Adventurers, Eorzea calls for you once more! The Playstation 4 edition of Square-Enix's excellent FFXIV do-over spearheads this week of video game tomfoolery, but there's plenty more to discuss. Don your black mage hats, saddle up the Chocobos and go forth, into Tuesday Game Room!
It should come as no surprises that I've been playing Final Fantasy XIV on PS4 this week. An unfortunate Amazon screw up meant I missed out on the early access weekend, but nonetheless, Taroro has ventured in Eorzea once more, Thaumaturge training out of the way and well on the path to becoming a Summoner. Now that I've set up a keyboard for party chat and tweaked the UI size down a bit, it's probably my preferred version of the game - considering my PS4 can run it at a higher framerate than my PC can, at what is the equivalent of max PC settings. Oh, and something awesome: if you purchased any version of the Collector's Edition (I got the PC one for a scandalously cheap £30 on launch), you get the digital bonus rewards on every platform - as well as the new goodies that were added to the new PS4 CE, which were a new mount a Moogle vanity pet. It dances when there are other Moogles nearby, so cute!
It's a very light week again, and like I said in the intro, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn for PS4 is the big release of the week. PS4 players play on the same servers as PC and PS3 users, and every copy comes with a free 30 days play time - and if you do want to subscribe, you don't need PSN+ to play the game online, just the game sub. Go forth in the light of the Fat Chocobo, friends.
Elsewhere, it's that time of year again for football fans, and EA are celebrating with 2014 FIFA World Cup Brasil, available only on PS3 and Xbox 360. Trials Fusion, the next in Red Lynx's long running motorbike stunt puzzlers, is out on Xbox 360, Xbox One, and for the first time on a Sony console, appearing on the PS4 as well. Releases are capped off this week with Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars on Vita and 3DS. I'll just leave Kotaku's Mike Fahey to describe this one:
It's part Japanese role-playing game, part dating sim, set in a society where teenagers branded by god visit church to sire children. It's not nearly as suggestive as it sounds. Maybe it is.
... alrighty then.
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Firaxis takes to PAX East to announce Civilization Beyond Earth, a spiritual successor to Alpha Centauri - PAX East was a little quiet for big announcements this year, but Firaxis managed to steal the show with the incredibly promising announcement of a Sci-Fi take on the Civilization series (it's really hard not to write 'Civilisation' when talking about this franchise, dammit) that will follow in the footsteps of the studio's revered 90's classic, Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri. Alien worlds! Humanity's destiny! New life! New Resources! Spaceships! And even better, it'll be out later this year.
- The infamous Atari ET landfill is being excavated on April 26th - Video game historians already know of the legend of the ET Landfill, when untold, unsold copies of the Atari 2600 version of the movie tie-in game (so astonishingly bad it's now the banner child of the great Games Industry crash of the 1980's) were purportedly dumped into a landfill in New Mexico in 1983. But now film makers and excavators behind a new documentary, co-produced by Microsoft's Xbox TV, have revealed that they'll be digging the site in two weeks, and filming their discoveries. What will they find beneath that Alamogordo soil? A lot of dirty copies of a really, really shitty game, probably.
- Act Surprised! The Last of Us is coming to PS4, remastered - the existence of a port of Naughty Dog's smash hit apocalypse game for the new Playstation has long been a known entity - rumours quickly grew to acknowledgement as leak after leak trickled out of Sony, who denied it all along, up until one final accident (a banner popping up on Sony's online store) finally prompted the company to 'reveal' The Last of Us Remastered. 1080p resolution, a 'targeted' 60FPS, higher res models as well as bundled DLC in the form of two Multiplayer packs and the well-received Left Behind add-on will be included for $60 when the game hits this Summer.
- Nintendo dials the crazy up to 11 with a western port of Tomodachi Life - It's been a solid news week for Nintendo, with new Mario Kart 8 info and a big Smash Bros. blowout revealing Charizard, Greninja and a host of other characters for the upcoming game's roster, but the absolute best news came from the utterly bizarre, totally sublime announcement that Tomodachi Life - a hysterical slice-of-life sim starring your Miis - is coming to the west in June. Words cannot truly describe the majesty of Tomodachi Life, so just... just watch the video. Tomodachi. Tomodachi. Tomodachi. TOMODACHI. Oh god.
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!