Missing Pieces: Wrapping up the week's must-know gaming news
Back in the United States after attending the EVE Fanfest in Iceland—and thus back in the land of cheap burritos, yessss—it's a true honor to bring you Missing Pieces this week. So let's get right to it: Oculus wants to create an MMO, Driveclub makes inappropriate decisions, and Sunset Overdrive turns graphics to eleven. This is all the gaming news you need to know for the week of May 5.
Throw it in reverse
Earlier this week, Sony announced a release date for long-delayed racing game Driveclub (October 7) and revealed that on launch PlayStation Plus members could buy the full game for ten dollars cheaper than the rest of the plebes—but there was a catch. You could buy the full game for $50 instead of $60, but if your PlayStation Plus membership lapsed you'd lose the game entirely. Much outrage was mustered by the community at large.
So much outrage, in fact, that Sony's already reversed the decision, calling it "not appropriate." You can still buy the game for $50, but if your Plus subscription runs out you'll retain access.
Do you, by any chance, own an Nvidia shield? I know, I know—I just lost about 95 percent of you. But Portal launched for the Shield this week, so if you do have one and for some reason haven't played Portal or I guess just want to revisit the game while sitting on a bus, now you can. The game is ten dollars.
And it's a good week for people who somehow haven't played the most popular games of the last decade—not only can you start your Portal engine, but EA is giving away free copies of Plants vs. Zombies through Origin.
That makes this the...what...hundredth time Plants vs. Zombies has been given away for free? Enjoy.
Get your $500 ready?
Sunset Overdrive is looking pretty good, like some sort of crazy Prince of Persia/Saints Row hybrid. Maybe this will be game that convinces you to buy that Xbox One if Titanfall didn't tickle your fancy ? I bet Microsoft hopes so.
Sure, but where's the PC version?
Bungie's Destiny beta kicks off in July. Hopefully you enjoy it, since Activision reportedly sank $500 million into development. And with all that money, they couldn't even find the time to make a PC version. For shame.
Get ready for Ready Player One
OculusVR's aspirations go far beyond a simple headset. This week, CEO Brendan Iribe told an audience at TechCrunch Disrupt that the company wants to create a virtual reality massively multiplayer online game with a billion people in it. Yes, a billion. "This is going to be the largest MMO ever made," said Iribe.
Finally, a game truly deserving of the title Second Life.
Remember that absolutely crazy trailer for Tomodachi Life we showed you a few weeks ago? Nintendo came under fire this week for disallowing same-sex relationships in the game, citing its "family friendly" values.
"We hope that all of our fans will see that Tomodachi Life was intended to be a whimsical and quirky game, and that we were absolutely not trying to provide social commentary," Nintendo told the Associated Press.
And we hear the same defense every time someone fails to put any minorities in a game, or whenever they dress every female character in ridiculous/skimpy outfits. Come on, publishers. It's tedious hearing the same excuses over and over.
We kicked off this week with vitriol, as Oculus fired back at ZeniMax's IP infringement claims. Speaking of virtual reality, did you know the dumb LED light bar on the PlayStation 4's DualShock controller is wholly a result of Project Morpheus?
Rumor has it that Microsoft's Halo TV show may come to Showtime, though you won't see it on a Microsoft-branded handheld anytime soon. If you're still interested in Elder Scrolls Online, well, it's been delayed six months on consoles. Epic is commencing work on a new, free Unreal Tournament game. On a more sour note, three EVE Online players have been banned for life after defacing CCP's recently unveiled monument in the city of Reykjavik.
And, finally, I went to NeuroGaming Conference 2014 and put all sorts of silly-looking devices on my head. I even cast fireballs with my brain.