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A bit of a shorter intro this week, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still plenty to get stuck into. We saw Sony cause a stir by increasing the price of the PS5 in multiple countries around the world, we had a raft of game reveals from Gamescom Opening Night Live, a bunch of new game-to-TV announcements and plenty more to get video game fans excited and/or angry. You can catch up on all of the details in the news section below.
A quick word of warning; next week sees the release of the controversial Last of Us Remake on PS5, so you may want to stay away from, well, the internet for a little while if you’re not a fan of endless online bickering. We’ll be hearing an awful lot about that one over the next few weeks I’m afraid.
The Last of Us is one of modern gaming’s greatest achievements, if playing the best version of it is worth £70 to you, you won’t be disappointed. If not, the PS3 and PS4 versions are still just as essential as they always were. Pretty simple if you ask me.
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Take care everyone, I hope you enjoy the rest of the newsletter and have a lovely weekend!
Jeff
NEWS
Deals!
  • PlayStation’s Games Under £20 sale rolls on, with hundreds of games reduced to, well, under £20. The sale ends on August 31st. There’s also currently a bit of a Destiny 2 sale going on, which you can find here.
  • Sony are still offering 7-day free trials for their new Extra and Premium PlayStation Plus tiers, if you’re not already a subscriber.
  • Xbox are running a Ubisoft Publisher Sale with up to 75% off new and backwards compatible Ubisoft games, a Summer Spotlight promotion with new games and deals added every week, and an End of Summer Sale, with deals on over 300 games and add-ons.
  • There’s no specific promotion running on the eShop at the moment, but there are still hundreds of games on sale anyway.
  • If you’re looking forward to the new Monkey Island game, Fanatical currently have a Monkey Island Special Edition Bundle for just £2.25, which includes the special editions of both The Secret of Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2.
  • As always there are plenty of games on sale at the Epic Games Store and Steam, which you can find here and here. The Hitman Trilogy plus Hitman 1 & 2 access passes for 60% off is Steam’s Weekend Deal.
  • Finally, a quick heads-up that Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be free on the Epic Games Store next week.
More!
  • The Story of Steam Deck
Valve has released a digital version of a new booklet made for the Tokyo Game Show to celebrate Steam Deck’s release in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. You can view and download the booklet for free here.
  • GoldenEra
Seminal N64 shooter GoldenEye 007 celebrated its 25th anniversary this week, and in case you missed it, the brilliant documentary GoldenEra released not long ago. It’s available to buy on Amazon and is well worth a watch.
NEW RELEASES:
Not too much to shout about this week in terms of new releases, aside from the reportedly buggy, rough but still enjoyable Saints Row.
Next week sees the highly anticipated/hugely controversial Last of Us remake hit PS5. Much has been said about this remake and its £70 price-tag, but in the end, only you can decide if the upgrade is worth it.
What can’t be agued is that The Last of Us is one of the greatest and most influential experiences from any entertainment medium in modern times. Utterly essential if you haven’t played it.
(PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC) – August 23
(PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC) – August 23
(PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC) – August 25
(PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC) – August 25
(PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC) – August 26
(PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC) – August 26
UPCOMING RELEASES:
(PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC) – August 30
(Xbox, PC, iOS, Android) – August 30
(PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC) – August 30
(PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC) – August 30
(Xbox, Switch, PC) – September 1
(PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC) – September 2
(PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC) – September 2
(PS4, PS5, Switch, PC) – September 2
(PS5) – September 2
GAME OF THE WEEK
A randomly selected game each week! Any and all games are eligible for selection regardless of age, platform, popularity, or otherwise.
This week, the honour goes to…
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002)
After the revolutionary GTA III proved the series’ formula could work just as well in three-dimensions, Rockstar’s designers went all-out for its sequel…
More ambitious and more refined, the 80’s-themed, Scarface-inspired Vice City’s unparalleled atmosphere and sense of place (and peerless licensed soundtrack) means it remains the pinnacle of the series for many to this day.
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Microsoft’s Harrison Hoffman says streaming a game needs to be as simple as watching a movie on Netflix.
By Duncan Fyfe - Waypoint
How an unforgettable performance in Red Alert 3 became legend.
By Emma Kent - Eurogamer
Earlier this month Rockstar announced that it will no longer introduce any major new updates for Red Dead Online. Is it still worth playing?
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