The X Factor train was in serious danger of derailing this week, what with crooner Robbie Williams having to jet off for tour dates aboard. Fortunately, CHIC’s Nile Rodgers has stepped in to cover, though spare a thought for the Robster; he did lose an act during last week’s live results.
Elsewhere, EastEnders celebrated a huge milestone this week, as it’s been a whopping 20 years since Billy ‘no mates’ Mitchell appeared on the show. Fair play to actor Perry Fenwick for sticking around so long playing arguably Walford’s biggest loser.
Speaking of ‘Enders, jack-the-lad Danny ‘I’m fucking Danny Dyer’ Dyer has told his daughter Dani that she ‘would have been good’ on warts-and-all dating show Naked Attraction. I’m not really sure that’s a compliment.
Rockstar’s cowboy simulator was always going pull in some serious dough, although it’s interesting to see just how big of a success it’s been so far. Red Dead 2 is second only to GTA 5 as the biggest entertainment launch ever, and because it launched on a Friday, it also nabbed the biggest opening weekend of all time. Even Black Ops 2 couldn’t manage that, which speaks volumes of Red Dead 2’s pulling power as Treyarch’s sequel was bloody huge enough. At this point you probably don’t need convincing to buy it, but in case you do, read Colm’s verdict.
On a more serious note, it also emerged this week that a leak posted by Trusted Reviews cost the site £1 million in settlement fees, which Rockstar Games opted to donate to three charities.
Fair play to Ninty for flogging over 22 million Switches; considering the battering it took with the Wii U, it’s good to see the House of Mazza has got back on the bike. Switch did a lot of things right though, not just from a hardware perspective, but in terms of marketing – Nintendo actually made it clear what the console was about, something which they cocked up massively with Wii U. The question now is if they can continue the current momentum into the new year.
Let’s face it, Sony was never going to please everyone with its lineup, and there’s definitely some good stuff coming to PlayStation Classic. Despite this, the omission of some of the console’s biggest hitters are perplexing: where’s WipEout 2097? Gran Turismo 2? Tomb Raider? Okay, so you’ve got Resident Evil, Final Fantasy VII, and Metal Gear Solid, but still, some conspicuous absences there, Sony.
Given the fact DmC failed to meet expectations at retail, it’s probably safe to assume that Devil May Cry 5 has more riding on its shoulders than Resi 2 in regards to pleasing Capcom bigwigs. After all, the undead behemoth is Capcom’s biggest-selling franchise to date, and the name alone is enough to sell anything under the brand – even guff like Operation Raccoon City sold over one million copies. Add in the fact it’s a remake of one of the most revered survival horror games ever, and you’re laughing all the way to the bank.
Sony chief and wearer-of-dodgy-gaming-shirts Shawn Layden promised we’d get more info on MediEvil on Halloween, and sure enough, the format holder polished off a new trailer this week. To be fair, it looks exactly what you’d expect; It’s MediEvil, only prettier and smoother than it was 20 years ago. And really, that’s all you want, right? No point in mucking around with what made the original so great; just give it a lick of paint, maybe tighten up some of the mechanics, and Bob’s your uncle.
Welp, that’s it: Ninty’s revealed the full 74-strong launch lineup for Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Waluigi is not in the mix. To be fair, the format holder somehow managed to make 40 minutes pretty enjoyable; Ken and Incineroar were pretty cool, and the announcement of Piranha Plant as a post-launch character was definitely not expected. I’d personally rather play as a Goomba or a Koopa Kid, but whatever. Elsewhere, the Spirits and new adventure mode-style offering look surprisingly comprehensive, and are sure to help flesh out the Smash experience beyond the bread-and-butter brawls. The paid-for DLC is a bit naff; although, given the number of characters we’re getting out of the box, it’s hard to complain – just give us Waluigi, and all is forgiven.
I’m told Undertale was superb, so I can see why this whole Deltarune thing was such a big deal. I mean, it’s not everyday you get a free game in your lap, and certainly not one from a developer of Fox’s pedigree. Okay, so asking people to keep mum on Deltarune for 24 hours wasn’t ever going to work, but he did at least finally clarify a few things today: chiefly, the game is not a sequel to Undertale, and it’ll be awhile before we see chapter two. Still, it’s free, so give it a spin.
Happy weekend y’all.