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Weekly Warp-Up: Salute to the Classics Edition

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It was a good week for fans of classic games this week as Bethesda has announced a Doom gameplay reveal will play a big part in its E3 2015 plans. Fans at last year’s QuakeCon expo got a sneak peek at the game, but next month will mark its big coming out celebration. However, there’s one Doom-related thing Bethesda probably hoped would stay locked up for good. And that’s this short glimpse at the Call of Duty-inspired first take on Doom 4. It’s both ridiculous and completely fascinating.

Going further back, Bandai Namco celebrated the 35th anniversary of the original Pac-Man this week. 35 years… it’s hard to believe. As part of the festivities, the publisher announced Pac-Man 256, an isometric mobile game from the makers of Crossy Road. Very interesting.

Elsewhere around Warp Zoned, a new edition of Kickstart This! focused on CCTV Nation, Overdosed, and Power Drive 2000. Do you think they’re worth your crowdfunding dollar? Let us know!

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Weekly Warp-Up: Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is a Go

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After all the teasing and the rumors, it looks like Microsoft’s Gears of War remake finally got the green light this week. First, it was outed, along with a Dishonored remake by the Brazilian Advisory Rating Board. Then, a leaked video of the Gears of War remake lent further confirmation to the rumor. Though is it really fair to still call it a rumor? Microsoft responded to the leaked videos in such a harsh way, that their legitimacy has been all but confirmed. So we’re just waiting patiently for the official announcement now.

And speaking of waiting patiently, Nintendo’s Splatoon Global Testfire has us more excited for the game than ever, especially after a glowing preview from Staff Writer Mike Ryan. In case you missed it, Nintendo will host a second Global Testfire on May 23. Also this week, we review the PS3/PS4/Vita/Xbox One version of Shovel Knight and we’re still digging it.

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Weekly Warp-Up: Nintendo Steals the Week… Again

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The last seven days have been a very interesting time for Nintendo. First, the consolemaker posted their first yearly profit in four years. Then, they confirmed Project Giant Robot, Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, and Yoshi’s Woolly World are a lot closer to release this week than they were last week. And to cap it all off, Nintendo and Universal Studios have said they will team up to create Nintendo-themed attractions for Universal’s amusement parks. And speaking of big Nintendo news, Andrew Rainnie reviewed the Animal Crossing X Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack. It’s amazing, but the free 200cc Class update might be even better.

One other review made its way to the Warp Zoend front page this week and it was Adult Swim’s Westerado: Double Barreled. It’s not the Red Dead sequel we’ve all been waiting for, but it is a rootin’ tootin’ good time all the same.

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Weekly Warp-Up: The Silent Hills/Yooka-Laylee Continuum

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Two highly-anticipated games were in the news this week, but for very diametrically opposed reasons.

Very early in the week, Guillermo Del Toro and Norman Reedus told the public they are no longer involved in the development of Silent Hills. A day later, Konami confirmed that the axe had been dropped on the in-development, but vowed to begin development on a new entry in the Silent Hill series. The horrific end to this story is almost scarier than anything Konami has cooked up for the franchise in years.

But on the other side of this continuum is the good fortune bestowed upon Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee. The developer teased the title and some early footage of their Banjo-Kazooie successor on Thursday. On Friday, they launched a Kickstarter campaign to a tremendously receptive audience. A little more than 40 minutes after that, the campaign reached its goal. Eager backers helped the campaign reach every stretch goal a day after that. It’s an incredible success story and really makes you feel good about the gaming community.

Right in the middle of the Silent Hills/Yooka-Laylee Continuum is the “World Reveal” trailer for Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops III. A new Call of Duty game is such an expected part of the video game landscape that few people had a big reaction to the footage… even though the final game will feature a battle with Terminator-style cyborgs.

Elsewhere on Warp Zoned this Week, I took a spin around the office and found out What We Played in April. And in between an Avengers: Age of Ultron break, the staff also put together a look at The Games of May. A review of the noirish horror game review of White Night and a new edition of Kickstart This! (featuring The Silent Roads, Dimension Drive, and Wildfire) round out the week.

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Weekly Warp-Up: Pre-Pre-E3 2015 Edition

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Ah, late April. That time of year that’s still too early to be considered “pre-E3,” but it’s close enough to the big show that publishers start talking about some of their big-but-not-too-big projects.

Projects like Telltale’s Collaboration With Marvel Entertainment, which is still in the extremely early stages of development and won’t be released until 2017. Then there’s the announcement of Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, the next game from Patrice Desilets, the creator of the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Finally, Sega and Creative Assembly have finally officially announced Total War: Warhammer, which has been in some form of semi-secret production for several years now.

Elsewhere on Warp Zoned this week, we sat down with Chainsawesome’s Jean Simon Otis to talk about Knight Squad, their upcoming Bomberman/Gaunlet mashup. We also reviewed the awesome mobile puzzler Shades and offered up a how-to guide for prospective Kickstarter creators with Kickstart This! 10 Pointers To Get More Gold For Your Game.

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Weekly Warp-Up: The Video Game Rhythm Wars Begin Again

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It finally happened… the Video Game Rhythm Wars begin again. After Harmonix announced Rock Band 4 in March, the whole world began waiting for Activision to announce a new Guitar Hero game (and not just because rumors told us an announcement was definitely coming). This week, that wish became reality as the publisher revealed Guitar Hero Live and its brand-new six-button guitar controller. Harmonix, meanwhile, doubled down on familiarity by announcing Rock Band 4 would be compatible with older Rock Band/Guitar Hero instruments.

But with another big marketing campaign to look forward to, I’ve realized that I am just tired of a lot it. I’ve got Hype Fatigue, so please let me explain Why I’m Exhausted With Viral Marketing, Elaborate Advertising Campaigns, and Countdowns.

That said, nothing makes me happier than learning about an upcoming game that is ridiculously fun. So if you like fun, I highly recommend reading up on Knight Squad in this Hands-On Preview.

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Weekly Warp-Up: A Tale of Two Reveals

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Two major reveals happened this week, though they both played out in very different ways. First, Square Enix launched their “Can’t Kill Progress” stream, which eventually wound up revealing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. The stream itself was a bit snore-inducing, but the debut trailer released after the stream ended was pretty great.

Meanwhile, mysterious Snapchat images in Call of Duty: Black Ops II lead gamers on a scavenger hunt that ultimately ended with a Call of Duty: Black Ops III teaser. We’ll learn more on April 26, but for now, some minimal “hacking” allowed gamers to read an early description of the game hidden in the website’s source code.

Elsewhere around Warp Zoned, we reviewed the PS4 re-release of Bastion (it’s great), published a compilation of The Best Game Writing of Winter 2015 in a new edition of Insert Quarterly (they’re all great), and highlighted Ira, Izle, and Upside-Down Dimensions in the latest Kickstart This (we hope they’re all great).

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Weekly Warp-Up: April No Fool’s 2015 Edition

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April Fool’s Day is usually a terrible time to be a video game fan because terrible people make terrible jokes about things that aren’t real. Thankfully, that didn’t really happen this year. Google initially threw down the gauntlet with a playable Pac-Man Map option added to Google Maps. Then Techland revealed a one-day-only superpower boost for Dying Light. Nicalis followed that up by announcing The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth for the New 3DS, Wii U, and Xbox One in the most insane way possible. I even rather enjoyed Sony’s ridiculous (but obvious) PlayStation Flow prank.

The Nintendo blew it all up with a Nintendo Direct packed with new information about a ton Nintendo games. Who cares about April Fool’s jokes when there is real news to read? Nintendo killed April Fool’s Day and I hope it becomes an annual tradition. Especially because we got to find out about 200cc Class in Mario Kart 8, the American release of Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains, Mario Maker‘s release date, and Splatoon‘s release date. Even Fatal Frame 5 got an official US launch date.

And because it was the first of the month this week, the Warp Zoned staff got together to reveal our Games of April 2015 and What We Played in March 2015. One of those games was the excellent Axiom Verge, which was awarded a perfect score by Staff Writer Mike Ryan.

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