It seems like the end of April is heralding video games' customary summer lull a little earlier than expected, with the PC release of Dark Souls II being this week's big title. Will you be venturing to Drangleic with PC in tow? Come rest at the bonfire and enjoy this week's edition of Tuesday Game Room!
What have you been playing this week?
My adventures in Eorzea continue unabated this week, with little Taroro raring through content. I've faced down the Primals Ifrit and Titan, and am almost on my way to take down the Lady of the Vortex, Garuda herself. It's been an absolute blast playing through the game again, and adapting to the foibles of controller play - even massively expanding my ability kit as a Summoner hasn't managed to break the rigours of the DS4 and its Cross Hotbar system yet. Plus, I think about half my PS4's hard drive is taken up with screenshots from it. Such a fabulously pretty game! Oh, and then there's this cutie:
Gaze upon the Fat Chocobo's mighty girth, and despair.
Dark Souls II makes its much anticipated arrival on PCs this week, spearhearding... well, basically nothing else. Isn't it weird after the Games Industry spent the last few years complaining the current generation had gone on too long and were eager for new hardware, and yet in this first year so far it feels like there's hardly anything coming out for them, let alone in general. Ah well.
The PC is getting the bulk of focus this week, with ports of Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Trials Fusion also hitting the platform. The Wii U gets a few titles too to round off the week - Lego The Hobbit on retail, NES Remix 2 hits the eShop, and Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advanced 3 is the Virtual Console release of the week.
And now, the News
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Marty O'Donnell unceremoniously exits Bungie, Destiny still on track according to statements - Man, what an a terrible turn of events. O'Donnell, who had been with Bungie for 14 years, and in that time wrote some of the most memorable video game soundtracks ever (Halo Reach's soundtrack remains one of the most brilliant overall soundtracks for a game, in my eyes), announced that he had been 'terminated without cause' late last week, and Bungie themselves only chose to acknowledge his departure with a single-paragraph blog post that seemed unworthy of losing one of their longest running employees. Bungie have since come out and said O'Donnell's work for Destiny will remain in the game and that his departure means little for the game's upcoming September release, but even then, it's a sad bit of news for longtime Bungie fans.
- The Long, Eventful history of Super Robot Taisen - It was a bit of a quiet news week last week, but that meant there were plenty of opportunities for some excellent long form retrospective pieces. Ollie Barder looks back on Super Robot Wars, Banpresto's super popular Mecha strategy series that's been captivating Japanese gamers for over two decades.
- Could The Walking Dead be on the way to PS4? - Ooh, this is interesting. Gamestop have seemingly unveiled a next-generation port of the first season of Telltale's The Walking Dead adventure game, due out in June. Hopefully it means Season 2 is on its way to both PS4 and Xbox One soon too - I'll probably finish off Season 2 on the 360 as I have the Season Pass, and then replay it all again on PS4 in the hopes of a third season appearing there after. I'm a glutton for misery and grief, it seems.
- Meet Naoki Yoshida, the man who saved Final Fantasy XIV - Another in depth piece, this time Simon Parkin talks to the lead developer of FFXIV: A Realm Reborn, Naoki Yoshida - known to his ardent fans as Yoshi-P - the man given only a year to salvage the monumental failure of the original Final Fantasy XIV, a game that released so broken and uninspired, it was considered to have irrevocably damaged Square-Enix as a company and tainted the Final Fantasy brand. The fact that Yoshida and his team not only redeemed the original game through exhaustive patching, but then completely overhauled it into a new, exciting and well received MMO in A Realm Reborn, with over 2 million registered active accounts, is nothing short of a miracle.
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!