It's another light week for video games, as we head into a month with actual big name titles coming out. Before that though, we actually head back into the past this week for some 90's throwback shooter-goodness. But let's not let this totally radical timewarp stop yet another edition of Tuesday Game Room!
What have you been playing this week?
You're probably already sick of hearing about me playing World of Warcraft, but hey, there's nothing coming out that I want to play! I've started doing Raids through LFR this week, in an attempt to get some decent gear, but the RNG gods at Blizzard saw fit to give me a single loot drop from 16 goddamn bosses, so my advances up through the iLvl (the number assigned to the average quality of your gear, and used to gate higher-difficulty content) charts were stalled a bit. Still, there's always next week to try again. So here's a picture of me riding my Cloud Serpent like a boss instead.
As I said up top, it's thin this week. Cloudberry Kingdom, the insane indie hardcore platformer, makes its way to XBLA, PSN and even the eShop, and for some unknown reason, Terraria gets its own 'Collector's Edition' rerelease for 360 and PS3. And of course, let's not forget Rise of the Triads, the reboot of the crazy 90's shooter - that featured both a god mode where you zapped enemies with your holy powers, and a dog mode... where you were a dog - which makes its way to Steam in a cacophony of faux-metal and blood.
Wii U owners rejoice though - there's a game coming out for your platform, hurrah! The adorable Pikmin 3 finally makes its way to Wii U next Sunday.
And now, the News
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Phil Fish cancels Fez 2 and exits Games Industry after online abuse - Whilst I do think it's a shame that Fish is constantly bombared with insults, and I'm sad we won't see a sequel to the utterly charming and intriguing Fez... it's hard to see him as entirely innocent. He's spent the past few years cultivating a distinctly harsh personality, and giving out his own fair share of abuse. I'm not saying that he deserved all the heckling (especially from Marcus Beer a.k.a 'Annoyed Gamer', whose rant on Fish this week that prompted all this was nothing short of insulting nonsense), but at this point he'd become known for being an abrasive jerk to a lot of people, so whilst inexcusable, it's not unsurprising that he attracts it. Hopefully Fish will find success in endeavours outside Gaming... as long as he doesn't take that attitude with him.
- Saints Row IV has been banned in Austraila... again - Yup. Not content with the removal of the alien probe that formed the Australian ratings board's previous dismissal of the game, now it's suddenly about the presence of alien narcotics, which can be used by the player to give them superpowers. As ridiculous as that is, it's something that's happened in Australia before - the excellent XBLA title State of Decay was refused classification due to its use of real-world medical drugs as healing items. Hopefully this will be sorted in time for SR fans down under to get in on the madness.
- After minuscule balance changes to some weapons, a Black Ops II developer faces a sea of death threats and offensive twitter messsages - Hey, speaking of disgusting online abuse! Treyarch's Design Director, David Vondehaar, spent the week facing the ire of Hardcore BLOPS players after the studio rebalanced the reload times of certain sniper rifles in the game by fractions of a second, therefore somehow 'ruining' them irrevocably. Such 'hits' from the tirade include threats of murder, calling him a Pakistani, wishing that his Nan had cancer - yes, specifically his Nan - and hoping his wife and children were killed in a car accident. Video games, you guys.
- The new Ace Attorney game has DLC where your client is an Orca Whale dressed like a Pirate - I couldn't let TGR go with nothing but bad news, right? And yes, you read that correctly. YOUR CLIENT IS A GODDAMN WHALE WITH A FAKE MOUSTACHE AND A PIRATE HAT. What's even better is that this DLC is meant to link Dual Destinies to the story of the last chronological release, the Apollo Justice game, in an entirely serious manner.
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!