It's double the dose of superheroics this week, as Batman begins in Arkham Origins, and the Marvel Universe gets Legoised in the latest brick-based adventure from Travellers Tales - so don that spandex, niners, and get ready for a comical edition of Tuesday Game Room! KAPOW!
What have you been playing this week?
Like (what feels like) the rest of the world, in the bit of gaming I have done this week, it's been with Pokémon X. Well, specifically, I keep being distracted from playing the actual main bit of Pokémon thanks to the wonderfully addictive minigames for supertraining and Pokémon Amie, Pokémon Amie is just way too adorable, you guys. I've been petting and feeding and playing with my Gogoat, Braixen, Wartortle, Meowstic and now Hawlucha (ITS A BIRD THAT'S ALSO A LUCHADOR, WHAT) to make them happy, and in turn improve their chance of evading attacks and landing crits in battle. I would be perfectly fine with Nintendo cutting this out of Pokémon X/Y and spinning it off as the next Nintendogs, because I would play the shit out of that.
Holy cow, this week kicks off the Holiday gaming season! There's a veritable bevy of releases this week, heralding the wave of games to come as next-gen gets closer and closer. Batman: Arkham Origins (and its handheld version, Arkham Origins: Blackgate), the third entry in the acclaimed series - but the first not made by Rocksteady - hits world wide on basically every platform this Friday. Marvel gets some representation too, with the release of LEGO Marvel Superheroes on the same platforms too. Animé fans aren't left out either with the hilariously titled Naruto Shippunden Ultimate Storm 3 Full Burst on 360, PS3 and PC, and The Sims 3 gets another expansion pack in Into The Future on PC.
Downloadables have strong week too, with Two Brothers on PC this Friday, and Borderlands 2 gets a Halloween-themed DLC in TK Baha's Bloody Harvest, and then there's absolutely nothing at all on the 3DS eShop this week your Honour. Nothing at-
GWAAAH! How could I forget!? Of course: the long awaited western release of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies hits eShop exclusively this week - Capcom aren't releasing a physical copy so get it while it's hot 3DS gamers, and prove that this wonderful series has a home outside of Japan!
And now, the News
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Pokémon gamers: Don't save inside Lumiose City! - Nintendo have put out a warning to all Pokémon fans playing through X and Y at the moment: Don't save your game inside Lumiose City, as there's a chance a nasty bug could permenantly corrupt your precious save file (which sounds like a horrendous Pokéversion of trauma!). They're working on a patch to fix it that would also save any corrupted games, but for now, stay away from saving when you're specifcially in Lumiose's outer ring.
- Now it's Driveclub unexpectedly ditching its next-gen launch - Ooh err, first Watch_Dogs and now this! It's a bit of a blow for Sony, perhaps the first true blunder of their build up to PS4, with now only two retail exclusives - Knack and Killzone - due out on day one. Contrast, a small artsy platformer replaces Driveclub as the free PS+ offering for now, and Driveclub's PS+ edition will return whenever the full game does early next year. Boo, I was looking forward to this!
- Naughty Dog says The Last of Us on PS4 is a no-go - Double boo! This GOTY Contender stoked the fires of hope for a swanky next-gen port a few months back, but ND have quickly thrown water on it, despite their earlier teases. I'd love to get a chance to play TLOU on my future PS4 someday... maybe I'll just have to wait until I can stream it on Gaikai.
- Blizzard DOTA aka Blizzard All-Stars is now aka Heroes of the Storm - Geddit? Cos a Blizzard is a storm! Heh. Blizzard's long-awaited entry into the MOBA Market featuring a host of its famous characters has gone through yet another rebranding since its reveal 2 years ago. Next month's BlizzCon is set to give us a bit more information on the game with yet another 'unveiling'.
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!