The Quest Log: September 13, 2017

Hello, Huddies! Destiny 2’s first raid launches today, which should be exciting news to practically everyone except those of us who are waiting for the PC version. In the meantime, Divinity: Original Sin 2, a game I wrote about around this time last year, leaves Early Access tomorrow, and I couldn’t be more hyped. It’s been a week since our last update, so let’s take a look at what’s happened in the industry since then.

South Park: The Fractured but Whole changes your character’s skin color based on the game’s difficulty slider

During a recent video demo of the game, it was revealed that South Park: The Fractured But Whole will alter your in-game avatar’s skin color based on its difficulty slider. As players increase the game’s difficulty, their skin will gradually get darker. The socio-political commentary of the move may be on the nose, but it certainly fits South Park’s sense of humor and has characteristically stirred up some controversy.

The video also shows that players will now be able to choose the gender of their character–the Stick of Truth forced you to play as a male–and that non-binary choices are available to the player. Selecting any gender other than male results in a clever ret-conning of the last game’s protagonist.

I’m not actually a South Park fan, myself, but I’ll have to admit that these recent revelations have at least garnered my interest in playing it.

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2017-09-07-south-park-the-fractured-but-whole-difficulty-slider-changes-the-colour-of-your-skin

Rockstar announces L.A. Noire ports for PS4, Xbox One, and Switch

Rockstar announced via Twitter Last week that L.A. Noire, the crime-solving game that puts players in the shoes of a mid-twentieth century detective, will be coming to modern consoles this November. The game, which featured revolutionary facial animation technology, is a unique departure from genre norms and requires players to determine whether or not its various NPCs are lying by way of reading their facial expressions and non-verbal communication. You’ll be able to play the updated port on November 14th.

Nintendo increases stocks of SNES Classic and will bring back the NES Classic in 2018

In response to the overwhelming, though not unexpected, demand for the SNES classic, Nintendo announced that they would be shipping more units of the retro console than they did for last year’s NES Classic when it hits stores later this month. We’ve already talked a great deal about the SNES classic, which features 20 classic SNES titles including and the never-before-released StarFox 2, and the item’s already proving to be one hot commodity. Hopeful owners were dismayed late last month when pre-order stocks went up overnight across various retailers and promptly sold out. 

Nintendo has also detailed their plans to bring more NES Classic units to stores in 2018.

The SNES Classic hits stores September 29 and will retail for $79.99.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170912005798/en/

The Quest Log: April 14, 2017

Hey Gamers, and happy Friday. The biggest news of the day is certainly that sweet new teaser trailer for Episode 8, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been plenty going on in the world of gaming. Speaking of Star Wars and news…

Battlefront II Trailer Leaks

While the trailer is supposed to hit the internet officially later today, we actually got our first look at the next entry in the storied Star Wars multiplayer shooter series earlier this week when a French version of the trailer found its way onto the web. Fans of the franchise and of the earlier games in the series who may have been disappointed with the last game just might have a renewed reason to look twice at Dice’s efforts here. The trailer shows off a singleplayer campaign in addition to playable heroes from the prequel trilogy and The Force Awakens.

http://kotaku.com/star-wars-battlefront-iis-first-trailer-leaks-1794239046

Bayonetta Comes to PC

The (sexy, hairy) witch is back! The original Bayonetta, Platinum Games’ classic stylish action game, has finally come to PC with an official port now available on Steam. The release comes in the wake of a clever April Fool’s Day “joke” that we reported on last week. While it’s unlikely that we’ll ever see a port of the Nintendo-published Bayonetta 2, it’s great that PC gamers are finally getting a chance to play the heavily Devil May Cry inspired series. Platinum Games have since gone on to say that they’d love to bring more of their games to the platform, but that it’s not really up to them.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/460790/?snr=1_550_552&newsId=28788

Nintendo Kills the NES Classic

If you managed to get your hands on one of the uber-popular, diminutive game consoles, count yourself lucky because Nintendo has officially announced the death of the NES Classic Edition. The system, which came pre-packed with 30 classic NES titles, has been wildly successful since it launched last holiday season, and it seems it’s been next to impossible for retailers to keep them in stock. Even still–and for reasons currently unknown–Nintendo is discontinuing it, stating that it “wasn’t intended to be an ongoing, long-term product.” Remaining stocks will be shipped to retailers through April, and then that’s it.

Could Nintendo be paving the way for the virtual console’s return on the Switch? Do they just hate money? These are not easy questions to answer.

And in case you were wondering, the Japanese analogue, the Famicon Classic Edition, is also being discontinued, but just temporarily.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/04/13/nintendo-discontinues-the-nes-classic-edition