It's a pretty exciting week in games, what with the release of not only Evolve, the new monster based competitive co-op game and new Nintendo hardware. What are you playing this week? Picking something new up? Come tell us in this week's edition of Tuesday Game Room!
Aside from the usual Warcraft, I actually played two other games this week! That's like, a record.
First up was the second episode of Telltale Game's Game of Thrones series, which came out last Wednesday. I vastly preferred it to the first episode, but I still feel that it is far to slavish to the TV show license, to the detriment of providing an interesting story or original characters. The Forrester gang still feel like House Stark-lite, and having a scene where actual Jon Snow (Kit Harington does a pretty good job as a v.o.) stands next to Faux Jon Snow Gared Tuttle (Jon Faux?) while they both monologue at each other about how they couldn't be there to save their family from dying was just symbolic of how absurd it's getting. Especially in sharp contrast to Telltale's Borderlands series, which takes an existing world and creates a new, interesting lens into it, Game of Thrones is too much like the show for its own good.
The other game I played was the Battlefield Hardline beta - I'm by no means a Battlefield player, in fact I've not played one regularly since Bad Company, but I thought I'd give this ago as I've not played a shooter for a while. I actually thought it was pretty interesting! I only liked the new game mode they've got in, called hotwire (think Battlefield's conquest mode, but the capture points are cars that have to keep being driven around to be controlled), but I had far too much fun piloting, and crashing, helicopters as my teammates manned the guns to hunt errant roadsters. Not enough fun to pick up the game, but I enjoyed my time with it.
Evolve is your big release for the week, coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One, but aside from that, there is not much else outside of Chivalry: Medieval Warfare and Hypervoid for the PS3, and Minutes and Aeterno Blade for the Vita.
But then this Friday sees the release of the New Nintendo 3DS XL (and the New Nintendo 3DS in Europe) as well at trio of titles for the service that will have enhancements on this more powerful version of the handheld: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy+, and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate.
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- At last, Screenshots are coming to the Xbox One - One of my favourite features of my PS4 is the ability to snap screenshots from games at the literal press of a button. The ability to share footage and pictures across different platforms easily is pretty much what defines the next generation of consoles for me so far beyond prettier graphics, so thank god the Xbox One can join in on the sharing too! Huzzah.
- Bioware's Shadow Realms project is cancelled - Oh dear. Recent rumours pegged big rehauls for the recently unveiled 4v1 game from Bioware Austin, but it's now been revealed that the game is just being cancelled, so the studio can focus on their other game, The Old Republic.
- Nintendo's absurd Youtube program gets less and more absurd, somehow - Well, this continues to be a mess. Remember last week, when people were up in arms about Nintendo's new ad deal for people wanting to use their content on Youtube? It's still backwards and terrible, but in slightly less ways now. The company has stepped back in the need for a participating channel to give Nintendo 30% of the ad revenue on all of their videos, regardless of whether they featured Nintendo content or not - now you just have delete those non-Nintendo videos, or individually license your Nintendo videos to give Nintendo a 40% cut per video! What a mess.
- Persona 5 gameplay and details revealed - Speaking as a Persona fan, OH MY GOD I'M DYING THE HYPE IT LOOKS SO GOOD. Atlus finally unveiled the first ever gameplay footage of the next Persona game - 7 years after the last mainline Persona title was released - and uncovered the new protagonists, his allies Ryuji, Anne, and Morgana the cat, as well as a slick new aesthetic and approach to the world of Persona, where players will play vigilante thieves using their powers to enact their own brand of justice. Watch that trailer. JUST HOOK IT DIRECTLY INTO MY VEINS.
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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