It's been almost 3 whole years since we first saw a glimpse of the sky-bound wonders of Columbia, and the mysterious girl trapped there - and now Bioshock Infinite is finally out today. Planning a sojourn into the clouds above? Tell us about it in this week's Tuesday Game Room!
What have you been playing this week?
I've not played much of Gears of War: Judgement (still putting that E in, dammit) this past week, in fact I've probably played the Multiplayer demo more than I have the full game - but what I've played so far is pretty fun. It's a damn good Gears game, even if it is barely dares to go beyond those limitations. It's pretty gorgeous, too! It also came with a copy of the original Gears of War, the only game I've not actually played in the Gears series. I'm quite looking forward to moving onto that with a co-op buddy once Judgement is done with, even if it means plunging back into the grey and brown horrors of 2006.
As you might have known, I've ventured back into Star Trek Online this week. I've just finally hit the level cap of 50, and got a shiny new Vice Admiral ship to boot - say hello to the U.S.S. Forest of Arden (continuing my Trill's theme of Shakespearian named starships). I've still got a few of the Episode story quests to do, but I'm looking forward to seeing some of the endgame content and trying out some fleet actions against those dastardly Borg. I think I'm going to cool off a little though now, so I don't get burnt out on Trek-goodness before Legacy of Romulus hits this May.
Of course, there's the big one this week: Bioshock Infinite is out. The Bioshock franchise is one I've always admired from a distance, because ever since this trailer came out way back in 2007, I've been petrified of the damn games ever since. I'm definitely picking up Infinite this week though (not today, because I've got an essay due in Thursday and I have enough distractions as it is!), mainly because the move from Rapture to Columbia means that the colour palette is way brighter and less scary. I mean, sure, there'll probably be creepy moments, but look at that picture up top! It's so pretty.
Most people have the sense to scramble as far as they can from big releases this week to go up against 2K - except for EA, it seems. Tiger Woods PGA 14 is out, for those who are inclined, as is... Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel, a game I literally only just discovered existed. Anyone played the other Army of Two games? Hell, given how this one's been dumped out with about zero press, how many Army of Two games are there!?
Oh, and Nintendo put out Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon for 3DS. Because Luigi don't give an eff about no Bioshocks. Who's picking up Infinite? Or something else?
And now, the News
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Firaxis doubles down on XCOM, as Skyrangers descend on Civ V, an iPad port and a new teaser trailer come out of PAX East - We will be watching, Commander.
- Richard 'Lord British' Garriott: "Most game designers really just suck" - Now that's how you get attention for your Kickstarter. Act like a complete douchebag. Way to go! Garriott tried to roll back on his comments, later stating he didn't want to "toot his own horn"... despite still calling himself Lord British. Yup.
- Borderlands 2 adds a new character, and a $5 level cap increase - Hooray for more Borderlands 2... less hooray for selling a season pass that doesn't include all of your DLC, as well as charging non-pass-owners for a level cap boost. Is this the future of games now? Full retail price disc, a Season Pass, and additional DLC on top? Not sure how I feel about that, but does anyone else feel like Gearbox have done a really good job of pissing away all the goodwill the Borderlands franchise gave them recently?
- Rhianna Pratchett talks Lara Croft's lofty Kill Count in Tomb Raider - This one's mainly for Cat VonAwesome, who I know was especially peeved by the amount of gunplay in Tomb Raider's recent reboot. It's a shame that the urge to blockbuster it up won out over the narrative in Tomb Raider, but at least the writing team's heart was in the right place.
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!