The barren wastelands of the summer gaming lull might finally be done for - there's a whole cavalcade of treats on the way this week. From the Brothers Mario to Scrooge McDuck, we've got all the details in this week's Tuesday Game Room!
What have you been playing this week?
Although there are new games coming out, I'm still on the Warcraft train. This week's raid lockouts reset tomorrow, so I'll be spending my time pelting arrows at bosses in the hopes of shiny new loot. Come on, Voice of the Quilen. Daddy wants his brand new Ranged Weapon!
Now that my WoW log ins have become strictly to perform daily bits and bobs like Scenarios and dungeons, I've found time to slot in another game. Well, I say game. It's not even actually a real game... yet.
Yes, from one MMO to another, weirdly enough most of my gaming time this week has been preoccupied with running the Benchmark for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and its bundled-in character creator. Yes, I'm insane. At just £15 for a new copy I couldn't say no to preordering after being entranced by the shinies held within the benchmark test and doing some extensive reading up on Square-Enix's do over. I'll stick with my Man-Cat Miqo'te Lancer as my first character... but that didn't stop me making another 10 of them and saving their appearances to transfer over to the full game. I like making pretty people (so pretty), so sue me!
VIDEO GAMES! We're on a roll!
Mario and Luigi: Dream Team hit North American 3DSes this past Sunday, bringing another slice of Mario-themed RPG hilarity to the handheld, with the rest of the week shored up by the likes of Charlie Murder, this week's Summer of Arcade XBLA release, and Ducktales Remastered on Steam and PS3. Payday 2, the sequel to the Bank robbing FPS Payday: The Heist makes its way to PS3/360 PS3, and then Grand Strategy abound in Europa Universalis IV, which hits PC and Mac.
Oh, and if you're crazy enough to pay above-board prices for cheap mobile games, Angry Birds Trilogy finally makes its way to Wii and Wii U. Seriously though, who on earth is buying these when they can be got for a miniscule price on phones and tablets?
And now, the News
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Xbox One's 'Home Gold' feature erases family plans, allows Gold Access to be shared across accounts on one console -Microsoft have revealed a few more details on why they're discontinuing the Xbox Live Family plan at the end of this month, which is to usher in the new Home Gold system that will be found on XB1. As long as one account tied to an Xbox One has Xbox Live Gold, any account on that Xbox, regardless of their status, can utilise gold-level features such as online multiplayer, Netflix and ESPN. Which is a cool thing, considering Microsoft have also revealed several base XB1 functionalities like Game DVR (which lets you record game footage), Skype, and even the 'OneGuide' TV DVR system are placed behind the XBL Gold Paywall.
- A Challenger Appears? Amazon might be ready to launch an Android Game Console - After the not-exactly-brilliant adoption of the Ouya, android's gaming poster child, this might not be the greatest idea... but Amazon functionality (especially considering their Digital Download service just hit the UK) and rumours of some heavyweight core developer involvement abound could lead to something rather intriguing indeed.
- XCOM: Enemy Within achievements spotted on Steam, reveal due at Gamescom - We will be watching, Commander.
- An insight into the world of video gaming in China - The Eurogamer staff offer a fascinating look into the growing popularity of gaming, from arcades to expos, in the People's Republic of China.
- Xbox 180 Ver. 3.0: Microsoft confirms the Xbox One will now function without Kinect Plugged in, Kinect can be completely disabled via Console settings - As someone who games in a space that makes Kinect pretty much unusable (and honestly, as someone who has zero care for Kinect in general), this is very, very good news. Add to that the renewed hope of a cheaper, Kinectless bundle, and I would seriously begin to consider the Xbox One sooner, perhaps even over PS4. Gamescom next week will be interesting.
We'll be back this time next Tuesday for more gaming discussion, but for now, sound off in the comments with the games you've been playing, and what you're looking forward to this week - and don't forget to join us on Steam!