Things got a bit heated this week, with Britain’s Got More Talent guest ‘Big Narstie’ (presumably he spelt that wrong on purpose) and likeable contestant Richard White nearly getting into a ruck backstage after the latter was shoved by the rapper for no apparent reason.
It also looks like Rick Grimes is leaving The Walking Dead, and I have no idea how the show will continue without him.
We also got a new Pokemon announced, Battlefield V made the headlines because of a bunch of self-entitled man babies, and we’re getting a new Fallout that will apparently doff its cap to the likes of Rust and DayZ.
It’s pretty depressing that much of Battlefield V’s reveal was marred by the outcry of a select group of ‘fans’ who took objection to the inclusion of women in the game. Apparently, having female soldiers isn’t historically accurate, although they’re still fine with troops magically respawning, 'cos that totally happened. DICE was succinct in its response to the whole #notmybattlefield bollocks, and has moved on from the whole affair.
First off the bat: Switch is getting a core RPG Pokemon game, but it won’t be until the second half of next year. Instead, 2018 will see the launch of Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go! Eevee, which as previous murmurs suggested will take place in the Kanto region seen in early series entries. Tapping into the Pokemon Go craze, this latest title sees you waving your Joy-Con at the screen to nab the little blighters, or alternatively, using an accessory designed to look like a Poke Ball.
You've got to admit, Bethesda did a pretty bang up job of keeping a bunch of people (around 150,000, to be exact) hooked on a live stream that showed a whole bunch of, well, nothing. Unless you happen to love bobbleheads, that is. While most people expected to see a Fallout 3 remaster, the end result was at least a bit more of a surprise. Don’t expect a traditional, bread-and-butter Fallout experience, though.
PUBG Corp. has been busy clamping down on Chinese-made ‘copycat’ creations of its chicken dinner-giving shooter, but it’s only just emerged this week that it targeted Fortnite developer Epic Games back in January. It’s ironic, considering the game runs on the Unreal Engine 4, but that hasn’t stopped PUBG Corp. from accusing its biggest rival of pinching ideas.
Even Trigger from Only Fools and Horses could see this one coming. For starters, Yakuza games have been selling markedly better in the west than the early games, culminating in a gut-punching, curb-stomping success with Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. With Kiwami 2 rocking up suited and booted this summer, the chance to have the entire main series on PS4 in the US and UK is surely a no-brainer, innit?
Merchandise has a bad habit of taking the wind out of publishers’ sails when it comes to outing games. Black Ops IIII popped up to say hi on NBA star The Beard’s baseball cap, while Bayek from Assassin’s Creed Origins struck a moody pose on a t-shirt just prior to E3 2017. And now, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has rocked up on a keychain. Naturally, Ubisoft was pretty much backed into a corner and quickly confirmed that yes, this is the new Assassin’s Creed game, with more info coming at E3 -- presumably where they wanted to reveal the title in the first place.
Love it or loathe it, Fortnite is one of the biggest things on the planet right now. My 12-year-old niece’s mates love it, the bloke down the gym is always banging on about it (and for some reason thinks that cause I work ‘in games’ I’m therefore able to tell Epic how to nerf weapons) and Drake wants to write lyrics about it. Frankly, a Switch version seems inevitable; it’s not exactly the most taxing game to run, and any chance to bring in a whole new audience -- with the added convenience of running the game on the go -- surely can’t be passed up. Korea’s ratings board also has it listed, so it’s pretty much a sealed deal at this point.
Destiny 2 gets a lot of flak these days, and frankly I don’t think it’s entirely justified. The content’s been pretty solid since launch, and while a few things didn’t work (the reduced Crucible count wasn’t great, for one, and the story’s still a bit naff), it’s far from the Captain Picard-facepalm-inducing mess that people would have you believe. Year 2 will obviously be paramount to its future success, and things sound like they’re shaping up well; there’s a new expansion coming and we’re promised new game modes to boot. Bungie’s set to lift the wraps off the whole thing next week, which should hopefully put naysayers to bed.