Summer of Gaming Online game events round-up
Several online game events have kicked off in the past few days, featuring announcements, reveals and interviews. We have rounded up the highlights so far!
Future Games Show — Watch stream
- Skater XL — Gameplay
- Wastelands 3 — Gameplay Trailer
- Remothered: Broken Porcelain — Release Date Trailer
- Disintegration — Developer Presentation
- Paradise Lost — Gameplay Developer Presentation
- Neon Abyss — Release Date Trailer
- Sherlock Chapter One — Developer Presentation
- Liberated — Trailer
- Ghostrunner — Trailer
- Cris Tales — Trailer
Guerrilla Collective highlights — Watch stream
- Roki — Pre-Launch Trailer
- Cyanide & Happiness: Freakpocalypse — Gameplay Trailer
- Divinity Original Sin 2: The Four Relics of Rivellon — Official Trailer
- Star Renegades — Official Animated Trailer
PC Gaming Show highlights — Watch stream
- Mafia: Definitive Edition — Story Trailer
- Evil Genius 2 — Gameplay trailer
- Persona 4 Golden — Gameplay
- Torchlight 3 — Early Access trailer
- Twin Mirror — Story Trailer
Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?
Who voiced Mario and Luigi in the infamous CD-i game Hotel Mario?
- Marc Graue
- Charles Martinet
- Stephan Weyte
- John William Galt
Theme Park World was a Sim game too
Bullfrog’s Theme Park World was launched as Sim Theme Park in North America because Maxis was the big management game brand there. Theme Park and Theme Hospital were strong brand names in Europe, so there was no need to associate the game with the Sim series on the other side of the pond.
Maxis General Manager Luc Barthelet said he was actually pretty jealous that his studio didn’t come up with the idea, but appreciated the opportunity to be a small part of the story. Maxis eventually featured a theme park system in the 2013 Sim City reboot.
Edna & Harvey: The Breakout Review
Developer: Daedalic Entertainment
Version tested: Nintendo Switch
Get ready for a wild adventure as Edna and her floppy-eared toy Harvey attempt to escape from a mental hospital. The 2008 point-and-click adventure was remastered and launched for PC last year, and is now arriving on Switch. While the remaster is perfect for fans of the wacky tale, it’s not the best introduction to the genre.
If you’re a hardcore point-and-click enthusiast, you’ll definitely enjoy the 20-hour story – but the cryptic puzzles are likely to stump newcomers. The controller isn’t as elegant as the classic mouse control either.
Edna & Harvey: The Breakout looks great, and the new high-resolution art makes it look like a late-night cartoon from the late oughties. The bright palette and exaggerated character designs result in a unique look suitable for a point-and-click game. You can also flip between the original and remastered art, although it’s mostly a nostalgic touch for fans of the original.
The game runs well and looks good on the Switch screen, but the lack of touch screen controls are a missed opportunity since the game is completely pointer-driven. Instead, you have to move the cursor using the right stick, which can be frustrating and imprecise, especially when puzzles have a timing element.
Edna & Harvey: The Breakout is a great remaster for fans of the original, but it doesn’t really fit the Switch platform particularly well. Die-hard fans might be able to forgive some clumsy input, but if you’re just looking for a nice point-and-clicker then beware that the mix of awkward input and hard puzzles can try your patience.
This Week In Gaming
Paradise City or zombie apocalypse?
The classic real-time tactics series Desperados returns on Tuesday alongside Disintegration, an FPS with RTS elements. On Friday you can return to Paradise City in Burnout Paradise Remastered, or do exactly the opposite in The Last Of Us Part II.
Tuesday – June 16
- Desperados III launches on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4
- Disintegration launches on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4
Friday – June 19
- Burnout Paradise Remastered launches on Nintendo Switch
- The Last of Us Part II launches on PlayStation 4