The Week in VG - SGDQ & July's Free* GwG/PS+ Offerings
The guys over at gamesdonequick are currently putting on their bi-annual speedrun marathon, Summer Games Done Quick. The marathon started last Sunday the 24th and runs until tomorrow, Sunday 1st July, and contains non-stop speedgaming goodness. The production quality keeps increasing every year, the stream is run really well and the runners are so talented, as are the guests on the couch that provide a running commentary of the antics that are going on. The whole thing is done for charity, with the Summer editions going towards Doctors Without Borders, and they always raise an insane amount of money, with last years edition hitting $1.75 million and this year already over $1m. They're one of the biggest forces for good in gaming and put out a great show every year, a highly recommended watch.
The July edition of Xbox Games with Gold and Playstation Plus offerings have been announced by Microsoft and Sony respectively. On the Xbox players are getting Assault Android Cactus and Death Squared for the Xbox One, and Virtua Fighter V Final Showdown and Splinter Cell Conviction for the Xbox 360, as always both Xbox 360 games are playable on Xbox One via Back compatibility. On first look it's not the best month Microsoft have ever put up, 3 of the titles are available digital for $15 with Splinter Cell at $20. Assault Android Cactus is an arcade style twin stick shooter, which did review pretty well when it came out. Death Squared is a fun little co-op puzzle game that plays up to 4 players and is pretty clever. Two retail titles for the 360 offering, though neither the best in their respective series. A good variety of games, but no stand out big offering.
It's a similar story on Playstation this month with PS4 receiving Absolver and Heavy Rain, PS3 getting Rayman HD and Extreme Exorcism, and Vita receiving Space Overlords and Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma. Heavy Rain is the most well known title, made by Quantic Dreams who just put out Detroit: Become Human. The slow paced story based games won't be everyone's cup of tea, and though they tend to review well and look great, they can be a put off if you are after something with more action. Absolver is a martial arts fighting RPG, it seems pretty average if I'm honest. Rayman is always good for a fun time, and is the standout of the rest of the offerings.
Overall, not a particularly amazing month for either platform, fans of Heavy Rain might disagree and it's games like that in these offerings that do well, something that a player might not normally buy that they get to try for free*.