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Cuphead has turned into the internet’s unfortunate proving ground. Since the lovable 1930s-inspired platformer’s release, Cuphead has set the internet on fire. Unfortunately, the game has sparked a somewhat tricky debate over what a game “owes” its audience. A surprisingly large group of players have taken the stance that the game’s simple mode is an affront to Cuphead’s intended challenge, and that players incapable of beating the game at its standard difficulty level “don’t deserve the whole experience.” We, and much of the playerbase, think a simple mode only expands the audience – opening the game to a much broader swath of players – and that anyone offended by the simple mode may simply choose not to play it, but haters gonna hate...
- Overwatch’s Halloween event is now live! Fans of Overwatch are in for treat with the new Overwatch Halloween Terror that brings new skins and weapons to the table. For those of you upset from not getting last year’s skins, fear not! Players can buy all the Halloween skins with coins, and last year’s at a discount, so you can focus on getting the new skins. If you main Reaper, Symmetra, Mei, Torbjorn, Zarya, Zenyatta, or McCree, check out the new skins on Blizzard’s website, or just play the game. The details on the outfits and weapons are amazing (Symmetra’s traps have cute little costumes). Get your ghoulish delight in soon; the event only lasts until November 1st.
- Speaking of Halloween events, Gigantic’s Season of Souls is just around the corner. Gigantic is releasing the massive “Season of Souls” update in the next week. Between the Cinder Glade stage, new character “Ezren Ghal”, and a new host of skins and updates, there’s never been a better time to discover this amazing gem of a title.
- Destiny 2 release for the PC is just around the corner (Oct 24). First Person Shooter (or FPS) players are gearing up to play the new and heavily improved Destiny 2. The game looks flawless on PC with a crisp 60 frames per sec, and the PC beta that happened a couple weeks ago was such a huge success for Bungie. Time to put down CS GO or any other FPS game you’re playing and pick up Destiny 2 near the end of this month.
FUTURE SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS
South Park: The Fractured But Whole // Oct 17
The follow-up title to The Stick of Truth brings the South Park universe back in all its glory...or at least its humor. Don’t worry if you haven’t played the last game: TFBW is a brand new RPG with completely new mechanics and an isolated story. Granted, it’s the kind of game that really offers more to the South Park enthusiast, so if you aren’t familiar, there won’t be as much to appreciate.
Fire Emblem Warriors // Oct 20
Fire Emblem has etched itself as a major Nintendo 3DS mainstay, but Warriors takes a sidestep from the series’ classic tactical turn-based combat game in favor of a hack-and-slash. This also marks the first appearance of Fire Emblem on the Nintendo Switch, which has plenty of people excited even though it’s more of a “Dynasty Warriors” game than an actual Fire Emblem title.
Super Mario Odyssey // Oct 27
Probably the most anticipated Switch exclusive to date, Super Mario Odyssey is a return to the collectable exploration genre for the Mario series. There hasn’t been a Mario game in this style since Super Mario Galaxy 2, roughly seven years ago. With Nintendo’s current track record of exploration Mario titles, it’s pretty likely this will be a slam dunk.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus // Oct 27
There’s so much crazy surrounding this game – but that’s not surprising from a series that has built a legacy on the back of killing Nazis. This particular entry takes place in an alternate history U.S. in which the Nazis won the second world war, and you play the role of a rebel trying to fight back. Expect a massive storm of social justice warriors and internet arguments to follow; regardless of what happens, we’re hoping for a good game first.
And of course, we want to wish all of you a deliciously transformative Halloween. Whether you’ve stitched the finest Pikachu plush for your handcrafted Ash Ketchum costume, or just plan to duct tape some pink cardboard to yourself and call it D.Va, we wish you a wonderful night of eating candy, watching bad movies and especially finding new and creative ways to express yourself. See you all in November.
BY KALYN FARMER & ANDREW DILULLO