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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. Harmnix, 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.

What else happened this week in the video game industry? Read on to find out… (more…)

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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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Weekly Warp-Up: A Bad Week For The Legend of Zelda

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It wasn’t a great week for The Legend of Zelda franchise. First, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata came out and said that the Wall Street Journal on a Legend of Zelda Netflix series was incorrect. However, Iwata only said that the original rumor was wrong, not that a Legend of Zelda Netflix series wasn’t happening at all. So we can all hold on to that slim bit of hope as we slowly realize that a Legend of Zelda Netflix series isn’t actually in the works. Also this week, the next Zelda game, The Legend of Zelda Wii U, was postponed by Producer Eiji Aonuma. He and his team want to make “the ultimate Zelda game” and they will not be constrained by your pesky previously-announced release date. It should be released in 2016, but we don’t know for sure.

On the other hand, it was a good week for NetherRealm Studios. The developer once again flooded the newswire with new Mortal Kombat X information and we reported on all of it. A line of MKK action figures, bobbleheads, and plushes is planned, a “Shaolin” trailer gsave us our first look at Zombie Liu Kang, it’s television spot riffs on 1993’s “Mortal Monday” commercial, and a new Kombat Kast introduced gunslinger Erron Black as a playable character.

Also this week, the Warp Zoned staff filed a preview of PAX East-favorite 20XX, interviewed 20XX developer Chris King of Batterystaple Games, and asked a bunch of developers which games they’d like to see enshrined in the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

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Weekly Warp-Up: The Great Kojima Caper Edition

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Hideo Kojima has long maintained that every Metal Gear Solid game he works on will be his last one. But he might really mean it this time as the rumor mill is saying Kojima may leave Konami after Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is completed. It’s unknown whether Kojima is quitting or if he’s being pushed out, but neither side was very forthcoming in their Joint Statement on the matter.

Aside from Kojima’s employment status, the remainder of this week’s news cycle was dominated, once again, by NetherRealm’s Mortal Kombat X. The game’s April 14 launch is almost upon us and NetherRealm used the growing excitement for it to flood the newswire with stories including a new Kombat Kast featuring Quitalities, the reveal of the full Kombat Pack, and the sideways confirmation of Liu Kang and Jax.

Oh, and I guess Nintendo’s move into Nintendo-branded mobile games thanks to their partnership with DeNA is a big deal. As is confirmation that the company is working on a new hardware platform, currently codenamed “NX.” But really, we don’t know enough about either initiative to begin speculating. Though Nintendo President Satoru Iwata did deliver a few more details on their mobile gaming plans.

The Warp Zoned staff has begun putting together our preview coverage of many of the titles that were on display at this year’s PAX East expo. Right now, that includes this year’s PAX East PAXpocalypse List of the best games at the show and a hands-on preview of The Behemoth’s Game 4. We also examined the recently-ended Kickstarter campaign for Mayfair’s Cones of Dunshire adaptation and looked into why it failed (Spoiler Alert: Mayfair might have been in over their head).

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Weekly Warp-Up: Mortal Kombat X Is Koming Edition

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Mortal Kombat X is less than a month away, but it feels like its koming a lot sooner than that as NetherRealm revealed a ton of new details about the game during this past week. First, we got confirmation that Johnny Cage and Sonya will join the game as playable characters. Then came word that the first guest character will be Jason Voorhees. Jason’s machete also cut through the red tape to leak out a pair of additional character confirmations (Kenshi and Shinnok) and a delay in the PS3/Xbox 360 version of the game. Finally, a new episode of “Kombat Kast” gave us our first extended look at the game’s Story Mode.

Another famous fighting franchise got a boost in the minds of gamers as part of last weekend’s PAX East expo. Capcom teased that Street Fighter V will be released in Spring 2016, though that date is currently unofficial. Other PAX East revelations include a release date for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel‘s last expansion, a debut trailer for Killer Instinct‘s ghost girl, a Wii U release for Freedom Planet, a new trailer for Gigantic, and our first look at CliffyB’s Project BlueStreak.

Finally this week, UK Correspondent Andrew Rainnie has completed his dream casting of the proposed Legend of Zelda show on Netflix. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show as he lists off his choices for Ganondorf and Zelda.

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Weekly Warp-Up: We’re At PAX East 2015 Edition

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Most of Warp Zoned’s staff is currently wandering up and down the aisles of the 2015 PAX East expo. We’ll have plenty to report after the show is over, but for now, you can keep tabs on all our coverage at the PAX East 2015 Hub.

So what else was going on in the game industry this week? Well, Valve opened GDC (yes, GDC also happened this week) by revealing their virtual reality headset, the Vive. Sony countered with a new look at their updated and improved Project Morpheus headset. In other GDC news, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor took home Game of the Year at the GDC Awards and Outer Wilds won the Seumas McNally Grand Prize at this year’s Independent Games Festival.

Outside of GDC, the biggest news has to be that Avalanche’s Mad Max and Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will share September 1 as a release date. It’s rare to see two huge games launching on the same day like this and its even rarer for the announcements to share the same day.

Finally, before leaving on a jet plane for Boston, the Warp Zoned staff sat down and discussed What We Played in February and The Games of March. Also, Andrew Rainnie has filed his Kickstart This! report from across the Atlantic.

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Weekly Warp-Up: Everything is Mature Edition

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The big “M For Mature” floated over the video game industry in a big way this week, especially after it was revealed that Batman: Arkham Knight had been given a Mature rating by the ESRB. Aside from the underrated “Uncaged Edition” of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Askham Knight will become one of the few M-rated games based on a mainstream comics character.

In other news, we got major updates on the two franchises that folks think of first when they think of the Mature rating. Rockstar informed the world that Grand Theft Auto V has been delayed on the PC once more, but that Heists Mode will be available on March 10. And over in Mortal Kombat land, NetherRealm Studios pulled back the curtain on an epic Mortal Kombat X Story Trailer, revealing a ton of new (and returning) characters in the process.

In a de-maturing, 8-Bit Cinema published a new short this week of one of the world’s greatest R-rated movies. If you ever wanted to see Al Pacino’s Tony Montana as a pixelated brawler, I highly recommend giving 8-Bit Scarface a watch.

And finally, it’s very possible that if Netflix and Nintendo move forward with their Legend of Zelda television show, it’ll take place in a “grim and gritty” world. So our own Andrew Rainnie cataloged 10 Actors We Think Could Play Link in The Legend of Zelda TV Series if the show were to go in that direction.

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