It's the week of port jobs, as both Xenoblade and Dark Souls 2 both get the updated treatment and a transition to other platforms. Will you pick either up? Come talk about the games you've been playing in this week's Tuesday Game Room!
(Look, it was that or a Really Feeling It joke for the title. Forgive me, Xenoblade fans!)
What have you been playing this week?
I've actually been playing the 3DS Xenoblade, as it came out last week in the UK. Somehow between FFXIV and Type-0 I've found time to start another JRPG. Where the hell did all these come from?
I didn't have a Wii by the time Xenoblade came to the UK, so it's my first time playing it, but I'm definitely enjoying it so far. The combat mechanics are interesting, the world looks really vibrant and fun to explore (it looks a lot better on the 3DS than screenshots or footage would have you believe), and I definitely appreciate the British twang of the voice cast, a rarity for Japanese game localisations. Now I have JRPGs to last me until basically the end of time, at the rate I'm playing games lately.
Etrian Mystery Dungeon, the latest spinoff in the Atlus dungeon delving franchise hits 3DS, while Bastion makes its way to PS4. Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones lands on PC, PS3, PS4, and Vita, while Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin comes to PS4 and Xbox One after a release on PC last week. Tower of Guns comes to PS3 and PS4 digitally, too.
Finally, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D for the new 3DS (only —it won't work on old 3DSes!) hits American shelves this Friday.
And now, the News
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- OnLive is dead, long live OnLive - Oh OnLive, you came to us too soon, when no one really wanted a gaming streaming service. And now that we're seeing a rise of cloud game streaming services through things like the advent of remote play on Sony systems or the NVIDIA Shield, poor OnLive is on the way out for good. But while the service is gone, its tech will live on: Sony have purchased much of the company's patents and licenses, presumably as part of their expansion of Remote Play and services like Playstation Now.
- Modders are already working to bring Russia's crazy Free to Play Halo game to other countries - You might have heard the crazy news that Microsoft have unveiled a new, PC only Halo game recently: Halo Online, a PC F2P FPS that is currently exclusively for the Russian market. That might not last for long though, unofficially. Not only have modders started work to strip many of the microtransaction elements from the game (ooh err), they're actively working at making the game playable outside of Russia. Microsoft is understandably displeased.
- Square-Enix covers up the New Final Fantasy mobile game's "Too Sexy" male protagonist - Mobius Final Fantasy, a new mobile game, features a scantily clad male hero named Wal. But S-E have decided that Wal's garb was too revealing for its own good, adding in extra material in an attempt to make the character look less sexually appealing. Where was this line of thinking when it came to designing FFXV's Cidney/Cindy?
- Yo-Kai Watch is finally heading westwards - Dubbed the next Pokémon as sales have surged in Japan, prompting a wave of game/anime/merchandise fuelled mania, Level 5's Yo-Kai Watch, which revolved around kids battling spirit creatures and harnessing their powers through a magical watch, is coming to the US and Europe later this year. Will it have the same success here as Pokémon did in the late 90's? I doubt it, but hey, it'll be nice to see what the fuss is about.
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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