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Gaming: PS Classic reviews mixed, New LEGO Movie game inbound, fixing Fallout 76

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Nov 27, 2018

With the PlayStation Classic set to bring ‘90s nostalgia back to store shelves next week, early reviews for Sony’s shrunk-down throwback console are starting to trickle in — and they’re all over the map. 

Critics have a laundry list of gripes with the Classic, but the one shared by nearly all of them is the console’s rigid, non-expandable games lineup, which means the 20 games that come bundled onto the device from day one are also the only ones you’ll ever be able to play.

Being locked out of game downloads from the PlayStation Store sits alongside graphics that haven’t aged gracefully for modern screens as another common complaint. “[T]he progress of time and television technology has not been kind to the look of many of these early 3D titles,” IGN notes in its middling review. 

On the other hand, reviewers like the undeniable nostalgic appeal of the 20 games that did make the cut — including classics like Final Fantasy VII, Grand Theft Auto, Metal Gear Solid, and Tekken 3 — as well as a few minor tweaks that remove some of the PS1’s obstacles (like having to swap discs in order to advance the game). 

“Memories of gaming in the '90s will likely come flooding in, and if the cute console wasn't enough, the classic and quaint PlayStation controller will almost certainly get you in the mood for some Tekken 3, Metal Gear Solid, or maybe even the original Resident Evil,” GameSpot’s review states — before airing a longer list of grievances.

With two old-school controllers, HDMI connection cables, and that static, unchanging lineup of PS1 classic games bundled in, the $99.99 PlayStation Classic goes on sale Dec. 3. 

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If February’s much-anticipated LEGO movie sequel leaves you wanting to spend tons more time in Bricksburg, it sounds like you’ll be in luck. LEGO and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment have just taken the wraps off the upcoming LEGO Movie 2 Videogame.

Inspired by the characters and setting of The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, the new game is set to release alongside the film, and will be playable both on PC and on current-gen consoles. In the movie, Emmet, Lucy, LEGO Batman, and more team up to travel to the mysterious Systar System, where aliens are holding their captured friends after invading Earth and leaving Bricksburg in ruins. 

The movie itself arrives in theaters on Feb. 18, so the video game, as well as an upcoming, all-new collection of Lego Movie 2 building sets, should land around that time as well. The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame will be available for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. 

Lego Movie 2 Videogame

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Fallout’s first-ever experiment in taking Bethesda’s irradiated franchise online hasn’t had the smoothest of debuts, and now the company is extending an olive branch to gamers frustrated with their early experience inside Fallout 76.

Bethesda Game Studios released a lengthy apology to fans via Reddit today, pledging that its silence as fan complaints mounted hasn’t been a sign that those complaints are falling on deaf ears.

“We didn’t want you to think the silence meant nothing was happening. We're sorry and understand this was not the right approach, and we’ll work to make a better bridge between you and the dev team at BGS,” the developer said, pledging a long list of upcoming improvements to address all the fan feedback. 

The soonest-arriving patches to the game are aimed at making stability improvements, fixing progress-halting bugs that strand players in their Power Armor or respawn them if they’re carrying too much weight, and balancing the game’s difficulty and reward systems. 

Bethesda also pledged to begin making weekly communications with the fan community, in conjunction with ongoing weekly updates to be released for the game itself. Those changes and more are coming Dec. 4, when the next Fallout 76 update goes live.

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