The Steam Sale is over, and the wallets of beleaguered PC gamers may rest once more - and it's probably a good thing you bought all those cheap video games, as everything falls silent for summer again. Come talk about how many low-price games you bought in hysteria and more, in another edition of Tuesday Game Room!
What have you been playing this week?
GUYS I ACTUALLY PLAYED SOMETHING INSTEAD OF GETTING MY DESTINY SHAKES. I'd say it's real progress, but considering I am just biding my time as delicious beta news ekes out in fits and starts, but it's something. And that something is Marvel Heroes!
I re-picked up the game in my bid to have something take my mind from Destiny, and decided to pick up Rocket Raccoon as a hero, considering he was a) relatively cheap compared to other heroes and b) a way to funnel my GOTG-hype into something. Rocket's actually an awesome ranged hero, something I don't tend to play in ARPGs, with lots of stunning potential and the ability to dart around the map by burrowing underground. He can also summon Groot to fight alongside him, which is really fun.
The only 'downside' is that he has the amazing cockney accent in this game, as he did in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and it made me realise no matter how good Bradley Cooper is going to be in the movie, the new Rocket won't sound like a sadistic Londoner packin' heat.
There's really not much out this week again, as summer continues to cover the industry with its deadly, bright pall (seriously though, how come games just stop coming out between April and like, September? Why do we just cram everything out in those other 6-7 months?) - but there's still new games! First up is Divinity: Original Sin for PC, a kickstarted prequel in the long running ARPG series, which is joined by Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn for PS3 - the fourth game in this Dynasty Warriors subseries. Just how many DW games are there!? The big retail release for this week is Sniper Elite III, out on PC last week, but this time coming PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360.
Apart from that it's a week of digital downloads - Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition hits the PS4, Xbox One and Wii U this week, and indie puzzler Puddle hits the PS4 PSN too. Constant C makes its way to PS3, Child of Light finishes the platform rounds with a PS Vita port, and finally the Wii U eShop gets a bevy of titles in Armillo and Bombing Bastards, which I mean wow, god knows how a game called 'Bombing Bastards' got on a Nintendo platform. Well done though!
And now, the News
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Valve revokes over 7,000 Sniper Elite III codes that were stolen from another retailer and sold on - I suppose my lack of involvement in Steam and PC gaming in general means I'm a little naive in this area, but I had no idea stealing Steam keys was a thing. But it is! Nefarious scamps made off with a bunch of codes for the latest in the series of grossly detailed Sniping games and sold them to innocent buyers at cut price - but Valve have now revoked those keys, leaving the PC gamers who thought they got a good deal out in the cold. Developer Rebellion offered some Hitler-themed preorder DLC to affected players as a sorry, but with no actual game to play it with, it looks like they're going to have to either rebuy or try and get a refund, somehow. Sometimes the pursuit of a good deal on your games can be too good to be true.
- Youtube reveals new high-framerate features for videos - Hooray! As games have become higher fidelity and often higher framerates than what Youtube can display in their video players, fans looking for high quality games media have had to look elsewhere. The sting is a little less potent now though with the announcement of 60FPS footage coming to the video-sharing platform, which means you can now see the likes of Battlefield Hardline and Titanfall on Youtube as they're intended to be seen in-game. Now if only they solved some of those compression issues for HD footage...
- Crytek's troubles allegedly continue with the cancellation of Ryse 2 - Oh dear. Despite their vehement denial of any problems in the face of last week's allegations from both Kotaku and Eurogamer sources, it seems like it goes from bad to worse with Crytek's financial issues, with staff in both the UK and Shanghai offices not being paid for months on end, as well as the revelation that a sequel to the Xbox One launch title Ryse: Son of Rome has been cancelled amidst fights between Microsoft and the developer over IP ownership. How much longer can stories like this go on for before Crytek gives up the ghost altogether? Only time will tell.
- Bayonetta and Vanquish developer is making a game based on The Legend of Korra - I'm probably going to get burnt at the internet-stake here, but I've only seen about a handful of Avatar episodes, and basically nothing of Korra outside of the occasional gif, despite people saying how great both series are. But I do get the premise of the hero wielding mastery over multiple elements in battle, and the idea of a game from Platinum Games, creators of some of the most mechanically sublime (and batshit insane) action games on the planet, making a title based on that concept sounds absolutely amazing. Let's hope PG can break the stigma behind licensed titles and come out with something satisfying to both fans of the studio and fans of the cartoon when it launches later this year.
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!