Greetings NAGilkins, and thanks for coming back for This Week In Gaming. In the news this week we have an extra special deal for people who have Steam and enjoy free games, Nvidia turns a meme into a reality, Microsoft ups their game with a significant Scorpio upgrade, we get our first teaser of the Super Nintendo theme park, Konami talks bringing another title to the Switch, the makers of OlliOlli announce their new game and Overwatch‘s director wants to bring down the banhammer. All that, alongside the freshest new videos out of E3 and some highlights from the week, after the jump.
Payday 2 is giving itself away for free
That headline sounds a little like Overkill’s bank-heist hit has become sentient and looking to enslave the human race, but let me clarify.
From the time you read this until the 21st of June, 5 million copies of Payday 2 are being given away on Steam for free. Simply log-in, click Install and it’s yours.
If the 5 million run out before the 21st, your luck runs out as well. Why the hell is the studio doing this you ask? Because of the Payday 2 Ultimate Edition, which is launching soon and contains all the paid DLC added to the game thus far – an impressive 48 pieces of additional paid content since the game’s 2013 release.
Right now, however, you can get the vanilla experience for a coke and a smile.
Nvidia doesn’t let your memes be dreams
Back on March 31 Nvidia had a cheeky April Fool’s joke – a USB drive stylised like a GTX GPU that would boost your gaming performance with “deep learning algorithms”.
While the stick was a prank, people loved the look of it – even if it was just a basic storage thumbdrive. The hype was so real that Nvidia caved and have are now manufacturing the drives as a sort of collector’s edition – to be given out to press and “influencers” at E3, as well as 1080 registered Geforce Experience members who’ve opted in to receive communications from Nvidia.
Who opts in for that? I feel like they’re going to have some left over.
Xbox’s Scorpio gets an extra gig of RAM
Well, not exactly. It’s still rocking 12GB of GDDR5 RAM, but in a new tweak the console’s tech gurus have managed to unlock an extra gig that won’t need to be used by the system.
This means developers will have that extra bit of RAM to play with, allowing them to push the envelope a little bit more in terms of what this machine will be capable of.
Even if developers don’t opt to use the full 9GB available, that extra gig will go to the cache, which can make everything load faster anyway. Microsoft is gearing up to take away Sony’s crown with this, which will outperform everything the Japanese manufacturer has on offer currently.
Universal Studios puts out a “trailer” for their Super Nintendo World park
Universal Studios combines the joy of movies with the unparalleled thrill of evacuating your bowels into your underpants while being trapped by a metal bar.
Over in Osaka, Japan the theme part is getting an entire Super Nintendo section, scheduled to be done in time for the 2020 Olympics. Similar attractions are also going up in Universal Studios in LA and Florida.
It looks freakin’ awesome, check out this preview.
Konami in talks to bring Castlevania to the Switch
Nintendo’s latest offering has been doing well enough for third party devs to take notice, and Konami mentioned in an interview this week that there had been “lots of internal discussions” over at the publisher to figure out what games they can bring to the Switch.
European brand manager Richard Jones had this to say: All I can say is that there is lots of internal discussions going on within Konami regarding what games we can bring to the Nintendo Switch, other than Bomberman, a game which we are well aware of its heritage and how loved it and Castlevania is,” Jones said. “So much so that Castlevania is getting its own show on Netflix and because of that, we’re hearing a lot of desires from our fans for a new Castlevania series.
“So we do know there is a demand for a new game, but right now nothing is set in stone as the discussions are still on-going.”
As for Super Bomberman R on the Wii U, Jones answer is short and not-so-sweet: “No.”
Roll7 reveals new multiplayer action game
After finding success with their indie hit OlliOlli back in 2014, Roll7 has gone in a totally different direction for their next game.
Laser League is an arcade multiplayer action game, in which teams of up to four players take part in a futuristic sport where they fight for control of nodes, and there’s lasers and stuff. It looks pretty sweet, check out this announcement trailer.
Overwatch leavers could be getting a permanent axing soon
Leavers are the bane of competitive multiplayer titles. When games are played for precious rank points and tensions are high, few things are worse than having a teammate who forgot they promised their parents they’d be in bed by 9pm but queued up at 20:54.
Turns out Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan really hates leavers too, so much so that he wants them all to die in hellfire agony. I may be paraphrasing there a little, what he actually said was this:
“Our philosophy has been that we would rather not have leavers playing the game at all (especially in Competitive Play). We keep increasing the penalty for leaving and will continue to do so. We’re in the process of implementing a new policy which would take into account how many Competitive Seasons you have been banned from and at a certain point, prevent you from playing Competitive ever again.”
From there, he moved on to the problem of people intentionally throwing a game.
“We had a lengthy meeting about this yesterday. We’ve been doing a lot of research on the problem for months now. We think we have some good solutions. We still need players to help us by reporting people. We do both manual and auto detection on our end, but player reports are the most immediate indicator that point us in the right direction. We also discussed the need for more feedback for the person doing the reporting so it doesn’t feel like your report is going into the void.”
E3 delivers with some cool new video reveals this week.
First up is A Way Out, a new co-op game from the creator of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. The game focuses on two characters, and can be played only as a co-op game – local or split. It’s essentially a prison break, and it looks cool as hell. It’s certainly unique.
Next up is the first look at Star Wars: Battlefront 2 from EA. First up is the official gameplay trailer, and then one better – a live playthrough.
Bioware’s new IP, Anthem, gets its very first trailer. It looks like a sort of hybrid between Iron Man and Avatar.
Need for Speed Payback gets its first trailer at E3 as well. It looks pretty cool, but the dialogue and story strokes is still a pretty ham-fisted affair.
Best of NAG
We’re all about the reviews this week, and we’ve run the full gambit.
First off, video games, with this Tekken 7 review from Matt Fick.
After that, our benevolent overlord Michael James gives his thoughts on Samsung’s new flagship cellphone, the Galaxy S8.
Then I take a look at the excellent, sci-fi war game, Cry Havoc.
And as always, lean back and rest your tired eyes with the NAG Online Podcast.