This week in episode 85 Antony and Darren take a moment to pay tribute to this stellar first quarter for gaming that we have had in 2017, admire the amazing selection of top quality games available for us all and reflect upon whether the standard set could possibly be held up by the rest of the year. That rest of the year sure has its work cut out if it wants to hold a candle to this stunning start that we have had.
The Sparks 2017 ‘Super 7’ goes like this:
- Yakuza 0
- Resident Evil VII
- Horizon Zero Dawn
- Legend of Zelda – Breath of the Wild
- Nier Automata
- Persona 5
And yes, we know Persona 5 is not quite out yet, but it’s almost here and with the great scores it’s achieving, for the sake of a few days it darn well deserves to be on the list.
But what do we do when we get through this backlog? How will we recover after being so spoiled for choice and perhaps, would the most sage-like of gamers wisely spread some of these games out in case of a future drought in game desirability akin to the lowly squirrel hording it’s food supply for the harsh upcoming winter?
Conversely though, there may be no need to take such an organised and structured approach as rationing out the Super 7 over the coming months as, there is a chance that the way ahead could be as bright as these last 3 months. Could it? Could it possibly stand shoulder to shoulder with such a surprising standard of early year games?
Well, with the likes of Yooka Laylee, Prey, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ni No Kuni II, sea of Thieves, Middle Earth: Shadow of War and supposedly some Final Fantasy VII Remake goodness around holiday time all staring down the year at us, the future doesn’t look bleak at all, in fact it looks positively exciting. As exciting as these last 3 months though? I think, sadly not, but we should not sadly dwell on this, but rejoice as this is indeed once more, a fantastic time to be a gamer.
As for the rest of the year, well, that’s what E3 is for isn’t it? So as far as 2017 and the Super 7 goes, the Sparks will be looking back very fondly but also looking forward, with (hopefully tempered) anticipation and excitement of new unexpected surprises and announcements to come.
Darren has been having a fantastic time with 2B and 9S in the beautifully wistful world of Nier: Automata. This is a game that oozes style and has some of the slickest design Darren has seen for a while.
Masterful direction, a lack of fear to do things differently and some lovely tight gameplay mechanics make this game a deserving addition to our Super 7. Hear Dazza’s full impressions of this diamond that could pass you by in the midst of all the other distractions in the Pod.
The Sparks are very excited about this one and just in time for the next file, Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The next Telltale game has a release date and episode title, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Episode 1 titled “Tangled Up in Blue” and will be available to play on 18th April.
The first of five episodes, “Tangled Up in Blue” will arrive on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and mobile devices. Telltale also announced the Guardians of the Galaxy season pass, and psychical copy which will be available in North America on 2nd May and internationally on 5th May.
It’s free games time and first up it’s Games with Gold on Xbox Live. This month Gold members can download excellent Ryse: Son of Rome for free during the month of April. The Walking Dead: Season 2 will be available as a free download from 16th April to 15th May.
Over on Xbox 360, playable on Xbox One via backwards compatibility we have Darksiders from 1st April to the 15th April. Then on 16th April you can download Assassin’s Creed Revelations for free through 30th April.
Over on PS Plus, PlayStation players can download Drawn to Death and the couch co-op must play Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime. Both games will be available to PS Plus members from the 4th April.
All of which leaves April’s PS Plus line up looking like this:
- Drawn to Death (PS4)
- Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (PS4)
- 10 Second Ninja X (PS Vita, Cross Buy with PS4)
- Curses ‘n Chaos (PS Vita, Cross Buy with PS4)
- Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom (PS3)
- Alien Rage (PS3)
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