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The Week in Video Games – May 13, 2018

This week in video games: Sony to show Death Stranding at E3, Nintendo details the Switch Online service, and the Neo Geo Mini is confirmed. Here’s our roundup of the week’s top video game news stories.

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This week in video games: Sony to show Death Stranding at E3, Nintendo details the Switch Online service, and the Neo Geo Mini is confirmed. Here’s our roundup of the week’s top video game news stories.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds news

It’s been a relatively quiet week for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. The Xbox Miramar Test Server is live again this weekend, with access available until 2am on May 14.

Also available for the same period on the PC Test Server is the map formerly known as Savage. The 4×4 map is now named Sanhok, and the PUBG dev team explain why in a Steam community post.

Fortnite Battle Royale news

Aside from the start of Season Four, the leak of its Week 3 challenges, the Thanos event, and the return of the 50v50v2 mode, it’s also been a really quiet week for Fortnite.

Steven Strom at Ars Technica writes about how the failure of MOBA Paragon helped Epic Games shape Fortnite. And Variety reports on how the success of Fortnite and PUBG is leading to a boom in gaming headset sales.

Sony details PlayStation E3 2018 plans

Sony has confirmed the date and time of its E3 2018 press conference. In a slight change of format, this year’s event will primarily be focused on four games: Death Stranding, The Last of Us Part II, Spider-man, and Ghost of Tsushima.

On the PlayStation Blogcast, Sony’s Shawn Layden also confirmed that “There will be no new hardware announcements at E3.”

Square Enix has also confirmed it will broadcast a pre-recorded E3 2018 showcase.

Nintendo Switch Online details confirmed

Nintendo has announced more details of its upcoming Nintendo Switch Online service. Online multiplayer, 20 online-enabled NES games, and cloud saves are all included. Single membership is priced at $19.99 a year, with a family bundle costing $34.99. Alas, there are no plans to add native voice chat functionality to the Switch. Sob.

Two new Steam apps on the way

Valve is soon to release two new streaming apps. The Steam Link app – which is due for release this month – will let Steam users stream their game library to Android and iOS devices, including tablets, phones and TVs. The Steam Video app will follow in the summer and is focused on TV and movie content.

Pokémon Go on tour

Niantic and The Pokémon Company have announced details of the Pokémon Go Summer Tour 2018, with events to be held in Germany, Chicago, and Yokosuka. The programme of Pokémon Go community events also continues with a Charmander celebration next Saturday.

EA talks Anthem and Battlefield

The latest earnings call from Electronic Arts revealed that Bioware’s Anthem is set for release in March 2019. And EA CEO Andrew Wilson managed to say a lot, but somehow nothing at all, when speaking about the next instalment of the Battlefield franchise.

You can now gift all Xbox One games

Microsoft has announced that game gifting is now available on all Xbox One and PC games via the Microsoft Store. Unfortunately back compat Xbox 360 or original Xbox games are not included.

Campo Santo discuss Valve move

In a new interview, Campo Santo’s Sean Vanaman speaks about the decision to join Valve, and the creative freedom the move will bring.

Engage!

Ubisoft is adding new content based on Star Trek: The Next Generation to its space captain simulator, Star Wars: Battlefront Rogue One VR Mission, sorry, we mean Star Trek: Bridge Crew.

The Super Nintendo gets a brand new game

Looking for brand new game to play on the SNES? Devolver Digital and Megacat Studios have opened pre-orders for Fork Parker’s Crunch Out. (See main picture.) All of Devolver Digital’s proceeds will go to Take This, a video game industry nonprofit tackling mental illness.

Monster Hunter comes to Switch

Capcom is bringing Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate to the Nintendo Switch on August 28, 2018. Although the game pales – from a technical perspective – alongside the recently released Monster Hunter: World, it will appeal to series purists with a new “G” rank quest level. All progress from the 3DS version of Generations can be transferred over.

Team17 prepares to float

UK video games publisher Team17 has told GamesIndustry.biz that it aims to float on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange this month.

Video games on sale

It’s been another busy week for gaming sales and promotions. The PlayStation Store in Europe has a new Under €20/£16 Sale, plus there are bargains galore to be found from Devolver, and the Humble Store.

If you’re looking for something new to play, check out this week’s new Playstation and Xbox One releases. We’ll have our Nintendo eShop update for you tomorrow morning.

Neo Geo Mini officially announced

Following on from last week’s rumour, it turns out the SNK Neo Geo Mini is indeed a thing. The device will be issued in two colour schemes, one for Japan and one for everywhere else. The Neo Geo Mini is based on SNK’s MVS arcade cabinet, and will include 40 games that can be played on a built-in 3.5 inch display, or on a TV through HDMI.

Miitomo closed down

Nintendo has shutdown its first smart phone app, Miitomo. Part game, part social network, Miitomo was inventive, but just a little too out there to become a mainstream success. That said, it had its fans.

The Legend of Zelda remixed

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild continues to inspire. First up, Kotaku reports on a new mod for Breath of the Wild which aims to make Princess Zelda the star. At the other end of the scale, the folks at Nintendo Wire have mocked up footage of a charming Game Boy de-make.

Some Sunday reading…

In this week’s Cut Scenes – our ongoing series that explores the intersection of film and video games – Josh Wise gets behind the wheel of The French Connection and Driver: Parallel Lines.

Elsewhere, we look at the current state of independent video games on the Switch, and why it might be a problem for Nintendo.

And if you’re in the market for a new gaming laptop, read our review of the Acer Predator Triton 700.

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Save up to 85% in the massive Xbox One Spring Sale

Some of last year’s best video games – including Gears 5, Children of Morta, and Outer Wilds – are among the bargains in three new Xbox One sales.

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Some of last year’s best video games – including Gears 5, Children of Morta, and Outer Wilds – are among the bargains in three new Xbox One sales.

More than 400 titles get discounts in the new Xbox One Spring Savings Sale. Many of 2019’s best games are on offer with Gears 5, Control, The Outer Worlds, and Outer Wilds among the highlights.

Some games you might have overlooked are also in the mix. Our picks include Dead Mage’s acclaimed action RPG Children of Morta, impressive sports-sim AO Tennis 2, and sci-fi comedy, Journey to the Savage Planet.

This week’s Deals with Gold and Spotlight sales feature savings on Two Point Hospital, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, and Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition.

You can pick up the latest Xbox One deals until April 13, 2020. Visit the Xbox One digital games store or the Microsoft online store for the full lineup of discounted games. Here are some more recommendations.

Spring Savings Sale Highlights

  • A Way Out – 75% off
  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown – 67% off
  • Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey – 50% off
  • Anthem – 85% off
  • AO Tennis 2 – 33% off
  • Arise: A simple story – 30% off
  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles – Trilogy – 70% off
  • Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – 60% off
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins – 75% off
  • Assassin’s Creed The Ezio Collection – 70% off
  • Batman: Arkham Collection – 60% off
  • Battlefield V Standard Edition – 60% off
  • BioShock: The Collection – 75% off
  • Borderlands 3 Deluxe Edition – 50% off
  • Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons – 80% off
  • Burnout Paradise Remastered – 75% off
  • Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Digital Pro Edition – 70% off
  • Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle – 50% off
  • Children of Morta – 33% off
  • Code Vein – 40% off
  • Control – 35% off
  • Crackdown 3 – 20% off
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy – 50% off
  • Dark Souls III – 75% off
  • Darksiders Genesis – 10% off
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – 85% off
  • Devil May Cry 5 Deluxe Edition – 50% off
  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection – 67% off
  • The Disney Afternoon Collection – 75% off
  • Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition – 50% off
  • Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen – 60% off
  • FIFA 20 – 60% off
  • Far Cry New Dawn – 60% off
  • Gears 5 – 50% off
  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint – 70% off
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – 50% off
  • Journey to the Savage Planet – 40% off
  • Jump Force – 67% off
  • Kerbal Space Program Enhanced Edition – 75% off
  • Life Is Strange: Before The Storm Complete Season – 80% off
  • Mega Man 11 – 50% off
  • Metro Exodus – 55% off
  • My Friend Pedro – 30% off
  • No Man’s Sky – 50% off
  • Ori And The Blind Forest: Definitive Edition – 75% off
  • Outer Wilds – 25% off
  • The Outer Worlds – 25% off
  • Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds – 50% off
  • Rage 2 – 70% off
  • Sea of Thieves: Anniversary Edition – 50% off
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization VI – 35% off
  • Soulcalibur VI – 75% off
  • Star Wars Battlefront II – 50% off
  • Sunset Overdrive Deluxe Edition – 60% off
  • Team Sonic Racing – 50% off
  • UNO – 50% off
  • Unravel Yarny Bundle – 67% off
  • Watch Dogs 2 – 75% off

Deals with Gold Highlights

  • Aces Of The Luftwaffe – Squadron – 50% off
  • Elea – Episode 1 – 90% off
  • Farming Simulator 19 – 40% off
  • Jumanji: The Video Game – 25% off
  • Kingdom Hearts III – 70% off
  • Mark of the Ninja: Remastered – 50% off
  • Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden – 50% off
  • Northgard – 30% off
  • Redeemer – Enhanced Edition – 60% off
  • Saints Row IV: Re-Elected – 75% off
  • The King’s Bird – 75% off
  • Two Point Hospital – 25% off
  • Warhammer: Vermintide 2 – 50% off
  • Xenon Racer – 90% off

Spotlight Sale Highlights

  • Aery – Little Bird Adventure – 30% off
  • Agatha Christie – The ABC Murders – 70% off
  • Beatsplosion for Kinect – 75% off
  • Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition – 85% off
  • Fearful Symmetry & the Cursed Prince – 90% off
  • Hero Express – 70% off
  • Regalia: of Men and Monarchs – Royal Edition – 70% off
  • Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove – 30% off
  • The Golf Club 2 – 80% off
  • Tyd wag vir Niemand – 30% off
  • Warhammer: Vermintide 2 – Premium Edition – 60% off
  • Yet Another Zombie Defense HD – 50% off

For more video game bargains, catch up with the latest Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 sales.


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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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