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Swapping Keycaps Is The Key To Having A Pretty Keyboard

Kotaku - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 21:00

Between my keyboard-centric posts here on Kotaku and my Twitter feed, I’ve been posting a lot of pictures of very pretty keyboards lately, which leads to people asking me where they can buy those keyboards. For the most part, you can’t. You have to build them.


Pro Overwatch Team Can’t Shake Controversy, Loses Two More Players

Kotaku - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 20:45

Lunatic Hai is far and away one of the best Overwatch teams in the world right now. Despite (or perhaps, because of) that, they’ve recently become a lightning rod for controversy.


Skater Evgenia Medvedeva Returns to Tokyo as Sailor Moon

Anime News Network - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 20:45
Also receives autographed Yuri on Ice! artwork from staff
Categories: General Anime

Top For Honor Player Accused Of Rampant Rage-Quitting

Kotaku - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 20:17

CosmicSwordsman is one of the highest-ranked For Honor player on Xbox. Playing the Orochi class, they have killed 5,384 players and died four times, according to their For Honor tracker network page. They have lost once.


German PlayStation Teaser Lists Bandai Namco's Code Vein for PS4

Anime News Network - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 20:15
The official German YouTube account for Sony's PlayStation consoles listed Bandai Namco Entertainment's upcoming Code Vein role-playing game for the PlayStation...
Categories: General Anime

Frustrated GTA Online Players Want Much Better Clothes For Women 

Kotaku - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 19:30

GTA Online is mostly known for violence and open world shenanigans, so most people don’t realize just how much the fandom cares about clothes. For over a year now, some of the most hardcore players have been using online forums to gripe about the fashion options available for women characters in GTA Online.


Pani Poni Manga Gets 'Revival' With Special Edition Chapter

Anime News Network - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 19:15
This year's fifth issue of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan published a special edition chapter for Hekiru Hikawa's Pani Poni manga on Tuesday. The "revival"...
Categories: General Anime

Anthrax debut Kansas cover live in L.A.

Metal Insider - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 19:06
When Anthrax released their For All Kings box set recently, they included a cover of “Carry On Wayward Sun,” from Kansas’ 1976 Leftoverture album. A classic rock staple, they played it pretty close to the vest, turning in a faithful rendition of the track. However, the Killthrax tour is full of surprises, and this past Saturday, they […]
Categories: Music

Don’t forget that a game studio is only as good as the people who work there.

Kotaku - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 18:45

Don’t forget that a game studio is only as good as the people who work there. “Bungie” means something different today than it did in 2004. Here’s an insightful, well-researched post by Redditor Forestl showing how many of the people who made Halo 2 are still at the iconic studio and how many have left (lots).


Enter Photo Contest to Have Your Cat Featured in Makoto Ojiro Manga

Anime News Network - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 18:45
Makoto Ojiro's manga Neko no O-tera no Chion-san (Chion of the Cat Temple) is celebrating the release of its fourth volume with a chance for fans to have...
Categories: General Anime

Breath Of The Wild’s Best Rewards Aren’t Always ‘Useful’

Kotaku - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 18:30

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild does not dole out rewards predictably. Often you’ll spend an afternoon figuring out some elaborate puzzle, only to walk away with some rupees or a weapon you didn’t need. Other times the reward will be just as “useless,” but more special than any pile of loot could be.


Solving The Mystery Of Perfect Dark’s Hidden Passwords

Kotaku - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 18:17

The 2000 Nintendo 64 game Perfect Dark was full of secrets. There were cheat codes to find, hidden pieces of cheese scattered around levels, and special modes to unlock. One mystery remains, nearly two decades later, with only a few hidden passwords hinting at its existence.


Manga Artist Naoki Serizawa to Work on Game, Anime Character Design Next Year

Anime News Network - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 18:15
Manga creator Naoki Serizawa revealed on Twitter on Monday that he will design characters for a game and anime next year. He did not share details on either...
Categories: General Anime

New Fan Theory Asks the Obvious Question: Is Wall-E Satan?

Kotaku - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 18:02

Wall-E is almost nine years old, so maybe it’s time to re-evaluate the movie. Maybe it’s not a morality tale about consumerism and the environment, with Wall-E as the example of purity. Because a new fan theory posits that the adorable robot is, in fact, Satan, and guys? It makes more sense than you’d expect.


Of Mice & Men return with new song

Metal Insider - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 17:45
Of Mice & Men started off the year with no singer, as Austin Carlile left the band. And not only are they back, having played their first show as a quartet at Las Rageous, but a brand new single to go along with it. Bassist Aaron Pauley is now singing for the band, and today […]
Categories: Music

Yutaka Yamamoto's 'Twilight' Anime Project Meets Crowdfunding Goal

Anime News Network - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 17:16
Wake Up, Girls! director's new anime slated for 2018
Categories: General Anime

Sabaton brings the tank to NYC with Leaves’ Eyes and Battle Beast

Metal Insider - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 17:13
Over the past five years, Swedish power metallers Sabaton toured North America a handful of times as openers. They supported bands including Amon Amarth, Nightwish, and most recently Trivium. However, out in Europe, they frequently headline, have their own 4-day Sabaton Open Air Festival and a full cruise experience. They are a unique act to […]
Categories: Music

Puyo Puyo Tetris (NS)

gamrFeed - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 17:00

Growing up in a family obsessed with gaming, we were always on the lookout for the next game that would allow us to compete with one another. Super Puzzle Fighter was a common pick for a few years, but then we discovered and fell in love with Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine. The level of skill involved in placing pieces down as quickly as possible while simultaneously looking to set up chains made it an addictive family experience.

Now, almost 20 years later, Sonic Team have developed Puyo Puyo Tetris. It combines Tetris, the world's most renowned puzzle game, with Puyo Puyo, a popular Japanese puzzle series based around matching tiles, which makes for something that's both new and positively nostalgic. On the surface it's a simple fusing of the two series, but dig deep enough and you’ll find that it's actually a lot more than that. 

One way it achieves this is through its story mode, which is surprisingly intriguing and manages to incentivise you to keep playing for a good five or six hours. For those who are unfamiliar with it, the Puyo Puyo series features a lengthy cast of characters that stand out and allow for some brilliant marketing in their home country. These characters go on adventures and battle people using the titular Puyos, which are strange blobs that exist within the game's world and which disappear when four or more of the same type touch.

The crossover concept allows the two series' worlds to collide and this combination of two entirely different worlds is fun to witness. It also allows for some interesting battles. A Puyo chain, for example, has the potential to 'dump' more junk on the opposing player, should you construct it well enough, while Tetris players have the advantage in terms of speed. Every character will comment on how crazy the opposing side’s battle is and eventually the campaign introduces battle modes that are unique to Puyo Puyo Tetris.

It’s unlikely to be the reason you'll purchase Puyo Puyo Tetris, but this story mode is a very much welcome addition to the game.

You can play either puzzler - Puyo Puyo or Tetris - but the strength of any crossover is really in how the two interact. The Puyo Puyo Tetris-exclusive mixed mode throws both Puyos and Tetrominos at you, which really pushes your abilities to the limit. The two don't destroy one another, so Tetrominos will gradually pile up and make it increasingly difficult to destroy the Puyos you're given. The upside is that Tetrominos can destroy the stage's 'junk', and they also force Puyos on top, so Tetrominos will always stack up together at the base of the stage. Still, this is an incredibly tough mode, even with those advantages, and it tests your mastery of both games. 

Another great mode that's been included is swap mode, in which every 25 seconds you’ll be flipped onto a new stage that has you either playing Tetris or Puyo Puyo. This adds a new layer of challenge because it encourages you to set up blocks to be destroyed shortly before you're forced to switch play styles. This, along with a myriad of other unique game modes, including battle mode (where you destroy blocks that grant power-ups), makes Puyo Puyo Tetris one of the best puzzles packages to have on any platform. 

It's also easy to understate just how much fun this all is when played with friends in local multiplayer. Screams, shouts, and laughs are commonplace whenever one player manages to get the upper hand and then dump a bunch of junk on another's screen just before they were about to unleash their master plan. I received a Switch copy of the game and it was an absolute delight; being able to pop round a friend's house, undock the Joy-Cons and then play without any fuss is great. The only downside is that you have to use the analogue stick to move pieces about when playing like this.

At the time of writing I'm unable to comment on Puyo Puyo Tetris' online functionality. Local multiplayer is a joy with friends and family, and one hopes that the online multiplayer is able to partially replicate this when the game launches. The prospect of making use of replay saves to learn best practices looks promising at the very least. Time will tell. 

There are some slight problems with Puyo Puyo Tetris. The dialogue in the campaign can sometimes feel a bit off/awkward, as if it's not quite been accurately translated. Surprisingly there's also a bug which causes Puyos to get stuck at the top of the screen and not land. This is rare - it only happened twice in my 12+ hours with the game - but unfortunately it's match-ending when it does happen

Puyo Puyo Tetris is a love letter to strategic puzzle games the world over and just so happens to also be one of the best puzzle packages currently on the market. Time will tell if the only multiplayer pans out, but otherwise Puyo Puyo Tetris is easy for me to recommend.

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Overwatch Pro's Racist Tirade Ends His Career

Kotaku - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 17:00

Most pros’ careers end in injury, deteriorating mechanical skill, or just when their interest in competing runs dry. Toronto Esports’ Matt “Dellor” Vaughn opted for a different end: A very long, very public stream of racial slurs during an Overwatch game.


MF Bunko J Imprint's Novel Gets New TV Anime Project

Anime News Network - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 17:00
Publisher to reveal title on May 1
Categories: General Anime