Today in Japan 25 years ago, Nintendo gave the world one of its most influential creations: Super Metroid. Highly regarded by fans, constantly imitated by game developers, Super Metroid has even been called the greatest game of all time. To commemorate the anniversary of this landmark work, I recently stepped back to consider the entirety of the Metroid franchise and rank the games from worst to best. Sure, Super Metroid was the high point of the series back in 1994 — but there have been nearly a dozen other Metroid games since then. Does it still hold that vaunted title? And if not, which Metroid adventure has dethroned it? Read on. 14. Metroid: Other M (Wii, 2010) Scraping the dead-last barrel-bottom of the Metroid franchise, we have the massively disappointing Metroid: Other M. It’s not actually a bad game, but it’s a devastatingly awful excuse for a Metroid sequel. Had Nintendo shipped this under an unrelated title (something like ... “Robo-Lady’s … [Read more...] about The complete ranking of the Metroid series
Our The Division 2 review-in-progress is coming at you following 20 hours of gameplay spent within the campaign, following both main and side missions, and also the Dark Zone PvPvE mode. You’d think, after that big of a time investment, I’d be close to endgame, but no, as Ubisoft has previously stated that the path to endgame will take around 40 hours . Once endgame has been reached, the devs then recommend that 15 hours is spent completing that post-story content. Needless to say, this is an absolute mission, and in terms of quantity, Massive Entertainment has certainly got it down. But what about quality? Here’s what I think so far. The Division 2 Review-in-Progress | Looks to thrill I’m playing on PC, a platform which allows The Division 2 to truly shine. There are no 30 FPS caps here, nor are there any noticeable stuttering issues. Performance is better than what I would expect, considering the visuals on show. The post-apocalyptic Washington … [Read more...] about The Division 2 Review-in-Progress
Sure, there are the big flashy heroes that get all the merchandise and blockbuster movies and cosplayers, but what about the forgotten good guys? We asked our team which superheroes deserved their time to shine. This is the latest in a series of big questions we'll be interrogating our writers with, so share your answers and suggestions for topics with us on Twitter. Captain Planet"The Power is yours!" Oh Captain Planet, if only you knew then what we're facing now. Sorry to get on a downer, but Captain Planet was already on the war to combat climate change all those years ago. If only we'd listened to the eco-friendly best practices you preached between ad breaks. We wouldn't be having insane weather, facing global extinction, and dealing with leaders who don't think climate change exists, despite all the evidence. Way back then he was battling Eco-villains by the names of Looten Plunder (surely an inevitability of our eventual apocalypse), and Duke Nukem himself, a bad guy … [Read more...] about Who’s the most underrated superhero?
It’s finally the end of another crazy week, which absolutely means it’s time for your Mandatory Gaming Fails of the Week round-up. This is where we pull together all of the major video game fails that occurred over the last seven days, and give them the spotlight that they deserve (but probably don’t want). If you find yourself needing more content like this, be sure to visit Mandatory.com. For now, let’s dive on into the fails! Valve allows ‘Rape Day’ onto Steam, a game about sexually assaulting women During 2018, Valve made the decision to allow all games, so long as they aren’t illegal, to appear on the Steam Store. Earlier this week, a new game called “Rape Day” was discovered on the store. As you can probably guess from the title, the game is about sexually assaulting women. Nintendo Labo VR could cause nausea due to low frame rate While the Nintendo Labo VR may seem impressive, in that it brings virtual reality to the … [Read more...] about Mandatory Gaming Fails of the Week 3/8/2019
Square Enix’s newest entry in the Front Mission universe, Left Alive, is set to debut on March 5 for PlayStation 4 and PC. While this survival action game certainly seems promising on its own, many curious fans may be wondering what the franchise is all about. The last Front Mission title released nearly 10 years ago, after all, and Left Alive seeks to deviate from the series’ mecha-based roots. Additionally, only a handful of these games have released in North America. From the series’ usual settings to its signature gameplay, check out everything that fans need to know about Front Mission before Left Alive debuts. Everything you need to know about Front Mission | The settings The Front Mission franchise is usually set between the 21st and 22nd centuries and explores the political tension that independent countries experience when supranational unions seek to take them over. These fictional entities include the United States of the New Continent … [Read more...] about Everything you need to know about the Front Mission franchise