Oh my GOD, so many games out this week! Two Assassin's Creeds. Every numbered Halo, together again on one platform. Lego Batman's latest adventure. The new expansion for World of Warcraft. The PC port of a beloved PS3 classic. Games Games Games! Come talk about what you're picking up in this week's Tuesday Game Room!
What have you been playing this week?
I've been a bit snowed in with both work and university stuff this past week, so I haven't really had much time to play anything outside of a couple of games of CoD after it came out last week - it still continues to be fun, and hopefully I can get stuck into the campaign and finish that this week. I mean, it's Call of Duty, it's like, 3 seconds long, right?
In preparation for Warlords of Draenor, I've managed to decently gear up the Hunter I'm taking in as my 'main' character in enough that she'll be able to coast by the early levels, gear wise. Now to play the waiting game for my CE copy to come on Thursday...
Guys, seriously. There's so much out this week. It's kinda crazy. The Fall gaming season, pretty much condensed into 7 days!
Today's big guns include not one, but two entries in the 'shank dudes and climb shit' saga, Assassin's Creed Unity (PC, PS4, Xbox One) and Assassin's Creed Rogue (PS3, Xbox 360), as well as the amazingly meaty bundle that is Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One, bundling in the 4 numbered Halos together in one package. But it doesn't stop there! Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham takes to space on basically every platform it can (Vita, 3DS, Wii U, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC), Sonic gets a double showing in Sonic Boom: Ryse of Lyric and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal, on Wii U and 3DS respectively, Tales of Heart R and Senran Kagura Bon Appétit hit the Vita, and Konami's take on Football (well, non-american football that is) with Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 landing on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The PS4 also gets digital port of Terraria too!
Thursday sees the release of World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, WoW's 5th expansion just in time for its 10th anniversary, while the 3DS eShop helps itself to the Pokémon Trading Card Game on the same day.
But the most important release of all is today: Completely out of nowhere, the PC port of the PS3 JRPG/Strategy Game icon Valkyria Chronicles is out on Steam today. It's dirt cheap. It's amazing. It runs on basically even kettles. GET IT. GET IT NOW.
And now, the News
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Blizzard unveils Overwatch, its first new IP in 17 years - Odds are you've probably seen some of Overwatch already, as the internet spent the weekend losing its MIND over it, but yes, Blizzcon, Blizzard's largely-annual celebration of its community and its games happened this weekend, and they pulled the rug from under everyone by announcing a completely new franchise, in a genre they've not really touched: the FPS. Overwatch (which has a gorgeous artstyle, showcased in the almost-Pixar-worthy cinematic trailer) is a sort of hybrid between a competitive shooter like Team Fortress 2 and the hero-ability-focused world of Mobas like DOTA 2, wrapped up in the usual Blizzard polish. It looks super, super fun.
- Yes, Majora's Mask 3DS is happening - after Nintendo remastered Ocarina of Time for the 3DS' launch, fans clamoured for the other Nintendo 64 Zelda to make its way to the handheld. They've had to wait 3 years for it, but it's coming: Nintendo revealed the remaster in a Direct livestream last week, due for a Spring 2015 release. Rejoice!
- GTA 5's next-gen release adds a First Person Mode - it seems like a bizarre idea, but looking at the footage, GTA from the perspective of its characters seems like a blast, judging by the trailers Rockstar have put out, confirming that PS4, XB1 and PC gamers will get to shoot, drive, fly, and browse their phones in first person when the latest smash hit entry in the GTA franchise makes its way to them next week. Will you play it 'normally', or will you be dropping down to FPS-mode?
- Why Valkyria Chronicles still matters today - ahead of the the game's surprise arrival on PC this week, Eurogamer dug into the archives to find this stellar defence of the game, rightfully lauding it as one of the best games of its generation. If you don't want to pay attention to my mad ranting - understandable, honestly - give this a read.
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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