Devil May Cry HD Collection Coming To PS4, XBO, And PC In 2018


According to Capcom, they're bringing the Devil May Cry trilogy to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on March 13, 2018. And yes, it's also getting a physical release. It's all priced at $29.99.

From the mouths of Capcom themselves (sourced above):
Since his debut back in 2001, Dante swiftly became a gaming icon, representing fun and challenging combat coated in a layer of stylish moves and crazy acrobatics that make you look like an absolute badass. We’re talking juggling enemies in the air with handgun bullets and even riding them around like skateboards. It’s that stylish potential that has drawn in and captivated fans worldwide; after all, who doesn’t like looking super cool? 
So if you’re part of the group of people that didn’t raise their hands just now, we have just the collection for you, and the perfect jumping on point to get to know this irreverent character that has since appeared in various fighting games, puzzle games, RPGs and even had his own animated series. Featuring three games, silky smooth 60fps gameplay, and a wide variety of enemies, weapons and styles to experiment with, Devil May Cry HD Collection is the perfect compilation for those looking to get their stylish combat fix.

Mega Man 11 Announced For Consoles And PC


Mega Man is celebrating it's 30-year anniversary with a few announcements including a brand new Mega Man game, Mega Man 11! It will be released on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One X and the Nintendo Switch in 2018. The director is Koji Oda, the director behind Resident Evil 0 and developer for the series.


Mega Man 11 will still be a 2D action side-scroller similar to the previous installment of the series. The biggest change is the art style as far as we know.

 

PS4 Pro VR Supported Games


We've decided to keep up with patched or updated games for the PlayStation 4 Pro and the Xbox One X by giving a detailed breakdown of all the games supporter on each system. This will include the resolution, frame rates and any improvements in the game.

If you're not familiar with resolutions and some of the technical data, we'll provide some helpful info. For example, 2160p is the same thing as 4K UHD. Some of the other improvements may include AA (antialiasing), DOF (depth of field), AF (anisotropic filter), AO (ambient occlusion) and more. You may notice some resolutions have a "c" included with the resolution. C stands for checkerboard rendering (more information here).

Other benefits to owning a PS4 Pro include faster load times and boost mode that helps some non-patched games perform better (GTA Online is a good example as it smooths out the framerate). For more information on PS4 Pro's upgrades over the standard, check out the following links:

Digital Foundry: Best PS4 Pro 4K, 1080p, and HDR Games

For more information on other platforms: PS4 VR (coming soon) and Xbox One X (coming soon).


Game Name Resolution/Frame Rate Graphic Changes
Arizona Sunrise Supersampled Resolution / 90fps Better draw distance and LOD; Added MSAA
The Assembly 1080p / 60fps Better effects and reflections
Bandit Six: Combined Arms Supersampled Resolution / 60fps N/A
Batman: Arkham VR 1080p / 60fps Removed foveated rendering
Battlezone 1890p / 120fps Added cockpit lighting and reflections
The Bellows 1080p / 60fps Better shadows and textures
Bound Supersampled resolution / 60fps Better shadows; Added volumertic lighting
The Brookhaven Experiment Better resolution / 60fps N/A
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Jackal Assault Better resolution / 60fps N/A
Catlateral Damage Better resolution / 60fps N/A
Chess Ultra Supersampled resolution / 60fps N/A
Crystal Rift 1080p / 60fps N/A
Dead or Alive 3 VR Paradise Supersampled resolution / 60fps Removed foveated rendering
DiRT Rally Better resolution / 60fps Better shadows, better weather effects and LOD
Don't Think Twice 1080p / 60fps Better lighting
DRIVECLUB VR 1080p / 60fps Removed foveated rendering; Added reflections on cars
Eagle Flight ? / 60fps Better draw distance and LOD
End Space Supersampled resolution / 90fps Better geometry, textures and effects; 8xMSAA
EVE: Valkyrie - Warzone Dynamic 1620p / 60fps Better textures, lighting and smoke effects
Fantastic Contraption 1350p / 60fps Better textures, effects, LOD and AA
Farpoint Supersampled resolution / 60fps Removed foveated rendering
Gran Turismo Sport Supersampled resolution / 60fps Better textures
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X Supersampled resolution / 90fps N/A
Hatsune Miku: VR Future Live Supersampled resolution / 90fps N/A
Headmaster 1530p / 90fps N/A
Here They Lie 1080p / 60fps Better shadows, AO, lighting and effects
HoloBall Supersampled resolution / 60fps N/A
How We Soar Supersampled resolution / 60fps N/A
Hustle Kings 1080p / 60fps N/A
The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls: Viewing Revolution 1080p / 90fps Better character models
Infinite Minigolf 1440p / 60fps N/A
Job Simulator Supersampled resolution / 90fps Removed foveated rendering
Korix 1292p / 120fps Added HBAO
Megaton Rainfall Supersampled resolution / 120fps Removed foveated rendering
Monsters of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV 1080p / 60fps Better foveated rendering, shadows, physics and LOD
Moonshot Galaxy Supersampled resolution / 60fps N/A
Mortal Blitz Supersampled resolution / 60fps N/A
Moto Racer 4 1080p / 60fps Better draw distance
Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul 1080p / 60fps Better lighting
Perfect Better resolution / 60fps Removed foveated rendering
Playroom VR Better resolution / 60-120fps N/A
PlayStation VR Worlds Better resolution / 60fps Depends on game; adds different effects
Polybius 2160p / 120fps N/A
Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin Supersampled resolution / 60fps N/A
Race the Sun 1080p / 60fps N/A
RESIDENT EVIL 7: biohazard Higher resolution / 60fps Removed foveated rendering
REZ Infinite 1080p / 60fps N/A
RIGS Mechanized Combat League Supersampled resolution / 60fps Removed foveated rendering; better lighting
Rise of the Tomb Raider: Blood Ties Better resolution / 60fps Better draw distance
Robinson: The Journey Supersampled resolution / 60fps Removed foveated rendering; better draw distance, AF and AO
The Solus Project Supersampled resolution / 60fps Better draw distance, AF and LOD
Sparc Supersampled resolution / 60fps N/A
Sports Bar VR Better resolution / 60fps Better lighting and reflections
Starblood Arena Supersampled resolution / 60fps N/A
Star Trek: Bridge Crew Supersampled resolution / 60fps N/A
Statik Supersampled resolution / 60fps N/A
Summer Lesson 1080p / 60fps Better AF
SUPERHOT VR Supersampled resolution / 60fps N/A
Super Stardust Ultra Invasion VR Better resolution / 60fps N/A
Symphony of the Machine 1080p / 60fps Better draw distance, textures and shadows
Tethered Better resolution / 60fps Better AA and reflections; added god rays
Thumper Supersampled resolution / 90fps N/A
Trackmania Turbo 1080p / 120fps Better effects
Tumble VR Better resolution / 90fps N/A
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood Better resolution / 60fps Added dynamic shadows
VEV: Viva Ex Vivo 1080p / 90fps Better lighting, shadows and AF

PS4 Pro Supported Games

We've decided to keep up with patched or updated games for the PlayStation 4 Pro and the Xbox One X by giving a detailed breakdown of all the games supporter on each system. This will include the resolution, frame rates and any improvements in the game.

If you're not familiar with resolutions and some of the technical data, we'll provide some helpful info. For example, 2160p is the same thing as 4K UHD. Some of the other improvements may include AA (antialiasing), DOF (depth of field), AF (anisotropic filter), AO (ambient occlusion) and more. You may notice some resolutions have a "c" included with the resolution. C stands for checkerboard rendering (more information here).

Other benefits to owning a PS4 Pro include faster load times and boost mode that helps some non-patched games perform better (GTA Online is a good example as it smooths out the framerate). For more information on PS4 Pro's upgrades over the standard, check out the following links:

Digital Foundry: Best PS4 Pro 4K, 1080p, and HDR Games

For more information on other platforms: PS4 VR (coming soon) and Xbox One X (coming soon).



Game Name Resolution/Frame Rate Graphic Changes HDR?
.hack//G.U. Last Recode 1620p / 60fps Better reflections No
ABZÛ 1350p / 45-60fps More fish per school No
Agents of Mayhem 1080p / 60fps More NPCS & traffic; particles Yes
Amnesia Collection 1080p / 45-60fps N/A No
ARK: Survival Evolved 1080p@25-30fps/720p@30-60fps Improved draw distance. No
Assassin's Creed Origins Dynamic 1800p / 30fps Improved shadows; AO Yes
Assassin's Creed Syndicate 1620p / 30fps N/A No
Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection 2160p / 30fps N/A No
The Assembly 1080p / 60fps Better lighting & reflections No
Aterlier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey 1080p / 30-60fps N/A No
The Bard's Tale: Remastered and Resnarkled 2160 / 60fps N/A No
Batman: Return to Arkham 1080p / 30fps N/A No
Battlefield 1 1800c@60fps Better textures and particles Yes
Berserk and the Band of the Hawk 2160p@30fps/1080p@60fps N/A No
Birthdays: The Beginning 1260p / 45-60fps N/A No
BlazBlue: Central Fiction 1080p / 60fps Improved shadows No
Blue Reflection 2160 geometry scaling / 60fps N/A No
Bound 2160 geometry scaling / 60fps N/A No
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition 2160p / 60fps N/A No
Burly Men at Sea 2160p / 30fps N/A No
Call of Duty: Black Ops III Dynamic 2160c / 60fps N/A No
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Dynamic 2160c / 60fps N/A No
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered Dynamic 2160c / 60fps N/A No
Call of Duty: WWII Dynamic 2160c / 60fps Improved AO Yes
Chess Ultra 2160p / 60fps N/A Yes
Cities: Skylines 1080p / 40-60fps AA No
Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy 1440p / 30fps N/A No
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony 1800p / 60fps Better textures No
Danger Zone 2160c@60fps/1620p@60fps Better particles; AA No
Darksiders: Warmastered Edition 1620p / 60fps N/A No
Dark Souls III 1080p / 40-55fps N/A No
Destiny 2 Dynamic 2160c / 30fps AF; Better shadows Yes
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Dynamic 2160c / 30fps Better reflections Yes
Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition Dynamic 2160c / 60fps Better reflections/lighting; AA No
DiRT 4 Dynamic 1080p / 60fps Better reflections/lighting; AA No
Dishonored 2 1440p / 30fps N/A No
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider 1440p / 30fps N/A No
Don Bradman Cricket 17 1080p / 60fps N/A No
Don't Knock Twice 1080p / 60fps Improved Lighting No
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of the Elusive Age 1728c / 30fps N/A No
Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen 1440p/ 30fps N/A No
Dreadnought 1440p/ 45-60fps N/A No
Dreamfall Chapters 1440p/ 20-30fps N/A No
The Dwarves 1080p/ 40-55fps N/A No
The Elder Scrolls Online 2160p@30fps / 1080p@60fps Better shadows, reflections & AO @ 1080p Yes
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition 2160p@30fps Better foliage No
Elite Dangerous 1080p / 60fps Better shadows; LOD; DOF; AO; AA; AF No
Everybody's Golf 2160p / 30fps N/A Yes
EVE: Valkyrie - Warzone Dynamic 2160p / 60fps Better shadows & lighting No
The Evil Within 2 1260p / 50-60fps N/A No
F1 2017 2160c / 60fps Improved reflections, shadows and shaders Yes
Fallout 4 1440p / 25-30fps N/A No
Farming Simulator 2017 2160p / 45-55fps N/A No
FIFA 17 2160p / 60fps Better DOF; draw distance No
FIFA 18 2160p / 60fps Better DOF; draw distance Yes
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age 1440p / 30fps N/A No
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood 1440p / 25-45fps N/A No
Final Fantasy XV Dynamic 1800c@30fps / 1080p@40-60fps Better details, shadows; AF; AO Yes
Firewatch 1440p@30fps / 1080p@30fps Higher LOD, draw distance; Added WCG -- 1080p Higher shadows No
FL4TOUT: Total Insanity 1080p / 30fps Better LOD & shadows No
For Honor 1440p/ 30fps Edges go up to 2160p No
forma.8 2160p / 60fps 8xMSAA No
Fortnite 1080p / 30fps Better lighting, draw distance, motion blur No
Full Throttle Remastered 2160p / 30fps N/A No
Get Even 2160p / 30fps N/A No
Gran Turismo Sport 1800c / 60fps N/A Yes
Gravity Rush 2 2160 geometry scaling / 30fps Better draw distance No
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone 2160p / 60fps Better lighting No
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X 2160p / 60fps Better character textures & reflections No
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice Dynamic 1440p / 30-40fps N/A No
Helldivers 2160c / 60fps N/A No
Here They Lie 1440p / 60fps N/A Yes
Hitman 1440p / 30-50fps Better lighting, reflections, and shading Yes
A Hole New World 1080p / 60fps N/A No
Homefront: The Revolution 1440p / 30fps TimeSplitters 2 (easter egg) is 2160p No
Horizon: Zero Dawn 2160c@30fps / 1368p@30fps Better LOD and textures -- 1368p Better reflections and lighting Yes
Human: Fall Flat 2160p / 60fps N/A No
theHunter: Call of the Wild 1260p / 30fps Improved shadows No
Hustle Kings 2160p / 60fps N/A Yes
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing Extended Edition 2160p@30-50fps / 1620p@45-60fps N/A No
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II 2160p@30fps / 1620p@45-55fps N/A No
inFAMOUS: First Light 1800c@30fps / 1080p@60fps Huge particle effect update Yes
inFAMOUS: Second Son 1800c@30fps / 1080p@60fps Huge particle effect update Yes
Infinite Minigolf 1440p / 60fps N/A No
Injustice 2 1440p@60fps / 1080p@60fps Better motion blur, LOD and AO -- 1080p Better TAA Yes
Killing Floor 2 1800c / 50-60fps Better textures and shadows No
Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 ReMIX 2160p / 60fps N/A No
Kingdom Hearts HD II.8 Final Chapter Prologue 2160p / 60fps N/A No
King of Fighters XIV 1440p / 60fps N/A No
Knack 1728c@30-45fps / 1080p@60fps N/A No
Knack II 1800c@40-55fps / 1080p@60fps Better shadows Yes
Kona 1080p / 50-60fps N/A No
The Last Guardian 1890p / 30fps N/A Yes
L.A. Noire 2160p / 30fps Better foliage and AO Yes
The Last of Us: Left Behind 2160p@30fps / 1800p@60fps Better shadows Yes
The Last of Us Remastered 2160p@30fps / 1800p@60fps Better shadows Yes
LawBreakers Dynamic 2160p / 60fps Better textures and lighting No
The Legend of the Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III 2160p / 60fps N/A No
LEGO Harry Potter Collection 1440p / 60fps N/A No
LEGO Worlds 1080p / 30fps Better draw distance, motion blur and LOD No
Let It Die 1440p / 60fps N/A No
Life Is Strange: Before the Storm 1440p@30fps / 1080p@60fps N/A No
Little Nightmares 1620p / 50-60fps N/A No
LocoRoco Remastered 2160p / 60fps N/A No
Madden NFL 18 1800p / 60fps N/A Yes
Mafia III Dynamic 1800p / 30fps Better motion blur, lighting, shadows, and DOF No
Mantis Burn Racing 2160p / 60fps N/A Yes
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite 1440p/ 60fps N/A No
Mass Effect: Andromeda 1800c/ 30fps Better AO and DOF Yes
Matterfall 1080p / 60fps N/A Yes
Megaton Rainfall 2160p / 60fps N/A No
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain & Ground Zeroes 1440p / 60fps N/A No
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor Dynamic 2160p / 30fps N/A No
Middle Earth: Shadow of War Dynamic 2160p / 30fps Better AO Yes
MLB The Show 17 2160p@30-40fps / 1440p@60fps N/A Yes
Mother Russia Bleeds 2160p / 60fps Better shadows and blood effects No
MotoGP 17 1440p / 60fps N/A Yes
Moto Racer 4 1080p / 30fps Better draw distance No
Mount & Blade: Warband 1800p / 60fps 8xMSAA No
Mudrunner: A Sprintires Game 1440p / 30-60fps N/A No
NBA 2K17 2160p / 60fps N/A Yes
NBA 2K18 2160p / 60fps Improved DOG, AF Yes
NBA Live 18 1620p / 60fps Temporal artifacting No
Need for Speed: Payback 1296c / 30fps N/A No
Neon Chrome 2160p / 60fps N/A No
Nex Machina: Death Machine 1890p / 60fps N/A Yes
NHL 18 2160p / 60fps Improved textures, AF, LOD No
Nidhogg II 2160p / 60fps N/A No
NieR: Automata 1080p / 60fps 4xMSAA, Added motion blur No
Nioh Dynamic 2160p@30fps / Dynamic 1080p@60fps Better AO and DOF No
No Man's Sky 1800p / 30-55fps N/A No
One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition 2160p / 60fps N/A No
Outlast 2 Dynamic 1440p / 60fps Better AF, shadows and DOF if at 1080p/60fps No
Overwatch 1080p / 60fps Better AF and DOF No
Paladins: Champions of the Realm Dynamic 2160p / 60fps N/A No
Paragon 1080p / 60fps Added geometry; better reflections and lighting, LOD, motion blur No
PaRappa the Rapper Remastered 2160p / 30fps N/A No
Party Golf 2160p / 60fps N/A No
Papaton Remastered 2160p / 60fps N/A No
Plague Road 2160p / 60fps N/A No
Planetside 2 1080p / 45-60fps N/A No
Polybius 2160p / 60fps N/A No
Portal Knights 2160p / 60fps N/A No
Prey 1080p / 30fps Better shadows, textures, particles, reflections, AF, LOD No
Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 2160p / 60fps N/A No
Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 2160p / 60fps N/A No
Project CARS 2 Dynamic 1440p / 60fps Better lighting, reflections, LOD Yes
Pyre 2160p / 60fps N/A No
Race the Sun 2160p / 60fps N/A No
Raiders of the Broken Planet 1260p / 60fps N/A Yes
Ratchet & Clank 2160ti / 30fps N/A Yes
Redout: Lightspeed Edition 1080p / 60fps N/A Yes
RESIDENT EVIL: biohazard 1260p / 60fps N/A Yes
RESOGUN 2160 geometry scaling / 60fps N/A Yes
REZ Infinite 2160p / 60fps N/A No
Ride 2 2160p / 30fps N/A No
RiME 1080p / 40-60fps Better AA, shadows, reflections, effects, LOD and AF No
Rise of the Tomb Raider 2160c@30fps / 1080p@30fps 1080p Better geometry, foliage, hair, shadows, DOF and AF No
RIVE 2160p / 60fps N/A No
Rocket League 2160c / 60fps N/A No
Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada 2160p / 45-60fps N/A No
School Girl Zombie Hunter 1080p / 50-60fps Improved reflections and blood effects No
Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash 1080p / 35-60fps N/A No
Shadow Tactics: Blades of Shogun 1080p / 60fps N/A No
Sine Mora EX 2160p / 60fps Better particles No
Skyforge 1080p / 30fps Better AA, reflections and particles No
Smite Dynamic 2160p / 60fps N/A No
Snake Pass 1512p@30fps / 1080p@60fps Better particles Yes
Sniper Elite 4 1080p / 60fps Better draw distance, shadows, reflections, and LOD No
The Solus Project Supersampled resolution / 60fps Better AF No
Sonic Mania 2160p / 60fps N/A No
South Park: The Fractured But Whole 2160 geometry scaling / 60fps N/A No
Star Wars: Battlefront II Dynamic 1440p / 60fps Added debris; Better lighting, LOD and AO Yes
Steep 1080p / 45-55fps N/A No
Sudden Strike 4 1080p / 45-60fps N/A No
The Surge 1620p@30fps / 1080p@60fps N/A Yes
Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization 1080p / 60fps N/A Yes
Tekken 7 1080p / 60fps Better lighting, particles, AF and AO No
Tethered 2160p / 60fps Better AA and water reflections; Added god rays No
Thea: The Awakening 2160p / 60fps N/A No
This Is the Police 2160p / 30fps N/A No
Thumper 2160p / 60fps N/A No
Tinertia 1080p / 60fps Better AA, DOF, and particles No
Titanfall 2 Dynamic 1440p / 60fps N/A No
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands 1440p / 30fps Better draw distance Yes
Tom Clancy's The Division 1660ti / 30fps Better shadows and reflections No
Torment: Tides of Numenera 1080p / 30fps Better shadows and reflections No
The Town of Light 1080p / 40-60fps Better lighting No
Trackmania Turbo Dynamic 1620p / 60fps N/A No
Trove 1080p / 35-60fps N/A No
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End 1440p@30fps (campaign) / 1080p@60fps (multiplayer) N/A Yes
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy 1440p@30fps (campaign) / 1080p@60fps (multiplayer) N/A Yes
Verdun 1800p / 45-60fps N/A No
Victor Vran Dynamic 1620p / 60fps N/A No
Viking Squad 2160p / 60fps 2xMSAA No
Vikings: Wolves of Midgard 1080p / 30fps Better shadows, effects, and ragdolls No
War Thunder 1440p / 30fps N/A No
Watch_Dogs 2 1800c / 30fps N/A No
What Remains of Edith Finch? 1080p / 30fps N/A No
Wheels of Aurelia 2160p / 60fps N/A No
wipEout Omega Collection 2160p / 60fps 4xEQAA Yes
The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 1080p / 60fps Better particles and blood effects No
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt 2160c / 30fps Better AF and AO No
The Witness 2160p@30fps / 1440p@60fps 2xMSAA No
Wolfenstein II: Thew New Colossus Dynamic 1440p / 55-60fps Better lighting, motion blur and AF No
World of Final Fantasy 1980x2160 / 30fps N/A No
World of Tanks 1800c / 30fps Better textures and AA Yes
WRC 7 1440p / 30fps Better shadows and AF No
WWE 2K18 1080p / 60fps N/A No
XCOM 2 1080p / 30fps Better shadows, particles, and DOF; Added reflections No
X-Morph: Defense 1080p / 60fps N/A No
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life 1080p / 30fps Better DOF, AO and AF No
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana 1800p / 60fps N/A No

Review: Super Mario Odyssey




Mario is back and we know the drill. The Princess has been kidnapped by Bowser. Mario has to travel through foreign lands to try to rescue Princess Peach. What makes this repeated formula exciting is exploring each new world, fighting a variety of enemies, and utilizing a host of unique powers along the way.

Super Mario Odyssey is part of the 3D sandbox adventure genre that started with Super Mario 64. This style continued with Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy.  Though Odyssey feels more like a sequel to Super Mario Sunshine, than Super Mario 64, which I initially didn't like. Sunshine uses a gimmicky mechanic called F.L.U.D.D. which is strapped to Mario's back. It shoots water out of its nozzle to boost Mario's jumps and combat enemies. It just didn't feel like an authentic Mario platforming game.


Odyssey also has a gimmicky mechanic, called Cappy, which is a ghost in the form of a hat. Its mechanic is used to defeat small enemies, collect coins, and possess whatever enemy it flies into. The biggest difference between Odyssey and Sunshine is that Odyssey's gimmick doesn't interfere with Mario's platforming. It's just a useful tool to solve puzzles and fight enemies.

The Odyssey campaign has Mario traveling across the world on a giant hat-shaped airship, that requires Moons to power it, and explore various lands. Moons are collected on each level, similar to prior 3D Mario games. Completing objectives and solving puzzles unlocks a Moon. Each land has several Moons to locate,some of which are also hidden in various nooks and crannies along the way.

The lands are fantastic. The variety is almost everything you could want to explore in a quirky Nintendo world. I didn't have a problem with any land I visited, even the lands filled with water. Yes, Nintendo finally managed to make water levels that are fun to explore and that's especially thanks to Cappy's possession of Cheep Cheeps. Each area also has a unique set of friendly NPCs related to the land you're exploring.

A big surprise that was revealed right before Odyssey launched, showed Mario hopping through pixelated pipes in the world and exploring a traditional 8-bit Mario universe on the fly. These throw back segments are used to obtain hidden moons and reach out of the way locations. Even though I knew about this before playing, every time I was transformed into 8-bit Mario, I smiled. Though some of the transformation areas are better than others. If you want to spoil one of the best moments of the game, just look up the 8-bit transformation in Metro, or New Donk City. It's one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had in a video game.


Each land comes with a shop where you can buy various treasures for your airship and costumes. Items are purchased using a specific purple-colored currency found in each land. The costumes are a lot of fun to collect and I often found myself trying to buy them all before proceeding to the next land. They are also themed around the land you are in. For example, the second land is a prehistoric theme so you end up with a caveman costume. Collecting sets allows you to open certain areas for hidden Moons as well. I found myself swapping costumes every time I launched the game and every time I visited a different location. You don't want your Mario running around in swim trunks while in a snowy area.

Enemies are a combination of new and old, but mostly new. You'll run into the Hammer Bros. and some Goombas, but I really wanted to see some others return. Maybe transform into Birdo or some Boos. But the new enemies do fit into the Mario universe nicely, and it's great that Nintendo spent time designing new enemies rather than just playing the nostalgia card.

The entire game took me about 15 hours to complete, and that's with some mild exploring. The game's length depends on how many Moons you want to collect. The bare minimum would probably cut the games length to around 6 hours for your average player, but what's the fun in speeding through sandbox games? I'm 40 hours into the experience as of writing this with half the Moons in my airship. It's just like any Mario game; you decide how long the game is.


Controlling Mario is smooth. There are several control schemes you can use, depending on your play style. But, I never ran into a problem platforming Mario. It feels as good as it always has since Mario became a 3D model. The controls are initially the same as in prior games. Duck and jump causes Mario to backflip for an extra height boost. Running and duck + jump causes Mario to dash and jump for a longer distance. It's the same feel as Super Mario 64 and so-forth.

The Switch isn't a beast of a system by any means, but the magic Nintendo works with their games on this system is astonishing. Odyssey looks amazing on my 4K TV. It's vibrant and mostly consistent running 50-60 frames per second. The beautifully rendered worlds are accompanied by one of Mario's best soundtracks. I didn't particularly like some of the background music at first, but over time it grew on me and definitely fit the levels well.

Is it the best 3D Mario game? No. It doesn't revolutionize 3D platformers like Super Mario 64 did. It doesn't feel as innovative as Super Mario Galaxy. But, it's definitely not something to miss if you have a Nintendo Switch. If you don't have a Nintendo Switch, this game is a system seller. It's worth checking out if you love Super Mario's 3D adventures.


EA Dev Death Threats Weren't Confirmed By EA



Most game journalists are terrible at performing the main function of their job: investigative reporting. It comes as little surprise that these gamer hating game journalists, who push agendas rather than researching and reporting stories, fell for such an obvious troll yesterday.

EA has been under fire recently for Star Wars: Battlefront II's progression system. This "pay to loot" reward system practically forces players to purchase loot boxes. Otherwise players must spend literally hundred of hours grinding to get the required credits to unlock progressions. During a recent Reddit AMA, EA representatives answered questions about the progression system and gamers showed their disgust in force.  EA now holds the record for the most downvoted comment of all time on Reddit.

During this debacle, an "EA game dev" claimed he received numerous death threats over the Battlefront II progression controversy. Some gamers and Twitter users argued this claim was a deflection to draw attention away from the progression controversy. In response, articles started flying through the blogosphere explaining how gamers are toxic and they need to quit harassing game devs.

Jason Schreier, of Kotaku, looked into the background of this "EA game dev" and low and behold, this person was a troll and not affiliated with EA in any way.
Hats off to Mr. Schreier for doing his job. For even putting in the bare minimum amount of effort to find out the truth, unlike Patrick Klepek and others who rushed to virtual signal and push their  agenda.

Update: I spit out my Double XP Mountain Dew watching this video. Bravo, mombot.

Super Mario Odyssey Is The Fastest Selling Super Mario Game


Nintendo of America announced today that Super Mario Odyssey is now the fastest selling Super Mario game of all time. According to their latest financial report, Nintendo has sold nearly 2 million copies of Odyssey worldwide since it's release last Friday, with 1.1 million copies sold in the US alone.


The Nintendo Switch has had an excellent year with Nintendo exclusives and ports, helping to push more Switch systems and keep the stock scarce for the first few months.  

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is currently the number one sold game on the Nintendo Switch, standing at around 4.7 million copies sold. And with the Explorer Edition coming soon, that may bump Breath of the Wild past 5 million units sold.

We're currently in the process of reviewing Super Mario Odyssey and hope to have it out shortly.

13 Original Xbox Games Coming To Xbox One BC


During E3 this year, Microsoft announced that the original Xbox was getting backward compatibility on the Xbox One. The time has come for the first batch to be released. 13 original Xbox games will be available tomorrow, all enhanced with 1080p resolution, better frame rates, and faster load times.

The games available tomorrow are:
Here's some footage from IGN showing the differences between the original, fuzzier graphics and the emulation on Xbox One:

SNES Themed 3DS XL Announced

Amazon has put up a 3DS XL that's themed like the iconic Super Nintendo. Perfect to pair with the release of the SNES Classic this year. This 3DS also includes Super Mario Kart. It's priced at $199 and will release November 27th.