Greetings NAGuhuehues, and thanks for coming back for This Week In Gaming. This time around we have a leaked bit of inf0 about Sony’s PS2 emulator, Nintendo talks moving in a different direction with the NX, a bomb gets dropped at the Game Awards and a bunch of people get overly upset about a stupid detail in a stupid game. Then it’s the most insane competition ever seen for a video game, Telltale announces their new franchise and EA brags about all their upcoming titles. All that, more news, videos, highlights and opinion – after the digital jump.
Sony is answering Xbox One’s 360 emulation with their own PS2 emulation. Which is weird, really. It’s kind of like your Blu-Ray player playing VHS tapes but not DVDs.
Regardless, it’s a feature people apparently care about, although ultimately probably not a game changer (neither, to be honest, is the 360 emulation in my opinion). What people may not be too happy with however is that the emulator doesn’t support PS2 discs or, more surprisingly, PS2 Classics, the digital re-releases gamers purchased on PS3.
The news comes via a screencap of a since removed video, which had the disclaimer regarding discs and Classics at the bottom of a Dark Cloud gameplay clip. At least Dark Cloud is pretty sweet, even if you have to buy it again.
Assuming it all shakes out this way (which is not official at this point), Sony will take some justified criticism from fans who can easily compare it to Microsoft’s offering, which allows both 360 discs and transfers previous digital purchases. Score a point for the green machine.
Nintendo has been pretty tight-lipped about the NX, but new president Tatsumi Kimishima made a point this week of distancing the new hardware from the Wii U. Insisting it was a “new experience”, Kimishima reiterated the mistake in the Wii U’s marketing, in that many consumers didn’t really know what it was or how it was different from the original Wii.
“I can assure you we’re not building the next version of Wii or Wii U,” he said. “It’s something unique and different. It’s something where we have to move away from those platforms in order to make it something that will appeal to our consumer base.”
It’s not surprising that Nintendo wants to create distance. Coming off the colossal flop of the Wii U, Nintendo really needs a win here. Speculation is that the NX is going to aim for the mass market appeal that will open up third-party development, and I hope so. Having a Nintendo console enter the fray that can actually compete with the current-gen hardware would be exciting indeed.
Here’s a depressing piece of news – Hideo Kojima wasn’t able to accept his award at the Game Awards. He isn’t sick or otherwise occupied – he was prevented by Konami’s lawyers.
Ramping up the pettiness yet again, the legal block was outed by host Geoff Keighley, who explained the situation to boos from the crowd.
You have to wonder what Konami’s motivation is at this point. Whatever they’re getting out of doing this, it can’t compare to the insane backlash they’re going to get for such immature horseshit – is all the bad PR really worth it? They may not have known Keighley would out them at the ceremony (but it’s his show and he can do what he likes), but they had to know it would come out somehow.
In Keighley’s words: “Mr. Kojima had every intention of being with us tonight, but unfortunately he was informed by a lawyer representing Konami just recently that he would not be allowed to travel to tonight’s award ceremony to accept any awards.”
Ouch. Here’s a video, so you can see the booing. They may, however, have been booing Keighley’s egregious use of “uhhh”.
Proving once again that there is nothing the internet can’t manage to get upset about, Beyond Two Souls came under fire this week for apparently lightening the skin tone of the Arab characters in the PS4 edition.
I’d show you the comparison pic, but it’s like one of those Buzzfeed tests that checks how sharp your vision is (and gives you the same result regardless). And yet, developer Quantic Dream boss David Cage was forced to reply, saying a whole lot of sensible things like different lighting and shaders etc., as well as pointing out the central character was paler and the black characters were darker.
My real question is, who was actually playing this game enough to notice? I must assume that everyone who bought the game now did so by accident, or has never read anything ever about anything.
The real scandal here is why anybody would want to purchase this for PS4. It’s like buying Ghost Rider on Blu-Ray.
In a frivolous bit of spending from Bethesda, the Elder Scrolls Online will be offering a $1 million prize to one of their players.
Honestly I can’t help but wonder if the dev team had to go door-to-door for this one. Justifying a prize this big for a game nobody is playing to try and drum up some interest is a questionable business decision at best – especially since all you have to do really is log in.
And fill out an entry form which is irrelevant to anyone here since you also have to live in the US. The whole thing is baffling really, one has to wonder at some point when it’s time to just admit defeat and move on. People just don’t seem to be interested in MMO’s that don’t have Warcraft in the title.
Telltale Games announced their next franchise series, and it’s a goodie – they’ll be taking on the Dark Knight, Batman.
Right now we know nothing about that the game will look like or the actual storyline, but Telltale is promising fans that they’ll be getting a “first-hand opportunity to dive deeper into the complex life and mind of Bruce Wayne, the duality of his own identity, and the struggle of responsibility in saving a city overcome with corruption and villainy.”
Seems legit. Check out the announcement trailer from the Game Awards.
EA is feeling pretty smug about their lineup of titles, with EA COO Peter Moore calling it an “embarrassment of riches”, which is arguably the dumbest phrase I’ve ever heard.
At a conference this week he said, “It’s a little bit of an embarrassment of riches particularly in [fiscal year 2017], which commences for us on April 1, 2016. We’ve got some of our core franchises; a new Battlefield coming up, a new Mass Effect title coming up; we actually kick off the year with Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, which we pushed out of FY 16 and into FY 17.
“And we also have Mass Effect Andromeda from our BioWare studio. And Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 is shipping in Q4 of this [fiscal] year.”
Stupid phrasing or not, it is a pretty impressive list of games. For the PC crowd, it means that time of year where we have to begrudgingly start using Origin again.
Goat Simulator is still a thing, apparently, and this week they dropped a teaser for some hilarious DLC.
Star Citizen is the undisputed crowdfunding King, and even the various controversies about the game’s expenditure can’t stop this juggernaut from moving forward. Take a look at their Alpha gameplay trailer.
Total War: Warhammer has been grabbing my attention, and I must admit this walkthrough of an Orc campaign mission looks pretty sweet.
Finally, Rise of the Tomb Raider reveals their Baba Yaga DLC. Since it seems about 12 people bought this game, this may only become relevant when it drops on other platforms.
Best of NAG
Two pieces of hardware were on the review table this week – the Logitech Driving Force Shifter, tested by racing game enthusiast Wes Fick and the AORUS Thunder M7 MMO Gaming Mouse, tested by hardware-with-long-titles enthusiast Neo Sibeko.
Then it was game reviews as far as the eye can see, with Gareth Kerr taking on Starcraft 2’s final instalment, Delano taking on a squeegee and Tarryn van der Byl giving the new Tomb Raider a go. Which fared best? Go find out.
Finally, have a gander at all the winners from the Game Awards.