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:
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).
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.
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.
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 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.
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?