Whatever the medium, pulling off a successful reboot of an established brand is a tricky proposition. Creators have to deliver a product that not only will be embraced by existing fans of that specific property, but also introduce enough new ideas to justify doing the reboot in the first place. This is especially tricky in gaming, where fans often want to see their favorite series go in bold new directions, but still retain their “classic” feel.
With the recent election of a TV personality to the prestigious office of the President of the United States, citizens are starting to wonder which other celebrities might make a good elected official. Former pro wrestler and current Hollywood A-lister Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is among the names being floated around, even jokingly. In fact, Johnson actually said he “wouldn’t rule out” a switch into politics, adding that “it’s a real possibility.” He also joked that he wants Tom Hanks as his running mate, so maybe he’s not really that serious about it
Arguably, one of E3’s biggest surprises this year must have been Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, and on so many levels, the game simply screams (in some cases, literally) its own oddities. Now, it’s not unheard of for Mario to genre swap away from his traditional, 2D platformer roots – I mean, you can probably find a Mario game of any type: Mario sports, Mario racing, Mario RPGs, Mario puzzlers, Mario brawlers, Mario mobile, Mario this and Mario that. He’s everywhere, and that’s just Peachy (he had to find Peach in another castle, after all, so why not expand his own horizons? Pun entirely intended).
Nathan Grayson wrote a shocking article on Kotaku today, explaining how a whopping 40,411 Steam accounts have been banned for cheating on games like Counter-Strike GO. Players risk nearly everything they own on Steam – literally – when taking chances with aim-bots and other hacks, but Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) can auto-detect even the best of them, so cheating is more or less asking to be permanently exiled from the popular gaming service.
This IGN article reports that Bandai Namco just revealed the Nintendo Switch release date for Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2! On September 22, 2017, you’ll be saving the multiverse with Kamehamehas and Destructo Discs – all in the comfort of your real-world home!
Mark the date on your calendar – the Star Wars: Battlefront 2 BETA takes place later this year between October 6th and 9th (or 4th and 9th for those who have the preorder). The full release is on November 16th, so keep in mind it’s never too early to plan your vacation days!
IGN discovered an announcement from Playstation Blog teasing an open-world expansion called ‘Plains of Eidolon’ for the hugely popular, third-person, online co-op game, Warframe. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, check out the website – it’s completely free-to-play, with an in-game shop that allows players to purchase different characters and gear. It’s been available on PS4, Xbox One and PC since March 25th, 2013.