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Weekly Warp-Up: Can You Escape From the Man-Sized Cabinet?

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The Summer of 2015 continues its rather lazy trajectory and so little is happening in the game industry right now that an out-of-work comedian was able to capture our attention all week with the released of a browser-based text adventure. Of course, this out-of-work comedian is none other than Stephen Colbert and his “Colbert Nation” is dedicated in ways that few fandoms are. So play a few rounds of Escape From the Man-Sized Cabinet this weekend and watch out for the monster with a bear trap for a head.

Also this week, Bethesda reminded the public they’ll be selecting names for a Doom Alpha Test soon. And Nintendo UK unveiled a Super Mario Maker Limited Edition that’ll include a 30th Aniiversary Mario Amiibo.

More news from this week (including a Hideo Kojima conspiracy theory and Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s release date) can be found after the break. (more…)

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Weekly Warp-Up: Satoru Iwata 1959-2015

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The only news last week was the untimely passing of Nintendo’s President and CEO, Satoru Iwata. Just 55 years old at the time of his death, Iwata wasn’t a prolific hitmaker like Shigeru Miyamoto or a big talker like Hideo Kojima, but his quiet devotion to video games has certainly made the world a better place.

Thousands paid their respects at Iwata’s funeral this weekend while thousands more have petitioned Nintendo to create an Amiibo figure to honor their late leader. After seeing Iwata perform hosting duties for Nintendo’s series of Nintendo Direct video, I think he would have enjoyed that very much.

More news from this past week, including our review of Kholat, can be found after the break. (more…)

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Weekly Warp-Up: Comic-Con 2015 Catch-Up Edition

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This weekend’s San Diego Comic-Com held some big surprises, but the biggest surely had to be Call of Duty: Black Ops III. Activision revealed the game will receive three different Special Editions, including one with a working mini-fridge. The publisher also unveiled the first trailer for the game’s Zombies Mode, which stars Jeff Goldblum, Heather Graham, Neal McDonough, Ron Perlman, and Robert Picardo.

We also learned that Ken and Blanka have been added to Street Fighter V. Though we won’t get our first glimpse at Blanka until the Brasil Game Show in October.

For those of us that couldn’t attend the annual geek gathering, watching new trailers for upcoming games had to suffice and several publishers definitely delivered. The new Lego Dimensions featuring Doctor Who was insanely great, as was the new gameplay trailer for the 80s time capsule that is Transformers: Devastation. And speaking of time, Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 took us on a tour of history in its new trailer.

If you are in San Diego right now, you should probably swing by the Capcom booth, because they’re selling a wearable Mega Man Helmet at this year’s Comic-Con.

Closer to home, we sat down with Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Creative Director Craig Howard to talk about the game and the developer’s future, including Lucid’s next game, which is said to be an “exciting” arcade action game.

Finally, UK Correspondent Andrew Rainnie is back with another edition of Kickstart This! This time he looks at Defect, Disciples of the Storm, and The Nascent: An Anecdote of Aetherholme.

As always, additional news from this week can be found after the break. (more…)

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Weekly Warp-Up: Happy 4th of July, 2015 Edition

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Did everybody out there have a good 4th of July? I hope you got to take part in plenty of picnicking and BBQ and Splatoon Splatfest time. But if you’re looking for fireworks, there were plenty to be found in the second week of post-E3 aftermath…

And speaking of Splatoon, if you’re still on the fence, you’ll definitely want to read our review. Especially because the game is prominently featured in our What We Played in June 2015 round-up. And since The Games of July 2015 is so sparse, most of us will probably still be playing Splatoon.

More news from last week (and almost none of it is Splatoon-related) can be found after the break. (more…)

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Weekly Warp-Up: End of June 2015 Edition

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With this year’s E3 Expo now just a memory, we move on to the great Summer drought that takes over the video game industry every year. For further proof, just look at all the hoopla that surrounded the news that Nintendo once asked Criterion to make an F-Zero game for the Wii U. Obviously, the game never happened, but the very act of asking (all the way back in 2011, I might add) made it a big deal in these post-E3 days.

Of course, the week’s actual biggest story is that WB Games has suspended future sales of Batman: Arkham Knight‘s PC version because of a ridiculous series of performance issues and graphical glitches.

But if you miss the E3 Expo, our own Andrew Rainnie opines that a part of him Wishes Sony Had Let The Last Guardian Fade Away.

You can find a few more news stories from the week that was after the break. (more…)

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Weekly Warp-Up: The A-Z of E3 2015

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It’s time to put a lid on yet another E3 Expo. But this year’s show wasn’t an ordinary E3, it was a like a fan-fiction version of the big show where fans got everything they ever wanted including a Final Fantasy VII remake, The Last Guardian, Shenmue III, Earthbound Beginnings (AKA Mother), Gears of War 4, a Rare compilation including Battletoads and Conker, something new from Rare, and on and on and on. I still feel like I missed something after an entire week of E3-mania.

That said, our own Andrew Rainnie has some advice for Nintendo after their lackluster showing in his editorial, 5 Things Nintendo Needs to Hear After Negative E3 Reaction. But there isn’t anything negative to say about the Nindies@Home offer, that was brilliant.

Anyway, our annual alphabetical rundown of everything E3-related is available after the break. (more…)

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Weekly Warp-Up: T-Minus Ten Hours to E3 2015

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It’s all anybody can talk about, but the E3 Expo begins in literally ten hours. That’s when Bethesda kicks things off with their E3 Press Conference (their first ever). We’ll get our first look at Fallout 4 and Doom 4 and whatever else the company has up their sleeve. It should be a good time.

But we didn’t spend all this week waiting for next week, did we? Sorta… Kinda… But not entirely! There were also the standard set of Pre-E3 announcements, which this week included a huge lineup of new titles from XSEED Games and the promise of an unannounced game from Platinum Games (which turned out to be Transformers: Devastation). Also, Electronic Arts has a very packed E3 2015 presentation that includes more than a dozen games.

We also published the latest edition of Kickstart This!, which focused on the crowdfunding campaigns for Defragmented, Pixel Starships, and Severed World. While you drool over AAA reveals for the next seven days, don’t forget about the little guy.

Looking for more news from the week that was? Of course you are! You can find more news blurbs after the break. (more…)

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Weekly Warp-Up: Fallout 4 is Finally Real Edition

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We all knew it was coming and we all suspected it would be announced this year, but Bethesda has finally confirmed that Fallout 4 is in development for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Hopefully this also puts an end to the slightly unhinged folks who scream “Make Fallout 4!” after every Bethesda announcement that isn’t Fallout 4.

But Fallout 4 wasn’t the only big game to be announced this week as 2K Games and Firaxis revealed that XCOM 2 is in the works for the PC. If you’re wondering why it isn’t coming to consoles too, it’s because Firaxis said “it had to be PC-exclusive” to make all their ambitious plans work.

Thankfully, such as restriction hasn’t been imposed on Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, an enhanced compilation of the first three games in the series for the PS4. Some people may hate it, but I love this trend. Games need to be more like movies and even more re-releases need to happen so the great games stay accessible.

And speaking of great games, the World Video Game Hall of Fame announced their inaugural class, selecting Tetris, Super Mario Bros., Pong, Doom, World of Warcraft, and Pac-Man for enshrinement.

Finally this week, the Warp Zoned staff looked back at What We Played in May 2015 and looked forward to The Games of June 2015.

We’re also looking forward to this year’s E3 Expo and you can find even more pre-E3 news after the break. (more…)

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