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3:30 PM on 07.21.2014

Robin's Nosferatu: First Smash Bros. move that steals health

Robin, the vanilla, wrong representation of Fire Emblem: Awakening's main character, is a bit of a sneak in Smash Bros. First it's the flirtation with dark magic, now it's word that Robin's Nosferatu attack will damage e...

Steven Hansen

2:30 PM on 07.21.2014

Rest of us: Not considering Last of Us 2 'would be a disservice to ourselves and our fans'

Naughty Dog community strategist Arne Meyer told VideoGamer that Naughty Dog is still exploring ideas for a Last of Us sequel. Apparently not doing so, "would be a disservice to ourselves and our fans." I don't know abou...

Steven Hansen

1:00 PM on 07.21.2014

PS3/360 strategy game Bladestorm getting remade for some reason

Next you're going to tell me someone is remaking Runaway with Tom Selleck and Gene Simmons. Well, that would be less surprising. What's a random movie from 2007? Someone's going to remake Stardust? In the Name of th...

Steven Hansen

9:00 AM on 07.21.2014

Party like it's 1997: Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty launch trailer

You can read our Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty review just a bit later today, but you can watch the launch trailer for the spruced up cult classic platformer right now. It's as delightful as ever, but also clean and pretty. Or, new and tasty. Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty will be available in North and South America on July 22, Europe and Australia July 23.

Steven Hansen

8:00 AM on 07.21.2014

Team USA's Clint Dempsey loses Xbox shirt for PS3/PS4 FIFA 15 cover

Lionel Messi will grace the cover of FIFA for the third year straight year, but FIFA 15's North American release will see team USA's Clint Dempsey creeping behind Messi, wondering why his lighting is so different.  ...

Steven Hansen

7:00 AM on 07.21.2014

Some old Hollywood producer men excited to win over teens with Space Invaders movie

Yes, Warner Bros. acquired the rights to Space Invaders and has a trio of names to produce a film based on it. This, despite the fact that some bad Adam Sandler-Kevin James joint called Pixels is meant to come out n...

Steven Hansen





6:00 AM on 07.21.2014

Don't expect to see any Doom until 2015

QuakeCon attendees got to see some Doom footage. Anyone streaming was said "good-bye" to as the stream cut out. Bethesda Softworks VP of PR and Marketing Pete Hines told PC Gamer that the new Doom just isn...

Steven Hansen



Now's a nice time to buy a Wii U: Here's everything you should know photo
Now's a nice time to buy a Wii U: Here's everything you should know
by Steven Hansen

Even if you must play all the Hot New Games, you don't need a PlayStation 4 or an Xbox One to do so until 2015. Enough of them are still releasing on PS3 and 360 this fall. The rest, on PC (and, for some of us, handhelds). 

With the recent release of Mario Kart 8 and the upcoming release of Super Smash Bros., you might consider buying a Wii U, though. 

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1:00 PM on 07.18.2014

Google will stop calling games with in-app purchases 'free' in Europe

As part of its investigation into unwanted in-app purchases, often by children, the European Commission has laid out guidelines for developers and the app stores themselves to follow. By the end of September, Google will...

Steven Hansen

10:00 AM on 07.18.2014

Microsoft killing its original programming won't affect Quantum Break

Remember the Quantum Break, the literal half videogame, half TV show from Remedy (Alan Wake, Max Payne). Details have been sparse since the showing two E3s ago that failed to sell me. Despite Microsoft abandoning its att...

Steven Hansen

8:00 AM on 07.18.2014

Wow, the Cat Mario Show is way more horrible than it sounds

When you see it, you think, "Hey, puppet cat Mario, puppet cat Peach doing a cute puppet show. Cool." And then you hear it and oh my word please stop talking. I feel like companies are quite careful about their characters' p...

Steven Hansen

8:00 PM on 07.17.2014

Luigi's death glare moves 885,000 US Mario Kart copies

C'mon, you're going to tell me that's not what's doing it? What, is it that Mario Kart 8 is fun? That it's familiar? That it's a Mario Kart game? Nope. All Luigi, baby. That's what you get in 2 anno Luigi. No matter the ...

Steven Hansen



To dye for: Invisible Inc. is my kind of strategy-stealth game photo
To dye for: Invisible Inc. is my kind of strategy-stealth game
by Steven Hansen

A chasm in stealth games tends to be player skill and the supposed skills of super sleuth avatars. You're often eased into the situation, your lack of skill assumed, or you just fumble your way through -- especially with the recent trend of stealth-optional games -- feeling like Mr. Magoo. Or you're good at stealth games. It's one of the reason's they can hold up to replays. Coming back with mechanical knowledge and slinking through areas like the pro you're meant to be is exhilarating. 

Invisible, Inc. is meant to be replayed, but that familiarity and advance knowledge is not where you get your sense of empowerment, as everything is procedurally generated and, thus, different each time. 

Klei's founder Jamie Cheng sat down with me and showed me how "active stealth, by moving and doing rather than waiting," is a great fit for a turn-based system. 

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7:00 AM on 07.17.2014

Push Me Pull You is 2-vs-2 gross sausage monster ball wrestling

Hamza was won over by Push Me Pull You at GDC and I wish I had gotten a chance to try it, too. At least now there's some disturbing video of it in action.  "Connected at the waist, you and your partner must use a s...

Steven Hansen

3:45 PM on 07.16.2014

Go play Alien: Isolation at Comic-Con

SEGA has announced its plans for San Diego Comic-Con, which is to chill at some place called Nerd HQ ironically held at the San Diego Padre's baseball park.  With how much videogame nerds try to bully sportsters for soci...

Steven Hansen

3:15 PM on 07.16.2014

Vivendi considered firing Activision's Bobby Kotick over last year's buyout

Last year, Activision Blizzard orchestrated a buyout of then-parent company Vivendi to separate from Vivendi and become an independent company. I wrote this great headline about the split --Active-fission -- and stared w...

Steven Hansen