A Gamer’s Week: April 27

Delivering news, reviews, Gamer Diaries and columns

This week the review-focused section of Softpedia Games has long-form evaluations for the following titles: Life Goes On, Mechanic Escape, The Last Federation, Blackwell Epiphany, Dead Nation: Apocalypse and Wargame Red Dragon.

We also deliver two Gamer Diaries, one detailing the adventures of a charming rogue in the superb The Last Federation and another talking about the tactical challenges that naval units introduced in Wargame Red Dragon.

The two editorials talk about the way maintenance periods affect the long-term prospects of The Elder Scrolls Online, the new MMO title from developer ZeniMax Online and publisher Bethesda, and another about Dragon Age: Inquisition and its promise.

The Weekend Reading piece offers some thoughts on the recent announcement of Civilization: Beyond Earth and the future of strategy gaming.

We also have an EndWeekGame piece that talks about how we spend out free time and a selection of the most important gaming-related news from the past week.

On Monday, we spent our day at home, celebrating Easter, which for me meant a lot of eggs, some lamb, a few glasses of red wine and then a quick retreat to the computer in order to win a campaign in Gaul that I had long postponed as Julies Caesar in Total War: Rome II.

On Tuesday, a report revealed that just 2 percent of those who play free-to-play titles are actually paying for any content and Capcom talked about a major reveal that’s coming at E3 2014, rumored to be Resident Evil 7.

At the same time, BioWare finally announced that it would be launching Dragon Age: Inquisition on October 7 with an impressive new trailer.

On Wednesday, the creators of Tekken and Soul Calibur announced that they were working on a new fighting title called Rise of Incarnates as BioWare delivered more details about the dragon combat included in the new Inquisition and Sledgehammer Games showed off the first image taken from this year’s installment of Call of Duty.

On Thursday, launch dates were announced for Minecraft on the PlayStation 4 and Vita and ZeniMax Online talked about how it would deal with bots in The Elder Scrolls Online.

At the same time, Ubisoft talked about the possibility of creating and launching Watch Dogs 2.

On Friday, more screenshots were revealed for Destiny, Microsoft announced that 1.2 million units of the Xbox One were shipped to store and more details were offered on the Expedition DLC for Titanfall.

On Saturday, we found out about the kinds of weapons that gamers would be able to use in Dragon Age: Inquisition.

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