Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: The game I love to hate

We all have that one game we’re continually drawn to like a mouse to cheese. For me, that game is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. It’s been a few weeks since the game came out, and while most of your may still be playing it from sun up till sun down, I got tired of the Switch’s latest AAA exclusive after less than a week. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe isn’t bad, per se. In fact, it’s a very well-built game. The frame rate stays firmly planted at a rock-solid 60 fps, even during the more item-heavy moments in the game. Courses are marvelous, from remakes of classics like Rainbow Road, to newer stages like Toad Harbor. There’s something for everyone.  Accessibility Last month, I was visiting a friend who, like me, hadn’t touched a Mario Kart game in years. So, to get them properly acclimated to the newer mechanics in MK8D, I turned on the auto-accelerate and Smart Steering accessibility options. Within a few minutes, they had a better grasp on what was going on, turned off the accessibility settings, and was driving around the courses like a natural. However, it’s with this ease of accessibility that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe…


7 reasons why Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is worth another purchase

If you’ve already bought Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Nintendo Switch and you’re having a great time with it, feel free to skip to the comments section and crow about how much fun you’re having in the game. This one is for those of you who say, “Meh, I already played Mario Kart 8 on Wii U. Why would I buy it again? I’m not giving Nintendo more money for the same game!” Stop. Stop right there my friend. You should. Here’s seven reasons why. 1. All the DLC for MK8 is included in MK8 Deluxe by default. If you were like me and picked up Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U but weren’t much interested in the DLC packs that Nintendo released later on, then Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a brand new game to you. It includes all the original DLC that Nintendo released for the game, including the silly Mercedes karts that were part of a paid promotion in Japan that eventually crossed the pond for both US and Europeans. Having played through all the “new-to-me” content in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, it definitely feels like a beefier game with the added DLC tracks. READ FULL…

Nintendo Switch is the simplest console to fly with

One of the things I hate the most about travelling is going through TSA. I think I speak for everyone here when I say it sucks, doubly so if you have any kind of large electronics. And since my job and hobby often (read: always) involves large electronics, I always have a hell of a time.For those who haven’t flown before, here’s a rundown on TSA: Basically, before you can get to your gate, you need to go through security. This involves putting all of your items – small, carry-on suitcases, bags, or things in your pocket or bags – on a conveyor belt. Then, you step through what’s called a “backscatter x-ray.” The backscatter scans you to make sure you’re not harbouring any dangerous items. Meanwhile, the stuff on the conveyor belt goes through another X-ray machine to make sure there’s nothing harmful in your items. The whole process is a hassle. Fortunately, this isn’t the case when travelling with a Nintendo Switch.I’ve travelled with PS2s, PS3s, Vitas, laptops, PS4s, and Wiis and none of them have been easier to travel with than a Switch. Heads up: If you ever plan to bring two, large laptops through TSA, don’t. Your…


TumbleSeed – The oddest little Nintendo Switch game

TumbleSeed is hands-down the weirdest Nintendo Switch game I’ve played and I say this having tried out the Puyo Puyo Tetris demo. Check it: using both the left and right analog sticks in a dance of flicking either stick up or down, your objective is to climb this mountain. Oh, and you’re a seed. A seed! That’s an all-too-important detail for this game, as it forms the basics of its mechanics. Because this is a video game, and we love violence in our form of entertainment, there are various bug enemies who want nothing more than to see you fall all the way back down the mountain. Each time you get hit, you lose one or two of your hearts. Lose them all and you start all the way back at the base of this seemingly-giant, randomly-generated mountain. Being a roguelike, your experience won’t be the same each time you restart your journey. Yeah, you’ll go through some of the same basic motions, but they’ll still feel different. This is due to how developer Team TumbleSeed tackles the roguelike elements. Instead of generating an entirely new world, there are some constants between playthroughs. The mountain itself is divided into multiple READ…

I Cannot Play Horror Games, But I Wish I Could

Are you enjoying Resident Evil 7? Are you thrilling at the scares, reveling in the fear, shivering at the spooks? If yes, then know that I envy you. I tried playing Resident Evil 7 last week. I didn’t really play Res 5 or 6, but remember loving Resident Evil 4, so was looking forward to it! Advertisement Advertisement Yet I can’t play it. Well, I tried, for a little while, walking around an empty house picking up stuff and grossing out at some very gross food. Once the horror stuff kicked in, though, I was done. This is nothing new for me. I’ve been a video game “coward” for as long as I can remember. From Half-Life’s underwater sequence (I HATE SHARKS) to PT’s, well, everything, I’ve struggled through some of the biggest games, and in some cases I’ve been unable to even get started on them. I’m the same way with some horror movies. The Ring, Evil Dead, I can manage, but the really creepy stuff, no thank you. I wish I wasn’t! I look around me, at my colleagues and my friends, and how they find enjoyment in terror. They obviously go through the standard response to such…


15 Of The Strangest Dystopias In Gaming

The future is scary and, according to these 15 dystopias in video games, it’s going to get a lot stranger before things get better. Advertisement This post originally appeared on Kotaku on January 1, 2015. Remember Me Paris, the city of lights and memories. But what about memories that can be shared and erased? Neo-Paris has a facelift with bright lights, huge corporations, and rebels called Errorists. Dystopias reach another level when they can shift the fabric of the collective memory, a Jungian unconsciousness subverted in favor of the state. Erasing regrets has its allure, and this mix of science fiction, action, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a reminder that even the worst memories are better than none. Half-Life 2 What does half a life amount to? In City 17, the Combine is sucking the life out of humanity. Our Benefactors were inspired by the works of Frank Herbert and Ken Kessey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, a police state ruthlessly stamping out dissent—a plot behind a plot behind a plot. I’m trying to imagine a world run by Jack Nicholson and Kyle McLaughlin. Chrono Trigger READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


6 reasons we’re not thrilled with the Nintendo Switch

Now that Nintendo has showcased what it plans to offer with the Nintendo Switch on March 3rd, 2017, we’re weighing the pros and cons and deciding whether or not we’ll be taking the pre-order plunge. Amazon has already sold out of pre-orders twice now, but we’re not exactly sure we’re convinced that Nintendo has learned its lesson from the Wii U. We’re afraid of history repeating itself and these are the reasons why.1. Nintendo Switch will feature paid online multiplayer.One of the new things that’s coming in with the Nintendo Switch isn’t a new concept in the industry. Nintendo will begin charging for online multiplayer with the Nintendo Switch. The company was quick to note that during the launch period until Fall 2017, online multiplayer will be free. After that period, it will cost money to play with your friends online.That’s not so different from what Sony and Microsoft are doing with their respective consoles, but there’s a very important difference here. Both Sony and Microsoft have platforms that are easy to use. Login with your PSN or Xbox Live handle and you have your friends list instantly available. You can create parties and jump in games and voice chat…


Our Favorite Games From December

Video game releases tend to slow down in December, but there were still plenty of ones to love. Here are our favorite games from December. Steep It’s been ages since we got a big winter sports sim, and Steep scratched that itch nicely. Advertisement You can get the game for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Hearthstone Mean Streets of Gadgetzan We enjoyed the distinct style and mood of Heathstone’s latest expansion. Advertisement You can get the expansion for PC. The Last Guardian We thought it would never come out, but then it did come out, and you can watch Trico poop. We loved this beautiful tale of camaraderie between two unlikely companions. You can get the game for PS4. Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun This game was an unexpected stealth gem where the most fun comes from making your characters work together. Advertisement You can get the game for PC, Mac, and Linux. Frog Fractions 2 After READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Playstations Trophy Rarity System Is Pointless

I was recently looking through the trophies for a game and thought that the rarity indicators seemed a bit weird. First of all I think the titles alone are a bit weird. Something that 25% of people have is definitely not rare, but these titles are irrelevant for the moment. My main issue with them was the percentage of people that have or have not obtained a particular trophy. I know some people don’t like trophies, but there are some trophies that are pretty much impossible to not unlock. If you even play the game for a few minutes you are bound to unlock a trophy or 2 in some games. I decided to check some of the easiest trophies I can remember to see what the ratios were and it doesn’t seem quite right, the trophy rarity system seems to be a bit off. Eat Lead has some of the easiest trophies I have ever seen. There are 2 trophies that are super easy, 1 of which is pretty much impossible to miss. The easiest trophy is to literally start the game. As soon as you start the game you get the trophy “It’s HAZARD TIME!”, there is no way you can miss…


Minervas Den Just Blew Me Away

I consider myself a big Bioshock fan, but I will admit that I have never played Minervas Den before. Back when Bioshock 2 released I didn’t have the money to pay for the DLC when it came out. As time went by, I eventually forgot about the game and any DLC. After getting the HD collection I no longer have an excuse for not playing every piece of Bioshock content that has been released to date. I knew very little about the plot (intentionally), so the plot was a complete mystery to me. After tearing through the game, I must say that I am completely blown away. It isn’t often that you get value for money when it comes to DLC. Most of the time it isn’t even worth it when it comes with a GOTY edition. In the case of Minervas Den, this is very much untrue. In fact, I would be inclined to say that Minervas Den was better than Bioshock 2. Bioshock 2 was a pretty good game. It was not as good as Bioshock 1, but I still enjoyed the game. One thing I didn’t like about it was the fact that it felt more like Gotham City…


Bioshock 1 Vs Bioshock 2

I have always looked back a lot more positively on Bioshock 1 over Bioshock 2, but it has been a long time since I played both. It was also quite a gap between playing the first Bioshock over the second. Nostalgia has always altered my opinions when it comes to games, so this is never a subject I could accurately speak about before now. After purchasing Bioshock The Collection I have had a nice opportunity to play both games back to back with an equal visual standing. Now is no better time than any to compare both games by putting Bioshock 1 vs Bioshock 2. The Story Rapture is such an unusual location. The story is what makes this game so special and is most definitely the reason I loved the first 2 games so much. Bioshock 1 definitely had a lot more mystery to it, but of course it would, it was the first time we visited the city. I think Bioshock 2 did a very good job at providing a new an interesting story in a world we have already visited. While both stories were good, Bioshock 2 fell short when it came to filling the shoes of Andrew Ryan and Frank…

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Our Favorite Games From September

Happy fall, readers! The weather’s getting colder, which means it’s the perfect time to curl up inside and play video games. Here’s all the new games the Kotaku staff enjoyed in September. Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander We enjoyed our time with this indie game, which is a mix of FTL and XCOM. Advertisement You can get the game for PC, Mac, and Linux. Phoenix Wright: Spirit of Justice Spirit of Justice, the sixth mainline game in the Ace Attorney series, takes us on yet another trip to a world where the good guys always win. We especially enjoyed the writing. Advertisement You can get the game for 3DS. Feral Rites Insomniac’s brawler for VR may just be a new perspective on a familiar genre, but it works. You can get the game for the Oculus Rift. The Curious Expedition This exploration game came out of Early Access in September, and we enjoyed the opportunity to see the world, meet new people, and steal their stuff. Advertisement You can get the game for PC, Mac, and Linux. Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor This indie game lets you relish the futility of late space-capitalism in all of its bright, low-poly glory. Advertisement…