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It wasn’t too surprising when Activision announced that they’re retiring the plastic instruments for 2011. So instead of an encore, we delivered A Eulogy For Guitar Hero and talked a little about how the series should change if it ever comes back. We also discuss the demise of the Hero franchise in Episode 4 of the Warp Zoned Podcast, along with a disturbing amount of Poke-love.
With the Hero franchise unplugged for the time being, Activision’s got their plate full with a bevy of licensed titles including a Spider-Man game scheduled for release this Fall. The company is also likely producing a game based on next year’s The Amazing Spider-Man film and we speculated on what that game might look like.
And speaking of speculation, we examined the State of the Video Game Magazine as of 2011 and discovered that the magazine may not be as dead as we all thought it was.
Hit the jump for the rest of the Weekly Warp-Up.
The Week in Reviews…
- Hard Corps: Uprising: A Contra Game By Any Other Name…
The Week in New Games…
- This Week’s Releases: Marvel vs Capcom 3, Dragon Quest VI, Hyperdimension Neptunia and more
- This Week’s Nintendo Download: Pucca’s Kisses Game and more
- This Week’s PlayStation Network Update: Back to the Future, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together and a lot more
- This Week’s XBLA Wednesday: Hard Corps: Uprising
- Next Week’s Releases: Killzone 3, Bulletstorm, De Blob 2 and more
The Week in Announcements…
- Bizarre Creations says goodbye to its fans.
- Dead Island makes a splashy return with an amazing trailer and a 2011 release date.
- Infamous 2 strikes stores on June 7.
- Nintendo plans to release a second (and final) print run of Super Mario All-Stars on March 13.
- Microsoft announced the second Halo: Reach map pack, the Defiant Map Pack.
- EA has begun development on a sequel to Medal of Honor.
- The PlayStation 2 has sold 150 million units worldwide. Damn!
- On the subject of sales, dance games dominated the January NPD report.
- Sony’s “PlayStation Phone,” theXperia Play, was unveiled in Barcelona and given a March release date.
- Telltale Games is hard at work on Walking Dead and Fables games.
- Sony wants to honor the best games on the PSN with the PSN Gamer’s Choice Awards.
- Noob Saibot joins the Mortal Kombat reboot and Helo from “Battlestar Galactica” will play Stryker in Mortal Kombat: Rebirth.
- Speaking of webisodes, BioWare has tapped Felicia Day to headline their own web series, Dragon Age: Redemption.
- IGN reveals half of the WWE All-Stars roster.
- Activision rolled out the first details and a teaser trailer for Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
- Speaking of movie games, we also got a first look at Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters.
- Three new DLC packs will race onto Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit.
- The next game from Tim Schafer’s Double Fine Productions is the Kinect-powered Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster.
The Smithsonian is creating an exhibit honoring the “Art of Video Games” and they’ve asked the public to help decide which games from the last 40 years are the most artistic.
But we know which ones are the most therapeutic as a new study has revealed that casual games can help depression.