This week came and went like a blur. The biggest news to rock the wires was probably all the details surfacing about China's soon-to-be budding home console market. The 10 rules of censorship were rolled out along with a ton of other gaming news this week.
Microsoft also unveiled a very special Xbox One, for those of you who just can't be bothered to be enticed by the original big black box, they have a special silver Xbox One livery, arriving just in time before football season starts. There's also a snappy list of some of the most underrated but must-see villains to appear in the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight. These stories and more in this April 26th, 2014 edition of the Gaming Blend Weekly Recap.
Silver Xbox One Is Up For GrabsYou want a decked, custom NFL livery, silver Xbox One? Well, there's a way to get your hands on one. Just click the link to find out how to get your very own. For those of you not concerned with hardware but more interested in software – maybe even, classic action movies – you might like Terminator 2's action scenes remade in GTA IV. On the MMO side of the fence, Bethesda is banning users involved in some item duping. Shades of Diablo III all over again. In Kickstarter news, the highly praised and very loved Heart Forth, Alicia could be arriving on the Wii U if the developers can get registered. And PS4 owners can check out an updated list of games that will be available on PS Now.
Final Fantasy XIV ReviewHere it is: the complete review of Final Fantasy XIV for the PS4. How well does it stack up? How well does the game compare to its PC counterpart? Well, check out Ryan's take on the game in the review. If MMOs is your thing but not fantasy worlds beyond your imagination, maybe the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. oriented Survarium is right up your alley? The game has been highly anticipated. Probably almost as anticipated as the release of eighth-gen game consoles in China, which is now completely and entirely happening. Also, if you're in the habit of giving friends and family cheap gift-cards for presents, you're going to love the new Battle.net gift cards.
China's 10 Censorship Rules For GamesThere's a collection of rules put in place to censor certain games that will be sold in mainland China. Some of them are kind of strict, others aren't so bad. Speaking of rules, SOE explains why H1Z1 is worth playing without being a pay-to-win title and there's also a new Sword Art Online game inbound, but it's only for the PS Vita. As for the Wii U, it's getting an exclusive Fatal Frame game this fall and PS4 and Xbox One owners could be in for a real treat if The Walking Dead launches sometime this summer.
6 Villains For Batman: Arkham KnightThere are a ton of villains in the Batman comic book archive that would make for great nemesis for the caped crusader. You can check out some of the villains Batman can face-down against in this list right here. You won't need to think about villains to fight in the Kick-Ass 2 game due out this May. But if you live in China or Japan, you'll have to wait until the near end of Summer to get in any gaming time on the Xbox One, as the release date has been set for Microsoft's latest console in both countries. Additionally, games like Demon Gaze has landed for the PS Vita while Ace Combat: Infinity preps for release this May. And, Sledgehammer Game's first crack at a full-fledged Call of Duty title will commence this year, and they teased the gaming community with this here screenshot.
Mario Kart 8 Bundles AnnouncedThe latest move by Nintendo to stave off the poor sales disease corrupting the current momentum of the Wii U by announcing a brand new Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundles. China's gaming market is a heck of a lot bigger than you may have anticipated, as the stats show that there are more Chinese gamers than there are American citizens. The Xbox One continues to fall short of 1080p like some men fall short of pleasing their woman due to ED, with the latest title being Lords of the Fallen. On the upside, Titanfall is getting some brand new maps, so maybe that'll help compensate for the Xbox One's massive shortcomings in other, more important areas.
Father Kills Son Over MMO AddictionThings take a rather odd turn as a father kills his son over his kid's MMO addiction. Strange times. The kid must have been bragging about his multiple virtual wives, his slick flying ride, his mansion in the mountains and his pimpin' stash of more than 10 million gold coins. His dad probably just couldn't take all the bragging and the fact that he failed in life by comparison. Jelly to the extreme. In lighter news, there's a bunch of new games slated for release on PS Plus this May and brand new content arriving in Final Fantasy XIV. Dark Souls II has run into some minor problems but Durante has offered up some fixes and Epic has released a new version of Unreal Engine 4.1 for free for registered Xbox One and PS4 indie devs.