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Weekly Warp-Up: PAX East 2016 Aftermath

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The eyes of the gaming world were pointed at Boston last weekend for the annual PAX East convention. And with another knockout show, publisher and developers did not disappoint. Over the weekend, we saw Mira take a bite out of Killer Instinct Season 3, Jason deliver the coup de grace in Friday the 13th: The Game, and Deathstate begin its journey towards a PS4 and Xbox One launch.

Our PAX East 2016 coverage also included a Hands-On Preview of the bouncy Cuphead and a rundown of our favorite games from the show floor with The PAXpocalypse List.

But the biggest news from the week may be that Nintendo will launch their mysterious NX console in March 2017. Not only that, but The Legend of Zelda Wii U will also receive a simultaneous release on the new console.

PAX East is always a good time, but you can find more news from the rest of the week after the break. (more…)

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Weekly Warp-Up: Greetings From PAX East 2016

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The Warp Zoned staff is in Massachusetts this weekend for the biggest gaming expo in the northeast… PAX East. Our dedicated PAX East 2016 page is the best close to go for all the latest news and views from the show floor, and don’t forget to check back in with us next week for the unveiling of this year’s PAXpocalypse List, our annual look at the best games from the Boston show.

And you can find plenty of news from earlier this week after the break. (more…)

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Weekly Warp-Up: PAX East 2016 Preparations…

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The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center will open its doors for PAX East 2016 in less than five days (118 hours, to be exact) and the exhibitor list is filling out nicely:

Elsewhere around Warp Zoned this week, we published a review of Ska Studios’s Salt and Sanctuary. It’s a little like Dark Souls, and if you don’t have the time to dive into Dark Souls III, it’s the next best thing.

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Weekly Warp-Up: A Big Week for Bethesda…

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It was a big week for Bethesda as the publisher celebrated a big win for Fallout 4 at the 2016 BAFTA Games Awards. The post-apocalyptic RPG was named “Best Game” by the British Academy, beating out The Witcher 3, Bloodborne, and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture.

Bethesda is also gearing up to release their next big hit, Doom, and we thought last week’s Closed Beta was a huge success. If you weren’t able to secure a beta key, you’ll get another chance to chaingun a demon on Mars next week with the Open Beta. Bethesda’s post-launch DLC plans for Doom were also revealed earlier this week.

Elsewhere around Warp Zoned this week, the staff got together to discuss What We Played In March and our picks for The Games of April. You can also spend this Sunday with a review of multiplayer physics puzzler Dreii.

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Weekly Warp-Up: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Final Fantasy XV…

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Square Enix held their big “Uncovered” event for Final Fantasy XV earlier this week, so now we know much more about the upcoming RPG than we did a week ago. The big news is that the game will be released for the PS4 and Xbox One on September 30. However, if you absolutely can’t wait to play it, the “Platinum Demo” is now available to download through the PlayStation Store and Xbox Games Store.

But the game isn’t the only piece of Final Fantasy XV merchandise we’ll get this year. Square Enix also plans to release a prequel anime series (Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV) and a feature-length animated film (Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV) based on the game. A pinball game for mobile devices, Justice Monsters Five, will also be available soon.

Finally, Square Enix recruited Florence Welch, of Florence + The Machine, to record a cover of “Stand By Me” for Final Fantasy XV.

Elsewhere around Warp Zoned this week, we reviewed the purr-fectly fun Catlateral Damage.

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Weekly Warp-Up: Batman V Superman V Warp Zoned

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Despite a rather rough critical reception, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice set box office records this weekend. So naturally, the battle between DC’s twin titans spilled over into the video game realm too.

Earlier this week, Telltale Games invited the world into their Batcave and gave everyone a sneak peek at Batman: A Telltale Game Series. Most of the good stuff (like some screenshots or a trailer) is still hidden around the next corner, but we do know that players will be able to control both Bruce Wayne and the Batman.

We also replayed the Batman: Arkham adventures this week to help prepare our argument for 4 Ways to Bring Back the Arkham Series. None of them involve Superman, but I’m sure Rocksteady has at least thought about a game adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns.

Elsewhere on Warp Zoned this week, Agent 47’s bald head got a chance to shine. First, we took a look at the Hitman: Intro Pack, and later, we examined IO Interactive’s questionable advertising choices in the light of the Brussels Attack in Hitman, Brussels, and Showing Restraint After a Tragedy.

And happy anniversary to the Resident Evil franchise. The staff took a stroll down memory lane this week in Resident Evil Reflections.

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Weekly Warp-Up: A Bunch of Stuff Happened at GDC 2016…

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The annual Game Developers Conference took place earlier this week in San Francisco, and as you’d expect, it dominated the headlines all week. But before we talk about the future, let’s flashback to last year as this year’s GDC Awards honored The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt as “Game of the Year,” while the IGF Awards selected Her Story as the recipient of the “Seumas McNally Grand Prize.”

But GDC is always about what’s next and the next “next thing” is most definitely virtual reality. So Oculus took center stage at the gathering of developers and announced that the Oculus Rift will launch with 30 games on March 28. Not to be outdone, Sony confirmed their PlayStation VR headset will launch in October and that it’ll be priced at $399.

But I think it was Microsoft who made the most announcements at GDC, including confirmation that’ve enabled Cross-Network Play between players on an Xbox One, a Windows 10 PC, and “other networks.” The consolemaker also pulled back the curtain on more than three dozen ID@Xbox games which will be released in 2016 and heavily implied that The Behemoth’s Pit People will also be available this year. However, the biggest bit of noise that Microsoft made at GDC may have been the afterparty they threw featuring dancers in bikini tops and miniskirts. That decision was… let’s go with ill-advised.

Finally out of GDC, the Princeton Review has published their list of the best colleges for Game Design, with the the University of Utah and the University of Central Florida coming out on top.

Elsewhere on Warp Zoned this week, I’d like to direct you to our first part in a new series, It’s In Your Blood: A History of Horror Games, and a review of Broforce.

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Weekly Warp-Up: Microsoft Closes Lionhead Studios and Press Play Studios…

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Microsoft shrunk their slate of internal teams this week when they decided to shut down development on Fable Legends. The consolemaker is looking for a way to also close developer Lionhead Studios, though it’s possible they could remain operational. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Press Play Studios, which was shuttered, along with their in-development survival game, Project Knoxville.

Elsewhere on Warp Zoned this week, we published reviews for Capcom’s globetrotting fighting game, Street Fighter V; and Nintendo’s adorable Yoshi’s Woolly World.

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