Games Corner 28/06/15

E3 is done for another year, but the news keeps on a-flowin'.


Batman: Arkham Knight PC suffers terribly, gets pulled from stores

The much anticipated title Batman: Arkham Knight was released this week, to the joy of Batman fans worldwide. Those playing on PC however, quickly found that the game wasn't all it was cracked up to be.

While the game runs impeccably well on console, being made in-house by Rocksteady games, the PC port was handled by an outside company. This port seemlingly didn't go as well as it should've, and really needs a whole ton of work to get it up to scratch.

Whether game publisher WB's QA team didn't do it's job or the version was rushed out to be on time with the console versions no one knows, but this is a poor effort for fans of the series.

WB has since completely stalled sales of the PC version on Steam and has pulled physical copies from shelves until further notice. The game will be presumably back for sale once it's ready to be, but how long that will take, again, a mystery.

Read more: June 24 Update on PC Version of Arkham Knight - WB Forums


Gamestop US starts selling vintage video games online

Gamestop, America's largest video game distributor and the partner of EB Games here in Australia, has started selling retro video games as part of it's vintage program.

The store includes many titles from Sega Genesis, NES, SNES, Nintendo 64, Playstation and Dreamcast consoles. A ton of the most popular ones sold out within minutes, but there are still plenty of great games listed as available.

While region locking is a big barrier to purchasing video games from overseas, Gamestop does seem to ship to Australia - so if you're super keen to get your hands on an old game no matter what the cost, it might be worth checking out their online store.

Who knows - if this is successful for Gamestop, maybe EB Games might start doing the same here in the AU?

See more: Gamestop US website


Video Game Kickstarters are riding the high wave

Over E3 week, the two biggest video game Kickstarter campaigns came to a close.

Yooka-Laylee, the now in development spiritual successor to Nintendo 64 classic Banjo Kazooie, ended with a total of £2,090,104 (nearly $4.3 million AUD) in pledges. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, spiritual succesor to the Castlevania games by Koji Igarashi, made it even further - snagging a whopping $5,545,991 US (over $7.2 million AUD).

Shenmue 3, a sequel kickstarter campaign announced during Sony's E3 press conference, currently has around $3,736,193 US (nearly $4.9 million AUD) to it's name with 20 days still to go.

Kickstarter initially burst with a wave of video games - namely Pillars of Eternity, Mighty No. 9 and Broken Age - before dying off for a few years. Now that these games are finally available on the market, people seem to be happy parting with money for projects again with these insane Kickstarter campaigns.


Other stories on the web worth reading

Why Was Sony Concerned About a Female Protagonist?
Tegan talks about the ridiculousness of worrying about female leads in games in 2015.

Nintendo's Reggie Talks Metroid, Amiibo And (Of Course) Mother 3
Stephen talks to Nintendo of America's head guy about a ton of stuff from E3. Worth a read if you're a Nintendo fan.

Stop Preordering Video Games
Reiterating on a previous post of mine, Luke again begs the world to stop the terrible practice of video game preorders.


New game releases & DLC

Yoshi's Woolly World - Wii U
It's as if Nintendo wanted to challenge itself for cutest game of the year. The amiibo are so damn cute as well!

Final Fantasy XIV Heavensward - PS4/PC
The long awaited first expansion to the big Final Fantasy MMO. Adds a great deal of new content for fans of the game.

Batman: Arkham Knight - PS4/Xbox One/PC (Kinda)
The final chapter in the Batman trilogy, and by all accounts, a worthy finale. PC version is currently still unavailable (see above).

Portal Stories: Mel - Steam
A fan created mod for Portal 2, this mod ads a whole new story to the game. totally worth checking out for Portal fans. Plus, it's free!