Hoo boy. What a week for video games, you guys. As we pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off from one of the best E3's in recent memory, let's enter this brave new world of Next-Gen consoles and shiny graphics as we mean to go on: Talking about games in Tuesday Game Room!
What have you been playing this week?
Unsurprisingly I've been watching games more than I've played them this last week, with trailer after trailer after gameplay demo coming out of E3. In fact, I'm kind of worried that seeing all these shiny new games that look gorgeous has broken my image of what video games currently look like - I watched a video review for The Last of Us, for example, after having watched nothing but E3 stuff for a few days. Don't get me wrong, The Last of Us is an incredible, gorgeous looking game, but I couldn't help it: The first thought that popped into my head was 'Sheesh, this looks bad.' - before being horrified that I'd even think that!
I'm sure it'll wear off soon and I'll be re-accustomed to the current gen for the rest of this year, but for now I'm stuck in the haze of what gorgeous looking games we've got to look forward to. Anyone else get this sort of disconnect after seeing new-generation graphics?
It might be a very light week in the aftermath of E3, but that doesn't mean there's not cool stuff coming out this week. In fact, the coolest idea comes from the place you'd least expect: Nintendo begin to embrace the digital future by releasing the download version of (ridiculously titled) New Super Luigi U, the mini-expansion to last year's (also ridiculously titled) New Super Mario Bros. U starring everyone's favourite second brother, Luigi! What's cool about this is that Nintendo are releasing NSLU digitally almost a full 2 months ahead of its physical retail release, and $10 cheaper to boot. A potential sign to the future of games distribution in an ever-online world? Maybe, but seriously - who thought it'd be Nintendo of the big three to lead the vanguard with this?
Else where, the Vita gets a shot in the arm with the release of The Jak and Daxter Collection. That's pretty much it though.
And now, the News
It's a bit light on the news front after the last weeks news dump of glorious E3 info, but once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Will the next-generation fulfil the 1080p/60FPS console dream? - Digital Foundry takes an interesting look at what the new visual fidelity of the XB1 and PS4 might mean for high definition and high framerates becoming standard in the next generation.
- Dead Space 4 doesn't exist, but Dead Space as a franchise isn't dead - After the relative disappointment for DS3, it's not surprising to hear, but Dead Space was one of EA's solid breakout IP's of the last generation, so it's nice to hear that that EA aren't done with it yet, for good or worse. As for what Visceral Studios are working on instead, we already have an idea...
- Nintendo: Want to fight Used Game sales? Make better Games - Amid all the controversy of Microsoft's DRM policies for the XB1, Reggie Fils-Amie raised this startlingly pertinent point last week. And it seems to work for Nintendo - traditionally, their games retain high prices long after release, and have a much smaller used game print. In a time where DRM is more confusing than consumer-friendly, could the answer really be this simple?
- Anti-DRM devs CD Projekt Red weigh in on XB1's Online policies - Speaking of the used game controversy, even the Witcher 3 developer found themselves under fire last week, merely by means of association to the Xbox One having revealed gameplay for their latest RPG at Microsoft's E3 presser. It's ridiculous to attack them for Microsoft's policies, but at least this mess lead to the ironic revelation that CDPR and their home fans might not be even able to play the Xbox One version of The Witcher 3 when it comes out - Poland won't be receiving the XB1 until some time in 2014, with the option of importing nigh-on impossible.
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!