Good evening NAGiriliians, and thanks for coming back for This Week In Gaming. In the news this week is making the demo great again, a single-player campaign you didn’t know existed gets pushed back, Square Enix are the good guys, Star Citizen shows off, Destiny 2 pays for its sins and people loot the Battlefront 2 coffers with hobo hacks. All that, some videos and highlights from the week, after the jump.
Wolfenstein 2 brings back the demo
I’m currently playing Wolfenstein 2, and it kicks ass. I’ve been in love with Machine Games’ reboot of the franchise since The New Order, and just kind of choose to pretend The Old Blood didn’t exist.
If somehow my opinion isn’t good enough for you though, you can take the game for a spin yourself with a free trial available for download on PS4, Xbone and PC. This lets you play the entire first level for free, and if you choose to purchase your progress will cross over into the full game.
I’m just happy we’re making the demo great again. It’s a pretty clever idea, and with the prolific nature of broadband internet, I’m surprised we don’t see more of it.
Gwent single-player campaign delayed to next year
To be honest, for me this news is less about the delay and more about the fact that Gwent has a single-player campaign. Did you know about this? Did I?
I’ve become somewhat bored with all the digital CCGs that have come in the wake of Hearthstone’s success; with big daddy Hearthstone being one of the games I’ve lost interest in.
Still, I’ve been told Gwent is actually pretty damn good, and the Thronebreaker campaign may be reason enough to get involved. It’ll feature quests, resource gathering, and custom-made story battles.
It seems a lot more complex and layered than the standard “fight a series of bad AI”, so I’d definitely give this one a look when it eventually comes out sometime next year.
Square Enix let the Hitman dev keep their IP “because it’s not Hitman without them”
It was a bit of a shock earlier this year when IO Interactive was suddenly let go by Square Enix, prompting immediate concern over the future of the Hitman franchise.
When the studio and publisher parted ways, however, IO went independent and was given full rights to the stealth-action IP – a classy move from Square Enix.
In a recent interview, CEO Yosuke Matsuda explained why he let IO keep it.
“It’s because I believe it wouldn’t be Hitman unless it was Hitman made by IO.
“I believe the fans of Hitman think it’s only Hitman if it’s made by IO. So I thought that was the best way for the game to continue, and that’s why we were supportive of the [management buyout] and of course didn’t mind if they continued to use the IP.”
I may not be a fan, but I still agree.
Star Citizen still exists, check out an hour of gameplay
What the hell even is this game at this point? I lost interest in this one several million dollars worth of Kickstarter money ago, but apparently there’s an alpha 3.0 build you can play if you’re super important or something.
Everything that’s been shown of the game so far is from the developer Cloud Imperium, but now you can check out an hour of actual player POV gameplay. You can even watch it in 4K, ya fancy bastard.
Destiny 2 devs to discuss changes with “endgame grind”
Destiny 2 has come under quite a lot of fire from fans who really, really want it to be good. The game has become an all-consuming grind, owed in large part to Bungie’s admission that it is making use of a secret system to throttle XP gains for players completing activities too fast.
Now I haven’t bought in to Destiny 2, but man if that doesn’t sound like some utter bullshit. Throttling XP to slow people down? Unsurprisingly, that particular pile of garbage has been switched off.
There’s a big list of other complaints that only Destiny fans will understand, but basically it leads to players being forced to do the same things to grind XP and various things which make it tiresome and time-consuming to do.
And really if you’re not grinding levels in Destiny, what the hell are you doing?
Bungie wants to assure you they’ve been listening, however, and will be answering for their crims on a November 29 livestream. It’s on at 11am PST, which is 10 hours behind us, so tune in at 9pm.
Star Wars: Battlefront 2 players get crafty with elastic bands
If you’re just coming out of your cave for the month, everybody hates EA more than usual now and the Battlefront 2 boycott is semi-underway.
Players are pissed with the game’s lootboxes and credits and other garbage microtransactions, which has led to many simply not playing at all. For others, they’ve taken to cheating.
After some mad genius posted their ice-cream-stick-robot-contraption on Reddit showing how it presses buttons to keep them active in a Battlefront match to farm credits, another Reddit user did the whole “Russians used a pencil huehue” thing and showed how he wrapped elastic bands around each analogue stick to achieve exactly the same thing.
Basically your storm trooper or JarJar or whatever crappy low-level character you get in that game for free runs around in circles and avoids getting the AFK kick, racking up credits in multiplayer matches.
Don’t do this, it just ruins the game for everyone. Rather just don’t buy the game at all, and ruin EA instead.
Horizon Zero Dawn‘s expansion, The Frozen Wilds, has an absolutely balling tech demo – check this thing out.
Seven: The Days Long Gone is totally under the radar and due out next week – this trailer may convince you it’s worth a look.
Creator of JRPG To the Moon released the trailer for its sequel – except not really. Look at this cheeky little number.
Ark: Survival Evolved has its fans, with our very own overlord among them. The game is now getting its first paid expansion – Aberration.
Best of NAG
It’s review week! Here we go.
Wes Fick gets behind the wheel (literally) and takes Forza 7 for a spin.
Then our benevolent dictator does his annual Call of Duty review.
Gareth Runnalls surfaces to kick ass in Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite.
Finally, Matt Vice tries out Skyrim on Switch.
See you next week, lovers.