Man, you're killing me August. It's bad enough you had the balls to sit between the Destiny Beta and Destiny's launch date with a hearty 'NAH SON', but now you have a week like this with virtually nothing of note? Join me in continued disdain for the summer lull in this week's edition of Tuesday Game Room!
What have you been playing this week?
My desperate bid to have something, anything to do this month has driven me to the farthest reaches of my back catalogue... a month's subscription to Xbox Live Gold and Halo 3 multiplayer.
That's me! This was taken 5 years ago. That's... depressing.
In many ways Halo 3 was the game that elevated me to the fan that I am today. I've loved video games all my life, but Halo 3 was the game that not only introduced me to the Xbox 360 and a sci-fi universe I still hold dear, but the wider world of online gaming. It was the game that actually improved my reflexes and reaction times, boost my confidence in playing with other people, the game that solidified both my closest unit of real-life friends as well as my love of shooters. I played it practically every day between its release and the launch of Halo: Reach - even though I was SUPER TERRIBLE at it starting off - and it still stands as one of my all time favourite games.
So it's great that there's still this community to come back to, 7 years later, still playing - no matter how small it gets (hey, it's better than Halo 4's population figures though, hi-ooooooo), the fire still burns for Bungie's brightest. It's something to do between now and September 9th, at least.
It's a pretty barren week - your lone retail title is the maligned Sacred 3 on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, following on from its cold reception in Europe last week.
On the digital front at least, there's a bit more variety - starting off with Crawl on PC, a multiplayer-centric retro dungeon crawler that pits player-controlled monsters against a lone hero played by another player. The PC also sees the release of Ultimate Street Fighter 4, after its console release a few months ago. Aside from that it's a pretty Playstation-centric week - The Swapper makes its way to PS4, PS3 and Vita, whilst Road Not Taken comes to the PS4. Finally, Metrico and Tabletop Racing come to the Vita PSN.
And now, the News
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Resident Evil REmake is getting a, uh, remaster? - What an odd bit of news to come out of Capcom today. The Nintendo-exclusive re-imagining of the perennial survival horror classic is 12 years old, and is getting a shiny coat of paint for release on both last and current gen platforms, as well as PC (even more weirdly, not the Wii U!). I guess Capcom needs something to put out - their release schedule has been very barren since Dead Rising 3 last year, with pretty much nothing but updates and ports.
- Trailer leak reveals Assassin's Creed Comet is now Assassin's Creed Rogue, Out November 11th - Poor Ubisoft, it's not been their year for AC leaks. First Unity, and now it's Last-Gen exclusive counterpart, Rogue, which seemingly sees a Templar-aligned hero hunting down Assassins in a continuation of the pirate adventures of Black Flag. It's cool that Ubisoft are committing to seperate games instead of a compromised cross-gen title, but at the same time, this is actually the third AC game that'll be out this year. It's getting a little much.
- EA announces Xbox One-only subscription service - The idea of a subscription service for a single publisher is a little gross, but on paper it seems like EA's $30-a-year service could be interesting if you're a fan of their yearly franchises like the sports titles or Battlefield, but it seems (admittedly expectedly) neutered in that the 'Vault' you have access to won't actually have games added to it when they release, all you'll get is a 5 day early trial - like EA were going to give you Dragon Age Inquisition or Battlefield Hardline for $30 a year! The interesting fallout of this announcement however was Sony's rapid put-down of the initiative, revealing it's only a Xbox exclusive because they refused to allow it on the PS4 out of a perceived lack of 'good value'. The days where PS3 titles got EA-exclusive content seem long gone as relations sour between the two companies, but it's weird that Sony would take such a quick stance against EA Access - are they worried third parties will start launching their own subscription services, to the detriment of Playstation Plus and Xbox Games with Gold?
- The Crytek saga continues as Homefront and Crytek UK are brought out by Deep Silver - It seems like for now, Crytek's money troubles are over, but at some cost. In order to get out of the red, the studio has had to not only sell off Crytek UK, made up of former Free Radical developers, but also Homefront and the upcoming Homefront: The Revolution to European Publishing outlet Deep Silver. There's been no word from the studio about the alleged cancellation of Ryse 2 however, but at least for now, Crytek isn't in danger of going bust.
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!