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.

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.

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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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