One game. Literally, that's it. That's all that's out this week. A games release window as harsh and barren as the Polar vortex has sent many scurrying back to games tucked away in their backlogs - but let's not let that stop another edition of Tuesday Game Room!
What have you been playing this week?
I've been merrily chugging along with Assassin's Creed IV, but I feel like I'm nearing the end, so I've been stalling by having fun sinking ships and whatnot. It's really fun and easy to get distracted from the main story in ACIV with all the piratey stuff - it's something Assassin's Creed has been missing recently, in the desire to expand the series' scope further and further.
After last weekend's dip into The Elder Scrolls Online, the feeling it left me, unfortunately, was to go and play a much better MMO. So I did! I rolled yet another Hunter (so sue me, I like the pew pew pewz) in World of Warcraft, this time a Pandaren allied with the Horde. I've got 3 level 90 characters this expansion, but they're all Alliance, so it's nice to see some of the Horde story I've been missing out on. Plus - something to do waiting for Driveclub and Infamous: Second Son to come out!
Olli Olli is the sole release for this week, a retro-styled sidescrolling (stop me if you've heard this before) skateboarding game for the PS Vita. Don't worry though, more video games are coming soon! Maybe!
And now, the News
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- The Wolf Among Us Episode 2 finally gets a tentative release date - 3 months! I'm glad I held off on Telltale's apparently excellent adaptation of the Fables comic books, because it is absurd to expect people to wait 3 months in between releases for an episodic title. Whilst Kevin Bruner's statement reiterates that this is an abnormality that won't happen again, The Walking Dead's first season already had lengthy gaps between releases, and we've heard nothing at all about Episode 2 of TWD Season 2 yet, a month after the first. It doesn't exactly instil the highest of faiths. They better not do this to Game of Thrones later this year!
- Microsoft might be breaking the law to get Youtubers to promote the Xbox One - God dammit, Microsoft. God damn. I think the thing that disgusts me the most about this - cash incentives to Youtubers within the Machinima Network to make videos expressly promoting the Xbox One without informing viewers they are being paid to do so - is that the Xbox One doesn't need this level of underhanded nonsense. Is it a perfect console? Far from it. But it's by no means a bad one, and yet Microsoft seem to pull bad move after bad move when it comes to selling the damned thing to people.
- Disney abandons the Star Wars: 1313 Trademark - NOOOOOOOOOOOO. The abandoning of the trademark by Disney and Lucasarts means that any hope of the promising looking Star Wars next-gen game coming to light have pretty much altogether vanished. What a terrible shame.
- Nintendo issues dire financial forecasts, cuts Wii U sales predictions by over 60% - Wow. The Wii U has not been the biggest success for Nintendo, but with estimations for Wii U sales slashed from 9 million units to a paltry 2.8 million for the rest of this financial year (bear in mind that combined, in just under 3 months on the market, the PS4 and Xbox One have sold at least 7 and a half million units through to consumers), it's pretty much confirmation that Nintendo's console is in free-fall. Hopefully the exquisite 3DS can shore up the company whilst they seek a way to turn this all around.
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!