#32: Secrets of the Jedi order

TODAY: Bet you’ve never heard about the Hyundai Comboy — Ubisoft unveils fresh new premium subscription service — Secrets of the fallen Jedi order revealed by Game Informer

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Longer life with revised Nintendo Switch model, expected end of August

Technically, there’s another Nintendo Switch model releasing in 2019 after all, following the official announcement of the handheld Nintendo Switch Lite. The new model isn’t the rumoured upgraded Pro model however, but rather a hardware revision featuring longer battery life.

The current Switch model HAC-001 has a battery life between 2.5 and 6.5 hours depending on what is being played. The newer revised Switch model HAV-001(-01) improves battery life a bit, to between 4.5 and 9 hours. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild could be expected to last 3 hours on the initial model, and 5.5 hours on the new.

Juice! More juice all around

The Switch Lite model HDH-001 offers more juice too, boasting a battery life of between 3 – 7 hours – but the new standard console revision is definitely the juiciest. Technical comparisons are available on the official Nintendo website. The gist is that Nintendo is bringing the improved CPU architecture and NAND memory powering the Switch Lite to the regular Switch, ensuring the best possible hardware compatibility.

The new HAV-001(-01) model is expected to hit shelves by the end of August 2019, while the Switch Lite will launch September 20, 2019.

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

Not including team-ups, how many Spider-Man games have there been?

  • 25
  • 28
  • 31
  • 35

The answer will be revealed at the end of this issue!

News Bits

Ever more “Joy-Con drift”, no fix yet

Gamepads always get worn out after a while – especially in the hands of eager twitch gamers or rage-quitting controller-throwers – but lately there’s been a growing number of complaints about the Joy-Con analogue sticks.

The sticks are reporting input without any movement, and causing ‘drifting’, such as the camera angle changing by its own accord. What’s worse: many gamers report that their Joy-Cons start drifting after just a few months of use – and there’s no word from Nintendo on any fixes yet.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot lets us play as Vegeta, Piccolo and Gohan

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot – developed by CyberConnect2 and published by Bandai Namco – will feature playable characters than just Goku, even though he hogs the limelight. We’ll get to play as Vegeta, Piccolo and Gohan as well. In addition, Chiaotzu, Tien Shinhan, Krillin, and Yamcha appear as support characters. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot launches in early 2020 for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Daily Fact

Nintendo Entertainment System was once marketed as Hyundai Comboy

Due to the lingering animosity over Japanese Imperialism before and during the Second World War, Korea showed real aversion towards cultural imports from Japan. For example, no-one were allowed to buy game consoles made in the Land of the Rising Sun!

Thanks to a loophole, Nintendo was able to re-brand the NTSC model of the Nintendo Entertainment System as ‘the Hyundai Comboy’ by Korea’s Hyundai Electronics. The Comboy didn’t fare particularly well since the market was crowded by several other, similar consoles – but was still followed by the Super Comboy and Comboy 64, which eventually grew rare enough to become collector’s items.

The ban on music, TV and film imports remained in place until 1998, when South Korea started opening its market to Japanese cultural products in exchange for an apology for Japan’s brutal colonial reign over the Korean peninsula. Even then the ban remained partially in place – Japanese video games were only fully legally permitted for sale in South Korea on January 1st, 2004!

Weekly Deals

What are ya buyin’?

We’re kicking off our first set of weekly deals with some must-have titles. If you’re looking for a solid game that you can play online with friends, Rocket League is an excellent pick. It also has a pretty lively esports scene, if you really get into it.

Alternatively, if you want something to kick back and play through across multiple days, Life is Strange is a strong adventure game with emotional twists and turns. Remember, the first episode is free so consider giving it a go this week!

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Nintendo Switch) £11.09 @ Nintendo eShop

Rocket League (Xbox One) £4.99 @ CDKeys

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (3 Months – New Subs Only) (Xbox One/PC) £10.99 @ Microsoft Store

Life is Strange Season Pass (Eps. 2-5) (PS4) £2.89 @ The Game Collection

Nioh (PS4) £11.85 @ Base

Superhot (PC) £4.04 @ CDKeys

Crazy Taxi (Xbox One/Xbox 360) £2.36 @ CDKeys

That wraps up the deals for today, with more scorchers arriving later on this week. If you’re eyeing up the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, remember that Gears 5 will be releasing on September 10th, and the £11 Game Pass is the cheapest way to play it.

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain and Resident Evil 4 also becomes available on the Game Pass later this month – and a good number of the available games are playable on PC too!

Daily News

Over 100 Ubisoft titles revealed for Uplay+ subscription service

Ubisoft’s monthly subscription service called Uplay+ will be available starting September 3, 2019. What’s part of the $15 per month package? Over 100 Ubisoft titles will become available to play, and that includes many premium and special editions – though not all.

Forking over that sweet cash money gives you access to every Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, Might & Magic, Prince of Persia, Rayman, Silent Hunter, The Settlers, Tom Clancy, Watch Dogs game – and more. Ubisoft also promises that subscribers will enjoy the “earliest available access” to future Ubisoft titles.

Surrender your credit card for a free trial, and then forget to cancel

Take it straight from the horse’s mouth: “With Uplay+, access a growing catalog of 100+ Ubisoft premium PC game editions, including new releases, classic titles and beloved franchises.”

Naturally there’s some fine print with that: “Where premium or special editions of the game are indicated (for example: Ultimate/Gold/Deluxe Editions), please note editions included in Uplay+ may not include all premium content. Game list and final edition(s) subject to change.”

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint and Watch Dogs Legion are among the ‘coming soon’ crowd – in gold and ultimate editions, respectively. Pretty much every Ubisoft game released will be available. Visit the official Ubisoft Store for a full breakdown of Uplay+ and its title catalogue.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order inspired by Rogue One and Rebels

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – revolving around the struggle of a lone, young Jedi forced to hide his identity – was mainly inspired by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the TV show Rebels for its artistic direction, reveals developer Respawn Entertainment.

Game Informer’s trip to the Respawn offices revealed lots of news. For example, the studio is looking into a photo mode, but is more wary about a New Game Plus as it would “kind of break things” if you could start with everything, according to director Stig Asmussen.

You will apparently start off with Force Slow as your first ability, enabling you to slow enemies and environmental features. Your map is an in-game hologram, you can use your lightsaber as a flashlight, and in a nod to Dark Souls, seeking revenge on an enemy that kills you will recover your lost XP and receive a health boost.

Stay on target – optional enemy lock-on is best

Unsurprisingly, the game will offer the “best experience on a high-end PC,” according to Asmussen, while Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro will lead the pack for consoles. Fallen Order won’t feature gratuitous dismemberment, and you’ll most likely be limited to slicing and dicing droids and creatures – not aliens – but this is still under consideration. Combat is supposed to be accessible, following the philosophy “press a button, you get a thing” – so no crazy combos!

There are “moments of exotic gameplay” that include for example piloting vehicles, but these are one-off moments. Other notable features include your little companion BD-1 lighting up according to sitation: Green if he’s ‘happy’, or red if there’s danger and your health is low. Furthermore, the young Jedi hero’s clothes, lightsaber and ship Stinger Mantis are all customisable. Oh, and Respawn are trying to avoid all loading screens for that silky-smooth seamless Star Wars experience!

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order releases November 15, 2019 for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

News Bits

Resident Evil 5 & 6 are out October 29 for Nintendo Switch

Capcom is bringing some of Umbrella Corporation’s traditional brand of corporate malfeasance to Nintendo Switch in October, with Resident Evil 5 and 6 offering classic zombie extermination mayhem. Both games will include support for local and online co-op play, so you can shout angrily at your friends instead of the AI.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Lite announced for Nintendo Switch

No, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Lite isn’t some exciting new exclusive for the upcoming Nintendo Switch Lite – it’s just the free-to-play version of Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2. It is, however, coming to the Nintendo Switch after launched for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in March. Curiously, it’s only a ‘limited time release’ according to a leak.

Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Not including team-ups, how many Spider-Man games have there been?

Answer: 35 games!

The very first Spider-Man game was released in 1982 for the Atari 2600, and since then 35 proper Spider-Man games have been released across platforms as diverse as SEGA 32X, N-Gage, Commodore 64 and – of course – PlayStation 4.

Spider-Man has done everything a Spider-Man can, including sandbox action games, platformers, beat-em-ups, and even some weird Kellogg’s cereal tie-in for iOS. All of which culminated in last year’s Marvel’s Spider-Man, the greatest game of the lot. Well worth the 35+ years of development time.

It’s a huge number, it doesn’t even include team-ups! There are plenty of titles where Spider-Man joins up with Captain America or the X-Men, and that’s to say nothing about the various Marvel vs Capcom games, Avengers titles, LEGO games – or for that matter his double-act alongside Venom in Maximum Carnage. The most recent is Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, which is out this week and features Spider-Man – and a few of his friends, like Mile Morales and Gwen Stacy.

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