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DOOM Sacrifices SnapMap and Multiplayer for a Switch Release

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The good news is the 2016 version of DOOM is coming to the Nintendo Switch, but the bad news is the multiplayer won’t come with the base version of the game. Well, maybe not so much bad news as the single-player campaign is vastly superior, but it’s still a bummer for gamers who want to frag their friends with the BFG9000.

Most gamers did not expect yesterday’s Nintendo Direct to announce that DOOM (and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus) would be released on the Switch. The surprise wasn’t due to DOOM‘s ultra-violence (how quickly some gamers forget the existence of Nintendo console exclusives such as MadWorldEternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem, and Doom 64). No, the surprise was that Nintendo was so confident in the Switch’s graphical capabilities that it greenlit the port; this isn’t a knock on the console, though, just an objective fact that the Nintendo Switch isn’t as powerful as the Xbox One or PlayStation 4, and DOOM is extremely graphics intensive. Many viewers were left wondering if the Switch version would cut any corners so it could be playable, and the answers are less than pleasing.

According to Engadget, the Switch version of DOOM, or at least the physical copies of the game, will only ship with the single-player campaign. According to the article, the physical cards aren’t big enough to hold all of the game’s features, which is why the multiplayer portion will be available as a free downloadable gamers can download at any time via a patch. All of the multiplayer DLC that was made available for free in Update 6.66 will come with this patch. However, the beloved SnapMap level editor has been axed from the Switch version of the game. We can only speculate on why Nintendo and Bethesda decided to remove this feature, as it would have been the perfect opportunity for Nintendo to include some little touches to help the Switch version of DOOM stand out, not unlike the Legend of Zelda items unique to the Nintendo Switch version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

DOOM will be available on the Switch this holiday season, so we will have to wait and see if these sacrifices are worth it to bring this modern classic to Nintendo’s latest console.

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Friday the 13th PS Store Axes Game

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Friday the 13th The Game’s license expires on December 31, a Sunday. The game will no longer be sold physically or digitally after that date.

Players who buy the game before the deadline can play for another year, with game servers running until at least Tuesday, December 31, 2024.

The PS4 game was released in 2017 on a Friday, but not the 13th. We imagine the hardcore have had their fill by now. If not, a year should be enough to finish up.

The Game? Do you want to rejoin?

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Banishers Ghosts of New Eden on PS5 Star-Crossed Lovers Fight the Supernatural

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Banishers Ghosts of New Eden, a supernatural, alt-history tale of ghosts, spectres, and love without limits on PS5 in 2023, got new gameplay at Summer Game Fest.

Strange developer Don’t Nod follows star-crossed Banishers Antea Duarte and Red mac Raith in New Eden, 1695. Banishers are 17th-century Ghostbusters, and Antea is fatally wounded and trapped in a nightmare state after that “one last job” goes wrong. The couple searches North America’s wilderness for supernatural answers. Nice, right?

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden: your thoughts? Do you like this action-packed story from Don’t Nod?

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Remnant 2 Bombastic Co-Op Gameplay Trailer

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Remnant II is the more streamlined sequel to Remnant: From the Ashes, a good third-person cooperative cover shooter that used Soulslike elements in a novel way. Any good sequel builds on that foundation and creates something new. Keigh-3 (Summer Game Fest) revealed a tantalizing gameplay trailer for the game.

Remnant II’s Handler Archetype, a pet class with guns and good boys, has caught our attention as development continues. The Gunslinger Archetype offers six-shooter DPS for purists. On July 25, PS5 gamers can find a more intense cooperative experience.

Remant II: your thoughts? Played Remnant: From the Ashes?

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