In recent years, Loot boxes have gotten a lot of criticism in the gaming community. Accused of being gambling and seen as a cheap way of making money, they’ve become perhaps the least liked ‘mechanic’ in the industry, and something so despised that even governments seem to be willing to crack down on them.
But while they’re bad in modern games, the idea has at least made for one interesting Doom mod. Why? Because it basically reimagines the game as if it was designed by EA with microtransactions in mind!
No really. Instead of merely picking up weapons, now they’re stashed inside lootboxes found throughout the level.
And it doesn’t end there either. Nope, just like in many modern multiplayer games, the keys to the boxes and the items inside are both randomly dropped. So yeah, you have to hope a monster drops a key, then hope the box gives you a decent weapon rather than your standard piece of bog standard crap. It’s a pretty good illustration of how Doom could have worked if developed in 2017:
So, if you’re interested, check it out sometime. It’s not really a fun experience, but it’s not meant to be either, and shows just how bad these questionable monetisation schemes by framing them within the context of a classic game.
It really does make you grateful for the technical limitations of the era.
Well, it’s that time again folks! Yep, Nintendo’s released another trailer for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, and this one shows all kinds of new features in the game. Here’s the video if you haven’t seen it yourself:
As you can see, there are all kinds of changes here. You’ve got tons more Pokémon, with a massive 400 of them in the Alola Pokedex alone. There are all new trial layouts and themes, with Mina even getting a trial of her own this time.
And well, things like the photo mechanics have been improved significantly. No longer are you merely photographing Pokémon in certain spots, now you’re able to take photos with you and your team in them instead! That’s pretty cool really. Especially if said pictures can be shared online afterwards.
But these aren’t the most interesting changes here. Oh no, that’s the surfing.
Because not only does Mantine now exist as a Ride Pokémon you can use, but you can use it to surf between the islands in Alola now!
Yup, no more needing boat rides to get around. You can now ride the waves between the islands on an actual Pokémon instead, complete with fancy tricks and giant waves to master. It’s a neat addition, and makes the world feel a bit more interconnected than it did before.
Add the other new mechanics we seen in the video, and well, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon just look more interesting than ever before. They’re not simple third versions, they’re all new games with major features.
It’s a pleasant surprise given their muted announcement back in June this year.
So, what do you think about it? Are you happy Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are getting these new surfing mechanics? Or the other things shown in the video?
Have your say on the matter at the Gaming Latest forums today!
In under a month, Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions will be released for the Nintendo 3DS. A remake of the original Superstar Saga on GBA, it promises to update the title for an all new generation, with improved graphics, music and gameplay elements to make it feel just as modern as its contemporaries.
But while the aesthetic changes are the most notable, it seems they’re not the only interesting ones. Nope, quite a few characters and mechanics have been switched or changed in the title too, ranging from the minor to the incredibly important.
So, let’s look at them, shall we? Let’s look at ten of the most interesting changes coming to Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions…
10. Mechawfuls are now involved in the storyline!
Starting with an interesting addition to the storyline. Namely, the Mechawful enemies from Mario & Luigi Bowser’s Inside Story.
That’s interesting. Why? Well in the original Superstar Saga, Fawful wasn’t quite as much of an independent villain as he was in the later games. So, to see these guys appear now hints that his megalomania was present all along, and that he may not have been entirely loyal to Cackletta at all.
It’s an interesting change with quite a few implications for the series in general.
9. Along with Bowser Jr
Which is also the case with another early appearance from a later game foe. Yep, Bowser Jr makes an appearance in this game too.
We know this because he’s clearly shown in this piece of artwork for the Minion’s Quest mode included in the remake:
So, what’s his role?
Well, it’s hard to tell really. Based on the fact he’s only shown in Minion’s Quest, it’s likely he’s not making an appearance in the main mode.
But why would Bowser’s army fight his own son? Hmm, the plot thickens. Perhaps Fawful or Cackletta mind controlled them/ordered them around like the Koopalings in the main adventure? We’ll have to wait and see!
8. The posters in the Yoshi Theatre get an overhaul
We won’t have to wait to find out about this change though! Because unfortunately for Wario and Starfy fans, the posters in the Yoshi Theatre got a major overhaul.
Yep, gone are the old ones, with cameos based on other Nintendo franchises. In their place are posters advertising films based on the other Mario & Luigi titles. Like one with the Shroobs, one with Prince Dreambert and one with the Brocks from Bowser’s Inside Story.
It’s an interesting change, and the new posters do look nice. However, it’s also a bit disappointing given the prominence of these cameos, or how they were the one-real Wario reference seen in a major Mario game in the last decade or so.
And it’s not just poster designs that have been affected here…
6. As does Blink’s design in his mini game
It’s character ones too. Because for whatever reason, Blink now looks nothing like Donkey Kong. Instead, he looks like a generic skeleton pirate:
And that’s disappointing if you ask me. There’s no real reason AlphaDream changed this, so it’s just taking away some of the character variety for the sake of it.
But this isn’t the last ‘interesting’ character design difference here. Oh no, another familiar face has been changed too…
5. Psycho Kamek is replaced by Dr Toadley
With Little Fungitown’s resident psychiatrist Psycho Kamek being replaced with Dr Toadley from Bowser’s Inside Story.
No, I’m not making this up. They switched out a character from Superstar Saga with a completely unrelated one from Bowser’s Inside Story:
That’s odd for a remake. But still, at least it’s a positive change. Psycho Kamek was a rather dull character in his only appearance, whereas Dr Toadley actually had a personality and unique way of speaking in his.
So, to see a one off replaced by a more interesting character isn’t a bad thing here. Just a completely unexpected change for a remake.
Coming to select retailers on September 15th 2017 to celebrate the release of Metroid: Samus Returns, is this special designed New Nintendo 3DS handheld. Currently its not known if this will come with the game installed on it and like all other New 3DS models, this won’t have a power cord included.