Man, this is a packed week! September gives way to October with a surprise hit for the week, the return of Nintendo's all-star brawler, and yes, even more Persona fanservice. Let's pursue our true selves and the rest of the week's gaming talk in another edition of Tuesday Game Room!
What have you been playing this week?
Whelp, my basically at this point hate-love play of Destiny continues, and be warned, I'm going to go off on a little rant here that if you've not played Destiny will make exactly zero sense to you. Anyway, shall we begin?
THE SUROS REGIME IS ABSURD. Whilst Bungie were busy patching all the excitement out of Destiny last week, an accompanying blog post noted what players had known for ages - Assault Rifles in Destiny PvP were extremely overpowered. Promising fixes in the near future, Bungie left it at that. And then a day later, gave their weekly Exotic Gear vendor (the dude who doles out the most powerful weapons and armour in the game) the Suros Regime, an Assault Rifle of incredible power that was essentially a broken weapon even without the broken aspects of Assault rifles in there already. Naturally, everyone who could get one bought one, and now PvP is filled with the sound of the Suros ringing out across the battlefield. I bought one just to feel like I could compete in PvP any more, and the above screen showing a particularly ridiculous match I had speaks to the weapon's madness. But hey, patching out Loot Cave was way more important than not breaking PvP, right guys? Hahahahahaha *sobs maniacally*
VIDEO GAMES ARE COMING! No seriously, there is a lot this week. And the big release of the week is a game that no one was expecting.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, of the back of a wave of stellar reviews, simply walks onto PS4, PC and Xbox One today. But the games don't stop there! Forza Horizon 2 speeds its way onto the Xbox One, Natural Doctrine hits the Vita, PS3 and PS4, and Falling Skies: The Game hits 360, PS3 and PC. I bet that last one's real good.
There's even more where that came from however - follow up to the excellent Persona fighting game Persona 4 Arena: Ultimax (or to give it its true Japanese title, Persona 4 Arena: The Ultimax: ULTRA SUPLEX HOLD, which might just be the best video game name ever) fuses its way onto the 360 and PS3 in the US, whilst the Vita gets a duo of games in Invizimals: The Alliance and Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus.
Wrapping up this week, Nintendo brings the heat with the (still terribly named) much-awaited arrival of Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS on Friday for, err, 3DS, whilst Activision plans to steal the wallets of very parent on the planet with the latest toys-to-game shenanigans in Skylanders Trap Team on 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, Wii, Wii U, 3DS and Mobile platforms. That's a lot of platforms!
And now, the News
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- You can now play the Pokémon Trading Card Game on an iPad - MOVE OUT OF THE WAY HEARTHSTONE. Announced last month at the Pokémon World Championship, the hugely popular card based Poké-shenanigans are now on the appstore for the grand total of... free? Sure, you've been able to play the game on the official Pokémon website for a while now, but a mobile version is more than welcome.
- After Seven years of work and multiple reboots, Blizzard's Project Titan is dead - Well, don't expect a 'next-gen' MMO from Blizzard soon then. Despite last year's reannouncement that Titan had gone back to the drawing board, it seems like Blizzard couldn't come together to craft a cohesive vision for their purportedly sci-fi-themed game, after practically defining the MMO genre with World of Warcraft. What next for non-WoW projects from Blizzard, then?
- The next Total War game has a hell of a lot of Huns in it - Announced at this year's Eurogamer Expo, the next Total War game seems like a bit of a retread really, in a series that's been doing quite a bit of that for a while now. Total War: Attila is essentially the Barbarian Invasion expansion for Rome Total War, but spinoff as a full sequel using Total War: Rome II's engine. Hopefully this one won't be as horribly broken as Rome was at launch!
- RIP, Playstation Home - It's the end, but the moment has been prepared for. Yes finally, after years of service, the wacky, absurd and somewhat oddly loveable social playground Playstation Home will terminate service as of March next year. Download as much virtual tat as you want before the end of this year though, because Sony plans to stop offering content for Home by the end of November. Fare thee well, you mysterious project, you.
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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