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1:30 PM on 01.27.2015

Vlad the closeted dracula talks Magicka 2 co-op friends in therapy

Magicka 2 continues to outperform most games when it comes to trailers. And believe me, I know something about funny videogame video content. It's also quite fun. I had a chance to play Magicka 2 on PS4 l...

Steven Hansen

12:30 PM on 01.27.2015

New Lumines heads to phones as Rez-creator Mizuguchi helms new US studio

I've just started playing Lumines Electronic Symphony again because Grim Fandango has had me back on my Vita so it's serendipitous that developer Q Entertainment is in the news. And let me just remind you all that Electronic ...

Steven Hansen

11:30 AM on 01.27.2015

Xbox One controllers will kinect to the system *twice as fast*

Hoo boy. The Xbox One is a precision machine, baby. That $100 million controller, too. Not content with the two and half years it took to develop it, Microsoft is still tinkering. Members of the Xbox Preview Program can snag ...

Steven Hansen

10:30 AM on 01.27.2015

Life is Strange episodes will release every six weeks

Life is Strange comes out this week (January 30) on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC ($5 per episode, $20 for a season pass). Recent episodic adventure games have seen unclear stretches of empty time ...

Steven Hansen

9:00 AM on 01.27.2015

Last of Us film 'pretty faithful' despite 'some big changes'

The Last of Us writer Neil Druckmann is working on the screenplay for the upcoming film and he's just finished a second draft, along with a table read with "a bunch of actors," according to a Game Informer interview. Sam Raim...

Steven Hansen



Review: Grim Fandango photo
Review: Grim Fandango
by Steven Hansen

Grim Fandango didn't need a remaster as much as it needed a re-release. Many, myself included, have found it difficult to track down a copy to play. We've had an entire digital catalog--GOG.com--devoted to getting good, old games up for sale on a digital storefront, but no Grim Fandango?

The touch-ups are appreciated. You can switch between the original and remastered look at the touch of a button. The latter has some nice dynamic lighting and new character models, but I stuck mostly with the former for its more vibrant colors. The in-game commentary is a nice touch. The non-tank controls are welcomed (as is the cheeky trophy for playing with tank controls).

No bones about it, though, Grim Fandango holds up on its original merits as a stylish, humerus adventure.

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Resident Evil HD causes night terrors, sandwiches photo
Resident Evil HD causes night terrors, sandwiches
by Steven Hansen

I had a real weird night with Resident Evil HD.

It's continuing as I look for screens to use as thumbnail images and stumble upon nude, pregnant Jill mods for Resident Evil 4. And here I thought I was making questionable use of my time.

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12:10 AM on 01.26.2015

Toys"R"Us sells some amiibo early, delays others, and has 4 for $44 sale

Toys"R"Us started selling some of the "wave 3" amiibo -- Bowser, Sheik, and Toon Link -- ahead of schedule at the end of last week. Meanwhile, Toys"R"Us customers have been getting notice that pre-orders on other wave 3 ...

Steven Hansen

1:00 AM on 01.24.2015

New Mario amiibo temporarily exclusive to Mario Party 10 bundle

Mario Party 10 is getting its own line of amiibo, lest Nintendo not have multiple $13 red plumber toys to peddle. Amazon put up listings for Peach, Yoshi, Bowser, Luigi, and Toad. Every one excep...

Steven Hansen

2:00 PM on 01.23.2015

Mahjong Pretty Girls Battle is authentic mahjong, but with sexy anime girls

Most of the mahjong games on Steam are weird. There's a weird tower one, an Antiques Roadshow one. They either all have their own rules, odd set dressing, or both. In the case of Mahjong Pretty Girls Battle, these are, ...

Steven Hansen

3:30 PM on 01.22.2015

Resident Evil HD did wonders for Jill's jiggle

These Jill-ggle physics are making the rounds what with Resident Evil HD Remaster coming out. Turns out this jell-o oscillation is not a new addition. It's a carryover from the GameCube REmake, but a combination of...

Steven Hansen

3:00 PM on 01.22.2015

Final Fantasy XV has a big, connected world; airships to be determined

A bunch of 'lil tidbits are coming out of interviews with Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata, who is spinning the caught-up, Japanese version of, "see those mountains? You can walk there," that Shigeru Miyamot...

Steven Hansen

1:58 PM on 01.22.2015

Quickly now, children: More Majora's Mask 3DS XLs pop up

[Update: Well, that's all folks] Target up and decided to take Majora's Mask 3DS XL pre-orders at midnight (PST) last night and they sold out in minutes. The system is up now for pre-order at Fry's, where your best buys are always at, guaranteed. Try to snag one here if you don't want to try for a free one from Nintendo. In bocca al lupo! 

Steven Hansen

7:00 PM on 01.21.2015

Nintendo is giving away a Majora's Mask New 3DS

My fellow legal residents of the United States--and also you dastardly Canadiens--you're in luck. Yet another chance to score a Majora's Mask New 3DS XL, but this time for free, and with a copy of the game included (in North ...

Steven Hansen



Square Enix is making me take my shoes off, which socks should I wear? photo
Square Enix is making me take my shoes off, which socks should I wear?
by Steven Hansen

I'm going to go check out Dontnod's Life is Strange tomorrow ahead of its January 30 release and, well, life is strange. In the housekeeping email about the appointment, there were some bold lines (like embargo) with pertinent bullet points underneath (expect our review next Thursday).

The third bold line, though.

"Shoes

  • Because we're using an Airbnb, you'll need to take off your shoes in advance. SEA will provide slippers, or you can go barefoot or wear clean socks. Weird I know, but it's apparently non-negotiable."

Now, I'm okay with this. I'm a firm believer of a "no shoes indoors" rule. Seems like common sense to me and on the side of my front door is a mountain of shoes that says politely to guests, "Take your fucking shoes off you filthy animal." Still, this is a bit different. I love to look my best. So what socks should I rocks tomorrow? 

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3:45 PM on 01.20.2015

Strafe's bleeding edge graphics and gameplay will literally blow your mind

Well, if you're going to cut a trailer for "the goriest shooter of 1996," this is how you do it. Enjoying the ironic aggressive marketing of the campaign, complete with stylized title (STRAFE®) popping up everywhere. 

Steven Hansen