Author: Brittney Williams

When Brittney Williams isn't playing with her two sons or frantically attempting to clear out her video game backlog, you can find her posting news and opinions here at Warp Zoned or managing her retro gaming business. You can find her on Twitter at @The_Arkayde.

Weekend Pipeline: 3/24/17 – Crazy Sales and Awesome Cons

Weekends can be a real drag if you neglect to schedule in some well-deserved rest and relaxation. But with the hustle and bustle of the work week, all too often news of current events, you know, the ones we actually care about, sometimes escapes us.

Don’t let the usual drudgery tie you down when there’s so much more that you could be doing. Here’s what’s going on in the world of video games, and why you might want to take a few hours out of your weekend to check some of them out. (more…)

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Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory announced for Early 2018 release

Digimon fans will be ecstatic to hear that a new entry in the Digimon Story franchise is on the horizon and slated for a sooner release than some of us may have initially expected. Bandia Namco has announced that Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory will be released for both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in European territories in Early 2018. There is no definitive release date for the game as of yet in North America.

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory picks up from the previous game, Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, challenging players to uncover the truth about mysteries first revealed in the aforementioned title. Hacker’s Memory will put players in the shoes of protagonist Keisuke Amazawa, a young man falsely accused of a crime, who must team up with a band of hackers and enter the Digital World to investigate and clear his name. The game will also feature over 300 different Digimon, and players will be able to utilize a wide range of battle strategies, compatibilities, combos, and skills to use their Digimon to their fullest potential.

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory will be available in both physical and digital formats for the PlayStation 4, but it’ll be digital-only on the PlayStation Vita.

In the meantime, check out some new screenshots showcasing the main protagonist, a few Digimon, and some of the settings players can expect to explore in the upcoming game after the break. Also, be sure to watch the Japanese-language trailer embedded above. (more…)

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Square Enix offers Spring 2017 Surprise Box featuring five PC games

Is your Steam library looking a little thin? Do you need some new PC games to play that might be worth playing? Good news… Square Enix wants to help.

Today, the publisher announced they have begun taking pre-orders for the “Spring 2017” edition of the Square Enix Surprise Box. The Spring 2017 Surprise Box retails for $9.99, but will include “over $80 worth” of content, and players who purchase the bundle will receive five PC games through Steam, five Square Enix Rewards Points, plus some form of exclusive promotional deal that is “too good to miss out on.”

As for which games players will receive, well, that remains a mystery. However, Square Enix claims they’ll be “exciting” titles. If you’d prefer to hold out on making your purchase until Square Enix announces the contents of the Spring 2017 Surprise Box, I’m sad to inform you that won’t be possible. Square Enix will officially announce the Spring 2017 Surprise Box contents on March 30, at 7:00 AM (Eastern Time), however, they’re closing pre-orders on March 29, at 7:00 AM (Eastern Time). So if you want to take the gamble, be sure to do so before it’s too late.

As with any blind purchase, there’s a chance that you’ll receive something that you don’t actually want. But for $9.99, there’s not much risk involved. So if you’re looking to replace your scheduled Spring cleaning with some Spring gaming, this might be a surprise worth getting excited for.

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Capcom announces Disney Afternoon Collection bundle of six classic NES titles

Were you a huge fan of those quirky Disney cartoons from the 80s and 90s, like say, TaleSpin or DuckTales? Well, if you were, then you’ll probably be happy to hear that Capcom has announced they will be releasing a collection of Disney NES adaptations known as The Disney Afternoon Collection.

The Disney Afternoon Collection will include Chip ‘N Dale Rescue Rangers, Chip ‘N Dale Rescue Rangers 2, Darkwing Duck, DuckTales, DuckTales 2, and TaleSpin. And the bundle will be available to download next month, April 18, for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in both North America ($19.99) and Europe (£15.99).

What’s extra special about this bundle is that The Disney Afternoon Collection will not only include fan favorite Disney titles, but also those hard-to-find titles, often coveted by retro gaming enthusiasts. As of right now, a loose copy of DuckTales 2 could cost $155 for a collector. And a loose copy of Chip ‘N Dale Rescue Rangers 2 can run you on the average of $220.

The Disney Afternoon Collection has full HD support, with all games running at 1080p resolution. The actual graphics themselves have been upscaled, slapping a fresh face on our old favorites. But for retro purists, The Disney Afternoon Collection also offers various modes that implement filters so that players can enjoy the games with an authentic retro feel, minus all the drawbacks.

Keeping newcomers in mind, Capcom also added in a few other noteworthy options including a Rewind feature which curves the signature difficulty of the original NES titles by allowing players to rewind time and undo costly gameplay mistakes. The Disney Afternoon Collection also includes a Boss Attack Mode where players can consecutively battle difficult bosses and a Time Attack Mode that encourages speedy gameplay. An in-game Disney Museum is also featured, for players interested in learning more about the game’s original releases.

The first trailer for The Disney Afternoon Collection is embedded above, and fans who are planning to attend WonderCon at the end of March will be able to try it out by visiting Capcom’s booth (#1137).

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Dying: Reborn “Ultimate Edition” is now available for PS4, PS VR, and PS Vita

Dying: Reborn is a horror puzzle game that’s previously been released for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR. Today, Dying: Reborn is getting a third chance at life by releasing on the PlayStation Vita in a special Ultimate Edition Bundle.

Dying: Reborn players will find themselves in the shoes of the stranded protagonist, Matthew. Lost in a strange hostel and in search of his missing sister, they’ll help Matthew solve puzzles and search for clues in order to progress to the next room.

For those interested in saving a bit of money, and experiencing Dying: Reborn in all its forms, the new Ultimate Edition Bundle might be the best choice. At $24.99, the Ultimate Edition Bundle offers a 40% discount over the combined purchase price of the game on the PS4 ($19.99), PS VR ($9.99), and PS Vita ($14.99).

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Phantom Halls launches on Steam with special appearance by Ash from Evil Dead 2

Yesterday, Incendium debuted their first game for the PC with the Steam Early Access launch of Phantom Halls.

Phantom Halls is a horror-comedy that takes place in a haunted mansion, and follows a group of teens who attempt to survive the night against the evil undead creatures that lurk in the shadows. Players will simultaneously take on the role of multiple characters, with each character’s abilities assigned to a different button.

The Early Access launch of Phantom Halls currently features ten playable characters, 12 enemy types, and six environment types. The mansion setting is procedurally-generated, but Incendium will continuously expand upon the game, adding additional features such as narrative elements, new enemies, and new game types.

And in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Evil Dead 2’s theatrical opening (March 13, 1987), Incendium also teamed up Stuido Canal and the Creative Licensing Corporation to bring Bruce Campbell’s Ash (along with his trusty boomstick and chainsaw) to early Phantom Halls adopters in the Ash Williams Evil Dead 2 Character Pack.

Players who pick up Phantom Halls during its launch week (until March 20) will be able to snag the game for 13% off, and receive the Ash Williams Evil Dead 2 Character Pack for free. Players who download the bonus content will also be treated to a special set of Evil Dead-themed quests.

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Sonic Mania gets new gameplay footage at PAX East 2017

Sega just dropped some new gameplay footage for the highly anticipated Sonic Mania at PAX East and it looks great.

If you were “Team Sega” during the great console wars of the 1990s, then you’re likely pretty familiar with the original Sonic games. Sonic Mania captures the charm of those games, and puts a high definition spin on them, bumping the graphics from their original 30 FPS to a whopping 60 FPS.

But that’s not the only new thing Sonic Mania has going for it. The game also introduces new enemies, new levels, new game mechanics, new item boxes, alternate routes, and much more. And in Sonic Mania, players are now immediately transitioned to the brand new “Green Hill Zone Act 2” after “Act 1,” trading in the fade-to-black for uninterrupted gameplay and speedy traversal across the playfield via zip-line.

Sonic Mania is not a remake of any of the original Sonic games from the Sega Genesis era. Instead, it’s an entirely new game that uses prettier, high definition visuals to create a reimagining of the originals. The reimagining attempts to encapsulate all of the things that made the 16-bit versions great, while also refitting them for new and old audiences alike.

Sonic Mania will be available for the PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch in Spring 2017. In the meantime, check out the above trailer and some awesome new screenshots after the break. (more…)

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A new trailer confirms World to the West will be released on May 5

World to the West publisher Soedesco announced today that the game will be released on May 5 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, and PC. The company also revealed that World to the West will be available in a special Retail Edition for all platforms except the Wii U.

World to the West is a top-down action-adventure with cartoonish visuals and four unique playable characters. Set in the same universe as Teslagrad, players will meet a few familiar faces from its critically-acclaimed predecessor, along with a multitude of characters with their own helpful (and sometimes, detrimental) agendas.

Each of the game’s four characters are native to different nations, while possessing different skill sets and motivations… but all of them seek to escape the outcome of an evil prophecy. Each character sports a unique style, allowing players to use a combination of force, stealth, and their skills of persuasion to deal with potential enemies.

Another key component of World to the West is exploration, necessary in order to uncover the many mysteries of the in-game world, which will take players to frozen tundras, colonies, and jungle settings. Additionally, World to the West’s will boast diversified gameplay with a seamless transition between puzzle-solving and intense combat.

In the meantime, why not check out World to the West’s brand new trailer above…

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