The Games of August 2014

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There are a few really great titles silently creeping up on us, and we’re pretty excited about them here at Warp Zoned. At least, some of us are! The rest of us are looking forward to digging into our backlogs these next few hot weeks. Read on to see what we’re excited about!

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“You’ve Been Chosen” again to watch BioWare’s latest teaser trailer entitled “Spark”

BioWare is continuing their “You’ve Been Chosen” series of teasers, ahead of a planned Gamescom 2014 reveal, with “Spark.”

The “Spark” trailer centers around a disturbed teen drawing circles in a diner while his phone keeps ringing. After the teen silences his phone for a third time, lightning begins raining down inside the diner. Finally, a hooded figure looks in on the teen and a tagline, “Do You Know They Are Watching,” flashes across the screen.

What does it all mean? I’m still leaning towards demons. BioWare will unveil exactly what we’ve been chosen for during this year’s Gamescom convention on Wednesday, August 13.

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Microsoft has “big surprises” planned for Gamescom 2014

Microsoft has big plans for this year’s Gamescom convention. The Xbox behemoth has a slew of presentations planned including a major Xbox Briefing on Tuesday, August 12 at 8:00 AM (Eastern Time). A teaser video above gives us a taste of what we can expect to see including Evolve, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Sunset Overdrive, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Forza Horizon 2, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and Project Spark. The video also promises that we will get to see some “big surprises” at the show, one of which is surely Remedy’s Quantum Break.

What else will Microsoft unveil at Gamescom? You’ll have to tune in to see for yourself, but you’ve got plenty of options. The consolemaker will livestream their briefing through your Xbox console and Xbox.com and daily highlights will also appear on YouTube.

Gamescom 2014 officially kicks off on August 13.

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Daily Scoop: August 1, 2014 – Friday at last!

It’s finally Friday, and there’s plenty happening over here this weekend! We’re playing board games tonight, then D&D tomorrow, and then planning on seeing Guardians of the Galaxy Sunday. Here’s hoping I get some video gaming time in as well!

The Humble Store currently has Goat Simulator on sale for $5.99, as well as Vikings & Roses – Unleash the War Pack for $29.69. Over at Steam, the Weekend Deal is Orcs Must Die! 2, which is $3.74 until Monday at 10am PST. The Daily Deal is Chivalry: Medieval Warfare for $6.24. Scoop ‘em all up!

And now, the t-shirts of the day!

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Warpback: What We Played in July 2014

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July was a fairly quiet month for us at Warp Zoned. Most of us were digging into backlogs, while others were just getting through some of the recent games that came out. For the most part, it seems like we’re all ready for the influx of new games we know is coming! Read on to see what we played in July.

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Indie Megabooth is bringing 36 games to Gamescom 2014

The Indie Megabooth is going international as the game showcase has announced that they plan to bring 36 indie games to this year’s Gamescom convention, which will take place from August 13-17 in Cologne, Germany.

The Gamescom installation will include indie favorites such as Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians, Below, Broforce!, Dragon Fin Soup, and Super Time Force Ultra as well as a variety of newcomers with a “particularly exciting European flavor.” If you’re attending this year’s Gamescom, here’s what you can expect to find in the Indie Megabooth (which will be in Hall 10.1):

  • Affordable Space Adventures (Knapnok)
  • Alpha Muse (Current Circus)
  • Armello (League of Geeks)
  • Back to Bed (Bedtime Digital Games)
  • Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians (Threaks)
  • Below (Capy)
  • Broforce! (Free Lives)
  • Chroma Squad (Behold Studios)
  • Cosmonautica (Chasing Carrots)
  • Desktop Dungeons (QCF Design)
  • Dex (Dreadlocks Ltd)
  • Dragon Fin Soup (Grimm Bros)
  • Dungeon of the Endless (Amplitude Studios)
  • Endless Legend (Amplitude Studios)
  • Fearless Fantasy (Enter Skies)
  • Forced 2: The Rush! (Beta Dwarf)
  • Gang Beasts (Boneloaf)
  • Inside My Radio (Seaven Studio)
  • Machineers (Lohika)
  • Out There: Omega Edition (Mi-Clos)
  • Renowned Explorers: International Society (Abbey Games)
  • Rive (Two Tribes)
  • Robocraft (Freejam)
  • Shadowrun Online (Cliffhanger Productions)
  • SpeedRunners (Double Dutch)
  • Super Time Force Ultra (Capy)
  • Swords & Soldiers II (Ronimo Games)
  • Tengami (Nyamyam)
  • The Next Penelope (Aurelien Regard Games)
  • The Talos Principle (Croteam)
  • TRI (Rat King)
  • Tristoy (Uniworlds Game Studios)
  • Typoman (Headup Games)
  • Unclaimed World (Refactored Games)
  • Wander (Wander MMO)
  • Wayward Souls (Rocketcat)
  • Where is My Heart? (Schulenberg Software UG)

You can head over to the official Indie Megabooth site for more details on all of these games as well as a booth map. And if you can’t make it to Gamescom, don’t forget, the Indie Megabooth selections for PAX Prime 2014 will be announced very soon.

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PlayStation Now open beta is available… Now

Sony has officially launched the PlayStation Now open beta, so if you’re interested in streaming PS3 games to your PS4 via a very expensive rental system, now is the time.

PlayStation Now currently offers over 100 PS3 games to rent through the PS4 interface. In the weeks ahead, the app’s availability will expand to include the PS3, Vita, PlayStation TV, and select Sony Bravia televisions released this year. According to the PlayStation Blog, the consolemaker eventually plans to offer PS1, PS2, and PS4 games through the streaming rental service as well.

But how does it all work? Sony has said that games will be available for rental periods of four hours, seven days, 30 days, and 90 days. As you can see in the video above, most 4-hour rentals are priced at $3-$5. Longer rentals will cost more moeny and Darksiders is shown as $15 for 90 days (which is actually a terrible deal considering you can buy it from Amazon for under $14). As a way to provide value, most rentals include any add-on content that was released post-launch. Trophy support and online play (even against players who own the real game) is also included with each rental.

As this is an open beta, Sony plans to listen to fan feedback and make changes in response to that feedback. First on the list is some kind of subscription plan, though details about what it will include and how much it will cost will be revealed “soon,”

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Sheik, Ruto, and Darunia star in the latest Hyrule Warriors trailers

Koei Tecmo Japan has unveiled three more character trailers for Hyrule Warriors and, this time, Shiek, Ruto, and Darunia take center stage.

Sheik is Zelda’s alter ego from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and cuts through a group of Stalfos with ninja-like precision. She also uses a mystical harp to lay waste to the horde with her musical talents.

Two more Ocarina of Time alums star in the other two trailers, which are both available after the break. Ruto is the Princess of the Zoras and, as you’d expect, she uses a lot of water-based attacks during her time in the spotlight. Darunia’s trailer features the Goron King going to town on a group of enemies with a massive hammer.

Hyrule Warriors will be available exclusively for the Wii U on September 26. But if you can’t wait that long, Nintendo will highlight Hyrule Warriors during their next Nintendo Direct broadcast, which is scheduled for Monday, August 4 at 11:00 PM (Eastern).

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