Nazis, Cyberpunk, Dragons and Latin American Dictatorships clash in this week's bevy of video game releases - truly something for everyone! But no matter what you're playing this week, why don't you come chat about it with us, in another edition of Tuesday Game Room!
What have you been playing this week?
God knows what actually inspired it, but this weekend, instead of playing FFXIV, getting excited about Watch_Dogs (okay maybe a little, that leaked footage looked really nice! Still cancelled my preorder for review-waiting though), or downloading the new episode of The Walking Dead, I decided to root around my study drawers and... play The Sims 1?
Okay I also had a major flashback to the early 2000's and downloaded some custom Sims 1 Skins too, as you can see by my eclectic family of Kathryn Janeway, Aeris Gainsborough, Spider-Man, Frodo Baggins and Sub-Zero. Looking for skins was actually a super intriguing, quasi-anthropological look back onto just what Pop Culture was in the early 2000's (The only Doctor Who skin I could find was Tom Baker, and he was called 'Dr. Who'!), with some ridiculous dissonance - the Spidey skin, for example, was advertised as 'based on the hit new movie!', to which my brain fractured thinking somebody had gone and made a Sims 1 skin of the suit from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, only to realise that it was actually the now 13 year old Raimi Spider-Man suit, at which point all of the life force was sucked out of my decrepit husk of a body.
But oh my, I've not played a Sims game since Sims 3 launched - and Sims 1? It's got to have been at least a decade if not more. I'd forgotten how simple it was, and yet so fun. Prime experience ready to complain loudly about how The Sims 4 ruins it all (probably, who knows about Maxis after SimCity) later this year.
VIDEO GAMES ARE COMING! What a strange sensation, after these scant past weeks. It's a big week for both Digital and Retail releases, but let's start with retail: Wolfenstein: The New Order, the latest in B.J. Blazkowicz's adventures fighting off ridiculous Nazi armies in the name of freedom, makes its way to PC, 360, PS3, Xbox One and PS4 as this week's marquee release. Joining it are a triad of Japanese-made PS3 exclusives - Drakengard 3, R-Type Dimensions and Mugen Souls Z - and PC releases of Tropico 5 and Killer is Dead: Nightmare Edition.
On the digital front, releases are lead by SuperGiant's first game after the smash hit of Bastion, the Urban Sci-fi ARPG Transistor, on PS4 and PC only today - but that's not all! Sparkle 2 comes to the PS Vita and PS4 as a crossbuy digital title, Z-Run hits the Vita, and finally, the Wii U eShop joins the party with Swords & Soldiers HD.
And now, the News
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Halo: The Master Chief Collection reportedly gathers Halo 1-4 for the Xbox One - Yes yes, Microsoft also revealed the latest Halo game this week (the frankly, as a Halo fan, terribly titled), Halo 5: Guardians, but this was the really interesting Halo news this week: Engadget reports claiming that, since Halo 5 has fallen to 2015, Microsoft are keeping the franchise in people's minds this year with an up-port of Halo Anniversary, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4 to the Xbox One. It's a weird one, considering the seperate, all but confirmed rumour of Halo 2 Anniversary making its way to the XB1 this year too, but still, man! I can't say I like where Halo went post-bungie, but if there's an updated Halo 3, complete with its multiplayer and all the maps, on Xbox One... I might have to buy one a lot sooner than I ever intended to.
- There's a kickstarter for a new console... for dogs! - Okay it's not super video-games-related, but hey. Dog console! The CleverPet, which is currently seeking kickstarter funding, offers an inventive way of keeping your pet active and engaged while you're out of the house at work - by giving it treats administered after your dog solves a simple puzzle. Clearly though, the real question is, when is the Watch_Dogs CleverPet port coming? ... I'll let myself out.
- Flappy Bird is returning, complete with Multiplayer - Flappy Bird, the mobile game that took the world by storm for a few weeks earlier this year before being promptly pulled by its Vietnamese creator out of fears of its addictiveness, is apparently coming back to app stores August. Designer Dong Nguyen, who is currently working on a new game too, says the new version will support multiple players and will feature less addictive qualities, whatever that entails. Can lightning strike twice for Flappy Bird, after months away and untold numbers of ripoff clones?
- Kinect Sports Rivals flops, leading to job losses at Rare - Sad times for UK Games development, as the legendary Rare have let around 16 people go after their latest Kinect title failed to set the charts on fire according to Eurogamer sources. Also, I bet that being at what has become a Kinect-focused developer just as Microsoft announce it's ditching its intent to have every Xbox One come with a Kinect is a pretty big blow. Poor Rare, a shadow of their former selves. There's lots of rumours about them having plans for this E3 though, so maybe some of that old glory can be recaptured.
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!