April 2019

I Trashed the Sonic Movie Trailer And I Already Regret It

This morning the internet was greeted with the first official look at the Sonic the Hedgehog movie trailer – a real film where a human policeman befriends a near-nude talking CG animal who runs quickly – and unsurprisingly, the reaction was overwhelmingly negative. The events of today had been foretold for months now, as leaked promotional images, posters, and press kits, along with deliberately planned interviews and behind closed doors media events had already led the world to fear the worst: another bad video game movie had arrived. With our fears confirmed, we did what we always do on social media. We cracked our knuckles, hunched over our beer guts, and started pecking away at our phones and keyboards to tear this thing a new a$$hole.

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Joke Is Officially… Nuts

An Assassin’s Creed Odyssey joke has come full circle thanks to a mercenary Ubisoft recently introduced to the epic RPG.

Ubisoft announced today that a new mercenary is now available in Odyssey, known as Testiklos the Nut. That descriptor of his name is notable because Testiklos is actually the brother of a Spartan Olympic champion the player’s protagonist meets during the course of Odyssey’s campaign. That man’s name is Testikles.

Testiklos the Nut

“Having been separated quite early in his life from his half-brother Testikles, his mood has been unstable ever since. He never felt as secure than with his own kin, so he deals with the separation by breaking things,” Ubisoft’s tweet reads.

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Oculus Quest Review – The Next Step For VR

Oculus Quest is the virtual-reality headset I’ve been waiting for. All of the hardware is built into the headset, meaning you don’t need a computer, phone, or console to run it. You also don’t have to worry about tripping over cables since it isn’t tethered to anything and is entirely wire free. Setup is easy and you can start playing games within just minutes of removing the headset and controllers from the box. It’s basically virtual reality’s equivalent of the console experience, and it comes packing a hefty library of games.

Virtual reality is still in its infancy, and while it’s great that companies like Oculus, Samsung, and Valve continue to make significant breakthroughs in hardware and games, a new headset is almost obsolete by the time it launches. Oculus just released the Go, and now here’s the Quest, which is releasing on the same day as the cable-connected Rift S (an option we have yet to get our hands on). The Rift S and Quest hit on May 21.

Even if you already have a nice VR setup, or want to adopt to the most powerful solution, which the Quest is not, its mobility makes it attractive. …read more


Oculus Quest Review – The Next Step For VR

Oculus Quest is the virtual-reality headset I’ve been waiting for. All of the hardware is built into the headset, meaning you don’t need a computer, phone, or console to run it. You also don’t have to worry about tripping over cables since it isn’t tethered to anything and is entirely wire free. Setup is easy and you can start playing games within just minutes of removing the headset and controllers from the box. It’s basically virtual reality’s equivalent of the console experience, and it comes packing a hefty library of games.

Virtual reality is still in its infancy, and while it’s great that companies like Oculus, Samsung, and Valve continue to make significant breakthroughs in hardware and games, a new headset is almost obsolete by the time it launches. Oculus just released the Go, and now here’s the Quest, which is releasing on the same day as the cable-connected Rift S (an option we have yet to get our hands on). The Rift S and Quest hit on May 21.

Even if you already have a nice VR setup, or want to adopt to the most powerful solution, which the Quest is not, its mobility makes it attractive. …read more


SwitchArcade Round-Up: Tons of Reviews Including ‘SteamWorld Quest’, ‘BOXBOY! + BOXGIRL!’, and ‘Type: Rider’, Today’s New Releases, the Latest Sales, and More

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for April 30th, 2019. Continuing my effort to mop up after my absence last week, I’ve got a bunch of reviews of games I played while I was down sick. I also take a quick look at the new releases of today, which are oddly all old games. Finally, we’ve got some tasty sales including a discount on two of the finest SEGA AGES games on Switch. Let’s get to it!

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SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech ($24.99)

It really seems like Image & Form can’t go wrong with its SteamWorld series anymore. The original game, SteamWorld Tower Defense, had trouble finding an audience like many DSiWare games did, but after that it’s been nothing but an all-out sprint for these charming little bots. SteamWorld Dig was an outstanding gem on 3DS that made a nice splash on every platform it migrated to. SteamWorld Heist was a clever and highly enjoyable turn-based strategy game. SteamWorld Dig 2 beat the sophomore curse and ended up even bigger and better than the original. SteamWorld Quest takes an odd turn for an odd series by tackling the RPG genre, but it doesn’t let its esteemed name down.

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The Madden Curse Is Coming for Chiefs Fans

On this week’s Xbox show, willl the Sonic the Hedgehog movie set video game movies back a decade or turn them into high art? Plus: Kansas City Chiefs fans have to reckon with the Madden Curse as the first details of Madden NFL 20 are announced, Games With Gold for May have been revealed, and more!

Subscribe on any of your favorite podcast feeds, or click here to grab an MP3 download of this week’s episode. For more awesome content, check out this month’s episode of IGN Unfiltered, featuring a rare, in-depth interview with Ubisoft CEO and co-founder Yves Guillemot as he discusses the company’s past, present, and next-gen future (yes, including Splinter Cell and its Xbox-centric history!).

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Black Ops 4’s Operation Spectre Rising Update Detailed

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s new Operation Spectre Rising update is now live on PlayStation 4, with PC and Xbox One releases likely to follow next week if past updates are any indication.

A press release describes Operation Spectre Rising as an “assassin-themed update” that brings new maps, new modes, a new specialist, and lots more – including changes to the Blackout battle royale mode and new cosmetics. Some content in this update is free, while other parts will require the paid Black Ops Pass to access.

Included for free is the new Assassin specialist, who has smoke grenades and a “Shadow Blade” that allows for targeted melee kills. Blackout’s standard map has also been flooded by the Hydro Dam exploding, while the Zombies mode will get new weapons and challenges through the Operation Spectre Rising event. New Black Market cosmetics to unlock have also been added as part of the free update.

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Nintendo Pulls Game From eShop After Dev Reveals Hidden Code Editor

Nintendo pulled a game from the eShop on April 26 after it was known that creator of A Dark Room snuck in a code editor for players to use.

As reported by Eurogamer, developer Amir Rajan revealed one week after the game launched on Switch that he had included the coding easter egg within the game. Nintendo pulled the game from the eShop shortly after.

Rajan posted his announcement of the secret editor being hidden in the game, which is used through the programming language Ruby, and said it was meant for people to create apps through their Nintendo Switch.

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Clever Puzzle Platformer ‘Magnibox’ Coming to iOS and Android on May 8th

You may be familiar with Joseph Gribbin due to his involvement in several excellent Nitrome games over the years, such as Rust Bucket, Hop Swap and Turn Undead 2, as well as his wholly designed puzzle platformer Spike City which we picked as our Game of the Week when it released and included it in our Best Games of 2018 list. Now Mr. Gribbin is back with another new game called Magnibox. As the name implies, you’ll need to guide your magnet/box hybrid through 160 challenging levels using the power of magnetism, using positive anchor points to pull yourself towards and negative ones to propel yourself away, ultimately getting yourself safely to the level’s end goal. You’ll also have to contend with all manner of hazards and contraptions like conveyor belts, lasers, breakable blocks, and tons more. Check it all out in the trailer for Magnibox below.

As you may or may not be aware, Magnibox has actually already launched on Steam just over a month ago, and has garnered a positive reception on desktop so far. However, as he has mentioned on Twitter, a lot of people have been …read more


Wolfenstein 2 and Wargroove Headline May 2019 Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft announced new games coming to Xbox Game Pass in May 2019, including Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, Wargroove, Lego Batman 3 and more.

Revealed on Xbox Wire, other games coming to Xbox Game Pass include the colony simulation game Surviving Mars, the adventure exploration game Tacoma, the sandbox-oriented MMORPG Black Desert, the sci-fi action-RPG The Surge, and the strategic RPG For the King, which Game Pass subscribers can get access to three days before its official release on Xbox One on May 10.

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