Community Round-Up: 13/12/14

I’m back on Round Up duty after a couple of weeks doing the Chronicle, and a couple of good weeks it has been! I’ve got (most) of my Christmas shopping done, and on Thursday McLaren confirmed Button in their lineup, which will keep me happy until February when the pre-season testing gets underway. Fingers crossed you’ve had a good week too, as we get started with this week’s Community Round-Up!

Beginning with the TSA Meets and this time we’ll be having the usual GT6 on Monday, Red Dead on Wednesday, and Battlefield 4 on Friday.

If you want to play something else, you can add your own Meet to the list, provided you have more than 250 TSA Points.

We had two Reviews for you this week. The first came from Blair, and proves that yet again, Telltale know what they’re doing. Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 1 – Zero Sum was given a 9/10, thanks to its “refreshing new direction for both a game series that had begun to go stale, and a gameplay formula which had started to feel repetitive.” Dom thought that Lara Croft And The Temple of Osiris was worthy of a 6/10, with the co-op being the part that the game comes into its own.

On to the Previews, and unsurprisingly they’re all from Tef! He began by exploring Bloodborne’s chalice dungeons, which are procedurally generated, and then had a look at how The Order 1886 is trying to blur the lines between film and game.

The next two previews were slightly more sinister, with Until Dawn offering the player life-or-death decisions, and the zombies in Dying Light offering varying levels of difficulty depending on if it’s day or night. Both these previews were accompanied by interviews, with Tef posing questions to Until Dawn’s Producer and Dying Light’s Lead Game Designer. Lastly, and on a far happier note, Stefan looked at how Tearaway Unfolded will play on PS4 with the more traditional controller.

Mobile Watch looked at World Of Warriors, where Jim found the free-to-play app kept pulling him back for more, while Aran brought us his first thoughts of The Crew ahead of the full review that should be arriving shortly.

As we near the end of 2014, WeView wrapped up with your Verdict on Velocity 2x, with all but one of you telling everyone to Buy It. That leads us nicely on to thinking about your best buys in 2014, as you can now vote in this year’s Community Game of the Year awards.

In the Chronicle’s Hot Topics last week, I looked at AC Victory, Driveclub and that Limited Editon PS4 everyone’s been talking about. Further to that, Blair’s blogged about why Sony’s getting their nostalgia tactics all wrong.

To wrap up, there’s What We Played #184 featuring The Crew, Smash Bros. and yet more Destiny, and there’s a double dose of the Podcast for you this week. The usual Podcast appears with Episode 163, and on top of that, Kris asks Peter about everything that’s happened in 2014. Well not everything, that would just be silly.

Popping into the Forums, let’s take a look at what there is from this week:

  • Crazy_Del wonders what will happen to online-only games in the future.
  • And Driveclub‘s screenshot thread gets some lovely new shots featuring the weather system that are well worth a look.

So, that’s it for what’s likely to be the penultimate Round Up of 2014. Have a good seven days and I’ll see you next week. Bye!

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3 Comments

  1. I bought two big shiny decorations for my flay in my university town. It is the Holiday season after all.
    I also got a bunch of games this week. Got the free games from EA, Mirror’s Edge has a crosshair on it. I also bought Child of Light, Ni no kuni and GTA Vice City Stories. The last three I got for a combined price of less then £15. I think it was a good deal.

  2. I think that Bernie told Mclaren to hold out with the announcement as it involved a top British driver which would inevitably attract great media interest to the sport….naughty step for the poison dwarf!

    • I doubt Bernie had anything to do with it, I think Ron just wanted youth (either Magnussen or Vandoorne) whereas the others wanted Button for his points scoring ability and his profile that certainly earns them a lot of sponsors and fans.

      That said, I wouldn’t put it past Bernie to meddle into it!

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