This was going to be a good week amid the busy Autumn schedule, but things have been blown wide open by the joyous return of two of the greatest PC games of the 90's - strap in, Pilots of the Alliance and Empire, and divert all power to the latest edition of Tuesday Game Room!
I've been mainly pottering about in Warcraft this week, gearing up my Hunter in anticipation of having 90% of said gear invalidated by the release of Warlords of Draenor in a few weeks time. Although I'm still not 100% back on what Blizzard have done to Hunters, a much needed damage boost made them a bit more satisfying to play in the last week, so it's not been too bad.
I also found some time to jump back into Star Trek Online and dig into Delta Rising, the Voyager-themed expansion. I've not played much, but the presence of Voyager characters and their v/o has been a welcome thing indeed. I do love Voyager, warts and all, and it's nice to be back interacting with those characters.
There are a ton of games out this week, but let's kick off with the big guns - Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive hits today, as do Lords of the Fallen (PS4, Xbox One and PC) and your annual wrasslin' (WWE 2k15, PS3 and Xbox 360) and EA Basket-Ballin'(NBA Live 15, PS4 and Xbox One) franchises. But then, lots of smaller games!
Disney's Big Hero 6 comes as a tie-in for DS and 3DS - people are still making DS games!? - while Costume Quest 2 is console bound with PS3 and PS4 releases, and The Unfinished Swan comes to PS4 and Vita. The PS4 also gets a trio of digital titles in Home, Singstar and (ugh) #KillAllZombies.
But ignore all of that. The biggest releases this week are DRM-free, Digital rereleases of X-Wing and TIE Fighter - the classic Star Wars space sims that have been almost impossible to run on modern PCs, now available on GoG.com. GO BUY THEM LIKE RIGHT NOW.
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Valkyria Chronicles is coming to PC - Between the X-Wing/TIE Fighter news and this yesterday, I pretty much had one of the most nostalgic days of my life. Valkyria Chronicles was the game that forced me to get a PS3, moreso than any other exclusive in the console's entire catalogue - a gorgeous watercolour-styled game set in what was basically Anime World War II, blending JRPG plotting with an awesome SRPG/Third Person hybrid that was essentially X-Com with direct control over your units, years before Enemy Unknown. It was amazing, and although the sequels sunk in the West (well, only 1 did, the PSP-only Valkyria Chronicles 2 - the third never left Japan), Valkyria still stands as one of the greatest games of the last generation in my eyes. When it comes out on the PC, I absolutely recommend you play it.
- Smash Bros. Wii U will feature 8 player battles, Level editing and more - Nintendo held a Direct conference last week for the upcoming Wii U version of Smash Bros, revealing a bunch of version-exclusive details, including a Level Editor and the chance for 8-man madness. Also revealed was Mewtwo's return to the franchise as the game's first ever DLC character - free if you buy both a 3DS and Wii U copy of the game, but available for a price early next year.
- For Christmas, Santa Microsoft is cutting the cost of the Xbox One - now this is interesting. The holiday season is approaching, and the first 'real' Christmas for the PS4 and Xbox One means Sony and Microsoft are starting to up the ante in a bid for sales. Microsoft is kicking it off with a $50 discount, exclusive to the US, for Xbox Ones, bringing them down to the $349 price of the PS4 officially. Will it be enough to trump the PS4's sales dominance in the US? Who knows, but between that an the incoming Halo collection, it makes the Xbox One a very tempting offer.
- The PC Dev who threatened to kill Gabe Newell has resigned - Oh dear, this was an unfortunate one. Mike Maulbeck discovered that Valve's Steam front page had classified his recently released game as still in Early Access, sparking an angry tirade on twitter that culminated in a death threat to the company's head honcho, Gabe Newell. Seems like a bit of a crazy overreaction, but the response was enough for Valve to hastily pull Maulbeck's game from sale altogether. Quickly realising his mistake, Maulbeck apologised by quitting and completely giving up his stake in the company. Remember guys: don't threaten to Kill people on Twitter, it does not go down well.
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 the unofficial io9 community group on Steam!
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