The past week has provided a reasonable selection of absolute nonsense and we’ve gone ahead and rounded up the most chillingly nonsensical displays of absurdity and silliness. We’ve got Insomniac finally putting the ‘puddlegate’ non-controversy to bed once and for all, PUBG’s ongoing dismal track record, stupidly priced Devil May Cry paraphernalia, and more.
Insomniac Puts ‘Puddlegate’ To Bed
Back in September, just as Spider-Man was inching towards release, gamers got riled up over a change to the way a puddle appeared in a particular scene. Said scene initially shown at E3 2017 had a rather large puddle, while the latest change showed a much reduced puddle circumference. Accusations of scaling back on promises, cheating gamers etc. were thrown around until people actual got hold of the game and came to realize how good it was. In a final word on the matter, Insomniac issued a patch this week allowing players to add stickers in Spider-Man’s excellent photo mode. Among these is a set of puddle stickers to plaster the offending scene with as many as you see fit. Accompanying the patch was a jocular tweet from UX lead at Insomniac Gil Doron saying ‘and I fixed this for you :)’ with the photo above. Much ado about nothing, but Insomniac got the last laugh on this one.
Gameless Starlink: Battle For Atlas
When spending hard earned cash on the latest big budget title from a recognized developer like Ubisoft, you’d expect to receive the actual game of all things. When Starlink: Battle For Atlas launched last week certain physical copies of the Switch starter pack available for sale in the US included everything (including Starlink’s unique controller mounted grip and toy) but the cartridge or even a digital download code. Apparently the missing game is limited to big name retailer Best Buy and has only affected a small percentage of packs. The issue allegedly lies with Ubisoft who messed up the distribution process somewhere down the line. Our thoughts go out to the gamers who arrived home eager to load up the family friendly space shooter only to find the game box was missing.
PUBG Sucks At Apologies
In the wake of the never-ending stream of PUBG botches and bungles, the recent connectivity issues and regional matchmaking screw ups led the battle royale giant to the conclusion that some form of compensation was needed for affected PC players. In what can only be described as an underwhelming attempt at an apology, a rather drab beanie skin was gifted to players. There’s nothing remarkable about the skin, nor does it improve the game in any tangible way. If anything, the offering just goes to show how detached PUBG Corp is from the state of the game if they think a run-of-the-mill beanie is enough to act as a magic fix and sweep all their problems under the carpet.
Devil May Cry 5 1 Million Yen Collector’s Coat
The market for collector items, special editions, and other paraphernalia associated with the biggest games is serious business, but with the latest offering from Capcom, things have well and truly gone too far. On offer is a replica of Devil May Cry 5 playable character Dante’s coat priced at nearly 1 million yen, 9000 dollars, or £6000. For the majority of us, such a princely sum represents a few months of income and we are at odds to understand who has the finances or even the desire to purchase what is all things considered a pretty ugly piece of clothing.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider Already On Sale
If it feels like Lara’s latest jaunt through the jungles of South America released just yesterday then trust your instincts, it’s only been over a month since launch. However, in a surprising move that’s understandably irked day one players who channeled their cash into the full priced game, Shadow of the Tomb Raider was on sale this week with a 34% discount over on Steam. In a display of swift vengeance, the reviews on Steam have been bombed with countless negative reviews shifting the game’s review score from ‘mostly positive’ to ‘mixed’. The sale is clearly an attempt to bolster interest in what have been rather lackluster sales figures to date, but the move may in fact worsen the situation. Let it be a lesson to Square Enix that jabbing your most loyal supporters in the side with such a speedy sale was unquestionably a foolish move.