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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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Skull and Bones Launch Causes Surge in Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag Gamers

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It’s intriguing to note that the launch of the long-awaited piracy simulator Skull and Bones has led to a notable increase in players returning to Ubisoft’s previous game, the pirate-themed Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

PCGamesN gathered data from SteamDB and observed that on February 15, 2024, the day before Skull and Bones launched, approximately 971 players were simultaneously playing Black Flag. By the 16th, the figure had nearly doubled, hitting 1,662. By the 17th, the number had increased to 2600, and by the 18th, it reached 3,226. After a week of continuous gameplay, a new peak was achieved on the 26th, with 3,594 players online simultaneously. With the game’s peak hitting 16K a decade ago, it’s a fascinating illustration of how success can benefit everyone involved, pun intended.

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One can’t help but sympathize with developer Ubisoft Singapore in this situation. We thoroughly appreciated Skull and Bones after overcoming the initial comparison to Black Flag, which was a point of contention in our review. Ubisoft’s latest release faces a major challenge due to players’ existing expectations and a lack of clear direction for several years.

As an Epic Store exclusive, it’s challenging to gauge the performance of Skull and Bones, especially since console numbers have not been disclosed. Insider Gaming cites sources within the company who claim that 850,000 people have downloaded the game, with the eight-hour free trial that Ubisoft is offering contributing to this figure. It’s worth noting that the developers described the game as top-tier quality and were adamant about pricing it at $70.
Are you feeling inspired to revisit Black Flag after trying out Skull and Bones? What are your thoughts on Skull and Bones if you’ve had the opportunity to try it out? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Shibuya Action RPG REYNATIS Coming to PS5 first, with a later release on PS4 in the West later this year

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FuRyu’s Shibuya-based action RPG REYNATIS has sparked significant interest since its announcement for the PS5 and PS4 in Japan last week, with many eagerly awaiting news of a Western release. After the release of the full-length trailer this week, NIS America has stepped in as the publisher for North America and Europe.

While a specific release date hasn’t been announced yet, the company has confirmed that the game will include Japanese audio and English text upon its arrival in this region, along with a PC version being added. Fans will have to wait a little longer for the localized version of the upcoming adventure, which will feature several well-known Square Enix veterans.

“In search of liberation through power, the wizard Marin embarks on a journey to Shibuya, encountering Sari, a member of the MEA, a group committed to regulating wizards,” the description hints. Hide your magical abilities to blend in with the crowd and freely roam the city, engaging in various activities or missions. Alternatively, unleash your powerful skills to access hidden areas and confront any obstacles that cross your path.

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When Shadow of the Erdtree releases, I might stop fighting Malenia in Elden Ring Legend and focus on soloing her

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It’s astonishing that two years have passed since a standout Elden Ring player emerged victorious, solidifying their claim to the Elden Lord throne by engaging in repetitive ritual battles. The character known as Let Me Solo Her valiantly defeated the game’s toughest boss on behalf of players, earning legendary status in the gaming community.

Currently, LMSH is engaged in a battle against Malenia but is eagerly anticipating Shadow of the Erdtree as a potential opportunity to end the conflict. After the DLC was announced, IGN interviewed a player with extensive experience in Elden Ring, boasting over 1,200 hours of gameplay. They claim to have defeated Malenia thousands of times and even completed the game using a unique mod.

LMSH is eagerly anticipating Shadow of the Erdtree, expressing confidence in director Hidetaka Miyazaki’s ability to deliver another outstanding masterpiece for players to enjoy. The terrifying Messmer, who Miyazaki confirmed to be a significant character in the DLC and on par with other potent figures in the game, is the new enemy in LMSH, as depicted above. Could this be a new adversary for LMSH?

The upcoming DLC for Elden Ring, Shadow of the Erdtree, is highly anticipated and is set to release on June 21st for PS5 and PS4. Do you think LMSH will be able to progress? Or do you think they are destined to dance with Malenia forever? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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