Archive for October, 2012


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Reminder About Scribblenauts Unlimited

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

With the Wii U’s release growing ever nearer, we wanted to remind you about a cool thing that happened when we played Scribblenauts Unlimited at E3 this year.

A bunch of the devs were around including the red-shoed Jeremiah Slaczka, probably because he was doing his interview with Kotaku, and while I was playing the game I tried to skip through the dialogue using the “A” button, but nothing happened.  I turned to one of the booth people and was like “Why can’t I use the ‘A’ button to skip through stuff?”.  He was like, “Well, the devs are right here, why don’t you ask them?” So, I turned to one of the female devs and repeated my question.  She was like “You want to use the ‘A’ button to skip stuff? Sure, we’ll put that in.”

So, if when Scribblenauts Unlimited launches alongside the Wii U on November 18th and you are able to use “A” to progress through dialogues in addition to tapping the check-mark button (which was the only option in the E3 version of the game), then you know who you have to thank for that.

In other news, the Wii U edition has been differentiated from the 3DS and PC versions of the game by the inclusion of some exclusive Nintendo characters that you can spawn (a small sampling of which are shown above), so we know what version we’re getting!

Point Review: Unmechanical (PC)

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Developer: Teotl Studios
Publisher: Talawa Games
Genre: Side-scrolling puzzle adventure
Players: 1
Console: PC (also coming to iOS)
Hours Played: ~3-4
Progress: Completed the game and saw both possible endings.

Teotl Studios, makers of the popular Unreal Tournament III mod The Ball, recently released their latest unique puzzler, Unmechanical.  With the world of indie games ever-expanding, it’s becoming hard to “separate the wheat from the chaff” as it were, and the line between great indie releases and those not worth the bytes they’re made of is growing increasingly thin.  Does Unmechanical reach the pinnacle of indie creativity bringing a fresh perspective that is unlikely to come from larger studios, or does it fall by the wayside with the all too numerous indie releases that never really amount to anything?  Read on to hear what we thought of our time hovering around and bumping into things in Unmechanical.

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Nintendo.com Leaked NA Wii U Launch Day Lineup [UPDATE]

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

[UPDATE: With the addition of WARRIORS OROCHI 3 Hyper, the leaked list that we discovered a couple of weeks ago is now confirmed by a press release from Nintendo themselves.  Time to start counting your pennies so you can choose from the Wii U’s admirable 23-game launch day line-up.]

The pages for Rayman LegendsBlack Ops 2, Assassin’s Creed III, ZombiU, Mass Effect 3: Special Edition, Batman: Arkham City Armored EditionTEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2, Scribblenauts Unlimited, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, Rabbids Land, Just Dance 4Marvel Avengers: Battle for EarthSonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, MADDEN NFL 13NBA 2K13, TRANSFORMERS PRIME, Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013, Game Party Champions, and ESPN Sports Connection on Nintendo.com list their release dates as being the same as the launch date for the Wii U itself, November 18th, even though they were officially only announced for release during the “launch window” during today’s Wii U conference.

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Point Review: Hybrid (360)

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Developer: 5th Cell
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Genre: Online third-person shooter
Players: 1 (2-6 online)
Console: Xbox 360 (XBLA)
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)
Progress: Reached Level 10 (Sergeant)

5th Cell is known mostly for their very ambitious Scribblenauts games, but in an uncharacteristic move they decided to try their hand at making a Source engine shooter for the Xbox 360.  Does Hybrid end up being a unique and valuable take on its genre like 5th Cell’s Run Roo Run iOS game or does it end up just missing the mark like too many of their other titles?  Read on to find out what we thought of 5th Cell’s apocalyptic shooter.

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