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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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“Really pleased” with Sea of Thieves PS5 sales, Microsoft

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After the recent port to PS5, Microsoft is “really pleased” with the overall sales and performance of Sea of Thieves. As a result, more people are playing the Xbox and PC versions as well. Matt Booty, president of game content and studios at Microsoft Gaming, said this:. He also said that the success of the series means it can grow and that more money should be spent on a Variety podcast interview.

Microsoft is bringing four games that used to only be available on Xbox to other systems. Sea of Thieves was the last of these games to come out. The others are Pentiment, Grounded, and Hi-Fi Rush. Even though things have been going well lately, Booty says that more ports will be dealt with “case-by-case.”

News spread before the port came out that Sea of Thieves was being used as a “key test” to see if more Xbox-only games would be ported to PS5, PS4, and Xbox One. In May 2024, the game was the best-selling PS Store game in both Europe and the US. It also did well in the weekly sales charts.

Aside from the four games that have already been ported to Xbox, nothing else has been officially confirmed. However, news reports say that a lot of exclusive games may be about to come to other platforms. Some say that PS5 games like Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, Starfield, and a rumored remaster of Halo: Combat Evolved are all being thought about.

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The new game from Danganronpa’s developers is being published by Aniplex, a Sony company, but it won’t be coming out on PS5

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The upcoming game from the creators of the Danganronpa series has found a publisher in Sony subsidiary Aniplex. However, it’s worth noting that it won’t be initially released on the PS5. It is highly likely that The Hundred Line: Last Defense Academy will be released on Sony’s system at a later date, just like Master Detective Archives: Rain Code in October. However, the development team is currently focusing on prioritizing the release of their latest title on the Nintendo Switch and PC.

Described as a strategy game, the title allows players to step into the shoes of teenager Takumi Sumino, who resides in the perpetually secure Tokyo Residential Complex. When monsters suddenly unleash chaos upon the town, Takumi finds himself thrust into the Last Defense Academy. His mission? To protect the school alongside 14 other students for a grueling 100 days.

As one would anticipate, alongside the strategic gameplay, it is crucial to foster strong relationships with your comrades. Moreover, the outcome of the game can vary greatly, with a staggering 100 possible endings contingent upon the choices you make. We will reach out to Aniplex to inquire about the possibility of a PS5 port. However, it is important to note that Aniplex operates independently from PlayStation, as it falls under the Sony Music umbrella.

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The photo mode in Alan Wake 2 on PS5 doesn’t hold many surprises

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Most new games these days have some kind of photography feature, so it’s hard to remember a time before Photo Modes. Some developers don’t think it’s important for players to be able to take pictures right away, so the feature is added later. One great example of this is Alan Wake 2, which now has Photo Mode thanks to a new update that is now available.

If you look at the trailer above, you can see that you can really get creative with your photos by adding cool borders, overlays, and filters. We always like photo modes, where you can move different lights around in the scene. As the video shows, Remedy really lets you use your imagination with the different colors and lighting props.

 

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