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Weekly Warp-Up: PAX East 2014 Edition

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The majority of the Warp Zoned staff is currently taking in the sights and sounds of this year’s PAX East convention within the massive Boston Convention Center. We’ll do our best to file a few reports from the show floor and you can follow along by pointing your browser to our PAX East 2014 page.

But there’s still plenty of news from earlier this week to discuss including Mike Ryan’s “Thumbs-On Impression” of the GelTabz Performance Thumb Gripz as well as Dan Hobbs’ review of InFamous: Second Son.

You can find the rest of this week’s (surprisingly full) Weekly Warp-Up after the break. (more…)

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Weekly Warp-Up: No Foolin’ 2014 Edition

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April Fool’s Day 2014 was fairly low-key as far as gaming pranks go, but we still found a few that made us snicker. The best of this year’s jokes, by far, was IGN’s “Optimus Prime DLC” for TitanFall. It’s not real, but it should be. We were also pretty charmed by Blizzard’s trio of gags including the Flappy Bird parody Happy Reaper.

But the cruelest prank might be Phil Fish’s tease that development has resumed on Fez II. The outspoken developer hasn’t confirmed that his April 1st tweet was a joke, but it seems likely. I’ve got higher hopes for the accidental unveiling of Blood Dragon III: Vietnam War 2. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon was famously announced on April 1st last year and the teasing tweets from developer Dean Evans this year make me believe that a sequel will be officially announced soon.

Instead of spending time sifting through April Fool’s Day jokes, the Warp Zoned staff recounted What We Played in March 2014 and selected our picks for The Games of April 2014. We also reviewed Earth Defense Force 2025. Spoiler alert… it’s pretty fun.

Did anything real happen this week? Yes! More news from the week that was can be found after the break. (more…)

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Weekly Warp-Up: Virtual Insanity Edition

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If you had all the money in the world, wouldn’t you buy cool stuff just because you could? But while Joe Technerd has to make do with a few gadgets, Mark Zuckerberg has enough cash to buy the companies that create those gadgets. The Zuck cracked open his piggy bank again this week and acquired Oculus VR for a cool $2 billion. With nigh unlimited resources, Oculus can now create the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset of their dreams.

Over in shallower financial waters, Andrew Rainnie dove into the crowdfunding river like a bear looking for a fish, and he came up with another entry in his Kickstart This! series. And yes, that segue does mean that Bear Simulator is prominently featured among this month’s selections. Our UK Correspondent also explored 10 Actresses We Think Could Play Elena Fisher in the Uncharted Movie and not one of them is Jennifer Lawrence.

Finally this week, our other UK Correspondent, Dan Hobbs, reviewed last week’s Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and last year’s Batman: Arkham Origins.

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Weekly Warp-Up: GDC 2014 in Review Edition

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The 2014 edition of the Game Developers Conference took place this week and, as always, it held a few nifty surprises:

  • Sony unveiled their virtual reality headset, which is currently known as Project Morpheus. The publisher also confirmed it won’t be out in 2014 and that it will be priced under $1,000.
  • Keiji Inafune and Comcept gave us an extended look at Mighty No. 9.
  • WB Games announced a Gauntlet reboot, which will be available exclusively through Steam.
  • And speaking of Steam, Valve lifted the curtain on the latest revision to the Steam Controller.
  • Finally, The Last of Us won “Game of the Year” honors at this year’s GDC Awards and Papers Please took home the “Seumas McNally Grand Prize” at the 2014 Independent Games Festival.

But don’t worry, even with all this GDC news, the Warp Zoned staff kept plenty busy. To celebrate this week’s release of InFamous: Second Son, Andrew Rainnie explored the franchise’s beginning in It Came From 200X! The InFamous Series. We’ve also got reviews of two of this month’s other big games, Yoshi’s New Island and South Park: The Stick of Truth. Finally this week, I’d like to introduce you to Continue Countdown, our brand new discussion roundtable show. In the premiere episode, the Warp Zoned staff got together to talk about Project Morpheus, a Last of Us movie, The Stick of Truth, and much more. Check it out!

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Weekly Warp-Up: Snowmapocalypseageddon 2014 Edition

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After being blanketed by nearly two feet of snow on Wednesday, my little corner of the northeast is almost completely snow-free this Sunday morning. Weather is werd. Thankfully, there were plenty of games to talk about this week as Mike Ryan reviewed the second episode of Telltale’s new Walking Dead series, The Walking Dead Season 2: A House Divided. And Nicole Kline tackled the final release in Level-5′s “Guild01″ series, Weapon Shop De Omasse.

And over in Hollywoodland, Andrew Rainnie is once again musing about the Uncharted movie. This time he looks at 10 Actors We Think Could Play Victor “Sully” Sullivan in the Uncharted Movie.

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Weekly Warp-Up: Time Is On My Side Edition

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The clock is ticking ever so slowly away from Winter, but things sped up last night as we’ve sprung forward thanks to Daylights Savings Time. Even though time has skipped a beat, or an hour, you can still skip backwards and check out What We Played in February. When we weren’t playing, we managed to put together our very first Monthly Recap video as well. Hopefully, this is the first of a lot more video content to come from the Warp Zoned stuff. Oh, and for all you forward-thinkers out there, we also put together a look at The Games of March.

Speaking of lost time, Dan Hobbs recently reviewed Eidos Montreal’s Thief reboot and he wants the developers to return all the time they took from him. Finally, I dug into a few beloved puzzle games (including Threes, Dr. Mario, and Tetris) and asked why they’re so beloved. The secret is A Playing Card With Fangs or “How Puzzle Games Use Characters to Get in Our Heads.”

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Weekly Warp-Up: No Candy For You! Edition

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Ding dong! The witch is dead! Which old witch? The Bubble Witch! Look at that, it even scans correctly! King, the developer behind Candy Crush Saga has given up their crusade to trademark the word “Candy.” While I’d love to celebrate, the mobile game behemoth is still attempting to put a stranglehold on the word “Saga” (which is used in all of their other games such as Bubble Witch Saga and Pet Rescue Saga). Playing Tetris until you see the shapes in your dreams is worthy of the word “Saga,” matching three peppermints is not.

Also this week, UK Correspondent Andrew Rainnie has rooted out another group of crowdfunding projects that show some promise in the latest edition of Kickstart This! And Nicole Kline has reviewed the latest Borderlands tie-in novel, Borderlands: Gunsight. Spoiler alert, it stinks!

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Weekly Warp-Up: IndieCade East 2014 Wrap-Up Edition

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It was a very fruitful week for video game news this week. But first, you’ll want to check out Nicole Kline’s coverage of last weekend’s IndieCade East expo. She braved the show floor to bring you her impressions on some of the indie games that the world will be talking about in a few months: Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3. Warp Zoned’s Mike Ryan also reviewed the PS4 version of Outlast and he thinks you should play it ASAP. Especially with all the lights out and the sound up.

What else do you need to know from this week, well…

  • Take-Two closed Irrational Games as Ken Levine has decided to move on to a smaller team within the corporation.
  • Bethesda announced that Wolfenstein: The New Order will be released on May 20. Pre-orders will include beta access to Doom 4.
  • Bethesda also confirmed that any Fallout 4 announcement won’t be happening anytime soon.
  • Cliff Bleszinski told the media that he will never make another disc-based game again and that any future games he may work on will likely be released for the PC.
  • Telltale Games announced that the second episode of The Walking Dead Season 2 will be released in early March.
  • In an interview with IGN, Kiefer Sutherland said that he’s involved with Mortal Kombat 10. WB Games is, so far, not commenting.

The rest of the Weekly Warp-Up, in a new format we’re trying out, can be found after the break. (more…)

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