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I’m leaving for a week and everyone gets all acquisition on me! Sega and Rovio are apparently linking, as Sega wants to get on mobile and Rovio wants to get on consoles/PC, or so I hear. It’s not the combination I predicted, but that makes it even better. I look forward to seeing what happens after these two get together.

In other news, the PlayStation 5 appears to be on track to surpass the PS4 in sales. Mat Piscatella from Circana noticed on Twitter that “Sales of PlayStation 5 hardware units have now surpassed PlayStation 4 on a time-aligned basis (29 months in market).” While that doesn’t surprise me, it’s gratifying to know that gamers can get their hands on them in droves after supplies have run out for so long. Also, Resident Evil 4 Remake sold like candy, which I find even more gratifying.

I also saw some small bits of interesting news this week: Gary Bowser will reportedly pay off Nintendo for the rest of his life, despite being technically a free man now. It seems like a long way to make one guy an example, but I’m not a big game publisher. Guerrilla Games also released Horizon Forbidden West’s major DLC Burning Shores. In addition to the DLC, a thalassophobia mode has also been added, which, as someone with said condition, I appreciate.

In case you missed it, I was off last week and spent a little bit of that time catching up on video games. It wasn’t all video games I promise – I also went to a convention and met people who were into video games – but it was nice to step back and play some games that I wanted to play, not just to keep up with the modern releases. On that note, I spent part of this week playing Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened Remake. Having played the original during my adventure gaming dark age, it was very interesting to revisit it with nicer graphics and a slightly less gaunt Holmes. Give me some time, and I’ll catch up with Dead Island 2 too.


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What to play this week (including last week)

What’s new:

  • Dead Island 2
  • Minecraft Legends
  • Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened Remake
  • Farm Arcana
  • Coffee Talk Episode 2: Hibiscus & Butterfly
  • The Mageseeker: A League of Legends Story
  • God of the Rock
  • Mega Man Battle Network Legacy
  • DE-EXIT – Eternal Affairs
  • Survival: Fountain of Youth

New on subscription services (this will take a while):

  • Ghostwire: Tokyo (Xbox Game Pass)
  • NHL 23 (Xbox Game Pass)
  • Medieval Dynasty (Xbox Game Pass)
  • Peaky Blinders: Mastermind (Xbox Gold)
  • Kena: Bridge of Ghosts (PlayStation Plus Extra+Premium)
  • Doom Eternal (PlayStation Plus Extra+Premium)
  • Riders Republic (PlayStation Plus Extra+Premium)
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (PlayStation Plus Extra+Premium)
  • Slay the Spire (PlayStation Plus Extra+Premium)
  • Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom (PlayStation Plus Extra+Premium)
  • The Evil Within (PlayStation Plus Extra+Premium)
  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood (PlayStation Plus Extra+Premium)
  • Bassmaster Fishing (PlayStation Plus Extra+Premium)
  • Killer of Paradise (PlayStation Plus Extra+Premium)
  • Sackboy: A Great Adventure (PlayStation Plus Extra+Premium)
  • Doom (PlayStation Plus Premium)
  • Doom II (PlayStation Plus Premium)
  • Doom 64 (PlayStation Plus Premium)
  • Doom 3 (PlayStation Plus Premium)
  • Dishonored: Definitive Edition (PlayStation Plus Premium)
  • The Beast Within (Prime Gaming)
  • Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition (Prime Gaming)
  • Crossed Swords (Prime Gaming)
  • Ghost Pilots (Prime Gaming)
  • Spectator 2 (Prime Gaming)
  • Terraformers (prime gaming)
  • Metal Snail 4 (Prime Gaming)
  • Ninja Masters (Prime Gaming)
  • MORDHAU (GeForce Now)
  • 11-11 Memories Retold (GeForce Now)
  • canVERSE (GeForce Now)
  • Get Right (GeForce Now)
  • Little Nightmares (GeForce Now)
  • Little Nightmares II (GeForce Now)
  • F1 2021 (GeForce Now)
  • The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan (GeForce Now)
  • The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope (GeForce Now)
  • The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes (GeForce Now)
  • The Dark Pictures Anthology: The Devil in Me (GeForce Now)
  • Pulse Man (Nintendo Switch Online)
  • Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition (Nintendo Switch Online)
  • Kid Chameleon (Nintendo Switch Online)
  • Flicky (Nintendo Switch Online)
  • Summon Quest (Apple Arcade)

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