MOOD SWINGS?

Besides being the obvious side effect to a hormonal outburst, ‘Mood Swings’ is an editorial crafted by our editor Jay Tee, alongside contributions from the team. It’s like a series of extended tweets, ranting or raving about something terrible / great that has happened in the world of gaming. It’s a collection of random musings designed to provide a snapshot of what we’re doing, things you should be excited for, and stuff to avoid as you navigate the choppy waters of this wonderfully unpredictable hobby.

Anything, from reactions to a new game announcement, surprising breaking news, to “our cat just nibbled our thumb sticks”, can be found here. We try to be as honest as possible, sharing our gut reactions to stuff that has occurred in the last twenty four hours.

CONTROL DLC - I want to preface this by making the following things clear: Control is one of the best games of this generation. Our review says as much. Developer Remedy are an incredibly talented bunch, and their plans for expansion content are exciting and ambitious. The first of two major content drops, “The Foundation”, arrives on 26th March. For PS4, and PC. For Xbox One players, they have to wait till 25th June. Now, ordinarily, platform specific DLC deals don’t really bother me. They’re typically skins, throwaway missions, or a few days early access to content. But in a game where story spoilers are dangerous, it really feels like Xbox players are being kicked to the curb, especially as it’s only for three months? Really not sure what they’re gaining here?

There hasn’t been a  third person action game with more satisfying physics based combat this generation.

TERAFLOPS - Sony’s deep dive into PS5’s architecture and design philosophy was a fascinating (if slightly baffling for the average consumer) presentation that, while educational, probably wasn’t the most coherent way for the gaming populace to get excited about their next generation effort. If anything, it actually muddied the waters with regards to stuff like backwards compatibility, and did little to differentiate it from a unique feature perspective when compared to Xbox Series X. Still, the one thing that really grates is the constant fan boy debates over which is more powerful, using terminology and numbers that is likely not being understood. Teraflops are important, but they don’t define a consoles worth. That’s down to the games.

FAITH IN WRC - It’s not everyday that a press releases plops into our inbox announcing three brand new entries in a popular series, but that day has arrived. NACON and KT Racing have revealed that WRC9 is on the way this September, with ports for Xbox Series X and PS5 also on the brew. But they didn’t stop there. Following an epic license renewal, WRC 10 and WRC 11 are also forthcoming. For rally racing fans, this is a massive win, and a good karma play that guarantees the franchise will be viable for years to come. It’s also a sign of immense faith in their own development capabilities, and in these uncertain times, provides job security and peace of mind to the talented individuals working on these titles. A lovely bit of much needed good news.

CONTROL (PS4, XB1, PC)

The tower of power.

XBOX SERIES X

A trilogy approaches.

WRC 9 (PS4, XB1, PC, NS, XSX, PS5)

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CONTROL’S FIRST TIMED DLC EXCLUSIVITY IS BIZARRE
A swing and a hiss.   


MOOD SWINGS
By JAY TEE
19/03/20

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