Holy crap, video games are coming out this week! The warming haze of August has lead to a relatively barren dry spell in a year of dry spells, but this week brings the goods with some consolised loot hunting, JRPG action and... Golf? All this and more in a bumper edition of Tuesday Game Room!
After playing Halo 3 with friends recently, we decided to take a tentative step back into Halo 4 multiplayer while we still had time on our Gold subscriptions. Halo 4 was not particularly well received in our circle at launch, and 343's frankly disasterous management of MP playlists in the early months pushed us to move on from it altogether pretty quickly - an extreme oddity considering we'd played Halo 3 and Reach pretty religiously for about 5 years at that point.
Coming back to it though, 343 have done a grand job at keeping a huge variety of eclectic playlists, and unlike the 'hardcore' audience still playing 3, there's a bigger population in the more fun social playlists like big team battle and action sack, which is nice to relax in. But above all, my time away from Halo as a franchise has warmed my feelings on Halo 4 upon my return. It's still what I'd say a bad 'Halo' experience, but as a shooter without that name it's a lot of fun - there's even a lot of similarities to it and Destiny that I found after my time with the Destiny Alpha and Beta.
I also started to play Diablo III on my PS4! I've not played a Diablo game since II, and even then, very briefly, so I'm practically a newbie to the franchise. It's alright so far, as me and my Gideon-Emery-voiced (Fenris!!!) Crusader go around whacking mobs and picking up loot.
This week sees a veritable swath of releases, spearheaded by the release of Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition for PS4 and Xbox One. But it's not all!
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare makes its way to non-Microsoft platforms with a release on PS3 and PS4, whilst Tales of Xillia 2 lands on the PS3 only. The Golf Club on PC and Xbox One is the only other release not exclusive to a Sony platform this week too - there's Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment on Vita, The Last Tinker: City of Colours on PS4 and PS4, Kung Fu Rabbit on PS3, Hotline Miami on PS4, Gravity Badgers and Crimsonland on the Vita, Counterspy on PS3, PS4 and Vita as a Cross-buy title, and finally Arcade Classics: Rygar on the PS4.
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Watch_Dogs will be Ubisoft's last 'mature' game on the Wii U - It's long been a sorry state of affairs when it comes to third party support and Nintendo home consoles, but with Ubisoft this news is all the more bitter for Nintendo considering that they've been one of the biggest supports of their hardware, especially the Wii U. Rayman Legends and Zombi U stood out as some of the earliest must-haves on the platform, so to see them essentially abandoning much of their IP for the console is a sad affair indeed.
- Phil Spencer on the Tomb Raider exclusivity deal - This big news from Gamescom last week is still making the news, as everyone rallies against Microsoft's buying out of the next Tomb Raider game (albeit for a timed period only, much to the happiness of PS3, PC and PS4 players) Phil Spencer goes a little further into why Microsoft made the deal the centre of their Gamescom presser in this interview with Eurogamer.
- The Silent Hills P.T is more than just a demo - Jeffrey Matulef dives into the PS4-exclusive Playable Teaser that turned out to be a shocking collab project between Hideo Kojima, Guillermo Del Toro and Norman Reedus for a brand new Silent Hill game, and finds that while everyone is now focusing on that twist news, the real story is P.T excellently terrifying slice of the horror genre - something which seems to be making a big comeback on current-gen.
- The Last Guardian won't be at TGS - Sorry, I guess? I mean, it's not surprising, or shouldn't be at least. I loved Ico and Shadow of the Colossus as much as anyone could, but honestly I think Sony should just kill this project and its turgid pace for good at this point. I don't think TLG will ever come out, and frankly I'd rather see Team Ico working on something new instead of trying to iterate and flesh out what little idea TLG had, or even has now if they're actively working on it like Sony has been saying they are. It's getting a little silly!
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!