Author: Nicole Kline

Nicole Kline is Warp Zoned's Senior Editor. She first began preparing for the job by climbing a milk crate to play Centipede in an arcade. You can find her on PSN under the name toitle or you can email her at nicole AT warpzoned DOT com.

Daily Scoop: October 22, 2014 – Scary new Humble Bundle!

Halloween is closing on us fast, and to celebrate, there’s a brand new Humble MoBOOile Bundle! Pay what you want for Rebuild, Oscura: Second Shadow, and Containment: The Zombie Puzzler. Pay more than the average and get Five Nights at Freddy’s, Dead Effect, and The Walking Dead: Assault. Scooooop ‘em up!

The Mixer 10 Bundle is brand new over at Indie Royale. Beat the average to get Solar Flux, Holy Avatar vs. Maidens of the Dead, Home Sheep Home 2, Explodemon, War in a Box: Paper Tanks, Delve Deeper, Cargo Commander, EvilQuest, Luna Shattered Hearts Episode 1, and NekoChan Hero – Collection.

And let’s not forget the Daily Deal over at Steam! Today they’ve got Rage on sale for just $4.99. Definitely grab that one if you’ve been waiting for the price to drop!

Again, just two shirts for you!


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Daily Scoop: October 21, 2014 – Screencheat Humble Deluxe Edition now available for pre-order!

Samurai Punk’s awesome Screencheat is now available, and the Humble Deluxe Edition is now available for pre-order over at the Humble Store! It costs $16.49, and includes an in-game exclusive weapon skin and the game soundtrack. I played this game at PAX Prime when it was across from us in the Indie MEGABOOTH, and I really loved it! You should definitely pick it up.

The Midweek Madness over at Steam is Gods Will be Watching, which is 50% off at $4.99 until October 24. The Daily Deal today is Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar, which is on sale for $7.49. Scoop ‘em up!

Just two shirts today…


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Hyper Light Drifter Beta Impressions: How To Do A Beta the Right Way


Who doesn’t love the sweet, slick, retro style of Kickstarter darling Hyper Light Drifter? This 2D action RPG took the indie world by storm last year, ultimately collecting more than $640,000 from backers during its Kickstarter campaign. Watching the videos and seeing the magic unfold as developer Heart Machine met its goal, beat it, and then left it in the dust was a joyful experience. I got a chance to play Hyper Light Drifter at PAX East this year and the staff loved it so much we chose it for our PAXpocalpyse list. And now I’m getting the chance to play it early in my living room thanks to a backers-only beta. The PC beta was originally supposed to be available from October 3rd through the 5th, but after some “internal discussions, the team decided to extend the beta to the 31st. I couldn’t be happier, and I’ll admit – I’ve had a hard time putting it down. (more…)

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Daily Scoop: October 20, 2014 – Huge Humble Bundle

I’m still feeling a bit under the weather, but a weekend on the couch with Anthony Amato and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel was pretty awesome. We curled up with Wilhelm and Nisha and brought the law to some mangy scavs. It was awesome!

But let’s talk about the best deal of the day: the Humble Flash Bundle, which benefits Extra Life! Pay what you want for Potatoman Seeks the Troof, the closed beta for Trove, Defiance, Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut, a one-week closed beta key for Landmark, a 30-day subscription to Twitch Turbo, and a 30-day subscription to reddit gold. Pay $6 or more to unlock You Don’t Know Jack Classic Pack, King Arthur’s Gold, early access to Speedrunners, and Rift. Finally, pay $13 or more to unlock early access to Nom Nom Galaxy and four copies of King Arthur’s Gold (called the “Squad Pack”). That’s a LOT of games!

Steam has over 60 games that will be on sale in their Week-Long Deals, including Rock of Ages for $1.99, OTTTD for $6.59, and Crystals of Time for $0.99. Their Daily Deal is one I’ve been enjoying on the PlayStation 4, and that’s Road Not Taken, which is on sale for $7.49. It comes from the same company that made the adorable (and addictive) Triple Town, a developer called Spry Fox. Give them your money!

Finally, let’s check out some t-shirts!


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Daily Scoop: October 17, 2014 – Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel has arrived… for me!

Well, it only took them three straight days and more than a few emails, but Gearbox finally sent me an “Appreciation” code for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Hopefully the code works, and I’ll be able to lay down and play some tonight! The bad news is, I’ve got an awful headache, which may mean no gaming for me. Time (and Tylenol) will tell!

The Humble Store is having a huge sale on Devolver Digital games this weekend! Shadow Warrior is $9.99, Hatoful Boyfriend is $4.99, Hotline Miami is $2.49, and Luftrausers is $4.99, among others. And the Steam Daily Deal is one of my favorite PC games – The Stanley Parable! Pick up this wacky indie game for just $5.09.

Let’s wrap this up like we always do: with some t-shirts!


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Gearbox’s “Customer Appreciation” Debacle: A Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Non-Review


This is where my review of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel would be, if I had received the game on time. I received a free code for the game – a “Certificate of Appreciation” – from Gearbox when I went to their panel at PAX East. PAX Prime attendees of their panel also got Certificates. But many people who received these Certificates are just now getting game codes – or still waiting for them – three days after the game was released. (more…)

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Daily Scoop: October 16, 2014 – You guessed it: Still no Borderlands

Someone really dropped the ball over at Gearbox. It’s two days since it came out, and there are still people – myself included – who haven’t received their “customer appreciation” codes for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. If this is how 2K shows “appreciation,” I’m not sure I want to be “appreciated” by them!

Enough about disappointment! Let’s talk about some good stuff. This week’s Humble Weekly Bundle is the Vancouver Edition! Pay what you want for Shank, Penny Arcade: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episodes One and Two, The Baconing, and early access to Boximals Bounce. Pay $6 or more to unlock Shank 2 and Plants vs. Zombies: Game of the Year Edition.

Over at Steam, they’re offering Payday 2 for free all weekend – play all you want until October 19th. The Daily Deal is Strike Vector for just $2.99. Scoop ‘em up!

I’ve got just one great shirt for you today!


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Daily Scoop: Wednesday, October 15 – Still no code for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

Well, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel has been out for a day and a half now, and many people who received free vouchers from PAX East and PAX Prime still have not received the game. While I don’t want to complain about something that’s free, it’s hard not to be frustrated. I thought I’d already be level 10 by now, but instead, I haven’t even downloaded the game to my system yet. This is really bad form, 2K. There has been no official word on it – just people posting in forums, commiserating. Here’s hoping all of our codes come soon!

Anyway, it’s not like there aren’t plenty of other games to play in the interim! There are a couple of sales happening over at the Humble Store. Brand new Legend of Grimrock II is $21.59, Octodad: Dadliest Catch is $7.49, and Fotonica is $4.99. Over at Steam, the Daily Deal is 66% off Deponia: The Complete Journey, putting it down to $13.59.

There are some new games to pick up over at Indie Royale in their Mixer 9 Bundle! Beat the average and score Krunch, Jets’n’Guns Gold, Dungeons the Eye of Draconus, StaudSoft’s Synthetic World, The Legend of the Artifact, 8BitBoy, Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted, Chompy Chomp Chomp, Coldfire Keep, and Victim of Xen.

There are a few sweet t-shirts today – hit the jump to check them out!


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