Episode 2: Anthem VIP Weekend and Resident Evil 2

Episode 2 is out now. This week we look at Anthem’s VIP weekend, Metroid Prime 4, Indies coming to Switch, initial thoughts of Resident Evil 2, charts and what we’ve got coming next week.

Episode transcript

Welcome to This Week In Video Games Episode 2, my name is Tom Kershaw and I hope you’re doing well. This is a podcast all about video games and this week we’ll take a look at the news, initial thoughts on the Resident Evil 2 remake, charts and what we’ve got coming up next week. 

If you want to get involved in the show email us on podcast@thisweekinvideogames.com or check out the latest on http://www.thisweekinvideogames.com

News

Anthem VIP weekend

The Anthem VIP weekend kicked off this weekend giving players an early look at the game. The VIP demo started on Friday January 25th and ran through to Sunday 27th January.

The game looks to have been well received by players with many saying they’re having lots of fun and the experience is better than expected.

“It’s been incredibly humbling to see so many people watching along with us on Twitch (over 300K concurrent viewers yesterday & over 100M minutes watched — those are Fortnite-type numbers!). Thank you for your support! Our goal is to get everyone into the demo having fun together.”

Chad Robertson, Head of Live Service, BioWare

Anthem appears on many most anticipated for 2019 lists, but these entries contain reservations due to the ambitions of the game. Many have tried and find the ‘live game’ model hard to keep up with the appetite for content from the gaming community. If you can crack the model then it does have the potential to change the landscape of the games industry. Just look at what Fortnite has done over the last 18 months.

On Friday player experienced some issues getting access to the game.

“We’ve been testing the entire game and platform for several months, but there were a few things we missed; real-world play frequently leads to unexpected issues.”

Chad Robertson, Head of Live Service, BioWare

Day 1 server issues aren’t new to AAA video game releases. Although frustrating for some players, these live tests are a good opportunity for companies to discover and fix issues. Teams in BioWare will be running a post-mortem on what happened and then prioritising fixes based on the events of this weekend.

Next weekend the open demo take places allowing all players to take part at 5pm Friday 1st February to Sunday February 3rd.

The game releases Friday 22nd February 2019.

Did you play Anthem for the VIP weekend? Let me know on podcast@thisweekinvideogames.com

Metroid Prime 4 Development rebooted 

Nintendo have announced that the development team for Metroid Prime 4 has been rebooted to meet the standards Nintendo fans expect of a Metroid Prime sequel.

In a video published on Nintendo’s Official YouTube channel Shinya Takahashi announced the update to the development team changes and the impact that decision will have on the release schedule. 

“The current development process has not reached the standards we expect for a Metroid Prime sequel.”

Shinya Takahashi

Metroid Prime 4 was first announced at E3 2017. Gameplay itself wasn’t shown but a teaser showing the logo and atmospheric music.

Nintendo did announce at the time that the game “was in development” and never announced the release date. We all hoped that it might be coming in 2019, however that now looks unlikely as the change in development team will certainly impact the release schedule.

The good news is that Kensuke Tanabe, the Producer behind the original Metroid Prime series for Nintendo, in collaboration with Retro Studios will now be taking on Metroid Prime 4 for Nintendo Switch.

Although the game will be delayed, it’s good to see Nintendo have recognised the game wasn’t going in the direction perhaps they would have wanted and made this decision. The end result will likely result in a better game for the Metroid franchise fans and this can only be a good thing.

Indies coming to Nintendo Switch in 2019

On 23rd January Nintendo showed off their latest indy titles coming to Switch in 2019.

Indies boomed in 2018 with hits like Celeste, Dead Cells, Hollow Knight, Stardew Valley, Gris, Undertale and Into The Breach – many of these games making the industries Top 10 lists of the year.
With such a strong showing of first party titles in 2017 including Mario Oddessey, The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart & Splatoon 2 – 2018 was a little underwhelming on the first-party front with a line up that included Kirby, Mario Tennis and Super Smash Brothers Ultimate. Nintendo’s indie line up certainly helped fill those gaps with many people wanting to play their favourite games on the move.

Nintendo’s indie showcase included:

Crosscode. 16-bit sci-fi action RPG. Getting some great press and reviews recently. It looks like it’s cut from the same cloth as The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past. The great news is that this port includes exclusive Nintendo Switch content. Definitely looking forward to playing this one.

Inmost. Atmospheric puzzle platformer. Looking forward to playing this one. 16bit visuals. Something is lurking and it’s coming to Nintendo Switch. Creepy music and visuals, looks great.

Goat simulatorHave you ever thought about what it’s like to me a goat? Not the greatest if all time, but an actual goat. This is the game for you. This one looks utterly bonkers. Here’s some of the things you see in the trailer. Giraffe flying from a chopper. Microwave on legs. The game is out right now and includes all the DLC so far.

Also Unruly heroes, a turn based strategy game,  Wargroove, a rhythm cross with a shooter, Double Kick Heroes, construction game When Ski Lifts Go Wrong and Steam World Quest.

This looks like a good start to 2019.

Cyberpunk Creative Director moves to Blizzard

One of the most exciting announcements of 2018 was CD Projekt Red’s Cyber Punk 2077. They showed off a great demo at E3 last year however it looks like the games Creative Director is moving to Blizzard according to ResetEra forum. Sebastian Stępień updated his LinkedIn to state he’s joined Blizzard. It’ll be interesting to see what’s coming next for CyberPunk 2077. 

Initial thoughts – Resident Evil 2 Remake 

I picked up Resident Evil 2 Remake for PS4 on Saturday. I hadn’t played the previous Resident Evil games, so I was looking forward to jumping in with a fresh perspective.

You have the choice at the start of the game to play through with Leon S Kennedy or Claire Redfield. The game is set in Raccoon City and the setting is dark, wet from rain with zombies lurking in every corner. There’s clearly some trouble brewing and you’re going to have to dig deep to survive.

There’s 3 difficulty settings: Assisted, Standard and Hardcore. Having not played before I picked standard mode and ventured into the city with Leon.

Graphics are great, especially the lighting effects, as you roam around the police station with a torch. The torch doesn’t give you too much light and the textures come into their own when the scenes turn gory. There’s blood-splattered walls and debris everywhere really giving you a sense of the recent chaos. The sound is also excellent as you hear zombies banging against windows and crawling around the hallways.

Gameplay is a mixture of survival, action, puzzles and exploration. You have to keep an eye on your ammo reserves as every bullet counts. I’ve panicked on occasion and emptied my magazine into an oncoming zombie, only to have another one come around the corner to try and eat me. There’s limited space in your inventory so you’ll be traveling back and forth to your item box to store items. As you progress through the rooms you can pick up pouches to boost your item space allowing you to carry more.

The puzzles are relatively straight forward (but ultimately satisfying) so far, although I’m sure as I progress in the game things are going to get more difficult. Story points emerge as you work your way through the game in the way of notes left behind, computer terminals and other items.

I’m not normally one for horror games or movies and to me the game is genuinely scary. Make sure you board up those windows otherwise zombies will be crashing through and going after your brains.
I’m about 4 hours into the game and I’m enjoying my time so far. I’m looking forward to making some meaningful progress this coming week.
Resident Evil 2 Remake is available now for PS4, XBOX One and PC.

Are you playing Resident Evil 2? What’s your initial thoughts? Which character did you pick and how are you getting on? Send in your comments and questions to podcast@thisweekinvideogames.com.
Charts
Top 10 week ending 26 January 2019

  1. RESIDENT EVIL2
  2. RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2
  3. CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS 4
  4. NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. U DELUXE
  5. FIFA 19
  6. ACE COMBAT 7: SKIES UNKNOWN
  7. SUPER SMASH BROS. ULTIMATE
  8. MARIO KART 8 DELUXE
  9. GRAND THEFT AUTO V
  10. CRASH BANDICOOT N.SANE TRILOGY  

Coming this week 

January 29

  • Genesis Alpha One – PC, PS4, Xbox One
  • Kingdom Hearts 3 – PC, PS4, Xbox One

January 31

  • For Honor: Year 3, Season 1 PC, PS4, Xbox One
  • Worbital PC

February 1

  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown PC
  • DreamWorks Dragons Dawn of New Riders PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Song of Memories PS4
  • Anthem open demo PS4, Xbox One, PC

What else I am enjoying 

True Detective Season 3

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