The Carnival’s Where the Magic Happens?

Something about that panda seems suspicious. It can't be trusted running a carnival.

Minigame collections come and go. Party games and generic multiplayer games are a dime a dozen, and to be honest, we pick them up every now and again keeping our fingers crossed that maybe this one’s different. Maybe Carnival Island is the game that revitalizes our hope in modern party games. Why? Because this deceivingly cute carnival clone comes to us from the hands of Magic Pixel Games, a relatively new studio formed by the guys behind the gravely under-appreciated Boom Blox, not to mention the game’s being published by Santa Monica Studios. Yeah, they put out God of War, and more recently, the PSN favorite, Fat Princess. Ever heard of them?

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With Great Power, Comes a Great Game

 Check out our newest guest contribution coming to you from Justin Mutch of Union City, CA. Want to write for Wrecked? Find out how here.

 

These days, originality in video games is a bit hard to come by.  With new (and equally generic) Call of Duty clones being released what seems like every week, avid gamers need something fresh to chew on.  Luckily there are a few franchises that vanquish the repetitive nature of games like those that focus solely on multiplayer.  InFamous 2 came out on June 7th, and for anyone with a PS3 who likes variety in games, this was a momentous occasion.  The first game was a massive hit, and the plot definitely called for a sequel.  So after two years of waiting, we finally get to see Cole’s next struggle to save another city.  Or destroy it.

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Get L.A.’d Tonight with Rockstar Games’ Mystery Epic

From the same company that brought you the Grand Theft Auto series comes L.A. Noire. It’s a homage to film noir; think Dashiell Hammet’s The Maltese Falcon, or even the 2005 film Sin City. The game is set in 1940’s Los Angeles and you play as Cole Phelps (played by Mad Men’s Aaron Staton), an up and coming detective with a dark past. You follow his career as he works his way up through the ranks of the police department.

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E3 2011: Dead Island Preview

Dead Island is the new survival-zombie-slasher from Deep Silver games, due out this fall. I was impressed by the scope of the island you’re playing on: it’s simply massive. The gameplay works less like Left 4 Dead as most previously thought, and more like open-world games like Fallout.

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E3 Update #1:

Hey Guys! As I’m sure you know, tonight marks the end of the first full day of the E3 Convention in Los Angeles, CA. For those that haven’t already checked out the specs, here’s a comprehensive list of everything you need to know so far regarding the Big-3’s press conferences.

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*BRAND NEW* Tomb Raider Debut Trailer

WOW. The new Tomb Raider game looks incredible. Let’s hope the actual gameplay is half as epic as this debut trailer implies. More details to come from E3 next week.
Click the Jump to see the BRAND NEW debut trailer for Tomb Raider!

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Dead Island Gameplay Trailer Unveiled

Yesterday the internet was caught off guard when Deep Silver games pulled the curtain off the previously uber-mysterious zombie game, Dead Island. Buzz for the game went viral when the original announcement trailer swept us off our feet back in February. Though the game is no where near as dramatic as that teaser trailer implies, the gameplay shows a lot of potential. While we were all expecting another Left 4 Dead, Dead Island looks to be more of a Fallout-style of gameplay, sporting an enormous open world with tons of story-driven missions and side missions that can be played start to finish with drop-in/drop-out four-player co-op. Yeah, I’ve got a semi-chub just thinking about it. While the combat is mostly melee-centric, the gameplay trailer below showcases a bit of firearm combat as well, though the developers stresses guns will be few and far between.

Click the jump for the gameplay trailer, courtesy of GameTrailers.com!

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Nintendo’s Finally Done Ripping You Off

Nintendo Selects Line Introduces Mario Kart Wii Bundle -- Hints At Wii Price Drop

According to G4TV.com, Nintendo finally announced price drops on some of its biggest titles, like Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Wii Sports (previously FREE?), Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and more, bringing them to a much more reasonable $19.99 under the “Nintendo Selects” moniker. To me, this feels like a too-little-too-late move for Nintendo. I mean, taking FOUR AND A HALF YEARS to drop a single dime off Zelda’s price tag seems absolutely batshit crazy, don’t you think? Part of the speculation behind this move is that Ninty is price-dropping the big titles as well as bringing the system down to $149 to make way for the new Wii successor, code-named Project Cafe.

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Why Single Player Matters (An FPS Rant)

Quality single player content in first-person shooters is a dying art.

It’s all about the multiplayer experience these days, which I can understand. Thanks to the same amazing internet technology that allows me to stream porn at 60 titties per second, I’m able to trade bullets (and colorful insults) with some 13-year-old in Georgia. However, it seems that developers are placing too much emphasis on this aspect of game playing, and we’re usually stuck with a fucktarded single player campaign attached to an excellent multiplayer game.

Quite frankly, I’m sick of it.

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent…IN MY PANTS

It takes a lot to terrify me. Over the years, I’ve become desensitized to most scary movies and so-called creepy games. I tend to not jump or look away when my character is pulled into a dark abyss and slowly pulled apart and eaten. In fact, nothing really bugs me since the internet has pretty much single-handedly ruined me as well as an entire generation of teens. Example: just google Rule #34. Suckers.

The last title I remember that really screwed me up good and had me diving for the off button was Resident Evil and Silent Hill for the original Playstation back in 1999. Since then, very few titles of that caliber have even come close.

Until now…

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Stuck on Limbo

An amazing puzzle/platforming game for fans of Braid, Metroid, Portal, etc

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a story on the Xbox Live Arcade games sale going on, and I mentioned that I was planning on finally picking up Limbo. Well, I did, and in short: it’s incredible. I didn’t initially intend on even writing a review for this game, but there are so many gamers out there like myself that still had not gotten around to this gem. There is so much to like about Limbo, I just couldn’t keep it to myself. Old school gamers and new school gamers alike have already come together to celebrate this game’s greatness, and for good reason.

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Mortal Kombat: Back-Back-Punch is Still Scorpion’s Harpoon!

We all have memories as kids playing Mortal Kombat, whether we were at home playing it on Sega Genesis/Super Nintendo, or in the arcade because your parents wouldn’t let you own it due to the titillating amount of gore and the arcade was the only place you could get away with playing it other than your friend’s house, and he always whooped your sorry ass because he owned it.  Whatever it was, the Mortal Kombat franchise has a ton of nostalgic value to lifelong gamers, a huge fan base, and probably two of the most badass characters in fighting game history: Scorpion and Sub-Zero. The latest installment, a “reboot” of the franchise and game debut from NetherRealm Studios, makes us feel like we’re 7 years old all over again.

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Grab them XBLA Games on the Cheap!

This guy's totally legit, don't be a pansy!

For those who haven’t heard, there’s a massive sale on Xbox Live’s Arcade titles this week, and TODAY ONLY (4.15) some of the biggest titles to grace Microsoft’s online service will be marked up to 50% off!

ON SALE APRIL 15TH ONLY:

Limbo: 1200 600 MSP (50%)
Castle Crashers:  1200 600 MSP (50%)
Shadow Complex:  1200 600 MSP (50%)
Trials HD:  1200 600 MSP (50%)
Monday Night Combat:  1200 600 MSP (50%)
Braid: 800 400 MSP (50%)
Splosion Man: 800 400 MSP (50%)

Click the jump to see more deals going on this week:

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Capcom Brings The Big Guns To The Table

Ben Affleck's back in Capcom's Dragon's Dogma

I mean, fireballs… and swords to the table.. as neither of these games feature any kind of guns… Either way, it’s a good day to be at Capcom, where the company just shed some light on two incredible games coming out soon: Street Fighter X Tekken and a new IP from the creators of Devil May Cry 4 and Resident Evil 4, called Dragon’s Dogma. Though arguably a pretty terrible name, the game looks fucking awesome; it’s like Monster Hunter, but actually looks fun to play!

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Super Meat Boy, And Why I Hate My Life

Wrecked is happy to bring you our first-ever guest contribution, from Victor Matallana in Dublin, CA. Let him know if you liked his work by sounding off in the comments below!

-WR

Super Meat Boy Logo

Back in the day, we played real games. We played games that never forgave your mistakes. We didn’t have recharge health, or checkpoints, or aim assist. You fought tooth and nail from that first small pit to that final boss, where the difference between life and death was a single pixel. You played a game and it was hard and you lived with it.

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The Nintendo 3DS Brings A New Dimension You Never Thought You Needed… Until Now

Love the Color Scheme. Go Sharks!

I’ve spent about a week with Nintendo’s newest beauty, the 3DS, and I’ve got all the juicy details you need to know. Those “hands-on” sessions you tried at Best Buy WILL NOT do the system any justice at all. In fact, Ninty’s newest handheld, despite a few questionable design errors, is going to take the world by storm.

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Is This Homefront Worth Defending?

Homefront Cover THQ

Let me paint a picture for you:

-Dramatic music-

It’s 2027…. The world is changing… A weakened United States, struggling with a crumbling economy compounded by social unrest and crippling fuel shortages… A united and powerful Korea is rapidly consolidating its empire across the Pacific with swift military action…

-Dramatic pause-

And we are next….

-DUN DUN DUN!!!-

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Wrecked Crashes IGN & Capcom’s Street Fighter Party!

I assure you, this photo has not been doctored in any kind of way. We destroyed that place.

Last night, fellow Wrecked editor Sean and I had the privilege of crashing IGN & Capcom’s Super Street Fighter IV 3D private event at IGN’s headquarters in San Francisco. People lucky enough to get in were treated with Street Fighter in every direction and a chance to win a Nintendo 3DS and a copy of SSFIV-3D courtesy of Capcom.

Attendees were welcomed by some very cheerful IGN employees, and were actually encouraged to apply for an opening at their offices. We were all welcomed with free pizza, soda, and snacks, but were we there to get buttered up by our fellow Bay Area based publication? No, we were there to crash the party.

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Super Street Fighter IV 3D: Blanka Balls And Beer Goggles

SSFIV-3D's New Dynamic Mode

This past Wednesday, Ivan and I had the privilege representing Wrecked at Capcom’s Street Fighter 3D event held at IGN’s office in San Francisco. When we got there, we miraculously had parking right in front even though they PROBABLY had a spot reserved for us. Anyways, we walked up, they checked our names off the list, handed us our tickets, and escorted us in and up the elevator. We entered the room and was met with a warm welcome from an IGN staff member. She showed us where the games were and showed us to the free pizza…both equally good. Being the big Street Fighter fan I was, I was both very excited and very skeptical.

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Crysis 2 – Where Can I Find Gaming Diapers?

CRYSIS 2, SIGN ME UP!

Now, I want to give a general review, since most of the technical topics if I were to discuss would go over most dumbshits normal people’s heads. Here’s some back story so you know what I’m talking about. If you know the game jump down a few paragraphs.

Unless you’re a PC gamer you’ve probably never heard of Crysis, Crytek’s 2007 blockbuster. This game was a breath of fresh air in a room full decaying EA titles and shitty sports games. It was incredibly hard not to be impressed by game play screens. I was left wondering how they could pull it off: ultra real visuals and fun game play? Impossible!

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