JOE Gaming Weekly - Uncharted is back to remind us how awesome it is
We get to (re)play some of the greatest games of the decade this weekend!
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
Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection
If you haven't played them already, let us make this very clear: the Uncharted series is one of the best gaming series of all time. For the Legacy of Thieves Collection, both Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy have been given a PS5 upgrade, making this set of already-beautiful-looking games somehow look even more beautiful.
Uncharted 4 is already less-known as one of the best PS4 games ever, but The Lost Legacy has been disappointingly looked over - perhaps because series stalwart Nathan Drake is not front-and-centre, replaced by the equally adept at treasure hunting duo of Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross.
The gameplay mechanics are as seemless as they've ever been, with precision platforming, scalpel sharp shooting sections, and properly brain bending puzzles keeping the flow varied and interesting, all tied to some great stories that Indiana Jones and/or Lara Croft would be envious of.
Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection is available on the PS5 from Friday, 28 January.
BIG NEWS OF THE WEEK
EA announces three new Star Wars games, including a Fallen Order sequel
Star Wars: Fallen Order was a critical and commercial success for Electronic Arts, meshing the much-loved world of a galaxy far, far away with the gameplay style of Dark Souls, so it would stand to reason that a sequel would be in the works.
For almost a decade, EA had the exclusive rights to the video game adaptation of the Star Wars universe, but that is no longer the case, with both Massive Entertainment (The Division) and Quantic Dream (Heavy Rain) with their own Star Wars games in development.
But that doesn't mean EA are giving up on Star Wars, as this week they've announced they've got no less than THREE new Star Wars games in the works. The first is a sequel to the hit Fallen Order game, while the other two remain untitled, but details revealed that one will be an FPS along the lines of Star Wars Battlefront. The other is said to be an XCOM-esque strategy game, with EA in co-development on this game with Bit Reactor, a new studio formed by former XCOM developers.
So, in short, if you like Star Wars games, we're going to be spoiled for choice over the next few years...
DEAL OF THE WEEK
Tetris Effect: Connected
Everyone already knows Tetris.
Tetris Effect moved the puzzle block game on to another level, with some beautiful imagery and soundtrack, giving the whole thing an ambient mood, while still proving to be a proper test of your problem solving and reflexes.
Connected takes that game and makes it multiplayer, allowing you to play online with your friends, with a single room holding up to eight players. Additionally, this version is cross-platform, so if you've got mates playing on their Xbox, you can join them on your PlayStation, and vice versa.
Tetris Effect: Connected is available on the PS Store, marked down from €39.99 to €19.99, until Wednesday, 2 February.
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