So you guys. Last week definitely happened, right? Yeah, that was crazy. But screw the uncertain future of the next generation and what the hell exactly Microsoft and Sony have planned, we've got video games to talk about! It's time for Tuesday Game Room!
What have you been playing this week?
The majority of my gaming time this week went to Star Trek Online, thanks to the release of Legacy of Romulus which I've really enjoyed (despite the severe lack of personal customisation for Romulan ships... also the fact that the D'Deridex suuuuuuucks). My Romulan has just hit the cap, but I've still got some story quests to do some I'm just finishing those off. Apart from taking the fight to the Borg, he's chilling out in the R.R.W Tytonidae. All my Romulan ships have been named after Latin genera of Birds of prey - this one is the humble Barn Owl, because the Ha'feh class Warbirds kinda drift and float like Barn Owls when they're coming about in combat:
If you thought the last few weeks were dry, hoo boy. There's only two noteable releases this week - a stack of DLC for the popular hardcore strategy game Crusader Kings II hits the PC (The Old Gods, Hymns to the Old Gods, Norse Portraits and Norse Units), and to the 360 and PS3, Fuse, Insomniac's first multiplatform game after years under Sony's wing.
Fuse was debúted as a cartoon-styled, slightly camp shooter called Overstrike, before it was taken into the EA partners programme and reconstituted into... well, the picture up top, a kinda generic-y looking, blandly coloured shooter. And, like several other EA partners games before it, it's kind of been ignored in terms of advertising. We'll find out if the changes made to appeal to a 'mature' audience reflect in Fuse's favour when reviews hit.
And now, the News
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Microsoft Reveals the Xbox One - The headlines were obviously dominated last week by info (or the lack thereof) on Microsoft's successor to the Xbox 360, revealed in Redmond last Tuesday. Kinect 2.0, TV deals, Instant Switching... not many games were shown, outside of a Forza 5 announcement and the reveal of Quantum Break, a new IP from Remedy. It's all fine, but honestly, I don't know what to make of the XB1 yet, because of the lack of gaming talk. We'll hopefully see more on that front, from both MS and Sony, at E3 next month.
- Molyneux's Curiosity project is over, 'Winner' gets to be part of development on his new Kickstarter game - I love Peter Molyneux, in all his grandiose, overhyping glory, but the 'life changing' secret that awaited 18 year old Bryan Henderson of Edinburgh (hilariously, he only downloaded the App on that last day) left a little to be desired. Your own say on a Molyneux God Game and a cut of the profits is neat, but not really worth Curiosity's intrigue.
- Xbox One's Used Game Policy: Nobody has a clue, not even Microsoft - And this was the other big news of last week, when Phil Spencer screwed up big time and supposedly revealed a charge on the ability to play Second Hand games on the new Xbox. People were whipped up in a frenzy as one MS representative denied it, another confirmed it, Xbox Support washed their hands of the incident, and Xbox evangelist Larry 'Major Nelson' Hyrb put out a statement that basically said 'NOBODY KNOWS SHIT YOU GUYS'. It was ridiculous, frankly, on Microsoft's part. Industry sources across gaming press have gone from confirming a user fee, to confirming there is no fee, and back again, over and over. So who knows? We might find out at E3, considering how rapidly this has blown up in Microsoft's faces.
- The next Call of Duty has a mocapped Dog. MOCAPPED DOG! - The shining light of the Xbox One reveal turned out to be Colin, the German Shepard used by Infinity Ward to mocap animations for Call of Duty: Ghost's canine companion. Minutes after his reveal a joke Twitter account cropped up, and thus the Internet rejoiced. Dogs are the current face of the next generation!
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!