Opinion – Single-Player Isn’t Dying, It’s Evolving

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Opinion – Single-Player Isn’t Dying, It’s Evolving

Last week when Electronic Arts announced the closure of Visceral Games and revealed it was going back to the drawing board with its Star Wars action game, the news caused a wave of panic about the imminent death of single-player games. Though the publisher's statement said that the new version of the game would still be single-player and former EA employees stressed this was a migration to open-world games – not a push to completely remove campaigns – that didn't stop a wave of obituary editorials and hysterical posts on social media. While the death of single-player may be greatly exaggerated, this pivot is further evidence that conventional thinking around designing single-player games isn't vanishing, but rather evolving.

New Gameplay Today – Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

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New Gameplay Today – Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

If you only need to know one thing about associate editor Javy Gwaltney, it's that he is in possession of a strange head of hair. Expand that to two must-know items, and it's that he loves his Wolfenstein. He reviewed the sequel for us, and he was quite impressed with The New Colossus. Today, Leo Vader and I join Javy as he walks us through an optional mission and shows off a section of the game that we hadn't seen before.

Our mini tour of the game features a look at the game's U-boat hub (complete with a glimpse of some delicious hamburger pancakes), a Nazi-assassination mission set in the ruins of New York City, and a playthrough of the game's intro sequence.

Full disclosure: We did cut some of the intro out because A) it's pretty grim stuff and B) we didn't want to spoil too much. 

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (October 26, 2017)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (October 26, 2017)

We've got some great blogs this week that explore the horrors of dungeons, web games featuring Hitler, and a blog about what may be the best game of the year. Let's go!

Community Blogs For October 19 – October 25:

5 Addictive Online Web Games I don't have time to play web games like these, but if I did, I think I would start with MikComposer's list. While they don't sound like they'll overtake a triple-A title for me anytime soon, they do sound interesting. Secret Hitler sounds absolutely bonkers but totally intriguing.

The Story Behind Far Cry 5: How Ubisoft Is Building A Believable Cult

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The Story Behind Far Cry 5: How Ubisoft Is Building A Believable Cult

Some things seem so strange and inconceivable that we believe they could never happen to us. Bizarre news stories, fluke accidents, or extraordinary luck such as winning the lottery all seem unlikely to occur in our day-to-day lives. Far Cry 5 explores one of these unimaginable scenarios: What is it like to be wooed into a cult? What happens when that cult becomes formidably dangerous and powerful?

While most of us believe we could never fall victim to joining a cult, Ubisoft hopes to change that perspective by designing a nuanced religious sect that isn’t just believable, but also persuasive enough to help us understand how one could join willingly.

The newest Far Cry leaves behind the idyllic international locales of past entries and transports us to Montana. Players take control of a police deputy who holds an arrest warrant for cult leader Joseph Seed. This religious cult, known as Project at Eden's Gate, believes the end of days are upon us, and is armed to the teeth for the occasion. They’re prepared to do whatever it takes to not just save themselves, but also save as many “helpless souls” as possible.

Why Assassin's Creed Origins' Microtransactions Are Annoying But Unnecessary

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Why Assassin's Creed Origins' Microtransactions Are Annoying But Unnecessary

As microtransactions are appearing more frequently than ever, it should surprise no one that Ubisoft's latest release Assassin's Creed Origins has embraced the business model. They come in the form of Helix Credits, and although they've been a part of the series before, the variety of what you can purchase has increased quite a bit.

The game's real-money currency lets you buy just about everything in the game, but is it worthwhile? And is there in-game pressure to do so? Suriel Vasquez joins me to answer these questions and more.  

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Our Favorite Luncheon Kingdom Secret In Super Mario Odyssey

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Our Favorite Luncheon Kingdom Secret In Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario Odyssey is out tomorrow and it is full of secrets. One of our favorites can be accessed in the Luncheon Kingdom, a pink lava-filled world that requires Mario to turn into a fireball in order to explore it.

Fair warning here, this is a spoiler for Super Mario Odyssey. It's not a story spoiler, but it does show a secret that can be missed and some of the late-game content for Odyssey. If you want to see something cool, however, check out the video below!

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The Secret Music Of Metro Kingdom In Super Mario Odyssey

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The Secret Music Of Metro Kingdom In Super Mario Odyssey

Many of the secrets in Super Mario Odyssey reward Moons for their discovery, but there are a few secrets that are just there for Mario fans.

Metro Kingdom, the city world used to reveal the game, arguably has the most of this style of secret. In the video below, you can hear a handful of musical tracks hidden in the level that don't reward Moons, but are very cool to hear.

First up is a take on a classic Mario Kart theme, then you will hear a jazzy version of a familiar Mario theme, an alternate version of "Jump Up Superstar", and finally a big band version of more familiar Mario music.

New Gameplay Today – Super Mario Odyssey

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New Gameplay Today – Super Mario Odyssey

Why, hello there! Super Mario Odyssey is nearly here, and we couldn't be more excited. Fortunately for me and Leo, Reiner brought his Switch into our studio, plugged it into the television, turned it on, pressed start – look, you probably get the idea. Check out our latest episode of New Gameplay Today to get a nice look at Nintendo's latest (and greatest?) platformer as we head into its release.

Let me tell you, this video has it all. You want clown suits? Done. How about cheating? That's done, too. Anyone want to see Mario without a shirt (again?)? Sure, why not! 

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The Six Freakiest Clowns In Gaming

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The Six Freakiest Clowns In Gaming

Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Apparently, he had never seen a clown.

Following the runaway success of It, clowns are once again back on top of the (luckily figurative) terror pyramid, and it’s easy to see why. Horrible harbingers of the end times, the worst clowns distort a symbol of childish fun, twisting it into pure nightmare fuel. With every honk of a disturbingly oversized horn or blood-curdling cackle, I’m convinced someone, somewhere loses a piece of their soul. Gaming has its fair share of freaky, creepy, and unnerving clowns, so let’s look terror right in the face and check out the freakiest clowns in the medium.

Shigeru Miyamoto On Potentially Remaking Mario 64 And Yoichi Kotabe's Art

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Shigeru Miyamoto On Potentially Remaking Mario 64 And Yoichi Kotabe's Art

During E3 2017, we had the chance to sit down with Shigeru Miyamoto, and we talked about whether Yoshi and a T-Rex could co-exist, nostalgia, and more. There was more to that discussion, however, and ahead of the release of Super Mario Odyssey on Friday, we decided to share the remainder of the chat. Below you can read Miyamoto's thoughts on potentially remaking Super Mario 64, Yoichi Kotabe's art, and more.

This interview was conducted by Ben Hanson and Kyle Hilliard.

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