Guys, is it just possible that video games might actually be starting to come out again? There's stuff to talk about this week, hurrah! Let's get down to business then: it's time for another edition of Tuesday Game Room!
What have you been playing this week?
Go on, guess.
Here's a clue: It rhymes with Schmerld of Schmorecraft.
Yes, I'm still playing WoW! Spent the week on and off doing more Raid content, and getting really rather miffed at the lack of loot to show for it (DROP, NEW WEAPON, DAMN YOU JUST DROP! It shoots lightning and I waaaaaant it)... but I've just not really been tempted to go back to anything else during this painfully long drought of games. WoW's sort of just... WoW. It's familiar and comfortable, something I can hop on, do a few things, run a dungeon, sell my wares on the Auction House, then pop back off. It's practically my Farmville at this point, just farming Giant bosses rather than turnips or something.
Just 2 more weeks till Saints Row IV and The Bureau come out though, thank god!
THERE ARE VIDEO GAMES COMING!!!
I know, right? It's like they almost stopped existing for a while there. This past Sunday Nintendo released a much-needed shot in the arm for the Wii U, the delightfully charming Pikmin 3, and then there's a calvacade of games out in America today. Tales of Xillia finally makes its way to western PS3s after almost 2 years of Japanese exclusivity, the controversially-styled RPG/brawler Dragon's Crown makes its way to PS3 and Playstation Vita, and The Sims 3 gets a new content pack in Dragon Valley. Theme of the week: Dragons.
Later this week the PC helps itself to two previously console-only indie titles: the Luchador-themed metroidvania sidescroller Guacamelee and the intensely difficult Spelunky both make their way to Steam on Thursday.
And now, the News
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Good Sega News: They could buy ATLUS from struggling Parent company Index - I say good news, as this means a viable and secure future for one of my favourite Japanese studios, but as a european ATLUS fan, I'm already used to the games either not coming out at all, or turning up a year late... and considering Sega saw fit never to release the Valkyria Chronicles games in the west after VC2 amidst claims of a lack of 'financial viability', I'd be a bit scared of something happening with ATLUS and their relatively niche titles.
- Bad Sega News: Russian distributor pulls Company of Heroes 2 - Now this is actual bad news, rather than potentially bad news. Complaints about the game's portrayal of the Soviets (who are the focus of this sequel) have lead to Sega's distributor to cease selling the game. The main critique apparently covers the game's portrayal of Stalin's horrific Order 227, which saw fleeing Russian troopers cut down by their own side in an attempt to stifle cowardice in the face of Nazi advancement. Relic and Sega hope to get the game back on sale soon.
- Xbox One gets a minor, but welcome, graphics boost - Hooray for better cross-platform parity! Although the new 53Mhz boost will arguably do very little for the underpowered Xbox One, it, as well as the new 'Mono' driver added to the console, bring a much closer parity between the system and the Playstation 4 if not in terms of raw power (which reportedly has a 25% perfomance gain in early testing, even with fudged numbers), but in terms of development ease. Whilst a tad unsettling that such technical aspects are still in flux this close to launch, it's nice to see that Microsoft are listening, and improving, when it comes to handling consumer concerns when it comes to Xbox One.
- Nintendo posts profits for this quarter despite catastrophic Wii U hardware sales - Man, poor Nintendo. The Wii U is really doing a number on them after the giddy heights of the Wii and the turnaround they've made for the 3DS. I hope they get out of this rut soon... but that said, I don't think I'd even consider buying a Wii U right now, either.
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!