Hyper Light Drifter Hands-On Preview: Like Playing a Dream

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Hyper Light Drifter exploded on the Kickstarter scene back in September of last year, eventually destroying its goal of $27,000. By the time the campaign ended on October 12, it had amassed an impressive $645,158 from backers. The game looked incredible, and I kicked it the moment I saw it. I was wary, as I have been about games on Kickstarter for some time – it’s more common to be excited about a game and have it arrive, months (sometimes over a year) later, and be a disappointing mess. But after playing Hyper Light Drifter at PAX East, I can say with confidence that this is one game that’s going to live up to how amazing it looks.

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Daily Scoop: April 16, 2014 – Never enough time

Things keep coming fast and furious for us over here at Warp Zoned. Anthony Amato and I are trying to get our games ready for another even this weekend, the South Jersey Geek Fest. If you want to try out Resistor and Kobolds, now’s your chance!

There are some good gaming deals happening today that you’ll want to know about. First up, there’s a new bundle over at Indie Royale, The Debut 12 Bundle. Pay whatever the current minimum is for Yrminsul, Selknam Defense, Luna’s Wandering Stars, Rot Gut, Storm over the Pacific, You Are Not a Banana: Chapter 1, Pester, and Gearcrack Arena.

There’s lots on sale at the Humble store, too. Velocity Ultra is $2.99, Poof vs. the Cursed Kitty is $3.49, Continue?9876543210 is $4.99, and Darksiders II is $7.49. And Steam’s Midweek Madness is Saints Row IV for $13.59, while the Daily Deal is System Shock 2 for $4.99. Whew! That’s a lot of games.

There are a couple of really great shirts today:

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Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition will be available in stores on May 16

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Mojang’s Owen Hill has announced (via the PlayStation Blog) that a disc-based version of Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition will be available in stores on May 16. The retail release will join a downloadable version of the game that was added to the PlayStation Store on December 17. Priced at $19.99, the retail version of Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition will be current up through Update 14, which added “Emeralds, Ender Chests, potatoes, and more” to the game.

Mojang also wants to remind us that 4J Studios is hard at work on Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition and Minecraft: Vita Edition. There’s still no release date for either version, but development continues on both and is currently in the “serious business” stage, whatever that means.

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Naughty Dog details Grounded Bundle, the final DLC for The Last of Us

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Naughty Dog is readying the third (and final) DLC release for The Last of Us, and now they’re finally ready to talk about it. The Grounded Bundle will be available as a free download for Season Pass holders and as three separate DLC packs for everyone. All Grounded Bundle content will also be included in The Last of Us Remastered for the PS4.

The centerpiece of the Grounded Bundle is Grounded Mode ($4.99), a brutal new challenge for the single-player campaign that ups the difficulty to new heights. According to Naughty Dog, the AI in Grounded Mode is “relentless, smart, and brutal” making survival “near impossible.” To showcase their toughness, players will receive a new Trophy upon the completion of Grounded Mode.

The bundle will also include the Reclaimed Territories Map Pack ($9.99), which will add four new maps to the game’s multiplayer mode. “Wharf,” “Capitol,” “Coal Mine,” and “Water Tower” will reintroduce players to locations that are “familiar yet unfamiliar” to those who have completed the single-player campaign.

The Grounded Bundle will include five new weapons. Four will be available as part of the Survivalist Weapon Bundle ($5.99) and a single gun, the Full-Auto Rifle, will be available as a free download for all The Last of Us players. If you spring for the Survivalist Weapon Bundle, you’ll receive the Specter, Double Barrel, Enforcer, and Launcher.

Finally, a pair of Skills packs ($3.99 each) will be included in the Grounded Bundle. The Situational Survival Skills Bundle will enhance your maneuverability while the Professional Survival Skills Bundle will make you a more deadly combatant.

Naughty Dog has announced a release date for the Grounded Bundle yet, but they did announce that the Last of Us Season Pass will no longer be available after May 13, so a May/June release (ahead of the Remastered version’s “Summer” launch) is likely.

More details about all the maps, weapons, and Skills can be found after the break.

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Final Fantasy XIV: Realm Reborn, Trials Fusion, Beyond: Two Souls, more added to PS Store

playstationstorelogoSony dumped another huge pile of games onto the PlayStation Store yesteday. Let’s start digging through the goodies…

Square Enix has officially launched the PS4 version of their MMO, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. It is available in a standard edition and a Collector’s Edition. And speaking of special editions, Ubisoft has added Trials Fusion to the store and it is also available in two editions on the PS4 (a standard edition and a Deluxe Edition, which includes the Season Pass).

Board games were also big in yesterdays update as Backgammon Blitz is now available for the PS3, PS4, and Vita (sorry, there’s no Cross-Buy option). If you’re looking for more brainteasers, Pure Chess and That Trivia Game were both released for the PS4.

What else… a little over six months after its retail release, Quantic Dream’s Beyond: Two Souls is now available to download for the PS3. Meanwhile, EA Sports has made 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil available to download for the PS3 on the same day as its retail release. And Vita owners will surely want to know that Dead Nation has finally come to Sony’s handheld.

We’re barely scratching the surface of this week’s PlayStation Update. More information about all of this week’s releases can be found after the break and a full rundown of this week’s new game add-ons can be found at the PlayStation Blog.

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Evolve Hands-On Preview: Testing Turtle Rock’s Co-Op Monster Mash

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When THQ went belly up a year ago, one of the most sought-after prizes was Evolve, a then-unannounced cooperative shooter from Turtle Rock. Ultimately, 2K Games paid more than $10 million to acquire the publishing rights to the project. As the publisher behind the popular Borderlands series, 2K knows a thing or two about cooperative shooters, and they saw something special in the new game from the team behind Left 4 Dead. That something special was “The Monster,” a player-controlled behemoth that the four-player co-op team has to hunt down. I recently had a chance to play Evolve at PAX East 2014, and it’s beginning to look like 2K’s $10 million was money well spent.

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Daily Scoop: April 15, 2014 – Post-PAX Coma

PAX East has come and gone, and I’m currently in a nice post-PAX coma! Right now I’m sitting at home, listening to the rain on the windows, totally exhausted and happy. I’ve been looking at pictures from PAX all day, so it’s almost like it’s not over yet!

But I haven’t forgotten about you, dear readers! I’ve got some deals for you, as always. There’s plenty happening over at the Humble site, for starters. There’s the Humble Mobile Bundle 5 – pay what you want for Bag It!, R-Type II, and Aralon: Sword and Shadow. Pay more than the average to unlock The Cave, The Room Two, Carcassonne, and some unannounced games. After that is the Pew Die Pie Saves the Children Humble Weekly sale. Pay what you want for Surgeon Simulator 2013, Guacamelee! Gold Edition, and QWOP for Android. Pay $6 or more for SpeedRunners and Garry’s Mod. Pay $10 for Probably Archery, and top out at $15 to get State of Decay.

Finally, Steam has some deals as well. The Midweek Madness is up to 75% off a giant pile of Lego games, including Lego Marvel Super Heroes. The Daily Deal is Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 for $9.99.

There aren’t many t-shirts, which is a good thing if you’ve just gotten back from PAX, because you’re probably swimming in them already…

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Soda Drinker Pro announced for the Xbox One

It blows my mind that Soda Drinker Pro is a real game and not some kind of insane April Fool’s joke. Unless it’s both. Whatever it is, Soda Drinker Pro is about to get more real as developer Will Brierly has announced that he plans to bring it to the Xbox One (with full Kinect support) in the very near future.

Soda Drinker Pro on the Xbox One will include the 100 original soda drinking simulations as well as 10 bonus levels exclusive to the Xbox One. Also on tap for the next-generation port is a “hyper-realistic simulation mode,” Achievements, and “other surprises.” One of those surprises is the inclusion of a “500% larger version” of Brierly’s previous game, Vivian Clark.

Brierly is bubbling over with excitement now that the news is official: “We are truly excited to have the opportunity to release Soda Drinker Pro for the Xbox One. We have been working hard to fine-tune the fluid dynamics, from the condensation on the cup to the carbonated bubbles that float up the straw, this is something we are so proud to release for the Xbox One!”

I admit, I don’t really get it. Perhaps Soda Drinker Pro is just an absurd entryway into the much more surreal Vivian Clark. But somebody must understand it, as Brierly posed with Soda Drinker Pro cosplayers who attended this past weekend’s PAX East convention.

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