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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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Weekly Warp-Up: It’s One of Those Weeks Edition

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Every few months, there’s that one week where nothing truly BIG happens and you just have to make due with a bunch of smaller news stories. This is one of those weeks.

First things first, feel free to check out a recently-posted review of We Are Doomed, it’s a pretty good twin-stick shooter if you’re interested in that kind of thing.

Now then, it’s neat that 2K Games is teasing a game currently known as Advent with a pretty interesting in-universe website. But we don’t know anything else about it and probably won’t until E3. It was also interesting to hear Sony’s Andrew House say their 2015 lineup is “a little sparse” while calling the Vita a “legacy platform.” I enjoy the honesty, but let’s face it, everyone’s 2015 is looking a little sparse. Thank god for Mario Maker

Speaking of Nintendo, how about a standing ovation for the Humble Nindie Bundle, which brings the “pay-what-you-want” model to the 3DS and Wii U for the first time. That is seriously great, but not what you’d call “blockbuster” news.

Oh well, if nothing else, this week gave us the Darksiders II “Deathinitive Edition” and that’s a terrible play-on-words I can get behind. If you’re looking for more news from this past week, you’ll find it after the break. (more…)

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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.

Looking more news? Groaning at that pun? You can do both after the break. (more…)

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