This is more of what I expected following the Fall rush. There aren’t any new, retail titles launching week, everything is digital on either the Nintendo eShop or the PlayStation Network. That’s okay though, because in just a few days most gamers will be opening a title or two from under the tree or perhaps nabbing deeply discounted gems on the Steam Holiday Sale.
This week’s lineup:
Over the weekend, Chris Roberts announced that Arena Commander, a module for Star Citizen, has hit the 1.0 status.
The update brings forth many changes, availability of ships, and systems to fight around. The Aurora ship will be the ship to first feature a HUD and be the prototype for testing out said feature.
The missile system has been changed up a bit along with the countermeasures meant to deal with them.
Other updates include signal to noise ratio, which Chris goes into a lot of detail about and how it affects targeting and other aspects of the game.
If you're a backer, go on and download Arena Commander 1.0 to test out. Just because it's 1.0 doesn't mean they are finished as they will continue to implement new features and fixes as time goes on.
Seems like every few months there's a reason to have a Mega Man month...not that I'm complaining mind you. While this isn't really a Mega Man month, this week saw the blue bomber's 27th anniversary and with it some sales in the eShops. This sale will run through December 22nd and sees Mega Man II, III, and IV on the 3DS for $1.49 each, while over on the Wii U we have Mega Man 5 and 6 for $2.49 each and Mega Man 7 for $3.99. This week also sees the launch of Mega Man Zero on the Wii U's Virtual Console.
This week also sees the launch of Natsume Championship Wrestling on the Wii U's Virtual Console. Yep, back during the 80's and 90's we had wrestling games that weren't just WWF and WCW. Sadly back then I wasn't really into wrestling...and until I posted this I hadn't even heard of this one so I might have to look up some info to see what it's like.
In other sales news there are quite a few sales going on with both eShops through January 1st including games like Art of Balance and Nano Assault Neo, plus SteamWorld Dig will be 50% off until January 1st on both systems. Little Inferno will be $4.99 until January 1st over on the Wii U and 1001 Spikes, VVVVVV, and other Nicalis games are on sale through January 5th on the 3DS. If you're looking for a new game to pick up for the holidays, there's plenty to choose from.
Also, Duck Hunt will hit the Virtual Console on December 25th. Um...yeah. Time to break out the Wii Zapper again.
With the release of it's PC version, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, joins the revolution and gets the 4k treatment. Using it to their advantage, Konami has been able to use the excess in pixels to increase the number of simultaneous light sources, the numbers of models that can be displayed at once on-screen and has increased shadow resolution. These additions should make an already great looking game even more gorgeous to the eye on a 4k resolution monitor or tv. The 4k version is currently on the new PC version only, that launched on Thursday, December 18th, and can be picked up now on on from your digital provider of choice.
Activision has released a new teaser trailer showcasing Exo Zombies, the new zombie mode coming to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
Although news leaked in early November about Exo Zombies, details were little. With the trailer comes some more puzzle pieces about what gamers can expect when fighting the undead.
John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan, and Jon Bernthal will star as the main characters for the mode and will be used by players fighting an all new brand of enemies: Exo Zombies, which as the name suggests, have Exo suit abilities.
The first chapter of Exo Zombies will be part of the Havoc DLC pack coming in 2015 and is also included in the Advanced Warfare season pass.
Check out the new trailer below:
After Sony announced PS4's Chinese launch date, Microsoft chopped $80 off China's Xbox One. Valve said controversial shooter Hatred was unpublishable (then changed its mind and said well ok). Also, goodbye GameFly Digital—Direct2Drive is back.
What are you playing this weekend?
Russell Archey, staff writer, @NeoScyther
In an attempt to not go cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs and spend a lot of money during the Steam Holiday Sale, I'm going to work on my backlog a bit, more than likely continuing my trip through Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. I'll also be working on Basketball Pro Management 2015 to see if I can get a team to the playoffs. Then again, if I can't get a baseball team to the playoffs, how do I expect to get a team from a sport I rarely watch to the same goal?
Sean Colleli, staff writer, @scolleli
I'm taking some vacation, so the sky's the limit. I might get back to Dragon Age: Origins, although I'd like to finally finish Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, Bayonetta (1 and 2) and Hyrule Warriors. As if my Steam backlog wasn't bad enough, now I'm getting a Wii U backlog!
Jeremy Duff, senior staff writer, @Duff3c
This weekend will be all about me washing the taste of The Master Chief Collection out of my mouth with some early access to the Halo 5 beta. I like everything that I have seen thus far with the early previews of the game. I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on the playable build. Aside from that, I plan on making a fool of myself online in Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- on the PS4 because I can never quite do too well with any Guilty Gear game, but I love playing them nonetheless.
Cody Hamby, staff writer, firstname.lastname@example.org
I'll be spending my little bit of free time this weekend hopping into my growing backlog of Xbox One games. And I will be putting at least some time into Lords of the Fallen, as I just picked it up on the cheap due to the sale on it and the money I had from rewards.
Travis Huinker, staff writer, @travishuinker
Thanks to a mention by John, I'm now again returning to Fallout: New Vegas along with plenty of mods. Beyond exploring the nuclear wasteland, I hope to finally finish the main story in Dragon Age: Inquisition if I'm able to avoid all the side distractions. Lastly, I plan to get some miles traveled in Euro Truck Simulator 2 for the current holiday event.
Charles Husemann, editor-in-chief, @chusemann
Dragon Age: Inquisition is still my main jam and occupying all of my gaming time. It's one of the rare games where I really want to explore the world and burn through all of the side quests. The mythology is fantastic and even grinding tasks like closing rifts still feels important after the thirtieth one or so. The biggest issue I have with the game is just how buggy it is. It's better now after the patch, but before that you would have an hour or so of wonderful gameplay that would grind to a halt when you hit a glitch or a bugged dialog screen.
Randy Kalista, staff writer, @RandyKalista
I'm backtracking to some RPG series that deserve a second chance (from me): Fallout, Fable, and The Witcher. Back when they were released, I played more Red Dead Redemption than Fallout 3, more Mass Effect 2 than Fable 3, and a heckuva lot more Skyrim than anything else, let alone The Witcher 2. But now I'm looking for my second-bests from those bygone years, and the cooling weather is perfect for a nice, hot cup of role-playing epic.
Rob Larkin, staff writer, @Rob_GN
The great thing about finally going next gen a year late is that there is a nice backlog of games on the cheap. So this week I secured dusty old copies of Assasin's Creed IV: Black Flag and Watch Dogs, and this weekend I'll be giving Watch Dogs a spin. I just finished up some great sessions on Shadow of Mordor, so I figure Watch Dogs will be the better change of pace before taking on Black Flag's high seas.
Matt Mirkovich, staff writer, @Stillmywords
So, I've got a bit of a log jam by getting both next gen consoles at the same time, and I'm trying to juggle Persona Q, Suikoden 2, Far Cry 4, GTA V, Sunset Overdrive, and D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die. I'm also putting a lot of time into Fantasy Hero: Unsigned Legacy on PS Vita for a review.
John Yan, senior hardware editor, @TheJohnYan
I'll finally have time to dive into Shadow of Mordor. I keep hearing great thing about it, so I want to see firsthand what the hoopla is all about. Battlefield 4 has been creeping back into my rotation, so I'm going to go a few rounds with that game. And as always, I'll continue my quest to get a Starmetal Kukri knife in Diablo 3.
Ugh, another digital game is preparing to say goodbye to gamers on both the Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network. Capcom has announced that Marvel vs. Capcom: Origins is being pulled from both digital services over the next two weeks. The PSN version will be delisted on December 23 while the XBLA will last a little bit longer, until December 31.
Strangely, no specific reasoning was given for the title’s departure. The most likely reason is a licensing issue or expiration, but I am not sure that we will ever know for sure. This is definitely a big loss as the game is a compilation of the two of Capcom’s best arcade titles: MArvel Super Heroes and the original Marvel vs. Capcom. Our own Cyril gave the game a rave review back when it launched. If you haven’t already, I would recommend picking it up before it is gone forever.