It's 2015! What gaming treasures await us in this new year? Well, err, nothing this week, as there's basically nothing out as everyone still shakes off the holiday season. But that's no excuse to not being playing games! Come tell us what you've been playing in this week's Tuesday Game Room!
What have you been playing this week?
This weekend, boldly, I sought the power of Ragnaros - and found it in the form of this delightfully ridiculous mount. I left partaking in WoW's 10th Anniversary raid until its final weekend (it wrapped up today), and it was actually the first raid content I've taken part in this expansion. And it was kind of a nightmarish reminder of just how WoW's raiding design has evolved over 10 years into something that isn't a real pain in the butt.
Molten Core has the nostalgia fuzzies, sure, but it's just not fun to expect people to get through. The trash mobs are somehow wildly more dangerous than the bosses themselves, and the boss design has no interesting mechanical aspects to it, instead choosing the lazy 'you've been cursed and do significantly reduced damage/receive less healing for the reminder of this fight. Have fun!' style of boss design the game has thankfully grown out of, it's far too overlong to attempt in a sitting, and the amount of times you can wipe 40 people because bosses roam among trash mobs willy nilly is just absurd. Still, I got my mount and my achievement, so I was happy. Some memories are best left to the past.
Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition for the PS3 and Vita. Woah Dave! for the Vita.
That's it. That's literally it. I think video games are actually taking most of January off. Thank god for the backlog, right?
And now, the News
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Nintendo start selling 'Ambassador' New 3DSes in Europe - Well, thanks for thinking I'm not ambassadorial enough Nintendo to earn access to this shiny, super early version of the new 3DS. I wanted an XL anyway, suckers! The fancy limited edition has gone on sale to select Nintendo Club members today, even before the console has a EU or US release date other than just '2015'. It's a pretty cool move, and presumably is an indicator the updated handheld is on the way soon. I've held off on a few great 3DS games from last year (Persona Q, Theatrythm, Smash Bros., Pokémon, etc.) in anticipation of the new one, so I'm looking forward to it.
- Sony has sold 18.5 million PS4s worldwide - Jesus christ, that's a lot of PS4s, and apparently not sold to retail but actually sold directly to customers. Just over 4 million of which were sold in the holiday season (between November 23rd and January 4th) alone. No wonder PSN exploded over Christmas! Well, that DDOS helped too.
- Video Games In The UK: Better than Ed Sheeran, not as big as Frozen - New figures show that entertainment products in 2014 were dominated by Frozen-fever, but FIFA and Call of Duty kept their grasp on the hearts and minds of the UK public by cinching up the 2nd and 3rd spots. Take that, Ed Sheeran!
- Destiny Expansion details leak - Well, surprise, Bungie and Activision look to be releasing a disc-based Destiny Expansion later this year, which comes with the sort of content you would've expected what they're actually calling their DLC packs to include (Especially at £20 a pop), and two more pieces of DLC after that too. Maybe after you've spent like, £160 on Destiny content it'll feel like what it should've felt like at release for £45? Haha. Ahahaha. Ha. *cries*
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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