Hello there you wonderful person! Welcome back to the FGV winner post. We had a bit of a big detour with the E3 competitions, but E3 is very much in our rearview mirrors now. We’re now in July and most of you going to school are enjoying that sweet, sweet gaming time and making all us adults jealous who still need to get up early in the morning.
Weekly wrap up!
We started off the week with our post detailing the July game releases and you can see there how July is often considered the slow month. I always thought of this time as the time to catch up on the first half of the year’s games and it seems this year is no different.
The biggest news story this week was the one where Sony said the PS5 will be a niche console for serious gamers and it gave me an existential crisis about whether or not I’m a serious gamer. I think my total kill count in games proves I am. I must be somewhere in the millions at this point.
We had some great exclusives as well with Charlie giving us seven games that are perfect to spend 10 minutes on. Dawid also talked about the next generation and how it will be a battle of the exclusives.
Comment of the week!
Our Burning Question for this week asked which game in recent years deserved more love and it sparked some fantastic discussion. But not as fantastic as our comment of the week from Admiral Chief Umbra:
What can I say? It’s just lame enough to make us old, old men laugh and that’s what life is about, isn’t it? Laughing and Fanta.
We won’t quite get to the epicness of last week’s winners, but Super Mario Maker 2 is a really good prize to go back to normal with. We even got some awesome goodies to go along with the game. You know it, I know it, there can only be one winner and that lucky so and so is none other than:
Congratulations to Otto for winning this week’s prize! We’ll be in contact with you soon to get your prize to you. Make some levels and send us the code, we’ll be happy to give it a bash.
Thanks to Nintendo South Africa for sponsoring this week’s awesome prize!
What’s happening this weekend?
If you’re ever wondering what the SA Gamer crew does on weekends, don’t wonder anymore! Here’s a little breakdown of how we’ll be spending our weekends:
Dawid: This weekend it’s me and another return to Hope County in Far Cry 5. Easily the Far Cry game I’ve enjoyed the most – what’s not to love when you get to shoot religious extremists for fun? Other than that it’ll be the Super Rugby final, Wimbledon tennis and cricket. No, I mean real crickets. It’s way more interesting than the Proteas. [Savage burn on the Proteas there, dawg. Also, slaying religious extremists is great fun and all, but my highlight of that game was the fishing. There’s something special about one man going up against the world with his large rod.]
Garth: I plan to live, breathe and eat Final Fantasy XIV. I might even cry it, but that is a whole article’s worth of explaining. Of course my plans aren’t perfect, so there might be a trip to the cinema, a role-playing group and more. [Garth told us all week on the Discord chat how he had no idea what he was doing anymore in Final Fantasy XIV after not playing so long and I completely understand. That game requires an economics degree and about 1,000 hours of experience riding Chocobos to really get going.]
Charlie: I will probably be having a pretty busy weekend. There’s still some Cricket World Cup going on, it’s the Super Rugby Final and I’m planning to drink some beer and eat Pizza with the Wookiee. Other than that, I’ve been handed a game to review this weekend, so I’m looking forward to giving that a bash and tell you all about it next week. [These two charlatans are having pizza without me and I don’t think I can find it in my heart to forgive them. I am shook.]
Tim: Surprise surprise… I’m still very much into my review games from last week. Unfortunately, something bad has happened to my Super Mario Maker 2 and I cannot access anything online. So while I may be designing some more courses this weekend nobody will be able to play them. On the positive side though CTR‘s first Grand Prix event went live and while I have already tried my hand at a few of the challenges I suspect the rest will be taking the bulk of my weekend playing time. Of course there’s some cricket and visiting too – so lots to look forward to. [I got legitimately angry at Nintendo for denying my boy his Super Mario Maker 2. If they don’t fix it soon, I might have to pitch up to the Nintendo office with a carton full of eggs and a boombox blasting Fight The Power.]
Marko: My gaming life is awesome again after a long dry season. I have so many games to play on PC, even more games on my PS4 and whoever stole my Switch probably has a lot to play too (too real). DMCV will be getting a big focus this week and I will rotate all the various games that allow me to shoot people in the face. I reach a zen-like state whenever I can shoot people in the face. It’s frankly worrying.
And so that’s our first Free Games Vrydag for the second half of the year! Yeah, I can’t believe 2019 is more than halfway done either. The second half is looking crazy when I look at the game releases and I foresee a lot of fun and awesome prizes in our future. Stay tuned for whatever we cook up in next week’s Free Games Vrydag!