Remaking Final Fantasy VII in HD may be the most common sense decision that a gaming company has ever ignored. A revolutionary title in its day that has dug a comfortably nostalgic place in most gamers’ hearts, the relatively cheap process it would t...
I first heard of Ultimate Gay Fighter through a friend’s Facebook post rather than any gaming news outlet, because do you really think that mainstream gaming outlets are going to bother with anything like this? I gave the trailer a look-see, wr...
I’m coining the word “xbroglio” as of today. It means, “any incidents occurring as a result of Microsoft assuming players to be heterosexual dudebros”. It’s quite a flexible concept, too – in fact, I’d ...
The idea of a game designed with queer themes at its heart is not a new one. Titles like Mattie Brice’s Mainichi and Anna Anthropy’s Dys4ia have already made waves in the indie scene, opening up dialogues about their creators’ exper...
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So, I know I promised a look at Fate Core for this edition of Tabletopping, but it’s Halloween! You need something scary. So instead we’re going to take a look at a game called Don’t Rest Your Head. DRYH is a game about madness and finding yourself. ...
As usual, New York Comic Con was full of tons of great cosplay. This year, Attack on Titan proved to be quite a favorite amongst attendees (I think because you can actually buy replicas of the uniform online, so there’s not a lot of home crafti...
Well, there was a bit of a shock this week, but the big news is that it was Halloween! Jack was in town, and it was quite an adventure! Even more work than it was in the last town I was in. Also, I finally made some money in the stalk market, buying some turnips for 98 bells and selling them for 257! I was thinking I should hold off one more day to see if they went up any more, but when I checked the next day, they were 68, so I made the right call selling them when I did!
Masahiro Sakurai is nothing if not mysterious (or, in the eyes of some….a troll. But a friendly playful troll). Since debuting the newest entries in his Super Smash Bros. series at E3 back in June, the series’ lead developer has been posting screenshots of the game onMiiVerseevery single day to help build anticipation.
These screenshots have included everything from characters in bizarre poses, to level reveals, to character reveals. In fact since the game’s initial announcement back in June five veteran fighters have been announced to return: Princess Peach, Captain Olimar and Pikmin, Luigi, and Toon Link. With the exception of Peach all of the character announcements have been tied to a major release related to their respective franchises. This led many to expect a Pokemon-related announcement following the release of Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. This is all we got.
SingStar usually gets fortnightly updates to the SingStore, but after this week’s update, it’s actually going to be three weeks ’til the next one instead of two. And sadly, this isn’t really that great of an update to keep me occupied for nearly a month. This update’s DLC is:
“Could It Be I’m Falling In Love” by David Grant & Jaki Graham
“Freedom ’90″ by George Michael
“Imagine,” “(Just Like) Starting Over,” “Mind Games,” “Woman,” and “Love” by John Lennon
“Rhythm Is A Dancer” by SNAP!
“Runaways” by The Killers
They’ve broken up the John Lennon song pack, which is nice, although I’d rather play “Imagine” over in Rock Band anyway. I don’t know that Killers track because I hadn’t even realized they’d put out a new album, and again, that SNAP! tune would be better in Dance Central than in a karaoke game (especially because of the rapping). I’m seriously tempted by the cheesetastic “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love,” but I think I’m just going to get “Freedom ’90″, sing along with the supermodels and call it a day!
If you aren’t familiar with The Guided Fate Paradox coming out on November 5th from NIS America, I wouldn’t blame you. At a recent NIS America press briefing, this game was overshadowed by the announcement of Disgaea D2 – and while I can’t fault anyone for getting excited about D2, after playing that game for a week, I felt empty. D2 was fan service, plain and simple, and it lacked something…a je ne sais quoi that made the original so grandiose and invigorating to the soul.
Okay, gang, I’m only going to tell you this one more time: The Walking Dead: Season One is one of the most fantastic adventure games ever made. Heck, it’s one of the most fantastic games, period. And Telltale Games has announced a Game of the Year Edition for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC that will be hitting retailers this November for $29.99. It will include all five episodes of the first season, plus the 400 Days DLC and access to the original score and behind the scenes video.
Of course, the really big news is that they’ve revealed that The Walking Dead: Season Two is coming later this year for PC/Mac, home consoles and iOS. (I know, way to bury the lead, right?) We all knew it was coming, but we didn’t know when, and exactly what it would be. And it turns out that the story will continue to follow Clementine, who is now on her own, struggling to survive in a world ravaged by a zombie apocalypse. You will be put in the tiny shoes of a child who must make life-or-death decisions in order to survive.
“The terrifying nature of Robert Kirkman’s world has allowed Telltale to push the boundaries of interactive drama in video games to a place that has had fans anxious to know what will happen next in this series,” said Dan Connors, Co-Founder and CEO of Telltale Games. “Today we can finally lift the veil, albeit only a little, on how this story will continue, and we’ll soon be putting players in the shoes of a lead role that will challenge their expectations of how to survive in a world where no one can be trusted.”
The Walking Dead: Season Two will again be comprised of five episodes that will be released digitally over the course of the season, concluding in 2014. A pre-order is available through Steam or the Telltale Online Store for the PC/Mac version that gives you a 10% discount for the season, making it $22.49.
I’m super-excited to see more of The Walking Dead from Telltale, and hopefully their season two won’t go off the rails in the same way that season two of the TV series did. Also, while I’m psyched to see Clem again, there’s a little part of me that wishes we’d left her behind so I could pretend that she’d found a safe place to live happily ever after. Having experienced the first season, I kind of wish poor Clem didn’t have to go through more trauma. Plus, I have to admit I’m not 100% certain Telltale won’t kill her off! You never know!
I leave you with this trailer… well, more of a teaser trailer, really. It’s just going to whet your appetite for more. If only they’d announced a release date. Heck, I’d have settled for a ballpark month! But then again, we’re in the middle of The Wolf Among Us, so that’ll keep us occupied in the meantime, I suppose…
Nintendo is changing things up a bit in time for the holiday shopping season. Beginning on November 1, The Wii U Deluxe Set will now come with New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U(all on one disc) instead of Nintendo Land. (You can still buy Nintendo Land separately in stores and via the eShop) This new Deluxe Set will cost the same, though, just $299.99.
Of course, if you can still find one, there’s the special Zelda bundle of the Wii U Deluxe edition that contains a download code for The Wind Waker HD, a digital copy of Hyrule Historia and a Zelda-emblazoned GamePad controller for the same $299.99.
Although if you’re into Skylanders, you might be interested in the Skylanders SWAP Force bundle. This one contains a white Wii U Basic system, a Skylanders SWAP Force starter pack including: Skylanders SWAP Force Wii U software, a Portal of Power, three Skylanders figures, including Ninja Stealth Elf and two SWAP Force characters, Blast-Zone and an exclusive color shift Washbuckler, as well as a collector’s poster, trading cards and sticker sheets. Oh, and they’ve also thrown Nintendo Land in as well! All that’s just $299.99 as well, although you’re only getting the Basic Wii U system, so you’re gonna have to pick up an external hard drive if you plan on downloading much of anything.
Of course, whether or not this can help Nintendo stave off the onslaught of Xbox Ones and PlayStation 4s when it comes to gamer dollars remains to be seen. This is going to be one serious holiday shopping season!
Well, the winners have been chosen, and my curiosity as to what everyone’s favorite adventure games are didn’t really result in any clear winner. There weren’t as many entries in the contest as I had expected, but everyone who entered had their own favorites. Everything from I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream to Discworld got a mention. Naturally, LucasArts had a special place in some hearts with Grim Fandango, Tales of Monkey Island and the two Sam & Max games all getting mentions. And I appreciated that at least one person named Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars as their fave, going seriously old school. (I love it, too!) In fact, the only adventure game that got multiple mentions was The Longest Journey. (Even if it was actually somebody’s second favorite…)
Of course, telling me your favorite adventure game was just for my own edification, because it didn’t have any bearing on the contest. Winners were chosen by random draw, and have already received their download codes. But congratulations to M0taku and David who won Xbox 360 codes for Episode One of The Wolf Among Us and Rebekka Grant and Bart who won Steam codes for the full season pass! And thank you to Telltale Games for keeping the genre alive!