It's been nearly a decade since the game that would become Final Fantasy XV was announced, and this week, we finally get to actually play some of it. How cute, it thinks it's a real video game and everything! Will you venture into Episode Duscae this week? Tell us about it in Tuesday Game Room!

What have you been playing this week?

I've always been a fan of city builder sims, so this weekend I sat down and purchased a copy of Cities Skylines after hearing all the good buzz about it. Instead, I got to spend time staring at a black screen. Yay?

Turns out there's a bug with the game that is affecting certain users, meaning that upon start up, the game merely loads a cursor and nothing else, rendering itself unplayable. I tried every fix I could find, and alas, nothing worked, so I contacted Steam on Saturday to ask for a refund. I've still not heard anything back, so huzzah for Valve's notoriously horrendous customer service.

Instead, I chose to relapse into Final Fantasy hype ahead of Type-0 and Episode Duscae by resubbing to Final Fantasy XIV. I'm trying out a Rogue/Ninja for the first time, and it a ton of fun. God, I'd forgotten how much fun this game could be!

New Releases!

The big release of this week is of course Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and the included standalone demo, Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae. You can only get the XV demo by purchasing Type-0, but it's apparently a very good game in its own right, so at least there's that.

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Cop-on-crook shooter Battlefield Hardline hits the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One this week as well, but aside from that, it's relatively small pickings elsewhere. 5 Star Wrestling comes to PS3, the full retail version of the episode adventure Resident Evil Revelations 2 lands on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Cabela's African Adventures goes next-gen on PS4 and Xbox One, and Bladestorm Nightmare joins it on the same platforms.

Finally, Nintendo are releasing Mario Party 10 for the Wii U on Friday. The tenth Mario Party!

And now, the News

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

  • Nintendo are bringing their franchises to Mobile - Nintendo fans, the sky is falling! Or, you know, not really. Today Nintendo announced that they would be working with Japanese mobile network DeNA to create the apps and games, which will feature Nintendo's vast cadre of characters. It's something investors and armchair critics alike have been pointing to for the company, which has long resisted the idea of bringing its creations to someone else's platform. That's all to change though, by the looks of it. And never fear - while they were at it, they announced that their next home console is already in development. NX, as it is currently dubbed (and knowing Nintendo, will no doubt have a far less interesting name when it's launched), will be revealed some time next year.
  • Uncharted 4 delayed into 2016 - Poor Uncharted. Everyone was excited to get to grips with the game this autumn, but alas, Uncharted 4 will skip 2015 and instead come out early next year. I'm sure there'll be more than enough to play without it, but ready your thinkpieces about the death of video games as we know it just in case there isn't.
  • Titanfall 2 will be multiplatform - A smart move considering the actually pretty nifty shooter ended up petering out quite quickly thanks to meagre sales of the Xbox One. Now more people can enjoy Titanfall, huzzah!
  • PS4 Update 2.5 adds Suspend/Resume - Only like what, 2 years after it was first announced as a feature for the PS4? Well done, Sony. It's not something I'd expect to use myself, but considering people have been clamoring for it for so long, it's about time they added it to the system.

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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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