Greetings NAGillicians, and thanks for coming back for This Week In Gaming, 2017 edition, exactly the same as 2016 edition. For your perusal this week we have the ugly beginning to the Zenimax v Oculus lawsuit, Sony’s worst trailer ever, haxxoring a NES Mini, a new fan film delivering what movie studios can’t, Nintendo Switch game prices are revealed, PS4 to get a major update and a Titanfall spin-off gets canned. All that, some videos and highlights from the week, after the proverbial jump.
Zenimax Oculus lawsuit finally happens, shots fired
You may remember in the news a couple of years back ZeniMax media, who owns the likes of Bethesda and Id Software, dropped some paperwork on Oculus saying that John Carmack was doing more than playing Minesweeper at his desk, he was working on the Rift.
Zenimax feels that gives them some kind of right over these new fancy goggles, so they filed suit. Now in the first day of trial, Team Oculus laid down a brutal opening salvo.
“We’re eager to present our case in court,” the statement reads. “Oculus and its founders have invested a wealth of time and money in VR because we believe it can fundamentally transform the way people interact and communicate. We’re disappointed that another company is using wasteful litigation to attempt to take credit for technology that it did not have the vision, expertise, or patience to build.”
Sony drops worst trailer 2017
And quite possibly ever. Releasing a sneak peek and the clearly underrated “Life of Black Tiger”.
I’m not sure if my favourite part is the non-sensical grammar of the title, or perhaps it’s the gameplay. Maybe it’s the badass animations or that totally bitching 7 fps.
There’s really something for everyone in this game that appears to be a port of a 2014 mobile game (there’s something you don’t see often). I’m not entirely sure what the actual F Sony were thinking with this one, but it’s well worth the watch. Check it out:
NES Mini comes with 30 games, runs 90
The big complaint about the NES Mini was that it was a closed system with room for only 30 games. Well some enterprising hackers have flipped the bird to that noise, and devised a relatively simple mod that lets you play as many as you want.
Within reason – Nintendo didn’t exactly include a bunch of storage for your haxxoring pleasure, so once you get close to 90 games things get a little wonky if you want to do something outrageous like save your games.
Still, most would be happy with easily doubling the console’s game library, so this is a welcome tweak for those looking to get a little more legs out the cute collectible. You can find out how to do all of the things right here.
Nintendo Switch game prices revealed, pretty standard
Game prices in general have become somewhat unpalatable, but Nintendo seems to be keeping the $60 standard for the new Switch.
The official online store already has prices, and the premium stuff is showing the usual prices we’ve come to expect for console games – with the likes of Legend of Zelda and Mario Kart getting a hefty $60 price tag – which means we should expect that dreaded R1K mark down here.
Anything that falls under what I like to call “hot garbage” like 1,2, Switch gets a meager $10 discount, retailing at $50.
Last of Us fan film gives us what the movie can’t
Did you know there’s a The Last of Us movie planned? “Planned” is pretty loose here, since it’s currently chilling in that bleak dystopian nightmare-space we call development hell.
It might arrive eventually, after they fire three directors, rewrite the script six times and then see if Uwe Boll can come out of retirement for one last hurrah.
In the meantime, content yourself with this fan effort. I’ve seen better, but I’ve also seen much, much worse. I like this kind of stuff anyway, so give them some clicks so we get more of it.
PS4 to get a “major update”
I’d love to tell you what’s in it, but my metachlorian count is like, off the charts. In the wrong direction.
Sony have posted on their blog that version 4.5 is coming, and will be bringing “improvements and new features”. I can’t remember the last time I used a “new feature”, but I’ll feign excitement for the benefit of you, dear reader. I’m nothing if not a selfless man.
The beta run to test all these fancy new fandangles begins in February, with no date set yet on when it will be coming to us peasants on the wrong side of the velvet rope.
Titanfall card game gets axed
I must be honest, I had no idea this was a thing.
Apparently back in September Respawn announced a card-combat spin-off of the game called Titanfall: Frontline, but it’s just been tossed on the pile of dead memes and broken dreams.
“We’ve learned an incredible amount in the beta test of Titanfall: Frontline, but in the end felt the experience wasn’t ready to deliver the intense action-packed gameplay synonymous with Titanfall,” said developer Particle City. I’m not too heartbroken to be honest, the success of Hearthstone has spawned all too many of these sad digital CCGs that are quickly forgotten.
Meanwhile, the studio has their eye on a mobile title. “While it’s never easy to cancel a game, we’re excited to take some of the concepts we saw resonate with players and build off of them in future Titanfall mobile games.”
The Nintendo Switch is generating some buzz with their big presentation yesterday, here’s a look at how the Switch switches.
Here’s an interesting game I hadn’t caught wind of yet – Troll and I. The story looks cool, but the graphics seem a tad underwhelming. Have a look for yourself.
Meanwhile, Resident Evil 7 welcomes you home in a way you really didn’t want.
Sea of Thieves is a pirate sandbox adventure that lets you loot the Seven Seas, but even hardened pirates need to work together.
Best of NAG
Interested in a Nintendo Switch but too lazy to watch a several-hours-long livestream? Matt Fick has compiled everything you need to know here.
If you’re of a master-race sort of guy/gal, but also poor as hell cause who isn’t amirite, check out Wes Fick’s System Builder’s Guide for the budget minded – R5000 – R10 000.
While you’re working on your 2017 resolutions, think carefully about what games you want to buy in 2017, and which ones you don’t. Here’s my list.
Damn, that was a lot of reading. Relax them pretty brown eyes with the NAG Online Podcast.