What are we all playing this weekend?

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What are we all playing this weekend?

It’s beginning to look much like Goth Christmas Fangs in every store But the prettiest sight to see, is the ghostie that will be On your own front door A pair of Spider-Man boots and a pistol that shoots Is the wish of Barney and Ben Dolls that will talk and will go for a […]

Insomniac has the last laugh on Spider-Man PS4 "puddlegate"

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Insomniac has the last laugh on Spider-Man PS4

Remember Spider-Man PS4's "puddlegate"? Ahead of the game's release, people got hot under the collar about an adjustment in puddle placement in a scene which sees far less water coverage. There was a kerfuffle but, inevitably, when the game came out and people started playing and enjoying it, the kerfuffle evaporated (Digital Foundry debunked the whole thing, too).

Anyway, puddlegate looked like this (the final game is on the left, an image from the E3 2017 demo is on the right):

Now, developer Insomniac has issued a playful fix for Spider-Man's puddlegate: and it comes in the form of puddle stickers.

UK magazines GamesTM and GamesMaster to release final issues next month

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UK magazines GamesTM and GamesMaster to release final issues next month

Long-running UK magazines GamesMaster and GamesTM have sadly announced that they are to close. Publisher Future has announced that both publications will be releasing their final issues in November.GamesTM first launched in 2002 under Imagine, before being picked up by Future in 2016. GamesMaster magazine has been running since way back in 1993, when it was released alongside the classic TV show of the same name. Despite the classic Channel 4 programme being cancelled in 1998, GamesMaster magazine has run for a further twenty years, an amazing feat and a testament to the talent of its staff.

"Despite the company's strong performance overall, unfortunately GamesTM and GamesMaster are no longer profitable parts of the business," said Future in a statement. "The decision was an extremely difficult one, but everyone here is enormously proud of what the magazines have achieved in their lifetimes... We are currently redeploying affected staff within the company."

Future publishes other titles such as Edge, PC Gamer, and the official PlayStation and Xbox magazines. These titles are not expected to be affected by the closures. We wish all of the staff at GamesTM and GamesMaster the very best in their next ventures.

UK magazines GamesTM and GamesMaster to close [gamesindustry.biz]

MediEvil remaster news coming 'in the next week or two'

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MediEvil remaster news coming 'in the next week or two'

During a recent PlayStation Blogcast with Sony's Sid Shuman, the social media director commented that new news will forthcoming soon about the remake of PS1 title MediEvil.A further Blogcast, planned for sometime in "the next week or two", will feature Sony Interactive Chairman Shawn Layden, who will be bringing "a big update" on the next PlayStation title in line for the remake treatment, no doubt following the positive reaction to Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy and the upcoming Spyro: Reignited Trilogy.

MediEvil
is an irreverent action-adventure series that launched on the PS1 in 1998. The three games follow the escapades of Sir Daniel Fortesque, a deceased knight who uses reanimation as an opportunity to redeem himself for failures that occurred during his previous run on the ancient battlefields of the 1200's.

Update on MediEvil remake coming in a week or two [Resetera]

MediEvil remaster news is coming 'in the next week or two'

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MediEvil remaster news is coming 'in the next week or two'

During a recent PlayStation Blogcast with Sony's Sid Shuman, the social media director commented that new news will forthcoming soon about the remake of PS1 title MediEvil.A further Blogcast, planned for sometime in "the next week or two", will feature Sony Interactive Chairman Shawn Layden, who will be bringing "a big update" on the next PlayStation title in line for the remake treatment, no doubt following the positive reaction to Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy and the upcoming Spyro: Reignited Trilogy.

MediEvil
is an irreverent action-adventure series that launched on the PS1 in 1998. The three games follow the escapades of Sir Daniel Fortesque, a deceased knight who uses reanimation as an opportunity to redeem himself for failures that occurred during his previous run on the ancient battlefields of the 1200's.

Update on MediEvil remake coming in a week or two [Resetera]

How game design encourages order and chaos in equal measure

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How game design encourages order and chaos in equal measure

A while ago I've had a discussion with a certain Spelunky-loving editor of this website in which I argued that most roguelikes, Spelunky in particular, were too chaotic for me to handle. I like the orderliness of a JRPG or a round-based strategy game, games where after a while things follow a reliable pattern.

However, there's a flaw in my argument, which is that game design, no matter what type of game you prefer, is all about learning patterns. It's only through learning these patterns that emergent play, the chaotic and unexpected stuff, can actually happen. On the box, The Banner Saga, Spelunky and Spider-Man have nothing in common, but they all introduce you to their own set of rules before letting you explore what to do with them.

This is most obvious in the beginning of every game you play. JRPGs are notorious for having text-heavy tutorial sequences at the start of the game, which can be overwhelming even when you get to try the moves you've just read about. Resonance of Fate for example has a tutorial you can spend over half an hour on, since everything is cramped into one single arena. It's not only confusing due to large walls of text, but also because you're introduced to many different skills at once and are expected to use all of them immediately to be successful in battle.

Whatcha been playing this week, Destructoid?

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Whatcha been playing this week, Destructoid?

Saturday! Saturday! Sat-ur-day! Saturday! Saturday! Sat-ur-day! Saturday! Saturday! Saturday... morning's alright for fighting. Or perhaps just a nice coffee and some breakfast biscuits. We all have plans for the weekend, and even though Elton John's ready to wreck heads in the world's most flamboyant riot, I'm not quite as punk, and I'm probably just going to write about some video games.This week I didn't get up to a whole lot of gaming, I did sink some time into Overwatch's Halloween event, which has proved fairly fruitless for bagging great loot, but has still been a lot of fun. Other than that, I'm doing a lot of mopping up around Persona 5, desperately pushing up my Confidant levels with all my fave characters, like the hugely underrated Ohya Ichiko. No-one ever talks about that teenager-chasing lush, she's so misunderstood.

What have you guys been playing Or perhaps have lined up for your weekend? We got a lot of big games out right now, with Soulcalibur VI  and Starlink joining the roster this past week. There's still a lot of meat on titles like Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Super Mario Party and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, not to mention those still swinging through Marvel's Spider-Man. Spoiled for choice we are.

Have a wonderful weekend, from all of us at Destructoid.

(Update) Red Dead Redemption 2 drops final launch trailer, steelbook images surface

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(Update) Red Dead Redemption 2 drops final launch trailer, steelbook images surface

[Update: As confirmed by YouTuber KOFI, Red Dead Redemption 2 does indeed come on two discs: A "Play Disc" and a "Data Disc". No real surprise given the sequel's epic scale.]Next week sees the launch of arguably the biggest video game release of 2018, Rockstar's wild western sequel Red Dead Redemption 2. The developer has rustled up one final trailer to promote the release of this long-awaited epic.

Also surfaced online, via Reddit, are supposed shots of RDR 2's limited edition steelbook casing, with eagle-eyed fans spotting that it contains fixtures to hold two discs. Given that the digital release of the PS4 version is expected to clock in between around 99-110GB, it seems a given that the game might not be able to squeeze its expansive world, characters, soundtrack and dialogue onto just one disc.

You can check out images of the steelbook in the gallery below, alongside the new trailer. Pre-order customers can pre-download the digital copy today, ahead of Red Dead Redemption 2's official release on October 26, for PS4 and Xbox One.

50 percent of all wars in EVE Online are started by just 5 groups

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50 percent of all wars in EVE Online are started by just 5 groups

Conflict is the lifeblood of EVE Online, but how players initiate a war is a serious problem. Right now, 50 percent of all wars in EVE Online are instigated by just five corporations (EVE's version of guilds) who are exploiting the system to sow pain and chaos across the virtual galaxy of New Eden. It's become such a problem that, during the annual fan gathering at Las Vegas, CCP Games announced a series of changes to how war is declared and fought in EVE.