'Twas the TGR before Christmas, and all through the deck, not a niner was stirring, not even to check... this week's Tuesday Game Room! Oh god, that was a terrible intro, I'm sorry. But let's talk about some games, yes?
What have you been playing this week?
I'm still finishing off Bravely Default, and absolutely adoring it. I don't think I've ever been so held by inescapable joy playing a single game before, but Bravely Default has become all encompassing when it comes to my gaming time these days. I'm pretty sure I'm close to wrapping up, but in a way, I don't want to - there's always something slightly tragic about finishing a game that you love. That element of something being lost, that this experience that you've enjoyed over how many hours will stop being 'new' and become familiar. In a way, I like Bravely Default so much I want to prolong the inevitable as much as I can, but it still drives me closer to completion every time I play.
There are actual new releases this week! Of all weeks! Unsurprisingly though, they're all digital titles rather than retail releases. First up, the Xbox One gets its first Halo game... kinda. Halo: Spartan Assault, the top down shooter starring Halo 4's Sarah Palmer previously exclusive to Windows 8 and Windows Phones, makes its way to the new Xbox too.
The PS4 gets a delayed-from-last-week port of Zen Pinball 2, and finally, the Wii U sees the arrival of CastleStorm. Something for everyone!
And now, the News
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Xbox Platforms will exclusively début a documentary about the Atari 2600's E.T game - This is a neat form of exclusive for Microsoft. As part of its push for Xbox-exclusive TV content (including the much ballyhooed Steven Spielberg Halo show), this new documentary from Zak Penn and Simon Chinn will chart the story behind the legendary bomb that was E.T on the Atari 2600, how Activision ended up burying millions of copies in New Mexico after the game was critically panned. It's due for release some time in 2014, on Xbox One and Xbox 360.
- Nintendo's latest Direct video reveals 2014 lineup - Nintendo close out 2013, the Year of Luigi with another of their Nintendo Directs, looking forward to some new games on 3DS and Wii U next year. First up, Yoshi's New Island will hit handhelds in Spring, and the Wii U will see a bizarre crossover between The Legend of Zelda and Tecmo Koei's Dynasty Warriors franchise in Hyrule Warriors later in 2014, which... there's probably less said about that, the better. In other news, the Year of Luigi continues (concludes?) on New Year's Eve with the eShop release of Dr. Luigi, a clone of the tetris-esque Dr. Mario games, and Super Mario Galaxy's Rosalina was announced as the latest fighter in the new Super Smash Bros' roster.
- Warhammer Online has closed its doors after 5 years, but there may be hope - Mythic's long running MMO in the Warhammer Fantasy universe finally died a death last week, with its servers going permanently offline as the lauded WoW-Killer finally succumbed to a waning audience. However, developers at Mythic are holding out that the game might not be quite so done - a Developer 'offline' server that would allow characters to continue to explore the world in a single player format could be, with some convincing, be pushed out by EA to players who don't want to let go of their characters.
- Disney announces Star Wars Attack Squadrons, a Free to Play dogfighting game pitting Rebels against the Empire - I'm really of two minds about this. Whilst I don't mind F2P mechanics done well, that is often a rarity rather than the norm, especially when it comes to a license like the Star Wars franchise. But then again... some sort of multiplayer spiritual successor to the likes of X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter or Rogue Squadron, done well? I am all over that concept like a fat kid in a sweet shop.
Don't forget, voting is still open for the O-Deck's first Community Game of the Year Award! If you've still not voted, head on over to this post for a summary of the rules and to leave your comment. You've got until Midnight EST on December 30th.
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!