The Weekly: February 8-14

Another week has past us by and in the gamer world a lot can and as always has happened; hopefully you squeezed in a game or two as well.

Where else to start our week in review than with the latest games. Starting us off is Unravel, a puzzle platformer with a similarly adorable art style and indeed premise to Little Big Planet. From reports across the Internet Unravel looks to have released fairly smoothly with gamers praising its aesthetic and story even if the puzzles are causing a knot or two. Next up is Firewatch, a PS4 exclusive best described as an open world explorer of sorts. Unlike games that follow a similar formula, Firewatch is setting gamers alight (in the good way) through a stellar story and accessible gameplay mechanics. Xbox owners had an exclusive of their own this past week in Cobalt, a game which in comparison hasn’t been as kindly received so far. Last but not least is Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia, the final instalment in the platform based Chronicles trilogy. And despite an interesting setting, this final instalment is plagued by the same issues of its predecessors with poor level design and inconsistent difficulty making this a trilogy many are happy to see meet its end.

To news of games to come and Titanfall 2 is reportedly set to have a fleshed out single player campaign. A big let down of the original was a lack of backstory and explanation of the Titanfall world courtesy of no single player campaign. Will this inclusion make you more likely to pick up the game when it releases?

From one shooter to another, albeit one with a very different setting. Battalion 1944, a World War II shooter has reached its funding goal in less than three days therefore green lighting the game. Feels like it’s been too long since we last had hood history based shooter.

Many an Xbox owner rejoiced when Red Dead Redemption was accidentally revealed as a backwards compatible title for Xbox One. Unfortunately Microsoft has come and called the announcement an error and removed access to it. Sitting third at 360 title gamers want to see made available on the Xbox One, surely it’s just a matter of time until we see the Rockstar classic revived for current gen.

A double whammy this week for Rockband 4 publisher Mad Catz with both their CEO and Chairman resigning. It seems that they had had enough of the madness and cats

Halo 5 was promised regular updates and details of its next big update have been revealed with a Griffball game type that was popular on Halo 4 set to be introduced for 5. Let’s hope Master Chief hasn’t forgotten how to play the game.

Screencheat, a split-screen FPS where everyone is invisible and only revealed by screen cheating, is set to release for both PS4 and Xbox One March 1. From developer Samurai Punk the game is a ridiculous amount of fun, I got small dose of it at PAX last year and am eager to improve my screen cheating skills.

Telltale Games next release will be a Walking Dead spin-off featuring series legend Michonne. Episode One of the mini-series is set to release February 23.

SEGA’s CEO Hajime Satomi has opened up about the future of the seemingly fading gaming giant. In an interview, Satomi confirmed that a Sonic the Hedgehog movie will be releasing in 2018 and be a live action/animation hybrid…Aside from Hollywood SEGA is also looking to expand further into the smartphone market, explore animation and unveil SEGA themed resorts.

Activision has confirmed that Destiny 2 will be landing in 2017 with a large new expansion for the original set to release this year. A report earlier in the year suggested Destiny 2 was slated for a 2016 release but delays had forced them to settle for 2017, seems there was some accuracy to those reports.

Ubisoft are set for a quiet 2016 and a busy 2017 as they confirmed no new Assassin’s Creed game will release this year along with confirmation that Watch Dogs 2 will launch sometime in 2017.

Unlike Assassin’s Creed, there will be another Call of Duty this year with Activision confirming that Infinity Ward are a developing a game for release this year. No more details have been revealed as yet.

The rumours of a Google VR device are growing with indications hat they’ll be aiming for a middle ground in what us becoming an expensive field. It also fair to assume it won’t be made out of cardboard this time around!

Rapper and entrepreneur Kanye West has released a trailer for his upcoming game ‘Only One. Dedicated to his mum, the game sees you guiding Donda West through the gates of heaven. Having been in production for about a year and half there is still no word on a release date nor platforms.

The previous Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break has been confirmed for a Windows 10 PC release after a PC rating in Brazil was leaked last week. As well as this announcement an Xbox One bundle for the game has been revealed which features an all-white Xbox and downloadable copies of Quantum Break and Alan Wake. Quantum Break is currently slated for an April 4 release.

To sports, well eSports to be more accurate, and live-streaming video game service Twitch has confirmed the demand for eSports with the service confirming their peak viewership period came as a result of eSports tournaments. Over 2 million users were watching a video on the service at once when two eSports events were being broadcast, illustrating the demand for eSports is only growing.

It’s raining Hadouken’s this week with Street Fighter V set to land a few punches when it releases for PS4 February 16. Meanwhile handheld gamers have something knew to lose themselves in with Fire Emblem Fates releasing for the 3DS February 19.

And that my fellow gamers, was the week that was, game on!

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