Conan, Marshawn Lynch, and Gronk walk into "Clueless Gamer" to play Mortal Kombat X
Hyrule Warriors was such a success that it may lead to Super Mario Warriors
PGA Tour 15 pushed back to Spring; Need For Speed, Star Wars: Battlefront on track for 2015
Shigeru Miyamoto confirms that Pikmin 4 is in development
Mythbusters will tackle a few myths from Doom on January 31
The Order: 1886 serves up a new trailer before Super Bowl XLIX
Weekly Warp-Up: Super Bowl XLIX Edition
New Releases: Criminal Girls: Invite Only, Cities XXL, SpongeBob HeroPants
Conan, Marshawn Lynch, and Gronk walk into “Clueless Gamer” to play Mortal Kombat X
Sega will release Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax on PS3, Vita this year
Super Bowl XLIX kick offs very soon, and Sony’s The Order: 1886 will be part of the pre-game festivities. A new commercial for the PlayStation 4 game, which was developed by Ready At Dawn and Sony Santa Monica External, will air ahead of the coin toss. We don’t know exactly when, so if you’re curious, feel free to watch the commercial right here.
On the PlayStation Blog, Sony is quite pleased with the game’s cinematic presentation:
In development for over three years by Ready At Dawn Studios in conjunction with Santa Monica Studio External Development, The Order: 1886 harnesses the power of PS4 to bring you a visceral, cinematic storytelling experience the likes of which you have never seen before on a gaming console. Set deep within a unique vision of Victorian-Era London, you are put directly in the middle of a centuries-old war as Sir Galahad, a member of an elite order of Knights, against a powerful threat that will determine the course of history forever.
The Order: 1886 will be released on February 20.
No, that’s not a typo. Welcome to the Weekly Warp-Up, your weekly wrap-up of the biggest and the best articles posted at Warp Zoned this week…
The Super Bowl starts in a few hours and if you’ve got some last-minute gambling to do, be sure to study the Official Madden NFL 15 Prediction, which picks the Patriots to win over the Seahawks. EA Sports is usually right about these things.
But the biggest video game-related news this week has to be the announcement that Gearbox Software is ready to officially begin work on Borderlands 3. Right now, the only “work” that has been completed is this announcement, but it’s a start.
Finally this week, our UK Correspondent, Andrew Rainnie, dug into Dejobaan’s Elegy For A Dead World and published this review for your reading pleasure. “Reading pleasure” is a recurring them in Elegy For A Dead World and if you love the written word you might want to check it out.
Press Start to Continue
2015 marches on and after a particularly slow January we’re moving into a February that is, well, pretty equally unspeedy. A trio of games make up this week’s batch of new retail releases…
- Criminal Girls: Invite Only (Vita), a turn-based RPG that asks players to save a set of naughty schoolgirls from the depths of Hell, sometimes by “punishing” them. In case you were wondering… yes, it’s from Japan.
- Cities XXL (PC), the latest city-builder from Focus Home Interactive offers even more architectural options than ever before.
- SpongeBob HeroPants (3DS, Vita, Xbox 360), a new SpongeBob platformer, released to coincide with the theatrical debut of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.
And that’s it! Though the PlayStation Store, Xbox Games Store, and Nintendo eShop will all be home to several new games this week as well.
“Gronk, use your bumblebees!”
Another segment of Conan O’Brien’s “Clueless Gamer” aired Thursday night, guest starring Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks and Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots. If you’re anything like me, you don’t really know who they are and don’t really care. Evidently, there’s some sort of important American Football match this weekend that their two teams are playing, and as sort of a preamble to such frivolities, Conan invited them to square off against each other playing the soon-to-be released Mortal Kombat X.
While not as amazing as some previous “Clueless Gamer” segments, this one had its moments. See what horrific thing made Lynch briefly walk off the set and which allegedly gave Conan “a sexual thrill”! See what made Conan curl up on the floor in the fetal position! See one female character punch another in her downstairs lady-nuts!
Mortal Kombat X is set to be released April 14. Until then, enjoy this clip featuring Ferra-Torr, Kano, Cassie Cage, D’Vorah, Quan Chi, Raiden, Scorpion, and Sub-Zero.
Sega has done a lot to bring a variety of distinctly Japanese games across the Pacific in the last few years. And if any game can qualify as “distinctly Japanese,” it’s a game like Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax. Set for a Summer release on the PS3 and Vita, Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax is a 2D fighting game that features characters from a wide swatch of anime franchises. I’ll let Stephen Akana, an Associate Marketing Manager from Sega, handle the heavy lifting of describing Dengeki Bunko:
Developed by Ecole and French Bread in cooperation with ASCII Media Works, this 2D fighting game celebrates the 20th anniversary of Dengeki Bunko with an all-star cast of their popular characters set against Sega-themed worlds. With playable characters such as Asuna from Sword Art Online or Kuroyukihime from Accel World, and support characters like Touma Kamijou from A Certain Magical Index or Izaya Orihara from Durarara!!, Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax makes the most unlikely of character matchups a reality.
Fighting Climax features a fighting system that is both easily understood and complex, thus catering to veterans and newcomers alike. Using weak, medium and strong attacks, each of the playable characters have move sets that are similar in execution, yet differ in attack range, power and speed.
More details (and a bunch of screenshots) for Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax can be found in an announcement post at the PlayStation Blog.
It’s Friday, which means it’s almost time for our break from the work week! I’ve got games piled on top of games at home, and I can’t wait to dive into them. Dying Light has been especially fun, despite my inability to do parkour (in real life or video game life).
There’s a brand new Humble Weekly Bundle, and it’s all Made in Spain! Pay what you want for Nihilumbra, Spy Chameleon: RGB Agent, and AR-K. Beat the average to unlock Full Mojo Rampage and Deadlight. Pay $10 or more to unlock Pixel Piracy and UnEpic.
The Weekend Deal at Steam is all about Lego games! Get LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Premium Edition for $22.49, and the season pass for just $7.49. Don’t want the premium version? Get the regular one for $14.99. The LEGO Batman Trilogy is $20, and… well… lots of others! The Daily Deal is Never Alone, which is $8.99.
Press Start to Continue
Three very different games have found their way onto the Xbox Games Store today…
- Life Is Strange: Episode 1 (Xbox One, Xbox 360) is the first part of an episodic adventure game that follows Max, a teenager who can rewind time. Unfortunately, Max’s shenanigans are exposing “the darker side” of her hometown, which manifests itself as some kind of dark cloud of doom.
- IDARB (Xbox One) is a “chaotic” multiplayer “jumping future arena ball game.” I don’t know what that means, but if you like retro-style sports games, IDARB might be for you. IDARB was originally expected to launch in February, but it’s available a few days early and its a free download as part of Microsoft’s Games With Gold program.
- Unmechanical: Extended (Xbox One) is an overhead puzzle-platformer starring an adorable little robot.
Press Start to Continue
Sega (which officially does business under the Sega Sammy Holdings name) has been dealing with financial difficulties for some time, but it looks like their latest round of problems will result in some big changes for the company.
Sega’s Board of Directors met this morning and hammered out a restructuring plan that they believe will help the company’s financial position in the future. Unfortunately, a key part of that plan will involve an unspecified number of layoffs and a voluntary early requirement program that the company will offer to 300 employees. Some of the layoffs will come from Sega of America, which will be moving from its current headquarters in San Francisco to a smaller facility somewhere in Southern California.
The restructuring, which is expected to be completed by the Summer, will also lead to a new focus on downloadable titles developed for smartphones and the PC. Sega is also heavily involved in big budget and mid-tier on consoles and the PC, but it’s currently unknown how this plan will affect the company’s internal development teams.