March 19th, 2018 by Kurt "Chet" Christel

Nintendo delivers the goods in more ways than one, and several iconic characters are seeing the limelight.

Senior News Editor and part-time rapper Vega couldn’t be here last week and I was too busy pretending I was getting better at Monster Hunter World to notice (though seriously, thank you to those who contributed). This edition of Lucky Gamer Recap will get you whaaaaa… two weeks of news? Does that mean you’re gonna get 14 hot topics this edition? No, of course not; 14 isn’t lucky, 7 is. But I promise you I’ll work twice as hard, okay?

1) Nintendo Directly Delivers Definitive Deadlines

So in case you missed it, one of those big grant Nintendo Direct thingamagigs happened. A lot of announcements were made. One of which involved WarioWare Gold, which would have been a stellar thing if it wasn’t just another 3DS compilation game. What’s up with Nintendo putting big compilation games like this and Mario Party Top 100 on the 3DS? Everyone has a switch now, c’mon Nintendo. Detective Pikachu’s on 3DS too? At least we got another No More Heroes and… oh, it’s some minigame compilation too? Ah well, at least it’s on the Switch. We also got that sweet Dark Souls port coming and with a dope ass amiibo to come with it! Continuing the course of WiiU games nobody played that are coming to Switch, Captain Toad: Treasure Track is finding it’s way to the Switch, but with additional levels and content. For some reason, Crash Bandicoot also made it to the Switch, originally a Sony exclusive. Man, if you’ve got a remake in the works, Nintendo is totally down with tossing it on to their roster. I for one who didn’t play the remake series would love to play it on the small screen.

Here’s a second paragraph on the direct, just because there’s so much to discuss! Splatoon 2, a game that’s constantly evolving with a steady feed of free content is about to get a 3.0 update that has a lot of stuff. More than 100 new pieces of gear are coming, tons more levels (so many levels), and they introduced Rank X for people who rank higher than S+. There will also be a badass new and highly challenging single-player campaign called the “Octo Expansion.” Oh, and I guess the squid kids will be in the next Super Smash Bros game for Switch, which got a tease of at the very end of the direct.

2) Dynamic Duo Deuteragonist’s Dong Dangling Discussion

In the last of crazy “why is this news?” phenomena that the internet likes to indulge in, we have Luigi. Apparently, we also got a good look at his dick. You see, I left out the part of the Nintendo Direct where they introduced Mario Tennis for a very good reason. This is that reason. Yep, you can catch a very good glimpse of the plumber’s phallus in one of the promotional shots. In fact, people were so obsessed over his schlong, they took to measuring it and the results are staggering. Apparently it’s 3.7” while flaccid. That’s… a pretty hefty package. No wonder Daisy doesn’t get kidnapped as often, Luigi is keeping her mighty satisfied. Yep, I went there. I subscribe to the whole “Peach and Bowser are shagging” fan theory, and in my eyes this almost adds more credence to the tale.

3) SEGA’S Sonic Satisfaction Starts Soforth

Just when we thought with Sonic Forces that SEGA couldn’t learn a damn lesson about how to get the Sonic Formula working, something incredible has happened. They realized just how huge of a success Sonic Mania was and decided that now was the time to make a physical release for it. Prior to this, the only “physical release” of the game was a collector’s edition that came with a ton of physical swag but a digital code for the game. Now, they have big plans for the erinaceomorph (look it up). The real-life copies of the game will be available for PS4, Xbox One, and Switch, with a sleek looking reversible slipcover with a retro aesthetic and a 32-page art book. Dubbed Sonic Mania Plus it will have such features as something called “Encore Mode” which they haven’t elaborated on, and two more characters will join the roster: Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel. I had to look it up and they are indeed real Sonic characters from the Genesis age. It will retail for $29.99 and come out this summer but those who already own the digital copy with have the extras made available at a later date. Also, there will be a new cartoon miniseries, and news of a film is abuzz.

4) Battlefront 2 Mitigate Microtransations to Make up for Maniacal Multiplayer

EA’s Battlefront 2 may go down as one of the biggest follies of overreaching when it comes to negative treatment to it’s consumers. After immense pressure, EA shut down a loot crate system it had originally planned to implement. It was scrapped at the last second because the crates had gear upgrades that created a seemingly pay to win atmosphere. Well, the crates are gone, but just plain ol’ microtransactions are back. Indeed, you can still get crates, but they only contain cosmetics, emotes, and other items that don’t impact gameplay. These crates can be bought with in-game currency or premium currency. Indeed, although this is a step in the right direction, improvements could still be had. We still strongly advise simply waiting for Battlefront 3 or playing the first one, as we were not too kind to it with our review and this change doesn’t really give it any points.

5) Famous Fighter Finds Friends and Foes in Fighting Franchise

Bandai Namco has always been spot on with adding interesting characters to their Soul Caliber series of fighting games. Some more famous ones were Link, Yoda, Darth Vader, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, Kratos. Now they’re about to get medieval on you, and are including Geralt of Rivia from the highly acclaimed “Witcher” games by CD Projekt Red. In case you don’t know who he is, here’s a primer: He roams the lands fighting more monsters than you fight in monster hunter, is bound by a code in taking coin for all his contracts, carrier of two swords (one for humans, one for monsters), knows 5 spells, and is a real ladies’ man (chicks dig scars). Honestly,  not sure how he’ll fit in with Soul Calibur VI or what he wants to do with the eponymous sword, other than adding it to his vast collection of swords. Not a bad goal really, he’s just the ultimate collector. Now, the question on everyone’s mind: how many of the female cast will he end up sleeping with? Guess we’ll find out when the game comes out.

6) Ridiculous Rumours Recovered Remotely

It wouldn’t be a lucky gamer recap without some serious rumors. Word has it that a Splinter Cell for 2018 was briefly listed in Canada’s Amazon store, but has since been taken down. But the world could do with a new Splinter Cell game, possibly one with a new character as protagonist Sam Fisher has really been through the ringer, having stopped 3 major terror attacks, gone deep undercover, killed his own boss, thought his daughter was dead, and forgot to do the laundry that one time. The last Splinter Cell game was Blacklist from 2013. Five years off is a pretty decent vacation. Just shoot me if they decide to make it open world.

7) Tomb Raider just hit theaters and it’s not terrible.

The most recent Tomb Raider film stars Alicia Vikander as the famous Lara Croft, this time taking on the form of the rebooted character from 2013. The film has had mixed reviews, mainly that it goes over the top too frequently, but in this age of superhero films, this isn’t really a bad thing. For big fans of the new game, the adaption has been reported to be extremely faithful to many of the game’s events, sometimes even copying some of the many many injuries she sustains. This game is determined to look as authentic as possible, and if you want to see a film that is highly representative of a video game, you could do far worse than this adaptation. You can check out Chris Stuckmann’s review here if you’re interested.

Making all those alliterations was very mentally taxing and I’m never doing that again, ok?

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September 1st, 2017 by Vega Montanez

#VegaLovesVR, plus Nintendo Nintendo Nintendo.

Oh my, oh my, what a time to be alive! It’s another week to be thankful we are all some lucky gamers. Especially those of us who love Nintendo. And those of us who own a Nintendo Switch. Or those of us who just love playing video games in general. So know this, although McGregor took a loss over the weekend, the luck of the Irish has still been bestowed upon us. Yea luck points.

1. The Virtual Reality price drops are totally a part of reality.

Sony has unveiled a brand new PSVR bundle that is cheaper than the current bundles available. It even packages in the legendary and elusive Playstation Camera. This makes it the most bundled bundle of all VR bundles to have ever bundled. Alongside the announcement of the bunduru, Sony also announced a $50 price drop across all current PSVR bundles, as well as release dates for to major PSVR games. Game 1 is “The Inpatient, a psychological horror game based in the until dawn universe, releases on November 21st. Game 2 is Bravo Team, a first person shooter based around a military mission gone wrong, will be available on December 5th. Bonus point for Bravo Team being a single player or Co-Op experience. Now that right there is something to get excited about.

2. PS Plus games for September have been announced!

Let’s keep this one short and full of links. Thats right, stop being lazy and do some research. In the month of September lucky Playstation Plus gamers will be able to download and play: Infamous: Second Son and Strike Vector on PS4, Truck Racer and Handball 2016 on PS3, and We Are Doomed and Hatoful Boyfriend on Vita (and technically on PS4 as well). Enjoy. Moving on.

3. The Hedgehog is hogging the spotlight in 2017! Or at least trying to.

Who would have thought Sonic Mania, which our very own Captain Chet reviewed [forthcoming], would start the return of the blue speedster. Given how fast he moves, we should have all known he wouldn’t be held down for very long. Sonic Forces will be racing to a system near you, and yes that includes the Switch, on November 7th. What’s the most exciting part? The game will include some pretty dope nods to other incredible Sega IP’s like Jet Set Radio, Super Monkey Ball, and Persona 5! Call me foolish, but I am totally down to play almost any game if I get to play as the lead from Persona 5. Persona!

4. BioMutant: A wholly new original action RPG!

A team of former Just Cause developers have announced a brand new action RPG called “BioMutant”. Under their new independent dev group, Experiment 101, the team has gotten THQ Nordic to publish the game which will let you take advantage of “mutations, bionic prosthetics, and weapons” to make your character cool. Oh and because no current gen game can exist with game impacting choices, everything you augment will impact the way your hero plays. Doesn’t that sound insane and exciting. It’s coming at some undetermined time next year. Fun over.

5. It’s time for the Switch to bring back the Heroes!

Fair warning, the majority of news that follows will be Nintendo Switch related. This week Nintendo went into full show off mode and announced a slew of games coming to its new favorite toy. No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again was announced as a Nintendo Switch exclusive coming to the system in 2018. If you never played a No More Heroes game, <DJ Khaled voice> congratulations you played yourself. No More Heroes is an action game series that originally started on the Nintendo Wii and to see it’s return is pretty exciting. What makes it more exciting is that bosses in the game will be from other indie games, like Hotline Miami (yes, I almost typed Hotline Bling). Man I would love it if Drake were a boss in No More Heroes.

6. More Nintendo Announcements!

I really like No More Heroes, so it got its own little announcement box, however there were many other awesome Switch titles announced this week. Of the 17 title announced, these made my pants the tightest. Fire Emblem Warriors was given an official release date of October 20th and a collector edition which will include 3 CD’s, a poster, and 25 art cards. Gear Club Unlimited, a Switch exclusive racing sim, will act as Nintendo’s answer to Forza and Gran Turismo and will be available on December 1st. and last but not least, ok maybe a little, Harmonix announced Super Beat Sports, a collection of musical mini games. So despite the lack of gun related games, I’d say Nintendo showed up with the big ones.

7. eSports at the Olympics?

On the topic of Guns, the co-president of the Paris olympics bid committee announced that eSports could be considered for a medal event at the 2024 Games. However, he also believes that the olympics promote non-violence and world peace so violent games are immediately out of the picture. It’s a small step in the right direction for eSports, but what competitive games could we picture that are nonviolent? Also does this mean that boxing, martial arts, and wrestling are all nonviolent sports? I’m not the answer man, but I would love to get the community opinion on this one. Should Violent eSports be allowed at the Olympics?

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