A calm before the storm of next week rolls in sees the release of some dazzling indie titles this week, alongside some remasters, collections and a game featuring steampunk Abe Lincoln. Wait, what? Come talk about all things gaming in this week's Tuesday Game Room!
What have you been playing this week?
Most of my time this week hasn't been spent actually playing games - instead, just merely thinking about playing them. Specifically, Final Fantasy XIV.
Next week sees the release of FF Type-0 HD and with it, the Final Fantasy XV demo, so I've been on a bit of an FF kick. Then came the announcement of XIV's first expansion, Heavensward, getting a release date, and suddenly all I could think about as hopping back into FFXIV and trying out all the things I've missed since I last played, and try out the Rogue/Ninja job. I may or may not have been swayed by the glorious soundtrack too. I know I shouldn't — I frankly don't have the time to play one MMO like I do at the moment, let alone a second, and between Type 0 and FFXV's demo I'm going to have tens of hours of Final Fantasy goodness to delve into even without getting my Ninja skills on.
But dammit, I kind of want to anyway. FFXIV is such a fantastic game, and there's always something that draws me back to it after time away.
There is a surprising cavalcade of games out this week of all sorts, so lets get down to business!
Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea comes to the PS3, while the DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition brings Dante's latest adventure to the PS4 and Xbox One. Previously exclusive to last-gen consoles, Assassin's Creed Rogue sails onto PC, while the Sniper Elite III Ultimate Edition comes to PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. City building fans get to enjoy Cities Skylines on PC, joined by Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, also out on PS3, PS4 and Vita.
Once again you get another taste of Resi adventures with the release of Resident Evil Revelations 2 Episode 3 on PS4, PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, while Ori and the Blind Forest dazzles with its stunning platforming prettiness on Xbox One , Xbox 360 and PC. Finally, Sid Meier's Starships, the quasi-follow up to After Earth, comes to PC, and on Friday (in the US at least), steampunk strategy game Code Name STEAM lands on 3DS.
And now, the News
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Doubleagent the Pandaren becomes the first Level 100 World of Warcraft character who has no allegiance to the Alliance or Horde - In World of Warcraft, you pick one of two factions: The Alliance or the Horde, but unlike any other race, Pandaren characters can join either side, after spending 10 levels as a neutral character in the Pandaren starting zone. Doubleagent decided to stay there and not pick a side, choosing to grind out levels in the starting zone without picking a side. His insane task has taken him to the level cap in the game, which is now Level 100, four months after the latest expansion raised the cap to there.
- GDC sees the début of new VR kits from Sony and Valve - For a long time, the video game future of virtual reality was represented by the Oculus Rift, but the recent Games Developers Conference saw Sony announce its Morpheus headset would release next year, and also saw Valve join up with HTC to promote a separate headset. It's going to be interesting to see how competition in the VR market hots up with people starting to get into it who aren't Oculus.
- GTA Heists are now available - and only like what, a year and a half after they were originally planned for! Yes, GTA Online's co-op heists are now finally available to play. Will they be worth it? Honestly, after this long, probably not, but hey, at least they're here.
- Tales From The Borderlands Episode 2 is out next week - Speaking of lengthy waits for things! I loved the first episode of Telltale's series based in the Borderlands universe, but waiting almost four months for the next episode is inexcusable. Telltale have got a serious problem with the way they manage their games, and it needs to be fixed sooner rather than later.
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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