An artist going by simply "Jonas" online has crafted the Star Fox team as though they exist in same universe as The Jetsons.
The Jetsons are of course just one of the many shows and characters created by Hanna-Barbera, but it seems to be the universe the Star Fox team would most likely exist when looking at Hanna-Barbera's large library.
You can see more of Jonas' work on their DeviantArt page, or their website. You actually won't find a lot of video game stuff (though there is this very cool one with Samus and a Metroid), but it's still definitely worth checking out.
[Source: jonasdrawsstuff.tumblr.com, JonasDrawsStuff on DeviantArt, via Reddit]
With the recent Zelda Wii U and Uncharted 4 delays (and to a lesser extent, Batman: Arkham Knight), it makes us wonder – how do you feel about them?
In general, I am perfectly happy to see a game delayed. It usually means some aspect of development is coming up short of expectations, so the team wants to take more time to make the game better. It still stings though, to hear you will have to wait even longer for your most anticipated game. I remember learning about Twilight Princess' delay and being embarrassingly heartbroken. I have similar feelings about Zelda Wii U, but I think the game will benefit as a result in the long run.
How do you feel about delays? No big deal? Or a knife to the gut?
A new trailer for Killer Instinct's new fighter Hisano explains why she's so mad (and a ghost), and also offers a quick tease for returning fighter Cinder.
You can check out the video below which shows what exactly happened to Hisano, as well as some of here atypical moves. You can learn more about her here.
The end of the trailer is where you will find a very brief clip of Cinder. You won't see him perform any moves, but we do get to see what he will look like.
Season 2 Ultra Edition owners can access Hisano on Friday, March 27. Combo Breaker Edition owners will get Hisano on April 2. No word yet on when players will get a chance to try out the new Cinder.
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In the latest Iwata Asks, Xenoblade Chronicles' Tetsuya Takahashi talks about his intentions to make a JRPG masterpiece, and his love of sci-fi.
You can check out the full interview here, but some highlights include Takahashi's intention to make a JRPG masterpiece from the beginning of development. He also talks about western RPGs and how while he has appreciation for them, they often don't inject much character into the protagonists. "They are very well made, down to the last detail, but there's something stoic about them, and often the heroism aspect seems to take a bit of a back seat," Takahashi says in the interview. It's because of reasons like this that Takahashi was surprised to see the game find an audience here.
He also tells Nintendo's Satoru Iwata how he once cried as a child because his father didn't buy him the robot toy he wanted. That's how much he loves robots. You can find the full interview here.
For our review of the game's original Wii release, head here. You can find out review of the 3DS port, which releases April 10, here. For more Iwata Asks, head here to read about the development of Majora's Mask.
Our TakeThis is actually one of the reasons I bought a New 3DS. I didn't play it on Wii, mostly because I struggle to play games on a television that require lots and lots of hours, but on handheld I have a much easier time. I'm really looking forward to giving it a shot.
Currently, the soundtrack for the Mortal Kombat X TV spot doesn't feel quite right. Thankfully, fans have come to the rescue.
You can check out the original below featuring the familiar song Chop Suey! from System of a Down, which gets the job done, but not much else.
Here, you will find arguably the correct version of the commercial with Oliver Adams’ Techno Syndrome (Mortal Kombat) – better known as that one song with the guy yelling the words, "Mortal Kombat!" in it.
For more on Mortal Kombat X, which releases on April 15 for just about every platform, head here.
[Source: shagg187's channel on YouTube, via Reddit, Kotaku]
Certainly a less exciting release than previous Virtual Console titles, but if you're looking for a classic gaming fix, your Wii U has you covered.
Namco Museum has released on a number of platforms, but this version in particular was the one that released at Game Boy Advance. The collection includes Ms. Pac-Man, Galaxian, Galaga, Pole Position, and Dig Dug.
You can grab the game for $6.99 on Wii U.
Our TakeThis is basically a port of a port of a port, which is a little odd. I don't have a lot of love for these classics, but it couldn't hurt to have them in your collection for the sake of history.
Square Enix and Play Arts have some Star Wars figures in the works, and it recently showed off its Boba Fett and Stormtrooper variant figures.
You can check out the impressive figures above and below as well as in the gallery below. Each comes with an assortment of interchangeable hands and weapons. The two will be available in July and will cost around 12,000 Yen (about $100 USD) according to Toyark.
This is isn't the first time Square Enix has tackled a piece of popular American culture in figure form. You can find a Square Enix-designed Batman here.
[Source: Toyark, via NeoGAF]
People have been telling us to do a barrel roll for years; it turns out that even in space, you'll still be able to pull one off. Watch the following video to learn about the science behind Star Fox's barrel roll; it's actually more interesting than it sounds.
Most games show a complete disrespect for physics, but not the barrel roll. The guys at PBS Space Time explain the ins-and-outs of Star Fox's ship and how he pulls off those sweet moves.
James Bond isn't really a video game star, but he's starred in plenty of action packed games. Even if he hadn't, we're willing to bet that there are a few gamers out there who are interested in watching the first official trailer for Daniel Craig's newest Bond film. You can watch that trailer right here, with your eyes.
As you can see, Spectre looks like it will be a fairly dark action film, but I like the classic, almost '60s, look the film seems to have. What are you impressions based on this trailer? Are you excited for the film?
We're guessing that most of you could probably use a break from Bloodborne. The game mercilessly tears players apart, but surprisingly keeps them coming back for more. Why don't you step back, take a fresh breath of air, and watch this video on the game while you collect yourself.
Watch this short video about the creation of Bloodborne from the folks at Lore In A Minute! Now get back out there and give those monsters hell.
As a bonus, here's a video on the game's lore.
This weekend a lot of the editors and interns are going to GlitchCon where there will be a live recording of Replay which is going to be really awesome for everyone. The most popular game to play this weekend is certainly Bloodborne, but beyond that everyone seems to be playing unique games. Be sure to share what plans you have for the weekend in the comments below!
Laleh Tobin(@LalehAzarshin): I'll be helping my mom move to a new home, but I'm determined to hunt monsters and see what unfolds in Telltale's Game of Thrones Episode 3.
Matthew Kato (@MattKato): I plan to start up Pillars of Eternity this weekend. Full disclosure: I don't know anything about this game other than that it's an RPG and Miller's been raving about it so much, that I'm very intrigued. Speaking of RPGs, I've also got Dragon Age: Inquisition waiting in the wings. The series never took off with me since I tried the first one, but obviously a lot of time has passed, and I've had Inquisition recommended to me by people I trust.
Tim Turi (@timturi): This weekend I’ll be attending GlitchCon in Minneapolis, but I’m making sure to carve out extra time to play games. I’m hoping some convention goers will have a 3DS with Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate on it so we can have some impromptu hunts. Additionally, I’ll be filling in the gaps with as much Bloodborne as I can, as well as playing through the Final Fantasy XV demo with some friends.
Brian Shea (@BrianPShea): I’m going to be continuing bashing my head against the wall in Bloodborne (and loving every minute – okay, nearly every minute). When I get too frustrated, I’ll switch to something less stressful like Battlefield: Hardline or NBA 2K15.
Kyle Hilliard (@Kylemhilliard): I'm still working my way through Ori. I've only had a few chances to play unfortunately. Otherwise I'll just be hanging out with the family laying assorted April Fool's Day prank booby traps throughout the house.
Ben Hanson (@yozetty): This weekend is going to be pretty busy with this magical GlitchCon convention at the University of Minnesota where we'll be doing a live Replay and a bunch of other fun things. Come on by if you're in Minnesota! Other than that, I'll most likely continue my love affair with Cities Skylines.
Ben Reeves (@BenjaminReeves): We’re recording a replay live during Minnesota’s Glitchcon convention. I recently went back and played The Swapper and loved it, so now I need a new game to play. This weekend I might eat a stick of butter and play Bloodborne.
Jon Gregory (@JMan240): I’ll be playing a little game I like to call, “Try Not To Die From All The Terrible, Delicious Food I’ll Be Eating Over The Course Of Glitch Con.” Also, probably BioShock Infinite, because I got Burial At Sea on sale last week but it took until this morning to finish the download.
Elise Favis (@elisefavis): Going back to one of my all-time favorites, Mass Effect 2, with my weird Shepard that looks like she’s wearing clown make-up. Besides that… I think I might go back to Kentucky Route Zero. I originally played the first act about a year ago, and since forgot about it. It had a great story, so I wouldn’t mind picking up again where I left off. I think I’ll be making more progress with Danganronpa as well.
Justin Mikos (@JustinMikos): I’m going to GlitchCon this weekend to watch the live recording of Replay! If I have any time for games I’m probably going to play more of Kingdom Hearts II HD Final Mix. I reached the door to the final boss, but I’m going to focus on taking on all of the new optional bosses they added including the extra hard versions of the Organization XIII members. I’m also planning on watching the latest episode of Durarara X2 and the final episode of Aldnoah.Zero. Enjoy your weekend everybody!
Today Nintendo announced some unfortunate news - The Legend of Zelda for Wii U has been delayed out of 2015. Personally, I'm happy the company is taking the time to make the best game possible, but the delay dramatically changes the rest of the year for Nintendo fans. With Zelda's postponement in mind, what Wii U release are you most looking forward to in 2015?
Big Nintendo releases like Kirby and the Rainbow Curse and Mario Party 10 are already behind us, but there are a handful of exclusive Wii U titles slated for release in 2015. These include family friendly third-person shooter Splatoon, the adorable Yoshi's Wooly World, the creative Mario Maker, the return of Star Fox, and the epic Xenoblades Chronicles X.
Personally, I'm most excited for Splatoon. It's a brand new IP from Nintendo that's also super colorful. It's one of the biggest departures for the company in some time, and I can't wait to get my hands on it. What about you? With Zelda delayed out of 2015, which Wii U release are you the most pumped for?
This week in mobile, the Final Fantasy world is falling apart at the seams and Disney brings Star Wars Rebels to mobile platforms.
Final Fantasy Record KeeperDeveloper: Square EnixPlatform(s): iOs, AndroidPrice: Free
At its core, Final Fantasy Record Keeper is fan-service layered in fan-service. In some cases that would be a bad thing, but not when the game in question is paying homage to one of the biggest series of all-time. It also helps that Final Fantasy Record Keeper is a good way to spend time. It might be a little boiled down, but the basic premise of wave-based, classically-styled Final Fantasy dungeons works well enough to support the premise of piece the universe back together. It’s not going to blow anyone away, but fans of the series should find plenty to enjoy.
Star Wars Rebels: Recon MissionsDeveloper: DisneyPlatform(s): iOS, Price: Free
One of the first things Disney did after acquiring the Star Wars property was canning the Star Wars: The Clones Wars animated series that had been airing on Cartoon Network. The replacement for the show came in the form of Star Wars Rebels, which jumped from the middle of the prequel trilogy to just a few years before the events of Episode IV. To go along with the series, Disney has released Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions. Recon Missions puts players in control of one of four characters and pits them against the forces of the evil Empire in a side-scrolling shooter. When players aren’t blasting away at bad guys, they’re building up their base to earn unlocks and rewards.
Rules! Developer: TheCodingMonkeysPlatform(s): iOSPrice: $2.99
In Rules!, players are presented with a game board and 16 cards. As they play more rules for eliminating cards are presented, and players must eliminate as many sets of cards as possible before time runs out. It’s a simple premise, but not exactly what makes Rules! noteworthy right now. Rules! is actually the first game to be approved for the Apple Watch. While Apple’s latest product doesn’t hit shelves until late April, there are a few of the devices out and about in public already. The Apple Watch version of Rules! is slightly paired down, supporting just 4 cards instead of 16, but it maintains the same catchy formula of the original. Only this time it will be, quite literally, impossible (or at least a very bad idea) to put down.
Breath of LightDeveloper: Many MonkeysPlatform(s): iOSPrice: $2.99
If you enjoy getting lost in a game, or peacefully puzzling your way through relaxing environments, then Breath of Light is a game you should be checking out. Breath of Light mixes particle physics-based puzzles with a relaxing soundtrack and simplistic visuals to create a game that’s easy to get lost in. Players are tasked with dropping objects to redirect the flow of life-force between white lotuses in a level. One of the big upsides to the game is that there is no need to unlock levels or race a clock, everything is open from the start.
Silly Sausage in Meat LandDeveloper: NitromePlatform(s): iOSPrice: Free
Silly Sausage in Meat Land is a surprising combination of a snake game and roguelike sensibilities. Players are set at a starting point, and tasked with collecting gems by swiping to control the direction Silly Sausage moves through the world. Any time they contact a wall, Silly Sausage stops and sits on it, allowing players to catch their metaphorical breath and also avoid being hit by spike traps. If the player is still stretching, they can be hit by moving spike balls, but sitting on a wall immediately makes them invincible. Players can pay gems to respawn at later checkpoints, but get knocked all the way back to the start if they die without doing so.
Bad news for Wii U owners today. The biggest release of 2015 isn’t going to be in 2015 anymore. In a video message, producer Eiji Aonuma says the game will not make its planned release before the end of the year.
In the video statement below, Aonuma says that over the last three months, the development team has come up with new ideas for the game. Rather than cut them or amend them to make deadline, the team will be working without a specific deadline.
“So I must apologize to all of you who were expecting the game by year’s end, but we are no longer making a 2015 release our number one priority,” Aonuma says. “Instead, our priority is to make it the ultimate and most complete Zelda game.”
Update: The Legend of Zelda will not be shown at E3 2015, Aonuma confirmed on Nintendo's Miiverse website.
"As I said in the video, we would like to take this time so we can bring you a very special experience, by making the ultimate Zelda game," Aonuma writes. "Since we’d like to focus on developing the game we’ve decided to not show the game at this year’s E3."
Our TakeIt’s hard not to wonder if The Legend of Zelda will appear on the Wii U at all. With Nintendo starting to talk about a new console, it wouldn’t be entirely surprising if the company eventually pushed this game off to make it a launch title for the system code named “NX.” Either way, this is a devastating blow to Nintendo and the Wii U in 2015.
The first season of Disney's popular Star Wars Rebels television show recently wrapped up. Fans were given plenty to cheer about, including classic ship designs, and an attitude-driven droid named Chopper. We'll get our first look at season two at this year's Star Wars Celebration (starting on April 16), and we can embark on a new mission as Ezra Bridger in the newly released Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone and Windows 8.1.
The first four levels of the game are free. Another 30-plus stages can be unlocked through in-app purchases. The game gives you control of Ezra and Kanan in sidescrolling action stages, and also lets you build your own Rebel base with unlockable goods. Check out the trailer below for a brief look at the action.
Our TakeIt's great to see the show getting a game and it's even better than fans can try it for free to see if it's something they want to devote their time and money to.
Online streaming is experiencing a boom period, in terms of audience size and the number of hours those viewers spend watching their fellow gamers play, talk, and entertain. According to a report from antivirus company Symantec, there's more going on with those numbers than you might think.
Twitch shared some of its viewership stats for 2014 early this year. Some of the highlights include 1 million concurrent viewers, 100 million unique viewers per month, and 10k partnered channels. That last one is where it gets a little weird.
Symantec says that while some of those partnered channels have legitimately earned their share of viewers, others are taking advantage of illegal botnets to boost their numbers. These services offer a variety of packages that include guaranteed live viewers, chatters, and followers. To become a Twitch partner – and become eligible to take donations, display prestream ads, and more – streamers must have a consistent average viewership of 500.
In a botnet, connected PCs are used to perform a single task. They have legitimate functions, but they can also hijack an unwitting PC via malware. Symantec has identified one botnet developed to target Twitch, called Trojan.Inflabot. Lionel Payet, security response manager at Symantec, says that additional Malware has disguised itself as phony Adobe and Google Chrome updates. In addition to inflating views, Symantec says the botnet can be used to harass people by proxy or spread itself to other viewers – possibly by inserting links though a stream's chat. It's important to keep in mind that in addition to pointing out the potential for abuse on Twitch, Symantec just so happens to sell products that are designed to protect users from this threat.
Twitch recently suffered a security breach, which exposed some users' personal information, including IP data, truncated credit-card numbers, and birth dates. Payet says that his company hasn't found any connections to the hack and the botnet, but adds that, "[I]f a user’s computer is compromised by any malware, then their information is always exposed." Payet adds that the amount of money pulled in by these botnets is unknown, but that it's compromised thousands of machines.
In its defense, Twitch says that this is a problem that has broad-reaching impact. "These illegal services are a long-standing issue that is not unique to Twitch," says Matthew DiPietro, vice president of marketing for Twitch. "We detect when they are used and deal with them in a layered approach including legal action, tech solutions, and human monitoring."
Our TakeIf the research is indeed sound, this information should infuriate legitimate Twitch broadcasters. They've worked hard to amass their audiences, and it's unfair for shady competitors to hit bigger numbers just because they have deeper pockets. What isn't entirely clear is just how quickly Twitch is able to detect and deal with botnets and if those viewership numbers are factored into Twitch's overall reported usership. We've followed up with the company and will update should we receive a response.
The Humble Store is currently running a weekend-long sale on 2K Games titles. And, if you purchase at least one, you’ll get a free copy of Spec Ops: The Line.
Included in the sale are classics like Sid Meier’s Civilization III Complete for $1.29 and more recent titles, including XCOM: Complete Edition for $12.49 and Evolve for $44.99. You can check out the entire sale on the Humble Store.
10 percent of Humble Store purchases support the American Red Cross, Child’s Play, Wikimedia, GamesAid, and charity:water. To date over $54 million has been raised for charity by Humble Bundle.
With season five's finale around the corner, PSN user Blackbeltnick95 has recreated the opening sequence of AMC's The Walking Dead entirely on the PS4 version of LittleBigPlanet 3.
He also created a couple The Walking Dead-themed levels with original storylines, starring some iconic characters from the show, such as Rick, Daryl, Lori, and Glenn. These are meant to take place between season one and season two's events.
Check out other LittleBigPlanet 3 recreations of fan-favorite video games and TV shows, from Game of Thrones to Final Fantasy VII.
The Walking Dead levels and opening are available for download via the LittleBigPlanet's community webpage.
Owlchemy Labs has been known over the last few years for its small, quirky mobile games like Smuggle Truck and Jack Lumber. Now, it’ll be known as the studio that hid steam keys on an island owned by the creator of Cards Against Humanity.
As part of a promotion for their new choice-driven adventure game Dyscourse, which released earlier this week on Steam, the studio has hidden thumb drives full of steam keys all over the US. The studio has already released the location of the first set of 100 keys, which are hidden in a tree on Hawaii 2 (the island in Maine that Max Temkin and the Cards Against Humanity team bought as part of its Ten Days of Kwanzaa or Whatever fundraiser late last year).
A fake blog, meant to be that of in-game character, Teddy, has more information on where the rest of the keys are hidden. Dyscourse is available now on Steam for $14.99, with a special edition that includes DLC available for $24.99.
Our TakeSomeone had to use Hawaii 2 for something, at some point, and this seems like the kind of thing that island was destined for. It’s cool that Owlchemy Labs is giving away copies of their new game in an interesting way, but let’s hope they didn’t hide them in locations that are too remote.
Since the release of surprise hit Demon’s Souls in 2009, From Software has carved out a niche and built a loyal following. As you may be aware, the PlayStation 3 exclusive was built upon earlier concepts in games like King’s Field and Shadow Tower.
If you’ve never played the latter, a PlayStation 1 title, you’ll get another chance next week. Shadow Tower is coming to the PlayStation Network in North America.
The news was announced on the PlayStation Blogcast (briefly at about the 15-minute mark). If you want to see the game in action, we spent some time with it at the end of our Clock Tower episode of Replay.
There’s no word on pricing yet, but if you want to see a game released on the path to the Souls titles and Bloodborne, you’ll get your chance. For more on Kings Field, considered one of the earliest foundations for From Software’s current work, we’ve got a Replay waiting for you.
[Source: PlayStation Blog via Eurogamer]
Our TakeI think I’ll start with one of the contemporary titles before diving into the back catalog. Once I get my feet under me with Dark Souls II or Bloodborne, maybe I’ll dig into From Software’s non-Chromehounds history.
Sony has let us know that there is a progression bug affecting a small number of Bloodborne players. In order to avoid spoilers, we’ll not disclose the specific nature of the bug, but rather what you can do to avoid falling victim to it.
It happens when users attempt to join a game as a co-op guest or invader using the small resonant bell or sinister resonant bell respectively while in the Forbidden Woods. A hotfix is in the works right now, and those affected by the bug will have their games repaired by it.
Sony anticipates it will roll out the patch (1.02) sometime next week. For now, the company suggests that users not use those items until after the patch is available. For more on Bloodborne, check out our review.
Our TakeSony let us know that users escalating this issue helped make it easier to identify and confirm it (and make it so that the first we heard of it was the email notice). We’ll let you know as soon as it’s ready. For now, just be mindful of where you use those bells.
With the Expanded Universe jettisoned into space, Disney is moving forward with a streamlined canonical timeline for Star Wars. The paperback version of the novel Star Wars: A New Dawn gives us a look at how this timeline is shaping up. Included on the list is an ambiguous listing for "Battlefront." SW Books posted an image of the book's timeline on Twitter.
Our TakeAs of now, Battlefront is slated between Heir to the Jedi and and The Empire Strikes Back. We know that there are over 20 new stories on the way leading up to the release of The Force Awakens, so it may not be the last story leading into Empire. Given how the timeline is formatted with the movies in black and the TV shows getting their own tag, the Battlefront listing may not necessarily be just for the game, and could indicate a novelization is on the way.
We’re going to file this one under “R” for “Really?” Microsoft has added three new achievements to Xbox One launch title Ryse: Son of Rome.
For those more interested in the campaign, the 50-point “Et, tu, Brute” achievement can be earned by saving the Emperor in the first chapter and then ending his life in the eighth in a single play through. The other 200 points are earned in the multiplayer mode.
“Beware the Ides of March” tasks players with accomplishing 15 executions in a single match. The “Lunacy in March” achievement is yours for playing seven matches on the Barbarous map. Each of these is worth 100 points.
[Source: Xbox Wire]
Our TakeThere’s no downside for players in having more achievements added to a game, even if it is well over a year old. It’s just not something we’re used to, especially given the critical drubbing this game received.
Sony released Destiny of Spirits for the Vita on March 25, 2014, here in North America. Exactly a year later, the company announced it is ending the game.
The title will begin winding down in April in Europe and Asia with the cessation of in-game currency sales. The cutoff to purchase orbs in North America is June 30, 2015, the same day on which the game ends.
Sony says that the game has been downloaded over 1 million times, and the game will end with a fan appreciation event. The final update (1.12) will bring back past raid bosses. If you’ve been playing Destiny of Spirits, make sure to use any items you’ve purchased by June 30, as the game will be entirely unavailable after that point.
[Source: Sony via Polygon]
Our TakeInvestment in free-to-play games carries more risk than most gamers realize. This is truest of those titles that lean on collectibility and, in turn, create a sense of pseudo-tangibility.
I can go back to my Magic: The Gathering collection at any time, but investing in a similar card game that is entirely digital means that once service stops, my investment evaporates. Especially when major companies are pulling service after only 12 months, caution is warranted.
That said, 1 million downloads worldwide for a free game isn’t terribly impressive. It’s little wonder Sony has to stop the bleeding.
Playing in parties has been a bit challenging for some Xbox One users. Those frustrating NAT issue are going to get better thanks to the April Xbox One System update.
Currently in preview, the next patch enables dedicated chat servers. Those not in the preview can take advantage of this if they are partying up with at least one person testing the update now.
The dedicated servers will kick in if players are having problems connecting peer-to-peer. We’ll test this out and report back on our experiences.
Additionally this month, users can start leaving voice messages (a feature that didn’t initially make the transition from Xbox 360 to Xbox One). As an added bonus, Xbox 360 and Xbox One users can send voice messages to each other.
The April update is currently in preview and will be rolling out to the general usership in the coming weeks.
Our TakeThis might be the kick in the pants I need to get back to Dying Light. I love playing with Reiner, but we waste so much time trying to get our voice chat working that it eats into our game time. The faster we can get into a game (and communicating) the more likely we are to play.