Telltale have dropped a pleasant surprise on us this week with episode one of their long-awaited Game of Thrones series, a welcome sight in an otherwise quiet post-Thanksgiving week. There's still plenty of gaming to be had though - share what you've been playing in this week's Tuesday Game Room!
What have you been playing this week?
I spent ages earlier this year whining that I was waiting for games to come out so I could play them, and what happens when they all come out? I'm paralysed by indecision. In World of Warcraft, I'm still level 98 - I've spent the past week logging on, doing Garrison stuff, and logging off, as it's all I have time to thanks to the all-encompassing Dragon Age: Iniquisition. Or as I've started calling it, Dragon Age: Indecision.
I'm not really that far into the story - I've only just gained access to the game's primary base, Skyhold - but every time I switch it on I'm confronted by the buckets and buckets of content I'm having thrown at me. I get why Bioware have done it - the criticism of DAII's tighter focus looms like a shadow as one sidequest after the other is flung in your direction - but at some point I feel hopelessly lost whenever I start playing. I'm losing track of the main thread, I don't know where to go or what to do next because I need to collect 10 spider butts for this guy, kill this demon for this other guy, close 3 rifts in the hinterlands, go here and do this, do that, do this, do that. There's so much content that it feels like there's too much content, and it's starting to get in the way of the enjoyment I've had playing it so far. Say what you will about DAII's many flaws, but there's something to be said for the tighter scope.
It's another quiet week, as it will be for the rest of the year at this point, but there's still a few games coming out. Let's kick off with Game of Thrones: Iron From Ice, Episode 1 of Telltale Game's 6 part saga set in the HBO show's fantasy universe. It's out today on PC and PS4, and tomorrow on Xbox One and Xbox 360. PS3 fans will unfortunately sit out for a week. Ubisoft have yet another release today, The Crew on PC, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One (although this one seems to have been quietly kicked out compared to AC Unity and Far Cry), while Terraria comes to the PS4 and Xbox One. Aside from that, it's a bit of a Playstation week - the PS3 gets Kingdom Hearts 2.5 ReMix and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, while the PS4 helps itself to Final Horizon and Secret Ponchos.
Finally, Friday sees another Nintendo first party release in the form of Captain Toad's Treasure Tracker for Wii U.
And now, the News
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Oh my god Sir Clive Sinclair is crowdfunding a new Spectrum - the ZX Spectrum was well before my time (our families' first PC was an Amstrad PCW), but this icon of British gaming is coming back, with the man himself behind the 80's classic bringing a new Spectrum to Indiegogo, which can emulate 14000 Spectrum games (and has a thousand built in to boot!). Seriously tempted to actually put money towards a crowdfunding project.
- Be warned, there's a Dragon Age bug that eats your Banter - Good lord, this sounds like the most petrifying bug a Dragon Age fan can encounter. Party banter is the best part of the series (the crown is still held by literally anything Isabela and Aveline say to each other), and a new nasty bug is apparently causing your travelling companions to button up and not speak to each other. How frightful! Bioware are looking into it, but can't promise a fix too soon. Hope you don't get it, Inquisitors. Although honestly I could do with having it only affect Sera in my game...
- Sony doubles down on the PS4 to save itself - Sony as a company outside of the Playstation division is in a dire mess at the moment, and close to the brink of financial ruination. As its other departments begin to decline, the company is doubling down on the profits Playstation has been creating in recent years, especially thanks to the astronomical success of the PS4. Don't put all your eggs in one basket Sony, even if it's a particularly sturdy one at the moment.
- Another apology from 343 as MCC matchmaking issues worsen - Wow, I didn't expect MCC to overtake Unity as the broken game news of the week, let alone almost 3 weeks after it was out. 343 have announce a solid stable of updates to try and stymie the problems preventing Halo fans from playing the multiplayer - aka the thing they bought MCC for - but it's kind of incredible this is still going on. Poor Chief, couldn't catch a break even with your special collection.
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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