Whatcha been playing this week, Destructoid?

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Whatcha been playing this week, Destructoid?

Who's there? A better K/D ratio. Yes, after almost two years, on and off, of laying down for everybody in Ubisoft's Rainbow Six Siege, I've finally found my waifu (do y'all still say "waifu"?) And it's none other than all-new attacker N0KK, who joined the tactical shooter's roster in the recent Phantom Sight update.Rocking a silenced shotgun like Bardem in No Country for Old Men, N0KK dashes, unseen and unheard, through cameras and drones, coming into the fight late and stalking Defenders like The Grudge's Kayako decided to put on ballistic armour and join a counter-terrorist unit. Now there's a movie. Through her tentative movement and backdoor shenanigans, N0KK seems to slide right into my playstyle. And while I'll always be grateful to Dokkaebi and Hibana for taking me so far (not very far) it's nice to actually be able to add to the victory for once...

Nightdive is focusing on multiplayer for System Shock 2: Enhanced Edition

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Nightdive is focusing on multiplayer for System Shock 2: Enhanced Edition

When System Shock 2: Enhanced Edition was announced last week, many wondered what could be improved about the experience. Apart from doing a complete visual overhaul, the game was solid enough as it was. This wasn't a case like the original System Shock where a standardized control scheme hadn't been invented yet, thus necessitating some work. There is one area where System Shock 2 is lacking, though: multiplayer.

In a new interview with Games Radar, Nightdive CEO Stephen Kick revealed the studio is focused on improving the multiplayer experienced with Enhanced Edition. "Our priority with the Enhanced Edition is to be able to deliver an updated co-op multiplayer component," Kick said. "As of right now starting a co-op campaign is needlessly complicated and we're going to address that by implementing features that will enable a more modern and streamlined experience."

Nintendo is hosting the next Indie World shindig on August 19

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An absurd amount of video game news is already lined up for August 19, aka the Monday before gamescom, but here's one more streaming event for your consideration. Nintendo is hosting another Indie World showcase, this time with "20 minutes of information on games coming to Nintendo Switch."

The stream will begin bright and early at 6:00am Pacific. I'll be sound asleep. (Or so I hope!)

These Indie World showcases are never as groundbreaking as the main Nintendo Direct presentations, but they still serve a purpose – they're a chance to see what's what and cut through the noise. So many indie games release on Switch each week, and it's helpful to have someone shine a spotlight.

Review: Age of Wonders: Planetfall

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Review: Age of Wonders: Planetfall

I've always had an aversion to the fantasy genre, and because of that, I've never dipped my toes into the Age of Wonders series despite loving the 4X genre. With the announcement that the newest game, Planetfall, was going to be painted over with a science-fiction gloss, I was excited to dive into the series.

I feel like I've done myself a disservice as a 4X fan by waiting this long. Age of Wonders: Planetfall addresses most of my issues with the genre while weaving a story for those who need a little extra motivation. But for newer fans of the genre, it might be a bit too big of a piece to chew.

Sea of Thieves is bringing back the Halo ship

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Sea of Thieves is bringing back the Halo ship

Rare is hoping to tap into dormant Sea of Thieves players with a good old fashioned giveaway.

Next week, from August 20–24, you'll be able to earn the Halo Spartan Ship Set by simply showing up to play Adventure or Arena mode. That's it! Rare will add the cosmetic item set to your account.

Play Sea of Thieves at any time during Gamescom next week (August 20th-24th) to earn the complete @Halo Spartan Ship Set! Already have the items from E3? This will add the wheel, capstan and cannons to your set. Don't have any at all yet? Get the full set in one fell swoop! pic.twitter.com/WYILQaFTID

— Sea of Thieves (@SeaOfThieves) August 16, 2019

The zany antics in this Zelda: Breath of the Wild clip would make Bugs Bunny blush

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The zany antics in this Zelda: Breath of the Wild clip would make Bugs Bunny blush

If you've played hundreds of hours of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you can prooooobably tell what's going to happen in the below clip based on the header image alone. But in case you're part of the literal 4.7% that never started playing (math!), I'll parse it for you.

Twitter user Carl Anka set up a particularly amazing situation. Not because it's unique, mind, as foiling the evil shapeshifting Yiga Clan has been a popular pastime since the game launched, but because of the way it actually plays out. Anka is seen at the start of the video prepping a boulder with the Stasis Rune, a sort of magical time-stopping and kinetic energy building spell.

By striking the rock with a ton of hits they can get it primed and ready to slam into a specific direction, and as soon as the Yiga member reveals that it's not actually a kind citizen in distress: BAM, it gets smacked like a Looney Tunes character (or a villain from the Adam West Batman TV show).

Don't Starve Together wants you to set sail for the spooky Lunar Island

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It feels like every time we check back on Don't Starve Together, Klei has just unleashed some wild new update. The studio promised an "extensive" slate of content for the co-op survival game throughout 2019, and it continues to deliver on that front. This week, at least on PC to start, it's time for Turn of Tides – a free update in which a chunk of the moon lands planetside and forms a "Lunar Island."

If absolutely nothing else, I'm here for these animated trailers. They never disappoint. Don't Starve always had such a compelling mythos, and it's only grown stronger with Don't Starve Together.

Turn of Tides has boat-building and sailing mechanics – how else can are you going to reach (and promptly die on) the island? – and three biomes "with valuable new resources, craftables, and fearsome enemies." Klei also swapped out the Sanity meter for a new Enlightenment concept that ties into the storyline. Speaking of which, did I forget to mention that this ongoing expansion is called Return of Them and it's about an ancient being in the sky we can't fully comprehend? Whoops. Don't make eye contact!

The Zelda: Twilight Princess manga is lighting up the graphic novel sales charts

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The Zelda: Twilight Princess manga is lighting up the graphic novel sales charts

With no new Zelda since Breath of the Wild, people are turning to different mediums to get their fix. Although no one really associates Zelda with manga, the fandom of Nintendo's beloved franchise runs so deep that its appeal stretches much further than just video games.

That's why the newest edition of the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess manga performed so well. According to July 2019 US sales data, the fifth volume (which released on July 9) was the fourth best-selling graphic novel last month. Akira Himekawa's adaption of the Twilight Princess story has been steadily rolling out two volumes a year ever since early 2017, but this is 2019's first installment.

Despite ranking fourth, Twilight Princess sold the best of all manga. A ton of My Hero Academia fills out the top 20. The top three slots are taken by The Adventure Zone (which is based on the McElroy brothers' Dungeons & Dragons podcast) and George Takei's They Called Us Enemy.

Pokemon Sword and Shield are starting to sell me on the whole Dynamax thing

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The latest trailer for Pokémon Sword and Shield is all about the nitty-gritty of battling, including new held items like Room Service, hidden abilities, and the oft-highlighted Dynamax mechanic that can turn one of your Pokémon huge for three turns and grant it powerful, battlefield-altering Max Moves.

The Pokémon Company also detailed more battle mechanics in a trio of posts.

The more I hear about Dynamaxing, the more I'm warming up to it, and that's in no small part thanks to its ease of use. Once your trainer has the Dynamax Band, the transformation mechanic can work on any Pokémon in the Galar region and – thank goodness! – they don't need to hold a special item.