While we here at Reticule Towers have had a snoozy week, the world has gone wild with plucky Redditors taking on the Wall Street giants (and Robinhood) over shares in GameStop. It is a bonkers situation to see this bricks and mortar shop dominate the business and financial news the world over, but is a sign of how technology and improved communication tools can have a tangible effect on the real world. Check this GamingBible piece for more.
It’s been a momentous week in the real world with a new President and Vice President taking office. More momentous than that? Agent 47 has returned with the latest Hitman. While we don’t have a Hitman Verdict for you to read, we do have another edition of Our Week in Games. Hit the break!
Not since the end of November have we done one of these Our Week in Games features, with December giving us a run of articles looking back at our 2020s.
If you want some non-Reticule Sunday afternoon reading, this Bloomberg article provides a deep dive into the shenanigans behind the development of CyberPunk 2077.
This is the way we reach the next generation, not with a bang, but with a squabble between GAME and Yodel, and amazon delivering pet food not consoles (Chris Evans, November 2020).
Ok, so maybe we shouldn’t try to rip off T.S Eliot again (that’s an understatement – Ed), but following the launch of the PlayStation 5 this past Thursday we are now officially into the next generation with all of the new machines from Sony and Microsoft now available…stock permitting. This though might be one of the longest transitions between generations we’ll have witnessed for many years. By my reckoning there are only two new-gen exclusive titles (Astro’s Playroom and Demon’s Souls on the PlayStation 5), with many other big hitters such as Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty appearing across the generational divide, and you have to wonder how long it will take until support for the older consoles starts to fall away.
They’re perhaps thoughts for another time, but for now, let’s get on with Our Week in Games…
Inevitably, my children have started badgering me for a PlayStation 5. Of course they have – the Youtubers they’re obsessed with won’t shut up about how great they are, they’re constantly appearing on adverts for great looking games and it’s been roughly a week since the kids have asked me for anything expensive.
I’ve tried telling them, time and time again. Look, you’ve already got a PlayStation 5. Over there is the PlayStation One, and over there’s the PlayStation Four. That makes five PlayStations.
Because I’m a dad, and that’s how dads are. …
It’s been an interesting week, and that’s even when ignoring the politics and the fact I spent the last 4 days watching a map while people talk.
A lot has been happening in the world of Mass Effect. Bethesda not only announced the remastered version of the original trilogy (despite it being leaked some 4 days earlier) but the also announced a new Mass Effect game.
Now I didn’t actually think Andromeda was that bad. I really liked the more open world side of the game; it got the balance right between allowing some exploration while not descending into a find and shoot ‘100 space pigeons’ farce that GTA turned into. The Giant not-at-all-like-Dune sandworm sections are still standout moments in gaming but the vaults did get VERY samey very quickly and the less said about the main enemy the better. On the whole though i enjoyed it, so I found the lack of continuation on that story a little sad.
Now we don’t know much (but we know we love you) about the new title save for one Screenshot, but it seems likely that we’re leaving the Andromeda galaxy far far behind. We’ll keep you posted on updates when we get them.
Oh it’s been a wild week in the games industry, with the spotlight shining bright on CD Projekt Red and CyberPunk 2077. It was only earlier in the week that we were discussing our interest in the game over on our Discord server, and then we were struck by the latest delay to the planned release date. This time it sounds like optimisations to the current-gen versions are holding things back, but we shouldn’t be surprised that some developers are experiencing issues with their cross-gen approach.
With CyberPunk though, it’s the issue of crunch which causes most consternation for one part of the audience, while others are making disgusting threats against the developers for the delay. The industry is polarised at the moment, but I think we can all agree that enforced crunch isn’t something to be celebrated or encouraged, while the attitudes of some aspects of “fandom” should be condemned in the strongest way.
Now that we’ve got that murky business out of the way, hit the break for this weekends Our Week in Games.
Oh dear, it looks like it’s a Monday, and our impressive sequence of only publishing Our Week in Games on a weekend has come to a crashing end. Not to mention the gap of a few years that we had before restarting this old chestnut of course. The gaming world seems to be in a pleasant sense of tranquility at the moment, Sony and Microsoft are drip feeding tidbits about their new machines, but nobody around the business is making any huge PR blunders (or worse). Writing that on a Monday though probably jinxes us for the rest of the week, but don’t blame us!
Anyway, read on for The Witcher TV show ramblings from Chris and find out how Kevin has progressed with Red Dead Redemption 2.
Gaming can be a funny old world at times. You spend ages developing what you hope will be an amazing game full of potential, only to find player counts drop significantly mere weeks after launch. This is the situation Square Enix/Crystal Dynamix find themselves in with their latest Marvel’s Avengers game.