May 13 – May 17

Metro 2033 was an environmental, creative and deviously punishing shooter that not nearly enough people played. Honestly, I never really expected to get to walk the world of the post-apocalyptic Moscow metro area again, but here we are with Metro: Last Light ready to hit store shelves and Steam this week. Published by Deep Silver, a German publisher that has quietly accumulated a strong stable of franchises that includes Dead Island, Saints Row, Sacred and Risen, Metro: Last Light puts you back in the role of hunter Artyom and back into the atmospheric and darkly claustrophobic environs of the previous game.

Though early indications are that some of the punishing nature of Metro 2033 has been mitigated, likely to broaden the new game's appeal, Last Light still seems to capture much of what made the previous game so memorable in its setting and execution. Even getting to the place I've been lately, growing increasingly tired of first person shooters, the appeal of a new Metro game is undeniable.

Also this week, Eve Online makers CCP launch Dust 514, a Free-to-Play massively multiplayer game in the spirit of something like Planetside 2, onto the PS3. Interestingly, set directly in the universe of EVE Online, and with some degree of tie-in between the two games, Dust puts players in boots on the ground battling in a first-person perspective over persistent world objectives that provide various faction benefits and resources. Like I said, think Planetside.

PC
- Anomaly 2 (download)
- Helicopter Simulator: Search&Rescue (download)
- Metro: Last Light
- Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall
- Reus (download)
- Sanctum 2 (download)
- The Cold War Era (download)
- Thunder Wolves (download)

Xbox 360
- Hunters Trophy America (XBLA)
- Metro: Last Light
- Sanctum 2 (XBLA)

PS3
- Dust 514 (PSN - free-to-play)
- Metro: Last Light
- Star Wars Pinball (PSN)

Wii U
- Super Ghouls'n Ghosts (Virtual Console)

3DS
- Mega Man 5 (Virtual Console)
- The Starship Damrey (eShop)

Comments

Thunder! Thunder! Thunder Wolves! Hooooo!

So if I don't play EVE is there some reason to check out Dust 514?

I also don't or havn't played Eve in forever. I expect Dust 514 is just an extended universe that takes place on a/the planets of Eve?

Reading moar.

Stele wrote:

So if I don't play EVE is there some reason to check out Dust 514? :?

http://dust514.com/game/faq/
DO I NEED TO BE FAMILIAR WITH EVE ONLINE TO PLAY DUST 514?
No, not at all. DUST 514 is designed to provide great moment-to-moment shooter gameplay, with no knowledge of the EVE Universe required. But players looking for a deeper experience will be able to discover and explore the EVE Universe, the most enthralling and sophisticated virtual world ever created.

Another week of pile work, unless someone needs a 4th body for a Sanctum 2 pack.

I'm pretty excited about this week.

Oohhh, thanks for including "Helicopter Simulator: Search&Rescue", no idea this existed, yet I love these kinda simulations.

Really really excited for Metro last light! and now I want to check out Dust 514 as well...

I am amazed that Her Interactive continues to bang out Nancy Drew games (this week's is the 28th in the series), and that they continue to be pretty good. You could find far worse uses of your $20, at least if you enjoy puzzle solving adventure games.

I'll be curious to see what the GWJ guys say on the podcast about Metro: Last Light. I'm intrigued, but I have to much on my pile to add both Metro's without really great praise. Still have to dive deep into Dark Souls for goodness sakes!

Minarchist wrote:

I am amazed that Her Interactive continues to bang out Nancy Drew games (this week's is the 28th in the series), and that they continue to be pretty good. You could find far worse uses of your $20, at least if you enjoy puzzle solving adventure games.

An ex-coworker of mine buys every single on eon release day. She loves them to death and has quite a nice collection of adventure games. Stuff that GOG has re-released she has in pristine condition with all the original boxes and stuff.

Since Metro 2033 abides on the pile, I think that I can wait for Last Light. Other than a passing interest in Dust, nothing for me this week.

Even getting to the place I've been lately, growing increasingly tired of first person shooters, the appeal of a new Metro game is undeniable.

+1 to this.

Dust 514 looked really interesting when I first heard about it, though it dropped off my radar when it PS3-only, damn platform differences. I hope it does well, it's a cool, ambitious idea, and we need more of those.

Sanctum 2 on XBLA is a definite buy for me; now all I need to do is actually convince some other people to buy it.

One thing I like about consoles is that I know I can run an ambitious game when it comes out. I was very disappointed to learn that I couldn't run Planetside 2 on my ageing laptop, so I'm intrigued to give Dust 514 a try.

garion333 wrote:

Thunder! Thunder! Thunder Wolves! Hooooo!

When I first read this, I thought you were just really excited about Thunder Wolves. Then a thunderstorm started here, and my wife goes, "Thunder, thunder! Thunder, thunder! Thundercats!"

I get jokes.

Sadly, Aus_tbird gifted me 2033 2 Steam Christmas sales ago and I still have yet to fire it up even once.

One day. Probably when I have a better vid card.

I picked up the first Sanctum cheap on one of the Steam sales (I think it was $5). I enjoyed it enough that I bought a few of the DLC maps for a dollar each. Very little replay value for single player but I've got a whole pile of other games waiting and I felt like I got my money's worth.

I'll probably pay full price for Sanctum 2.

Not as slim a week as I hoped for hehehehe. Metro looks interesting, though I haven't played the previous game. Reus caught my eye and Dust 514 is a good experiment, I think. I may download the last one tonight just to give it a whirl.

Pretty sure my wallet is getting a break until Grid 2 comes out later this month. Thank goodness!

Wow! So this Dust 514 is out already and free-to-play? I was keeping an eye on this through the magazines and completely missed both the beta and what appears to be today's launch.

Has a definitive GWJer judgement on the game been reached yet?

I'm really interested in another ambitious, team-based FPS, but I'm a little leery after my very missed experience with MAG.

The main questions for me are:

(1) Is it clear what individual players are meant to be doing during the game?

MAG made a virtue of explaining almost nothing to the newbie and suffered for it. Very few PS3 players appeared to use mics and even fewer seemed willing to invest the time to explain the objectives to new players.

(2) How many maps/planets are there?

Again, MAG had nine effectively and - with their flaws - the maps for the largest games got old very quickly.

(3) How strong do the links to EVEOnline feel?

Do players feel like guns-for-hire, moving from planet to planet at the behest of Eve players? Or is it limited to ground strikes from the odd Eve player to be found in the Dust universe?

It's weird that I don't remember Metro 2033 being especially difficult. I really enjoyed it, as it seemed to reward a slow, even plodding, approach to be sneaky and take on enemies one at a time,which is how I tend to play FPS games. I'm excited for Last Light, but I doubt I'll be buying any more AAA new titles for a while. Too much else to do, being re-immersed in LOTRO and still playing a lot of DAYZ with Fripper.

Having played both, Dust and Planetside aren't anything alike, other than they are called MMOFPS's. Dust is instanced and limited to 32-player battles (for the moment).