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Video game news: The week in quotes

We round up some of the most interesting and significant quotes from the last week in video games.

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From Pokémon and Tetris to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, we round up some of the most interesting and significant quotes from the last week in video games.

How to port a game to the Nintendo Switch

Feral Interactive’s Edwin Smith speaks to Nintendo Life about the right way to port video games to the Nintendo Switch.

“There are a number of factors in that process, not least our enthusiasm for the game as a game. But also, technical feasibility, sales potential, platform suitability, code quality, etc. If we are unable to port a game to the level of quality we wish to achieve, then we do not proceed, and occasionally that has happened. You see quite a few ports, which have dropped a number of features from the original game or else are released to run on a limited range of the latest hardware. We think that is self-defeating in that it generates disappointment rather than enjoyment.”

HDMI ports in a storm

We expect there were some rapped knuckles for the presentation team at AMD who probably shouldn’t have used an Xbox Series X render from TurboSquid in their CES 2020 presentation. Those hoping for two HDMI ports on the next Xbox look like being disappointed, with Microsoft saying:

“The Xbox Series X imagery used during the AMD CES press conference was not sourced from Microsoft and does not accurately represent the design or features of the upcoming console.”

Retail woes around the world

The decline of video games retail continues apace with EB Games closing 19 stores across Australia. Speaking to Kotaku, the company says:

“Like all businesses, we are constantly evaluating our property portfolio to ensure that our stores mix is in-line with the ever-changing retail landscape. After careful consideration we will be closing 19 unprofitable stores at the end of January.”

Things are not much better in the UK, with high street retailer Game about to embark on a ‘store rationalization program.’ In a press statement the company says:

“We are facing a challenging retail market and Game, with its extensive retail footprint, needs to restructure and landlords need to work with us in setting realistic, fair rents.”

Sony promises more on PlayStation 5

As the new PS5 logo brings joy and happiness to the world, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan reassures us that there’s more news to come regarding the company’s next-generation console.

“There are still more unique elements for PlayStation 5 to come that separate it from previous consoles. The ‘bigger differences’ have yet to be announced.”

An Xbox is an Xbox is an Xbox

Don’t hold off buying an Xbox One X, Microsoft has you covered. Speaking to MVC, Xbox Game Studios head Matt Booty confirms that all first-party Xbox Series X video games will also be playable on this generation’s devices.

“As our content comes out over the next year, two years, all of our games, sort of like PC, will play up and down that family of devices. We want to make sure that if someone invests in Xbox between now and [Series X] that they feel that they made a good investment and that we’re committed to them with content.”

Tetris still challenges its creator

Tetris creator Alexey Pajitnov reveals his plan to expand the game’s eSports reach to USGamer. He also admits that he’s as fond of battle-royale puzzling as we are.

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Tetris 99 is absolutely a great title. Basically, I think the one-player version of Tetris has been more or less stabilized over the years. That’s good, and we’re just adjusting the game to new user interfaces. But for two-player modes and serious competition, there are several challenges to overcome.

Lucasfilm’s lack of faith is disturbing

It turns out that Lucasfilm wasn’t too keen on a Jedi-focused Star Wars video game. Speaking on the Game Maker’s Notebook podcast, Respawn game director Stig Asmussen recalls:

“We had been on the game, unofficially, for months before I got my first visit to the Presidio, headquarters. I met with them, and they weren’t super comfortable. I pitched, “Hey, what if we do a game about Jedi and Force powers?” They were not super comfortable with that. They kind of threw it back and were like, “What about blasters, and maybe, bounty hunters?” I was like, you know, that’s not the background of the team that we built.

VVVVVV source code released

Terry Cavanagh releases the source code for VVVVVV, warts and all.

“I dunno, what can I say? I was young and more interested in getting something on the screen than implementing it properly. Maybe the best thing about VVVVVV’s source code is that is stands as proof of what you can hack together even if you’re not much of a programmer.”

More Pokémon on their way to the Galar region

Two content expansions for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will add new areas, trainers, gyms and Pokemon, including a slew of Legendaries and other absent species. GameFreak’s Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori explain how in this week’s Nintendo Direct.

“On The Isle of Armor and in The Crown Tundra you’ll see some familiar Pokemon that didn’t appear in the Galar region before. There will be more than 200 Pokemon species from these areas to add to your team, including the Legendary Pokemon mentioned before. Additionally, we’ll be distributing free updates for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. Thes updates will allow people who don’t have the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield expansions to obtain the Pokemon that appear on The Isle of Armor and in The Crown Tundra through other means, such as trading.”


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New Xbox One releases (June 1-5, 2020)

Here is next week’s lineup of brand new Xbox One releases. One title is quite literally awesome.

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Here’s the full lowdown on next week’s lineup of brand new Xbox One video game releases. One title is quite literally awesome.

There isn’t a huge amount to be excited for on Xbox One next week, but we promised you an awesome game, so let’s talk about one.

Awesome Pea 2 is the follow-up to Sometimes You’s enjoyable 2018 retro-platformer. The original was a slight, but occasionally tricky game, starring a heroic vegetable. The sequel promises a larger serving of everything, including dungeons, enemies, and loot. The pea-souper visuals also return, beautifully recalling the dingy display of the Nintendo Game Boy.

Other new releases include Strawberry Vinegar, a quirky visual novel about making food to save your soul, and We Were Here Together, a mysterious puzzle adventure set in the wastes of Antarctica.

The latest addition to the Thumbsticks ‘Big Book of Bland Game Names’ is called Cyber Protocol. It’s a fun retro-style puzzler. Finally, the long-awaited Eco Lifestyle expansion comes to The Sims 4.

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

New Xbox One releases: June 1-5, 2020

Monday, June 1, 2020

  •  No releases

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

  • No releases

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

  • Strawberry Vinegar
  • Depth of Extinction
  • Awesome Pea 2

Thursday, June 4, 2020

  • Tour de France 2020

Friday, June 5, 2020

  • Tcheco in the Castle of Lucio
  • Outbuddies DX
  • The Sims 4: Eco Lifestyle (Expansion)
  • We Were Here Together
  • Rigid Force Redux

If you’re looking for some video game bargains, read our roundup of this week’s rockin’ Xbox One sales.


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New Super Lucky’s Tale is coming to PS4 and Xbox One this summer

New Super Lucky’s Tale is on its way to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year.

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New Super Lucky’s Tale is on its way to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year.

Playful Studios and PQube have announced that the super okay New Super Lucky’s Tale is breaking free from its Nintendo Switch bastille and will be released on Xbox One and PS4 this summer.

Pitched as a love letter to classic 3D platformers, New Super Lucky’s Tale was first released as plain old Super Lucky’s Tale in 2017, where it was an Xbox One X launch title. The revised and expanded “new” version debuted on Switch in 2019 to warm reviews and nods of moderate appreciation.

The foxy 3D adventure platformer is getting a physical and digital release on PS4 and Xbox, but there’s no news on if the game is being updated to take advantage of the increased hardware power.

You can see Lucky in action in this accolades trailer. If you own a Switch, you can also download a free demo to sample it for yourself.

Summer is a slightly vague release window, so we’ll make a prediction and see how close we end up being. Let’s lick our finger and stick it in the air… June 25, 2020? That’s our entirely random hunch.


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June’s free PlayStation Plus games are War-full

Sony confirms the two free PS4 games coming to PlayStation Plus in June 2020.

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Sony confirms the two free PS4 games coming to PlayStation Plus in June 2020.

June’s free PS Plus games are perfect for players who would like to shoot things, with the choice of a historical epic, of a futuristic, erm, even more historical epic.

First up is Call of Duty: WWII, the ‘boots on the ground’ FPS from Sledgehammer Games. The 2017 game is as subtle as a sledgehammer, but it’s one of our favourites from the franchise’s recent history. And it’s available to download right now.

It’s joined by the infamous Star Wars: Battlefront II, the game that caused millions of voices to cry out in terror at its microtransactions. With two-and-a-half years of changes and content updates under its belt, the game is much improved and probably the second-best Star Wars adventure of the generation.

June’s free PS Plus games are available to download from June 2 – July 6, 2020.

PlayStation Plus free games – June 2020

  • Call of Duty: WWII
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II

May’s PlayStation Plus games – Cities: Skylines and Farming Simulator 19 – remain available to download until next Tuesday.


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Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is free on the Epic Games Store

Grab Borderlands: The Handsome Collection from today through Thursday on the Epic Games Store.

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Grab Borderlands: The Handsome Collection from today through Thursday on the Epic Games Store.

Handsome Jack. You love him or you hate him. He has a diamond unicorn called Butt Stallion. You think that’s funny or deeply stupid. He’s a smarmy prick, with a hidden tragic backstory. That either makes him sympathetic or just a smarmy prick with a hidden tragic backstory.

How you feel about Handsome Jack will likely determine how you feel about this week’s Epic giveaway. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection includes Gearbox’s Borderlands 2 and the 2K Australia-developed spin-off, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Both star the titular Hyperion President. In Borderlands 2, Jack is a villain and constant voice in your ear. Pre-Sequel, though — which, confusing title aside, is just a prequel — charts Jack’s fall from grace.

Both games are worth checking out if you haven’t already. The original Borderlands defined the loot-shooter, fusing solid FPS mechanics with RPG progression and procedurally generated loot. Borderlands 2 refined everything the first game did, expanded it, and did a significantly better job of telling a story.

Pre-Sequel transplants the action to a moon of Pandora, the lawless desert planet that served as setting for the first two games. The new environment brings new mechanics with it. The moon’s lower gravity means that gunfights and traversal have a vertical component. And, the lack of oxygen will push you between conveniently placed domes of air.

I never finished Pre-Sequel but I enjoyed the bits that I played of it. It’s a shame that 2K Australia closed shortly after its release.

The meme-y humour of Borderlands 2 and Pre-Sequel doesn’t hold up especially well (you can go ahead and use “Butt Stallion” as a litmus test for whether you’ll think it’s funny or not). But, they’re still a blast with a few friends at your side.

And, given that both are free right now, it should be pretty easy to round-up a co-op party. Here are Tom’s impressions of Borderlands 3 if you’d prefer something more current.

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Save up to 95% in this week’s rockin’ Xbox One sales

An impressive crop of blockbuster action games are among this week’s new Xbox One discounts.

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An impressive crop of blockbuster action games are among this week’s new Xbox One discounts.

Shoot, punch, kick, zap and hack your way through this week’s Xbox One video game deals. The Rockin’ Action sale – which was surely named by a dad – features a selection of explosive games. Our picks include Ubisoft’s slowly improving online shooter, Ghost Recon Breakpoint, and the often overlooked post-apocalyptic FPS, Metro Exodus.

Highlights from this week’s Deals with Gold include the inventive Yoku’s Island Express and Sid Meier’s Civilization VI. (PSA: CIV VI is free on PC for a few more hours via the Epic Games Store.)

Finally, some new Spotlight savings discount some of EA Sports’ biggest games, with price cuts for FIFA 20, Madden 20, and NHL 20.

All three sales run through to June 1 via the Xbox Digital Games store and Microsoft online store. Here are some more highlights.

Rockin’ Action Sale Highlights

  • Batman: Return To Arkham – 50% off
  • Borderlands 3 Super Deluxe Edition – 50% off
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 67% off
  • Dead Island Definitive Collection – 80% off
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Game of the Year Edition – 75% off
  • Far Cry 4 + Far Cry Primal Bundle – 65% off
  • Far Cry 5 Gold Edition + Far Cry New Dawn Deluxe Edition Bundle – 70% off
  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint – Ultimate Edition – 65% off
  • Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Online Edition & Whale Shark Card Bundle – 35% off
  • Hitman HD Enhanced Collection – 70% off
  • Journey to the Savage Planet – 40% off
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda – Standard Recruit Edition – 70% off
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – 70% off
  • Metro Exodus – 60% off
  • Red Dead Redemption 2: Special Edition – 55% off
  • Saints Row IV: Re-Elected – 75% off
  • Steep – 50% off
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands – Standard Edition – 65% off
  • Warhammer: Chaosbane – 60% off
  • Watch Dogs 2 – Gold Edition – 75% off

Deals with Gold Highlights

  • Aven Colony – 70% off
  • L.A. Noire – 50% off
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization VI – 25% off
  • Starpoint Gemini Warlords – 75% off
  • The Wolf Among Us – 50% off
  • WWE 2K20 – 67% off
  • Yoku’s Island Express – 70% off

Spotlight Sale Highlights

  • Claws of Furry – 50% off
  • EA Sports FIFA 20 Champions Edition – 70% off
  • FIFA The Journey Trilogy – 80% off
  • Madden NFL 20: Superstar Edition – 70% off
  • NBA 2K20 – 95% off
  • Need For Speed Heat Deluxe Edition – 60% off
  • NHL 20 Deluxe Edition – 67% off
  • Super Mutant Alien Assault – 85% off
  • Warhammer: Chaosbane Magnus Edition – 60% off

Get news on the latest video game savings via our regularly updated sales page. And head over to our new releases section for news of the latest PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch games. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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