Get ready to whack Ghandi in the face with some goddamn culture this week, guys - there's video games coming out again! Good Ones! Well, one. But it's it's a great one, on this week's Tuesday Game Room!
What have you been playing this week?
I've had a bit of a rough week thanks to some family business, so the only real gaming I've done has been in WoW. I'd cancelled my subscription a while ago, but discovered I still had some time left before it expired, so I hopped back in to Azeroth and rolled up Telsandre, a Night Elf Hunter. WoW is a game I can get lost in when I don't want to think about real world things, as familiar and comforting as a warm pair of slippers on a cool winters eve, and I've been really thankful for it lately in taking my mind off of things going on around me. I'll probably resub for a few months again, just to try out the raid content I missed out on and get ready to smash Garrosh Hellscream in his annoying chops during the Siege of Orgrimmar that's coming up soon. Also, Midsummer Festival Fireworks! Always nice to watch Stormwind's sky light up for July 4th, even as a non-yankeedoodle (I suppose the Alliance has some sort of Independence Day alternative at some point in their history, too!).
Oh, and I also played 400 Days, the special add-on for The Walking Dead game (because what do you need from games after an emotional week? Why, crushing depression of course!). I really liked it, and if you want to know some spoilery thoughts on it, check out my post here.
*Gasp* A video game! A few actually, but the biggie for this week is the latest expansion for Civilisation V, Brave New World which adds a bunch of cultural and tourist based elements to the game for players to achieve peaceful victories with. And Maria I of Portugal! On consoles, you can throw around some handegg with the latest college football title NCAA Football 14, or on PS3 only enjoy Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection 1987-2012 which gathers a veritable boatload of Metal Gear games (MG1 and 2, MGS1-4, Peace Walker and the VR missions) in one package, in time for whenever the hell Metal Gear Solid V is coming out.
And now, the News
Once again it's time for a (slightly extended!) few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Does Xbox One Come with a Headset? Yes. No. Yes! No? Yes! No. Yes!!! ... Maybe? Definitely No. - At this point, I don't think anybody knows what's going on with the Xbox One, not even Microsoft. Is Redmond on fire or something? I don't think I've ever seen a hardware reveal this obfuscating and confusing before. Don't worry too much though, Microsoft are supposedly working on an adapter to use Xbox 360 headsets on XB1, otherwise: Kinect is always there for you to shout at instead.
- Lightning can dress up as Cloud Strife in XIII-3 - Haha, yes S-E, ultimatroll! I actually quite like Lightning, but the furore this outfit is creating amongst the FF fanbase is delicious to watch roll out. That said, it's a little depressing that this is in fact the closest Final Fantasy VII has been to HD gaming.
- Xbox One's Reputation System will pair Trolls with Trolls, Reward friendly behaviour - This actually sounds really neat, and if it works, could help XBL begin to shed its own reputation as a wretched hive of scum and villainy. That, or it could release Yog-Trolloth, Elder God of Internet Assholes.
- Broken Age, the Double Fine kickstarter darling, is split in half under money woes - I'm not really sure how I feel about this, even though I didn't back the Kickstarter in the first place, but at least Double Fine owned up to this. It'll be interesting to see how Broken Age does eventually, merely from the perspective that it is pretty much *the* poster child for Kickstarter Games... if this is the first sign of issues, it won't end well. That said, I really hope that this doesn't impact on Brad ':D' Muir's awesome-sounding Massive Chalice. The world needs more Brad Muir!
- GTA V's First Gameplay Trailer introduces you to Michael, Franklin, Trevor and the vast, crazy land of Los Santos - THIS GAME LOOKS PRETTY FUCKING INCREDIBLE, YOU GUYS.
- One more thing that is perhaps not wider gaming news, but I thought I should mention it: It was announced yesterday that Ryan Davis, ex-gamespot editor and co-founder of Giant Bomb, died last Wednesday, aged 34. He was not only an admirable journalist in the industry, but a brilliant, engaging on-screen performer, effortlessly hosting the Giant Bombcast (ensuring the podcast never missed a Tuesday airing since it began 5 years ago, even in his absence), and many other GB events for the site both in-house and at events like PAX. Giant Bomb is one of my favourite gaming websites, and in a way was one of the first to pioneer essentially personality-driven, video based gaming coverage since its founding in 2008. The Games Press has lost a great talent, and Giant Bomb fans have lost an endearing, affable friend. He's survived by his wife, whom he married the weekend before his passing.
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!