Few noises are more satisfying than the resounding BINK! of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball with pinpoint precision. It's something you'll hear very, very often in Lethal League Blaze, backed by a soundtrack full of funky fresh beats and quite probably the roar of your own excited yelling. This 2.5D brawler is the greatest underground sport in gaming, steeped in the same street culture that informed the look, sound, and feel of the beloved Jet Set Radio series. Like Super Smash Bros. or Nidhogg, Lethal League Blaze turns an unconventional fighting style into an infinitely replayable series of duels, as two to four players smack around a modified baseball at ever-increasing speeds until only one person stands triumphant over their K.O.ed-by-a-fastball foes. Lethal League has been well-loved for years, from the total revamp of Blaze, to the 2014 original, and even in its beginnings as a Flash prototype. And it never would've happened if two soft-spoken students from the … [Read more...] about How Lethal League Blaze became the future’s best ball game
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It’s always important to be grateful for the things we have, especially during the holiday season. The astounding virtual worlds we immerse ourselves in on a daily basis wouldn’t have been imaginable without the hard work of the talented individuals who make up the video game industry. Consider this list of the month’s major game anniversaries a celebration of the meticulous craftsmanship that goes into most titles on the market today. Game Anniversaries in December 2018 – Dissidia Final Fantasy (10th Anniversary) Dissidia Final Fantasy is basically the JRPG version of Super Smash Bros. As strange as this is to read, the formula surprisingly works. Originally released on December 18, 2008 in Japan, Square Enix’s Dissidia series has spawned multiple sequels on both PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 4. This long line of entries has enthralled longtime Final Fantasy fans by giving them access to the franchise’s most famed heroes and villains in a … [Read more...] about Major Game Anniversaries in December 2018
It's been two weeks since we brought you the troubling tale of Bowsette: the internet craze which saw thousands of artists splice Bowser with Princess Peach. The meme was inspired by the work of cartoonist ayyk92, who imagined what would happen if the Super Crown from New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe was placed on Bowser's head instead of Toadette's. Chaos ensued, with the Bowsette hashtag used hundreds of thousands of times in the west, and becoming the number one trending topic on Japanese Twitter. After a brief period of delay, it seems modders have finally caught up with the first wave of Bowsette art, as a spate of game mods have appeared which place the curvaceous turtle into real Mario games. Here we go again. One of the first mods to appear was a playable Bowsette in Mario 64. Created by Kaze Emanuar (who is also responsible for the Waluigi's Taco Stand ROM hack, by the way), Bowsette can throw fireballs and even has her own sound effects. In the video, Kaze grumpily explains he … [Read more...] about Bowsette game mods are getting out of hand
It’s that magical time of year again, the week where the biggest companies in the gaming industry start trotting out their best and brightest new projects for the world to look at. From Bethesda to Sony, everyone who is anyone is going to try to pull off that perfect E3 presentation that will drum up excitement from gamers new and old. Some may succeed, and for the next few weeks or so, everyone will be busy speculating about the next potential Game of the Year. Of course, we can’t all be perfect, and some things sound way better in rehearsal than they do in front of an audience of millions. However, some presentations fall flat because someone decided that it would be a brilliant idea to basically run a marathon while wearing a blindfold. This year, at E3 2018, there were a few big-name stinkers that, like a fiery car crash, are irresistibly bad to the point that they may even be amusing. The Winners Microsoft Historically, Microsoft’s E3 presentations could be … [Read more...] about The Winners and Losers of E3 2018: Microsoft, Sony, Bethesda, and More!
The battle for our nerd eyeballs is about to begin. What could the big guns have set for E3 2018? Nintendo, PlayStation and Xbox are about to go war. It’ll be a largely nice war, of course, fought with over-wrought platitudes to players and practiced soundbites to the media – but the fight is on. Most important are the games, obviously. They speak louder than any words. On this page, we’re going to run down what could be coming from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony at E3 2018. We originally published this page back in May, but now E3 is a matter of days away, it’s time for an update. We’re just dealing with the first party, in-house output here (we’ve got a separate page for third party speculation), and we’re only considering known properties – hopefully all three companies have some all-new stuff for us to get excited about too. Anyway – let’s kick it off with PlayStation. PlayStation: The Last of Us Part 2 and dreams of … [Read more...] about E3 2018: what games will PlayStation, Nintendo and Xbox show?