A new year is upon us, and that means new games, right? Right? Well, not yet. Our first week of 2014 doesn't bring much in the way of newness, but that's not going to stop a new edition of Tuesday Game Room!
What have you been playing this week?
Over Christmas I got my PS4, so naturally I've spent a lot of time goofing around on it. I got Killzone Shadowfall (great multiplayer, totally naff but gorgeous single player) and Assassin's Creed IV (which gets WAY BETTER the moment you get a boat) as my retail games, but I've equally been spending time with War Thunder, a free to play WWII aerial combat game. I've always had a soft spot for games like this, and although there's starting to be a bit of grindy nonsense that's a bit 'hey please spend real money to make this process less shit', as an actual game, it's really fun.
What I've actually liked most about the PS4 is the share functionality. I find it fascinating that both these new consoles have the ability to real-time capture your gameplay footage and have it available to upload to the 'net for other people to see, and combined with the instant-streaming capabilities on PS4 and soon on Xbox One, I think it might be the most 'next gen' feature of either console. Unfortunately the PS4 only uploads to Facebook now, but hopefully soon it'll share elsewhere. I'd love to share some videos of me being really bad at stuff with you guys!
It's a very threadbare week, but there's two noticeable releases: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance finally gets a PC port this week, and the indie survival game Don't Starve makes the leap to the PS4 too. That's it! First week of 2014 you guys.
And now, the News
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Surprise, there was a Next Gen Hitman game in the works! Surprise, it's cancelled - Oh, Square-Enix gonna Square-Enix. Already punished by failing to meet the Japanese giant's ridiculously lofty sales expectations (in a similar tale to Crystal Dynamic's Tomb Raider reboot, which sold gangbusters last year in record time, only for S-E to go 'well WHY WASN'T IT MORE YOU FAILURES!?' like a spoiled brat) for the well-received Hitman Absolution, IO have suffered another blow with the cancellation of their next entry in the franchise that would've made its way to PS4 and Xbox One. Agent 47's future looks a tad uncertain...
- It's CES week! Here's some Steam Machine specs - Surprise! They're basically mini-PCs. Steam Machines aren't valve-designed but loaned out to various PC manufacturers, meaning you'll be able to find them at a range of prices - from as cheap as an Xbox One, to as cheap as... Twelve Xbox Ones. The joys of PC gaming though - those lofty pricetags are attached to some pretty punchy bits of tech. Whether this push for living room dominance by Valve will work remains to be seen, but for now, hooray for shiny hardware!
- UK flooding destroyed the offices of Hello Games, aka the guys behind No Man's Sky - Aww, poor Hello Games. They captivated the world at the otherwise embarassing VGX Awards late last year with the promising, gorgeous Planetary exploration game No Man's Sky, but the recent storms that continue to batter the UK since before Christmas unfortunately claimed their office. Work on the upcoming game was apparently secure, but with insurance not covering the damage, it's a major setback for the tiny team from Guildford.
- Activision-published Marvel games suddenly vanish from digital release - After Capcom's Marvel titles - specifically the Marvel vs. Capcom games were delisted from PSN and XBLM just before Christmas, now it's the turn of Activision's comic-book games to disappear, with all signs looking like Marvel-owner Disney is looking to bring the license back in house. Between Marvel and Star Wars licensing, it's an interesting if uncertain future for video games and the House of Mouse.
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!