Opinion – The Amiibo Use In Metroid Goes Too Far

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Opinion – The Amiibo Use In Metroid Goes Too Far

When Nintendo introduced Amiibo, its little plastic figurines representing an enormous library of characters, even the company seemed confused about their use. Aside from making money, the Super Smash Bros. line of Amiibo did not really accomplish much, primarily serving as a storage locker for A.I. routines. Their success lead Nintendo to push Amiibo as an initiative, something to be paired with nearly every game it releases. Since then, Nintendo has struggled with how Amiibo should be used in games, and whether it makes sense to essentially enforce scarcity for what amounts to downloadable content. 

Unfortunately, with Metroid: Samus Returns on the 3DS, Nintendo has decided that Amiibo use will replace traditional unlocks, seemingly locking entire modes away behind a player's ability and desire to purchase Amiibo.

Doom Multiplayer Is Free On PS4 This Week, Plus A Singleplayer Trial

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Doom Multiplayer Is Free On PS4 This Week, Plus A Singleplayer Trial

If you have a PlayStation Plus subscription and are feeling twitchy this weekend, Bethesda has you covered. This weekend, the multiplayer for Doom is unlocked in its entirety, so you can take it for a spin with everyone else on PSN this weekend.

The multiplayer for Doom is a little different from the singleplayer, which is a bit more fast-paced and hectic. If that's more your speed, then there is also a two-level trial of the singleplayer campaign, which is more than enough to work out some hell monster aggression or whet your appetite for the full game.

PlayStation Plus is required to take part in the festivities, and all the DLC for the multiplayer has recently been made free to all owners. If you're in the mood, try some semi-palindromic goodness in Doom.

James Bond’s Moonraker Get Impressive Tribute In Planet Coaster

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James Bond’s Moonraker Get Impressive Tribute In Planet Coaster

This impressive fan-made Planet Coaster ride could give anything at Disney World a run for its money.

Brad Hamilton spent more than 84 hours making this amazing tribute to the James Bond film Moonraker. Thanks to a recent Planet Coaster update, Hamilton was also able to add custom music and sounds, so sit back and enjoy this 10 minute overview of Roger Moore’s classic film in roller coaster form.

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PlayStation Plus Price Rises In Europe

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PlayStation Plus Price Rises In Europe

Sony has announced today that PlayStation Plus prices are going up 25% in Europe, verified by Eurogamer.

In an email sent to subscribers today, Sony explained that the annual subscription price is being hiked from £39.99 to £49.99. Three month plans are raising from £14.99 to £19.99, while single-month plans are increasing from £5.99 to £6.99.

This mirrors the price increase seen in North America in August 2016, where the annual price raised $10. At the time, Sony argued that the price increase was made to reflect current market conditions while still providing value to its customers. The email sent to European PlayStation Plus subscribers did not include any reasoning for the increase.

Final Fantasy XV's Regalia Comes To Forza Horizon 3

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Final Fantasy XV's Regalia Comes To Forza Horizon 3

Starting August 1, qualifying Xbox One and PC users will get to take a spin in Final Fantasy XV's iconic luxury car, The Regalia, in Forza Horizon 3.

Anyone who's played Forza Horizon 3 or Final Fantasy XV on either Microsoft platform should receive a free code in their Xbox Live messaging inbox, according to the company.

This isn't the first time Forza Horizon 3 has had DLC from other franchises; the Halo Warthog, Fallout-inspired vehicles, and even Hot Wheels have all been added to the game as DLC.

Dragon Quest XI Coming To The West

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Dragon Quest XI Coming To The West

Dragon Quest XI is coming to Japan tomorrow, but it seemed as though Western audiences might have to either import or sit this one out. Fortunately, that's not the case. In a video to fans, series creator Yuji Horii announced that it's currently being localized and is heading our way.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is coming our way in 2018.

Yuji Horii, famed game designer of the Dragon Quest series, makes an appearance with a swarm of Slimes in tow to share some exciting news! pic.twitter.com/ytHpJyozkd

Mages Of Mystralia Coming To Console Next Month

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Mages Of Mystralia Coming To Console Next Month

Mages of Mystralia launched on PC earlier this year, following a successful Kickstarter campaign. Today, developer Borealys Games announced that the game, an action-RPG that lets you design your own magic spells, is coming to consoles starting next month.

According to a post on the PlayStation Blog, the game is coming to PlayStation 4 on August 22. The game is also coming to the Xbox One, and we're awaiting confirmation that it's arriving on the same day.

As the post details, the game's combat is built around four basic spell categories, which can then be modified with a variety of collectible runes. It's a flexible system that allows players to come up with offensive weapons like automated turrets and multishot fireballs on the fly. 

Watch SDCC Cosplayers Show Off In Style

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Watch SDCC Cosplayers Show Off In Style

What if San Diego Comic-Con were directed by Baby Driver director Edgar Wright?

Let's pretend for a moment through this music video showing off SDCC's best and brightest cosplayers dancing, posing, and acting for the camera in this catchy Youtube video brought to you by filmmaking duo Sneaky Zebra. Your toe will be tapping midway through, but don't let that distract you from trying to name everyone you see. Sure, Batgirl's not hard to figure out, but can you name everyone in that video?

Cosplayers are incredibly dedicated to both their craft and their fandom, as evidenced by this video. Everyone here is engaged, having fun, and representing the character they're portraying in the way that they know them. If you were to cosplay as a character, who do you think you would be most enthusiastic to represent?

Reader Discussion: What's The Strangest Game You've Ever Played?

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Reader Discussion: What's The Strangest Game You've Ever Played?

Most of us have grown used to the crazy antics of the Super Mario Bros., but if you step back and think about it, video games can be pretty bizarre. What's the strangest game you've ever played?

Strange is subjective. One person's weird is another person's wonderful, but I'm generally a fan of strange games. Frog Fractions, El Shaddai, and The Cat Lady are all pretty strange games. Maybe you've played them. Maybe you love them.

Personally, I was a big fan (maybe an exaggeration) of Seaman. That old Dreamcast title was entirely about talking to a fish that sounded like Leonard Nimoy. However, the fishy quips made it an entertaining experience. If you like weird games, check out our weekly Replay shows; there is always something bizarre going on there.

Some Pokémon Go Fest Attendees Are Suing Niantic

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Some Pokémon Go Fest Attendees Are Suing Niantic

Pokémon Go Fest was a huge misstep, to say the least. Developer Niantic held the Chicago-based festival in late July and quickly found itself unprepared for the realities of 20,000 people all playing Pokémon Go in one small area. As way of compensation, Niantic refunded everyone's tickets and gave away $100 in virtual currency for the mobile game, hoping that was enough. Attendees who flew in from out of town, however, have a larger bone to pick with Niantic than just the price of entry.

Chicago-based attorney Thomas Zimmerman is representing the class-action lawsuit, first brought by John Norton, a Californian who flew out to the event. According to Zimmerman, another 30-50 people have joined the suit since.

The event was intended to be a mass gathering of Pokémon Go fans acting with the singular goal of cooperating and working together to unleash legendary Pokémon through aggregate captures. That means that, the more Pokémon attendees caught, the more an invisible bar filled up to releasing a Legendary Pokémon. Norton alleges that he went to the festival for this purpose, to catch Pokémon alongside other Pokémaniacs, but that the game simply failed to work. Zimmerman states that this goes against what Niantic promised for the event.