JOE Gaming Weekly - Sifu is basically a video game version of The Raid
A must-play for anyone who loved Streets Of Rage back in the day and wanted a modern equivalent.
Welcome to JOE Gaming Weekly, your weekly round-up of all things gaming.
Or, specifically, the one big game you should play this week, the one big piece of gaming news you need to know about, and the one big deal available to purchase this week.
So off we go!
MUST PLAY OF THE WEEK
Imagine, if you will, a big melting pot. And into that pot goes Streets of Rage, Kill Bill, Dark Souls and The Raid. The end result would be Sifu.
An incredibly difficult beat-em-up, you play as a character trying to get revenge on the five people involved in the murder of your father, using the skills he taught you to absolutely destroy the gangs of henchmen that stand between you and justice.
A very specific combat system allows you to make the most of your fists, feet, weapons, pretty much any flat surface nearby, in order to inflict as much damage as possible, while the life system is intensely unique: each time you die, you age, and as you age, your health goes down but the damage you can inflict goes up.
Sifu is available on PS5, PS4 and PC right now.
BIG NEWS OF THE WEEK
Finally, an update on Bayonetta 3!
Bayonetta 2 came out in 2014, and fans have been anxiously awaiting the return of the gun-totting witch since the threequel was first announced in 2017. Five years later and it has been mostly quiet in terms of the game's release, but finally this week, Platinum Games vice-president Hideki Kamiya gave IGN some news:
"If you look at the trailer, hopefully that should reassure you that we have been hard at work on development, and it should also show you that there are a lot of new elements in this game that were not in Bayonetta 1 and 2. I hope the footage released so far will fuel your expectations for this game.
"At the beginning of the trailer, viewers might have been confused about what game it was for, and then we introduced some enemies, and still it was kept unclear, and then Bayonetta appeared. I think the fact that we were able to pull off this misdirection in the trailer shows that the new game has its own colour. Bayonetta 3 looks a little different, and it includes some new types of gameplay, so I hope players will find it fresh."
DEAL OF THE WEEK
There are three types of gamers. One: you already own Battlefield 2042, in which case this is of no consequence to you. Two: you've never had any interest in any of the Battlefield games, so again, this isn't for you. Three: fans of Battlefield, but you want to wait a little while after the game has launched for the first major markdown in the price.
For that specific group of gamers, we've got some good news for you...
Battlefield 2042 is available on the PS Store marked down from €69.99 to €41.99 until Wednesday, 16 February.
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