Kickstart This! Hollow Knight, Skies, That Dragon Cancer

Welcome to the brand spanking new weekly edition of Kickstart This. The switch is so we at Warp Zoned can highlight great game projects more frequently and hopefully not miss any gems that would have fallen through our monthly window. So sit back, relax, and let us tell you the story of three games – 2D Action Platformer Hollow Knight, MMORPG Skies, and That Dragon, Cancer.

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Evolve Behind-The-Scenes Part 3: Creating A Hunter

Turtle Rock Studios and Adam Sessler areback with another behind-the-scenes look at Evolve. In the previous video, they gave us a closer look at the game’s Monsters and their evolution from prototype to the present day. This time, we get to zero in on what makes the Hunters tick via early prototype footage from the game. Evolve’s developers also admit that they’re secretly teenagers as they discuss the game’s Perk system, weapons, and the personalities of the Hunters.

Evolve will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on February 10.

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Xbox Store Today: Boom Ball For Kinect

xboxone-logoDo you need something to keep your kids occupied as you scour the stores on this Black Friday? You’re in luck as developer Virtual Air Guitar Company has released Boom Ball For Kinect for the Xbox One today. Boom Ball mixes together a dash of tennis, a bit of Breakout, and a spoonful of pinball as it asks players to bust a few blocks with their Kinect sensor.

Boom Ball is available for $9.99 and you can read more about it right here:

Boom Ball is a lighthearted, full-body Kinect game that mixes tennis, Breakout and gratuitous explosions. Throw and bounce balls to smash all the cubes and blow up all the bombs in 55 different levels. Guest starring: Explosions! Portals! Multiballs! Explosions! Ducks! Join the fun and go ballistic with Boom Ball For Kinect!

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Ubisoft to apologize for Assassin’s Creed: Unity bugs with free Dead Kings DLC


To say that Assassin’s Creed: Unity‘s launch has been problematic would be an understatement. Multiple bugs and glitches have plagued players of Ubisoft’s game and some have even gone so far as to call for a full recall. As of right now, Ubisoft doesn’t have any plans to issue a recall, but they do want to do right by gamers who feel they’ve purchased an unfinished product.

First, the publisher will suspend sales of Unity’s Season Pass, effective immediately. Instead, Ubisoft has announced the planned downloadable expansion, Dead Kings, will be available free of charge for everyone that purchased Unity. Players who have already purchased the Season Pass (or Unity’s Gold Edition) will be eligible to receive one of six Ubisoft titles (The Crew, Far Cry 4, Watch Dogs, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Rayman Legends, or Just Dance 2015) instead.

Finally, Ubisoft has confirmed that the rest of the contents of the Season Pass, including the standalone Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China game, will be released as scheduled.

Developers at Ubisoft Montreal will continue to work day and night to patch the problems found in Assassin’s Creed: Unity. A message from CEO Yannis Mallat concerning the situation was recently posted on the game’s official website.

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Game of Thrones: Iron From Ice is coming next week

We knew that the first episode from Telltale Games’ Game of Thrones adaptation was coming soon, but now we know that “soon” is actually next week. More specifically, Game of Thrones: Iron From Ice will be available on December 2 (PC, PS3, and PS4), December 3 (Xbox 360 and Xbox One), and December 4 depending upon your platform of choice:

While sooner is always better, I’m sure there was a very vocal contingent of people within Telltale who were tempted to launch the first episode on December 21 just so they could appropriate the “Winter Is Coming” tagline.

After you’re done groaning, you can also check out the game’s debut trailer, which has been embedded above.

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Insert Quarter: Remembering the Best Instruction Booklets Ever


Insert Quarter is our showcase for some of the best and most interesting writing about video games on the Internet.

Creating a beautiful and engaging instruction booklet has become a lost art in today’s go-go world of downloadable games and extensive in-game tutorials. Some, like Yacht Club Games and their awesome booklet for Shovel Knight, are attempting to keep the practice alive. But it seems like a foregone conclusion that the instruction booklet will have breathed its last in the not-too-distant future.

Thankfully, Jason Dafnis of Game Informer took some time out of his day to honor ten of his favorite instruction booklets, manuals, and strategy guides:

Let me spin you a yarn. Times were, you’d open that brand-new cardboard (or plastic) box and there, nestled right next to your cartridge (or disc), would be a booklet. Yes, a booklet – paper pages stapled together that told you how to play the game (and sometimes more). Remember those?

Now the left (or right) side of your game case sits bare or thinly veiled with tie-in ads or DLC codes. Those clippies that once held your booklet are all but obsolete. Booklets might not be completely extinct, but they are on the way out. Here are ten of our favorites in no particular order.

The full article is available at Game Informer.

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Nintendo Download: Persona Q, Thomas Was Alone, Mighty Gunvolt, more

personaq-3dsxlThe folks working the counter at Nintendo’s eShop aren’t taking the day off and have laid out a bountiful Thanksgiving spread of nearly a dozen new games.

This week, the Persona series comes to the 3DS for the first time as Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth is now available for Nintendo’s handheld. The portable system is also now home to Mighty Gunvolt, a retro-styled side-scrolling shooter from Inti Creates, one of the developers behind the upcoming Mighty No. 9.

Indie platformer Thomas Was Alone will make its Wii U debut this week alongside a few classics from Nintendo’s earlier eras including Mario Pinball Land and Mighty Final Fight (also available for the 3DS)

More information on all of these games (and a few others) can be found after the break. And don’t forget about Nintendo’s Cyber Deals, which are available starting today and going through Tuesday, December 2.

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Xbox Store Today: Geometry Wars 3, Tales From the Borderlands, Pinball Arcade


Happy Thanksgiving Eve everybody! For Xbox, it’s time to be thankful for three new games, including two of the most anticipated titles of the Fall.

First up is Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions (Xbox One, Xbox 360), Lucid Games’ first entry in the twin-stick shooter series. Lucid is comprised of several employees from original Geometry Wars developer Bizarre Creations, so they’re definitely familiar with the franchise’s formula while adding in companion drones, super moves, and a 3D playing field.

Also available today is Tales From the Borderlands: Zer0 Sum, the first episode in Telltale’s latest episodic series. Taking place on the planet of Pandora, Tales From the Borderlands has the full blessing of Gearbox and will serve as an official continuation of the franchise’s story until we get Borderlands 3.

Finally this week, FarSight has brought The Pinball Arcade to the Xbox One.

More information on all of these games can be found after the break.

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