It's another busy week as we head ever closer to the jam packed March madness, filled with Thieving, Vampires, Sentient Plants and the Undead. Sounds fun! So come on out of the shadows and steal yourself a look at this week's Tuesday Game Room!
What have you been playing this week?
Aside from even more World of Warcraft - I'm slowly progressing through the four wings Siege of Orgrimmar for the first time, which I have to say might just be one of the best designed Raids Blizzard have ever released for WoW - I've actually played some other games!
It was my Birthday this past weekend, and I ended up getting Lego Marvel for my PS4, and I'm having a lot of fun with it. It's probably the best Lego game yet, with an interesting open world, great Voice acting (oh my god, Troy Baker and Laura Bailey, two of my favourite VA who always crop up together in games, play Hawkeye and Black Widow, it's GREAT!), and most importantly, an entertaining and funny story. I've always been fond of the Lego games, and this one is definitely no exception. Also, quite nice looking on the PS4. Lego Rainbow Bridge, embedded with multicoloured studs!
(God I love the PS4 share button, even if the compression doesn't do it justice. Upload Studio and Share might be my favourite thing about next-gen right now.)
I also picked up a copy of The Lego Movie game too while it was on sale, so I'm gonna be pretty Lego'd out in the near future. I've still not seen the movie, so I'm putting off playing it for now, but it should be fun!
There's quite a few big titles this week (some more disappointing than others, judging by the reviews) - kicking off with Thief, the kinda-sorta reboot of the esteemed stealth franchise, hitting PC, PS3, 360, PS4 and Xbox One. Alongside it is Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 (PC, PS3, 360), the follow up to the surprisingly decent hack and slash action game from a few years back, and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, the insanely weird, Xbox-platform-exclusive co-operative shooter - yes, I said shooter! - set in the universe of the popular mobile game.
On the PS3 there's also releases of Tales of Symphonia Chronicles and Magus, and the Call of Duty Ghosts - Onslaught DLC map pack finally hits non-Microsoft platforms digitally. The last day of February this Friday sees the release of the latest puzzler from Level 5, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, on 3DS.
And now, the News
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Is Twitch Plays Pokémon symbolic of the importance of Game streaming? - heading into it's 12th day of semi-controlled chaos, the internet phenom that is tens of thousands of Twitch users simultaneously controlling a playthrough of Pokémon Red via chat inputs is still going strong, capturing hearts and minds, creating memes left and right, and spreading the holy word of Omanyte, the reborn Spiritual Deity that was once the Helix Fossil. But is the community-driven service of game streaming the next revolution of the Gaming Industry? Martin Robinson poses the question.
- Microsoft announces a UK-only Xbox One price cut, global Titanfall bundle - In what looks like a very desperate move, Microsoft have slashed £30 off the £430 price tag of the Xbox One in the UK only 3 months after launch, as well as revealed a worldwide bundle featuring a digital version of the widely anticipated Titanfall for no extra cost (which, technically, now makes the cost of an Xbox One and a game the same as the cost of a PS4 and a game here in the UK, even if the PS4 on its own is still significantly cheaper). It seems like a bizarre move from Microsoft, bundling in the biggest game in its current arsenal that is almost guaranteed to shift units, for no extra cost - even though it's more likely Titanfall's true success will be found on the 360 and PC, where there's a much wider userbase than on the fledgling Xbox One - but it is perhaps a sign that the company is starting to worry about the console's performance against the Playstation 4. Between Titanfall and Infamous next month (and not much after for either console), it'll be really interesting to see if these big exclusives have as much of an impact as Sony and Microsoft would really like.
- Sony could be revealing an Oculus Rift competitor at GDC 2014 - Now this is an interesting rumour. Could VR be coming to the Playstation 4? The idea of an Oculus-styled device from Sony has been heavily rumoured at since the middle of last year, a supposed Gamescom reveal pushed back. GDC's not far from now, so if it's real, we'll be hearing about this soon enough.
- Seth Rogen and Sony Pictures greenlight a movie about the original Nintendo vs Sega Console War - Based on an upcoming book by Blake J. Harris gathering interviews from hundreds of testimonies, this movie (paired with a more straight-laced documentary) is looking to to chart the rise of Sega in the 90's, and how this little game company that could ended up going up against the giants at Nintendo. It sounds like a fascinating book, but how will console warring fare in an adaptation to the big screen? Who knows.
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!