It's another quiet week for big releases - perhps most notably Screamride, Microsoft's new rollercoaster game, but that's not stopping a veritable cavalcade of smaller titles coming out this week. Trying something new? Digging into your backlog? Tell us all about it in Tuesday Game Room!
What have you been playing this week?
I got the ridiculously dumb SELFIE camera in World of Warcraft this week, thanks to the release of patch 6.1. It lets you do really silly pictures of your characters, and I kind of love it, even if it's the only real piece of new content added in the patch? I mean, look:
That was like, our fifth pull of that boss. People in LFR just do not grasp mechanics sometimes. I didn't even get the boots I wanted! Ah, memories.
Aside from WoW, I've spent a bit of time this week with Monster Hunter 4, but not as much as either I or the game would like, it seems. Now that I'm considerably more busy, a game as grindy as Monster Hunter 4 is something I only really get to enjoy in short bursts, even if the game doesn't necessarily want me to do that. I'm still getting to grips with it mechanically as it's my first game in the series, but still, it's a very slow burn.
Screamride, on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, is about as big as it gets this week, but it's not all that's out. Shiftlings comes to PS4, and PC, while White Night hits PS4, PC, and Xbox One. Capcom's weekly release cycle for its latest RE game continues with the release of Resident Evil Revelations 2 Episode 2 on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One (look Telltale! This is what episodic releases should look like!). The rest of the week's downloadables all come for Sony platforms: Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines lands on Vita, as does Helldivers which also comes out on PS3 and PS4. Crimsonland drops on PS3, La Mulana EX comes to Vita, and lastly, OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood makes its way to PS4 and Vita.
And now, the News
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Battlefield 4's Winter Patch Drops Today - I started playing Battlefield 4 recently thanks to the base game and the premium season pass being on sale for dirt cheap on the PSN store, and I quite like it, but the one thing that has consistently bugged me is a soldier's inability to traverse cleanly over teeny walls and other small surfaces, which isn't particularly handy when you're trying to sprint/mantle here there and everywhere. It being fixed is one of the first lines in the patch. HUZZAH.
- Prominent Dead Or Alive Tournament bans skimpy costumes - DoA has been long dogged as a game for perverts (despite its competence as a fighting game) thanks to its focus on boob physics and sexy costumes for the cast of female fighters, but new rules for tournaments featuring the latest game have come out with a soft ban on many of the skimpiest, most sexualised outfits during matches in an attempt to improve the franchise's image in the competitive scene. Naturally, some people are crying censorship, but it seems like it's a progressive step to making it all about the fighting, rather than the cast's chests.
- Final Fantasy X/X-2 rise again for the PS4 in May - splurged out on the previous HD remaster of FFX and its sequel? Well, get ready to do so again when it comes to the PS4 in a few months, complete with even HD-ier graphics. I skipped the original remaster release so I'm more than happy to buy this version, but it's a bit of a dick move to release this one relatively shortly after the PS3/Vita release with better texture work and additional features, and then charge full price for it.
- Destiny leaks unveil a new social area for the game - An area for you to stand around and do stuff all in, am I right? I kid, I kid, as leaks for the next Destiny content pack actually seem like they indicate there's some content in it, unlike the incredibly underwhelming The Dark Below (why yes, I am still bitter, thank you). Chief among those additions is a new hub akin to the Tower, this time based in the Reef, home of the Awoken that you visit in the base game thinking it's a new area, only for it to be a handful of cutscenes and nothing but disappointment. STILL BITTER.
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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