September continues with a quieter week after the sales-beast that was Destiny tore through last week - but there's still plenty of games coming out. Come and talk shop about what you've been playing in the latest edition of Tuesday Game Room!
What have you been playing this week?
I have continued to play a lot - a lot - of Destiny, despite having some big bones to pick with the game. My Warlock Robo-bro is now Level 20 (well, light Level 24, actually), and it says a lot about how good the core gameplay is that I've sunk a ton of time into it over the last week despite some of the game's baffling flaws.
Right up there is the fact that Destiny's story basically does not exist, and I'm not entirely sure why. Yes there's a world there, one crafted with obvious care (even if Bungie annoyingly makes you realise that by reading their Codex-equivalent on a website), but an actual story to tell? There isn't one. There's such a barely loose thread to connect about 6 or 7 hours of shooting and looting that when it actually ends you're not even really sure what happened. There's annoying social restrictions too, despite Destiny being a supposedly social game - the weekly strike mission, for example, has no matchmaking component so without 3 similarly levelled friends you're out of luck, unless you want to try fumbling around in the Tower sending random people invites.
It really does speak to the gameplay that I can find so many things that bother me about Destiny as a whole, and yet I'm still loving playing it somehow.
If you're a fan of indie gems and Japanese oddities, then this is the week for you! Starting off with have the Final Fantasy RPG/rhythm game Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call coming to the 3DS, alongside Cooking Mama 5 (there's been at least five Cooking Mamas!?). Apart from Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution on PS3, 360 and PC however, this is basically a week for Playstation platform owners.
Murasaki Baby and Run Like Hell! Make their way to Vita this week, whilst Fibbage: The Hilarious Bluffing Party Game comes to the PS3 and PS4 as a cross-buy title. Air Conflicts: Vietnam Ultimate Edition and Anomaly 2 come to the PS4 as well, and finally, Fairy Fencer F lands on PS3. What an eclectic week.
And now, the News
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Microsoft have bought Mojang, creators of Minecraft, for two-and-a-half billion dollars - Two and a half billion. Billion! Yes, the heavily rumoured deal has officially happened, and whilst Markus 'Notch' Persson has departed Mojang with it, Minecraft and the team that runs it is now a Microsoft studio. It makes sense for Microsoft, given the ridiculous money Minecraft has made, especially on the Xbox 360, but at the same time, between this and Rise of the Tomb Raider, they're not really bettering public perception by buying out multiplatform titles and studios. Microsoft's infamous 'war chest' of funds is vast, but surely $2.5 Billion dollars could've gone to funding new first party IPs instead of just going 'well now we have Minecraft'?
- Douglas E. Smith, 1960-2014 - Douglas Smith, one of video game's earliest icons, the creator of the 1983 PC platforming classic Lode Runner, passed away last week. He was 53.
- GTA V is coming to Xbox One and PS4 November 18th - In a genuine surprise, considering Rockstar had said nothing about the port after its E3 reveal (prompting many to believe it wouldn't come out this year - and they're partially right, as the PC version has been pushed to January 2015), last year's biggest game is heading to next-gen consoles this November with additional activities, improved graphics and more. Will you be double dipping on GTA in a few months? I bet there's going to be a lot of people who will be.
- The next Ace Attorney game co-stars a Steampunk Sherlock Holmes - The Great Ace Attorney already sounded weird enough when it was revealed to be starring one of protagonist Phoenix Wright's ancestors at the turn of the 20th Century, but now Famitsu have revealed the game will partially be set in London and feature the famous sleuth as well, alongside a version of Watson who is a pink haired, 8 year old girl who just so happens to hold a Medical Ph.D and is a famous a novelist. Oh, Japan.
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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