Ah, summer is here—and that basically means video games have decided to give it a rest for a couple of months. Now’s the time to get out there and enjoy the sunshine, or... stay in and play all those video games you’ve been meaning to catch up on? Let’s go with the latter. It’s time for Tuesday Game Room!
What have you been playing this week?
I polished off Arkham Knight this week—well, I completed the main story line, but an unfortunate bug meant I couldn’t actually finish the game without collecting every interminable Riddler Trophy left to find (over 200 of them!), so I gave up and watched the endings on Youtube. It was a shame that my Batman experience ended on a sour note, because I actually ended up enjoying Arkham Knight a lot more than I expected to. I’m the sort of Arkham fan who vastly prefers Asylum to City, so I was dreading that Knight would be much more like the latter rather than the former, but it’s much better.
My apologies in advance, Xbox One gamers—unless you want Spectra (also out on PC this week), there’s not much for you here. The PS4 and Vita get the lions share of releases for the week, with Pneuma: Breath of Life, Skullgirls 2nd Encore, Toro and Rocket League (also out on PC) hitting the PS4, and Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved, and Nekoburo: Catsblock coming to Vita.
The last release of this awfully quiet week? Battle Fantasia Revised Edition, out on PC.
And now, the News
Once again it’s time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Come salivate over 18 minutes of No Man’s Sky - Hot off its E3 demo, here’s another whole hunk of gameplay footage from Hello Game’s wildly ambitious sci-fi-exploration game. NMS has talked a good talk, especially in regards to combating the ceaseless “but what do you do??” chatter over the past few months, but it’s nice to see the game itself walking the walk—and looking fantastic while doing so.
- Dragon Age Inquisition future DLC won’t come to Xbox 360 and PS3 - With the PS4 and Xbox One well and truly established, the days of cross-generation support are thankfully coming to an end. While we’ve seen a few games and series start ditching the old consoles and their limitations, future support for DLC across cross-gen games took a new turn today as Bioware announced that any future story DLC for Dragon Age would be exclusive to current-generation platforms. Really, it’s about time the industry got all Frozen about the 360 and PS3. They were great, but their time is at an end.
- Take a look at Telltale’s next adventure game... Minecraft - I genuinely didn’t expect to enjoy this as much as I did. The baffling announcement of creating a narrative adventure around a game practically defined by its lack of narrative structure was a strange one, but Telltale seem like they’ve done a good job of crafting a lighthearted tale in the blocky world of Minecraft. Let’s hope this is Tales from the Borderlands quality, rather than Game of Thrones quality.
- Star Wars Battlefront’s Closed Alpha leaks a ton of new footage - HOMINA HOMINA HOMINA. Over the holiday weekend EA and DICE treated select PC gamers to a brief closed alpha of Battlefront, and despite the many warnings, many participants leaked screenshots and footage galore out of the brief demo. I am extremely excited about this game, and even the little snippets from the Alpha were more than enough to get me bouncing around in a haze of Star Wars glee. This looks fantastic. Is it November yet?
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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