UK weeklies, Playstation updates, Surviving the Aftermath, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com, for Tuesday October 8th. Hey it’s midterm season, which means I’m a busy boy. Nonetheless, video games are more important right now, let’s talk about them.

UK Physical Charts, week ending October 5

FIFA 20 continued to sell well last week, taking #1 in the charts. I’m sure it will continue to do well until the end of the year. Despite horrible reviews, Ghost: Recon Breakpoint came in right behind it, which tells you the power of both the IP and Ubisoft marketing. The only other debut on the charts was Ghostbusters: Remastered. Otherwise, Minecraft continues to sell well on a weekly basis, and even games like Sea of Thieves are managing to make it into the top 10. This week we’ve got quite a few console releases – Trine 4, Grid, and Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, which I will talk about before today’s show is done.

PlayStation 4 updating to version 7.0

Playstation is getting version 7.0 of its firmware this week, and it will have some new features. First of all, party chat will now go up to 16 people, alongside some improved audio quality and network connectivity. They’re testing some speech-to-text system in the US, which is optional if you’re interested in some transcription. Remote Play will become accessible for all smartphones and tablets running Android 5 or higher, which you can connect to with a Dualshock controller. Those sound like some solid improvements, hopefully its implemented well.

Surviving the Aftermath announced

You might remember the colony sim game Surviving Mars, published by Paradox. It made a decent splash last year, and they’ve just announced the sequel, Surviving the Aftermath. This is now a post-apocalypse setting, but we won’t know much more until ParadoxCon on the 19th. It’ll be out in Early Access, with a full launch towards the end of 2020. Also, if you’re interested in playing Surviving Mars, don’t buy it just yet, it’ll be free on the Epic Games Store next week. The free game right now is Minit, which I’ve heard great things about.

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is really great

Releasing today, the 8th, is Yooka Laylee and the Impossible Lair. I was fortunate enough to receive a review copy of the game, and I want to let you know that this is an incredibly fun game. It takes the first game and makes it a 2.5 platformer which is consistently fun, incredibly varied, and has a solid amount of content to it. In particular, the level design is in a league of its own. Every level feels fresh and challenging, and the typical gimmicks that you see in platformers like this were not relied on for entertainment. Past the core gameplay loop, you get a really solid overworld with lots to do besides a level select, as well as a looming final stage called the Impossible Lair that can be attempted at any time. There’s also a really pleasing soundtrack. Folks, this game really reminds me of the amazing Donkey Kong Country, and I think its going to be the Platformer of the Year. If you’re a fan of the genre, it’s an essential purchase, which for $30 american is well worth it. If you’d like to hear my full report on the game check out my Youtube channel or the platform host of your choice.

That’s all for today. If you don’t mind I’m gonna wrap this up because of got some studying to do for a midterm tomorrow. Nonetheless I’ll be back as scheduled and until then…Happy Gaming everyone!