Video games! Summer plods on without much in the way of big releases, but that doesn't stop the fun - or, I guess in the case of this week, the fairytale noir shenanigans. It's time to talk all things gaming in another, wolfier edition of Tuesday Game Room!
What have you been playing this week?
It's been more Marvel Heroes from me this week, clicking my way through Hydra and AIM soldiers with reckless abandon as Rocket Raccoon. Marvel Heroes seems perfect as one of those games you can just pick up for a little while every other day, and then drop back out and do other stuff. I enjoyed it when it came out, but now that it's been fleshed out more since it launched, I might just keep up checking in on it.
Although I didn't take part in the Steam Sales a few weeks ago, I also played a game I managed to get on the cheap, thank's to Good Old Games' own sale - Casear III! I used to love this series of ancient history city-management sims when I was a little kid (for me the big one was Caesar, but there was also Pharoah and Zeus, so plenty of pantheons represented!), and I've not played one since I was about 11... and apart from the graphics, it still holds up incredibly well in my eyes. I'd love a full 3D remake or new entry in one of these series some day!
Digital rules the roost again this week, with just two retail games hitting shelves: One Piece Unlimited World Red, out on PS3, Wii U and 3DS, and Saints Row IV: National Treasure Edition on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. On the digital front, it's crossbuy-apalooza on PSN with both Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition and Mousecraft coming to Vita, PS3 and PS4 stores, and and Sacra Terra: Kiss of Death releasing as digital only on the PS3 PSN.
Finally though is the moment Telltale fans have been waiting almost a year for - the finalé of their much-lauded Fables adaptation, The Wolf Among Us Episode 5: Cry Wolf makes it to PC, Mac, PS3 and Xbox 360. Now Telltale, about the rest of TWD Season 2 and that Game of Thrones game...
And now, the News
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Destiny news blowout: Beta dates, Collector's Editions, Expansions, Oh My! - I came so damn close to buying that Ghost Edition until it was revealed that in the UK it's exclusive to GAME (Blergh!) as well as being £150, $100 more than the US pricing (Double blergh!). Alas, I've stuck with the cheaper limited edition. But fancy shinies weren't the only thing Bungie unveiled for their annual community holiday Bungie Day - Beta dates! The huge bummer here is that Xbox players, thanks to what have must have been a phenomenally filthy amount of money from Sony, only get access to the Beta for 5 days, compared to the 9 on Playstation platforms. Even the upcoming Expansions, also revealed, allegedly have PS-exclusive content in them. Although I benefit from it as a PS4 owner, this level of exclusivity in a multiplatform title, even one I am immensely excited for, is more than a little ridiculous.
- Mighty Number 9 launches a second fundraiser - Speaking of shady money things and video games, Keiji Inafune's wildly successful kickstarter for the Megaman-in-all-but-name sidescroller Mighty Number 9 is back, asking for even more money on top of the $4 million they got - to add extra content into the game like English voiceovers, as well as the announcement that the game even has an animated series already in the works. It seems a little skeevy to me that Inafune's doing this, especially as the kickstarter absolutely demolished its goals, but allegedly this second round of fundraising was developed out of fan feedback, so perhaps this is what people really want.
- Rob Pardo leaves Blizzard - Wow, now this is surprising. Pardo, whilst not one of the absolute old-guard members of Blizzard's roster, had an immense legacy at the studio, spending 17 years as lead designer on World of Warcraft (returning to the game recently to spearhead design for the latest expansion pack, Warlords of Draenor), Warcraft III, and Starcraft: Brood War. Game Design has always one been one of Blizzard's greatest strengths as a studio, and Pardo's influence is down to a lot of that - this essay by Oli Welsh does a lot in showing just how much his work on Blizzard IP's will be missed.
- Lindsay Lohan is suing Rockstar over a GTA V character - Absurdity abound! The controversial star is apparently up in arms about a minor character that appeared in last year's smash hit from the English studio, the vacuous valley girl celebrity Lacey Jonas. According to Lohan's lawyers, Rockstar stole the actresses' image, voice and even designs from her clothes line for the character... you can watch the clip embedded in Eurogamer's article and see for yourself, but methinks this might be a slightly desperate attempt to latch onto the ever-ephemeral popularity of a franchise like GTA, rather than a case with legal merit.
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!