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The Mummy Demastered Looks Better Than Its Source Material

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Should I be concerned or excited The Mummy Demastered, a game based on the 2017 The Mummy movie that stars Tom Cruise, looks better than the movie? I mean, yea, the movie sucks (by all accounts its actually worse than the latest Transformers movie, and that’s saying something), but I did not expect this level of quality from a licensed video game based on a movie, especially a bad movie.

Judging by the trailer, The Mummy Demastered will be a 2D Metroidvania game that pits players against all manner of giant insects and arachnids, zombies, and flaming skulls reminiscent of DOOM‘s Lost Souls. Even though the game is supposed to take place in “the cursed streets of London,” players will also explore sewers, catacombs, forests, subway tunnels, and even giant clock towers with big gears players ride to ascend the tower. It’s all very Castlevania in the best way possible.

Normally, I would be skeptical of any video game studio that creates a licensed game based on a (bad) movie, but The Mummy Demastered is being developed by Wayforward, the company behind cult classics such as the Shantae and Switch Force! franchises, as well as remakes of beloved games, including Double Dragon NeonA Boy and his Blob, and DuckTales: Remastered (woo-oo). Wayforward is the “champion of pixel art,” acknowledged Austin Ivansmith, director of The Mummy Demastered, in an interview with Polygon, so I have some very high hopes for the game. But don’t take my word for it, as Ivansmith explained how the game sets itself apart from other Metroidvania games by turning the tried-and-true death mechanic on its head. Instead of staring the immortal movie protagonist Sergeant Nick Morton, The Mummy Demastered features a generic soldier in riot gear, and every time the character dies, the player takes control of a new soldier and is sent back to square one like a rogue-like game, i.e., the player loses all of their equipment and upgrades. This mechanic forces the player to hunt down the resurrected corpse of the previous soldier and kill it if he or she wants to retrieve the lost equipment. While this mechanic seems similar to the death mechanic in ZombiU/ZombiThe Mummy Demastered sets itself apart by giving the shambling corpse access to all of the equipment, including weapons and health upgrades, to transform it into essentially the toughest enemy in the game. Sure, it seems like an almost unfair challenge, but that’s the point, and it’s not unlike the overwhelming challenge that attracts gamers to Dark Souls and other Souls-like games.

I am excited for the release of The Mummy Demastered, which is “coming soon” to PlayStation 4, Steam, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

All you have to do to get my attention is talk about video games, technology, anime, and/or Dungeons & Dragons - also people in spandex fighting rubber suited monsters.

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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