Author: John Scalzo

John Scalzo is Warp Zoned's Editor-In-Chief and resident retro gaming expert. You can follow him on Twitter or email him at john AT warpzoned DOT com.

The Scientifically Proven Best Video Games of All Time #78: The Secret of Monkey Island

Did you miss The Scientifically Proven Best Video Games of All Time’s Introduction? Catch up on how we decided to sort the games and the rest of the Top 100.

Game publishers have been concerned with digital pirates illegally copying their games since the very beginning of the medium. Some have even gone so far as to include booby traps in their code for these would-be thieves. But when it comes to depicting actual pirates, gamemakers (along with major Hollywood players and one of the most celebrated fantasy authors of the last few decades) are content to pillage, plunder, and steal all the best ideas from each other.

It all began in 1967 when Walt Disney himself oversaw the construction of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland. Over the years, the ride would go on to be recreated at Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Park in Paris. Borrowing a bit from Treasure Island, the ride’s exciting ship-to-ship battle, raid on a coastal outpost, group of prisoners trying to bribe a dog for a key, and the frothy ditty “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life For Me)” created the quintessential image of a pirate that was shared by kids the world over.

Tim Powers was not one of these kids. Already a teenager by the late 60s, Powers rose to prominence as one of the earliest authors of steampunk (and he, along with K.W. Jeter and James Blaylock, helped coin the phrase). In 1987, he published one of his most famous novels, On Stranger Tides. The novel tells the tale of John Chandagnac, an inexperienced youth who becomes the debonair pirate “Jack Shandy” and rescues the girl after he has a run-in with several undead buccaneers. (more…)

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Xbox Store Today: Fatal Fury, Art of Fighting, 88 Heroes, more

The weekend is almost here, and here’s what Microsoft added to the Xbox Games Store earlier today…

SNK is well-represented in the most recent Xbox Games Store update. Two of the publisher’s early fighting games, Fatal Fury and Art of Fighting, have been remade for the Xbox One as part of the ACA NeoGeo series. I remember dropping quite a few quarters on both these games in the early 90s, and now’s my chance to see if they still hold up.

Also available to download for the Xbox One today is 88 Heroes, a side-scrolling platformer from Rising Star Games. Players will take control of 88 different superheroes and do battle with Dr. H8 over 88 levels of “platform-hopping, enemy-smashing, and danger-dodging.”

Finally today, Teyon will bring Worlds of Magic: Planar Conquest to the Xbox One. Worlds of Magic is a 4X turn-based strategy game where players will “find cities, raise armies, cast spells, and create powerful magical artifacts in [their] bid to become the Supreme Sorcerer Lord.”

You can learn more about all of today’s additions to the Xbox Games Store after the break. (more…)

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Meet Sara Ryder in this new Mass Effect: Andromeda trailer

Though players could customize Commander Shepard in dozens of different ways, EA and BioWare definitely treated the main character as the face of the original Mass Effect trilogy. Even “FemShep” got her own special edition for Mass Effect 3. But Ryder, the star of Mass Effect: Andromeda, is still something of a blank slate to most gamers. The game’s latest trailer doesn’t do much to dispel this mystery, but it does introduce fans to “Sara Ryder,” the official female version of the game’s main character:

Put on the uniform of the Pathfinder as Sara Ryder and fight for humanity’s new home. Explore dangerous worlds, keep your crew alive, and unravel the mysteries of Andromeda. The journey begins now. How far will you go?

Mass Effect: Andromeda is now available for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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EA’s EA Play event at E3 2017 will include Star Wars: Battlefront 2, a new Need For Speed, FIFA 18, Madden NFL 18, and more

Electronic Arts has announced that they’ll once again play host to EA Play, their E3-adjacent mini-conference, in Los Angeles this June.

The publisher will take over the Hollywood Palladium from June 10th through the 12th, and tickets will go on sale at noon (Eastern Time) on April 20. EA also wants to connect to their fans who can’t make it to LA, and they’re planning to broadcast multiple live reports from the show floor at EA.com.

EA Play will give in-person attendees and viewers at home a first look at the publisher’s upcoming slate of games including Star Wars: Battlefront 2, Need For Speed 2017, Madden NFL 18, FIFA 18, and NBA Live 18.

And as you might have guessed, several surprise announcements are also being lined up for EA Play.

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Quake Champions’s “Burial Chamber” Arena looks like it was ripped right out of Doom

A new trailer from Bethesda Softworks and id Software recently unveiled “Burial Chamber,” another Arena set to be included in Quake Champions. While previously-released video footage of the free-to-play shooter had some similarities to last year’s Doom reboot, this Arena looks like it was teleported in directly from the bowels of Hell:

Arena: Burial Chamber
The bones of a massive beast decorate the entry to this massive tomb. Hazardous platforms at the Perilous Outcropping dot the sea of lava, providing an ideal sniping spot for those skilled enough and brave enough to make the leap. With its winding tunnels and low ceilings, the claustrophobic grave sites of the Molten Underground offer up the opportunity for heavier Champions to do some serious splash damage, while the Lava Falls could provide an excellent chokepoint for skilled tacticians. Just be careful to avoid being pushed into the lava, which is a prevalent threat throughout the map.

Quake Champions will be available later this year, but the developers are currently seeking participants for an upcoming Closed Beta. If you’re interested in trying out Quake Champions before its official release, you can sign up for a chance to receive an invitation at Bethesda.net.

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Telltale unveils Launch Trailer for The Walking Dead: A New Frontier’s third episode

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – Episode 3: Above the Law will make its downloadable debut for the PC, PS4, Xbox One, and mobile devices on March 28. Naturally, this is the perfect time for Telltale Games to unveil the Launch Trailer for the third chapter in their episodic series:

Javier struggles to find a role in his newly reunited family. Meanwhile, tension within the walls of Richmond grow. Will Clementine and the rest of the group turn against Javier? It may be time to choose between the family you’re born into and the family you’ve made…

In case you missed it, Telltale also released a short clip from “Above the Law” during this year’s PAX East convention.

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Rumor: Leaked poster reveals September 8 release date for Destiny 2

Bungie has been promising a Fall 2017 launch date for Destiny 2 for quite a while now, so fans have been patiently awaiting the game’s official announcement. That didn’t happen today, but a leaked poster from a GameStop in Italy may have confirmed the game’s release date.

According to the Italian news site Lega Network, Destiny 2 will be released on September 8. Furthermore, the poster also states that a beta is planned, along with exclusive extra content for PS4 players.

And according to a separate report by Kotaku, not only is the poster real, but an official announcement for Destiny 2 will be happening “soon.”

How soon is “soon”? I have no idea. But I’ve suddenly got a hankering to watch Spaceballs again…

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Injustice 2’s “Shattered Alliances Part 3” trailer features Supergirl and Black Adam

Injustice 2‘s “Shattered Alliances” Story Trailer saga continued today with the release of Part 3, featuring Supergirl and the never-before-seen Black Adam. All the way back when it first was announced, NetherRealm Studios promised that Supergirl would play a huge role in Injustice 2’s story. Now we know that Kara Zor-El wants to help Superman seek redemption for the crimes committed by his Regime. Unfortunately, Black Adam is standing in her way.

Black Adam was a playable character in the original Injustice, and he once again brings the power of the Egyptian gods to the sequel (along with a rather impressive Super Move).

Injustice 2 will be released for the PS4 and Xbox One on May 16.

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