On today’s wrap-up of all things newsy; we look at the glory of offline play in Sim City, live through Infinite Crisis as it enters open beta, sort through some Grey Goo, and see the turning of a new era as Bravely Default outsells classic Final Fantasy.
Infinite Crisis goes open beta across the PC Multiverse
Grey Goo oozes onto the RTS scene this Fall
Yes, I know the name is dopey, but it’s actually based on a real idea from DARPA where infinitely replicating nano-machines could theoretically destroy an entire world. Sound cooler? Yeah, I though so.
Functioning as a standard RTS in its gameplay, developer Petroglyph is looking to streamline the genre with this one and work out all of the “tedium and boredom” that the genre can entail. At it’s core too, this is one pretty looking RTS. And with a total of three different races (which all play differently) and titanic ‘epic’ units to level the battlefield with, it should be something else.
Bravely Default outsells Lightning Returns in US
Well this is an interesting turn isn’t it? Square Enix’ brand new IP, Bravely Default, is beating the venerable Final Fantasy’s franchise’s latest installment (Lightning Returns) in the sales department.
Could this be a changing of tastes for JRPG gamers on a larger scale? Or might it be a turning back towards the simpler, but rock solid, design that eastern RPG’s carried years ago? Might be a little bit of both to be honest.
Take me for instance; I haven’t played a JRPG in years, but I used to love ’em from the SNES all the way through to the PSOne. Since then? I don’t know, most seem like shallow grind-fests to me and not really something that I want to spend upwards of 40 hours on.
The best of the rest
While that was some of the biggest news of the last few days, there was way more going on in the world of gaming and comics this past week. Here’s a few of the other big stories that appeared on BG:
- IDW Games brings the X-Files board game out of the shadows
- Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land (PC) review
- Steampunk: An Illustrated History (Book) Review
- D-Link Gaming Router AC1300 (Hardware) Review
- Feature Friday: Is the Golden Age of Gaming Over or Just Beginning?
- Kingdom Hearts 2 (Retro) Review
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