What happens if you don't respect your elders? Apparently they'll pop a cap in your, uh, backside.
Elderly people playing Grand Theft Auto V, Sid Meier's Starships, Elder Scrolls Online going (kind of) free-to-play, and more—this is the gaming news you need to know for the week of January 19.
Galaxy far, far away
Lots of Star Wars games were added to GOG.com this week, including X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter, Knights of the Old Republic II, Rogue Squadron 3D, and Dark Forces. And for those who love squad shooters, next week Republic Commando gets added.
Another, closer galaxy
After launching Civilization: Beyond Earth in late 2014, Firaxis unveiled a new space adventure this week—Sid Meier's Starships. And it's apparently coming out sometime in early 2015 a.k.a. really damn soon.
In a press release, Sid Meier reportedly said, "My goal was to create an experience that focuses on starship design and combat within a universe filled with interstellar adventure, diplomacy, and exploration."
As such, you'll control a fleet of starships as you tool around the galaxy doing space things like creating a federation and fighting other ships in turn-based combat. Apparently there will also be some hooks into Beyond Earth if you own both games.
Recommended soundtrack: Rush's 2112.
City of Gold
Europa Universalis gets another expansion too, making this the...I don't even know. I've lost count.
This latest expansion sounds cool though, focusing on Central and South America and the Spanish conquistadores. Also, there's a new Nation Designer that lets you customize your starting nations e.g. rule Austria from your esteemed capital city of Schwarzenegger.
Not blockbuster numbers
Sega announced this week that Alien: Isolation sold a million copies which...honestly isn't that great. I mean, a million units is respectable. A million units sounds like a big number. And for a "horror" game, a million units isn't bad.
But judging by how much work went into that game? I'd guess a million units is far from breaking even, which is a shame because Alien: Isolation actually turned out pretty great.
As expected, Elder Scrolls Online is going (sort of) free-to-play starting March 17. You'll still need to buy the base game, but there'll be no monthly subscription fee. Next up: WildStar.
Shades of Uwe Boll
The first trailer for that Crackle-exclusive Dead Rising movie is out, and...well, it's about what I expected. Which is to say, it's about the same as 95 percent of video game films. Which is to say it doesn't look good, but maybe it'll be entertaining? Here you go:
A monument in your honor
Have you played World of Warcraft for the last decade of your life? Well as a reward for giving away hundreds of dollars of your money to Blizzard and years of your life, you're going to get a sweet statue. Caveats: You must've created an account within 60 days of the game's initial 2004 launch and never, ever allowed your account to lapse.
And here's the statue in question:
Halo on PC again?
This week Xbox boss Phil Spencer announced Fable Legends is coming to Xbox One and PC simultaneously, and then teased it's "just the first of the major game franchises from Microsoft Studios coming to Windows 10 and we will have more to share in the coming months."
Could this possibly mean Halo's coming back to the PC for the first time since Halo 2? (And no, Halo Wars doesn't count.)
Start your broadcasts
Steam Broadcasting, Valve's sort-of-a-Twitch-competitor built directly into the client, is now available to all Steam users after exiting beta earlier this week. Of course, there's still no easy way to access broadcasts from the main storefront and a lot of other essential Twitch-like features are missing, so...
Also of note: Steam's new FPS overlay also appears to be part of the standard client now, after entering beta a few weeks back. Goodbye, FRAPS.
"I got a gun. Where's a person?"
The React YouTube channel put out a video titled "Elders Play Grand Theft Auto V" this week, and it's pretty great.
- Whole lot of DirectX 12 news this week, but here's the important part: You won't necessarily need new hardware to take advantage of DX12.
- Some thoughts I had on virtual reality versus augmented reality this week, in light of Microsoft's HoloLens announcement.
- EA's giving away 1997 classic Theme Hospital this month. Snag a copy through Origin.
- Nvidia's new GTX 960 card is both surprisingly cheap and holds its own fairly well against AMD's offerings.
- And a trio of game reviews! This week it was Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell, and Resident Evil HD.