TLOU 2 story leaked, Gears Tactics reviews, WWE Battlegrounds

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here, welcome back to The Gaming Observer. It Tuesday, April 28th, we’ve got lots of video game news to talk about here today. Very quickly before we get to that, I just want to say apologies to those of you listening on Alexa, something went wrong with the uploading process yesterday that caused a repeat episode. Honestly it wasn’t super packed with news so don’t feel like you missed anything, but if you do want to go back, it’s also available on thegamingobserver.com or the podcast host of your choice. Anyway enough of that, let’s sink our teeth into today stories.

The Last of Us Part II has major spoilers leaked

The Last of Us Part II is in the headlines today for unfortunate reasons; a whole bunch of the story got leaked. So if you’re worried about being spoiled then you definitely need to be wary about what you’re clicking on, get your social media filters set up if you need to. VG247 recommends that you filter the phrases “The Last of Us”, “Ellie”, “Joel”, and “Abby,” though I’m sure you could do even more than those. Because these videos appear to have developer commands on them, the rumour is that the leak comes from a disgruntled employee, but that isn’t confirmed. Sad to see, but hopefully you can do your best avoiding them. In response to this, Sony has now confirmed the released date to be June 19th, which is 3 weeks past the original release date, and means 8 weeks of avoiding spoilers. Besides that, Sony has also confirmed that the previously delayed Ghosts of Tsushima is now arriving on July 17th, also 3 weeks past. You can certainly say that the Playstation is going to have a great summer.

Gears Tactics reviews

Gears Tactics has just had the review embargo lifted, let’s take a look at what the critics are saying. First of all, its inevitable that this game is going to be compared to XCOM, and it obviously takes a lot of inspiration from it as well. The biggest gameplay change is that Gears Tactics is much more aggressive. Your characters can do more things on a given turn, and you overwhelmed with way more enemies that you are expected to mow down. Chris Bratt of Eurogamer talks about this, saying that executions of enemies will give you extra action points, and that’s what drives the combat. Also there is no overworld, so little else besides actually fighting on the ground. To be honest it really does sound a lot like XCOM except with Gears of War influences. Critics generally enjoyed the game. Nate Crowley of Rock Paper Shotgun absolutely loved it, calling it “the new gold standard for turn-based tactics.” However, Charlie Hall of Polygon felt like it missed the mark, saying “the game falls apart when it tries to create a cohesive, unified experience. The wires holding everything together are too often visible, and it wrecks what little immersion it manages to build up.” If you are a Gears fan interested in a little strategy, or vice versa, this is probably worth reading the reviews for before buying. A lot of people liked it, some didn’t.

2K announces WWE 2K Battlegrounds

Final story for today, we talked yesterday about the fact that WWE 2K21 is cancelled, well today they announced that in its place will be a game called WWE 2K Battlegrounds. This appears to be an over-the-top arcade style wrestling game, as opposed to the simulation style of the mainline series. If you are wrestling game fan, the trailer reminds me a lot of WWE All-Stars, which was a fantastic game back in 2011. I will say though, the character models look absolutely dreadful. I haven’t lost hope because the game is being developed by Saber Interactive, who have a good reputation, certainly better than Visual Concepts, but to be honest the trailer has not gotten me excited just yet.

Alright everyone, thanks very much for joining me. I’d also like to thank Andrew for leaving me a 5-star review on Amazon, and NCIceman for a review on Apple Podcasts. That’ll be all for today, and I’ll be back tomorrow with the news, until then, Happy Gaming Everyone