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System Shock Update Video Displays New Maps and Systems

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System Shock 3 Coming to PC and Consoles

Nightdive Studios, a company known for bringing back classic video games for a new generation, including Shadow ManI Have No Mouth And I Must Scream, and the Turok games, made waves on the Internet when it announced it was remaking the classic first-person role-playing game System Shock. The company just posted a backer update video that shows just how much the studio has progressed on the project, and it’s impressive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKfnTnZuC5E

The biggest announcement in the video is bound to be divisive and possibly annoy many backers: NightDive Studios is no longer trying to remake System Shock, but reboot it. The Citadel Station of the reboot will not be a faithful recreation of the original station but instead include the occasional homage in the form of a room/hallway’s geography, door codes, and enemy placements. However, the essence of the new game’s world will remain faithful to the original. Plus, the new design lets NightDive Studios create a new experience that caters to multiple playstyles, as well as an expansive and seamless Citadel Station with as few load screens as possible.

NightDive Studios isn’t just revamping the world of System Shock, but its gameplay mechanics and systems, as well. The studio is introducing impressive “shatter tech” that lets players dynamically destroy frozen enemies. If, for example, the player destroys a frozen enemy’s leg, not only will the leg shatter, but the enemy will topple over and completely shatter when it hits the floor. The System Shock remake will also let players dismember the limbs of their enemies. This will likely result in enemies that have to be approached in different ways, depending on what limbs players want (or need) to dismember, as well as an adaptive AI that forces enemies to approach players differently depending on which limbs they currently have.

The System Shock remake/reboot seems to be taking a lot of notes from games such as Prey and Bioshock, which is fitting since those games were heavily inspired by the original System Shock game. While some System Shock Kickstarter campaign backers are no doubt annoyed the game will no longer be a one-to-one remake of the original System Shock, the update video demonstrates the new game will still provide a fun experience for System Shock veterans and newcomers alike.

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Google engineers successfully hacked the PS Portal to run emulated PSP games

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After about a month of work, a couple of Google employees have successfully hacked the PS Portal, PlayStation’s handheld streaming solution. Their project is not set for public release anytime soon, but the hack is purely software-based, eliminating the need for hardware exploitation.

Andy Nguyen, a cloud vulnerability researcher, and Calle Svensson, a security engineer, shared their latest project on Twitter. They successfully ran the PSP emulator PPSSPP on the PS Portal. They presented the 2005 PSP classic Grand Theft Auto: Liberty Stories.

https://x.com/theflow0/status/1759627938910089575?s=20

As a wireless streaming device, the idea of playing games on the PS Portal without a PS5 providing the power was considered impossible. It’s quite surprising how quickly Nguyen and Svensson have overcome this initial hurdle. It remains to be seen where their efforts will take them, but we will definitely keep an eye on their progress. Nguyen expressed that there is still a lot of work left to do.

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Lady Gaga reveals collaboration with Fortnite for upcoming festival and addresses typo

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Lady Gaga, also known as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has teased an upcoming collaboration with Fortnite Festival set to be unveiled soon. More pertinent to our specific attention to detail, Gaga has also admitted to a mistake made around four years ago, indicating her keen awareness of the franchise’s significant value.

Gaga shared a mesmerizing picture of her character in Fortnite and also retweeted a post from 2019 where she asked her fans, “What’s fortnight?”. She finally got the chance to correctly spell the title of the game, allowing us to breathe a sigh of relief after waiting anxiously.

Lady Gaga will be teaming up with other top celebrities to maximize their presence on the Fortnite platform. Travis Scott once hosted a live concert in Battle Royale a couple of years ago, while the Weeknd just premiered the music video for the song “Popular” at the Fortnite Festival.

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Reflecting on Street Fighter 5’s tumultuous launch, Capcom looks back eight years later

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For those who may not recall, nearly eight years ago today, Street Fighter 5 was released in 2016 in a rather incomplete state. The content available was impressive initially, but the limited number of characters and lack of single-player game modes stood out. Capcom expresses regret for the entire situation, offering apologies years later for having “betrayed” players’ expectations.

On SF5’s eighth anniversary, the developers must be feeling nostalgic. They recently posted a Japanese-language tweet looking back on the mistakes made and the challenges that were eventually overcome. The number of playable characters has grown to 45, and the game has seen various enhancements, including the introduction of new abilities such as V Skills/Trigger II and V Shift. Even now, hundreds of thousands of players still choose to play this game instead of the newer Street Fighter 6.
Have you had the chance to try out Street Fighter 5 since it was first released? What do you recall about the game’s reception? Take a trip down memory lane in the comments section below.

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