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WRUP: PAX Prime 2014 is go!

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:00:00 -0400

Attending PAX Prime in Seattle this weekend? So is the Joystiq crew! Here's what we're up to. What's everyone playing this weekend?...

Barely Related: Hello Kitty is not a cat and other nonsense

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:30:00 -0400

Deep breaths, everyone. Welcome to Barely Related, a conversational Friday column that presents the non-gaming news stories that we, the Joystiq staff, have been talking about over the past week. And no, we're not stopping our focus on industry and...

Seen@PAX: The Behemoth's arcade

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:00:00 -0400

Above is the massive control panel that powers The Behemoth's untitled fourth game, currently codenamed "Game 4." After organizing their troops across a hex-based field, players confirm their selections with a tantalizing glowing green button, and...

Remasters of the universe: Obscure titles we want to revisit

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:30:00 -0400

It was no great shock when Sony released a PlayStation 4 version of its super-popular third-person title The Last of Us. Deep Silver bathing its new Metro franchise in the spotlight for next-gen consoles was no great surprise either. A new...

Hitman: Sniper evolves the downloadable pre-order bonus for mobile

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:00:00 -0400

Hitman: Sniper may carry a similar name as the Absolution pre-order bonus mini-game 'Hitman: Sniper Challenge' released in 2012, but the mobile and tablet device-exclusive is a new experience. In the game first announced at E3 2014, players return...

Peggle 2 pinballs, pachinkos to PS4

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:30:00 -0400

Peggle 2 is bouncing down to PS4 on October 14, PopCap Games announced today. The PS4 version includes classic and Xbox One version Peggle Masters. Peggle 2 hit Xbox One at launch and the Xbox 360 in May, though in 2013 we learned that the game was...

Final Fantasy Type-0 launching within the next year

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:45:00 -0400

Final Fantasy Type-0 is expected to launch within the next year, Square Enix confirmed to Joystiq during a hands-off demo of the game at PAX Prime. The HD port of the Japan-only PSP game is a "speedy, action-oriented" spin on the series' formula,...

Titanfall Update 6 adds 8-on-8 combat with no 'bots

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:00:00 -0400

Developer Respawn has issued a new update for its flagship giant robot shooter, Titanfall, the highlight of which strips out said robots in favor of mano a mano gunplay. Dubbed "Pilot Skirmish," the new gameplay mode removes both Titans and those...

Xbox One update adds Smartglass features, USB media playback

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:15:00 -0400

It's official, the Xbox One September update is poorly named, as it has already been released, days before September even begins. The update adds several new features, most notably the Media Player, which allows users to view and listen to media...

Game Show Night at PAX Prime: 3 hours of hilarious filth (and prizes!)

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:30:00 -0400

Is your life missing a deep, soul-warping sense of depravity? Could you use a few chuckles? Enjoy game shows? Has Joystiq got the PAX panel for you! As part of a long-running tradition, our own Managing Editor, Susan Arendt, will be hosting Blankety...

Launch day DLC coming to Fantasy Life, Hyrule Warriors

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:45:00 -0400

Among Nintendo's swath of announcements this morning is word that both Legend of Zelda-themed musou brawler Hyrule Warriors and open-world fantasy adventure Fantasy Life will receive downloadable additions at launch. According to Nintendo, once...

Three new 2DS Mario Kart 7 bundles race toward retail

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0400

Following Nintendo's earlier announcement of a new 3DS model, the Japanese gaming giant has also unveiled three new bundles headed to North America, including the 2DS handheld and a copy of Mario Kart 7. According to Nintendo, at some point in...

Castlevania producer Dave Cox leaves Konami after 17 years

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:30:00 -0400

Today is Castlevania: Lords of Shadow producer Dave Cox's final day at Konami, he announced on Twitter. Signed with the hashtag "#endofanera," Cox wrote the following: "After 17 years I have decided to leave Konami to explore new opportunities....

Soak up five minutes of Japanese Smash Bros 3DS footage

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:15:00 -0400

Though the commentary accompanying the above gameplay footage from the handheld Super Smash Bros. will only be understood by those who speak Japanese, the international language of an Italian plumber uppercutting a giant turtle monster speaks to all...

Joystiq Deals: Elite Android Hacker Bundle

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:00:00 -0400

This edition of Joystiq Deals brings you "over 52 hours of elite instruction" on how to build your own apps for the Android operating system. The Elite Android Hacker Bundle includes seven courses from online learning platform Udemy that cover the...

Halo: The Master Chief Collection revitalizes Halo 2's Lockout

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:45:00 -0400

One of the most beloved maps from Halo 2, the twisty-turny Lockout, is getting an extreme makeover in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Apart from looking much, much better, the new-and-improved Lockout will feature a few new gameplay twists,...

Costume Quest 2 treats players to Oct. 7 launch on Steam

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:30:00 -0400

Costume Quest 2 launches on October 7 on Steam, with pre-orders live now and ripe for the picking - or tricking or treating. Pre-order the game across Mac, Linux and PC in two ways: Costume Quest 2 plus four classic costumes for $15, or pay $20 for...

Super Joystiq Podcast 110: The Walking Dead, Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright, NHL 15

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0400

This week's Super Joystiq Podcast is totally into judging people for no reason. It learned it from YOU da... Sinan! Anthony continues his reign of terror in the host seat this week. Xav, Jess, and Sinan fill out the roster for a look back at the...

Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell reveals its colors at PAX Prime [Update: trailer!]

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0400

Volition has announced a new Saints Row 4 standalone expansion, titled Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell, during its panel today at PAX Prime 2014. A trailer shows Saints gang members Kinzie and Johnny Gat delving - and this is not a metaphor - into Hell...

Saints Row 4 re-elected, will serve terms on Xbox One, PS4

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:50:00 -0400

Saints Row 4 is coming to Xbox One and PS4 as Saints Row 4: Re-elected, Volition has revealed. Developer High Voltage is helping with the port, which will contain all the game's released DLC. This updated version of the game will release January 27 -...

Nariko rescues villagers in footage from Heavenly Sword film

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:45:00 -0400

Here in 2014 most people have forgotten about Ninja Theory's seven-year-old PlayStation 3-exclusive action game Heavenly Sword, but not Blockade Entertainment, who plan to launch a straight-to-DVD CGI film based on the game on September 2. [Image:...

New Super Meat Boy is an auto-runner for PC, tablets

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:17:00 -0400

Super Meat Boy Forever is an auto-runner heading to PC and tablets, coming directly from Super Meat Boy crew Team Meat. The Team Meatheads are Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes, and they're showing the new game off at PAX Prime 2014. Super Meat Boy...

Splatoon could have been a Mario game

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:15:00 -0400

When we got our hands on Nintendo's new IP, Splatoon, during E3 this year, we compared its charm to Super Mario 3D World or Mario Kart 8 - and according to Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, that was more on the nose than even we knew. Splatoon was...

Deep Down-time for Capcom's RPG, public beta delayed to 2015

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:45:00 -0400

Japanese PS4 owners won't try out online RPG Deep Down until next year, after Capcom pushed back its open beta into 2015. As Siliconera reports, director and producer Kazunori Sugiura said Capcom needs more time to test things out before launching a...

How to Survive lures the horde to Xbox One, PS4 this fall

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:15:00 -0400

How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition is on its way to Xbox One and PS4 in fall 2014, packing in all of the crafting and zombies (and crafty zombies) you never knew you wanted. Storm Warning Edition includes a lineup of DLC, including the Heat Wave...