The video game lull continues! It's a week of remasters and rereleases this week as a slow April turns into a slow May - but the scant release of a few video games has never stopped Tuesday Game Room! Come and talk about games, why don't you?
Although most of my time this week has been spent with Final Fantasy XIV, where I'm slowly working my way through gearing up at the endgame, my time with another MMO came to an end of its own: My World of Warcraft subscription expired, and I'm not renewing it for a while. I've done everything I actually wanted to do in the game now - including, on the last of day of my sub no less, finishing the months-long grind of Emperor Shaohao reputation (infamous as the only way to increase rep is either killing mobs worth 10-20 reputation points, or through a single daily quest that awards 250 reputation - you need 42,000 to go from neutral to Exalted) to get the above Heavenly Golden Cloud Serpent Mount. Before you ask, no, no it wasn't really worth it.
I'll be back whenever 6.0 and Warlords of Draenor drop, but for now, there's just nothing left I want to do that warrants remaining subscribed for the next 6+ months.
As I said in the intro, it's a weird week of games either getting remastered ports or rereleased collections. Let's start with the handful that aren't either though: Bound By Flame, an action RPG I had heard nothing about until I needed a game to act as a header for TGR this week, hits PC, PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360, The Denpa Men 3 lands on the 3DS eShop and Japanese Visual novel Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi comes to the PS3.
Everything else though is old stuff repackaged and rereleased: Borderlands 2 hits the Vita as part of a bundle (the standalone is due next week), followed by the God of War Collection, and finally MLB The Show 14 gets its PS4 début after the last-gen release a few weeks back.
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Remember Driveclub? It's actually coming out October 8th - Driveclub was a major casualty of the PS4's launch last year, completely dropping off the radar a matter of weeks before it was due to release alongside Sony's console. Sony stayed relatively hushed up about the game ever since, and now, 7 months after its original intended release date, we now know the PS4 exclusive, social-fuelled driving game will be coming... in another 5 months time. Man, just what happened to this game?
- Microsoft responds to Bill Gates' support for an Xbox business spinoff - An innocuous comment from Gates on Fox Business recently sent Microsoft and fans into a hectic tizz, enough for the corporation to quickly respond and clarify that the Xbox section of Microsoft's vast business was firmly staying where it was, rather than potentially being sold off as many mistook Gates' comment for. There were many rumours before current CEO Satya Nadella's promotion earlier this year that investors wanted to dump the Xbox division from the company amidst huge R&D costs and little profit, but Nadella reaffirmed the console's place at Microsoft shortly after he replaced Steve Ballmer.
- Surprise surprise, there's a new Call of Duty out this year - Well, duh. The first Call of Duty from Sledgehammer, and the first in Activision's new '3-dev cycle' for the megafranchise, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare sees a near future scenario where PMC armies invade the United States. Explosions! Exosuits! Invisible aircraft! KEVIN SPACEY!! This game has all of those things. Advanced Warfare will Spacey its way onto practically every platform under the sun (except for the Wii U) later this year.
- Zenimax and Oculus duke it out over John Carmack - Things got a little testy in the world of VR this week with Zenimax duking it out with Oculus VR over the alleged appropriation of company technology from John Carmack, the gaming legend who began working with Oculus on their Rift headset while he still worked at Id Software. Oculus were quick to respond to Zenimax's claims of technology theft, accusing the corporation of basically only wanting a piece of Oculus's 2 billion dollar Facebook deal.
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!