January 2021

The Medium: The Kotaku Review

1 week 6 days ago

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,…

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Zack Zwiezen

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Is All Fair In Love And Rule 34? The Eternal Debate Of Sex And Modding

2 months ago

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.

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Liana Ruppert

(Update) One of Sonic's most iconic voice actors will no longer be performing the character

3 months 3 weeks ago

[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."

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Chris Carter

Deathloop: Here's What Comes in Each Edition

3 months 4 weeks ago
Deathloop is set to release for PS5 and PC on September 14 (see it on Amazon). It will be available in a standard edition, as well as a deluxe edition that comes with a few digital extras. You'll find full details about what comes in each edition, as well as preorder bonus information below.
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Chris Reed

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Every Game Delay Announced in 2021 (So Far)

4 months 1 week ago
Game delays have become even more prevalent in 2021 as the pandemic has progressed, with productivity continuing to be affected by the logistical challenges and limitations of working from home. And with the pandemic still affecting how studios operate for the foreseeable future, that trend will likely continue throughout the year. To track the pandemic’s continued impact on game development, we’ve compiled a list of every game and notable DLC delay announced this year (so far). This article will be updated as more release dates and windows are inevitably pushed, but for now, here are all 25 delays announced in 2021. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=every-game-delay-announced-in-2021&captions=true"]

Outriders

  • 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.

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Jordan Sirani

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Nintendo Switch Pro: Analysts Conflicted on a 2021 Release

6 months 2 weeks ago
It’s a new year, and a new cycle of game announcements are on the horizon – and many think one of the biggest will be the release of an updated Switch model, the Switch Pro. With rumors continuing to swirl, IGN asked several industry analysts for their predictions on this.

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.

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Matt T.M. Kim

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Assassin's Creed manga features fan-favourite Shao Jun

6 months 3 weeks ago

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.

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Persona 5 Strikers: Here's What Comes in Each Edition

6 months 3 weeks ago
Persona 5 Strikers is now available for PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Naturally, anyone lucky enough to have a PS5 can play the PS4 version via backwards compatibility, but it won't feature any next-gen upgrades. The game is available in two editions: a standard one and a digital deluxe edition that comes with downloadable extras.
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Chris Reed

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(Update) Silent Hill's next DLC team-up is with Dark Deception: Monsters & Mortals

7 months 1 week ago

[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.

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Jordan Devore

Apple's VR Headset Could Have 8K Displays, Cost $3000

7 months 1 week ago
Update: Since the original report that Apple is planning to release an incredibly expensive and limited VR headset, more information has come to light about the proposed virtual reality hardware from Apple. In a new report from The Information, the outlet confirms earlier details about Apple's VR headset including the use of fabric mesh as a material to lighten the overall weight of the headset. The report also agrees that the VR headset will be incredibly expensive with a price tag that could hit as high as $3,000. The headset will be capable of both VR and mixed reality content and will have over a dozen cameras for tracking hand movement.
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Matt T.M. Kim

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(Update) Here are all of the The Wonderful 101: Remastered Wonderful Codes

7 months 1 week ago

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]

(Update) Here are all of the The Wonderful 101: Remastered Wonderful Codes screenshot

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Chris Carter

February's PlayStation Plus games strike a nice balance between PS4 and PS5

7 months 2 weeks ago

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).

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Jordan Devore

Apex Legends Season 8: Start Date, Patch Notes, Fuse, And More

7 months 2 weeks ago

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.

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Jordan Ramée

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What is the oldest console you still have hooked up?

7 months 2 weeks ago

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.

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CJ Andriessen

Amazon Game Studios Report Details 'Bro Culture' and Cancelled Projects

7 months 2 weeks ago
A new extensive report from Bloomberg has detailed some of the dysfunction and struggles at Amazon Game Studios, which included cancelled projects, a troublesome game engine, mismanagement, and a "bro culture" that allegedly does not give women the same opportunities as men. The report begins by discussing how Mike Frazzini was brought in to start Amazon Game Studios eight years ago without ever making a game.
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Adam Bankhurst

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The King of Fighters XV Artists Shares Insight on Benimaru Nikaido and Meitenkun’s Design

7 months 2 weeks ago

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.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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