This week DriveClub has been in the headlines again with Sony doing a bit of a Microsoft-style U-turn on a ridiculous policy for the upgrade of the PS Plus version. After the good times last week with their free game deal, Nintendo are back in the dumps this week (despite announcing new Pokemon titles) with poor financial figures and a disappointing approach to gay relationships in one of their upcoming titles. A new free Unreal Tournament game and some exciting new Sunset Overdrive footage cheered us right up though.
In the Reviews, Bound by Flame made a disappointing next-gen RPG debut for the Spiders studio and Hometown Story managed to bore Jon into a small coma. Fortunately we were able to remedy this status ailment with a strong JRPG dose in Etrian Odyssey: The Millennium Girl and a new take on an old classic with Titan Attacks.
In the Features section we have a celebrity-packed Top 10 Tuesdays, a look at some regular gaming favourites we always come back to and a few pieces on Nintendo's Tomodachi Life and their dated approach to same-sex relationships. Ever keen to provide lots of video footage we have an Opening Scenes vid for Bound by Flame, a Let's Play for Lords of the Black Sun and an extensive series for Nether. Our podcast section includes the usual GameBuzz and Reload news roundups along with a chat about the resurgence of 4X games. There's also a hands-on preview of the awesome Oculus Rift from my trip to Play Blackpool. Don't forget to add your twisted suggestions to our new Challenge Carl feature too!
- The future of Call Of Duty revealed - Advanced Warfare intel & screenshot blowout!: More than a Spacey-fest?
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swings to the top of the UK charts: Without an Xbone version too.
- Wildstar Open Beta kicks off Thursday - your early invite to the Next Big Thing: Still open now, so get involved!
- Driveclub delight - no Need For Speed this year: A year off could be what the series needs.
- Nintendo lose millions as PS4 overtakes Wii U | 2013-2014 financials: Can Mario Kart make 2014-2015 better?
- Gotta catch 'em again - Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire remakes coming to 3DS: And you'll buy both.
- Sunset Overdrive is Crackdown meets Jet Set Radio on Xbox One: The next big thing or just another zombie game, I'm really not sure.
- New Unreal Tournament will be Free To Play in all the right ways: Except it's not coming to my PS4! Bastards!
- DriveClub U-turn soothes PS Plus outrage: The shit it does.
- Hometown Story Review | Little Shop Of Boredom: Avoid like Royston Vasey.
- Titan Attacks! Review | Space Invading With Style: Reinventing a classic?
- Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl Review | Vintage Character: It's Jon's Jap game of the Week.
- Bound By Flame Review | A Hot Mess: More guff from the Spiders studio.
- Top Ten Tuesdays | Hollywood Stars In Video Games: Gaming's green roomers.
- Challenge Carl | Submit your suggestions here!: How long before you lot break him?
- Tomodachi Life and Nintendo's "Social Commentary": This is the one that's been the brunt of the news this week.
- COMMENT | Nintendo Aren't Bigots, They're Just Cowards: Strange, Nintendo usually like backwards-compatibility.
- Old Favourites: The Games We Come Back To Each Year: Man, I wish I had time to play old games.
- Opening Scenes | Bound By Flame Gameplay - First 25 Mins: Enough to convince you to not bother?
- Let's Play... Lords of the Black Sun | Crushing Pirates: I read that as pilates. Time for coffee.
- Together For-Nether #1 | Down on the tracks: Part one of our extensive Nether coverage.
- Together For-Nether #2 - Safety is relative: But is it fun?
- Together For-Nether #3 - Into the big, safe open world: Not for long though?
- Together For-Nether #4 - Safety in numbers... allegedly: Wow, there are a lot of videos for this game.
- Together For-Nether #5 - Upping your arsenal: I hope I don't run out of things to say about it...
- Together For-Nether #6 - Little victories & horrific discoveries: Um, yeah.
- Together For-Nether #7 - Now with AA goodness!: What do you mean there's more next week?!
- Nether Hates Me, But I Kinda Love it | Early Access Preview: See, we do still write nowadays.
- PODCAST | We Need To Talk About 4X Games: Confused? Yep, welcome to my world.
- Dealspwn Reload | Gaming SitRep - 5/05/14: Carl rounds up the week's news.
- Game Buzz | Episode 75 - Unreal Nintendo Spanking Paddles: All the news on the podcast.
- Oculus Rift Hands-On Preview – Say goodbye to your TV: Looks like the future finally arrived.