Author: Mike Ryan

Mike Ryan is a Staff Writer who has been playing video games ever since the Atari 2600. He loves fighting games, survival horror, and he sure plays a mean pinball.

The Games of July 2016

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After a surprisingly full June, publishers decided to cut the new release calendar for July all the way down to the bone… especially after Hello Games pushed the unfortunate delay of No Man’s Sky into August. But there are a number of smaller scale projects set to come out this month, and the Warp Zoned staff took a look at a few of them after the break. (more…)

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Warpback: What We Played in June 2016

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Even with the E3 Expo in the air, the Warp Zoned staff got the chance to play a lot of games during the month of June. And that includes Mighty No. 9, probably the most famous/infamous Kickstarter project ever. Did Keiji Inafune nail it? Or was Mighty No. 9 just a speed bump on the way to the rest of what we played last month.

You can find out after the break. (more…)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan Review: A Kodak Moment

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When talking about quality, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise is filled with anomalies. It’s a veritable roller coaster of highs and lows, of amazing stories and embarrassing character designs. It’s kind of a love-hate relationship. Kids of the 80s have fond memories of the original comic, cartoon, and movie. Opinion on the early 2000s cartoon was kind of split, as it is for the current iteration on Nickelodeon. The ongoing IDW comic, which recently released its 50th issue, has been incredible. The 2014 live-action movie resulted in a collective eye roll from the dedicated TMNT fan community, while this Summer’s sequel had many diehards enamored with its representations of favorites Bebop and Rocksteady. And let’s not even talk about The Next Mutation or the Out of Their Shells concert tour.

Yes, the Ninja Turtles actually went on tour back in the day.

Much like the other facets of the franchise, the TMNT video games range in quality from amazing to downright boring. The original arcade game and Turtles in Time are arguably two of the best beat ’em ups ever made. The game based on the 2007 computer-animated feature is also a decent title. On the flipside, the first game based on the 2013 cartoon series was pretty much universally panned, and the first NES game was downright awful. Electric seaweed? Really? Even with the Game Genie, I couldn’t beat that damn game.

Which brings us to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan, the latest game in the ever-popular Turtles universe. Knowing the reputation of the franchise, I started this one up with a bit of understandable trepidation, as history shows that these games have potential to fall anywhere on the TMNT quality bell curve. After giving it my full attention, I can safely say that this one falls right there in the middle. Not quite a Cowabunga, but not a Shell Shock, either. (more…)

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Insomniac is making a Spider-Man game exclusively for the PlayStation 4

In a news story that makes all the sense in the world, Sony announced tonight that a new Spider-Man game is being developed by none other than Insomniac Games, the team behind wild action titles like Sunset Overdrive and Ratchet & Clank. It definitely looks like this is the Spider-Man game we were meant to play, though no release date was given.

Spider-Man is a PlayStation 4 exclusive, and features an open-world environment.

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Hideo Kojima’s next game, Death Stranding, announced

Hideo Kojima took the stage during Sony’s E3 Press Conference to talk about his first game as an independent developer. Announcing “I’m back” to resounding applause, Kojima offered a real-time trailer of his upcoming game for the PS4, Death Stranding.

Norman Reedus plays the lead role, and is shown holding a newborn baby, in the desert. Something has happened and he is visibly distraught. As the camera pans out, we see hundreds of dead marine life. Was he the cause of this?

Death Stranding is also in the works for the PC and we’ll have more on this title as it develops. But in the meantime, check out the trailer above.

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Remasters of first three Crash Bandicoot games announced; Skylanders Imaginators appearance confirmed

Sony answered a call made by many fans tonight, as during their 2016 E3 Press Conference they announced the first three PlayStation games in the Crash Bandicoot franchise (Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped) are getting fully remastered for the PS4. Unfortunately, no release date or footage was shown for the upcoming games, but gamers of all ages are understandably excited nonetheless.

Additionally, Crash will make an appearance this year in Skylanders Imaginators on the PS4 and PS3. Check out a trailer for his debut in the sixth Skylanders game above.

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PlayStation VR will launch on October 13 and several surprising games revealed

playstationVRSony’s next big thing, the PlayStation VR, made a splash during their 2016 E3 Press Conference. Firstly, the consolemaker announced that the virtual reality headset will release on October 13th, 2016 at a price point of $399. Sony also showed off several trailers for upcoming VR projects, including a few surprises.

So be sure to take a look at trailers for Batman: Arkam VR, the first person shooter Farpoint, Here They Lie, and Star Wars: Battlefront – X-Wing VR Mission after the break. (more…)

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Resident Evil 7 announced by Capcom during Sony’s E3 2016 Press Conference

Wow, this was certainly a surprise! I had no idea what to expect, and was blown away. Capcom debuted a trailer for Resident Evil 7 during Sony’s E3 Press Conference, and it looks to bring things back to true survival horror.

The trailer, shown in first-person mode, begins with your unknown character waking up in a dilapidated house. A phone rings, telling you to get out or “they” will kill you. The character walks around, inspecting his surroundings, when suddenly… well I’ll let you see for yourself, but it looks very scary.

Not only will Resident Evil 7 be released for the PS4 on January 24, 2017, but it also supports PlayStation VR. We’ll post more when we hear it, but in the meantime here’s the trailer.

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