It's been a quite winter break for video games, but they're pretty much back in full force this week with a slew of releases - and America finally gets its mitts on one of the best 3DS titles of 2013. Don your adventuring gear, pick a Job, and get ready to Default bravely in another edition of Tuesday Game Room!
Aside from grinding some WoW dungeons - my tubby Pandaren marksman has now reached level 75, huzzah - the bulk of my time this week has been split between coming closer to beating Assassins Creed IV (I keep getting distracted by sinking ships filled with plunder, I can't help it!) and a new run through Dark Souls, thanks to a little bit of Dark Souls II hype with all the previews lately.
I've never considered myself a particularly good Souls player - I gave up on Demons Souls shortly after The Tower of Latria and its horrifying Cthulu wardens, and Dark Souls has never managed to stay with me beyond Queelag - but it's been enjoyable going into a fresh playthrough and trying a different character to what I normally would. I'm playing a more heavily armoured polearm/shield guy in comparison to my previous light and nimble magic users, and the difference is remarkable, and shows just how deceptively challenging Souls combat can be some time. I've just got up to the Gaping Maw so far, but for now, I hope I can stick with it... it'll need to last me a while until Dark Souls II gets a next-gen port (DO IT FROM, DO IT).
Fable Anniversary kicks off the week on Xbox 360 with an HD remake of the original Lionhead title making it's way to the marketplace (oddly enough, clashing with a collection of all 3 Fable games, for the same price as the standalone HD remake!), followed up by the long awaited release of Telltale's The Wolf Among Us Episode 2: Smoke and Mirrors (fans have been waiting almost 4 months after the release of the first, for crying out loud!) on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.
Later this week The Lego Movie: The Video Game, the game adaptation of the amazing looking Lego movie in the series of Lego games that adapt non-lego movies into lego games (... yeah) from Traveller's Tales hits everything - PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS and Playstation Vita - you could possibly want it on, and finally, after a long stint of waiting, Bravely Default: Where The Fairy Flies hits American 3DSes. You already know how much I adore this fantastic, superlative JRPG, and I'll have a little more to say when it comes out on Friday, but for now: If you have a 3DS, you should be buying this game.
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Is this really Source 2, the new engine from Valve? - A purported NeoGAF source outed screenshots from a Valve Presentation on the long awaited update to Valve's game engine Source earlier this week, showing off the Plantation level from Left 4 Dead 2 with some stonking looking visuals. If this really is our first glimpse at the engine - and who knows considering how painfully secretive Valve are sometimes - then it's definitely a positive one. It looks incredible.
- PS1 and PS2 Emulation might be coming to the PS4, but with more than you think - Another mysterious source in this week of rumours and hearsay news, this time from Eurogamer themselves, reporting that Sony might soon bring an update to the PS4 that allows some level of backwards compatibility and emulation of past titles. But what's most interesting is this idea that Sony are reportedly looking into offering built-in 'HD remasters' of all these games - running on a form of PC emulation that renders these old classics in full HD as a base standard, which is incredibly exciting. Persona 4 in HD on my PS4? SIGN ME UP.
- Sony UK's boss says PS4 outsells XB1 by 1.5:1 - Fergal Gara took the time time talk a little shop about the PS4's outstanding sales so far at a Sony Vita event this week, revealing that in the UK alone there's been a massive turnaround on platforms for the new generation, with the ratio flipping almost directly opposite to last gen, in Sony's favour. It's far too early to damn Microsoft quite yet, but this goes to show that the UK is not a brand-loyal country, but an extremely value sensitive one. Show us a multimedia box that has 80% of its USP features incompatible in Europe, and less power, for £80 more than the competition? We're not going to buy it, no matter how much we loved the 360.
- Hot Microsoft rumours reveal new Cheaper Xbox One model, Halo 2 remake and more - it's not all doom and gloom for Microsoft though, if these rumours hold any weight to them. Once again a number of sources came forward to dish details on the future of Xbox One, including some game reveals - A Halo 2 remaster this year as Halo 5 moves to 2015 and a new Crackdown in the works - but perhaps most interestingly, the rumour of a cheaper Xbox One that doesn't remove Kinect as some would hope, but instead the disc drive of the system, paired with a bigger hard drive, making it a digital-only console. It'd be an interesting move, if true - although downloading 50 gigs of game all the time might be tough on hard drive space and internet bandwith. We'll have to wait and see if any of this comes to fruition, however.
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!