POINTNCLICK’S Top Video Game Picks For This Week

July 23 – July 29 Edition

You know what’s boring? News. Especially news about games no one cares for! Never fear, POINTCLICK is here to curate the videogames WE’RE interested in, and the ones YOU might want to play this week. Fortunately, the POINTNCLICK crew has a delectable, buttery spread of opinions that will (hopefully) ensure a nice range of diverse and interesting games. Some weeks individuals may not feature, some weeks this article might not exist, but if you’re reading this now I’d say this probably happened.

David’s Pick

No Man’s Sky – Next

Release Date: 24th of July

When No Man’s Sky released two years ago, I was more positive than most. Here’s what I said:

No Man’s Sky has its fair share of flaws. It is a surface level game which has a hard time keeping you engaged in its content. However, its relaxed approach, and simple, yet functional design, is the perfect combination to keep you exploring strange and beautiful worlds while you watch a show, listen to a podcast, or just need some peace.

I stand by this assessment of my own personal experience, though, I completely understand why many were left devastatingly disappointed. Now, two years on, the word is circulating that this free Next update could finally bring the game up to par with its expectations at launch, and I am really excited to see if this hope rings true. Probably the biggest change for me is that No Man’s Sky is actually going to become some sort of coop survival game. Anyway, if you want to dive into the nitty gritty of everything this update has to offer, check out the Eurogamer article. Also, if you want to read a really interesting interview with Sean Murray about literally EVERYTHING that transpired, before and after release, go check out Waypoint’s article.

Oh, and it’s coming out for Xbox One!

Josh’ Pick

2064: Read Only Memories INTEGRAL

Release Date: 26th of July

2064: Read Only Memories is a game that was at the top of my interest list when it was first released. Unfortunately, it came out around the same time as a million other games, and I had to let it fall to the back catalogue. I was overjoyed to hear that 2064: Read Only Memories INTEGRAL was coming to the Switch, as the portability of the console has increased my game play time substantially in the last few weeks (sorry, Bec.) The cyberpunk aesthetic, the mysterious story, they’re a check in every box for this “big narrative poofo”.

One problem though… INTEGRAL is not yet releasing in Australia (CLASSIC!) So it looks like I’ll have to make a U.S. account on my Switch to alternate between chapters of Octopath Traveller. Thanks, Nintendo.

David Edit: If making a US account scares you, don’t let it! Buying games from different regions is simple as buttering bread on the Switch! Just make a new user and set its region as US. You can still play it on your main user.

Lauren’s Pick

No Man’s Sky – Next

Release Date: 24th of July

So, I really enjoyed No Man’s Sky when it came out. The exploration was super fun, even if it was repetitive, and I LOVED discovering other people around my galaxies. It kept my attention for a good 20 hours or so before I switched it off and felt no need to play again. Now that it’s coming out for Xbox One, I have one word for you: achievements.