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Sony PlayStation Weekly Roundup-Demos, Downloads and Days Gone



This weeks Sony PlayStation roundup is focusing on recent announcements from the PlayStation Blog in regards to the best games of 2018, voted on by the public, as well as the most downloaded game from last year and some news about PS VR. Let’s get started!

Most Downloaded

The PlayStation Blog recently released a list of the most downloaded games of 2018 from the PlayStation store. Taking the top spot was Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 which isn’t too much of a surprise when you consider the strong grip that online multiplayer shooters still hold on gamers of all ages. The game also incorporated a new battle royale mode, a trial of which began on Thursday 17th January, which may have helped with sales due to the huge popularity of that game mode at the moment. The Call of Duty franchise is one that has stood the test of time and faced off against numerous competitors so even without the battle royale mode, it most likely would have sold incredibly well. Other additions to the top list include single player titles such as God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man and Red Dead Redemption 2 (despite the later release of Red Dead Online, Red Dead is still mostly single player). It’s great to see single player titles taking up a good portion of the list, especially since they make up the top five downloads. The PlayStation Blog also included the top ten PS VR games, Free-to-play games,  PS Vita games, PS Classic games and the top PS4 themes from 2018. I’ll add the link to PlayStation Blog here so you can check out all the lists in their entirety.


Best of 2018

PlayStation Blog also released the winners from their best games of 2018 poll. The public voted in 15 different categories to choose their best of the best from Sony PlayStation in 2018. God of War was one of the titles which came out on top, winning several awards such as Best Narrative, Best PlayStation exclusive, Best Performance for Christopher Judge as Kratos and the Best Soundtrack (a decision I highly approve of after also naming it as the best game soundtrack of 2018). The outcome of the poll is interesting as it shows the consensus of the general public rather a chosen panel of judges. The blog has also included the titles that came in second, third and fourth place as well as some honourable mentions so check it out here if you want to see how the gamers voted.


VR Demo Disc

The PSVR has many games available on the PlayStation store and  it’s possible to have a free try of several titles before you buy them. A free demo for the PlayStation VR was released on January 16th in the European PlayStation store with nine demos included. The games are all pretty great choices, such as Astro Bot Rescue Mission, SUPERHOT VR, Job Simulator and, if you really want to induce perpetual nightmares, Resident Evil 7 Biohazard Teaser Demo: The Kitchen. Demos often seem like a thing of the past, such as the old demos we would get enclosed in the PlayStation magazine, but they are still a crucial way of offering gamers a taste of what to expect if they decide to purchase a particular game. Have a look at the PSVR demos available here.


Trailer of the Week

Days Gone: The Farewell Wilderness Trailer

PlayStation exclusive Days Gone has recently received a gameplay trailer showcasing the world and environments of the game. The Farewell Wilderness trailer shows player character Deacon St John traversing the world on his motorcycle and highlights the danger that can be encountered. Not only is the terrain dangerous, such as muddy trails and caves, he can also be pursued by enemies as we see him being chased by wolves, Freakers and marauders.  One of the interesting points of the trailer is that we are told that when the pandemic first broke out, corpses were taken by train out to the wildness for mass burials. This explains the sheer number of Freakers that can be encountered and have been shown in various gameplay videos and trailers. The trailer makes it clear that exploration will be a dangerous endeavor in Days Gone, but the beauty of the large open world looks too inviting to resist.

Days Gone is due for release on April 26th, 2019 on the PlayStation 4.


Indie Game of the Week

Friday the 13th The Game

As one of the most popular horror franchises of all time, creating a Friday the 13th game was sure to have an impact of some kind and upon its release in 2017, it certainly created a stir of sorts.  Friday the 13th: The Game is an indie survival horror game released in May 2017 by publisher Gun Media and developed by Black Tower Studios.  Set in the fictional Camp Crystal Lake from the films, the game is a multiplayer title with up to eight players per game. Seven players control counselors and must try to survive whilst one lucky player takes on the role of the big bad Jason Voorhees as he hunts them down in an attempt to murder them. Friday the 13th had me hugely frustrated at times but underneath the issues, it is a surprisingly fun game that had me hooked for several weeks.

As a survival game, Friday the 13th is, for the most part, very entertaining if not somewhat limited. As a counselor, (who you will spend most of your time playing as due to Jason usually being the preference of players) gameplay revolves around attempting to escape from Jason before he has dispatched of everyone. Escape options are where the limitations begin. The player can either find gas, a battery and a key for a car getaway; find a propeller and gas to take to the water on a boat or find a fuse for the phone to call the police to come to your aid. Admittedly, these options do sometimes get stale and samey. However, if you are lucky enough to have a player who is committing to the Jason role and attempting to thwart your escape attempts at every turn, searching through cabins for gas and running to a car to desperately attach the battery can be exciting and nerve-wracking. The map is also a limitation in itself as although it is relatively large in size, it is the only map available. This means that once you’ve played a fair share of games, the cabins, houses, campsites and wooded areas all become far too familiar. The weapon choices and inventory items are also lackluster due to the limited choice. Despite this, I still found myself having fun and playing on the edge of my seat as I was being stalked by the hockey-masked murderer.

When you get the chance to play as Jason, the gameplay switches up and the urge to become a predatory menace becomes irresistible. Like Jason, you can stalk your fellow players with special abilities that allow him to sense them, teleport towards them and activate a rage mode where he can instantly break down walls and doors. Players will be highlighted in a red silhouette if Jason’s sense is activated and houses in which they are hiding will also light up in red. The only issue with this is the immersion break that can occur if the player controlling Jason is not actually playing the game. I once found myself in the midst of a game where Jason was spinning in circles and watching as some of the counselors spammed their dance emotes. Not exactly a nail-biting horror gaming experience. But if the Jason does go out of their way to stalk and kill everyone in the most gruesome way possible, it can be incredibly tense. Another game I played started with me searching through cabins when I suddenly realized I was the only counselor left alive. As I stumbled through the woods attempting to escape, I kept happening upon the bodies of previous victims whilst occasionally catching glimpses of Jason in the distance. When he did finally get me, I was not only suitably freaked out but also impressed at this Jason’s commitment to being as scary as possible. The way in which Jason’s presence becomes known is also a positive aspect of the game. Television static appears on your screen as he gets close and specific music cues will screech. As long as you have a Jason who is willing to play along, the game can definitely be a frighteningly fun experience.

Though plagued by a series of problems such as technical glitches, limited options,  long wait times for game servers and legal issues which have stopped any new content being released, Friday the 13th is saved by its genuinely scary atmosphere. It is a game that could bore some after a few games but I found myself going back for more just so I could revel in the horror setting and play as one of the most iconic horror villains of all times. Friday the 13th is a well-done indie title as well as being a respectable take on a classic film franchise.



Antonia Haynes resides in a small seaside town in England where she has lived her whole life. She's a simple girl with a passion for zombies, writing, film, television, drawing, superheroes, Disney and, of course, video games. Her ideal day would consist of junk food, fluffy pyjamas and video games because quite frankly going outside is overrated. Follow her on Twitter on @RainbowMachete

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  1. Jitendra mehara

    June 18, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Days gone game is not download my phone

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Watch the Trailer for ‘The Mandalorian’ the First Live-Action ‘Star Wars’ Series




Thanks to the arrival of the D23 Expo, Disney has revealed the first trailer for its long-awaited Star Wars original series, The Mandalorian.

Created by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), the series is set after the events of Return of the Jedi and follows Pedro Pascal as a mysterious, gun-slinging Mandalorian bounty hunter who navigates the seedier side of the Star Wars universe.

Along with Pedro Pascal, The Mandalorian stars Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, and Taika Waititi. The first season of episodes will be directed by filmmakers like Dave Filoni, Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow.

the mandalorian trailer

Here’s the official description of The Mandalorian:

After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

The Mandalorian begins streaming on Disney+ on November 12, 2019.

Check out The Mandalorian trailer below.

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Soundtrack Gets a Vinyl Release




While we don’t publish music news or music reviews here at Goomba Stomp, we are huge fans of vinyl and since we cover film, we figured this announcement would interest some of our readers.

Back in 2017, Jordan Peele’s Get Out topped our list of the best films of 2017 and while the year isn’t yet over, there’s a good chance his follow-up Us, will land somewhere on our best of the year list as well. There are many reasons why we love Peele’s ambitious sophomore film including for the suspense, cinematography, performances, and direction, but one thing that doesn’t get enough praise is the soundtrack by Michael Abels. And if you like us, love the original score, you’re going to love this bit of news.

After giving his Get Out soundtrack a vinyl release last year, Jordan Peele is now doing the same for the soundtrack to Us.

WaxWork Records announced the news earlier today and if you’re planning on buying a copy, you don’t have to wait since it is now available to purchase through the label’s website.

The soundtrack, which received a digital release earlier this year, features composer Michael Abels’ score, in addition to songs from Janelle Monáe, Minnie Ripperton and the “Tethered Mix” of Luniz’s “I Got 5 on It” that appeared in the film’s first trailer. The album artwork was created by illustrator Edward Kinsella and features an interactive die-cut mirror board back cover, a heavyweight art print and an exclusive essay from UCLA Professor, scholar, and activist Shana L. Redmond Ph.D.

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Trailer for the Twisted Dark Comedy thriller ‘Villains’




Alter has released the first poster and the official trailer for Villains, the upcoming dark comedy thriller which stars Bill Skarsgård (IT) and Maika Monroe (It Follows) as a couple who rob a gas station and scores enough cash to start a new life in Florida. Unfortunately for them, their getaway plans turn upside down and the young couple end up stumbling on much more than they bargained for.

Villains hits theaters on September 20th and was written and directed by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen. In addition to Skarsgard and Monroe, the movie also stars Jeffrey Donovan and Kyra Sedgwick. It’s co-produced by Bron Studios, Star Thrower Entertainment, Creative Wealth Media Finance, and The Realm Films. You can watch the trailer for Villains below.

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Beanie Babies: The Collectables with Heart

Toys We Love Spotlight



For our Toys We Love Spotlight, I’m looking at one of my personal favourites: Beanie Babies. I had collected so many of these growing up, and households worldwide in the 90s and early 2000s were sure to have at least one Beanie Baby in their possession (was it even the 90s if they didn’t?). These plushie companions were cute, cuddly, and collectable, so it’s not a surprise that the Beanie Babies craze swept the globe, forcing parents and toy collectors everywhere to dig into their wallets.

Beanie Babies had a few aspects to them that made them stand out from your average plushie. Firstly, they did not have as much stuffing as most soft toys. Whilst some thought that this made them look cheap, it also made them light, posable, and gave them a realistic feel and look. The bear Beanie Babies were particularly good to pose, and this set them apart from run-of-the-mill teddy bears. Another element that made Beanie Babies more unique was their special tag. Each toy had a tag attached which had the toy’s name, date of birth, and a quotation etched inside. The former was something that could have been a risky choice, as although it wasn’t completely taking away the child’s choice of name — there was nothing stopping them from just calling their Beanie whatever they wanted — a pre-selected name can be difficult to sell, as kids can often take great pride and pleasure in naming their toys.

It was a great success, however, and worked as a nice finishing touch for the Beanie Babies, adding a dash of personality and flair (something much needed in the often critically over-saturated soft toy market), as well as making each Beanie Baby feel like their own creature with their own little stories. Adding to that was the wide variety of animals that were available, such as Tiny the Chihuahua, Pegasus the Unicorn or Swampy the Alligator. This means that the desires of each individual child or enthusiastic collector could be catered to (I myself favoured the dogs and bears).

The puppies were my Beanie Baby of choice. They were all such good boys and girls.

The Beanie Babies also had their own way of tackling difficult issues in society, showing them to kids through the guise of a soft toy. I’ll give you an example through my own experience: I had a Beanie Baby that (as odd as it may sound) gave me more of an understanding of the horrors of September 11th. Weird, right? Allow me to explain. I was only just nine years old on that now-historical day when the twin towers in New York were attacked and so many innocent people lost their lives. I had come home from school (it was afternoon time here in the UK when it happened), and I remember my mum watching it on television in complete shock. She had watched the whole thing whilst I’d been at school.

I didn’t really understand what was happening to be honest. Even when I was watching the repeats of the plane crashing into the side of the tower, I was somewhat oblivious the gravity of the situation (though as a nine year old child, I suppose I could be forgiven for that). The news continued to report the tragedy for a long time, and my school held assemblies to discuss the matter. I knew people had died, and that made me very sad, but I remember thinking that people died all the time, so why was this one incident reported on so much? About a month or so after, TY released three Beanie Babies as a tribute to those lost during 9/11. One of these was a Dalmatian Beanie Baby called Rescue, and I wanted him the moment I saw him, not really knowing the true nature of his purpose. My mum obliged happily, knowing what he represented. I remember taking my little Dalmatian with the red collar and American flag on his leg home and reading his tag. It read:

To honor our heroes
who lost their lives in the
national catastrophe that
took place on September 11, 2001.
We mourn for them and express our
deepest sympathy to their families.
God Bless America

Rescue the Dalmatian was joined by America the Bear and Courage the German Shepherd. The Beanies were a set of three released to honor those who perished in the tragedy of 9/11.

I found Rescue in my room recently, and the memories flooded back to me upon reading it again. I remember looking into all the acts of heroism and bravery after reading Rescue’s tag, and that’s when the situation really hit home to me. I looked into the stories of firefighters and first responders and those who had died, as well as all the search-and-rescue dogs attempting to save people among the chaos. As a child, it can be hard to see past your immediate opinion and truly consider the sheer weight of a situation, but with Rescue’s help, I was able to see just how this event was indeed very different to anything I had ever seen before, and how serious it was. It was the first time I felt like I was thinking like a grown up. I looked at the world differently from then on — obviously as I got older, but also from my ability to think harder and search deeper. Honestly, I don’t know if I would have even bothered if it wasn’t for Rescue reminding me of exactly how much was lost on that day.

Rescue, perhaps the goodest and bravest boy of them all.

Beanie babies will forever be ingrained in culture. They are still bought, sold and collected even now and will remain a timeless staple of most of our childhoods. They certainly are for me. Especially you Rescue, the bravest firefighting Dalmatian the world has ever known.

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‘Shenmue III’ Gamescom Trailer Details a Day in the Life of Ryo



The original Shenmue games pioneered the open world genre, in part through their inclusion of many different minigames and side activities. The Kickstarter-funded Shenmue III looks to continue that legacy, as developer Ys Net and publisher Deep Silver have debuted a new trailer at Gamescom 2019 entitled “A Day in Shenmue.”

The developers provided the following description of the trailer via their latest Kickstarter update: “Exploring the town, playing minigames and battling! We hope it feels just how a Shenmue day should!” Sure enough, the footage showcases the series protagonist Ryo participating in a number of minigames, such as a boxing game and a pachinko machine. The end of the trailer also includes a good look at the series’ signature kung fu combat.

Beyond the new trailer, the Kickstarter update also noted that Yu Suzuki, the famed creator of Shenmue, will be present at Gamescom for autograph signings.

After numerous delays, Shenmue III will finally launch on November 19, 2019 for PS4 and PC via the Epic Games Store.

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