Greetings NAGiljiks, and thanks for coming back for This Week In Gaming. The hour is late friends, so instead of a full breakdown I’ll tell you in the news this week are tanks, stats, mysterious reveals, bizarre leaks, digital board-games and 8-bit webgames. There’s the most inappopriately epic trailer ever made, more videos, and highlights from the week. All that and a bag of potato chips, after the jump.
Stephen King’s IT movie gets a tie-in 8-bit web game
I love me some Stephen King, and I consider IT to be some of his best work ever – I just finished re-reading it in preparation for the movie. Which means I’m almost certainly going to be disappointed (I don’t want to talk about The Dark Tower).
Basically I can’t get enough of scary-ass clowns, even if that means playing a web game where you pilot a paper boat through some sewers. That’s exactly the premise for IT: Enter the Sewer, which feels like it could have come with up slightly higher stakes.
Still, the game itself is fun enough, and Pennywise makes an appearance as well.
World of Tanks getting a single-player campaign next week
The console version of World of Tanks is getting a single-player campaign on Tuesday, because f**k the PC players that made the game a success, I suppose. I’ve never actually played World of Tanks, but gotta pour one out for my forgotten PC brothers.
Anyways, the game that has buttered its bread with competitive multiplayer since its inception is for the first time adding story-driven, episodic gameplay. You’ll be reliving historical events and playing out alternative histories, such as an actual war kicked off by the Cuban Missile Crisis, and a tank invasion of mainland Britain.
The game can be played single-player or co-op, and new campaigns are planned to be added throughout the year.
PS4’s 5.0 update officially revealed by Sony following leak
It looks to be a pretty big update, and following a leak last week Sony decided to hell with it and just revealed what’s coming in the patch, which includes a few pretty big new features.
One improvement is to the streaming capabilities, with PS4 Pro users being able to stream at 1080p60fps. The Friends List is also being improved and streamlined. My favourite new feature there is the ability to create separate groups of friends.
This means that you can make a dedicated group for people you play Princess Party: Back to the Hood 2014 with and mass invite those people only. Useful. The Quick Menu is also being updated with more options, like being able to check on a download or see new party invites. This avoids the annoyance of cycling through multiple menus to achieve simple things.
Sony is also working on the whole multimedia thing by making the PS4 more useful as a device to watch films or TV, with notification pop-ups finally having a disable option when watching media. You can also fiddle with how much of a message is displayed and what it looks like.
Finally, Sony is completely overhauling the Parental Control features. The new system, called “Family on PSN”, will have one Family Manager account which creates other accounts and appoint them as “Parent”, “Adult”, or “Child”. Then restrictions can be placed on the Child accounts.
You’re as likely to win your first game of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds as getting struck by lightning.
Still, these stats are pretty sweet. Battlegrounds is a global phenomenon, and seemingly takes on more players daily as it climbs the Steam rankings in its bid to dethrone DotA 2.
The Early Access title has already sold 7 million copies, with players racking up 25,816 years of collective game time and 965.83 million deaths.
I love it when someone sifts through massive batches of data like this for my amusement, and this video does a good job of highlighting the most interesting numbers.
Blizzard teases “reveal ceremony” for Gamescom 2017
Blizzard has lots of stuff planned for Gamescom, including a new Overwatch animated short, pro play for Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm and World of Warcraft, and some dance and cosplay contests. There’ll also be a new Overwatch map, new features for Hearthstone, a new Heroes of the Storm hero and SC2 co-op commander, and a preview of the latest WoW patch.
But nobody cares about all that, because they’ve also listed on their schedule a “reveal ceremony”. We know it’s not any of those other lame-ass things, so what is it Blizzard? Did you buy the rights to Half-Life from Valve? Please?
If it’s like a new Facebook integration feature or something the crushing disappointment may just kill me.
Enormously popular board game Scythe coming to Steam
Now I’m going to level with you guys – I don’t like Scythe very much. But as the resident board game enthusiast and pusher of cardboard, I feel compelled to report this. I’m all about that journalistic integrity, yo.
For what it’s worth, I’m massively in the minority – Scythe is currently ranked the 8th best game of all time. The game is helped by a balling theme – an alternate history 1920s setting, where post World War I people are trying to survive as modest subsistence farmers while warring factions cruise around in giant rusty mechs causing chaos. Players will be building mechs, struggling for area control and putting an engine together.
This is just one of many games that super-publisher Asmodee is bringing to Steam. The others are pretty light games, however, this is easily their most ambitious project. If it brings more attention to boardgames, I’m all for it.
THQ Nordic is making an open-world, post-apocalyptic, kung-fu action RPG
I know what you’re thinking, “What the hell is that?” Well I don’t know either and am unable to clarify that for you.
I can tell you the game’s name is Biomutant, and was supposed to be a surprise reveal at Gamescom until some asshole German magazine made an oopsie.
The picture shows what looks like a cross between Puss-in-Boots and Rocket Raccoon holding a giant sword, and promises the game in “beginning 2018” – German translation. It’ll be releasing on PC, Xbox One and PS4, and getting demo’d at Gamescom reportedly so we should hear more soon. The developers promise the game is “not like anything you’ve seen or played before”, which judging by the description I can readily believe.
Fishing Planet, a forgettable 2014 Steam title, is getting a PS4 release. So how do they make fishing EPIC AS F**K? Just like this:
Sci-fi action title Echo is releasing next month, but in the meantime you can check out this full level with commentary.
Children of Morta, on the other hand, will only be coming next year. This hack-and-slash roguelike has a new gameplay video this week.
We finish with something you can play right now – here’s top-down horror game Darkwood‘s release trailer. Sweet.
Best of NAG
It was unofficial hardware review week here at NAG – Cody Thomson looks at the Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra, Len Nery takes on the tiny Apacer Z280 SSD and Wesley Fick gently caresses the Logitech G903 Lightspeed.
Then I have a look at Fantasy Flight Games’ two new board game adaptations of video game classics – Civilization and Fallout.
Finally, Dane shows off his delicious camera body in an unboxing of a Dark Carnival Mystery Box.
No podcast this week ladies and gents, so nevermind resting your eyes I guess. Go look at the sun or something.