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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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New PlayStation 4 releases: January 27-31, 2020

Kentucky Route Zero and Journey to the Savage Planet headline next week’s lineup of new PlayStation releases.

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Kentucky Route Zero and Journey to the Savage Planet are the highlights of next week’s new PlayStation 4, PS VR and PS Vita releases.

Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition is our PlayStation 4 pick of the week. The new edition encompasses all five acts – and the ‘interludes’ – of Cardboard Computer’s acclaimed adventure game. It’s an atmospheric subversion of a time-worn genre, and one to be savoured. Enjoy the journey.

Speaking of which, Typhoon Studio’s debut, Journey to the Savage Planet, is a promising science-fiction adventure with a comedic edge. If the likes of No Man’s Sky and The Outer Worlds are too daunting, this could be the perfect trip.

And speaking of games by Obsidian, the studio’s 2018 RPG Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire also arrives on PlayStation 4 next week.

Other new releases include Coffee TalkIt Came From Space And Ate Our Brains and Code Shifter. An early 80s classic also gets an update in shape of Lode Runner Legacy.

Here’s the complete lineup of next week’s new PlayStation Store releases.

New PlayStation 4 releases – January 27-31, 2020

Monday, January 27, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

  • Coffee Talk
  • Journey to the Savage Planet
  • Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
  • Pro Deer Hunting
  • Shadow the Ronin
  • Vigilante Ranger

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

  • Lode Runner Legacy
  • Music Racer
  • Sisters Royale: Five Sisters Under Fire
  • Top Run

Thursday, January 30, 2020

  • Arc of Alchemist
  • Autobahn Police Simulator 2
  • Bookbound Brigade
  • Code Shifter
  • The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III
  • It Came From Space And Ate Our Brains
  • Mad Age & This Guy
  • Milo’s Quest (+ PS Vita)
  • Throw Anything

Friday, January 31, 2020

  • The Inner Friend
  • Kwaidan
  • oOo: Ascension
  • Saboteur!
  • Willy Jetman: Astromonkey’s Revenge

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New Xbox One releases: January 27-31, 2020

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

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Journey to the Savage Planet and Kentucky Route Zero headline next 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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Wasteland Remastered gets a release date

Wasteland Remastered will upgrade the 1988 RPG’s look just in time for Wasteland 3.

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Wasteland Remastered will upgrade the 1988 RPG’s look just in time for Wasteland 3.

inXile Entertainment announced the remaster back in 2018, with a scheduled 2019 release. But with release dates prone to slipping, instead, Wasteland Remastered will launch on February 25 2020. That’s my birthday if you’ve been wondering what to get me. [Duly noted – Ed.]

The game will simultaneously launch on Steam, the Windows Store and GOG, inXile said. Additionally, Wasteland Remastered will be available via the console and PC versions of Xbox Game Pass.

“Wasteland Remastered is an overhaul of the 1988 title that brought the post-apocalypse to video games,” inXile said in a post on its website. “The Remastered title brings new graphics, audio, music, and digitizes the physical paragraphs book from the original with brand new artwork.”

Here are the before and after pictures. It’s like weirdly-specific time travel.

Wasteland remastered

The remaster is being handled by Krome Studios. That’s a name I haven’t heard in years. Krome developed the Ty the Tasmanian Tiger games in the PS2 era and rebooted the Spyro franchise in 2006. It also remastered the Bard’s Tale games.

Wasteland 3 is set to launch on May 19. Its predecessors were recently free on GOG.


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Pick up The Bridge, an Escher-inspired puzzler, for free

The Bridge, a perspective-swapping puzzler is free on the Epic Games Store.

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The Bridge, a perspective-swapping puzzler is free on the Epic Games Store.

According to its Epic description, The Bridge “forces the player to reevaluate their preconceptions of physics and perspective.” And, its black-and-white, pencil-drawn graphics certainly make it look like a brain-breaking M.C. Escher drawing. But, with a bearded suit-wearing guy – who wouldn’t look out of place in Braid – exploring it.

I missed this one back in 2013. When it came out, I was in the middle of my freshman year of college and taking a break from video games. But, if I had been playing games at the time, this one’s mash-up of Fez mechanics and philosophical self-importance absolutely would have appealed to me.

Make of that what you will.

The Bridge screenshot

Now that The Bridge is free, Epic has unveiled next week’s freebie. Get ready to simulate some farming. That’s right Farming Simulator 19 will be up for grabs next Thursday.


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This week’s best Nintendo eShop bargains

Are you looking for something new to play on Nintendo Switch this weekend? Here’s news of some new eShop discounts.

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Are you looking for something new to play on Nintendo Switch this weekend? Here’s news of some new eShop video game discounts.

This week’s crop of Nintendo Switch digital discounts in Europe includes a range of classic indie games published by Nicalis.

We’ll never stop recommending Terry Cavanagh’s masterful platformer VVVVVV, even if he is a little sheepish about its qualities these days. Likewise, Daisuke Amaya’s timeless Metroid-style adventure game, Cave Story+. Classic shmup Ikaruga also comes highly recommended, particularly as it can be played on Switch in Tate Mode.

Other discounted games include sports sim Football Manager 2020, futuristic stunt racer FutureGrind, and no less than five titles from the Jackbox Party series.

We’ll also highlight Super Life of Pixel. It’s a simple and charming platform game that takes players on a trip through various console generations. Originally released on Wii U, the Switch version includes six new vintage consoles. It’s a neat idea, delightfully executed.

Here are some more sale recommendations. Visit the Nintendo eShop in your country for the full lineup of discounted games.

Nintendo Switch sale highlights

  • The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+
  • The End is Nigh
  • Ikaruga
  • VVVVVV
  • Cave Story +
  • Toki Tori
  • Toki Tori 2+: Nintendo Switch Edition
  • Football Manager 2020
  • Johnny Turbo’s Arcade: Super Burger Time
  • FutureGrind
  • Crystal Crisis
  • RemiLore
  • Umihara Kawase Fresh!
  • Blade Strangers
  • Redout
  • Code of Princess EX
  • Tiny Barbarian DX
  • Swords & Soldiers
  • The Jackbox Party Packs 2-6
  • Gear.Club Unlimited 2

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