Another week, another trove of video games - including another crack of the whip for the Wii U in the latest Donkey Kong venture - but I get the feeling none of them might be the video game you've been seeing most of this week. But ignoring a certain beta for now, let's get our Kong on in another edition of Tuesday Game Room!
What have you been playing this week?
I have of course, been playing a bit more WoW, and my Hunter is juuust about ready to start raiding the latest content this week, when the raid reset goes out alongside a new patch tomorrow. I'm coming for you, Garrosh! Although for now I've just been hanging out on that swanky rare mount I found last week:
(Eagle-eyed TGR readers might be able to spot a particular theme going on with my Hunter's name and his pet...)
But yes, aside from WoW I have been playing the PC beta of Titanfall. You can read an in-depth look at how I feel about the game in the post I made yesterday but for now I'll reiterate a bit. I just haven't got the Titanfall hype since its E3 reveal - I thought it looked fun, but I wasn't getting the heebie-jeebies or the 'this is the future of Next-Gen/FPS games/whatever' vibes. I put it down to maybe having to play to understand, but even then, after a few days of playing, whilst I do think it can be bloody good fun, I still kinda don't get the fuss. Doesn't stop it from being a blast though! I think knowing I can use my Dualshock 4 with my PC, I might be tempted to pick up that version on the cheap (oh wait it's published by EA ahahahaha) down the line, if not at launch. Could be a fun thing to futz about with in the summer doldrums or something.
Rayman Legends gets a next-gen upgrade this week with a release on the PS4 and Xbox One, and the new Strider makes its way there too, alongside PC/360/PS3 releases. Back on last-gen we've got your annual dose of driving around in circles with NASCAR 14, and an onslaught of creepy crawlies and infamously dodgy gameplay with Earth Defense Force 2025. Finally, the week is capped out with the release of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on the Wii U - and it's kinda the last thing in a while, Wii U gamers, so you might wanna pick it up just to have something to play.
Oh, and of course, the Titanfall Beta is accessible to all on Xbox One (provided you have Xbox Live Gold, that is), as well as PC users who registered interest in the beta before February 15th - it ends tomorrow at 6pm PST, so if you meet the requirements and want to try it, get on that!
And now, the News
Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:
- Yoshinori Kitase would love to remake Final Fantasy VII, but it's not happening any time soon - Here's your bi-annual update on whether FFVII is getting its much-desired remake: still nope! Kitase cites staff availability and budgeting as the major limiting factors, but let's also remember that Square-Enix has a lot of Final Fantasy on its plate, with last week's dodgy end to the divisive Final Fantasy XIII saga in Lightning Returns, western ports of the HD remasters of Final Fantasies X and X-2, the ongoing maintenance of Final Fantasy XIV, as well as continuing development on Final Fantasy XV. I think we can wait a bit to see FFVII in sparkly new graphics, honestly.
- With Flappy Bird gone forever, let the cloning begin - Hot off the Flappy Bird phenomenon, Tom Phillip's look at the seedy, weird underworld of Phone game cloning is a really interesting read. Just goes to show what an insane industry Phone gaming is these days.
- Sega secures the future of Atlus - And good news, they're just gonna let them get on with making games! After the troubling bankruptcy of Index last year, western Atlus fans got a little worried at what would happen to the makers of the adored Shin Megami Tensei and Persona franchises, but at least this new commitment by Sega shows that they'll be making games for hopefully a good long while yet. Now Atlus, just... just announce western ports of Persona 4 Dancing All Night and Persona Q while your at it, right? I'm jonesing for a fix here.
- PS4 smashes its Financial Year 2013 estimates with a month to go, with 5.3 million+ consoles sold worldwide - The PS4's crazy sales continue, despite stock shortages practically across the world, with a wopping 5.3 million units sold through to consumers as of February, with the console outselling its rival almost 2:1 in the US last month. It can only bode well for Sony's results by the end of the financial year, with the console finally releasing in Japan this weekend. As of the end of last month, the Xbox One had sold 3.8 million units worldwide.
- Irrational Games, 1997-2014 - In a shock announcement, Ken Levine, the creative force behind the likes of Bioshock and System Shock, has announced that the rights to the Bioshock license have been directly handed over to Take-Two, and that all but 15 members of the studio's current would be laid off. Levine's new team, according to a statement that now wholly encompasses what was the Irrational Games website, will be focusing on small-scale, Digital Download titles that are 'narrative-driven games for the core gamer that are highly replayable', and will work within the confines of Take-Two. Bioshock Infinite's Burial at Sea Part 2, due out later next month, will be the last piece of content made for the game, as well as the last content Irrational make as a studio after 17 years of existence.
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 us on Steam!
And, as Balmut asked nicely, here is the Twitch Community's livestreamed attempt to Play Pokémon Red... with thousands of users providing the button inputs. It may autoplay with sound, so beware:Watch live video from TwitchPlaysPokemon on www.twitch.tv