This Week In Gaming

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Hello once again NAGujujus, and thanks for coming back for This Week In Gaming. This time around we have an actual argument for buying a smartwatch (but, not Apple’s), another person defeats Bloodborne in an embarrassing manner, and GTA V gets a complete rundown on what kind of PC you’ll need to play it properly. Then we get leaked details on the Uncharted movie, the Deus Ex franchise rights some wrongs of the past, a game more than a decade old gets a brand-new, official expansion and someone figures out how to unlock three new Mortal Kombat X characters. All that, more news, more videos and more highlights from the week, after the jump.

Console/Other News

Perhaps you’ve been umming and ah’ing about picking up one of those smart watches; the latest in a long line of useless gadgets big corporations are trying to convince us we need.

While Apple tries to woo Jordanian princes with wristbands draped in gold, the lesser-known Pebble Watch has a much stronger marketing campaign – Pokemon enthusiast Mitch Davis is creating a playable Pokemon game for it. Best of all for Pebble, nobody asked him to.

This is all part of a hackathon entry, but nevertheless it may see the Pebble’s sales creep past the single-digit mark.

While we’re on the topic of useless devices, someone repurposed their Rock Band guitar controller – as an insanely stupid way to play Bloodborne.

It seems the internet is teeming with videos which show people beating this supposedly incredibly tough game with the most absurd handicaps imaginable.

It seems this particular streamer, one “bearzly”, has a history of this behaviour – he previously took down Dark Souls 2 with a drum kit.

You can check out a video of him attempting a bossfight below, but be warned – these camera angles are not pretty.

GTA V finally launched for PC this week, and from what I can tell it’s awesome. I lost interest in the game in the decade or so since its console release, but all the hype has me feeling like I might have to take the late plunge after all.

If you’re thinking about laying down your hard-earned Mandelas for some gratuitous murder and hijacking, Eurogamer have put together a fantastic guide on what kind of hardware is required to get the best experience.

Good news for the poverty-stricken such as myself, you can get a proper 60fps 1080p experience on a pretty entry-level rig. Check out the full guide, with videos, right here.

I bet poor Sony thought they were done with e-mail leaks, but a set of newly released Wikileaks files makes public over 30,000 documents – ouch. Sony is none too happy either – these are the same files allegedly exposed by North Korean hackers, and the studio has condemned Wikileaks for choosing to release them publicly and permanently.

Luckily for us, there was something of interest there – details on the in-the-works Uncharted movie.

Most of it comes from Columbia Pictures senior VP Jonathan Kadin, in which he compares Uncharted to the Nic Cage hit National Treasure, pointing out the more gritty, realistically violent tone of Uncharted.

“[National Treasure] action sequences are softer, mostly wide shots and very little physical mano-a-mano fights, gunfire, or up close intensity,” he said. “They aren’t inspired. They don’t feel real.

“Compare this to our opening scene with Drake on the plane teetering on the mountain, taking on armed men as the plane slides soft the cliff. It should be intense and more engaging for adults, and of course young teens as well.”

Woah, spoilers there Jon. Kadin’s plan is essentially to “get the kids for sure” while making a movie “that can be strong enough – and cool enough – for adults”. Ey, I’m on board.

If you’re the type of person who loathes surprises, you can actually read the entire script over here. But, it should be noted that The Hurt Locker writer Mark Boal is writing a new draft. How closely he’ll stick to the original script linked above, we honestly have no way of knowing.

Sources: GamesRadar. IGN, Eurogamer

Gaming News

One thing that really stood out about the original Deus Ex game at the time of its release was the inclusion of two distinct approaches to the game – guns blazing or super stealthy.

It was completely revolutionary at the time to have an FPS that allowed you to simply (or rather, not simply) sneak past everyone, unharmed.

One thing people did not appreciate about Human Revolution, then, was that you forced to play these big boss fights, even if you’d spent all your energy “ghosting” through the game without having to murder everybody.

Developer Eidos Montreal has heard the feedback, however. A tweet from game director Jean-Francois Dugas confirmed that Mankind Divided will be ghostable, “even on the boss side, finally”. So that settles that then.

Well here’s something a little odd – a decade after its release, Postal 2 has gotten an expansion. An honest-to-goodness, straight from the developer original and real expansion.

What the hell has studio Running With Scissors been doing the past ten years? Why on earth are they releasing this now? Is anyone still playing Postal 2?

Here’s the official blurb:

Not all is at it seems, as the once tranquil (relatively speaking) town and its citizens have been transformed in the wake of the nuclear destruction. Dare to enter the varied Zones as you cross the Arid Desert, trek through the dense Rainy Foliage, freeze your nuts off in the Nuclear Winter, and roam under the Ashen Skies.”

Alrighty then. There’s also a video, which serves as a great reminder of how terrible games looked in 2003, in case you’d forgotten:

The good news, if you feel like trying this thing out, is that until Monday Steam is running a 90% off sale on Postal 2 – which means you can pick it up for just 99 cents, or about R12.

Mortal Kombat X has just dropped, and an enterprising modder has already found a way to unlock three unplayable characters – Sindel, Baraka and Rain.

It wasn’t the most technical of feats – he simply found their assets in the game’s source files and renamed them to match that of another character, essentially fooling the game into thinking you’re playing as one of the standard characters, when really you’re taking Baraka for a spin.

In addition to the model itself changing, you’re able to execute all their move sets without any hassles.

The only real question here is what those files were doing sitting there in the first place – the basic assumption is that it was probably intended to be DLC, as it’s hard to imagine a set of iconic characters were completely developed and then inexplicably removed from the visible menus.

Sources: Eurogamer, Gamespot, IGN


Here’s something a little different – a free FPS adventure title with a cat and a grappling hook. Any good? Honestly, I have no idea. It’s called The Stranger, and you can see it below.

Mario Kart fans are no doubt anxiously anticipating the game’s DLC release next week Thursday, but while you wait you can check out this hands-on with the new content.

When last did you check on the new, f2p Unreal Tournament? It’d been a while for me, and I must say for a pre-alpha the latest official gameplay trailer is looking awesome.

Trine 3 hits Early Access next week, which allows you to play the first two maps. I loved Trine 2, but my feelings on Early Access have been pretty clear, so I’ll be waiting for this one. In the meantime, check out this trailer.

Best of NAG

There’s few things I hate more than that utter trash that gets shared around social media; with click-bait titles or attempted guilt trips. It seems I’m not alone either, as Wesley Fick tackles the issue in his latest column.

It’s a bumper-Fick-issue this week, with a double dose of your favourite tech guru. As always I recommend his Laptop Buyer’s Guide, this one in the sweet-spot of affordability – R10,000 to R19,000.

Then of course it’s time for my weekly self-promotion, where I plug my own mediocre column for the week – this one taking a look at five gaming genres that I’d like to see make a comeback.

Finally, check out the new Guitar Hero – the once dead franchise is back with a vengeance and a ton of new features.