Review: The Walking Dead: A New Frontier: Above the Law

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Review: The Walking Dead: A New Frontier: Above the Law

As a multi-media franchise, The Walking Dead is at its best when the overarching tale of survival against the undead and/or the murderous community de jour is working in conjunction with smaller, compelling stories of regular people in an irregular situation. That's why a lot of The Walking Dead –  again, as a whole –  doesn't really work: either the macro story is rote and overpowering or the micro story follows a group of unlikable pests.

(See also: the second season of Telltale's The Walking Dead)

So far, The Walking Dead: A New Frontier has done a great job of subverting the pitfalls you'd normally expect from this series. But even if this was another Carver situation, with another evil settlement lead by a guy who doesn't shut up about "what it takes to survive," A New Frontier would still manage to succeed on the strength of its characters. These people have a depth and consistency you don't often see from horror protagonists, let alone video game characters.

Some beautiful bastards are making a new Genesis beat-em-up

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Some beautiful bastards are making a new Genesis beat-em-up

The last game commercially released on the Sega Genesis was a port of Frogger in 1998. If we disregard other homebrew or indie games, then it has been roughly 19 years since any of us had the chance to play a brand new game on the system. That is quite a long time (and probably what we'll have to wait for Tool's next album). You could have sired an heir and watch them birth their own offspring in that time.

If you've been clinging to Sega's golden machine all this time, don't put the old boy out to pasture just yet. Paprium is a neat Final Fight inspired beat-em-up coming out later this year for the old goat. Along with featuring multiplayer action and a save function, it will also include 24 levels and five selectable characters. According to the description on this trailer, it is the largest Genesis cartridge ever produced.

Twisted Pixel thriller Wilson's Heart drops April 25

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Twisted Pixel thriller Wilson's Heart drops April 25

It's flying under the radar for most of you, but Twisted Pixel (The Maw, 'Splosion Man) has been off making an Oculus Rift game called Wilson's Heart, and it's coming out soon. Peter Weller is even in it!

Set in the 1940s, this first-person psychological thriller has you waking up in a not-quite-right hospital with your heart missing and a strange device in its place. It's built for the Oculus Touch controllers, so your individual finger movements matter as you interact with the world, and the game's black-and-white aesthetic looks super sharp in virtual reality. It'll be out Tuesday, April 25 for $40.

I got an early sense of Wilson's Heart last year and came away impressed. I don't have a Rift, but this has been on my mind as a cool-looking "full" VR game ever since. Hope it turns out well!

Exploring Hyrule and gender identity

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Exploring Hyrule and gender identity

[Seymour embarks on a journey of swords, discovery, the desert, and cross-dressing. I really hope the comments turn out alright but I liked seeing this unique view of one of the year's biggest games. ~Strider]

Breath of the Wild became a very special game for me over the course of my first 30-40 hours. It wasn't just the high-quality open world design or delightful quests, but one unexpectedly engaging facet. A facet that was brought on to me via a short strand of these aforementioned quests within the desert wastes.

I'm not sure what to make of this new NIS game

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Nippon Ichi Software's new title seems to borrow from Minecraft and 3D Dot Game Heroes.

The teaser starts off calmly enough, with characters constructing a nice little house, but then it quickly escalates into an invader (?) leaping up into the sky and hurtling back down to obliterate blocks. While the aesthetic looks familiar, I'm not quite so sure how this as-yet-unnamed game will play.

The fact that this is coming out of NIS at least has me curious.

Lego City Undercover's retail Switch port may require an install

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Lego City Undercover's retail Switch port may require an install

One of the benefits of the Switch is that going retail means you won't need to download or install anything. Since Nintendo went back to cartridges (albeit proprietary ones), load times are fast enough to not make installations necessary. The only problem would be when a game starts ballooning in file size, since Switch cartridges have a max capacity of 32 gb.

Color me surprised, but apparently Lego City Undercover is going to be the first retail Switch title to require an install. While this hasn't been confirmed and could just be a misunderstanding, some leaked photos from the retail box show a warning that reads, "Up to 13 GB storage required for game download." Um, what?

This could be for a bunch of various reasons. My initial guess would be a day one patch,  but the front of the game box does mention that an internet connection is required. More likely is that WB Games cheapened out on cartridge size and is forcing users to download necessary files.

Zelda player finds way to glide for almost 5 miles in Breath of the Wild

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the rare game with so many unique little idiosyncrasies that it feels possible to constantly find new ways to achieve the unthinkable. The obvious end to this is that players are using them to one-up how they challenge each other. It's partially why the speedrun record is already under 50 minutes.

A new feat is considerably more cathartic than speedrunning. Players are seeing how far they can glide off the top of Ridgeland Tower. The trend rose to prominence on reddit recently with a 6,578 meter flight. That was bested shortly thereafter with a 7,615.8 meter attempt (embedded at the top of the page).

The nearly 5 mile paraglide was accomplished through crafty reliance on the wind and liberal use of bomb arrows to create updrafts. Also, there's constant use of potions to replenish Link's stamina. The 22-minute flight comes to an end with a final descent across the water.

Review: Hollow Knight

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Review: Hollow Knight

I got my Nintendo Switch day one and I've put around 10 hours into The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the latest game from my favorite series. Not because I don't love it, but because I've been obsessed with Hollow Knight. It is that damned good.

In a year that has been absolutely filled to the brim with great games, I can say Hollow Knight is hands down without a doubt in my mind my favorite and surely an early contender for game of the year.

This is the final week for the Nintendo DSi Shop

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This is the final week for the Nintendo DSi Shop

As of Friday, March 31, you'll no longer be able to access the Nintendo DSi Shop. It's shutting down.

"If you have Nintendo DSi Points to spend, Nintendo DSiWare you want to re-download or Nintendo DSiWare you'd like to transfer from a Nintendo DSi/Nintendo DSi XL system to a Nintendo 3DS family system, you may want to do so at your earliest convenience, while the service is still available," warns the company. After the closure, you won't be able to redownload your previously bought content.

Nintendo announced its plan to sunset the DSi Shop last year, but these dates have a way of sneaking up on us. Hopefully this reminder catches you in time. I managed to completely miss the DSi, but as a refresher, here's a list of games and apps (not all of which are supported on the 3DS eShop).