SOMA

Last week, developer Frictional Games announced that it would soon be adding a 'Safe Mode' to its superb existential deep-sea horror SOMA. At the time, it said that the new mode would enable players to "explore the story without being eaten by monsters". Now, however, it's offered a few more details on how it Safe Mode will ultimately unfold.

Speaking to PC Gamer, Thomas Grip, founder of Frictional Games and director of SOMA, explained that Safe Mode won't actually remove the game's monsters. Instead, they'll remain part of the experience, but now, rather than trying to kill you, will react to your presence inquisitively. That's a major difference to the similar fan-made mod Wuss Mode, which made monsters ignore you entirely, robbing them of some of their atmospheric power.

According to Grip, it was crucial that SOMA's monsters still felt like part of the experience, even in Safe Mode: "We have to think of them as inhabitants of the environment and make their interactions with the player fit the game's atmosphere and story". Importantly, "the fear and tension that comes from those [original monster] encounters are there in order to deliver a certain mood" and SOMA needed to retain the sense "that this was a really unpleasant world to be in, and a lot of the game's themes relied on evoking this."

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Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

Capcom's released a trailer showing off Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite DLC characters Winter Soldier, Black Widow and Venom for the first time.

The trio come hit the crossover fighting game on 5th December, Capcom said.

The video below shows off each character's level three supers, which are appropriately flashy. Fan-favourite Venom looks the coolest character to me, although his voice acting sounds off.

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Eurogamer


A note from the editor: Jelly Deals is a deals site launched by our parent company, Gamer Network, with a mission to find the best bargains out there. Look out for the Jelly Deals roundup of reduced-price games and kit every Saturday on Eurogamer.

Welcome back for another look at the best Black Friday gaming deals so far this week. We're only on Tuesday and already there are a slew of deals selling out, well in advance of the titular day. That said, each day has brought a brand new set of offers to the table as well.

In addition to this roundup, we've got guide pages going through PS4 Black Friday offers, Xbox Black Friday deals, Nintendo Black Friday bundles, PC gaming Black Friday discounts, and a whole lot more. You can also find a lot of non-gaming stuff over at Jelly Deals.

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Eurogamer

Steam has a serious problem with review bombing and it's an issue which has only been getting worse. However Valve has now unveiled plans to counter the practice and render the ratings of those who engage in it worth less than those who use the review system responsibly.

Review bombing is when a large group of users downvote a game for reasons outside the game itself. Firewatch was review bombed in September after developer Campo Santo issued a DMCA strike against popular YouTuber PewDiePie, due to him the N-word during a livestream.

At the time Valve acknowledged review bombing was a problem and tried to tackle it by including a histogram chart which revealed the curve of user reviews over time. This meant users could identify any "temporary distortions" in reviews, but it did little to tackle long term review bombing.

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Eurogamer

The drip-feed of character reveals for Dragon Ball FighterZ continues. This time we have confirmation of three new characters for the promising-looking fighting game.

Publisher Bandai Namco announced Gotenks, Gohan (Adult) and Kid Buu will be in the game from launch. Here's the official blurb:

"Gotenks has a short reach but rapid movements such as the Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack.

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Mass Effect

Xbox Game Pass gets Gears of War 4 in December, Microsoft has confirmed.

It's a high-profile addition to Microsoft's Netflix-style game subscription service, which lets you download and play games for a monthly fee.

The Coalition's third-person shooter was one of Microsoft's big Xbox One and Windows 10 PC games in the run-up to Christmas 2016, so it's nice to see it added to the Game Pass. The addition means all the Gears of War games are included in an Xbox Game Pass membership.

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Mass Effect

Remember 2005 British TV comedy series Extras, written by The Office duo Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant? The one where Gervais played an actor stuck making a living as an extra, and where a string of guest stars like Ben Stiller, Patrick Stewart and Samuel L. Jackson appeared? The late, great David Bowie even popped up in Series 2. Good, wasn't it?

Anyway, it turns out the show's awkward, close conversations were the unlikely inspiration for a very well known series of video games: BioWare's Mass Effect.

Mass Effect animator Jonathan Cooper shared the detail on Twitter in celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the US release of Mass Effect 1.

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Heavy metal action-adventure Br tal Legend is free on Humble Bundle for a limited time.

The offer, which ends at 6pm tomorrow (UK time), allows players to purchase the PC version of Br tal Legend for free from the Humble Bundle Store, provided you have a Steam account.

The PC version of the game also includes the Hammer of Infinite Fate and Tears of the Hextadon multiplayer map packs.

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The next game Beamdog will enhance is BioWare's Neverwinter Nights from 2002 - fitting, given Beamdog founder Trent Oster directed the original.

Beamdog announced the project on Twitter yesterday evening. The plan was to have full reveal this evening but a trailer and details subsequently leaked elsewhere.

Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition gains 4K support and pixel shader and post-processing effects, according to GameInformer, and appears to include game expansions Shadows of Undrentide and Hordes of the Underdark, judging by footage in the trailer (I don't know about Kingmaker). It will cost $20 but has no release date.

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What were you up to last weekend? Played a video game? Perhaps. Went out for a bit? Maybe. Spent some time with friends and family? Sure, why not?

For an army of FIFA players, the weekend was spent hammering game after game after game for hours on end. And this is no relaxing weekend game session, either. This is high stress, high stakes FIFA. This is the Weekend League.

FIFA 18's Weekend League is for many the reason to play the game. It is the Ultimate Team mode with the best rewards, but the most punishing time commitment. Weekend League asks you to play a whopping 40 matches in a weekend. At 20 minutes a match, that's over 13 hours of game time, not including essential time spent outside of a match sorting out your team and doing other bits and bobs. To complete the Weekend League, you're looking at 15 hours of FIFA. That doesn't leave much time for, well, anything else.

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