A Look Back At The Odyssey Series, From Mario To Etrian To Assassin's Creed

Triple-A blockbuster season is heating up, which means everybody is now knee-deep in gargantuan games like Black Ops 4, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. These franchises have long, complicated histories—one more so than all the rest. I speak, of course, of the Odyssey series.

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Source: Kotaku – A Look Back At The Odyssey Series, From Mario To Etrian To Assassin’s Creed

Insomniac Says Spider-Man’s New Game Plus Isn’t Coming Tomorrow After All

Spider-Man’s new game plus and ultimate difficulty mode were originally expected at launch but were delayed. Today, a post went up on the European PlayStation Blog that at first said both features would arrive tomorrow, October 17, in the game’s 1.07 update. Insomniac Games now says that information was a mistake.

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Source: Kotaku – Insomniac Says Spider-Man’s New Game Plus Isn’t Coming Tomorrow After All

Splinter Lindsey Graham Got a Little Too Racist Even for Fox News | Adequate Man Contract The Timber

Splinter Lindsey Graham Got a Little Too Racist Even for Fox News | Adequate Man Contract The Timberwolves | The A.V. Club The new Halloween isn’t just a pale imitation of the original—it’s an inferior H20 | Jezebel The Horrifyingly Relatable Specter of a Mom Still Breastfeeding Her Four-Year-Old | The Root When…

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Source: Kotaku – Splinter Lindsey Graham Got a Little Too Racist Even for Fox News | Adequate Man Contract The Timber

A Guide To All The Different Ways To Buy Starlink: Battle For Atlas

BIt’s seldom simple figuring out which, if any, version of a Ubisoft game to buy. Now they’ve made a toys-to-life game that we like, but figuring out which figures and accessories to buy to enjoy Starlink: Battle For Atlas is confusing. Ubisoft complicates things further by allowing players to purchase digital…

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Source: Kotaku – A Guide To All The Different Ways To Buy Starlink: Battle For Atlas

The Top PlayStation Trophy Hunter Is Now Bagging 300 Platinums A Year

Hakam Karim likes to collect PlayStation trophies. Like, a lot. Sony first introduced its achievement system with the PS3’s 2.40 firmware update 2. in 2008. Last week, Guinness World Records finally recognized Karim, who goes by Hakoom on PSN, for his prowess with a certificate certifying him as the world’s top…

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Source: Kotaku – The Top PlayStation Trophy Hunter Is Now Bagging 300 Platinums A Year

Without Developer Support, Marvel vs. Capcom Players Organize Grassroots Pro Tour

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite may be gone—or, at least, not on the Capcom Pro Tour—but it certainly hasn’t been forgotten by the diehard competitive community. Marvel players have done what the game’s developer did not: they’ve set up a series of connected events known as The Fate of Two Worlds in an effort to give the…

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Source: Kotaku – Without Developer Support, Marvel vs. Capcom Players Organize Grassroots Pro Tour

Fan Translator Says The World Ends With You's Italian Text Looks A Lot Like His Work

After learning that The World Ends With You was going to have an official Italian translation, the person who made a well known Italian fan translation tuned into a stream to check out how they handled the translation problems he struggled with. While watching, he started to notice that it looked familiar. Much of it…

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Source: Kotaku – Fan Translator Says The World Ends With You’s Italian Text Looks A Lot Like His Work

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Smartly Refines The Origins Skill Tree

Of the many differences between last year’s Assassin’s Creed Origins and this year’s Odyssey, the changes to upgradable abilities have the most dramatic effect on gameplay. Origins’ skill trees were a convoluted mess even at the time, and Odyssey’s refinements bring that messiness into sharper relief.

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Source: Kotaku – Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Smartly Refines The Origins Skill Tree

A Game About Staying In Bed All Day 

For a couple of months I’ve been dipping in and out of #SelfCare, a game about deciding to not get out of bed. It’s nominally designed for people who don’t really like video games, but as someone who has played them all my life, I’ve found it a fascinating experiment in game design.

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Source: Kotaku – A Game About Staying In Bed All Day 

Sega Fans Will Get A High End Retro Console Of Their Own

Analogue, the Seattle-based retro console maker, has announced its latest project: the Mega Sg. Using a technological setup similar to its Super Nt released earlier this year, Analogue says the Mega Sg will be able to play every game from the Sega Genesis, Mega Drive, and Master Drive systems, and capable of…

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Source: Kotaku – Sega Fans Will Get A High End Retro Console Of Their Own

The Missing Gets Queer Love Stories Right

Last night, I finished The Missing. My initial impression of the game was that it’s a sweet but extremely bloody puzzle-platformer, peppered with queer overtones. As I pressed forward, I found a game that was transgressive and shockingly frank in talking about LGTBQA+ issues. It’s been on my mind all morning.

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Source: Kotaku – The Missing Gets Queer Love Stories Right

Arby's will debut sous vide duck sandwich—to locations near ducks

Credit where credit is due: Arby’s in recent years has turned to sandwiches with “exotic-to-Americans” meats, not because it’s popular to the masses, but because they have the meats and couldn’t give two shits if you object. Who would roll out a venison sandwich nationwide, much less an elk sandwich? What’s next? A…

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Source: Kotaku – Arby’s will debut sous vide duck sandwich—to locations near ducks

Your Team Isn't Winning the NBA Finals This Year, But Maybe They Can In NBA 2K19, Now Just $40

We’re not even finished with the preseason yet, but NBA 2K19 is already on sale for $40 on PS4, Xbox One, and Switch. The microtransactions are icky, I know, but there are plenty of game modes that don’t use them, and the actual act of simulating a basketball game is still incredibly well done, even if the extraneous…

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Source: Kotaku – Your Team Isn’t Winning the NBA Finals This Year, But Maybe They Can In NBA 2K19, Now Just

Pokémon Go Will Soon Get Monsters From Diamond, Pearl And Platinum

Pokémon Go trainers will soon be happening upon monsters from the Sinnoh region, publisher Niantic announced today. Those are the little guys from Pokémon Pearl, Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Platinum and they should be in-game sometime this week.

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Source: Kotaku – Pokémon Go Will Soon Get Monsters From Diamond, Pearl And Platinum

How Shovel Knight's Developers Modernized NES Game Design

The 2014 indie hit Shovel Knight paid homage to the Nintendo Entertainment System’s pixel art and game design, but its developers also wanted to polish up the harsh edges of 1980s platform games. In this excerpt from Boss Fight Books’ new book Shovel Knight, out today, author David L. Craddock speaks to the four…

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Source: Kotaku – How Shovel Knight’s Developers Modernized NES Game Design

Eight Games For $30 – Here's the First Big Discount on the Mega Man X Collection

The Mega Man X Legacy Collection features all eight Mega Man X games, and guess what: they hold up! Released for $40 on PS4, Xbox One, and Switch back in July, you can now pick it up for $30, on the platform of your choice.

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Source: Kotaku – Eight Games For – Here’s the First Big Discount on the Mega Man X Collection

After Nintendo's Lawsuit Win, Japan's Unofficial Mario Kart Continues 

Late last month, a Tokyo District Court ordered MariCar, the unofficial real-life Mario Kart, to cease lending out Nintendo-themed cosplay and to cough up nearly $90,000 in damages. However, MariCar is continuing business as usual.

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Source: Kotaku – After Nintendo’s Lawsuit Win, Japan’s Unofficial Mario Kart Continues