Hello everyone, and welcome, to the Kinja-ified regeneration of Tuesday Game Room! With some big name games on the horizon, I thought it might be cool to bring back the ODeck's weekly discussion of all things video games. So let's get started, shall we?
What have you been playing this week?
I've not actually been playing much this week. I've been doing the occasional set of WoW daily quests with my Monk now that Patch 5.2 is out, and the odd round of Gold with my Collector Adept in ME3 here and there, but I've hit a bit of Game Doldrums now that I finished (and immensely enjoyed) Tomb Raider. I've got some recent games in my backlog to get through, like Metal Gear Rising and DmC, but what I've actually played the most this week is... Pharaoh. Yup.
I got a hankering for city building thanks to the release of SimCity, but was put off by the ridiculous, ever-growing controversy surrounding the game. So I decided to boot up one of my all time favourite PC games as a kid... and then promptly screw up several sandbox cities as I forgot how to do anything remotely useful in Pharaoh. The new city of Ursuskhamun is coming along nicely now though - might even build myself a Pyramid soon.
Gears of War: Judgement (Screw you America, I'm putting that E in, I don't care what the box art says) is probably the banner title for this week, and one I plan on picking up. I've not been the most ardent fan of Gears in the past, but I really enjoyed playing 3 with a buddy, both campaign and multiplayer. Whilst this looks like more of the same, I don't have a problem with that when it comes to a game like Gears of War. If you've got XBL Gold, you can now download a Multiplayer demo that focuses on the new competitive Horde-meets-Beast mode, Overrun. XP earned even carries over to the full game!
The other big releases this week are, rather surprisingly, exclusively for the Wii U - Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, the remake of the popular MH Tri for Wii, and Lego City: Undercover, the first exclusive Lego game in TT games' long running series. Not gonna lie, as a long-term support of the Lego games I'm kinda jealous of Wii U players, as Lego City looks really cool.
Anyone picking up something from the new games this week? Or looking to buy a game you missed out on?
And now, the News
As part of our new TGR reboot, I thought it might be interesting not just to discuss our week of playing, but some of the more interesting news topics from the past week of video games too. So here's a few select choices, via Eurogamer:
- The SimCity scandal continues as modders discover a 20-minute offline shutdown timer in the game's Code - Man, who would've thought that something as innocuous as SimCity would be 2013's big controversy? It's been an exercise in how not to manage a PR crisis for EA (addressing your server issues as 'People are enjoying the game so much, they're staying for longer than we thought!' has got to be one of the biggest blunders in Gaming Marketing I've ever heard), but will the Internet's favourite gaming punching bag learn from its mistakes this time round? Strong Sales might say otherwise, but yesterday evening's sudden (some might say inevitable) announcement of CEO John Riccitiello's departure could mean that the EA board is looking to react to the recent flak.
- A heartbreaking story about how Rome Total War II will immortalise a young Cancer victim - it's not really news, but this touching piece is a reminder of just how games can affect the lives of the people who make, and play them, forever.
- The future of the Dawn of War series is in doubt as Games Workshop hands the 40k license over to relative-unknowns Slitherine - Man, I'm going to be so bummed out if this means no more 40k games from the now-Sega-owned Relic. Whilst more tabletop-esque games might be cool, I've always felt that Relic were the first developers to really do the Warhammer 40k IP justice in gaming.
- Persona 4 Arena is finally out in Europe this May! - This one's practically just for me, but finally (oh god, finally), Persona 4 Arena gets a European release date. On May 10th - almost exactly 9 months after it was out in the US and Japan. Never has my desire to buy a fantastic game been so tempered by a righteous demand to not support Atlus' historically terrible treatment of Europe. Did any of you non-european Niners play this excellent fighting game when it came out?
And with that, our inaugural Tuesday Game Room comes to a close. 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!