- The Last of Us Part II officially out, critically-acclaimed and being review-bombed on Metacritic
- Persona 4 Golden Steam release was a success, says Atlus
- Room View 3D for SteamVR now available for beta users
- Baldur’s Gate 3 is actually not longer than the entire Divinity: Original Sin 2 game
- Cyberpunk 2077 is backwards- and forwards-compatible on both Playstation and Xbox
Today I’m starting a fun and possibly exciting mini-project for the Big Meanie Games blog: I’ll be writing up daily summaries of important gaming-related news.
(how long this lasts, nobody knows)
So here’s the gaming news that fit to print for Friday, June 19, 2020!
The Last of Us Part II Out Now: Critically-Acclaimed and User-Hated
The Last of Us Part II officially released earlier today to generally stellar reviews. But all is not well in Joel and Ellie-land, since it’s currently at a Metacritic user score of 3.3 (that’s out of 10) despite an extremely favorable critic score of 95. This is allegedly due to concerns about the game’s story – this writer, however, chose not to pursue the comments any further to avoid getting his *beep* spoiled by 13-year-olds.
Atlus: Persona 4 Golden Steam release “a success”
Atlus sent out a heartwarming tweet today, thanking fans for the success of recently re-released (that’s a lot of re-s) Persona 4 Golden on Steam. Data on steamspy indicate somewhere around 200-500k P4G owners at this time.
SteamVR Releases New Room View 3D Feature for Valve Index Owners
Well, not only did Valve Index owners score a free copy of Half-Life: Alyx (aka the absolute best game and experience in VR), they’ll also get an update to one of the camera view settings in the launcher. For non-SteamVR users, SteamVR offers a couple of options for room boundaries so you don’t accidentally run into a TV: you can display a playing area grid, or have your front-facing cameras project what’s currently in front of you. Up until now, that feature was a bit rough around the edges – your room would look weirdly proportioned when viewed in this manner.
Keep in mind that this feature is only available to SteamVR users on the BETA track. You can enable the beta by going to your Steam library, enabling the “Tools” filter, going into SteamVR properties, and then navigating to the right-most tab aptly called “BETAS”.
Baldur’s Gate 3’s first act shockingly NOT longer than the entirety of Divinity: Original Sin 2, says Escapist Magazine
In “news that surprised no one”, Escapist Magazine (aka home of Zero Punctuation) updated their original article to reflect that the first act of Baldur’s Gate 3 (developed by Larian Studios) will actually not be longer than the entirety of Divinity: Original Sin 2. I’m a little bummed myself because I spent 170 hard hours on D:OS2 and I was looking forward to putting in, oh I don’t know, maybe 500 hours into Baldur’s Gate 3.
Source: Escapist Magazine
Cyberpunk 2077 backwards-compatible on both Playstation and Xbox
Developer CD PROJEKT RED offered assurances earlier today that the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Cyberpunk 2077 would not only be backwards-compatible with the PS5 and Xbox Series X, respectively, but would also take advantage of the newer hardware via software patch.