Minecraft gets the Love and Hugs treatment this April Fool’s

Minecraft really is a terribly violent game. In it, you destroy the environment, butcher and imprison the local fauna, open portals to Hell, and squander precious natural resources on profane statues. In a world where so much as uttering the word “different,” and not immediately following it written apologies submitted in triplicate, is enough to drive more »

Hearthstone’s April Fools’ balance changes are long overdue

Competitive multiplayer games will always have their nay-sayers. No matter how many balance patches are released, someone will always be on the whipping end of “whipping boy,” and they’ll always have forums to whine on. Hearthstone has never been able to break free from this vicious cycle, but with its most recent patch, it may have become more »

Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain: New Paladin cards examined

After Blizzard’s 14-card bombshell, we’ve now seen all of Blackrock Mountain. The Hearthstone expansion is due out April 2, and we now know the 31 cards it’s bringing with it. And with the full set out in the open, we can finally evaluate individual cards more fairly. Here, we look at the Paladin class, whose two unique cards have more »

This week on the PlayStation Store, March 31, 2015

Much closer to on time this week, here’s your ol’ pal Lucas’ take on the week’s PlayStation Store releases! It’s amazing how much that whole “real life” thing gets in the way of videogames. Anyway, this is a slower week than last, but a few games of significance are out, as well as a few more »

Paula Deen has her own match-three game, Recipe Quest

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and perhaps the most common theme in game design. Disgraced celebrity chef Paula Deen is joining the match-three ranks with the iOS and Android app Paula Deen’s Recipe Quest. At the start, it features 40 levels of puzzles matching ingredients in Deen’s Southern dishes. The player’s long range more »

Google Maps lets you Chase Ghosts as Pac-Man

Google Maps has a special, retro feature in place for April Fools’ Day 2015, and it’s already live. Right now, the mapping service offers Pac-Man mode, populating a small section of the map you’re viewing with the classic ghosts, pellets, and bonus fruits. The option, which can be enabled by clicking the Pac-Man icon in more »

Atlus announces Stella Glow for Western audiences

Atlus, purveyors of all things Shin Megami Tensei and pretty much anything else that falls under the “quirky Japanese RPG” banner, has announced their latest for the Nintendo 3DS: Confirmed for a Western release, Stella Glow is an entirely new IP from Imageepoch, which the press release in question (understandably) wishes to associate with the developer’s Luminous Arc series (the first more »

April Fools’ Nintendo Direct is no joke

Nintendo is holding a Nintendo Direct presentation on April 1, 2015. It’s a worldwide affair, with Europe, Japan, and North America all getting a video to watch that will detail various releases and make (hopefully) delightful announcements. For those of us in the states, it will run at 3pm PDT/5pm CDT/6pm EDT. However, the most more »

Sadness over Story of Seasons’ shipping situation

There are things you take for granted in Bokujou Monogatari/Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons sorts of games. Sometimes it’s knowing that certain seeds will available. Others may be having a fishing rod ready almost immediately. The one thing you don’t expect to miss is one of the most critical things in every installment: the shipping bin. more »

Story of Seasons review: Ideal agrarian atmosphere

Story of Seasons Price: System(s): 3DS Release Date: March 31, 2015 Publisher (Developer): XSEED Games (Marvelous AQL) ESRB Rating: “Everyone 10+” for Alcohol Reference, Mild Suggestive Themes, and Violent References There’s competition in the farming world now, as fans of simulations are well aware. In short, Natsume owns the Harvest Moon name and is now more »

New WWE sim coming to mobile devices

It took WWE a while to figure out that mobile games were the area it needed to expand into. Since then, we’ve seen card battler  WWE Supercard and WWE Immortals, an arcade-style fighting game. 2K is betting there are players who would like a more traditional wrestling, oops, sports entertainment experience. WWE 2K will bring the in-ring action more »

Pokemon Shuffle your way to a Rayquaza

Another Pokemon Shuffle event is upon us. It seems these Legendaries can’t keep out of our games. Starting today, Rayquaza has invaded our games. To lend this promotion the appropriate gravitas, it even has a flashy name. Prepare yourself for Rayquaza’s Ascension. Rayquaza’s Ascension is a fairly typical, Special Stage. A player has 30 turns more »