Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Doom are a match made in heaven

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It never dawned on me how well the characters, world, and tone of Zombies Ate My Neighbors could work within the confines of Doom. Thankfully, a modder named Dude27th put two and two together.

The water gun, soda cans, bazooka, and babies – it all just fundamentally works!

This Doom II total-conversion project isn't finished – in fact, the last update was pushed in July 2019 – but the footage captured by YouTube user Smokeanaut warms my horror-loving heart all the same.

Sony is giving out PS4 themes and a real-life platinum trophy

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Sony is giving out PS4 themes and a real-life platinum trophy

Sony wants us to play more games and earn more trophies in 2020 with an initiative it's calling the PlayStation Player Celebration. In exchange for hitting collective milestones – 125K games played and 500K trophies earned, to start – players will unlock exclusive PS4 themes and avatars. There's also a chance to win one of those ridiculous real-life platinum trophies that Sony has given out in the past.

Before you start any marathon sessions, there are a few dates and caveats to keep in mind.

As of February 18, you can register your PSN ID to participate in the PlayStation Player Celebration. Then, on February 24, the first community goal will open up. That's when you can contribute.

Cooking Mama: Cookstar looks tailor-made for Instagramming foodies

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It's no longer enough that food tastes good. It needs to look good too. That's an expectation at this point, as many people whip out their phones for a quick pic of their dish before digging in.

The next Cooking Mama game leans into this trend. A leaked trailer for Cooking Mama: Cookstar on Switch puts emphasis on both whipping up unique food and admiring it. For instance, a rainbow grilled cheese is put under the camera lens, as players can rotate the angle of the picture and add filters and stickers. Catch me on the 'gram.

Although it's not confirmed yet, Cooking Mama: Cookstar will evidently release in March -- at least, according to this trailer. Nintendo has been mum about a lot of Switch games recently, and there's a reasonable belief that we have to be getting a new Direct sometime soon. If that's the case, you know Cooking Mama is getting an official release date. It's about ready to come out the oven.

The next Nintendo Direct is all about Animal Crossing

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The next Nintendo Direct is all about Animal Crossing

It might not be the exact oasis you were waiting for in the current Nintendo Direct drought, but any Direct – game-specific or wide-ranging – is worth a look. This one's all about Animal Crossing.

Tune in on February 20 at 6 a.m. PT / 9 a.m ET for a roughly 25-minute livestreamed #AnimalCrossing: New Horizons Direct, featuring an in-depth look at Nook Inc.’s Deserted Island Getaway Package! pic.twitter.com/3j4EaUw8Pl

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 18, 2020

Tune in on February 20 at 6 a.m. PT / 9 a.m ET for a roughly 25-minute livestreamed #AnimalCrossing: New Horizons Direct, featuring an in-depth look at Nook Inc.’s Deserted Island Getaway Package! pic.twitter.com/3j4EaUw8Pl

Before We Leave is a pleasant city-builder, even if you plan poorly

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Before We Leave is a winning concept for a peaceful city-building game. It's a relaxing take on games like Anno and A Kingdom for Keflings in which you'll harvest resources from a lost civilization, explore and expand to neighboring islands, establish trade networks, and eventually fly off to other planets.

I was into the pitch when we learned about Before We Leave last year, and I'm still into it now, in 2020, after spending a couple of hours with an alpha build. Time flew the heck by while I was playing this.

The trailer is worth watching if you missed the announcement – it captures the experience well.

EVE Online developer cancels another first-person shooter

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EVE Online developer cancels another first-person shooter

Try as it may, it seems as though EVE Online developer CCP cannot get a first-person shooter to stick. In 2016, it canceled PS3-exclusive Dust 514 after an underwhelming run. Later, it canned Project Legion before it left the prototyping phase.

Add another one to the pile. Four years after being announced (but before it ever actually launched), CCP has shut down class-based shooter Project Nova. This attempt at an EVE Online FPS was set in the popular space MMOs world but didn't share a synchronous world the way Dust 514 did. CCP parent company Pearl Abyss confirmed the cancellation of Project Nova in an earnings call over the weekend.

In true EVE shooter fashion, something new is rising from the ashes of Project Nova. CCP's London studio is now dedicated entirely to developing a new multiplayer shooter that uses Project Nova's framework. CCP head of PR George Kellion said "It is very common for games in active development to evolve over time, often substantially. We remain committed to offering a rock-solid, action-oriented gameplay experience with stellar visuals, but due to significant changes in the scope and direction of our sci-fi multiplayer shooter game concept, it also made sense to update how we refer to this project internally. So, we are no longer using the codename Project Nova for this game concept."

The hyperkinetic Sayonara Wild Hearts is headed to Xbox One next week

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The hyperkinetic Sayonara Wild Hearts is headed to Xbox One next week

Great news for Xbox fans, as Annapurna Interactive has announced that its gorgeous, emotive, and utterly unique musical odyssey Sayonara Wild Hearts is headed to the Xbox One platform next week.Sayonara Wild Hearts wowed critics and fans when it launched for the PS4, Nintendo Switch, and iOS devices back in September 2019. Players control a steel-hearted woman, on a fast, action-packed, and visually stunning trip through the light fantastic, with each stage representing a track from Daniel Olsén and Jonathan Eng's brilliant score. Sayonara Wild Hearts was one of the most fascinating titles of 2019, better experienced than explained.

Pumpkin Jack wants to recapture the Jak and Daxter vibe

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I played Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy for the first time in 2020, and I have zero regrets about that decision. I almost certainly would've clicked with it even more in 2001 (I just had a GameCube at the time), but things didn't work out that way. The remastered PS4 version holds up really well.

If you're ever hoping for a 3D platformer in the vein of Jak and Daxter with a bonus dash of MediEvil, consider keeping tabs on Pumpkin Jack. It looks straightforward in the best way. There's a dodge roll, basic combo attacks, and assists from companions like a crow – nothing too fancy or over-designed.

You can also pop off your head and crawl around the cheerfully spooky place. I badly want to do that.

Dreams and Yakuza Remastered bust into the Top Ten of the UK Charts

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Dreams and Yakuza Remastered bust into the Top Ten of the UK Charts

The UK Charts saw three new entries this week, with Sega's Yakuza Remastered Collection smashing into the Top Ten at number two, while Sony's excellent game-creator Dreams settled at number eight. THQ Nordic's Darksiders Genesis finally arrived on consoles and also made a modest impact, landing at number 11.None of these releases title had a strong enough launch to unsettle Electronic Arts' FIFA 20 or Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, both of which continue their dominance of the charts. This has become de riguer for most January/February seasons, with the annual football/shooter releases often dominating when not faced with strong new releases (such as Resident Evil 2 and Kingdom Hearts III last year, or Monster Hunter: World in 2018).

The quiet continued success of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order should also be noted. While the game has fallen out of vogue in terms of chatter and word of mouth, EA's intergalactic adventure has maintained a lofty presence since its initial release back in November.

Yakuza 0 will be on Game Pass on day one of its Xbox debut

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Yakuza 0 will be on Game Pass on day one of its Xbox debut

Yakuza 0 has had quite the staggered release -- Japan in 2015, the rest of the world in 2017, and then a PC port in 2018 -- and the final platform is just around the corner. When it gets there, it'll be a day-one addition to the best subscription service in games.

Yakuza 0's Xbox One port is coming before the end of February, a move that was revealed by Xbox Game Pass rather than Sega. It'll arrive on February 26 and instantly be a part of Xbox Game Pass. No pre-ordering necessary, just queue it up and go.

This isn't the only major addition to Game Pass over the course of the next week. Kingdom Hearts III is also on its way, right alongside all the denser-named Kingdom Hearts content that just landed on Xbox. Also, Wasteland Remastered is here for an introduction to inXile's gritty apocalypse ahead of Wasteland 3's launch in May.