This Week In Games: God Of Cardboard

This Week In Games: God Of Cardboard

After the uncannily good press, everyone else will finally decide this week whether they want to spend some quality time with Dad Kratos.

But it’s not just Sony who will be hogging the limelight this week: Nintendo’s journey into the world of cardboard hits store shelves, Yakuza 6 drops as well, and there’s a couple of quirky indies too.

It’s a big, big week folks. Here’s what to expect:

  • Nintendo Labo (Switch)
  • God of War (PS4)
  • Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA (PC)
  • Yakuza 6 (PS4)
  • Metal Max Xeno (PS4, Vita)
  • Swords of Ditto (PC, PS4)
  • Tempest Citadel (PC)
  • STAY (PC, XBO)
  • Neo Atlas 1469 (Switch)
  • Manticore: Galaxy on Fire (Switch)
  • Real Bout: Fatal Fury Special (Switch)
  • Wild Guns Reloaded (Switch)
  • Brakes Are For Losers (Switch)

Not the biggest week volume-wise, but certainly not lacking for quality. God of War is the biggest drawcard, and if you need to know more about Kratos’s reboot then this should help:

God Of War: The Kotaku Review

There's a telling scene very early on in the new God of War, in the denouement of an exhausting battle sequence that ends with Kratos and his young son Atreus taking down a massive troll.

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6 Reasons Why God Of War Totally Owns

I played the new God of War game for about 50 hours. Wow! What a great game! Then I spent about 50 hours editing this 20-minute video in which I tell you how much I love the game. Warning. there are some little spoilers in the video (not in this post, though).

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Something that will probably get buried but is worth a second look: Swords of Ditto. It’s a cute co-op top-down RPG: you heal teammates by hugging them. This gameplay trailer gives you a better idea.

On the indie side, STAY is a pixel-art adventure where your computer is tethered to a PC in an abandoned house. The game plays out in real time, which means you run the risk of alienating the person on the other side of the screen. There’s multiple endings and it’s a bit creepy.

It’s been a while since we talked about Labo on the site, mostly because there hasn’t been much to say since the last round of previews. Logan did get hands on with Nintendo’s cardboard toys when they did an Australian press tour, however, and you can find out what he thought below.

Nintendo Labo: Australian Hands On

La-bow. Yes, like the opera La Bohème, just without the "eme" bit. Or a bow (the shooty kind). This is the first thing Joel, my guide, taught me at Nintendo's Labo workshop on Friday. Pitched within the Pumping Station of Melbourne's Scienceworks museum, the workshop promised to provide a close-up, visceral introduction to Nintendo's upcoming product line of cardboard contraptions. And I can say, without reservation, that I wasn't looking forward to it.

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Nintendo Labo: Australian Price And Release Date

Interested in branching off into cardboard toys with Nintendo? Here's how much it'll cost.

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Expect to see more on the site about Yakuza 6 this week too. We’ll have a full review in time, but until then here’s some stuff you’ll want to know about the game.

Yakuza 6 Has The Best Baby In Video Games

Yakuza 6 may look like a game about punching faces and throwing bikes and eating pudding and Beat Takeshi, but it's actually a game about Haruto, a very good little baby.

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Yakuza 6's New Town Is The Best

Yakuza protagonist Kiryu Kazuma has travelled all around Japan throughout the series. From Tokyo to Osaka to Okinawa, the series has featured gorgeous cities full of lights and bustle. Yakuza 6. The Song of Life sends Kiryu on a new quest that brings him to the quiet Hiroshima town of Onimichi. It's a wonderful place that reminds me of everything I'd like to have if I didn't live in New York City.

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Switch owners who don’t want to play with cardboard might also want to keep an eye on Neo Atlas 1469. You’re tasked with reaching the fabled land of Zipangu within 30 years, and you have to sail around the rest of the world to learn what’s going on. It’s a remaster of a game from 1999, and is a weird mix of genres and mechanics that’s really best seen in action.

So that’s the heavy hitters this week. Any interest in Labo, or God of War, or something else entirely?


  • Just spent eight hours playing thru all of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice on Xbox last night, so those runes in the GoW and the general idea of heavy Norse mythology has sort of been overdone for me right now ;).

    • That’s ok, we’ve had about eight months difference between Hellblade and GoW so no Norse fatigue on that front.

  • Yes, jumping on the Labo train. Wife is out Fri night so Sat morning will be devoted to building/gaming. MR 3 and Mr 5(almost 6) are very excited about it.

    The cardboard arm cannons I built for them a few weeks ago got a lot of love.

  • I didn’t know about Swords of Ditto; looks like a good one to play with my partner. Thanks for the heads up. 🙂

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