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4:30 PM on 08.08.2012

Hybrid removed from Xbox Live Arcade due to server issues

[Update: 5th Cell dropped us a line to let us know that the server problems have now been resolved and Hybrid will be available again on Xbox Live Arcade tonight stating that they, "expect a smooth gameplay experien...

Conrad Zimmerman

12:00 PM on 07.13.2012

5th Cell: Wii U definitely more powerful than 360/PS3

5th Cell CEO Jeremiah Slaczka is frustrated with the console war and the way in which systems are ranked according to power. Nevertheless, he has stated that the Wii U is definitely more powerful than either the Xbox 360...

Jim Sterling

1:00 AM on 06.11.2012

Scribblenauts Unlimited has a big, fat... dig

Here's a quick look a Scribblenauts Unlimited. It feels like the game will truly let you create whatever you want, however you want. There is an object editor, a huge array of recognized adjectives and nouns, and a handy aut...

Jonathan Holmes



Contest: Win a Hybrid beta code RIGHT NOW! photo
Contest: Win a Hybrid beta code RIGHT NOW!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest over! Check your PMs in the next hour if you were one of the first 50!]

We got to play 5th Cell's new XBLA game Hybrid earlier this week, and what we saw really impressed us! The sci-fi shooter features a unique blend of jetpacking and cover-based-warfare -- including the ability to take cover on the ceiling and even on walls! -- and everything flowed so smoothly I'm still astounded at how they managed to pull it all off. But don't take my word for it! Click here to read the full preview and get Casey's impressions!

But before you do that, we're giving away Hybrid beta codes to the first 50 people who comment! The closed beta goes live on XBLA today, so what are you waiting for? Get commenting! (And be sure to check your PMs as that's how we'll be sending out the codes!)

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Preview: A fresh take on cover-based warfare with Hybrid photo
Preview: A fresh take on cover-based warfare with Hybrid
by Casey Baker

Historically, 5th Cell is a company known for fun and incredibly innovative games that skew towards a younger audience, such as the surprisingly deep Lock's Quest and the award-winning and beloved Super Scribblenauts (both for the Nintendo DS). When the company decided to develop an Xbox Live Arcade game, it almost seems kind of uninspired and dare I say -- lazy -- that the company would develop a third person cover-based shooter for a console that serves as a haven for games of this exact genre.

Hybrid adds a new twist to the old formula by prohibiting player movement to different areas of cover. In concept, this idea seems almost counter-intuitive as confinement to covered sections would possibly slow down player movement and make for a frustrating game of whack-a-mole with other players.

Yet with 5th Cell, "intuitive" is exactly what the company seems to specialize in, and from everything we were shown at our hands-on session, it looks like Hybrid will be serving up a nice fresh dose of intuitive gameplay design.

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11:30 AM on 04.24.2012

Hybrid looks a little nuts in this developer video

5th Cell has shared a developer walkthrough video detailing its new multiplayer shooter, Hybrid. If you were expecting a generic Gears of War clone from the usually innovative studio, you're in for a surprise. Hybrid has the...

Jim Sterling

12:30 PM on 01.31.2012

5th Cell's Hybrid due this summer, looking sharp

5th Cell will be releasing its first 3D console game on Xbox Live Arcade this summer, having pushed back the game to give it extra polishing. A new trailer went out today, which you can view above. Based on feedback from ear...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 10.12.2011

Scribblenauts comes to iOS as Scribblenauts Remix

Cult hit DS game Scribblenauts has made its way to the iOS platform as Scribblenauts Remix. Costing $4.99, it features forty of the best levels from both Scribblenauts and Super Scribblenauts, plus ten iOS-exclusive challenge...

Jim Sterling

3:00 AM on 08.04.2011

Warner Bros registers 'Scribblenauts Remix' domain

The Scribblenauts franchise has been fairly successful for Warner Bros. Interactive and developer 5th Cell so it stands to reason that the series would continue. Warner Bros has registered a site domain for something called "...

David Rayfield

3:40 PM on 05.13.2011

5th Cell's Hybrid delayed back to 2012

Scribblenauts developer 5th Cell has pushed back the release window for its upcoming shooter Hybrid. The studio says it wants to turn the XBLA game into "something great", so it's taking extra time to really pour the quality ...

Jim Sterling

1:00 PM on 01.26.2011

First screenshots for 5th Cell's shooter Hybrid

Scribblenauts maker 5th Cell is departing from the DS to create Hybrid, an Xbox LIVE Arcade-bound third-person shooter. A full reveal for the game will be happening next month at GDC 2011, but for the time being, we have some...

Jordan Devore





9:00 PM on 11.30.2010

5th Cell: 3DS is 'cooler' than Kinect, Move

Scribblenauts creative director Jeremiah Slaczka has stuck his oar into the "next-gen-but-not-really" wave of gimmickry, assessing that Nintendo's upcoming 3DS is a cooler prospect than either Microsoft's Kinect or the P...

Jim Sterling

5:00 PM on 08.09.2010

Homicidal houses: Super Scribblenauts' ESRB summary

It's been a while since we got a good laugh from those ever-delightful ESRB rating summaries. What better game to get back into it than Super Scribblenauts? Enjoy this edited-for-space version in all of its "corpse-eating bik...

Jordan Devore

5:20 PM on 06.07.2010

Super Scribblenauts art depicts a windsurfing werewolf

The promise of better controls and adjectives in Super Scribblenauts has many of us eagerly awaiting any and all news on the sequel, which -- do I even need to remind you? -- shouldn't be much of a wait given E3. As with the ...

Jordan Devore

4:20 PM on 12.07.2009

Scribblenauts wishes you a Merry Christmas

It's December, and you know what means -- fun Christmas pictures from videogame companies! It would seem that Scribblenauts is the first to observe this industry tradition, sending us a lovely little picture of Maxwell and Sa...

Jim Sterling

8:30 PM on 10.30.2009

5th Cell wishes you a happy Halloween with some art

It's happened. I now know Scribblenauts more for its cute art than the actual DS game itself. In anticipation of tomorrow's festivities, developer 5th Cell sent over an awesome Halloween wallpaper. Unless you have the world's...

Jordan Devore