SCG Gaming News & Notes for March 29, 2018

Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered details, new costumes for Mario Odyssey,  No Man’s Sky flies to Xbox One and more in today’s Gaming News & Notes

Sac City Gamer’s regular feature “Gaming News & Notes” brings you a roundup of the hottest news tidbits from around the gaming industry.

In addition to a refresh to the PS4’s movies and TV section being announced, March 29’s highlights include a huge new update to No Man’s Sky plus an Xbox One port announcement, new costumes for Mario Odyssey, a Red Faction Guerrilla remaster announcement and more.

Red Faction Guerrilla remaster comes to PS4, Xbox One and PC with “Re-Mars-tered” edition

Announced today by THQ Nordic, a remastered version of hit 2009 alien-shooting, 3D-destruction-filled, open-world third person action game Red Faction Guerrilla will hit stores some time in the second quarter of 2018.

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Dubbed the Re-Mars-tered edition because it takes place on Mars, the new version of the popular third entry in the Red Faction series will feature, fully reworked graphics, heavily reworked textures, improved shadow rendering, improved lighting, shader and postprocessing rework and native 4K support “for the finest up-to-date mars destruction experience ever,” according to THQ Nordic’s press release.

The game is already up for pre-order and will retail for $29.99, according to Amazon’s listing. Polygon is calling the remaster a big deal because like THQ Nordic’s remasters of the Darksiders games, this could mean the company plans to relaunch the Red Faction series.

Mark of the Ninja Remastered coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC alongside the Nintendo Switch version

Klei Entertainment has revealed a remastered version of its former Xbox 360 console exclusive Mark of the Ninja, which released in 2012, will release soon for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The game was announced by Nintendo in its Nindies Showcase recently as coming to the Nintendo Switch as well.

The ninja action/stealth game will release in the fall and will feature several upgrades, as written by Klei’s announcement below.

  • Remastered HD visuals, audio, cutscenes and effects.
  • Includes Mark of the Ninja Special Edition Expansion (additional story level, new character, additional items, and developer commentary).
  • True Stealth Experience – Player-centric gameplay rewards choice, be it finishing the game without killing anyone or assassinating all who stand in your way.
  • Stunning Visuals – Unique 2D visual style featuring award-winning animation and hand-painted environments.
  • Deep Experience – Each level has three score challenges, optional objectives and hidden collectibles. A diversity of unlockable abilities, items and playstyles allow exploring many avenues of play.
  • New Game Plus – Finish the game and unlock this mode, offering new challenges and rewards.

Super Mario Odyssey gets two new Mario outfits

A baseball outfit and Satellaview outfit are now available to purchase with your in-game earnings in Super Mario Odyssey, the Nintendo Switch’s exclusive 3D Mario adventure.

The baseball outfit and helmet cost 3,000 and 1,500 coins, respectively, while the spaceman-like Satellaview costume runs 1,000 coins for the suit and 500 for the helmet.

According to GameSpot, these outfits were discovered by dataminers along with several others like a Santa outfit and 8-bit Mario hat. Take a look at the new costumes below, via IGN. The outfits are part of a free update and are available now.

 

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare now backward compatible on Xbox One

Our Xbox One Backward Compatibility section has been updated following an announcement by Microsoft that Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is now playable on Xbox One.

There are now almost 450 backward compatible Xbox 360 games for Xbox One and they work from disc or in digital form. Thirteen original Xbox games were also added and more are promised for the future.

Microsoft periodically adds to the list of Xbox 360 games available, but there is no set schedule for these updates, so keep checking back for more on which games are added to the program. The original Xbox games will be announced all at once when they’re ready to be revealed, according to Microsoft.

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No Man’s Sky announced for Xbox One and it’s getting a huge update soon

The critically-challenged No Man’s Sky is finally coming to Xbox One following its 2016 PS4 and PC release.

The game has had several big updates since launch and many players have changed their opinions on the title based on the many free additions. The game disappointed early buyers after several promises from the game’s developer Hello Games were not met with its initial version.

The Xbox One port will be published by 505 Games and, according to it’s provisional box art, will include 4K and HDR enhancements for Xbox One X. It will also include all updates, including the new one, pre-installed.

The PS4 and PC versions will get the new update around the same time the Xbox One version launches later this year. No details on the big new update were shared by Hello Games except that it’ll be called Next and will be “an important next step” for No Man’s Sky.

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