A Gamer’s Week: August 3

Delivering news, reviews, columns, editorials and Gamer Diaries

The review department of Softpedia Games is this week delivering long-form evaluations for the following titles: Europa Universalis IV – Res Publica, which focuses on a new government system for the Dutch, Terrian Saga KR-17, Gods Will Be Watching and Guardians of the Galaxy Pinball.

The editorials this week talk about the prices of the newly launched PlayStation Now service and about the impact that the recently announced EA Access might have on the Xbox One.

We also feature a new Gamer Diary that offers more details about the unique gameplay challenges and opportunities introduced by the Res Publica mini-expansion for Europa Universalis IV.

The Weekend Reading article deals with how our Steam libraries would look like if the team at Steam in charge of digital distribution allowed us to pay in order to remove games from it.

An EndWeekGame piece delivers more details about the way we plan to spend our free time, and we also have a selection of the most important news that happened during the past week.

On Monday, Bungie talked about the way it built its new Destiny to accommodate a variety of experiences for many types of gamers, 343 Industries talked about the glitches that would be part of the upcoming Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and Minecraft announced a LEGO partnership for toys coming in the fall.

On Tuesday, a leak revealed the video games that would be offered in August for those who subscribe to the PS Plus service, information leaked about 2 new mega evolutions for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, and Microsoft talked about how media would influence the future of the Halo franchise.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Activision and Sledgehammer Games revealed the Collector’s Editions that were offered for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, complete with a new map and with other bonuses, while Sony revealed that it would deliver LittleBigPlanet 3 on the PlayStation 4 and the PS3 on November 18.

On Thursday, developer Crytek announced that it was selling the Homefront: The Revolution video games to Deep Silver in order to make sure that it improved its long-term financial prospects.

At the same time, Bungie explained that it had plans to improve the core chat options for its upcoming Destiny but would not offer gamers the option to change their names.

On Friday, Ubisoft delivered a rather complex profile of the protagonist of the new Assassin’s Creed: Unity, focused on his abilities and world view, and Activision and Infinity Ward delivered more details on the final Nemesis DLC pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts, set to arrive on Xbox platforms on August 5.

Finally, on Saturday, Microsoft delivered an official Xbox One trailer for Gamescome 2014, and Activision and Sledgehammer Games once again teased the multiplayer of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

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