The Medium is stuck between two types of video games. It seems like a throwback to classic, claustrophobic horror titles such as Silent Hill and Resident Evil, but it also feels like a more modern non-combat, narrative-focused scary game. The end result is a game that feels middle of the road. This is disappointing,…
The sex and violence are graphic — but more importantly, it’s full of complicated, conflicting perspectives
Earlier this year, CD Projekt Red banned a Cyberpunk 2077 mod that allowed players to retexturize in-game assets to virtually have sex with Keanu Reeves' character, Johnny Silverhand. The reason behind the ban was because the studio felt it was inappropriate to recreate explicit sexual encounters with a real person who did not give their permission (despite the character himself having numerous scenes throughout the game that were graphically sexual in nature). Today, we covered that this very reasoning could be the nail in the Yakuza spinoff series Judgement's coffin. The conversation surrounding that previous coverage, and similar instances when a recognizable name is used in a game, prompted a desire to explore this topic further. For as long as I've been covering mods in my career, the ethical debate of fiction vs. reality has always been a subject that has two clear and opposing stances. But to understand the Great Debate Of Modding, we have to dive a bit deeper into the conversation surrounding this community.
What is rule 34?
First, let's talk about the ever-present rule 34.
[Update: In this roller coaster of a saga, four months after announcing that he was departing the role of Sonic with a broken blue heart, voice actor Roger Craig Smith tweeted out a picture of a mended heart, noting: "I hope to honor your support and passion as I'm officially back voicing Sonic the hedgehog in games."
Uh what? I mean, that's good news, but maybe some sort of contract deal got worked out on the backend, possibly involving Smith voicing the character in Sonic Prime? This news comes right on the heels of May's Sonic news stream, so maybe we'll hear more about it tomorrow.
Either way, we got a taste of Smith coming back to voice something Sonic related in this recent inspirational Sonic video from Sega.]
Odds are you've heard Roger Craig Smith speak before.
Perhaps as Chris Redfield in modern Resident Evil games? Or in cartoons like Regular Show, as a host of different characters. He's even been the voice of Batman several times! But many ardent fans will always think of him as the main voice of Sonic following Jaleel White's turn in the role: until today, that is.
Shared on Twitter by the man himself, Smith had the following to say today: "Welp, 10 years was an amazing run. Onward to new zones! Much love to the fans who've been so kind. It's been an honor."
- Delayed from February 2 to April 1, 2021
Developer People Can Fly announced the delay in early January, saying, “We have decided to move the release date of Outriders to April 1st 2021 (no joke!). We will spend this extra time fine tuning the game and focusing on delivering a fantastic play experience at launch.”
This is Outriders’ second delay; it was previously pushed from Holiday 2020 to February 2021.
The Nintendo Switch is approaching its fourth year in production, but rumors of multiple Switch upgrades have dogged Nintendo since at least 2019 when multiple reports claimed Nintendo is working on new, upgraded Switch models beyond the base unit and the Switch Lite.
UPDATE 22/2/21: Just weeks after the announcement of a Shao Jun manga, Assassin's Creed has revealed the fan favourite will also get her own novel trilogy.
The Ming Storm will be published in the UK on 8th July (and in North America on 1st June) and kick off a trilogy of books featuring the Chinese Assassin.
This story will chronicle how Shao Jun came to travel to Europe and train under Ezio, as seen in the Assassin's Creed Embers film, before she returns home to China with her new teachings.
[Update: The Silent Hill chapter for Monsters & Mortals will be out on February 24, and the DLC includes several familiar faces: Heather, Cybil, Robbie the Rabbit, the Nurse, and of course, Pyramid Head.]
Silent Hill is reaching new audiences with crossover DLC in multiplayer horror games, and the longer this goes on, the more impatient fans will become. I hope it's all building to something more substantial.
Konami's next cross-game collaboration for Silent Hill is with Dark Deception: Monsters & Mortals, a maze-chase horror game on Steam that's popular in the Let's Play circuit. This afternoon, Glowstick Entertainment shared a teaser video with audio and visuals plucked from the hibernating horror giant.
And why are there two Quicksilvers?
Did you know that Platinum Games is now retroactively adding cheat codes to The Wonderful 101 Remastered months after its release? Yes? No? Well I'm going to explain anyway!
Tucked away in the game's menus is a "Wonderful Code" option, which allows players to put in a string of letters to unlock new characters. The very first code that was unveiled was "UMBRANGIFT," which, as astute Platinum fans will recognize, unlocks Wonder Bayonetta for use in the game.
But since then Platinum has released a few more codes, all of which you can find in one location below (as more arise, we'll add them). The latest update involves the "Space Pirates, Unify!" code, which adds three members of the antagonistic space pirates: Prince Vorkken, Chewgi, and Immorta.
As a reminder, Platinum says that they plan on providing seven codes in total (for now), which are coming at a cadence of around one per week (give or take).
The Wonderful 101 Remastered [Steam]
The PlayStation Plus lineup for February 2021 is one of my favorites in recent memory – a mix of new, familiar, and overlooked. These are the games you'll be able to claim starting Tuesday, February 2:
I think it's fair to say that Concrete Genie flew under the radar for a lot of people in 2019, and to me, those are the kinds of games I want to see included with PlayStation Plus. It's a magic-paint-brush adventure that Chris called "Pixar-esque" in his review. Bonus points for the PlayStation VR side modes.
Control: Ultimate Edition has been through the wringer over its new-console-generation upgrade path for existing players, but it's a great Remedy game, and as a PS Plus freebie, I definitely want to revisit it for the 60 FPS Performance Mode (and to play the two expansions I never got around to trying on PC).
Apex Legends Season 8: Mayhem officially starts tomorrow, adding plenty of new content to Respawn's battle royale game. Per usual, players can expect a brand-new playable character, battle pass rewards, and in-game balancing adjustments (detailed in the Apex Legends Season 8 patch notes). Season 8 adds a brand-new weapon, the 30-30 Repeater, and map changes to Kings Canyon as well.
Season 8's new playable character is Fuse, a laid-back man with an enthusiasm for explosives. As seen in the animated Stories from the Outlands "Good as Gold" short, Fuse has had a tumultuous life leading up to his addition to the Apex Games. Fuse--whose real name is Walter "Wally" Fitzroy--grew up on Salvo, fighting for his planet's freedom alongside his best friend, Maggie, all through their teenage years and young adult lives. However, Fuse dreamed of new glories, taking his talents to the Apex Games.
New Character: Fuse
Fuse is known as the "Bombastic Explosives Expert," possessing special abilities that allow him to aid his squadmates with explosive style. His passive ability, Grenadier, allows him to stack two grenades per inventory slot and naturally fling grenades further, faster, and more accurately. Fuse's tactical ability, Knuckle Cluster, fires a cluster bomb that's great for dealing damage and explosively breaking closed doors. And finally, his ultimate ability, The Motherlode, fires a bombardment that encircles an area in fire, both dealing damage and trapping foes.
2017 dungeon crawler Unexplored pioneered a new approach to procedural dungeon generation by designing cycles of gameplay that are translated into level designs. ...
Over the weekend, a tweet sent out by the Game Awards had me feeling like an ancient, decrepit mummy of a man. It asked people to name the best classic Nintendo console from a selection of four: the NES, the SNES, the Nintendo 64, or the GameCube. Four excellent devices with a wealth of treasured gaming experiences, I got hung up not by the difficulty of choosing which one I like the best but by the realization the GameCube is now considered a "classic" gaming console.
Later this year, the GameCube will turn 20 years old, and the world will be treated to a deluge of articles ranting and raving about how it was "forgotten" or "under-appreciated." I still remember lining up at Walmart that November morning to pick up my purple lunchbox along with copies of Luigi's Mansion and Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II. It was a great day for me, and because that memory is still so vivid in my mind, it's tough to wrap my head around the idea that it's old enough to be thought of as old.
Maybe it's because I'm 35 and fighting the gray that's trying to take over my scalp, but I still think of classic consoles as the shit I played when I was a young child. The NES, the Sega Master System, the Atari 7800, those are the classics to me, though I guess as time marches on, I'm just going to have to accept that some of my favorite gaming experiences will forever be referred to as retro. It'll be tough, though. I don't think I'm ready for people to start calling Star Fox Adventures a "classic game" in the same way I was never ready for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to be considered old enough to begin airing on TV Land.
Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood comes out later this week for all the consoles and PC. It stars a werewolf. You probably guessed that.
Cage finds his match in director Sion Sono
Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator could do some very cool things with thousands of soldiers/ducks/zombies on the battlefield at once. Its upcoming sequel has only one place it can go to push the envelope.
Can we replace the term "friend group" with "buddy collection" from now on?
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Modder InfernoPlus, the same guy who turned Mario into a battle royale game, has done wonders with Dark Souls, releasing an ambitious mod that transforms the game’s multiplayer and turns the map into something decidedly less horrific.
And sweet dreams.
"George Michael, I'm sure that Paimegg is a very nice person..."
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Following the opening of the floodgates of info on The King of Fighters XV, SNK is providing more information about the upcoming fighting game.
This time around, we hear more about the design of Benimaru Nikaido and Meitenkun from artist Tomohiro Nakata, following the same info reveal from Shun’ei.
You can check both out below. It’ll certainly be interesting to see how Benimaru Nikaido will fare in his new role.