March 2016

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Unlocked: Quantum Comedy and Farewell

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This week’s Unlocked is Mitch Dyer’s last, and with Ryan McCaffrey out on vacation, every rule is out the window. Marty Sliva and Alanah Pearce run down the future of Xbox with mouse-and-keyboard controls, Final Fantasy 15’s leaks leading into last night’s massive event — and we end on what may be the silliest thing we’ve ever done: a dramatic reading of a comedic Quantum Break story item.

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We’re Streaming iOS Games Live on Mobcrush [Call of Champions]

We’re streaming live on Mobcrush right now. There’s a couple different ways you can watch the stream, and they all work equally well and it’s really just a matter of personal preference as to which method you prefer. The easiest way to watch is just watching the embedded player right here on TouchArcade. In the interest of being polite, we mute the audio. If you’re somewhere you can listen, be sure to turn it back up- the controls for that are in the lower right corner of the video stream. Alternatively, if you’re on a mobile device, visit mobcrush.com/beta and download the free Mobcrush app. (It’s in beta, so you’ll need to agree to have it installed on your device.) From there, search for TouchArcade. If you follow us, you’ll get alerts when we’re streaming. Last, but not least, you can visit our channel directly in your browser at mobcrush.com/toucharcade. Oh, and if you want to participate in chat, you’ll need to register over on Mobcrush first.

If you missed the stream, we upload archive videos to our YouTube channel, so just head over there to see previous streams and …read more


Ravenous and Bulletproof Outlaws’ Side-Scrolling Action Game ‘Paranormal Minis’ Resurrected (Again!)

All the way back in November of 2013, Ravenous Games once again teamed up with Bulletproof Outlaws, the artists they worked with on their popular platformers League of Evil 2 and 3, on a new action shooter called Paranormal Minis. Originally a dual-stick shooter, progress on Paranormal Minis sort of languished in the face of other projects, until a full year later when Ravenous revived the project and overhauled its dual-stick design to make it a more traditional side-scrolling action shooter/brawler. Unfortunately, both teams once again became busy and poor Paranormal Minis got put on the back burner once again. Now, well over a year later, Ravenous has again resurrected the thread for Paranormal Minis to announce that work has begun yet again on the game, and they offered up this brand new screenshot.

Ravenous says that in the past couple of weeks they’ve added in new weapons to Paranormal Minis, including ones with explosions that cause splash damage (Hello rocket launchers!) and ones that do damage over time (flamethrower!). They’ve also implemented 4 playable characters each with unique stats, as well as different skills you can equip to those characters do boost things like weapon damage and movement …read more


The New Direction Of Final Fantasy

For decades, Final Fantasy reigned supreme as the primary
pillar of the RPG genre. With every console since the NES, it innovated and set
new standards for the genre, from the cinematics of Final Fan tasy VII to the
fully voiced cutscenes of Final Fantasy X. However, within the last decade, the
franchise has started to fall from grace.

[This feature originally appeared in Game Informer issue #276]

Final Fantasy XIII was divisive, and was worse off for being
drawn out over a lackluster trilogy. Final Fantasy XIV, an MMORPG, was such a
disaster that the game had to be essentially remade and relaunched as A Realm
Reborn. Seven years after it had been announced, the long-awaited Final Fantasy
Versus XIII morphed into Final Fantasy XV. Fans lost trust, and Square’s name
no longer held the same weight as it once did. In the meantime, Western RPGs,
such as Mass Effect, The Elder Scrolls, and The Witcher were innovating the
genre in unique ways while the Japanese market stagnated.

All eyes are on Square Enix’s next move to see if Final
Fantasy will once again be an RPG powerhouse. Two men in particular have been
tasked with reviving the franchise for a new generation of gamers: Hajime
Tabata and Naoki Yoshida. Tabata is directing Final …read more


‘Romancing SaGa 2’ Import Impressions – Final Fantasy’s Complicated Cousin

Square Enix’s SaGa series has always had a difficult relationship with players outside of Japan. Although in certain details it’s not terribly different from the Final Fantasy series, SaGa is very much a product of its creator, Akitoshi Kawazu. It’s not afraid to go way outside of everyone’s comfort zone in terms of mechanics. How that kind of approach works out depends on the individual game. While many RPG fans find the Game Boy release SaGa 2 (known in the US as Final Fantasy Legend 2) to be a fairly agreeable game, the PlayStation 2 title Unlimited SaGa is considered by many to be one of the worst games Square ever attached their name to. Most of the games in the series elicit a mixed reaction, making it difficult to know if they’re going to be your thing or not. If nothing else, at least, Romancing SaGa 2 is considered one of the better installments in the series, which might explain why it’s the first to get an iOS release.

A remake of a 1993 Japan-exclusive Super NES release, Romancing SaGa 2 has been given the kind of visual remaster many had wished for with other Square Enix 16-bit classics. That …read more


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Atlus USA Games Will Now Be Published by SEGA

In an effort to streamline its business operations, SEGA will now publish Atlus USA games, including Persona 5.

According to Game Informer, Atlus fans can rest assured knowing the studio’s branding isn’t going anywhere, as the two companies will continue to operate independently.

SEGA SAMMY acquired Atlus parent company Index Corporation in 2013 for the sizable sum of ¥14 billion ($141 million). Shortly thereafter, Atlus commented on the purchase, assuring fans the “relationship will be mutually beneficial for both sides” and serve “to further raise

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7 Improvements Coming To The Division Next Month

The Division is getting its 1.1 update on April 12, which will include the new Falcon Lost incursion alongside a host of other new features and tweaks. Check out some of what we can expect from the upcoming update.

Incursions will include two difficulties, Hard Mode and the more difficult Challenge Mode. The producers recommend getting new Gear Sets before trying the Incursions on Challenge Mode. You’ll be able to matchmake for Incursions, with Gear Score serving as a tool to match you appropriately with other players. Incursions, or at least this first Incursion, will not have checkpoints, so failure will mean you need to start over. You can do Incursions as much as you like, but the first time in any weekly challenge will yield the best reward. Rewards for completing Incursions will include new Gear Set pieces and new High-End weapons.

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Xamarin CEO Nat Friedman on getting acquired by Microsoft

Microsoft announced in February its plans to acquire the cross-platform development platform Xamarin; the deal closed about two weeks ago. Even though the ink on the contracts has barely dried, Microsoft already made Xamarin the center of attention at its annual Build developer conference today by announcing its plans to roll Xamarin into every Visual Studio tier, including the free… Read More …read more


Take a Look at Y’Shaarj, the Third God From ‘Hearthstone’ ‘Whispers of the Old Gods’ Expansion

And then they were three Old Gods in Hearthstone [Free]. After C’Thun and N’Zoth, Blizzard unveiled Y’Shaarj, the biggest of the Old Gods and once the head of the largest empire on Azeroth. The third of the gods from the upcoming Whispers of the Old Gods expansion, Y’Shaarj is, of course, a 10-cost Legendary and has the highest stats of the Gods we’ve seen so far with 10 Attack and 10 Health. His effect, though, is on the disappointing side, at least with what we know so far about the expansion. At the end of your turn, Y’Shaarj puts a minion from your deck into the battlefield. First, a couple of clarifications: as with other similar effects, Y’Shaarj’s won’t trigger battlecries, and cards with end of turn effects that are pulled out of your deck will not activate those effects, which pretty much demands you build a very specific deck if you’re not to waste your cards’ battlecries and effects.

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His effect is very similar to Varian Wrynn’s, which hasn’t seen that much play recently. At least Y’Shaarj only pulls one card, so he won’t mill you …read more


Flex is a tampon-alternative you can have sex while wearing

Things can get messy if you have sex on your period, so many couples avoid it. But The Flex Company wants to replace outdated pads and tampons with a sleek, disc-shaped blood blocker. Flex can be worn during sex to prevent making a mess.
The disposable Flex discs are disposable, can be worn for up to 12 hours, and even comes in a stylish little packet. They’re doctor-approved to be… Read More …read more