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Gaming: John Carpenter reviews Fallout 76, China’s Winnie the Pooh problem, and more

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Nov 26, 2018

Fallout 76 may have debuted to less-than-radiant critical reviews, most of which hold out hope that the online-only game will eventually mature into a less lonely, more polished affair as Bethesda rolls out more features.

But leave it to none other than Halloween icon John Carpenter to deliver the succinct gamer’s take, both praising and lamenting Fallout 76 — “a glitchathon of a game” that’s nevertheless fun and addicting — in his tweet-length capsule review.

Longtime Bethesda fans have come to regard the bugs that creep into sprawling RPGs like Oblivion, Skyrim, and the Fallout series with a wry affection, making memes of mammoths that launch into the sky and NPCs whose bodies begin stretching like rubber bands. But the Bethesda bugs evidently haven’t fazed Carpenter. “Despite its flaws, I dig it,” he magnanimously tweeted.

Critics dug this year’s return to Carpenter’s Halloween movie franchise even more, so maybe Bethesda could incorporate any future Fallout 76 suggestions the horror master might have. Halloween is sitting at a 67 percent approval rating over at Metacritic, compared with Fallout 76’s decidedly mixed rating, which across three release platforms continues to hover near 50 percent.


 

It’s hard to imagine that anything with the Disney brand attached to it could possibly merit a censorship campaign. But that’s apparently what’s happening in China, where a perceived physical resemblance between Chinese President Xi Jinping and a certain portly denizen of the Hundred Acre Wood has led one media outlet to voluntarily censor screen shots that feature any appearance of Winnie-the-Pooh in Kingdom Hearts III.

Via Kotaku, Chinese gaming site A9VG is reportedly trying to stay on the state’s good side by whiting out Pooh bear from screenshots Square Enix recently released to reveal that the rumbly-tumbly one is returning for the next Kingdom Hearts installment.

It’s not the only instance of Disney’s family fare getting the censorship treatment in China, which recently turned a cold shoulder to the live-action version of Christopher Robin — reportedly because of those persistent Pooh comparisons. At least the KHIII white-out, so far, appears to be self-imposed and voluntary — so Chinese gamers are still as likely as the rest of us to see Pooh in the actual game.


 

Rockstar is wasting little time ramping up its online multiplayer plans for Red Dead Redemption 2, even as tons of gamers still are only just beginning to discover the farthest corners of the single-player game’s sprawling world. A month after the standalone game’s release — a debut that made RDR2 one of the biggest-selling pieces of entertainment in history — the Beta version of RDR2 Online will begin rolling out on Tuesday, Nov. 27, when it’ll become exclusively available to owners of the game’s Ultimate Edition.

Via IGN, the beta will then trickle out, through the week, to a handful of users in a true beta test (and not a demonstration) of the online game’s evolving functions, culminating on Nov. 30 with full access to anyone who owns a copy of the base game. What the final online package will contain is still shrouded in mystery, but Rockstar reportedly revealed that players will be able to go it alone or join up with a posse, where up to eight players at a time can ride out on their own shared missions.


 

Finally, anticipation for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is forcing Nintendo to play legal whack-a-mole with online leakers, who’ve somehow managed to post pirated versions of the Switch brawler online, a full two weeks ahead of its release next month.

Motherboard reports the way-early leaks as likely the biggest in the Switch’s near-two-year history, with Nintendo moving to quell each unauthorized appearance of the game as it rears its head online. We’re waiting for the game’s official release to get our hands on a genuine copy, of course, and the day’s arriving soon: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate comes to the Switch on Dec. 7.

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