Weekend Whammy: All the Stuff

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I’ve really been letting these Weekend Whammys slip, haven’t I? I’ll be honest, the motivation is a tad lacking at the moment. My physical health took a bit of a plummet recently, and in turn that’s smacked my mental health right in the mental balls. But never mind that because since my last Weekend Whammy there’s been loads of stuff happening, some of it good and some of it bad! I’m going to chat about just a little bit of it, so let’s chat The Last of Us 2, Sony’s PS5 and more.

So, The Last of Us 2 is officially out and OH MY GOD WHAT IS HAPPENING! The Internet has turned into a warzone right now, with critics praising the game and general consumers hating it on Metacritic. Although the game is selling incredibly well, which again indicates there does tend to be a big discrepancy between what people on the Internet say and the actual reality. What’s frustrating, though, is the media’s reaction which is to ignore the problems people genuinely have and instead seem to be intent on calling people out for being sexist and other nonsense. It feels like an almost concerted effort to ignore the points people are trying to make in order to drown out the criticism of their own reviews.

Anyway, I’m in the middle of playing the game (Sony don’t speak to me, so I didn’t get an early review copy) and…man, it’s going to be a complicated review. So far, it’s a masterpiece on a technical level. The gameplay is better, but not the leap up in quality I was really hoping for. And the story has some terrific moments, but it also has some clumsy, poorly written moments, too. I really don’t think I’m going to be able to get a real handle on my feelings until the credits roll, and even then some reflection might be needed. So at the moment, I don’t know when my review is coming. But what I do know is that I’m going to have to think carefully about it, because I feel like to explain how and why certain things work while other things don’t would need me to spoil the game. I’m going to have to write around that somehow, or I’m going to have to include a few spoilers.

But just before The Last of Us 2 came out I went and finally played the original The Last of Us and wound up loving it! You can check out my review for that HERE.

Meanwhile, I stuck out a review for Assetto Corsa Competizione now that it has raced onto console. Overall, it’s a pale imitation of the PC version thanks to an iffy framerate and some serious control issues. Hopefully, Kunos will get it fixed up, but their console version of Assetto Corsa is still quite messy even to this day, so that doesn’t bode well. My recommendation is to either get Competizione on PC, or wait for Kunos to get some work done on the console port.

And I also reviewed Desperados 3 which is very likely to wind up on my list of best games in 2020. It’s a fantastic real-time tactics game set in the wild west that is immensely satisfying and rewarding to play.

Now, let’s move onto the Playstation 5 event. Surprisingly for an event focusing on a next-generation console things kicked off with a game from the PS3 and Xbox 360 era that isn’t even exclusive to Sony’s machine. Yes, the ever-selling GTA V will be coming to Playstation 5 with upscaled graphics, meaning by the time it arrives on the PS5 Rockstar’s game will have made it onto three different generations of consoles. Somehow, GTA V has sold over 130-million copies, with 40-million of those coming in the last two years. It consistently appears in the sales charts, begging a simple question: who keeps buying it? It’s a mystery, people.

With Grand Theft Auto out of the way we got to move into the proper Sony titles. Cue Miles Morales getting his very own Spider-Man game, which from a PR perspective is a very timely announcement given everything going on with Black Lives Matter. There was some confusion as to exactly what this game was, though, which Sony then failed to clear up a day later. Insomniac themselves have now come out and properly clarified that Spider-Man: Miles Morales is going to be a standalone game for the PS5, one that’s smaller in scope than 2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man. That makes sense because it was unlikely even Insomniac could put out a full sequel in 2020 for the PS5. Apparently this standalone will feature a lot of upgrades courtesy of the new hardware. Considering Sony used to Marvel’s Spider-Man to demo their new SSD tech I’m excited to see what Insomniac are planning on doing.