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The Week in Video Games – May 20, 2018

This week in video games: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 revealed, multiplayer comes to No Man’s Sky, and Halo comes to the arcades. Here’s our roundup of the week’s top gaming news stories.

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This week in video games: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 revealed, multiplayer comes to No Man’s Sky, and Halo comes to the arcades. Here’s our roundup of the week’s top gaming news stories.

PUBG Miramar map heading to Xbox One

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds‘ desert-themed Miramar map is coming to Xbox One on May 24, 2018. The map is currently available for one last round of testing, should players wish to jump on the test server. Addition tweaks and fixes are detailed in the latest patch notes. The Miramar map was also released for PUBG Mobile this week.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 release date

The rumours were true. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will not include a single player campaign, but it will be offering its own battle royale mode, called Blackout. The multiplayer-centric game will also include a significantly expanded zombie mode.

The wonderfully named Dan Bunting, co-studio head at Treyarch, said:

“At its core Black Ops has always been about challenging convention and boldly taking our gameplay in new directions. With Black Ops 4, we’ve designed an experience for all play styles and skill levels from casual to competitive. It brings a layer of tactical depth that rewards players for mastery, and just feels so good to play.”

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is scheduled for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on October 12, 2018.

Fortnite Battle Royale coming to Android

In a blog post, Epic Games has confirmed that Fortnite Battle Royale is planned for release on Android this summer. The post also outlines plans to add voice chat, and a customisable UI.

And in case you missed it… Fortnite Battle Royale now has an in-game Fork Knife food truck. Love it.

No Man’s Sky gets full multiplayer

Hello Games’ space exploration game, No Man’s Sky, will be getting full online multiplayer this summer. The ‘Next’ update coincides with the release of the Xbox One version of the game.

Skull & Bones and Metro Exodus delayed

Two anticipated games have had their release dates push back. Ubisoft’s seafaring Skull & Bones will now release in financial year 2019/2020. And Deep Silver has confirmed that 4A Games’ Metro Exodus will now be released in Q1 2019. Both titles will still make an appearance at next month’s E3.

Introducing the Xbox One Adaptive Controller

Microsoft has revealed the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a new programmable game controller designed for players with limited mobility. It’s a beautiful piece of design and is fully compatible with Xbox One and Windows 10. It will launch later this year, priced $99.99 USD. Hats off to Microsoft on this one.

State of Decay 2 review roundup

Undead Labs’ zombie survival game, State of Decay 2, was released this week on Xbox One and Windows. Unfortunately if appears that any innovation found in its gameplay systems is let down by a multitude of performance problems.

Alessandro Barbosa, writing at GameSpot, says:

State of Decay 2 runs extremely poorly, even on Xbox One X. Despite not standing out graphically in any regard, the framerate will frequently dip well below its 30 frames per second target, sometimes locking up momentarily when the action is thick on screen.”

Stacie Ponder at Kotaku warns of the perils of ladders:

“For as much fun as I had with the game, I expected a bit more polish. Ladders were generally a bigger threat to my survival than the zombies, as wonky controls sent me plummeting to the ground as I tried to descend.”

Edwin Evans-Thirlwell at Eurogamer says:

“It tantalises with the thought of raggedy everyday heroes pooling their myriad talents to survive, only to quantify and busywork all that out of existence. Its resource and scavenging elements are as suffocating as its social elements are underplayed.”

GTA V sales continue to rocket

Take Two’s financial earnings call revealed that Grand Theft Auto V has sold 95 million copies to date. It was only in February that the publisher reported 90 million copies shipped.

PS Vita game cards end production

Kotaku reports that Sony’s American and European arms “plan to end all Vita GameCard production by close of fiscal year 2018.” Production looks set to continue in Japan, for a short while at least, according to a report from GameSpark (via Siliconera).

The Division 2 gets a release window

During this week’s Ubisoft earnings call, CEO Yves Guillemot revealed that The Division 2 will be released before the end of April 2019. He also spoke about the steps being taken to improve the sequel’s end game.

Cliff Bleszinski shares game concepts following Boss Key closure

Following the closure of Boss Key Productions, Cliff Bleszinski has released a slew of game concepts and design documents from titles that never got off the ground.

The next Halo game is revealed

The next Halo game, is an arcade cabinetHalo: Fireteam Raven supports up to four-players, and features four turret-mounted machine guns, and a 130-inch, 4k screen. The game – which is produced by Play Mechanix and Eugene Jarvis’ Raw Thrills – will debut at Dave & Busters in the United States and Canada this summer.

What the heck is this Nintendo Labo rip-off?

Unofficial Nintendo Labo Guitar

This is one of the best unofficial gaming products we’ve seen in while. A completely unlicensed Nintendo Labo guitar kit that promises origami fun (it looks like it will take 30 seconds to build) complete with the promise of a ‘game incoming’. Don’t hold your breath. Colourful string though…

Video game sales and promotions

It’s another busy week for sales and promotions. If you’re quick there’s still time to pick up a game in this weekend’s PlayStation Store Flash sale, Ubisoft are cutting prices over on the Nintendo eShop, and there a few days left on the Humble Store’s spring sale.

Sunday reading

Josh Wise continues his series of features that examine the intersection of film and video games. In this week’s Cut Scenes he looks at Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Josh has also penned some thoughts on Detroit: Become Human, the latest game from David Cage and Quantic Dream.

And finally, if you’ve ever been interested in the design of Pokémon, check out Kotaku’s report on concept art shared by Game Freak designer, James Turner.

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The Last of Us Part II is delayed, again

Bad news from the Naughty Dogs: The Last of Us Part II is delayed, again. (And this time there’s no new release date pencilled in.)

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Bad news from the Naughty Dogs: The Last of Us Part II is delayed, again. (And this time there’s no new release date pencilled in.)

The COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc with the video game industry. From event cancellations to production shortages to store closures game delays, it seems nothing is safe from the knock-on effects of the worst crisis the world has seen in years.

(And while you could argue that video games are trivial in the wake of the human cost of COVID-19 – and you’d be absolutely right – it’s worth remembering that they’re still important in their own small way. In addition to being an enormous employer, of a job that can mostly be done from home, they offer entertainment and escapism at a time where we’re all stuck in isolation.)

But this next piece of COVID-19 cancellation news really stings: The Last of Us Part II has been delayed. Again.

In a statement, developer Naughty Dog said:

“As you’ve likely just seen, the release of The Last of Us Part II has been delayed. We’re sure this news is just as disappointing to you as it is to us. We wanted to reach out to all of you in our community to give you a little more information.

The good news is, we’re nearly done with development of The Last of Us Part II. We are in the midst of fixing our final bugs.

However, even with us finishing the game, we were faced with the reality that due to logistics beyond our control, we couldn’t launch The Last of Us Part II to our satisfaction. We want to make sure everyone gets to play The Last of Us Part II around the same time, ensuring that we’re doing everything possible to preserve the best experience for everyone. This meant delaying the game until such a time where we can solve these logistic issues.

We were bummed about this decision but ultimately understood it’s what’s best and fair to all of our players. We’re hoping that this won’t be a long delay and we’ll update you as soon as we have new information to share.

We wish you all, your families, and your friends the best of health. Thank you for being amazing fans and your continued support.” – Naughty Dog

The key takeaway here is that The Last of Us Part II now doesn’t have a release date. That means it’s effectively delayed indefinitely, but the game is nearly complete, so when pandemic-related logistical issues subside it sounds like Naughty Dog and Sony will be able to get the game out fairly sharpish.

Maybe it’s not the worst thing in the world that a game about the terrifyingly violent breakdown of human society in the wake of a global pandemic won’t release smack in the middle of a terrifying global pandemic.

(But it’s still a damn shame.)


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Save up to 80% in the Nintendo eShop Spring Sale

Over 300 games are discounted in the new Nintendo Switch eShop Spring sale.

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Over 300 games, including The Witcher 3, Sonic Mania, and Assassin’s Creed: The Rebel Collection, are discounted in the new Nintendo Switch eShop Spring sale.

Following on from this week’s new PlayStation Store sale and Xbox savings, Nintendo Switch owners can now enjoy some tempting game discounts. The big Nintendo eShop Spring sale includes over 300 games, with some recent big-hitters getting decent price cuts.

Top of the list is a 30% price cut for CD Projekt Red’s impressive port of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Ubisoft’s excellent Assassin’s Creed The Rebel Collection is also reduced by 30%, and Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is chopped by 75%. Alien: Isolation, Gris, and Call of Juarez: Gunslinger are also games we liked.

Other recommendations include the wonderful Sonic Mania, Playtonic’s much-improved second game, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, and Larien’s engrossing RPG, Divinity: Original Sin 2. Add in a huge number of indie bargains, and there’s plenty to enjoy.

The sale runs in Europe until April 19, 2020. A batch of first-party Nintendo games will be added to the lineup on April 9 including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and Kirby Star Allies.

In the meantime, here are some more sale highlights. Visit the Nintendo eShop in your country for the full list of discounts.

Nintendo eShop Spring Sale Highlights

  • Assassin’s Creed 3: Remastered – 63% off
  • Assassin’s Creed The Rebel Collection – 30% off
  • Axiom Verge – 50% off
  • Bastion – 80% off
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy – 49% off
  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection – 48% off
  • Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition – 40% off
  • Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition – 30% off
  • Gris – 50% off
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – 50% off
  • Iconoclasts – 30% off
  • Just Dance 2020 – 60% off
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle – 75% off
  • Metro 2033 Redux – 30% off
  • Metro: Last Light Redux – 30% off
  • Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove – 30% off
  • Sonic Mania – 30% off
  • Spyro Reignited Trilogy – 49% off
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Complete Edition – 30% off
  • Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince – 50% off
  • Torchlight II – 30 off
  • Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair – 33% off

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A modern classic comes to PlayStation Plus in April 2020

An all-time PS4 great and an overlooked racer are the free games coming to PlayStation Plus in April 2020.

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An all-time PS4 great and an overlooked rally racer are the free PlayStation Plus games for April 2020.

Another month, another duo of excellent free games for PlayStation Plus subscribers. The highlight is one of Naughty Dog’s finest, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

Originally released for PS4 in 2016, Uncharted 4 received acclaim from all quarters, including Thumbsticks. In our review of the year, Tom described it as the “perfect a send-off for one of gaming’s great modern characters.” We expect many PlayStation fans have already played the game, but don’t miss this opportunity if you haven’t.

April’s second PS Plus freebie is DIRT Rally 2.0. The problem with many games from Codemasters is that they are reliably reliable. And so it proves here. DIRT Rally 2.0 is a full-featured simulation of a sport that oozes quality on every turn and in every gear change. There’s a learning curve, but with a little patience, a generous and absorbing racing simulation awaits.

This month’s free PS Plus games are available to download from April 7-May 4, 2020.

PlayStation Plus free games – April 2020

  • DIRT Rally 2.0
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

March’s PlayStation Plus games – Shadow of the Colossus, and Sonic Forces – remain available to download until next week.


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Save up to 50% in the PlayStation Store Spring sale

Start the new month with some big PlayStation 4 discounts in the PlayStation Store Spring sale.

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Start the month with some big savings on PlayStation 4 video games in the new PlayStation Store Spring sale.

As one sale ends, another begins. A new PlayStation Store promotion starting today celebrates the spring season with a raft of discounts on some excellent PS4 games.

Players with the urge to escape planet Earth can leave their troubles behind with discounts on the well-liked Journey To The Savage Planet from Typhoon Studios. No Man’s Sky, The Outer Worlds, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order also offer budget adventures to galaxies far, far away.

Discounted PS4 exclusives include SIE Bend Studio’s ode to biking among the undead, Days Gone, and Santa Monica Studio’s glorious reinvention of God of War. Other highlights include Two Point Hospital, Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, Yakuza 6, and Death Stranding.

The PlayStation Spring Sale ends on April 28 with a fresh influx of games arriving in two weeks. Here are some of our sale recommendations, and Anthem.

PlayStation Store Spring sale Highlights

  • A Way Out
  • Anthem
  • AO Tennis 2
  • Arizona Sunshine
  • Assassin’s Creed Triple Pack: Black Flag, Unity, Syndicate
  • Batman: Arkham Collection
  • Bioshock: The Collection
  • Borderlands 3
  • Bully
  • Code Vein
  • Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
  • Dark Souls III
  • Days Gone
  • Death Stranding
  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection
  • Doom (2016)
  • Doom (1993)
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • FIFA 20
  • eFootball PES 2020
  • Far Cry New Dawn
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • God of War
  • Job Simulator
  • Journey To The Savage Planet
  • Kingdom Hearts III
  • L.A. Noire
  • Mafia III
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Mortal Kombat XI
  • Need For Speed Heat
  • Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
  • No Man’s Sky
  • The Outer Worlds
  • Project Cars 2
  • Red Dead Redemption 2: Ultimate Edition
  • Soulcalibur VI
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • Tetris Effect
  • Two Point Hospital
  • Yakuza 6: The Song Of Life

Head over to the PS Store to see the full list of over 600 discounted games.


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April’s Xbox Games with Gold lineup is reasonable

Microsoft has revealed the four (pretty decent) games coming to Xbox Games with Gold in April 2020.

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Microsoft has revealed the four (pretty decent) games coming to Xbox Games with Gold in April 2020.

April’s lineup of free games for Xbox Live Gold members begins today with Project Cars 2. Slightly Mad’s racing games are often overlooked. And if it wasn’t for the Forza series, they would probably be held in higher regard. Project Cars 2 is definitely worth a spin and available to download for the entire month.

It’s joined mid-April by the Knights of Pen and Paper Bundle, which includes two clever and cute RPGs from Behold Studios.

This month’s Xbox 360 selection is headlined by the 2014 HD remaster of Lionhead’s OG Xbox RPG, Fable Anniversary. The game still holds up, just don’t mention the acorns. This month’s Games with Gold lineup is completed by Toybox Turbos, a fun table-top racer from Codemasters. Both Xbox 360 games are also playable on Xbox One.

The Games with Gold titles for April are available during the following dates.

Xbox Games With Gold – April 2020

Xbox One

  • Project CARS 2 – April 1 – 30, 2020
  • Knights of Pen and Paper Bundle – April 16 – May 15, 2020

Xbox 360 and Xbox One

  • Fable Anniversary – April 1 – 15, 2020
  • Toybox Turbos – April 16 – 30, 2020

In the meantime, one of last month’s free Xbox games – Shantae: Half-Genie Hero –  is still available to download until April 15, 2020.


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