Defy that accursed Flame Orb! As it begins to get scorching outside, why don't we all just take a break from the games and go and enjoy some fresh air and glorious brightness... or just crack open a window, appreciate the fact that you're not melting to death, and carry on gaming because dammit, it's Tuesday Game Room!
What have you been playing this week?
I've still been playing a lot of WoW, and now that Telsandre is Level 90 it's time to gear her up ready to go shoot arrows into Garrosh Hellscream's face whenever the next patch comes out. Thankfully, it is way easier to gear characters behind on the Raiding curve than it has been in Mists of Pandaria so far, so I'm finding it quite easy to get geared ready to smash my face against Raid after Raid in the pursuit of some sweet purpz.
Like the rest of the Internet, after seeing it last Friday I fell deeply and madly in love with Pacific Rim - so despite my better intentions I downloaded the trial for the XBLA brawler tie-in game.
Turns out, my intentions were right in the first place. It's really, really bad! It's a slow and unresponsive brawler at the best of times, and at worst it's packed with ugly microtransaction hooks like the ability to customise and colour your Jaeger. It's a damn shame, because I would play the shit out of a good Pacific Rim game. Maybe something a little mechwarrior-y, or hell, even a Capcom-style 2D sprite based fighting game á la Gundam Battle Assault.
It's another extremely light week, although not without merit - hidden among tie-in shitshows like The Smurfs 2 and baffling releases like Runescape 3 (There are three Runescapes!?!?!?), we have kickstarter darling Shadowrun Returns, the isometric turn based Strategy/RPG game based on the legendary Shadowrun IP. It looks like it has some really neat ideas to it, so I might end up picking this up down the line as the current drought continues.
And now, the News
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Capcom finally announce a new Strider game - No, not that Strider. After a teasing appearance in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Strider Hiryu is back in a brand new game coming to next gen consoles! As bizarre as it is that Capcom are actually making a new Strider, this looks like it has potential to be a neat little metroidvania style game.
- The Last of Us tops the UK sales charts for a record-breaking Sixth consecutive week - Naughty Dog's masterful swansong to the PS3 joins Black Ops II and Fifa 12 as a game that has held onto the top spot in the charts for so song, but is all the more impressive for the fact that it's the first single-platform title to do so. Sure, it's helped by very little competition, but even then it's utterly deserved, as TLOU is perhaps one of the defining experiences of the PS3's entire catalogue.
- XBLA Megasuccess State of Decay is heading to PC - after doing absolute gangbusters on XBLA (as the fastest selling original IP on the entire platform), UndeadLabs' long-in-the-making Zombie survival game has its flesh-gnawing eyes set on the PC for a release later this year. Rejoice!
- Ouya software sales are in, and they're not good - Seems like this kickstarted console lurches from bad press to bad press, with it once again in the news for all the wrong reasons. But hey, good job it supports emulation, right? There's promise in the Ouya as a platform, but at the moment it seems like it's doing its damndest to hide that promise.
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!