Hot on the heels of a week of nothing comes... some games! The video game lull might be continue to be in full effect, but that's not going to stop Kirby, Spider-Man and friends - Come and talk about what you've played this week in another edition of Tuesday Game Room!
What have you been playing this week?
I finished the main story of Final Fantasy XIV this weekend, and holy cow. Holy cow. So much Final Fantasy goodness! Playing as an MMO you sort of forget that at some point the story you're being lead on has to culminate, but I just sort of forgot, up until the point shit started to kick off and the races of Eorzea finally struck out against the evil Empire once and for all. The final few quests are all tied to group instances, but it's the first time the game allows for parties of 8 rather than parties of 4, and as it's the end of the progression, most of those players are clad in their Job's iconic armours - the white plate of Paladins, the purple draconic mail of the Dragoon, White and Red White Mage robes, Black Mages in pointed hats - and Taroro Taro, in her Summoner's garb. You get to take out the stories' main villains one by one in exciting fights. You get to fight Ultima Weapon. Then you speed out of the violently exploding Imperial stronghold you've just laid to waste in a goddamn Magitek Armour straight out of FFVI. It's great. It's genuinely the most fun I've had with a Final Fantasy title since FFX, and I'm so excited to get stuck into the endgame content.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is probably the 'big' - in so much as a movie tie-in game can be 'big' - release of the light week, coming out on pretty much every platform but the Vita and, oddly enough, the Xbox One (although that's in flux - Activision officially indefinitely delayed the XB1 version, but it's apparently accessible on the Xbox Live Marketplace, and kind of a mess). That's not to say there aren't many games out, they're just sort of... odd. Unless you're dying to pick up your preorder of Rambo The Video Game (PC, PS3) or Legend of Oz: Dorothy's Return (3DS).
It gets better later in the week though, with Child of Light, Ubisoft's JRPG-inspired adventure utilising their gorgeous UbiArt engine, out digitally for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC and Wii U. Friday sees a double hit for the 3DS, with both Mario Golf: World Tour and Kirby Triple Deluxe (the 3DS is 3 years old now, and we're still getting titles that jokingly allude to 3D. Guys, stop!!) hitting the handheld.
And now, the News
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- The legend is real: Copies of E.T for the Atari 2600 dug up in New Mexico - the tale of the dumping of millions of copies of E.T The Extraterrestrial has long been an unconfirmed myth in the video game industry, but now we know it really was true. After flopping so hard and heralding the great video games crash of the 1980's, Atari did dump untold copies of this most turgid of games in landfills in New Mexico. A documentary following the excavation will air exclusively on Xbox platforms later this year.
- The next Ace Attorney stars an ancestor of Phoenix Wright in Meiji Period Japan - Let me reiterate that for you: An Ace Attorney game set in Meiji Period Japan. That sounds awesome! Dai Gyakuten Saiban, or 'The Great Ace Attorney', takes us back to the last years of 19th Century Japan, a period of great change in the country, for some judicial fun. If it ever comes to the west though, Capcom might have some trouble - the Ace Attorney translators have infamously strived to imply the games take place in a fictional North America, despite the series constant Japanese influence. Meiji Japan and 1890's America were two wildly different places, so if Capcom do decided to bring it over (hopefully), things could get weird. Well, apart from the usual Ace Attorney weirdness.
- Microsoft reveals its current slate of original TV programming - the 'TVTVTV' aspect of Microsoft's Xbox One reveal quickly faded into the night after a very hostile response from consumers, to the point that it's only now, six months after launch, we've got a better look at just what they'll be doing. The Halo series gets its due with both the Spielberg TV series and a Ridley Scott 'digital feature', there are several documentaries, and for sci-fi fans specifically, an English adaptation of the Swedish drama Humans in collaboration with Channel 4.
- Journalist seeks to chart the first 10 years of EVE Online - The wildly successful kickstarter by Andrew Goren is claiming to be the first history book written about humans in a virtual world, and whilst that claim seems a little far fetched, the political backstabbing, epic battles and sprawling economies of the EVE universe, in its tenth year, seem like they'd be ripe for archiving in a book. I don't play, but I'd definitely be interested in picking this up.
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!