The Eternal Castle: Remastered is a remake of a game that never existed

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The Eternal Castle: Remastered is a remake of a game that never existed

The Eternal Castle: Remastered is a Mac and Windows PC remake of a classic MS-DOS action game lost to time. Or that’s what its developers say, at least. While it shares the harsh, high-contrast look of titles of the time, The Eternal Castle was never a real ’80s game at all.

Purportedly inspired by a long-lost game from 1987, The Eternal Castle: Remastered is a difficult, side-scrolling adventure game reminiscent of genre masterpieces like The Prince of Persia and Another World. You control a pixelated yet fluidly animated character across barren wastelands, shooting your way through dangerous soldiers, traps, monsters, and more. The retro visuals are expertly paired with modern touches, like crisp, stereo sound effects along with a high-fidelity soundtrack.

Royals put their scoreboard to good use with 105-foot tall game of Mario Kart

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Royals put their scoreboard to good use with 105-foot tall game of Mario Kart

Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals franchise didn’t have a great 2018, finishing fifth in their division with a record of 58 wins and 104 losses. The good news is that Mario came in first yesterday, raising his fist in triumph above their home field at Kauffman Stadium.

News of Mario’s stunning victory comes courtesy of Kansas City’s ABC affiliate, KCTV. In a tweet from sports interpreter Tom Martin, turns out that the KCTV news copter caught somebody using the Royals’ 105-foot tall, 85-foot wide electronic scoreboard for a session of Mario Kart 8. The clip has been viewed more than one million times already on Twitter.

Awesome Games Done Quick 2019: what to watch on the fourth day

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Awesome Games Done Quick 2019: what to watch on the fourth day

The fourth day of Awesome Games Done Quick (noon today until noon Thursday) includes 23 events, 13 of them featuring a speedrunner currently ranked No. 1 in the world in the event. This is the day when the “Weird Block” of games runs, featuring wacky, unknown or little-played games. Awesome Games Done Quick 2019 kicked off on Sunday and runs through Saturday from Rockville, Maryland. You can watch all of it live, right here.

Below are the games featuring world-record holders (according to speedrun.com) scheduled to appear over the next 24 hours (all times ET).

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will finally let you adjust the auto-leveling enemies

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will finally let you adjust the auto-leveling enemies

Ubisoft is releasing a variety of new content for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey throughout January, most of which is discussed in the video at the top of this post as well as the official blog post. The second episode of “The Legacy of the First Blade” is on the way, along with two new “Lost Tales of Greece.” There will be new mercenary tiers and a new vendor, adding to the already extensive amount of things to do, see and earn in the game.

But I’m most excited about the upcoming ability to adjust the game’s enemy scaling. Ubisoft itself refers to this option as “one of the most community-requested features since launch.”

Elite’s Distant Worlds 2 expedition: How do you keep 8,000 players safe in a PvP MMO?

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Elite’s Distant Worlds 2 expedition: How do you keep 8,000 players safe in a PvP MMO?

Elite: Dangerous is an elaborate spacefaring game played online simultaneously by thousands of people around the world. While most players primarily engage only in player-versus-environment battles, Elite’s simulation of our galaxy is also a known hangout for small but dedicated groups of highly skilled griefers. There are entire clans formed around a desire to exploit the game’s systems, or to team up and embark on game-breaking raids.

Of course, the ability to let groups of players cause chaos in the game is an intentional part of Elite’s design. But, later this week, more than 8,300 players will be taking part in a peaceful mission to the far side of the galaxy conducting exploration, but also having races and other little planned, player-led events along the way.

Valve slaps Wandersong, a very real game, with fake-game restrictions

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Valve slaps Wandersong, a very real game, with fake-game restrictions

Valve’s commitment to keeping illegitimate games off Steam has led to increased vigilance over the last six months. A series of restrictions put in place to ward off these so-called “fake games,” however, has caught at least one totally real game in the crossfire.

The delightful musical adventure game Wandersong launched to cult acclaim in September and last week received several nods from the Independent Games Festival Awards. (It was also one of my personal favorites of 2018.) Yet Valve has marked it as under review, leaving players unable to access regular Steam features for it, like trading cards and achievements. It’s the victim of a policy that launched last June, made to explicitly combat games that were intentionally “inflating achievement and game counts for users to display on their profiles.”

Bungie changes this week’s Nightfalls after Destiny 2 fans complain

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Bungie changes this week’s Nightfalls after Destiny 2 fans complain

After weeks of frustration from Destiny 2 players, the Corrupted strike has finally become available again as part of the Nightfall rotation. However, this wasn’t originally the case this week, as Bungie had to alter the rotation early this morning.

When this week’s reset hit — bringing the mysterious Niobe Labs event with it — the Nightfalls were a random collection of strikes. The absence of The Corrupted for another week caused an uproar on Reddit, with most of the new posts focused on the issue.

With 91.6M PS4s sold, Sony continues dominating console generation

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With 91.6M PS4s sold, Sony continues dominating console generation

Sony sold over 91.6 million PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide as of Dec. 31, 2018, according to the company’s own internal estimates. But what does that number mean?

To give Sony’s victory lap more context, it helps to take a few minutes to break down where each console manufacturer is at the beginning of 2019. One thing is clear, however: The more information you share, the more confident you tend to be. And Sony has a lot of reasons to be confident when it comes to this current console generation.

Resident Evil 2 remake demo coming Jan. 11, lasts only 30 minutes

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Resident Evil 2 remake demo coming Jan. 11, lasts only 30 minutes

Capcom will give survival horror fans a brief taste of the Resident Evil 2 remake later this week with a limited-time demo — very limited, in fact, at just 30 minutes.

Resident Evil 2’s “1-Shot Demo” will be available for PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One from Jan. 11-31. Players will have just a half hour to complete the demo. If they do finish their specific mission objective, they can continue to replay the demo until the 30-minute mark is reached.

Metro Exodus Xbox One X bundle includes the entire trilogy

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Metro Exodus Xbox One X bundle includes the entire trilogy

Today Deep Silver and Microsoft announced a Metro Exodus-themed Xbox One X bundle for $499.99, launching day-and-date with the upcoming game. The 1 TB console will include a digital version of 4A game’s latest post-apocalyptic, open-world, survival horror game, as well as the high-definition remasters of its predecessors, Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light.

The announcement was also accompanied by a new story trailer, the game’s first. Players take the role of the same character in all three Metro games, a member of the Spartan Order named Artyom. Today’s trailer, however, is told from a very different perspective: that of Anna, Artyom’s wife.