020

  • No releases, go find an egg.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

  • Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories
  • Grimvalor

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

  • Towertale
  • Galaxy of Pen & Paper
  • Pen and Paper Games Bundle
  • Convoy: A Tactical Roguelike
  • Ubongo

Thursday, April 9, 2020

  • Bridge 3
  • Fight of Animals
  • Gunbrick: Reloaded
  • Vigor – Closed Beta
  • Monster Viator

Friday, April 10, 2020

  • Depixtion
  • RMX Real Motocross
  • Rush Rover

Saturday, April 11, 2020

  • Tharsis

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New Xbox One releases (April 6-10, 2020)

This week’s lineup of new Xbox One releases includes a classic survival horror, an interactive movie, and a game about delivering parcels that isn’t Death Stranding.

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Next week’s lineup of brand new Xbox One releases includes…some games.

Final Fantasy VII Remake isn’t coming to the Xbox One just yet. Instead, players can look forward to Retro Tanks. Yes, folks, it’s a quiet week on Xbox One.

The highlight of the week is probably Null Drifter, the fun and furious twin-stick shooter from Panda Indie Studio. And if you fancy making your own games, BQM – Block Quest Maker is an engaging RPG dungeon-creation tool.

Other new Xbox One releases include console ports of Indietopia’s ageing tactical combat game Convoy: A Tactical Roguelike, and Behold Studios’ ageing RPG, Galaxy of Pen and Paper.

There’s a more comprehensive range of games coming to PlayStation 4. In addition to FFVII Remake, there’s Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories and, erm, Sharknado VR: Eye of the Storm.

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 – April 6-10, 2020

Monday, April 6, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

  • Construction Simulator 3: Console Edition

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

  • Convoy: A Tactical Roguelike
  • Galaxy of Pen and Paper +1 Edition
  • Glaive: Brick Breaker
  • Null Drifter
  • Rush Rover

Thursday, April 9, 2020

  • Beholder 2

Friday, April 10, 2020

  • BQM – Block Quest Maker
  • Braveland Trilogy
  • Obduction
  • Retro Tanks

If none of these games are to your liking, read about April’s Games with Gold lineup.


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Three nice enough games are free on Xbox this weekend

ICYMI, here’s news of three more games that are currently free to play on Xbox One.

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In case you missed it, here’s news of three more games that are currently free to play on Xbox One.

“Nice.”

My English teacher used to say that you should never use the word “nice” to describe something. But sometimes, it just fits. Xbox Live Gold members and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members have three new games to enjoy this weekend as part of the latest Free Play Days promotion. The lineup is unlikely to get anyone truly excited – outside of fans of each series – but free is free.

WWE 2K20 would normally headline the list, but the latest edition of the long-running wrestling franchise is notoriously rough and was widely panned on release. Nonetheless, if you’re stuck at home with family, the game could be a good bet for some local multiplayer. It will likely make you smile, even if it’s for the wrong reasons.

Monster Energy Supercross 3 lets players recreate the 2019 AMA Supercross season with a suite of gameplay modes and a robust track creation tool. And if you want to lose yourself in some faraway lands, The Elder Scrolls Online Tamriel Unlimited offers a wealth of adventures to embark on.

WWE 2K20 and Monster Energy Supercross 3 are available to play until midnight on April 5. The Elder Scrolls Online is free to play until April 13.

As always, game progress and achievements can be carried over to purchased copies. And there are some discounts available to tempt you into that purchase.

Free Play Days Discounts

WWE 2K20

  • Standard Edition –  67% off
  • Deluxe Edition – 67% off
  • Originals: Bump in the Night – 35% off
  • Backstage Pass – 35% off

The Elder Scrolls Online Tamriel Unlimited

  • Standard Edition – 60% off

Monster Energy Supercross 3

  • Standard Edition – 30% off
  • Special Edition – 30% off

Nice enough.


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