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.

This Mighty No. 9 features trailers is mighty retro

Because Mighty No. 9 is developer Keiji Inafune’s loving homage to the Mega Man series, it features many hallmarks of the wildly popular franchise. You want a side-scrolling platformer? You got it. You want a robotic main character who can absorb abilities from enemy robots? Yup, that’s here too. So it should come as no surprise that the announcer in this Features Trailer is bombastic and a little ridiculous… just like he would have been in the carefree 90s.

So learn a little more about Mighty No. 9’s Boss Rush Mode, Challenge Mode, Online Co-Op Challenge Mode, and One-Hit Death Maniac Mode, and get yourself ready for the game’s release on February 9, 2016.

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Ubisoft goes Shakespearean with the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege launch trailer

Entertainment Weekly described Tom Clancy’s prose as “tortured” when the magazine reviewed Rainbox Six in 1998. Ubisoft settled on a considerably more acclaimed writer of words when looking for the perfect narration for the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege launch trailer.

William Shakespeare’s “Once more unto the breach” passage from Henry V (with narration by Idris Elba) is used to illustrate the game’s “Infiltrate Versus Fortify” style and background music from Handel’s “Sarabande” gives the special forces/terrorist skirmishes a nice Die Hard feel. There’s little to no gameplay footage, but the trailer is a nice overview of the game’s theme nonetheless.

“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.”

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One this Tuesday, December 1.

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Use this handy sorting tool to determine your Favorite Game of All Time

metatop100-tetrisGameFAQs is currently hosting another one of their annual “Best. Thing. Ever.” brackets, and to celebrate the site’s 20th anniversary, this year’s contest focuses on that old staple… “Best. Game. Ever.” 128 titles have been competing for your votes in one-on-one polls since November 5, and as of today, only 32 games remain.

But what if there was a tool to help you determine your own favorite game of all time? Thankfully, tumblr user “slimedrippings” has launched a simple website that pits each of the finalists in the GameFAQs bracket against each other to create a personal Top 128 list for each visitor.

For example, the site will offer up Mass Effect 2 versus Virtue’s Last Reward as the first battle. Picking one over the other will help the sorting tool slot each game into a personalized list (you can always go with “I feel the same way about both” too) before giving you two more titles in a new battle. Depending on what picks you make, it can take between 127 and 448 battles to fully create the final list. And let me tell you, choosing between Tetris and Super Mario World is tough.

If you’ve got some extra time this Sunday evening, it’s certainly an interesting way to spend 15 minutes. And just in case you were curious, GameFAQs held their last “Best. Game. Ever.” bracket in 2009, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was the winner.

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Weekly Warp-Up: Happy Thanksgiving 2015

No, that’s not a typo. Welcome to the Weekly Warp-Up, your weekly wrap-up of the biggest and the best articles posted at Warp Zoned this week…

The Thanksgiving holiday has made this a rather slow weekend for the gaming industry. And there wasn’t much happening at all if you weren’t out shopping for Black Friday bargains on the PlayStation Store, Nintendo eShop, Xbox Games Store, and Amazon. However, all of those sales are still active, so if you’re looking for a new game, you might find something good to download for cheap.

Speaking of something good, Time Magazine published a list of their Top Ten Video Games of 2015, and our own Mike Ryan weighed in on PictoParty, an excellent party game for the Wii U.

More news from the week that was can be found after the break. (more…)

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New Releases: Just Cause 3, Rainbow Six Siege, Xenoblade Chronicles X, More


Three big games will be available in stores this week, including the long-awaited continuation of the Xenoblade series and the return of Rico Rodriguez.

That’s right, everyone’s favorite high-flying secret agent is back in Just Cause 3 for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Taking place on a “Mediterranean island paradise,” developer Avalanche Studios has promised that players will get to experience “complete vertical freedom” during their adventure with the ability to skydive, BASE jump, and free dive throughout the game’s open world.

Also available this week is Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Teams of five will use tactical strategies to either defend their base or break into it in a new “Infiltrate versus Fortify” style for the operatives versus terrorists series. The oft-forgotten Wii U gets a chance to shine this week too as Nintendo’s console is almost home to Xenoblade Chronicles X, another entry in their popular sci-fi RPG series. This time around, Players will be able to ride a personalized mechs called Skells and join online squads to battle massive bosses.

It’s not a new game, but a stealth re-release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas will also be available in stores for the PS3 this week.

Finally, Microsoft will release the Xbox One 1TB Elite Bundle this week, which includes a 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive for faster access times and an Elite Wireless Controller. But more power requires a bigger credit card as Microsoft has priced the Xbox One 1TB Elite Bundle at $499.99.

A complete rundown of this week’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)

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Black Friday 2015 Video Game Deals at Amazon continue into Saturday


Amazon’s Black Friday Sale has come to an end, so naturally its time for the retailer to launch their Black Friday Weekend Sale (and prepare for the inevitable Cyber Monday Sale). If you’ve still got some shopping in you, there’s a few good deals to be had including discounts on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Until Dawn, and a ton of Skylanders SuperChargers toys.

These deals will go live throughout the day and we’ve got the complete schedule available after the break. And don’t forget to check out Amazon’s main Black Friday Week Deals page for discounts on even more titles. (more…)

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Black Friday 2015 Video Game Deals: PlayStation Store


Black Friday is here, is your wish list (and your wallet) ready? Here’s what you can expect to find at the PlayStation Store today…

Black Friday is actually almost over, but there are still plenty of deals to be had from the comfort of your couch on the PlayStation Store. More than 100 PS4, PS3, and Vita games will be discounted all weekend long including Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, Batman: Arkham Knight, Destiny: The Taken King, Grand Theft Auto V, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and many others. A not-so-secret coupon code (FH24P5BDR6) will also net you an additional 10% off your total purchase. But this code can only be used once per account, so be sure you’ve got everything you want in your cart before you activate it.

Sony’s Black Friday Deals will come to an end on Monday, November 30 and you can find them all after the break. (more…)

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Xbox Store Today: Handball 16, Black Friday 2015 Weekend Deals


Did you know that the sport of handball is ridiculously popular in Europe? Yes, the same continent that loves a sport where you can only use your feet also really loves a sport where you can only use your hands (I think, I haven’t played handball since high school). But I could get use my Xbox One or Xbox 360 to get back into the sport as Handball 16 is now available to download on both platforms. Handball 16 features all 68 teams from the three biggest European leagues “fully redesigned controls for a more accessible game experience.”

If the idea of virtual handball doesn’t appeal to you, there’s always Microsoft’s Black Friday Sale on the Xbox Games Store. Brand new Weekend Deals were added to the list today including Batman: Arkham Knight, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Mad Max, and more.

More information about Handball 16 can be found after the break. (more…)

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