We sift through the daily junk to find what matters in video games each and every week, to bring you the stories and games you care about. This week in gaming news, Assassins Creed Origins, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and Super Mario Odyssey all release in what is 2017’s biggest week of games, Original Xbox Backwards Compatibility launches with 13 playable games, and Sony is announcing 7 new games at Paris Games Week.
Top New Games This Week
Assassins Creed Origins [Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC] – 85 Metacritic Score
“Assassin’s Creed Origins is a deep-dive into a truly stunning realization of ancient Egypt, with a rich series of cultures, genuine characters, and more mission variety than any other game in the series. The combat is challenging and thoughtful, and while the loot system doesn’t match up to games like Destiny 2, there are enough different weapon types and enough enemy variety to keep you swapping between weapons, catered to the situation. The RPG elements encourage challenges of their own, and even despite a handful of bugs, I desperately wanted to keep playing.” – IGN
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus [Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC] – 89 Metacritic Score
“Above all else, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus takes a very hard stance on the righteousness of killing Nazis. It never falters, not once asking whether violent resistance is the wrong way to fight back against oppression–and the game is stronger for it. The series’ tongue-in-cheek attitude provides a respite from both the horrors of the Reich and the frustration of throwing yourself against its all-powerful war machine. And despite some heavy-handed moments that feel like missteps in its message, satisfying Nazi-killing action bolsters its completely bonkers storyline in a way that only Wolfenstein can achieve.” – Gamespot
Super Mario Odyssey [Platform: Switch] – 97 Metacritic Score
“Super Mario Odyssey is a masterpiece. It surprised me regularly, delighted me constantly, and smashed my expectations in ways I’d never have predicted. The deftly woven combination of nostalgic themes, intuitive gameplay, and incredibly inventive design make this not only the best Mario game to date, but one of the most joyful and compelling games ever made.” – COGconnected
Top Stories This Week
Original Xbox Backwards Compatability Releases for Xbox One
In a surprise unveiling, 13 original Xbox games are now available to play on Xbox One, officially launching the Original Xbox Backwards Compatibility program unveiled at E3 this year. More on this here.
Sony to Announce 7 New Games at Paris Games Week
Sony announced that it will unveil 7 new games at Paris Games Week 2017. E3 was only half the story, according to Sony. This announcement also comes with 21 game updates across PS4, Vita, and PSVR. More on this here.
Accidentally, Gamecube Controllers Now Work on the Nintendo Switch
In the most recent Nintendo Switch update, Gamecube controllers now work with the Nintendo Switch via the adapter for the Wii U. According to Nintendo, they were as surprised as gamers everywhere. This only adds fuel to the fire of Gamecube titles coming to Nintendo Switch via virtual console. More on this here.
Sunset Overdrive 2 Project Looking for a Publisher, Could be Multi-Platform
Insomniac Games is looking for a publisher for Sunset Overdrive 2 (YES!). Microsoft seems to not be in the bidding for the exclusive IP – and the game could go multi-platform depending on the publisher. Additionally, Insomniac Games states that the game would be massive in scope. More on this here.
Kinect is Officially Discontinued
Microsoft has officially discontinued the Kinect, announced this week. No more units will be manufactured, and although Microsoft will continue to support those with a Kinect, it is no longer a part of their strategy moving forward. The technology behind the Kinect lives on through Hololens, Cortana, and other Microsoft projects. More on this here.
Last Week’s Opinion Piece
I reviewed Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Wii U. Check it out below.
What Mattered Last Week
Once again, The Act Man has published a video that I wholeheartedly agree with. A great video with some very valid points – The Act Man speaks for gamers everywhere when he battles against Microtransactions.
And that’s what matters this week in video games! Let us know in the comments below if we missed anything noteworthy. Until next week, this is Mythic United signing off.
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