Bayonetta is back in action! Platinum Games, err, games are like buses this week - you wait ages for one, and two come along at once. There might not be many 'huge' titles coming out, but there's a lot to love in this week's edition of Tuesday Game Room!
Yup, you guessed it: I played a whole lot of World of Warcraft this week. Since patch 6.0.2 hit, I've been back in the shoes of my beloved - and now even more awesome looking, thanks to the character model update - Night Elf Hunter, Telsandre, and getting back into the swing of things as I gear her up for Warlords of Draenor next month.
And it's been really weird. There's been a lot of changes to the Hunter class, especially my Marksmanship Spec, and at first I found it awful trying to unlearn my old flow and try to figure out the new incarnation that Blizzard has created. I hated having a disconnect between myself and a character that I was so in the zone with, and it was a bizarre feeling. A week running LFR to get some gear has given me some time to adapt, but I'm still not sure how I feel about it. I've played Marksmen Hunters since I regularly started playing WoW back in 2010, so it's weird trying to get used to the changes. We'll see how it goes.
There might not be mega-blockbuster games this week, but that doesn't mean there's a ton to look forward to. Seminal PC adventure series The Longest Journey returns with a new entry, Dreamfall Chapters, and is joined by Sid Meier's Civilisation: Beyond Earth as the PC's one-two punch for the week.
On consoles, it's apparently the music/dance-themed week, with The Voice and Just Dance 2015 coming to Wii, Wii U, PS3 and Xbox 360 (PS4 and Xbox One for Just Dance 2015 too), while the 360 and Xbox One get Harmonix's latest rhythm madness in Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved. The PS4 is getting a host of digital titles in Escape Goat 2, Flustercluck, and Race the Sun (also PS3 and Vita), and there's also our first of two Platinum Games entries for the week: The Legend of Korra for PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PS4. Yes, you read that correctly - the people behind Bayonetta and Vanquish are making a character action game based on the beloved animated series.
Finally, Friday sees three Nintendo releases, Pokémon Art Academy and Fantasy Life for the 3DS, and of course, Bayonetta 2!
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- UK Government could bring in harsher punishments for Internet trolls - This isn't entirely related to gaming, but with the nastiness that has been 'Gamergate' lately, it's rather pertinent. A new law could extend the time that people who send vicious online harassment messages spend in Jail from 6 months to two whole years. The UK's malicious communications act is a decade old, and was written before the true rise of social media and online gaming as we know it today, so it's good to see that politicians are finally going to start looking at tailoring laws to our modern world - especially its uglier side.
- Jade Raymond has left Ubisoft - In sad news, Jade Raymond, who has worked on a plethora of Ubisoft's huge franchises, from Assassin's Creed to Splinter Cell and most recently Watch_Dogs has departed the developer after a decade of service. Raymond has been one of the most visible female producers in the industry for a long while, so I hope that while she's leaving Ubisoft, she's moving on to something else in gaming - the industry would be a worse place without her.
- Even more footage of the canned Battlefront 3 emerges online - My heart twangs a little each time we see a little more of Free Radical's cancelled Battlefront 3. I adored the two BF games, and whilst the build shown in this leak is obviously very early, there's still a few seeds in there that make it look like Battlefront of old. Let's hope DICE's upcoming take on the franchise can reignite the spike the venerable Star Wars series deserves.
- The Master Chief Collection's day 1 update is 20GB - Holy crap, that's basically a whole game's worth of data! The MCC reportedly had trouble jam-packing a single Blu-Ray with 4 Halo games and their multiplayers, and this content patch will be needed to access the Multiplayer portions of each game. Hope you've got good internet, Xbox One gamers - you'll need it.
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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