Sonic Mania’s secret mode is Sega embracing fans’ favorite joke

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Sonic Mania’s secret mode is Sega embracing fans’ favorite joke

In Sonic Mania, players can run through some retro-style levels as either Sonic, Tails or Knuckles. But a special hidden mode adds a perfect twist on the gameplay by calling back to a classic Sonic goof.

Since the release of Sonic 3 & Knuckles, an expansion to the Sega Genesis game Sonic the Hedgehog 3, fans have taken to adding on the “& Knuckles” suffix to any number of things, like other movies and games. Not that people stopped there, of course:

Sonic Mania’s secret mode is Sega embracing fans’ favorite joke

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Sonic Mania’s secret mode is Sega embracing fans’ favorite joke

In Sonic Mania, players can run through some retro-style levels as either Sonic, Tails or Knuckles. But a special hidden mode adds a perfect twist on the gameplay by calling back to a classic Sonic goof.

Since the release of Sonic 3 & Knuckles, an expansion to the Sega Genesis game Sonic the Hedgehog 3, fans have taken to adding on the “& Knuckles” suffix to any number of things, like other movies and games. Not that people stopped there, of course:

H1Z1's survival game is dropping the H1Z1 part

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H1Z1's survival game is dropping the H1Z1 part

Daybreak Game Company’s online multiplayer zombie survival game H1Z1: Just Survive is getting a new name. After today, the game will be known simply as Just Survive. It will feature a new map and new lore, formally breaking with the H1Z1 franchise.

“A new narrative has been established, separating Just Survive from the H1Z1 universe. Just Survive’s rebranding and content update represents the development team’s evolved vision for the game and lays the foundation for future updates in the months to come,” Daybreak said in a press release.

Eve: Valkyrie update drops the VR requirement

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Eve: Valkyrie update drops the VR requirement

CCP Games will release an update for Eve: Valkyrie in September that it describes as a “complete overhaul” for the first-person spaceship shooter. In addition to new maps and new weapons and abilities for ships, Eve: Valkyrie’s Warzone expansion will make the game accessible to a wider audience: No longer will the game require a VR headset to play.

“PS4 and PS VR gamers will be able to fly and fight alongside each other in EVE: Valkyrie – Warzone, both in and out of virtual reality,” CCP Games lead game designer Andrew Willans wrote on the PlayStation Blog.

Pokémon Go’s Raid Battles are wearing players out

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Pokémon Go’s Raid Battles are wearing players out

Pokémon Go’s cooperative multiplayer mode, the gym-based Raid Battles, has exited the honeymoon phase and is now inspiring backlash from players. And rightfully so — with the highly anticipated release of legendary Pokémon tied to the mode, players who have struggled to rally up a team for Raid Battles have every reason to be frustrated.

Niantic introduced Raid Battles in June, fulfilling the promise of multiplayer nearly a year after Pokémon Go’s launch. The mode requires players to work together to take down powerful Pokémon, which they then have the chance to catch. While Raid Battles are a good way to beef up a player’s team, they didn’t feel like a requirement at launch.

Undertale’s trophies are perfectly hilarious

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Undertale’s trophies are perfectly hilarious

Undertale didn’t have any achievements in its original PC release, but now that it’s on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, it’s got a very, very good list of trophies. In keeping with the game’s snarky tone, developer Toby Fox and the team at 8-4 added some on-brand trophies that makes the journey to that platinum trophy hilarious.

Here are the highlights, courtesy of a tweet that went viral just prior to the console ports’ launch:

Pokémon Go players are finding a new shiny Pokémon out in the wild

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Pokémon Go players are finding a new shiny Pokémon out in the wild

Pokémon Go has another shiny Pokémon available to collect, according to reports from players worldwide: Pikachu, the series’ unofficial mascot.

Niantic first unleashed the shiny-colored variant of Pikachu into the wild over the weekend, during Japan’s Pikachu Outbreak event. The Pokémon-themed outdoor celebration included several goods for Pokémon Go players, with the ability to find and capture shiny Pikachu the most visible.

For Honor exploit spoils tournament and riles its community

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For Honor exploit spoils tournament and riles its community

For Honor, the swords-and-axes fighting game Ubisoft launched this winter, is in crisis. This weekend, Ubisoft staged a tournament with a $10,000 prize pool, and the winner credited his victory to exploits long known to players and developers.

"Unlock tech," as the exploit is known, creates an an attack that cannot be blocked or parried. In the hands of a skilled player, it makes the Nobushi class of the Samurai faction practically unbeatable. And Jakub Palen, who wrote a 1,000 word explanation of the Nobushi’s exploit a month ago, used it to win the For Honor Hero Series Grand Final in Burbank, California on Saturday.

Discord cracks down on hate groups, shuts down alt-right server

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Discord cracks down on hate groups, shuts down alt-right server

Discord is taking action in the wake of a hateful protest led by neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend.

The company announced on Twitter today that it shut down the altright.com server, one of the largest Discord servers notorious for its hateful content, and banned a number of the users active on the server. The company said it will continue to take a stance against “white supremacy, nazi ideology, and all forms of hate.”

What’s included in Call of Duty: WWII’s private multiplayer beta

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What’s included in Call of Duty: WWII’s private multiplayer beta

Call of Duty: WWII’s private multiplayer beta kicks off next week on PlayStation 4 and will be available to those who pre-order the game. Today, developer Sledgehammer Games detailed exactly what that multiplayer test will include — and what it won’t.

Expect some of the usual fare; three multiplayer maps (Pointe Du Hoc, Ardennes and Gibraltar) and modes (Team Deathmatch, Domination and Hardpoint) will be playable. Players will also get a peek at Call of Duty: WWII’s new War gameplay mode.