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The Week in Video Games – March 4, 2018

This week in gaming: Overwatch gets a new character, Far Cry 5 gets a movie, and the Switch doesn’t get Diablo. Here’s our digest of the week’s top news stories from the world of video games.

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This week in gaming: Overwatch gets a new character, Far Cry 5 gets a movie, and the Switch doesn’t get Diablo. Here’s our digest of the week’s top news stories from the world of video games.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds news

It’s been a relatively quiet week on the PUBG news desk. The biggest story relates to the Xbox One version of the game, which received a host of improvements with its ninth update. Patch highlights include the addition of multiple pre-match starting locations, the removal of weapons from the island prior to a match starting, and a number of UI tweaks. Support for Game DVR is also included, and can be switched on in the Options/Settings menu.

The line item “Updated the design of the energy drink” also means that Hot Bull has now become PUBG Brand Energy Drink, a name less likely to infringe on the trademark of a popular canned caffeine brew.

In other news, Polygon reports on Ma Huateng – founder of Tencent, and PUBG’s publishing partner in China – being named the richest man in China in the latest edition of the Hurun Report.

Far Cry 5 film comes to Amazon Prime

A live-action short film based on Far Cry 5 will be released on Amazon Prime on Monday March 5, 2018. Inside Eden’s Gate follows three vloggers investigating the disappearance of missing locals in game’s Hope County location. The film stars Greg Bryk, as Eden’s Gate leader Joseph Seed, and American Sniper’s Kyle Gallner.

Ubisoft have also released a new live-action Far Cry 5 trailer. The game is set for release on March 27, 2018.

Is Diablo III coming to Nintendo Switch?

Yes, says the internet. No, says Blizzard. Boo, says the internet.

Horizon Zero Dawn sells over 7.6m copies

Sony has confirmed that Horizon Zero Dawn has become the best-selling new first-party franchise to launch on PlayStation 4. The game has sold over 7.6 million copies since its release in February 2017.

“From the makers of Killzone Shadow Fall…” Who’d have thunk?

Sega accidentally released Yakuza 6 for free

Talk about having a bad day at the office. You have to feel for the poor soul who signed-off the PlayStation Store demo of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, which mistakenly allowed players to purchase and unlock the full game. Sega swiftly removed the demo from the PlayStation Store, and have since revoked access for anyone who opened up the full game.

Chrono Trigger flops on Steam

Square Enix’s self-proclaimed ‘definitive edition’ Chrono Trigger arrived on Steam this week. Alas, there seems to be nothing definitive about it, with players disappointed at the PC version being little more than a rough port of 2011’s iOS release. The game currently has a Mostly Negative rating on Steam from over 300 reviews. The humble Nintendo DS version remains king in our eyes.

ESRB to introduce ‘In-Game Purchases’ label

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is to introduce advisory labels for all digital and retail games that “offer the ability to purchase digital goods or premiums with real world currency.” The new label will be separate from the already familiar ESRB content ratings. All together now, “M-for-Mature!”

A new website has also been launched to assist parents in understanding the murky world of in-game purchases and micro-transactions.

Xbox One gets PC remote play

A new update for members of the Xbox One Insider program adds PC Remote Play, of a sort. Using the Mixer streaming platform, the new feature lets players pass control of a game to anyone viewing on a PC via Mixer.com. The viewer can then take over the game using a controller, or an on-screen gamepad.

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Brigitte comes to Overwatch

The latest Overwatch patch is now available for testing, and introduces Brigitte, a new support-class hero. Her primary weapon is a “heavy-hitting Rocket Flail,” and she also wields a barrier shield that can absorb a limited amount of damage, and offer protection to allies directly behind her.

Battlefield to return to World War II

According to a report by Gamesbeat, the next Battlefield game will be released by Electronic Arts later this year, and will be titled Battlefield V. The game looks set to continue the franchise’s back-to-basics approach and will follow the most recent Call of Duty by taking place during the Second World War.

Bethesda confirm E3 press conference time

There’s only three months to go until the gaming industry – and some lucky paying customers – descend on to the LA Convention Center for E3 2018. Bethesda are the first publisher to mark some time in the diary by confirming that the ‘BE3’ 2018 press conference will be held on Sunday, June 10 at 6:30 pm PT. The event will be open to press and fans, with ticketing details to be confirmed at a later date. It will also be streamed live on YouTube and Twitch.

Twitch rolls out new community guidelines

Twitch has released a detailed breakdown of its new community guidelines ahead of their enforcement this week. The new policies cover community moderation, harmful behaviour, and dress code. The onus is firmly on streamers to use Twitch’s automatic moderation tools – or employ a moderation team – to combat hateful behavior while they’re offline or AFK.

PS Plus to lose PS3 and PS Vita games

The PlayStation Plus free games lineup for March is one of the best in some time. This months titles include the amazing Bloodborne, the brilliant Ratchet and Clank, and the, erm, not-so mighty, Mighty No. 9. There was also some sad, if unsurprising, news. PlayStation Plus support for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita games will end in February 2019.

A Way Out escapes development

Hazelight’s Josef Fares has confirmed that upcoming prison break game A Way Out, has gone gold. The co-op only adventure will be released on March 23, 2018, and includes a free trial feature so that two people can play together using just one copy of the game.

Detroit: Become Human release date confirmed

The dreary looking Detroit: Become Human will be released worldwide on May 25, 2018. In blog post, game director David Cage says of the game: “Your actions have real and spectacular consequences.” Never a truer word spoken, David.

And finally…

We have two articles for you to read on this lazy Sunday morning. First up is a new piece on Thumbsticks from Daniel Lipson. Grief, loss, and the healing power of Final Fantasy XV looks at how games intertwine with our personal lives, and can help us through difficult times.

And check out the latest edition of Cut Scenes, the new column from Josh Wise that explores the intersection between films and video games. This week it’s Mafia III vs. Unforgiven.


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New PlayStation 4 releases (June 1-5, 2020)

Here’s our guide to every new PlayStation 4 video game released on the PS Store over the next week.

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Here’s our guide to every new PlayStation 4 video game released on the PS Store over the next week.

At the time of writing, there’s just a handful of new PS4 games confirmed for release. It’s not unusual for the time of year – typically E3 would only be a few weeks away – and many PS4 titles may have made way for The Last of Us Part II, which, at one point, was due last week. In any case, here’s what we know. We’ll update this page as more titles are confirmed.

Fans of retro-style platformers can look forward to going on another perilous adventure in Awesome Pea 2. It looks like another simple but lovingly crafted game from developer Sometimes You. The sublimely executed Game Boy style visuals are also very appealing.

If you miss the great outdoors, Tour de France 2020 and Pro Cycling Manager 2020 give fans of lycra and velocipedes the chance to race across France at reasonable speeds.

We were also expecting Game Freak’s Little Town Hero to be released on PS4 this week, but it seems the game has been bumped to June 23. Likewise, Rock of Ages III: Make & Break appears to have been pushed back to June 21. Again, we’ll update this page should things change.

Here’s the full list of new PlayStation Store releases for the PS4, PS VR, and PS Vita as it stands.

New PlayStation 4 releases: June 1-5, 2020

Monday, June 1, 2020

  •  No releases

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

  • No releases

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

  • Strawberry Vinegar
  • Awesome Pea 2

Thursday, June 4, 2020

  • Tour de France 2020
  • Pro Cycling Manager 2020

Friday, June 5, 2020

  • Tcheco in the Castle of Lucio
  • The Sims 4: Eco Lifestyle (Expansion)

Catch up with next week’s new Xbox One releases.


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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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