Wololo's and suicidal villager charges at the ready - it's another slow week, but that won't stop Tuesday Game Room!
What have you been playing this week?
Still in my post-Bioshock Infinite 'I can't stop thinking about this game' phase (one that is unlikely to fade soon, if the 2200 words I wrote on the game's music on Sunday is anything to go by! Spoilers at that link, by the way), so it's been a relatively light week. I have been playing a bit of The Behemoth's delightfully irreverent platformer, Battleblock Theater, though.
I've loved The Behemoth since Alien Hominid and the stellar Castle Crashers, and whilst I was doubtful of BBT's appeal, especially considering it's taken them yonks to put out, it's a lovely and fun platformer that's not Meat Boy-tight, but not float-y either. It's got a great look to it that looks gorgeous in HD and blown up on a big screen, the humour is well written, and Will Stamper's narration is fantastic, without being overbearing. Worth the 4 year wait? Probably not, but it's still a fun little game.
Yes, I'm reusing this gif. So sue me! But man, if you guys thought last week was dry... well then consider your expectations lowered!
Age of Empires II HD is out this week. That's your big release. Seriously. You know you're in the doldrums when the HD release of a - super awesome - RTS that's 14 years old is your banner release. Be warned though, Pessimippopotamus has found that despite AOEII's brilliance, all might not be well in the Age of Empires...
But hey, it's not all bad - Halo 4's Castle Map Pack came out yesterday, as well as a host of tweaks and additions (multiteam, yay!) that make Halo 4 closer to the game it should've been 6 months ago. I might start playing again now!
Anyone picking up something new this week, or dipping back into your backlog?
And now, the News
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Lucasarts, 1982-2013 - In the last week, the gaming industry lost one of its legends, as the House of Mouse shuttered Lucasarts development in favor of potentially licensing out their lucrative stable of IPs. Yes, Lucasarts has been on rocky ground for a long time now, not having released a particularly good game in 9 years, but that doesn't make this loss any less gutting. The Force will always be with you, Lucasarts.
- Video Games break into the top of Classic FM's Hall of Fame for the first time - Both the Elder Scrolls series and Final Fantasy sat in the top 5 alongside Rachmaniov and Williams. Video games are art, you guys?
- Even more 'reports' suggest controversial details about the next Xbox - As someone who invested heavily in Microsoft's ecosystem this generation, I can't help but begin to feel extremely worried about the next Xbox. Between Adam Orth's frankly outrageous comments on Twitter over the weekend, and Microsoft's silence as Sony reaps the rewards of their early reveal, I'm not sure MS can get away with staying quiet about their next console for much longer, bad news or not. We might find out at this rumored May 21st event...
- Meet A.N.G.E.L.I.N.A, the Artificial Intelligence who makes games - Christian Donlan's fascinating piece on Imperial College's game-making program is a must read. Don't worry, Angelina... I think Theresa May's a pretty bad person too.
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!