It continues to be 2014, and there continues to be very little going on in the world of video games! It might be a light week, but that's not going to stop another edition of Tuesday Game Room!
What have you been playing this week?
I've continued to sea-shanty my way through Assassin's Creed IV on the PS4 this week, and I'm still really enjoying it. I'm so glad Ubisoft managed to bring the series back on track after ACIII looked very much like it could finish it off for good - but man, I just love being distracted from the actual story, which is interesting enough, with the ridiculously fun ship boarding stuff. I can't help myself sometimes. GIMME ALL YO RUM AND SUGAR, ROYAL NAVY, DADDY NEEDS A NEW SET OF PISTOLS! Such fun.
Away from the PS4, I'm going to let you in on a little secret. This past weekend I've been a part of a closed beta for The Elder Scrolls Online - now, I can't say much without shattering this NDA to pieces (frankly even acknowledging the existence of the beta might be enough to have Bethesda Ninjas dispatched to my location, given the horrifyingly threatening wording of the agreement), but suffice to say I am hardly the biggest Elder Scrolls fan in the first place, so I approached my weekend of being a sneaky bow-using cat-man as an MMO lover first and foremost...
hey, maybe don't play The Elder Scrolls Online. You didn't hear that from me though.
Although it's another light week, it's an interesting one: The big AAA release of the week is Assassin's Creed: Liberations HD, an uprezzed port of the well-praised Vita title starring female assassin Aveline De Grandpré, coming to PSN, XBLA and PC, however it's joined by two very interesting independent developments. The first up on the PC is The Banner Saga, a gorgeous looking fantasy Turn-based strategy title set in a world heavily inspired by nordic aesthetics that wowed on kickstarter last year, and then there's the backers-only release of Double Fine's troubled adventure game Broken Age: Part One, literally the game that started out the Kickstarter gaming trend, out on PC and Ouya.
And now, the News
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Microsoft throws water on the Ridley Scott/Halo movie rumours - Kind of obvious given their public announcement of their relationship with Steven Spielberg for the Xbox-exclusive TV adaptation of Master Chief's adventures, but there you have it, straight from the horses mouth. Sorry Halo fans!
- Almost a year after its controversial launch, SimCity is getting an Offline mode - The apparently impossible has occurred, and the always-online SimCity is about to get a little less online, along with news that Maxis will begin allowing mod creation for the game. But after the past year of a community in uproar at Maxis, is it too little too late to save opinion on the game? Apparently even aside from the always-online feature, the latest city management sim was a title that struggled to match its lofty ambitions, so even without this barrier, it might be a tough recommend.
- Sony unveils Playstation Now, their Gaikai-fuelled game streaming service - CES was a pretty big deal for Playstation, with the announcement that over 4 million PS4s had been sold to consumers before the end of 2013, but Playstation Now was perhaps the most interesting reveal. Fighting the complaints that the PS4 was not backwards compatible, Playstation Now will allow gamers to stream PS1, PS2 and PS3 games to their Vita or PS4 at first, but eventually the service will move to Sony mobiles and tablets (where you'll need to sync a Dualshock 3 controller) before moving beyond, to non-Sony devices. Reports from the show's demo came back almost universally positive about the service, but with Sony remaining very tight lipped on details like subscription fees or bandwidth necessities, it's still very much wait and see, despite the promise.
- Bethesda sets the internet on fire with an accidental listing for Skyrim on PS4 and Xbox One - an update to their CMS system meant that for a while, Bethesda's official Elder Scrolls website listed the humongously popular fifth instalment as also appearing on Next gen consoles, leading to many believing there would be an imminent announcement of a Tomb-Raider-esque 'Definitive Edition', but alas, it was not to be. Get back to waiting for TES VI and Fallout 4, you guys!
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!