Tuesday Game Room: The Witchering Hour Edition

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Yes, it’s the week you’ve all been waiting for. Months of anticipation! Excitment! Yes! The next piece of Destiny DLC is finally out! Oh, and maybe also The Witcher 3, the latest sprawling RPG set in the world of Andrzej Sapkowski’s fantasy novels. Getting your Witching on? Come tell us in Tuesday Game Room!


What have you been playing this week?

Aside from a whole heaping of Star Wars: The Old Republic, I spent my weekend wallowing in regret. By which I mean, I played Destiny.

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Uuuuuuuuuuugh. With the new House of Wolves DLC out this week, I decided to level up a Hunter and reacclimatise myself to the game. And goddammit, it’s just so frustrating. The grind to 20 is awful, then there’s the other grind to try and get better and better gear. But still, I’d not played a Hunter before — flinging knives at people is fun! — and I’m ready to try out this new DLC. I’m weirdly optimistic that this will be more enjoyable than the base game, or the first DLC, but maybe that’s just naivety on my part.

New Releases!

Naturally, The Witcher 3 — out on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 — is the big release of the week. But let’s not forget Farming Simulator 15, out on PS3, Xbox 360, PS4 and Xbox One, you guys! What a week, what a week.


On the digital front the week is spearheaded by the release of Life Is Strange Episode 3 on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and Destiny: House of Wolves on PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360. Those titles are joined by a trio of games for Playstation platforms: Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed and Alien Shooter on Vita, and Aces of the Luftwaffe on PS4.

Finally, Friday sees the release of NASCAR ‘15 on PS3 and Xbox 360, and Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros 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:

  • 3D Realms May Try To Get Duke Nukem Back - I’m not really sure why anyone would want to own the Duke Nukem franchise after the mess of Duke Nukem Forever, but apparently, 3D realms could get Duke back following legal ramblings between themselves and current Duke owner, Gearbox.
  • Divinity: Original Sin is coming to consoles - Hooray! The awesome RPG will have graphical updates, a new controller-friendly input system, and a reworked storyline. And to boot, PC gamers who bought the game will receive all those extra benefits as part of a free update when the console version lands.
  • Gears of War Remaster Leaks, Microsoft Remotely Shuts Down Xbox Ones of Leakers - It’s not really a surprise that the first Gears of War is getting a next-gen remaster, but its existence was finally solidified last week when footage of the in-progress update was leaked by testers signed under a Non Disclosure Agreement. Microsoft in turn responded to their contract breaking by remotely “bricking” the leakers Xboxes as punishment (in turns out that all they had really done was ban them from Xbox Live, which while effectively neutering much of what the console can do, does not entirely render it unusable as many worriedly believed). Beats getting sued for breaking an NDA, if you ask me!
  • Ubisoft will no longer make Xbox 360 and PS3 games - The veritable end of an era. One of the biggest third parties on the planet announced recently that their console development will now solely focus on the Xbox One and PS4, saying goodbye to the last-generation (except for Just Dance games, apparently. The last vestige!). It’s sad to see these iconic consoles phase out of relevance, but equally, it’s about time the industry started focusing on what they can get out of these nearly 2 year old consoles.

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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Beyond Earth just got its first expansion announced!

*foams at mouth until fall*

Hot damn, I can’t wait to see where this game goes. Everyone knows (except, apparently for the commenters on Civilization’s facebook page who insist on acting like it’s remotely fair to compare vanilla Beyond Earth to any of the previous fully expanded Civ games) that these games get exponentially better with each expansion. And now it sounds like they really want to go to strange new worlds with this expansion. You want to build ocean colonies? Go for it. You want to settle on a planet reminiscent of Earth before it became friendly to life as we know it? Have fun with that. New units, upgraded diplomacy, more resource types… I mean, I wasn’t a hater. I loved vanilla Beyond Earth, warts and all, but now I’m really imagining the game’s full potential, and I can’t wait to see it.

Anyways, I’ve been a bit schizophrenic when it comes to gaming lately. I’m onto my last planet in my TSLRCM run, the droid colony of M4-78, and I sorta lost steam because it doesn’t look like I’m going to run into the last HK-50 squad that I need to unlock the HK Factory, so, while deciding whether to finish this run and try to recruit HK-47 earlier on my next playthrough or simply start over, perhaps picking a side rather than staying neutral (I kinda forgot that you don’t get a prestige class unless you’re way Light Side or way Dark Side), I’ve been flitting back and forth between Morrowind and Empire at War.

In Morrowind, I’m rocking a stealth character with a little touch of mage. Not that it will ever actually matter due to the old-school mechanics and the fact that criminal investigations in Tamriel aren’t bound by forensic evidence, I just love the idea of committing assassinations with Bound Weapons so that the murder weapon ceases to exist after a minute. Good luck tying me to these crimes with anything beyond circumstantial evidence, fuzz of the Bitter Coast!

Empire at War (vanilla. I enjoyed Forces of Corruption, but I wanted to play the Empire and I recall the Zann Consortium being badly OP, especially against someone who hasn’t played the game in years) is tougher than I remember. I’m playing the Galactic Conquest scenario “Empire at War” on Medium, and the Rebellion has one very large, remarkably annoying fleet and so much space to hide in right now. Meanwhile, the Imperial economy is far weaker than it ought to be and our key worlds are defended by far too few, far too outdated ships. Locking down even a tiny sector of the Galaxy from Core to Rim will go a long way towards freeing up border defense ships, but as long as those insurgents can strike from the shadows and prey on our weakest defenses, the Empire will remain on far shakier ground than its propaganda would ever let you believe. Also, I maybe should have spent more time replaying the tutorials to better prepare myself. My bad.