Strafe is gunning for a March release date

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Strafe is gunning for a March release date

Strafe, the retro-themed throwback shooter and my personal most anticipated game of 2017, is going to be available on March 28. Along with that information also comes absolute confirmation that the game is, indeed, procedurally generated. That kind of dampens my enthusiasm, but I do love old-school shooters.

Double Dragon IV will have three modes, playable boss characters

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Double Dragon IV will have three modes, playable boss characters

I've been heavily preparing for Double Dragon IV by playing previous games in the series, and at the moment I've just completed the trilogy. While some say that it looks uninspired or even "lazy," I'm jazzed to try it out having spent hundreds of hours of beating up Black Warrior clan members the past 20 years.

Set to release later this month on the year of the 30th anniversary, the official website just opened up, and we have a few more details as we head into launch. For one, it'll have the token story mode, as well as a two player duel mode with a big character select screen, a challenge tower, and share play support for "up to one hour" to make up for no online play.

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Gal Gun Double Peace has been banned in New Zealand

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Gal Gun Double Peace has been banned in New Zealand

Gal Gun Double Peace has been deemed "objectionable" by the Film and Video Labeling Body of New Zealand, which in other words means it is no longer available for purchase or consumption through legal means in the country. They found the content too sexual with regard to rape and underage female students. The game takes place in a Japanese high school where students are typically aged 16-18.

A work is deemed "objectionable" in the event that it "describes, depicts, expresses, or otherwise deals with matters such as sex, horror, crime, cruelty, or violence in such a manner that the availability of the publication is likely to be injurious to the public good."

The Flame in the Flood's PS4 port is a Southern Gothic treat

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The Flame in the Flood's PS4 port is a Southern Gothic treat

I bought The Flame in the Flood when it released on Steam last year. And while I only played for an hour or two, The Molasses Flood’s debut resonated with me thanks to its melancholy vision of a post-societal America.

It’s a new year, though, and The Flame in the Flood is on a new console. As such, I’ve spent the better part of my week navigating the uncertain waters of The Flame in the Flood’s PlayStation 4 port in hopes of uncovering its secrets.

Konami is bringing Pasukaru Sensei Perfect Paint to the 3DS

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Konami is bringing Pasukaru Sensei Perfect Paint to the 3DS

Over in Japan Konami is still shambling along, releasing the occasional game and Pachislot machine. While a new Bomberman and Metal Gear spinoff are confirmed for the US (as well as any PES-related shenanigans), they also have another upcoming release to add to their Japanese lineup -- 100% Pasukaru Sensei Perfect Paint.

It's slated to come to the 3DS this summer, and it originates from a puzzler that was sold on Android and iOS in the east. There's no word on if it'll include incorporate the existing microtransactions or physical playing card element. Going off the "dislikes" in the trailer people are still mad at Konami.

The Unlikely Legend of Rusty Pup canceled for Wii U, planned for Switch

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The Unlikely Legend of Rusty Pup canceled for Wii U, planned for Switch

Usually, console transitions are rather smooth. Developers and consumers alike know when a current generation is scheduled to die, and the former typically develop for the current and future consoles as needed -- you only need to look at the cavalcade of PS3 and PS4 games to take note.

But with the Wii U, Nintendo kind of just pulled the plug without telling a lot of people. When they stopped manufacturing the console altogether before the Switch was even properly revealed, I spoke to many indie developers that basically had no idea it was happening until the news was reported. Naturally, they've been struggling with whether or not to cancel all their Wii U plans and move to Switch, and the next domino just fell -- The Unlikely Legend of Rusty Pup.

Speaking to Nintendo Life, creator Chris Seaver explained that while the PC version is still the focus, followed by 3DS, the Wii U edition is done. If they get Switch dev kits (which they still don't have), they'll pursue that route as well. Seaver goes on to call the Wii U a "dead system," and hopes that the switch will reinvigorate Nintendo's home console market.

Destiny won't have a Crimson Days Valentine's event this year because they're working on 'something else'

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Destiny won't have a Crimson Days Valentine's event this year because they're working on 'something else'

Destiny has been in a rut for sometime. Nearly everyone I know has called it quits again after farming the Wrath of the Machine challenges, and the Winter update, while a nice gesture, essentially amounts to an extra Strike and a new scoreboard. So what else do we have to look forward to until Destiny 2 hits? Not a whole lot, apparently.

Bungie explains that they will not be hosting a Crimson Days Valentine's event this year, because they're "too busy" working on something else for an upcoming update in the spring. I won't miss Crimson as it was crudely copied and pasted on and billed as content in an effort to sell microtransactions -- like most events -- but the game needs something to keep people interested before spring/summer.

With all of the millions that Destiny earned since launch you'd think they'd be able to hire more hands, but this has been the Bungie way. Maybe they shifted a lot of folks to Destiny 2, where the real long term plans lie? If so, that will only solidify Destiny's original release as a beta/proving ground.

1-2-Switch is not the next Wii Sports

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1-2-Switch is not the next Wii Sports

When the Wii launched over 10 years ago (10 years!?), people were still unsure about the concept of motion control in video games. "What is this TV remote-looking thing? How will anyone play games with this?" The innovative console turned out to be a monumental success for Nintendo.

The single largest reason why they were able to convince so many people, not just hardcore gamers, that motion controls could work is that Wii Sports and the later Wii Sports Resort utilized the Wii Mote and Nunchuk in a variety of simple games based on sports that many people were already familiar with. Working motion control would not have been enough to reel in the casual soccer mom audience, however. The games were fun and approachable in their own right. You wanted to come back to play them again and again.

Nintendo Land set out to do the same for Wii U, showcasing a variety of ways the second screen could be used to enhance gameplay. Neither the console or its bundled proof-of-concept game performed nearly as well as their predecessors, but the game was still received favorably for having fun, unique content in single player, co-operative multiplayer, and competitive multiplayer. All modes made use of the gamepad in a variety of interesting applications.

The Nintendo Switch won't have video/streaming platforms at launch, and that's okay

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The Nintendo Switch won't have video/streaming platforms at launch, and that's okay

Back in the day, it was relatively important for a console to have access to some array of video streaming services. The Wii didn't play DVDs or Blu-Ray discs by default, but it did house the Netflix app, which many folks used. Microsoft also touted its new Xbox One as an "entertainment box" for a while, and is now the only console that can run Ultra HD Blu-Rays (the PS4 Pro can't).

But times have changed. Now everyone and their grandma own a Roku, Chromecast, or Fire TV stick/box, so it's not as imperative if a gaming system can run Crackle, FX Now, or HBO Go applications. That's the route Nintendo is going with for now with the Switch, anyway.

Speaking to Kotaku, a rep for Nintendo stated, "All of our efforts have gone toward making the Nintendo Switch system an amazing dedicated video game platform, so it will not support any video-streaming services at launch. However, support for video-streaming services is being considered for a future update."

Final Fantasy XV's Moogle Chocobo Carnival temporarily transforms Altissia

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Final Fantasy XV's Moogle Chocobo Carnival temporarily transforms Altissia

Final Fantasy XV has more than enough stuff to do before you start to dive into the realm of DLC, but it's there, if you want it.

And thankfully there's some free DLC on the way in the form of the Moogle Chocobo Carnival, accompanied by a premium holiday item pack. All you have to do is download the "Holiday Pack," and either way, you'll be able to access the carnival starting on January 23 at 5PM PT.

If you spring for the premium edition you'll get a few extra items (five accessories, two AP boosting items, a second outfit, and photo frames). The free edition nets you an accessory that prevents leveling, an AP boosting item, and an outfit. Square Enix did confirm it would be a limited, seasonal event, and it'll run until February 19 at 4PM PT. More are on the way in the future beyond the previously announced campaign reworks and the paid DLC chapters.