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.

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.