It might be a quiet week, but we have not one, but two different ridiculously named games out: Blazblue Chrono Phantasma Extend and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth3: V Generation. While I go laugh at those, come and discuss what you’ve been playing in this week’s Tuesday Game Room!

What have you been playing this week?

Like I imagine many people have, I’ve spent the last week playing Batman Arkham Knight, and finding myself enjoying it a lot, lot more than I expected to. I am one of those Arkham fans that vastly prefers the sense of place of Arkham Asylum over the overstuffed open-world of Arkham City, so I was dreading that Knight, with an even bigger open world, would be more of the same—but Knight feels like the game City should have been in terms of not only how it handles its open world, but how it treats putting in as many Batman characters as it can. I must admit though, a good chunk of my enjoyment is coming from playing as the Adam West Batman from the get-go (previous games demanded that you finish the story once before using alternate skins), which makes sneaking around and beating dudes up a lot more fun:

I’m literally about 95% done, with only the end of the story and the ridiculous Riddler trophies (which I am totally not doing) left to go, but it’s been a hell of a ride.

New Releases!

It’s a very quiet, unless you love Japanese games and small downloadables. The aformentioned Blazblue Chrono Phantasma Extend (PS3, PS4, Xbox One) and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth3: V Generation (Vita) probably headline the week. J-Stars Victory Vs+ hits PS3, Red Goddess: Inner World the PS4 and Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 lands on Vita to round out the Japanese loveliness.

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Quiplash comes to PC, PS3 and PS4 this week, and finally, we have two new PS4 titles: Whispering Willows (also on Vita), and good ol’ Scrabble.

And now, the News

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

  • Destiny is gating new content behind Red Bull purchases - Ugh. Ugh! A bad PR week for Destiny decides to immolate itself with the reveal (shortly after controversy over the price of its upcoming expansion pack and a general worry about the lack of content in the game) that an upcoming multi-part questline will be locked away behind the purchase of a Destiny-branded can of Red Bull. Between the loathsome press release mocking the userbase for “usually paying a premium for content like this” and the fact that the promotion locks out non-US players altogether, it made for a very mess PR situation.
  • Arkham Knight is deeply, deeply busted on PC - Hey, you know how reports started coming in last week about the new Batman Game being a bit dodgy on PC? Well, turns out it was a hell of a lot worse than that. Game breaking glitches, poor optimisation, a lack of visual effect present even on the console versions of the game and a down right inability to function at the best of times saw Warner Bros remove the PC version of the game from sale entirely. And now it sounds like work to make the PC version what it should have been at launch will take quite some time.
  • Ex-Uncharted director’s Star Wars game is basically Uncharted in Space - In between inadvertently announcing The Last of Us 2 and dropping details about Uncharted 4’s change in direction at a recent convention, Nolan North, the voice of Nathan Drake and roughly 4 billion other game protagonists also hinted that Amy Henning’s new Star Wars game, being made over at Visceral Games, is basically Star Wars Uncharted. Could the cancelled Star Wars 1313 be getting revived? Or is it something new entirely? Either way, it sounds pretty damn exciting.

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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