Tuesday Game Room: Excelsior Line Edition

There's a distinctly undead vibe to this week's games, with both Zombie parkour madness and the revival of an old classic (that also happens to star dead people). Come tell us what you've been playing, freshly deceased or otherwise, in this week's edition of Tuesday Game Room!

What have you been playing this week?

Warcraft. Surprise. But new blood elf models on the PTR! Hooray. I can't wait to have them in game so I can roll a Horde alt for Draenor.


But aside from my usual shenanigans, Tales From The Borderlands' season pass went on sale on the PS4 recently, and I decided to use the 10% discount voucher Sony doled out for their Christmas outage to make it even more of a steal than it was. I'd heard really good things about it, but at the time chose to pick up Telltale's Game of Thrones series instead, which came out at a similar time - and mainly because I thought the idea of a Telltale-style game in the Borderlands universe, hardly known for its rich characters or... well, anything outside of its shooting and loot, sounded like a recipe for disaster. Turns out, it was bloody fantastic and way more enjoyable than Game of Thrones was (and that wasn't really half bad to be fair).

The aesthetic matches Telltale's own brilliantly, and works in their ailing engine's favour, the writing was spot on without delving into any of the awful 'oh look internet memes!' schtick that plagued Borderlands 2, it handled action and combat in a pretty interesting way (especially for characters that are not at all suited to Borderland's usual gung-ho gunplay) and surprisingly enough, I actually cared about the characters. Put this down to affable lead performances by Troy Baker and Laura Bailey, but I think it's largely because every character in Borderlands is already enough of a blank slate that Telltale had a canvas on which they could just write interesting characters, rather than interesting Borderlands Characters. But yes, alot more excited for Tales episode 2 than I am Game of Thrones' next episode.

New Releases!

The big releases this week are techland's new 'smash zombies in the face in first person and oh you can parkour now' game Dying Light for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC, as well as (at long last) the update of the legendary Lucasarts adventure game Grim Fandango Remastered, out on PC, PS4 and Vita. But there's some other things coming out too! Not much though. It's still January and video games still haven't quite got back into the swing of things.


Life Is Strange: Episode One, the first in Remember Me creators Dotnod's weird new adventure series hits the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC, while Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2: Sisters Generation (what a name) comes to the Vita. Finally, Wii U owners rejoice: Metroid Prime Trilogy is hitting the eShop after Nintendo announced their new plans for Wii ports. Hooray!

And now, the News

Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:

  • Dragon's Dogma Is Getting An Online Spinoff - I unequivocally loved Dragon's Dogma, Capcom's weird as hell Devil May Cry Meets Skyrim action RPG, so it's kind of disheartening that after waiting so long to hear more about the franchise, this cool sounding MMO-esque game is apparently not coming to the west. Yet, at least. Pretty please, Capcom?
  • All Of Dragon Age Inquisition's Ridiculously Catchy Tavern Songs Are Available As A Free Album - Ahead of them being released on iTunes, Bioware has released a DRM-free collection of the Tavern songs you can overhear during DA: I. Please excuse me while I go and put Sera Was Never on loop while I wait for that game-fixing patch to show up.
  • Sony Is Finally Issuing Settlements Over The PSN Hack - Even though it was three years ago. Man, legal stuff can take a while! If you're in the US and created a PSN account before May 2011, you're eligible for either 3 months of PS+, or a free digital PS3/PSP game.
  • Surprise, Elder Scrolls Online Is Going Free To Play - It's not surprising to hear about yet another MMO that's not World of Warcraft is going to the F2P route, especially ESO, which failed to really ignite a spark in either Elder Scrolls or MMO fans last year. On the plus side, the announcement was finally paired with a release date for the console versions of the game in March this year - almost a year after the game first launched.

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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