The October game deluge continues! A veritable swathe of titles this week means there's something for everyone - especially if you're a fan of horror or of insanely funny robots. Picking a new game up this week? Playing something else? Come let us know in the latest edition of Tuesday Game Room!
I finished Shadow of Mordor this week, and although the story ended in a largely unsatisfying way, I still had an absolute blast stomping around Mordor and lopping heads off left, right and centre. Despite the storytelling being average at best, the rest of Shadow of Mordor is polished to a brilliant sheen, and the thirty hours I spent completing challenges, working my way through multiple orcish chains of command and generally having fun were well worth it. Definitely one of the most pleasant surprises of the year so far.
I also decided to replace the soul-sucking grind of Destiny in my life with World of Warcraft, and promptly resubscribed again after a five month break. The new 'pre-expansion' patch, which actually brings basically all of the expansion changes and additions to the game outside of the new levelling content and 10 extra levels, hits tomorrow for EU servers - so I'm looking forward to staring at all my pretty new character models and them promptly freaking out about everything that's changed with my precious Marksmanship Hunters. That bit, I'm looking forward to a lot less. Bring on the Iron Horde!
There's plenty to look forward to this week - kicking off with the last-gen exclusive (which looks all the more pointless now sales of Last-gen games have dropped off a cliff in the past year) Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, out on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. The other big multiplatform release this week is The Evil Within, Shinji Mikami's latest take on survival horror, out on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition makes its way over to PS4 and Xbox One, Peggle 2 comes to PS4, as does Nidhogg (also on PS Vita), and weirdly enough, a Duck Dynasty game on 3DS, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One and PC. EVEN THE GODDAMN DUCK DYNASTY GAME IS RELEASING ON CURRENT GEN CONSOLES, 2K. WHAT THE HELL.
Aside from that, it's a lot of smaller digital titles, but there's also the US launch of the Playstation TV - so hey, now you don't have to buy a PS Vita to play Persona 4: The Golden. Yay.
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Bungie's latest Destiny patches finally nerfs Assault Rifles - Good news, everyone! Bungie finally decided that, a month after acknowledging that Assault Rifles were broken, that they should be fixed. I mean, it's not like they gave players access to superpowerful, ultra rare assault rifles in the meantime that made playing PvP a nightmare with anything else, eh? Oh.
- Ubisoft hits back over the Assassins Creed 'Parity' controversy - Ubisoft have finally responded to the claims they held back the PS4 version of Assassin's Creed Unity, after generating a storm of hate for a week when they revealed both version of the game would run at a sub-1080p frame rate. Time will tell if biting back will quieten the conspiracy theorists that believe the company were paid off for the resolution, but they weren't help when Bioware snarkily revealed their upcoming Dragon Age game is 'fully optimised' for both consoles.
- Nintendo's last official magazine is closing down - Ah, ONM. I subscribed to it back when it was still Nintendo Official Magazine, and loved every issue. There's something sad about another gaming magazine going the wya of the dodo, but with Nintendo's growing engagement with digital community work through Twitch streaming and Directs, it's nice to see the company getting with the times when it comes to fanbase interaction.
- Driveclub directors look back on their surprising server issues - One week on from the games release, and servers are still facing plenty of errors for Driveclub, to the point that the game's 'free trial' PS+ version has still yet to come out in an attempt to keep player load at a minimum. With every game and it's dog coming with a hefty integration of online features these days, is this the future of console gaming? Let's hope Driveclub is just an unfortunate blip.
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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