Alongside the veritable buttload of video game releases this week, it's finally time to lay the smack down on Garrosh Hellscream once and for all as Blizzard prepares WoW Patch 5.4 for release. But that's just a mere fraction of what's to come in yet another jam-packed edition of Tuesday Game Room! LOK'TAR OGAR!
What have you been playing this week?
Are you looking forward to me talking about MMOs again? No? WELL DEAL WITH IT. Because aside from a smattering of Halo 4 play to check out the new version of The Pit (newsflash: The Pit is still a fantastic multiplayer Map, and Halo 4's MP is finally being treated like the not-dogshit it deserves to be treated as!), all I've played is Final Fantasy XIV, and I'm just going to flat out say it:
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is the greatest numbered entry in the Final Fantasy Franchise not only of this generation, but since Final Fantasy X.
I have done all sorts of things in Eorzea in the past week that have cemented FFXIV firmly in my heart - from fighting giant dragons with 50+ people, to meeting this game's version of Cid and his Airship, to beating the second Primal, Titan, after 3 hours of attempts, to running challenging dungeons with awesome groups of strangers. In fact the story dungeon I did most recently, the Stone Vigil, ended with literally less than 30 seconds of the 90-minute timer to spare as, Tank and Healer down, I smote the final boss by popping my Limit Break (it's called Blade Dance here, but it's totally fucking omnislash) in a last stand moment that was perhaps the greatest feeling I have felt in a video game since the Suicide Mission in Mass Effect 2. As a Final Fantasy fan, this is a loveletter to the textured and glorious history of the franchise, and even if you have reservations about MMOs, I heartily recommend it.
It's also the - oddly late - Moonfire Faire Summer event currently, which gives you... special Swim trunks. I decided to celebrate with a splish splash around Costa Del Sol with my Gobbue Sproutling. KITTY SWIMWEAR GOGOGO:
It's a hell of a week this time round, almost like everyone's running from something next week. Something... big.
This year's big volley of sports titles continues with another salvo from EA as NHL 14 hits 360 and PS3, and joining it for multiplatform releases is Young Justice: Legacy for practically every game system out there. The rest are platform exclusives - The Elder Scrolls Anthology (Arena, Daggerfall, Morrowind + DLC, Oblivion + DLC and Skyrim + DLC, which might be the most insane collection of content I've ever seen), ArmA III and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs come to PC, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMix and Puppeteer arrive on Playstation 3, Killzone: Mercenary joins the VITA Library, and last but not least, Ducktales Remastered ends its console exclusivity and hits the XBLA marketplace.
Plenty going on this week, alongside Patch 5.4: The Siege of Orgrimmar for World of Warcraft as mentioned up top.
And now, the News
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- The Xbox One is out November 22nd - Finally! Sitting snugly between the US and EU launches of Playstation 4, Microsoft have revealed the launch date for Xbox One inthe 13 'Tier One' countries. No word for the rest of the world but still, not long to go now!
- Sony's Japan PS4 presser announces 2014 JP release date, a new VITA model and... VITA TV? - Whilst the February 2014 date (plus reveal of a new Yakuza as a Japanese launch titles) and the new VITA hardware are interesting, the really big deal here is VITA TV, Sony's new rival to the likes of Apple TV and Roku - and even moreso that it actually looks awesome. For roughly $100 ($150 with a dualshock 3 controller bundled), VITA TV can play Physical VITA games, PS1 and PSP downloadables, as well as stream media content via the VITA's suite of media apps such as Hulu and Netflix to your TV. On top of that, when the PS4 comes out, it'll also be capable of streaming PS4 games to another TV if the TV your PS4 is connected to is currently occupied. It's out in Japan this November, with no word on an international release date, but man... I really hope it comes out in the west. I could do with a cheap way to play Persona 4 Golden, and this looks to be it.
- Hideo Kojima courts controversy after stating his new female MGSV character was 'sexed up' to promote cosplay and figurine sales - On the one hand, it's easy to pass this off as an 'Oh, Japan/Kojima, you so silly' moment (Quiet is a sexy sniper girl who cannot speak, and wears a bikini top + ripped skinny see through leggings, which is... yeah, pretty Kojima), but on the other, it feels kind of gross that he just acknowledged it plainly that her focus wasn't to be a good character, but to just be erotic. That shouldn't be the way we treat female characters in games, and it's disappointing. Hopefully there's something more to Quiet than being eye candy in the game.
- Microsoft's new Xbox Rewards system gives you money back for playing new 360/X1 games - Although I wasn't entirely enamoured with the value of the previous Xbox Rewards (25p in Microsoft points on my Birthday? MS, you shouldn't have! No, really.), this actually looks quite interesting, especially the credit bonus for playing new games for 10 hours. As ever though, it doesn't look as great for UK pricing - Whereas your 5000 credits will earn you $5 in the US, over here it's the slightly less marketable value of £3.35.
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!