Reader Discussion: Do You Enjoy Making Your Own Creations In Games?

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Reader Discussion: Do You Enjoy Making Your Own Creations In Games?

Whether you're a Minecraft builder, a Sims 4 player with an architect's eye, or a level creator in Super Mario Maker, several video games provide creation suites for innovative players.

Sometimes the building aspect is the game's biggest selling point, such as with Dreams, and other times it's a well-thought out addition like Far Cry 5's Arcade Mode. Either way, it feels like there's something out there for anyone who wants to add their personal touch.

I've been hot and cold on building mechanics; some click with me while others don't. Lately I've been getting back into building homes and community lots in the Sims 4, as well as throwing my hat into Dreams once more to go deeper with the creation tools. I'm also hoping to get my hands on Super Mario Maker 2 soon.

Here's What Death Stranding Would Look Like As A PS1 Game

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Here's What Death Stranding Would Look Like As A PS1 Game

Hideo Kojima's upcoming Death Stranding looks to be graphically impressive, but what if that same concept was translated into something more lo-fi? YouTuber Bearly Regal tested this idea by envisioning Death Stranding as a PS1 game.

The result is several gameplay and cinematic scenes transformed into a PS1 era aesthetic, and it actually looks pretty cool. Take a look for yourself below.

Death Stranding releases on November 8 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Read our humor piece where we let predictive text explain the meaning behind the game's themes and story.

Last Day Of June Is Free On The Epic Games Store

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Last Day of June, a story-driven puzzle game from developer Ovosonico, is available for free on the Epic Games Store (it's normally listed as $19.99 on the online retailer). Don't wait too long, though — it's only a freebie until July 4.

This puzzle game puts you in the shoes of an elderly man who desperately wants to change a traumatic past event. Thanks to a bit of magic, he gets that opportunity, and you help him rearrange history through puzzles. You play through a time loop of that fateful day in hopes of creating a new future. 

I reviewed Last Day of June when it released back in 2017, and thought it told an endearing story but was held back by its repetitive nature. You can read the entire review here.

Summer Games Done Quick Raises A Record-Breaking $3 Million

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Summer Games Done Quick Raises A Record-Breaking $3 Million

 Summer Games Done Quick, an annual speedrunning marathon, smashed records this year by fundraising a total of $3,006,188.87 from over 50,000 donors (donations are still open; this is the current amount at this time of writing). 

The week-long event began last Sunday and concluded yesterday. The team had already achieved a whopping $1 million on Thursday, just four days in. Once $2 million was reached, it took only a few hours to get to $3 million. 

In comparison, Summer Games Done Quick raised $2.1 million last year, which was a record up until now. 

Tetris Royale Headed To Mobile Phones

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Building on the success of the Tetris 99's fusion of the iconic puzzler and the battle royal trend, The Tetris Company is planning to release a Tetris game called Tetris Royale for iOS and Android.

As the name implies, Tetris Royale will have a 100-player battle royale mode, which will include seasonal and daily challenges, leaderboards, and will have players earn ways to customize parts of the game, as well as "power-ups and boosters that can be used in battle," according to a press release.

Along with the multiplayer mode, Tetris Royale will also feature "a variety of modes," including "solo Marathon mode where players can hone their Tetris skills."

Void Bastards Getting Free Challenge Modes, DLC Soon

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After a strong reception and successful launch, Void Bastards will soon have more ways for players to explore its cynical, roguelike take on space travel and prison systems.

Challenge modes headline the title's upcoming DLC. The Workplace Challenges DLC will add new challenges like "stealthing your way past super tough enemies, being forced to rely on amped up authorisation skills to take over ship systems and managing a super fast but hard to control client," according to developer Blue Manchu.

On top of that, the team is also cooking up a new weapon to mix things up, as well as something a bit more extensive. "We are also working on DLC with an entirely new organization, complete with a new opponent, new ships and never before seen rewards!"

Symphony Of The Night, Inside Lead July's Free Games With Gold

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The next group of Xbox Games With Gold games includes a couple of outstanding games, as well as a couple of others.

Leading the charge this month are Inside, which is available for free to all Xbox Live Gold members throughout July. The grim platformer got high marks from us back when it came out in 2016, so you should probably pick it up.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is available from July 1-15, and you should definitely pick it up. It's the inspiration for countless games (including the recent Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night), and it still happens to be one of the best games ever made.

Make Sure You Get The Right Kind Of Stylus For Super Mario Maker 2

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Super Mario Maker 2 came out yesterday, and you know what? We think it's pretty good. One curious feature about the Switch sequel, however, is that when you have the console undocked, you can only use the touch screen to edit levels (yep, you can't use the buttons and joysticks located on the sides of the thing). This might prompt you to use your sweaty, grubby digits, to build levels (you monster) or it might get you to purchase a stylus. If you're inclined to do the latter, you should make sure it's the right kind.

Unlike the Wii U, which used a resistive touch screen, the Switch uses a capacitive touch screen, like most phone screens do. Without boring you with the difference between the two, this means your Wii U stylus won't work on your Switch, and you'll have to buy a new one. You can hear us talk about it in the most recent episode of the Game Informer Show podcast below, timestamped for that specific discussion.

If you're shopping for a new one, you can find a number of recommendations here (Thanks, ShackNews!). For more on Super Mario Maker 2, watch us play around with it for a while as we listen to trap remixes of Mario songs, or read our interview with Nintendo Legend Takashi Tezuka.

Second Volume Of Destiny Lore Book Coming In October

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Second Volume Of Destiny Lore Book Coming In October

Destiny has a wealth of stories and lore to pour through, but it's often buried in weapon descriptions and disparate passages. That can give it an alluring, mysterious air, but also makes some of it hard to parse. That's why Bungie released an entire tome packed with lore entries late last year, and it's also why it's releasing a follow-up in October of this year.

Pre-orders for Destiny Grimoire Anthology, Vol. 2: Fallen Kingdoms go live on July 2, Bungie has announced. To celebrate the release of the book, Destiny will get a new emote, called "Consult of Archives." Purchasing this emote in-game will give you a 20-percent discount on Fallen Kingdoms through the official Bungie store as long as you redeem the discount by July 9.

If you're interested in catching up on Destiny's lore before Shadowkeep, the book first volume isn't available on Bungie's store, but you can get it on Amazon.