Splatoon is a mere six days away and Nintendo are holding one last Global Testfire for people to beta test game the game before release. If you are interested in getting the game digitally, you will want to download the beta regardless of whether you want to play the game early or not because you will get a discount on the game.
Here is a rundown of the times for the beta
As for that discount, if you downloaded a previous Testfire or download the one they are holding today, you will receive a 10% discount on the digital version of the game. Not too shabby.
What's better than a Mystery Dungeon? How about a Super Mystery Dungeon? Nintendo certainly thinks so as they announced that Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon will be hitting the 3DS this Winter. In Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon, players will battle alongside legendary and mythical Pokemon in greater and more randomly created dungeons than before. I don't know about anyone else, but I'd love to see an original Mystery Dungeon game on the Wii U (ie. not a Virtual Console game from the GBA). If there is one I'd love to find out and give it a shot.
TERA recently hit Steam back on May 5th and has seen a recent explosion in growth. So much so that En Masse has recently announced that TERA is the #1 MMORPG on Steam with over 4.5 million players in the U.S. and over 20 million worldwide. I've recently gotten back into it myself having not played it since my review almost three years ago and I've been enjoying my time with it again. It's taken some time to get back into the swing of things, but since it's now free-to-play I'll likely be spending some more time with it.
If you're not watching Minecraft videos on YouTube, then you're in the minority. Tryouts for Nintendo's World Championships 2015 could be coming to your town. And a woman gave birth in an internet cafe, then got up and continued playing her online game.
What are you playing this weekend?
Russell Archey, Staff Writer, @NeoScyther
A lot of my weekend will be spent digging up fossils, reviving dinosaurs, and making them fight each other in Fossil Fighters: Frontier in preparation for my upcoming review. When I'm not mixing Pokemon, Jurassic Park, and Monster Rancher together, I'll be continuing my run through Axiom Verge where hopefully I won't get lost for 45 minutes while missing the completely obvious path to take to my next destination—like I did last week. I've also been diving back into TERA for the first time since my review almost three years ago. Thankfully my character was still intact, and it only took about 10 minutes to refamiliarize myself with everything.
Sean Colleli, Staff Writer, @scolleli
I'll be heading into Splatoon for my upcoming review. I think I can predict the future now; I've always said that if Nintendo ever made a multiplayer shooter, it would be bizarre and adorable. I will also play some more classic Star Wars games like Battlefront II and Jedi Outcast in my GOG Galaxy library, reliving the old glory days and lamenting the depressing homogenized future of EA-exclusive Star Wars games.
Chapel Collins, Staff Writer, @ChapelCollins
I'm improving ever so slightly in Mortal Kombat X, but still not nearly enough to stand a chance against the average online brawler. More practice will be put into that. I have also started my millionth Skyrim playthrough, and it's likely I will be roaming the tundras this weekend as well.
Jeremy Duff, Senior Staff Writer, @Duff3c
I am going to head back into the world of Destiny this weekend to explore the House of Wolves. The game sort of lost me a few months back, and I am hoping that the new content pack will breathe some life into both the game and my interest for it. Aside from that, I have been on a major shmup kick recently, mainly playing Jamestown+ on the PS4, but also revisiting a bunch of classic shooters like Donpachi, Pro Gear and the Gigawing series; this is a trend that I don't see ending any time soon.
Charles Husemann, Editor-in-Chief, @chusemann
While I feel like I should be spending more time with The Witcher 3, this week I've actually been continuing my quest to gain my first ever prestige in Advanced Warfare. I just hit level 40, so I'm only 10 levels away from my goal. I'm not sure why this CoD has maintained my interest so much but I'm guessing it has to do with the wonderful gameplay elements introduced by the exosuits. I've also started getting back into MechWarrior Online a bit as they just put the Clan mechs on sale and I'm only 1 million Cbills away from buying my first Mad Cat. I'm not sure this is going to last, given that The Witcher 3 and Galactic Civilization 3 are also occupying space on my solid state drive, but it's a mech I've wanted to use ever since they game was announced.
Randy Kalista, Staff Writer, @RandyKalista
"Randy, this is Witcher requesting a flyby." "Negative, Witcher, the pattern is full." So, that's me. Except "pattern," in this case, is Dragon Age: Inquisition. In other words, I've no time for The Witcher 3 because I still have a billion hours of Inquisition to chew and swallow. Also, serving as an antidote to all these complex interpersonal relationships and the nutrient-rich writing, I'm reviewing the indie Rack N Ruin. It's a devilish twin-stick shooter whose dialogue appears to have been workshopped by my junior high writing class.
Rob Larkin, Staff Writer, @Rob_GN
Won't be playing much of anything this weekend. Got family coming into town to visit for the three-day weekend, so it'll be sightseeing at castles and around London instead. Might get a few mobile games in, but that would likely be the extent of my gaming.
Telltale's Game of Thrones series is getting it's next chapter, the fourth of a planned six episodes, and judging by this trailer, we can expect some dramatic events. Not that that's unusual in this universe. If you haven't played this series yet, jumping in now may be a good time, as you'll have several episodes to play at once.
The PC and Playstation versions are due out Tuesday, May 26th, with the Xbox versions on the 27th and the mobile versions the day after that.
Watch the trailer for yourself below, but be wary that there are spoilers if you're new to the series.
The two Portal games are perhaps two of the most delightful games ever made. They were full of smart gameplay, and a story mode that was honestly funny and intelligent. And then there was GLaDOS - as far as robot personalities in videogames go, she is right up there with Claptrap for me.
Also dealing in games that can be very delightful: Zen Studios. Their Zen Pinball franchise is a many-tentacled empire with feelers in just about every franchise out there. Now they've added one more, and that is Portal. Portal Pinball will feature Chell, Wheatley, Atlas, and P-Body are all back. Get your Companion Cube to watch the trailer with you.
I really wasn’t expecting to see any new character reveals for Street Fighter 5 until at least E3 but Capcom just seems to be full of surprises. Out of nowhere, they released a trailer this week showing off the return of M. Bison in they’re new fighter.
Bison sure has aged in the interim between SF4 and SF5, as evident by his silver mane. While a majority of his offensive arsenal looks the same, they all seem more powerful and focused as he has evidently mastered his control of his Psycho Power.
Star Wars: Republic Commando was one of the vanishingly few good things to come out of the execrable Star Wars prequel trilogy. A squad-based shooter that followed an elite team of clone troopers throughout the Clone Wars, it took a darker, more serious approach to the Jar Jar infested setting of the prequels. The gameplay was tight and challenging, with surprisingly good squad AI and tense shooter action not seen in the Star Wars universe since Dark Forces.
Now lead programmer Brett Douville takes us on a very informative longplay of the game's campaign, fielding Twitch questions and giving insight into the development of this very special game. In this first part he details the first hour or so of the game, and it's interesting the tricks and sacrifices they had to make developing for both PC and the rather limited original Xbox.
Republic Commando was to be followed by a Stormtrooper-focused sequel called Imperial Commando, which would have leaved the regrettable prequels behind and focused on the Galactic Civil War of the original film trilogy. I've wanted a Stormtrooper game since forever, so it's kind of heartbreaking the sequel never got past pre-production. With Disney slashing and burning everything in development except the questionable new Battlefront game, we'll probably never see Imperial Commando. Still it's fascinating to see Brett Douville play the game he helped make a decade ago.
Netherrealm Studios wants to take things back in time a little bit with the latest kostume pack to be released for Mortal Kombat X. The Kold War Pack is now available on your digital store of choice for the game. Previously, this pack was only available with some of the launch bundles of the game, but now it is available for everyone. The pack, which costs $3.99, adds three new costumes to the game: Motherland Sonya, Tundra Sub-Zero and Revolution Kano.
I don’t usually buy into the various costume DLC for games but I play MK X so much that I can’t help but pick up the ones released for this game. It may not seem like much to those who aren’t fans but it adds a nice bit of variety to my experience. You can check out the official trailer for the new duds in the video below: