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.

The Quest Log: August 1, 2017

August is here, which means that the biggest season for new game releases is right around the corner! Which games due this fall are you looking forward to most? In the meantime, Tacoma, the first game developed by Fullbright since Gone Home, launches today, which should be a must-play for fans of emotional, story-driven games. Now, let’s take a look at what’s going on in the news:

Stardew Valley Multiplayer Update Due Early 2018

In an official blogpost by Chucklefish we got our first details about the upcoming multiplayer update for Stardew Valley, one of last year’s most surprising and delightful hits. Non-primary players will be able to take on the roles of up to three “farmhands,” each of whom maintain their own inventories and can perform many but not all of the same actions available to the game’s main player. This includes interacting and marrying with the NPCs of the game, but players will also be able to marry one another, which is a feature that I’m sure will appeal to real-life couples playing the game in co-op. A Steam beta is set to roll out later this year, during which time modders have been encouraged to update their own content for the update, and an official release is scheduled for early next year for PC with console versions (starting with the Switch) to follow shortly thereafter.

SNES Classic Will Be Available Later This Month

After the debacle with Walmart’s SNES Classic pre-orders last week, would-be buyers of the hotly anticipated retro console are no-doubt itching for their first legitimate chance to secure one. Today, Kotaku’s Jason Schreir reported that pre-orders would go live “late this month.” Nintendo is also promising that additional units will be shipped to stores on launch day to help ensure that demand is met, but who are they kidding? There’s no way they’re going to have enough of these things to get one in the hands of everyone willing to buy one this year.

Guild Wars 2’s Next Expansion is Coming this September

The next expansion to Guild Wars 2, the critically acclaimed MMORPG from NCSOFt, was announced today and is due for release next month! The expansion, which will be shown off during a free trial next weekend, features nine new specializations, five new zones, and mounts (a series first). If you like what you see next weekend, you won’t have to wait long at all for the official launch, which happens September 22.

The Quest Log: July 28, 2017

Happy Friday, Huddies! The weekend is finally here, which means that I’ve got some much-needed gaming ahead of me, including some Civilization 6, Nier: Automata, and I might check out the new horde mode in Titanfall 2. What about all of you? What are your gaming plans for this weekend?

In the meantime, let’s take a look at what’s going on in the news:

Destiny 2 PC Beta Dates and System Requirements Revealed

Recommended Spec
CPU Intel – Core i5-2400 AMD – Ryzen R5 1600X
GPU Nvidia – GeForce GTX 970 AMD – Radeon R9 390

Minimum Spec
CPU Intel – Core i3-3250 AMD – FX-4350
GPU Nvidia – GeForce GTX 660 2GB AMD – Radeon HD 7850 2GB

While Destiny 2’s beta test wrapped up for console players early this week, PC gamers have had to wait patiently for their own chance to check out Bungie’s hotly anticipated online shooter. At the dev’s official blog today they finally announced the dates of the upcoming PC beta test. For those who have pre-ordered Destiny 2, “early” access opens up on August 28 while the open beta runs officially from August 29 – August 31. Additionally, they revealed the beta’s minimum and recommended system requirements, which look quite reasonable.–07272017

Walmart Cancels All SNES Classic Pre-orders

It’d be an understatement to claim that the SNES Classic is one of this year’s most hotly anticipated pieces of gaming hardware. Fueled by both the tremendous hype of nostalgic Nintendo fans and the absurd scarcity of last year’s NES Classic, would-be SNES Classic owners swarmed to last week when the throwback console appeared for pre-order. 

Since then, however, Walmart has explained that the item’s product page was prematurely uploaded to their site and that all of last week’s pre-orders have been canceled as a result. When questioned about it by The Verge, a Walmart rep told them: “We know this is incredibly disappointing to those customers and we apologize for the mistake. We will update our site as soon as product [sic] becomes available.”

Sorry guys, it’s back to the waiting game.

Halo 5 Users Re-create Duck Hunt in Forge

If you’ve not checked out Halo 5’s Forge mode, do yourself a favor and give it a go, even if you don’t have an Xbox One since it’s available for free on Windows 10 PCs. The Forge community, it would seem, is an inexhaustible source of creativity, and this week’s latest creation is definitely one of my all-time favorites. Two days ago, Forge user Spartan Blood 1 uploaded “Classic Duck Hunt,” a map that puts one Spartan in front of 90s-style TV monitor and launches the other seven into the air ala Nintendo’s classic light gun game. Best of all, there’s no sign of that pesky dog.

The Quest Log: June 26, 2017

Can you believe we’re in the final week of June? While summer may typically be the most boring season of the year for gaming (outside of E3), this one actually feels better than most with Breath of the Wild’s DLC due out this week and Supergiant’s Pyre right around the corner? In the meantime, there’s a bunch of gaming news to get caught up on. Check out our highlights below:

Nintendo Announces SNES Classic

We all knew this was coming, but it’s hard not to get excited about it anyway. Nintendo of America announced via the above tweet that the SNES Classic–a self-contained, miniature retro-console in the same vein as the NES Classic that was discontinued earlier this year–would be launching this September. This time around, they’re including two controllers, reportedly with cords that are two feet longer than the 3-footers they included with the NES Classic, and 21 classic games. Included among those titles is the previously unreleased StarFox 2, which might actually be the most surprising bit of news to be found here.

For a list of the titles being included on the SNES Classic, hit up the official link below.

The 2017 Steam Summer Sale Has Begun

Last Thursday the summer sale kicked off on Steam, which means that just about any PC title that could want is discounted. Steam did away with daily and timed deals a while back, but they do still have a meta-game of sorts to be played during the sale in the form of a sticker book. Collect enough stickers by buying games and you can earn a badge for your profile, if you’re into that kind of thing.

OpenIV Is Back in Business

After an outpouring of community support for the popular modding tool and a wave of overwhelmingly negative Steam reviews left in response to the publisher’s decision to shut down OpenIV earlier this month, it would appear that modders have been given the company’s blessing to resume, well, modding. As PC Gamer reported last Friday, OpenIV received an official update, which seemingly indicated that talks between the tool’s developers and Rockstar had proved successful. 

Take that with a grain of salt, however, as the official OpenIV website still has not yet been updated even at the time of this update.