This Week in Gaming #4

This article corresponds to the week of Oct 9, 2017.

Once again we are back with your weekly helping of the hottest news in the video gaming world. Like last week there not a whole lot of releases this week, but what we do get is some of the most anticipated games of the year.

Shadow of War releases this week and you can be sure we will be reviewing that title this week. There is also The Evil Within 2 releasing this week, so all you horror fans can get a quick fix before Halloween.

Let’s gets started with the latest stories this week:

Gran Turismo Sport Demo can now be played

A limited time only demo for Gran Turismo Sport will be available for user’s to play and download today Monday 9th October 2017 until Thursday 13th. The demo was available for pre-load this past week and when you look at the size of the thing there’s no wonder.

The demo comes in at a whopping 43GB download size. If you hadn’t already downloaded this monster at the weekend, you better get started straight away, as this is likely to take some time.

If you’re unable to catch the demo this week, fear not. You will soon be able to drive till your heart’s content as the full game released in a little over a week on October 18th.

Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite’s budget may have been its downfall

Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite has come under a lot of criticism as of late, a lot of it from myself. The games garish looks and often laughable dialogue were prevalent throughout my playthrough and something just didn’t seem right about the title when you compare it to both Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, and Injustice 2.

Well, it looks like we may finally be getting some sort of an explanation for its downfall. Thanks to YouTuber Liam Robertson, aka Game History Guy, he has reportedly been in touch with an employee of Capcom, who stated that the budget for Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite was almost half that of the recent Street Fighter V.

No specific numbers are given, but when you think about the overall lack of production quality, you find this story an easy one to believe. If this story is indeed true, then I can only imagine what future installments in the series could be like.

Perhaps if Capcom gave this title the funding, love and care it needed, we might have had something that could have slightly rivaled that of Injustice 2.

See Liam Robertson’s full report in the video above.

Fan Made Pokémon Red Demo Now Available

Fans of the original Pokémon games get ready for something special. An unofficial game and remake of the original Pokémon Red has been created in the Unreal Engine 4 by Felipe Gouvea and you can now download the demo. The chances of this project staying up for download for long I very short, as Nintendo is usually very quick at shutting this kind of thing down.

This remake is a full 3D reimagining of the world you probably spent a lot of time in. Instead of turn-based battles, the player now takes control of the chosen Pokémon in real time and battles this way.

The game feels a little bit like an alpha version as opposed to a demo. Expect a lot of bugs and sloppy animations for now, as this is still a very unpolished title. Still, it’s a great concept and it’s actually rather fun, if not bordering on a nostalgia drunk game.

You can download the demo here:

But be quick, as I don’t think you’ll be able to get it for long.

Has The Last of Us II Released Date Been Leaked?

We may have just a hint of a release date for the Last Of Us 2 thanks to legendary composer Gustavo Santaolalla. In a recent interview, the veteran composer hinted at a 2019 release date, without giving too much away.

Gustavo Santaolalla composed the original soundtrack for the game and tends to create unique sounding compositions. He also worked on the theme for the Netflix hit series Making a Murderer.

During a recent interview with Argentinian radio station, Vorterix Santaolalla states that he aims to finish the music by 2019, without giving a concrete date. This would suggest we are looking at a release later in the year, and here’s hoping it’s true.

There has been no word from either PlayStation or Naughty Dog on a release date, but we do know the motion capture performance is well underway. The Last Of Us 2 will be set 5 years after the events of the first game and the player will be controlling Ellie this time around.

To see a full round-up of Gustavo Santaolalla’s interview below.

#Blocktober is here

The month of #Blocktober is upon us and developers from all kinds of studios are getting involved. For those of you unfamiliar with this new term, #Blocktober is a recent hashtag started when Naughty Dog’s Michael Barclay tweeted “level blackouts are art,” along with a picture Barclay says he mocked up to practice his skills.

Essentially, developers are tweeting sneak peaks of low polygon count images showing off unfinished games. The term “Blocking Out” is used for creating a very early version of a game’s level or the environment.

Other developers have joined Michael Barclay and the sharing has seen games like Overwatch, Titanfall, Gears of War 4, Dead Space 2, Payday 2, and much more get involved.

It’s nice when the industry comes together like this. Why not check out some of the snapshots into development life on Twitter?

Game Releases This Week

Middle-earth: Shadow of WarPC, PS4, Xbox OneOct 10, 2017
Age of Empires Definitive EditionPCOct 10, 2017
Arktika.1 (Oculus Rift)Oculus RiftOct 10, 2017
The Evil Within 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)PC, PS4, Xbox OneOct 13, 2017
Constantly threatening to write a book, but always with a story to tell. Tom has a typical northern English soul. He may sound as mundane as Jon Snow, but at least he tries to articulate. Lover of video games, comics, geek pop culture and wishing he could play Dungeons & Dragons.