Fortnite Cross-Play Comes to PS4 Today

Sony is finally backing down on their anti cross-play stance starting with Fortnite.

In a post on the PlayStation Blog, John Kodera, President and Global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment said that “following a a comprehensive evaluation process, SIE has identified a path toward supporting cross-platform features for select third party content.”

“The first step,” continued Kodera, “will be an open beta beginning today for Fortnite that will allow for cross platform gameplay, progression and commerce across PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Mac operating systems.”

The cross-play debate was set in motion earlier this year when Fortnite was released on Nintendo Switch during E3. Fans quickly discovered the bad news: if you had played a single game of Fortnite on PS4, you couldn’t carry over your existing account to Nintendo Switch. All your skins, dances, and battle pass progress was locked behind Sony’s wall.

“Today, the communities around some games have evolved to the point where cross-platform experiences add significant value to players,” Kodera explained. “In recognition of this, we have completed a thorough analysis of the business mechanics required to ensure that the PlayStation experience for our users remains intact today, and in the future, as we look to open up the platform.”

Epic Games was commented on the situation and told players what they can expect in the coming months. Players will be able to unlink a console from a Fortnite account in the coming days, and in November, an update will be released that will players to merge accounts if they created a secondary account to play on another platform.

For many years, people have dreamed of being able to play with their friends on rival consoles. Today, that dream is finally a reality.

 

Nintendo Switch Online, One Week Later

After a year and a half long “free trial period”, Nintendo Switch users now have to purchase a subscription to play online. The service launched one week ago today, and we’ve spent quite a bit of time with it. It’s definitely not perfect but we’ve been pleasantly surprised with what Nintendo’s provided.

The Good

The Price

At only $4/month or $20/year, Nintendo Switch Online isn’t going to break the bank for most people. There’s also a family plan for $35/year, but you can split it between 8 Nintendo Switch users, which can bring the price down to a measly $4.38 per person per year.

The NES Library

The service launched with 20 classic (for the most part) NES games available with 3 added each month.

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There are masterpieces like Super Mario Bros. 3 and The Legend of Zelda, but nobody’s dying to play games like Tennis or Pro Wrestling. Regardless, 20 dollars a year for 20 games with more to come is still a great value. They even have online play added, so you can take on your friends in Balloon Fight from opposite sides of the country. We really are living in the future.

The UI

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The game selection screen is snappy and responsive, and all the NES games are contained in one app called “Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online”. It’s not the most elegant title, but it does stop your Switch home screen from getting cluttered with 20 different games plus three new ones each month. There are also filters to put over your gameplay, similar to the NES and SNES Classic Editions. It’s easy to get in and out of a game, and that’s great due to the pick up and play nature of some of these titles.

The Bad

Online Play

Everyone’s been enjoying online play on their Nintendo Switches completely free of charge since the console launched last March. Connection issues were written off with the promise of an improved infrastructure when the paid service would launch, yet here we are, paying for Nintendo Switch Online, and there are still just as many reports of disconnects in Splatoon 2 or laggy Arms matches. That’s not even taking into account the horrible implementation of voice chat and invites, which brings us to…

The Smartphone App

Since its reveal, nobody has liked the Nintendo Switch Online app. Voice chat has been done right so many times, but Nintendo always does things their own way, and sometimes that way isn’t the right way. This is one of those times. Why do you have to use a phone to talk to other players? Why isn’t voice chat through the Switch an option?Why do some games like Splatoon not even have team voice chat? So many questions that shouldn’t even need to be asked.

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The Verdict

Overall, Nintendo Switch Online hasn’t made much of an impression on us. It’s practically the same service we’ve been getting for free for 18 months until this point. The NES games are a good foundation to build off of, and hopefully other consoles will soon follow. Right now, the classic games are the service’s central selling point, and if they keep adding games at a steady rate and add new consoles like SNES, N64, and even Gamecube or DS, then Nintendo Switch Online might become a worthy successor to Virtual Console. Nintendo wanted Nintendo Switch Online to be a huge deal when it launched, but as of right now, it’s a resounding meh.

What do you think about Nintendo Switch Online? Let us know down below, and stay tuned to Circle Square Games for everything Nintendo.

 

 

Every Spider-Man PS4 Suit Ranked

A Spider-Man game is nothing without a ton of suits to unlock. Marvel’s Spider-Man PS4 has a total of 28. Some are great, others not so much. But how do they stack up against one another? Let’s find out.

Spoiler Warning: This list contains minor plot spoilers and spoils all 28 unlockable suits (obviously).

 

28. Electrically Insulated Suit

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This suit isn’t much of a looker. It’s not completely ugly, but compared to the other 27 suits in the game, it’s hard to place this one anywhere other than last.

27. ESU Suit

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This is the suit you get for collecting all 50 secret photo ops around the city. For finishing the game and then collecting extra collectibles, I was expecting something a little more exciting than this. It’s not a bad suit, but of the two joke suits in the game, it’s definitely the weaker.

26. Spirit Spider

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The Spirit Spider suit’s design is fine, but it doesn’t feel Spider-Man. It just looks odd swinging around in it.

25. Last Stand Suit

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There’s not much to say about the Last Stand suit. It’s somewhat bland, actually, which is fine in the context of the story it’s from, but in Spider-Man PS4, it just looks out of place.

24. Wrestler Suit

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The Wrestling Suit is a classic Spider-Man unlockable. Everyone knows Spidey went through a wrestling phase, and this specific suit is from Ultimate Spider-Man’s wrestling career. Although it works, there’s a reason he gets rid of it.

23. Fear Itself Suit

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While the concept behind the suit is cool, it really doesn’t fit in well in Spider-Man PS4. The neon webs on the suit do really pop at night, but during the day, it doesn’t look that great.

22. Secret War Suit

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The colors on this one don’t sit well with me. The red and the blue look fine on their own, but the combination of the two makes the suit hard on the eyes.

21. Classic Suit (Damaged)

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Who doesn’t love the red and blues? This is a great suit, but outside of the beginning of the game’s story, this suit doesn’t really have a place. You get a repaired version of it, and Spidey’s not the kind of guy to go swinging around in a torn suit if he has the choice.

20. Spider Armor – Mk III Suit

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This suit is way too bulky. It looks great in combat, but some of Spidey’s more acrobatic moves and swinging in general look strange. It’s like seeing Tony Stark web swinging.

19. Spider-Man 2099 Black Suit

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The 2099 suit is a classic, but it’s designed around the future. It looks great on Miguel O’Hara as he traverses the future, but on modern-day Peter Parker it just doesn’t feel right. Regardless, it’s still a slick outfit.

18. Negative Suit

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The Negative Suit is a great suit, but I wouldn’t wear it for more than a couple minutes. It’s a fun design, but it sticks out like a sore thumb against the game’s realistic backdrop (like another certain suit that shows up later on this list).

17. Spider Armor – Mk II Suit

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Spider Armor Mk II is the definition of sleek. The shiny black body with the long, slender yellow lines create a highly elegant suit.

16. Spider-Punk

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Spider-Punk is fun, but it’s another one of those suits you don’t wear for too long.

15. Spider-Man 2099 White Suit

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This is the superior 2099 suit. Many prefer the original black suit, but the white suit’s design has more going on, and it fits much better with this version of Spider-Man.

14. Homemade Suit

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If you liked this suit in Homecoming, you’ll like it here. It looks a little weird in some places, though, especially the goggles.

13. Velocity Suit

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The Velocity Suit’s body is awesome. I really like the glowing blue spider and the gray and red make an excellent pair. But the most important thing about a Spider-Man suit is the eyes, and the eyes on this one are, well, not ideal.

12. Stealth “Big Time” Suit

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This is a cool one, especially at night. Black and green is a slick combo, and the way the green glow is actually a light source that reflects onto surfaces is a nice touch.

11. Undies

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The second of the game’s joke suits, Undies is an instant classic. This isn’t a new idea, but the execution is flawless. The undies even have little Spider-Men on them.

10. Spider Armor – Mk IV Suit

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The Mk IV suit is just the red and blues with a modern touch, and sometimes, that’s all you need. Just like any of the glowing suits in this game, it looks brilliant at night.

9. Scarlet Spider Suit

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Everyone loves the Scarlet Spider suit. The hoodie is iconic to any Spidey fan, and it looks great in Spider-Man PS4. It doesn’t stray too far from classic Spider-Man outfits, but it’s different enough to have its own identity, and that’s what makes a strong Spider-Man suit.

8. Stark Suit

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The MCU’s Stark Suit looks gorgeous in Spider-Man PS4. The red pops right off your screen, and it looks great in motion. If you can’t get enough of the MCU, this is your go-to costume.

7. Noir Suit

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The Noir Suit is so cool, but if you’re not playing at night, the suit sticks out. It’s perfect for stealth missions and night time swinging, but during the day, it doesn’t feel right.

6. Dark Suit

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While Spider-Man PS4 doesn’t have the iconic black symbiote suit, this is a nice alternative. You get it from completing all of Black Cat’s stakeouts, and it’s worth the time it takes. It’s so sleek.

5. Anti-Ock Suit

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Simplicity is key in designing a Spider-Man suit, and this is a prime example. It’s nearly identical to the Advanced Suit but the color palette is swapped to black and yellow. The plating on the suit looks cool, too. Overall, this is a fantastic suit.

4. Iron Spider Suit

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Man, what a suit. It looked good in Avengers, and it looks even better here. And you can use the arms as a suit power? Yes, please.

3. Classic Suit

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You can’t go wrong with the Classic Suit. It’s the look we all know and love, and there’s a reason it’s stuck around for this long. It’s iconic, it’s cool, and it’s Spider-Man.

2. Vintage Comic Book Suit

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This suit was a pleasant surprise.  It looks gorgeous in its own right, but the dynamic shading on it really adds another layer to its beauty. Also, the suit power is quips, and if that isn’t the most Spider-Man thing there is, then I don’t know what is. Cutscenes look so weird with this thing on though.

1. Advanced Suit

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Insomniac Games nailed the original suits they made for this game. The Anti-Ock suit is pretty, but this, this is a phenomenal suit. It’s a natural evolution of the classic Spider-Man suit, and the white is such a nice addition to the normal red and blue.

Symphony of the Night and Rondo of Blood Coming to the West

Thanks to an ESRB rating, it looks like these two games are indeed coming to PS4 in the West.

Last week we reported that Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night and Rondo of Blood was rated for PS4 in Korea, and now an ESRB rating has all but confirmed the games will be getting released stateside.

Even though Symphony of the Night would be perfect for Sony’s PlayStation Classic, its supposed re-release puts it in the same sport as the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy or the Spyro Reignited Trilogy, making it unclear whether it’ll show up on the mini console due to its availability on the PlayStation 4.

Mysterious New Pokemon Showing Up In Pokemon Go

A brand new Pokemon known only as “???” has started showing up in Pokemon Go.

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Originally discovered through a datamine, the Pokemon began to appear in the Asia Pacific region after Chikorita Community Day, a three-hour event which increased the spawns of second generation starter Pokemon Chikorita.

Shortly after Chikorita spawns concluded, many players saw the new Pokemon on their nearby Pokemon radar, and upon capture, ??? transformed into either Ditto or Chikorita and did not register to the Pokedex. The Pokemon continued to spawn for about half an hour. ??? started to appear globally after Chikorita Community Day concluded in various regions, and it remained available for about 30 minutes, similar to the creature’s appearance in the Asia Pacific region.new_nut_head_pokemon_found_in_pokemon_go_with_red_tail.jpg

Some players reported seeing Kecleon, a Pokemon originating from the third generation of Pokemon games, which has also not yet appeared in Pokemon Go, appear instead of the new Pokemon, but any attempts to capture a Kecleon resulted in it transforming into either Ditto or Chikorita.

While this new Pokemon was originally thought to be some sort of error, Niantic’s Pokemon Go global marketing lead tweeted about it, followed by a tweet from Niantic’s global community manager, leading many to believe this may be a planned tease rather than an accidental appearance.

Nothing is known about this new Pokemon, but this is likely an early look at the eighth generation of Pokemon planned to debut in 2019’s core Pokemon RPG for Nintendo Switch. The Pokemon Company did say that a brand new Pokemon would be available in Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee via transfers from Pokemon Go, and this is probably that brand new Pokemon.

Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee will be available on November 16 for Nintendo Switch.