This Week In Gaming

Greetings NAGorees, and thanks for coming back for This Week In Gaming. In the news this week are the dark side of LEGO games, mods that may be better than studio releases, a Mario Kart rival looks to take over the throne and a few of the month’s big releases get deep dive performance analyses. There’s more, but you’ll have to venture beyond the jump.

I’ll confess I haven’t dipped much more than a toe into the vast pool of LEGO games, but they seem to be pretty well liked by real gamerz.

The franchise takes a darker turn this October with LEGO DC Super Villains, which sees developer TT Games bench their heroes in underpants to spotlight their evil counterparts instead. Check it out:

The Sonic racing games are the lesser-loved counterpart to Mario Kart, and there is a contingent of die-hard fans who will tell anyone who’ll listen that they’re better.

Developer Sumo Digital has announced that they’re developing a new entry in the series, called Team Sonic Racing.

As you might guess, this allows players to race in teams, supporting up to 12 at a time in online and local co-op modes. Check out this reveal trailer:

A new, non-core Pokemon game has been announced, alongside the actual core-RPG game. To clarify, the “core” games in this context refer to that big Pokemon release that comes every year or two, like X and Y, Sun and Moon, etc.

The “core” game is Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Eevee, which should automatically be boycotted on account of having a title with an exclamation point.

The other game is Pokemon Quest, which is available for download on Switch right now, and coming to smartphones in June. This one is “free to start”, which is the most ominous PR-speak I’ve seen in a while. To help you untangle what’s what, here’s a video explaining everything, courtesy of Eurogamer.

Fortnite has gone from a flopped release that looked set to be swiftly forgotten from the biggest game in the world thanks to its hastily-assembled f2p Battle Royale mode. Now the game has become a pop culture icon, with everyone from your grandmother to sports stars seemingly playing or knowing all about it.

Unsurprising then that someone has recreated Childish Gambino’s This is America video using the in-game replay system. It’s pretty damn good, too.

Hyrule Warriors is one of the latest Wii U ports to make it to the Switch. It’s a game that was marred by performance issues on the Wii U, so fans were no doubt looking forward to a better experience on the Switch. Did they get it?

Well, sort of. In the video below the Digital Foundry guys break down the game’s positives, as well as it’s one pretty glaring negative – horrible performance in mobile mode due to some questionable choices.

Modding communities are a gift to gaming. Aside from the fact that some of the most popular games in the world are borne of mods (Counter-Strike, DotA, LoL), they continue to this day to add enormous amounts of contents to gamer’s investments into increasingly more expensive games.

The latest big mod in the spotlight is Fallout: New California, which is five years in the making that totally converts Fallout: New Vegas and will be launching totally for free on PC on 23rd October.

Curiously, this may be clashing with the release date of Fallout 76. Hell, judging by this trailer, it could even be the better game. Check it out:

Finally, we finish up with Digital Foundry’s extensive look at Dark Souls: Remastered, which covers the game’s performance on all consoles as well as PC.