The Scientifically Proven Best Video Games of All Time #66: Mega Man 2

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The first Mega Man game is a bit of an odd duck, which has become even more pronounced as the years go by. The graphics are simplistic, the sound is tinny, there’s only six Robot Masters instead of the traditional eight, and there’s even a score counter (a feature that was jettisoned from the dozens of sequels that followed). There’s just a smoothness to subsequent games in the franchise that Capcom had yet to master with the first entry.

But like most Mega Man fans, I only learned all this after the fact. At the time, whatever memories I have of the first game were formed by guide writers who described it as an unfairly difficult game, old episodes of Captain N, and the fact that none of the local rental outlets owned a copy (unsurprisingly, Lee Trevino’s Fighting Golf was always available).

I finally got the chance to see what all the fuss was about with Mega Man 2, which was also the first game in the Mega Man franchise to be spearheaded by Capcom’s Keiji Inafune. With an expanded role in the sequel’s development, Inafune became known as the “Father” of Mega Man to plenty of fans, and codified many of the traditions and patterns the series is known for.

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Wulverblade, Etrian Odyssey V, Yono and the Celestial Elephants, more added to Nintendo eShop

The Nintendo Switch continues to roll through the Fall with another massive collection of new releases on the Nintendo eShop today.

Wulverblade is a side-scrolling beat ’em up about an early war between the Britons and the Roman army. Yono and the Celestial Elephants is an adventure game about a young elephant tasked with saving the world. And The Flame in The Flood: Complete Edition is a survival story about a young girl, her dog, and a raging river.

Over on the 3DS, RPG fans will be able to download Atlus’s Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth on Tuesday, October 17.

You can learn more about all of this week’s additions to the Nintendo eShop after the break.

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Distrust Review: Go a Little Mad in the Cold

Distrust is a game about survival in the harshest of climates. The game opens with a mysterious bright light and a helicopter crash. From there, you are stranded in an unforgiving Arctic environment with limited supplies and an ever-growing sense of dread. You take control of two survivors trying to make their way to the safety of an abandoned scientific research facility, and along the way you have to make harsh decisions that will lead to your success… or doom.

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, Danger Zone, Guardians of the Galaxy Episode 4, more added to Xbox Store

I’m not sure Kenny Loggins knew what he was about to unleash upon the world when he recorded “Danger Zone” in the late 80s. But after adding extra cool points to Top Gun and inspiring countless jokes on Archer, the phrase was borrowed by Three Fields for Danger Zone, their Burnout-inspired vehicular crack ’em up… and it’s now available to download for the Xbox One.

Also available to download for the Xbox One today are two big franchise games… WB Games and Monolith’s Middle-Earth: Shadow of War (which is also an Xbox Play Anywhere title) and Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy – Episode 4: Who Needs You.

You can learn more about all of today’s additions to the Xbox Games Store after the break.

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, The Evil Within 2, Raiden V, more added to PS Store

Epics of various shapes and sizes are the order of business in this week’s PlayStation Store update.

WB Games and Monolith will return to J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy world with Middle-Earth: Shadow of War on the PS4. Bethesda will follow suit with a similar return trip to The Evil Within 2, the newest entry in their epic horror franchise.

Fans of epic vertically-scrolling shooters will also be pleased to learn that Raiden V: Director’s Cut will be available to download for the PS4 this week. And speaking of space opera, Telltale also plans to launch Guardians of the Galaxy – Episode 4: Who Needs You for the PS4 this week.

You can learn more about this week’s additions to the PlayStation Store (including a handful of Vita games) after the break.

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Nintendo made a musical trailer for Super Mario Odyssey… The Mummy Demastered will be released on October 24

Two games tower above all others on October’s release calendar… Super Mario Odyssey and The Mummy Demastered.

While the appeal of Mario’s next adventure is obvious, WayForward’s adaptation of a Tom Cruise bomb is a bit more surprising. But the developer has jettisoned anything to do with the actor and delivered a retro-inspired “MetroidVania” shooter. And now we know when it’ll be released.

Oh, and Nintendo transformed Super Mario Odyssey into a musical for the game’s latest trailer.

Enjoy both after the break.

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Ubisoft will release Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune on November 7… Assassin’s Creed Origins Season Pass and Free DLC detailed

Ubisoft has an interesting variety of games set to be released this Fall, including the latest game in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. But they’re also dipping back into their reserve of family-friendly properties and will also launch new versions of Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune in November.

You can learn more about the Season Pass plans for Assassin’s Creed Origins and the game show adaptations after the break.

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New Retail Releases: Middle-Earth Shadow of War, The Evil Within 2, Friday the 13th, More

There might never be one game to rule them all… but the One Right returns to video games this week in Middle-Earth: Shadow of War for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

We’re also getting closer to Halloween and that means a pair of horror games are on the horizon. Bethesda is back this week with The Evil Within 2 for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. And Gun Media will launch a retail edition of Friday the 13th: The Game for the PS4 and Xbox one.

You can read all about the rest of this week’s new retail releases after the break.

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