It’s Monday Let’s Goooo. Despite having an idea for something else to write this morning, I am now forever bound, at the top of the week, to duly splurge out these five or six paragraphs with a due sense of dread and the wild enthusiasm of a man threatening to cut his own hair. Ah, it’s been ages since I’ve used that one.
Anyway what better time for me to really get into the swing of the Recap round up than now because after last week’s cheeky little self plug about the Korn and World of Tanks event, I’m BACK with yet another round of self indulgent swooning about STUFF I’VE DONE. That’s right – me, me, me. This is my show, you know. Well; it’s stuff I had a vague sort of preliminary hand in anyway. Still beggars can’t be choosers; a lesson I am taught with increasing voracity by The Universe each week. I get it Universe, please leave me alone. Right, that’s enough of that. Let’s do this.
Stormzy’s Video is Shot IN-ENGINE in Watch Dogs: Legion
That’s right you lot. Not only is the man, the myth, the legend himself IN Watch Dogs: Legion, playing himself and giving out a mission within the game’s world, but he’s also gone and shot his music video in the game as well. Which is, let me tell you, pretty neat. When I think of music videos shot in games, it’s basically the 90’s CG fever dream that is Californication, or swathes of badly produced UGC takes in Minecraft or GTA, most likely using the music without a license. Ahem. Stormz mo-capped the video for Rainfall naturally when he was working on his part in the actual game, and It. Is. Amazing. I’ve gotten to watch this come together and I got shivers when I saw it for the first time. It feels like such a massive moment; the track is an absolute killer, and I truly hope it sparks more instances of artists working closer and more creatively with their favourite games. Watch it below, then.
Microsoft Made a Series X Fridge
Obviously. It might sound weird but I kind of like it when brands lean into their memes. They probably don’t want to lean too far though, or it’ll get all in their hair. I’m guessing Sony aren’t going to follow suit and release a modem or an airport terminal, which I think is typical of them quite frankly. Still, this mostly reminds me of when the band Bring Me The Horizon advertised Sandpit Turtle merch after the internet decided that would be a better name for their seminal 2013 record Sempiternal.
Both Snoop Dogg and tech blogger iJustine have been gifted a Series X fridge, and well, good for them.
When the meme becomes the reality.. @Xbox Series X Fridge!!!
— iJustine (@ijustine) October 24, 2020
I Finally Used Stadia To Play A Demo and WOW
This probably needs a whole post, so I’ll try to keep it brief – but upon scrolling through, I think it was my own Gmail (?) I got an ad for that Ubisoft game that used to be called Gods and Monsters but is now called Immortal Marcus Fenix Rising 3: Blood on the Reservoirs of Gondor. The ad told me that I could try it via Stadia for FREE, and we all know how much I like free things (he says while staring blinkedly into his next-gen-consoleless hands). I figured this should a) be super easy because Stadia, right? b) be a great way to try this new game that does actually look great, and c) be an interesting way to see if Stadia has gotten round to working yet.
And right, I was playing on my Macbook. I didn’t even have a mouse plugged in – which actually may have worked in the tech’s favour, I dunno. Basically, I had low expectations, but those low expectations at least were very much exceeded. In a matter of moments, I signed up via Google, and jumped into the game. No massive download, no client to install, no files to scurry off into the recesses of my computer never to be seen again other than in the form of being invisible CPU-hogging bastards. It just booted up, and it ran like a dream.
Now, I know Stadia has been widely considered a bit of a flop so far. But if the tech can work like this, at least for trying games, colour me excited for the next phase of this, or more likely, for Microsoft’s pop at the space with X Cloud. I loved just being able to try a game in a matter of seconds. ALL demos should be on this sort of platform. I feel like I miss out on a lot of PC Game Pass purely because I’m like ‘well, do I want another 46GB of space eaten up by whatever this is; do I want to wait for 46GB of files to be downloaded?’ All in all, it’s exciting stuff, and you can try Immortaling: Immoral Mortals of Morandium at the image link!
All the Real Journos Have a PS5 Now
It’s that time again, where us peasants get to gaze wide-eyed up at the divine and lofty positions of Media Folk Who Get Stuff Before We Do and For Free. Yes, it may be the US only at the moment, but that doesn’t stop your Twitter feed beating you to a pulp with images of other people’s PS5 boxes the moment you take a cursory glance at the website. And no I’m not bitter. Not one bit nu-uh.
Sony have sent their review consoles out en masse, but seemingly have embargoed a real unboxing and everyone is playing nicely so far. Irreverant (?) YouTuber Austin Evans has gone so far as to take the controller out, but that’s basically all we’ve got to see of the actual contents so far. New hardware is always an exciting time in our industry and I’m loving the buzz, even if it is making me obnoxiously jealous. Austin’s controller unboxing is below if you want to look, and I’m sure by maybe next week we’ll have a million fully-fledged innards splurging vids for you to ogle at. Yum.
October / November Is Going to Kill Our Wallets
I know this happens every year but honestly, it feels immensely unmanageable right about now. Can I get through Watch Dogs before Cyberpunk comes out barely a couple of weeks later? Where am I supposed to fit Assassin’s Creed in? WHY am I suddenly tempted to go back to Destiny? Will I ever get round to playing Control on my Twitch channel? Probably not. Anyway, there’s a lot out over the next month or so, so here’s a few picks and some dates to mark in your calendar / call your bank manager about. Big thanks to Games Radar for being Real Journalists and posting this info!
- Watch Dogs Legion [PC, PS4, XBO, Stadia] – October 29 (
- Dirt 5 [PC, PS4, XBO] – November 6
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla [PC, XSX, PS4, XBO, Stadia] – November 10
- Destiny 2: Beyond Light [PC, PS4, XBO, Stadia] – November 10
- Xbox Series X – November 10
- Playstation 5 – November 12
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War [PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO] – November 13
- Cyberpunk 2077 [PC, PS4, XBO, Stadia] – November 19
Aand that’s it for this week. Will we ever get over the new console excitement? Probably. Hopefully I’ll keep having personal projects to post in here, but that seems quite wishful at this stage. Still, two weeks in a row; I will take that. Have a great week all, and come catch us on Twitch this evening from 8ish!