Tuesday Game Room: King of Kaiju Edition

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The summer lull continues, but Godzilla waits for NO SEASON. While the big gaming releases die down , that just means there’s plenty of time to play catch up or return to old favorites. What have you been playing this week? Come tell us in this week’s Tuesday Game Room!


What have you been playing this week?

A catastrophically busy week (a little thing happened last week) meant I had little time to play games this week, other than to... return to The Old Republic a bit?

I’d resubscribed recently, a potent mix of not having much to do gaming-wise and excitement for The Force Awakens, combined with an offer Bioware are running where subscribers get a special experience boost meaning the only levelling content you need to do is the story missions for each class. It means I can ignore the bits about the game I don’t really care for, and experience the story I wanted to in the first place. Turns out, that’s pretty much the best way to experience the game, as I’m having much more fun. I’ve just finished the “main” story, and am heading into the game’s expansion packs, Rise of the Hutt Cartel and Shadow of Revan. I was bummed out to hear they’re no longer class-specific stories (each faction gets a story, that’s it), but I’m looking forward to them.

New Releases!

They might not be blockbuster hits, but there’s definitely some games coming out this week. Kaiju brawler Godzilla stomps its way to PS3 and PS4, as does Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess (also out on Vita). Rory McIlroy PGA Tour tees off on PS4 and Xbox One, while the PS4 sees the arrival of God of War III Remastered. Finally, we’ve got No Time To Explain for Xbox One, and a trio of Playstation digital titles: The Fall and The Vanishing of Ethan Carter on PS4, and Monster Jam Battlegrounds on PS3.

And now, the News

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

  • Satoru Iwata, 1959-2015 - It’s easy to forget that as a medium, video games are still in their infancy. It is brought into stark relief, however, when such a young industry loses a titan as it did this week, with the death of Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata. A programmer at heart having worked for HAL Laboratories in the late 80’s and 90’s on classic games like Earthbound and Kirby’s Dream Land, Iwata joined Nintendo at the turn of the century before coming President in 2002. Under Iwata’s leadership Nintendo hit dazzling heights and crushing lows, but throughout, Iwata was a leader like no other—a man with such passion for the simple pleasure of games, a man defined by his seemingly absurd, yet delightfully warm relationship with Nintendo’s fans, from his insightful developer interviews, to his frequently hilarious Nintendo Direct broadcasts. There’ll never be another CEO like Satoru Iwata, and gaming industry is rightfully in mourning at his passing.
  • Jade Raymond heads to EA and Star Wars - The immensely talented Raymond, who rose to fame as a producer on the first two Assassin’s Creed games before managing her own studio at Ubisoft Toronto, has left the company for a similar position at EA: very specifically to help work on Amy Hennig’s purportedly Uncharted-esque Star Wars game. There’s some interesting stuff going on in the galaxy far, far away at Visceral, with all this talent it’s attracting. Hopefully we find out more soon!
  • PewDiePie responds to reports over his finances - In a bizarre turn of events, the internet at large was surprised to learn that the incredibly popular youtube star PewDiePie, a.k.a. Felix Kjellberg, makes a lot of money from his videos, following financial reports revealing that he made around $7 million in 2014. This typically sparked a wave of confusion and anger at this strange, new media of youtube stardom, to the point Kjellberg made a video in response—not to lash out at his detractors, but to educate them about what he actually does.

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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Ravenous Sophovore

Losing Iwata is emotionally like you were leaning on a rock, and then it’s abruptly gone. You always expected it to be there, just like it has every day since your childhood, and now you’re suddenly off balance and flailing.

I’d like to be excited about the combination of Uncharted + Star Wars + Bioware collaboration. That sounds amazing. Maybe when I’m not feeling so melancholy.