When we reported on the fan creation that is Mega Man 2.5D back in 2013, it was a co-op only experience. Well, that’s changed with the recent release of beta 2.0, as not only does the update include a single player mode, but also a brand new stage (playable both solo and with a friend). Still no sign of an online mode though, but we mustn’t forget that this is a free game, so… patience, virtue, etc.
One of the buzzwords when discussing games and the way they present stories over the last few years has been ‘environmental storytelling’. As we look for ways that games can tell stories uniquely their own, environmental storytelling has rose through the ranks to be a beacon of hope, and what we expect our games to be. It almost carries the same weight as ‘mechanics as metaphor’… maybe more.
As someone who still enjoy the odd Mario Kart Wii race with random people thousands of miles away, this makes me a sad panda. Not that it’s likely to surprise anyone, seeing how the Wii U has all but replaced the Wii, but that doesn’t make the news any less disheartening. There’s still time for more than a few laps across the Mushroom Kingdom though, as the switch won’t be flicked for a couple months (May 20th).