Greetings NAGuxixes, and thanks for coming back for This Week In Gaming. It was a relatively slow week with the Nintendo Switch continuing to dominate headlines, but I scraped together some interesting pieces for your entertainment. We have a video game movie getting a respectable director to go with it’s respectable cast, the studio behind Limbo teases something new, everything you can expect to play on Switch for the next year, a deep dive into the Tom Clancy title everyone forgot about, Obsidian teases something new, we get more details on a new Uncharted game and we round things up with a guide that’s useful for any PC gamer. All that jazz, some videos and highlights from the week, after the big button below.
The Division movie picks up a legit director
Ubisoft is leading the charge in attempting to legitimise video game movies into something that doesn’t suck, with the Assassin’s Creed movie shaping up nicely with its big budget and all-star cast.
The Division movie appears to be getting the same treatment. Along with Jake Gyllenhaal in the starring role, Syriana director Stephen Gaghan has signed on, who also wrote films like Traffic and Rules of Engagement. An impressive CV.
Gaghan sounds psyched to sink his teeth into post-apocalypse (or mid?) Manhattan as well, saying that “it’s immersive, wonderfully strange, and yet familiar, filled with possibilities.”
“The game has been an enormous success, in large part due to the visual landscape they created, their vision of a mid-apocalyptic Manhattan.”
As for the actual movie, we don’t really know much. All we’ve gotten from Ubisoft so far is that there will be “countless stories of love, loss, treachery and heroism”. K.
Limbo and Inside dev teases new game
Danish indie outfit Playdead have teased their next game. The studio posted the following on Twitter: “Thanks for your warm reception of Inside. Since release, Playdead founder Arnt Jensen and the team have been working on the next adventure,” along with this picture:
First of all, I have never heard of Inside. I absolutely love Limbo though, so that one is going on my “play immediately” list. This new project looks pretty cool; a lonely astronaut dragging a busted parachute around a desolate planet is right in my wheelhouse.
Every game you can count on for Switch
A console is only as good as what you can play on it, and Nintendo has lost some buy-in in that department with the Wii U, which was sunk by its poor library.
The launch titles for the Switch are, to be honest, pretty damn poor. The Legend of Zelda is the only real exciting title, and alongside it are things like Just Dance 2017 (yay), Skylanders (a kid’s game) and a remake of a 1985 game. For a launch line-up, it doesn’t excite quite as much as it could.
But there’s a lot more slated for release already, and savvy buyers can see what’s coming up and make a more informed decision. The list is too long to paste here (a good sign), but you can see all of the games and their dates (where confirmed) right over here.
20 minutes of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon
I sort of feel like the Tom Clancy game franchise may be one of the most underappreciated, and possibly underrated. I say possibly underrated, because I don’t really remember the last time I played one – see what I mean?
Ghost Recon Wildlands got a little bit of hype quite some time ago, but it’s barely made the news since then. Never afraid to show off most of the game before you’ve bought it, however, Ubisoft has released twenty minutes of the single-player missions, narrated by lead designer Dominic Butler. Have a look and see if you’re missing out.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy changes the tone of the game
New upcoming standalone game Uncharted: The Lost Legacy will be set in the same world, but according to the creative director it will be “tonally different”.
You’ll be playing character Chloe, you did not appear in the last game but has been in previous iterations, however she was not a major part of any of those either. The game also includes Nadine, one of the villains from Uncharted 4, but we don’t yet know the details of their relationship.
It’ll be set in India, which is apparently the perfect setting due to “nice iconography, hidden temples and weird deities”.
As for the gameplay, they’re apparently going in a slightly different direction.
“I would say we’re going a little more wide this time,” he said. “I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s something we’re excited about on the gameplay side, this kind of contrast of an urban setting and a rural setting; a tighter experience and more open experience.”
Even though I took a lot of flak for my Uncharted 4 review (apparently 80 is a bad score), it was a good time and I’m looking forward to this one.
Obsidian teases a new game
Obsidian, the people behind Fallout: New Vegas, have teased a new game. It’s not much of a teaser though – an image with some text. Have a look:
The pipe crossed with a piece of wheat like the old Soviet hammer and sickle is particularly bizarre, and that quote is so generic it could mean pretty much anything.
None of that has stopped some educated guesses from the denizens of the deep web, however. The most popular of these is Fallout 4: New Orleans. Back in 2014 the director of New Vegas said he’d love to revisit the series, and that’s the location that tickled his fancy the most.
Any thoughts, NAG collective?
Disable this stuff for better performance and little downgrade
PC gaming is, in my opinion, the best way to do it. I love me the mouse and keyboard, but things can get expensive fast. This exacerbated by the fact that we live in a console world, and PC optimisation can sometimes be, well, crap.
Every gamer on a budget has had the experience of tweaking and fiddling with graphics settings to find the perfect balance between FPS and graphics fidelity.
So I happened upon this handy guide on PC Gamer this week, and while not strictly news, I think it’s the kind of feature that deserves a bit of spotlight. It’s a little to run through it all here, but it’s essentially a list of every feature that adds a lot of strain to your hardware, but not much to your visual experience. In other words, if you need to dial down your settings, start with these.
Check out all the details right over here.
Thimbleweed Park looks hilarious. Look at this clip and just try tell me that you don’t love it.
I’m not sure I’ve ever played an actual Sniper Elite game, but they keep making them so somebody must. Check out the fourth one.
This dude from Eurogamer is still dredging up recipes from games to cook. Here’s the Sinner’s Sandwich. Yummy.
Interested in Nintendo’s Switch? Here’s everything you could ever need to know.
Best of NAG
Neo Sibeko is really good at reviewing the shiniest, best and most expensive things. This week he takes a look at a badass motherboard.
Now it’s time to unplug yourself from all these new-fangled technology things you kids are into these days, well, after you finish reading this Doom: The Boardgame review anyway.
VR is still very much in its infancy, and uncertainty looms over whether or not it will become a mainstay of modern gaming or find its niche elsewhere. Vusi Khosa, however, has been convinced.
As always, rest those weary eyes with the NAG Online Podcast.