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MOOD SWINGS #5
Fortnite reigns supreme.

MOOD SWINGS
By MIKE HAZLETON & JAY TEE
01/03/18

MOOD SWINGS?

Besides being the obvious side effect to a hormonal outburst, ‘Mood Swings’ is a weekly editorial crafted by our editor Jay Tee, alongside contributions from the JTGA team. It’s like a series of extended tweets, ranting or raving about something terrible / great that’s happened to us that week in our gaming lives.

It serves as a weekly collection of random musings designed to provide a snapshot of what we’re doing, things you should be excited for, and stuff to avoid as you navigate the choppy waters of this wonderfully unpredictable hobby.

Anything, from reactions to a new game announcement, surprising breaking news, to our cat just nibbled our thumb sticks, can be found here. Each “Mood Swing” will be tagged with either a green, yellow, or red Tarp badge. This represents a visual indicator of our reaction.

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HISSY FIT - There can be no denying the meteoric success of both PUBG and Fortnite. However, the Battle Royale genre is hardly anything new, with games like H1Z1 finally coming out of Early Access screaming “We’ve been hear forever!”. And yet, the higher ups behind PUBG have continued to cry foul and demonstrate an arrogant, standoffish nature toward their rivals. I’m sick of it. Threats of legal action and ‘ongoing investigation’ are the sort of playground politics reserved for lunchtime spats. There is room for more than one game in a genre! I’d argue that Fortnite’s environmental destruction, base building mechanics, and overall polish have elevated it far beyond PUBG’s perpetually serious tone and janky textures. I know, “to each his own” and all that, but it’s tough to get on board with them when those responsible for PUBG’s PR seem determined to torpedo their own efforts. It reeks of desperation and pettiness, and with Fortnite’s constant stream of updates and ever increasing player count, they should refocus their energy and let other folks do their thing. - JAY TEE

RING THE CHANGES - The announcement that the Playstation Plus Instant Game Collection would no longer support PS3 or Vita in March 2019 has been a long time coming. Both pieces of hardware are old, and the PS4 is selling like mad, so it makes sense that support for legacy platforms would come to an end. I think it’s also very generous of Sony to give everyone such a long notice period, allowing anyone who feels aggrieved to rethink their yearly commitment… although I’d imagine this would be a very small group. The one part I’m struggling with is how does this affect the quantity (or quality) of PS4 freebies beyond next year? When viewed alongside the recent subscription price hike, surely we should be looking at a broader range of current gen giveaways? The lineup for March 2018 (and to be fair, January and February as well) has been stellar, so hopefully this is an indication of positive change, and that this trend will continue well into next year. - JAY TEE


   

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STARDEW SUPERSTAR - The Switch has certainly found its feet after a cracking first year, with Nintendo knocking the first party software out of the park as is customary with their console launches. However, my most played Switch game is without doubt Stardew Valley. The indie, pixel graphics would put me off playing it on Xbox or PC, but it feels right at home on Switch, especially on the smaller screen where the vibrancy of the colours and wonderful sound design can really pop. This is what handheld gaming is made for. The day-to-day format of the game keeps you hooked, just wanting to experience one more day in Stardew Valley to reap your latest swathe of crops. More where this came from please developers! - MIKE

PROJECTOR MADNESS - Last week, I played Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, in split screen, on a 120 inch projector screen. Ooosh. - JAY TEE