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Insane GTA 5 Traffic Jam Happens All By Itself

Kotaku - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:30

Insane GTA 5 Traffic Jam Happens All By Itself

Apparently, when you walk away from the new-gen versions of GTA V, all hell breaks loose. And the stuff that happens at the end with the firefighters is so ironic, you might wonder if it's some sort of weird, scripted punchline.

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Regirock XY-P Promo releasing in December: Available in February CoroCoro Ichiban!

BulbaNews - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:11
The January issue of CoroCoro Ichiban!, available Nov. 21, revealed a new promotional card to be included in next month's issue. This Regirock promo, numbered 104/XY-P, features an Ancient Trait, and alludes to the Legendary Titans being available in the upcoming expansion, Gaia Volcano/Tidal Storm, releasing Dec. 13.
Categories: Pokemon News

Nagoya Store's Lanky Mannequin Gets Naruto Makeover

Anime News Network - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:45
The Meitetsu Department Store in Nagoya, Japan has a distinctive mannequin outside its men's department. Nana-chan is a popular meeting spot because she's...
Categories: General Anime

This Minecraft build wasn't inspired by a real hotel, which is a shame 'cause I'd love to go there.

Kotaku - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:30

This Minecraft build wasn't inspired by a real hotel, which is a shame 'cause I'd love to go there. It actually reminds me a bit of the Panau Falls Casino from Just Cause 2. In any case, the build is called the Twin Palms Hotel and it was submitted to Planet Minecraft by Jaden024. Look below for more screenshots.

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Yoshitaka Yamaya, Ayane Sakura, Inori Minase, More Star in Miritari Comedy Anime

Anime News Network - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:21
Misaki Suzuki, Ayano Terasaki, Nao Toyama also star in anime slated for January
Categories: General Anime

Walmart's Pre-Black Friday Sale Includes a 40" TV for $115, and More

Kotaku - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:20

Walmart's Pre-Black Friday Sale Includes a 40" TV for $115, and More

Not content to wait around for Thanksgiving, Walmart has kicked off several of their best Black Friday deals early today. Our picks are below, but I suspect a lot of the best stuff will sell out early, so head over to their site to see the up-to-date list.

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Captain Toad Is a Story of Murder, Robbery, Addiction and Greed

Kotaku - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:00

Captain Toad Is a Story of Murder, Robbery, Addiction and Greed

Recently released in Japan, Captain Toad is a cute little Super Mario 3D World spin-off about collecting coins, gems, and stars while on your way to defeat a giant bird. ...Either that or it's a tale of greed, robbery, and mass murder on a grand scale.

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Block'n'Load Mixes Minecraft with Team Fortress 2

Kotaku - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:30

Block'n'Load Mixes Minecraft with Team Fortress 2

Remember Ace of Spades, the colourful free-to-play FPS that had two teams tunnelling through blocks to infiltrate each others' bases? Well, developer Jagex (which took over Ace of Spades' development in 2012) is giving the concept another go with Block'n'Load.

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Attack on Titan Film's New Umaibo Snack Promo Stars Armin

Anime News Network - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:00
Eren, Mikasa, Jean also appear in promo for campaign at Namco arcades
Categories: General Anime

Bathing Grandmas Apparently Cut from Pokémon ORAS

Kotaku - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:00

Bathing Grandmas Apparently Cut from Pokémon ORAS

In the original Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, there is a hot springs in Lavaridge Town. Players could go and soak in the steamy water with some old ladies. Lavaridge Town returns in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. So does the bathing. The grannies, it seems, do not.

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Naruto is Fun and Action-Filled But Also Repetitive and Painfully Long

Kotaku - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:30

Naruto is Fun and Action-Filled But Also Repetitive and Painfully Long

A few weeks ago, the long-running manga series Naruto ended at chapter 700. And as it has been one of the most popular mainstream manga and anime of the past decade, I decided to read it—all 10,000+ pages of it.

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3rd Magi: Adventure of Sinbad Episode Previewed in Video

Anime News Network - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:08
Keiji Fujiwara, Ayumi Fujimura play Hinahoho, Pipirika in OVA shipping on December 18
Categories: General Anime

Durarara!!×2 Anime's English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

Anime News Network - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:00
Series will stream in North America on Crunchyroll, Aniplex Channel, and Hulu in January
Categories: General Anime

Wushu Is a Martial Arts Ballet of Combat and Beauty

Kotaku - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:30

Wushu Is a Martial Arts Ballet of Combat and Beauty

Look. At. That. Look at it! Choreographed martial arts doesn't get much better than this.

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64-y.o. Singer Shows That Enka Is Still Cool With A Cover of the Evangelion Theme

Anime News Network - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:30
Enka, a musical genre that takes its roots and inspirations from 19th century Japanese traditional music but was reinvigorated in the 1960s, has a bad...
Categories: General Anime

Bayonetta 2 (WiiU) - Review

gamrFeed - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:00

Conceptually, 2010’s Bayonetta is a very difficult character to describe. She’s a centuries old witch with the demeanor of a sexy librarian, wears guns on her feet as high heels, and dons a skintight suit made out of her own hair, which itself leaves her body to become giant hair monsters that fight angels and demons. So yeah, overall pretty bizarre. Even more bizarrely, Bayonetta was successful enough to warrant a sequel, this time with Nintendo of all companies picking up publishing duties and bringing it exclusively to Wii U. Bayonetta 2 is seemingly at odds with the family friendly image that the Wii brand has cultivated over the last several years, but that doesn’t stop Bayonetta 2 from being a tour de force, and one of the best games for the Wii U.

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It’s hard to discuss Bayonetta 2 without bringing up the potentially troublesome sexual and gender politics of its titular character. The camera takes extra care to linger on Bayonetta’s crotch and posterior; she uses BDSM torture devices to punish her enemies; she pole dances to solve environmental puzzles. Granted, she does all of this of her own agency, and spends the entire game kicking ass. Many have argued this empowers Bayonetta, but many others have argued this only further objectifies her. 

Regardless of how you feel about Bayonetta, it’s almost impossible to get too caught up on it just because of how completely absurd and ridiculous Bayonetta 2 is. One moment you’ll be fighting enemies on top of a flying jet, the next you’ll be leveling cities in a kaiju fight. There doesn’t seem to be an internal logic to Bayonetta 2’s universe, just stream-of-conscious sequences of never-ending insanity.

Bayonetta 2’s gameplay remains virtually unchanged from its predecessor. Bayonetta still uses a combination of punches and kicks to juggle enemies, and can use the guns both in her hands and on her feet to attack enemies from afar. Dodge just before an enemy’s attack, and the game goes into a slow-motion “witch time” where Bayonetta can further unleash a flurry of strikes on her foes. Bayonetta 2’s gameplay is extremely polished and absurdly fun, with the only real complaint being that this is because it’s the exact same fun, polished gameplay that we received back in 2010. Bayonetta’s core gameplay remains some of the best in the genre, it’s just a shame the developers didn’t strive to expand upon it. 

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What is improved over the original Bayonetta is pacing and variety. Almost the entirety of the first game took place in Vigrid, a fictional European city whose cobbled streets and Victorian buildings all began to blend together after a while. Bayonetta 2 takes place in a similar setting, but switches up environments much more frequently, keeping the visual palette of the game unique and refreshing. On top of that, nearly every chapter either introduces a new over-the-top boss or a new twist on gameplay mechanics. Bayonetta 2 is about the same length as its predecessor (around 8-10 hours), but whereas Bayonetta sometimes felt like a slog, Bayonetta 2 is constantly throwing something new your way. 

Another area that I wished Platinum Games had improved upon are the cutscenes. Both Bayonetta games are known for their over the top ridiculousness and fast-paced gameplay, so it is baffling that cutscenes remain relegated to still images with voiceovers. They are just so absolutely boring compared to the gameplay, and without a compelling (albeit still absurd) story to carry them, sitting through Bayonetta 2’s cutscenes is a chore. 

Thankfully, they don’t intrude on gameplay very long, and appear at a seemingly lower frequency than the first Bayonetta. For players looking to compare the two games directly themselves, Platinum has actually bundled the first Bayonetta with Bayonetta 2, packaging two games for the price of one, and giving Wii U owners access to the previously PS3 and Xbox 360 exclusive first game. So now, what was already a great value prospect in the form of the best action game of the year is now a staggeringly good deal, especially for those who missed out on Bayonetta the first time around. 

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In addition to both games’ main campaigns, players can also partake in a multiplayer mode added for Bayonetta 2. Rather than pit two players directly against each other, players choose from a selection of characters then fight together against an onslaught of enemies, competing with each other to get the most points. It’s a fun addition, but it’s too bad this feature is only available online. Granted, this is understandable considering the game’s reliance on a fast-pace and high framerate, which would likely take a dip if forced to render twice. 

Even if offered on its own, Bayonetta 2 could be easily considered the best action of the year, as well as one of the best games of the year period. When grouped with the first game, the whole package is almost too good to be true. Its risque content may be justifiably off-putting to some, and its similarities to the first game are somewhat disappointing, but as long as you know what you’re getting into, Bayonetta 2 is a must-play.

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Report: Valve's Taking Steps to Make Early Access Games Suck Less

Kotaku - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:00

 Valve's Taking Steps to Make Early Access Games Suck Less

Investing in Steam's Early Access games can be risky . Accidents can happen, developers can abandon their projects, or games can turn out to be a lot different from the original vision. Now, according to a report, Valve is allegedly updating its Early Access guidelines to combat this.

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After Thirty Years, Father Draws Another Beautifully Hard Maze

Kotaku - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 09:30

After Thirty Years, Father Draws Another Beautifully Hard Maze

Previously, Kotaku introduced an incredibly difficult-looking maze that a father created over thirty years ago for his daughter. The drawing took the father seven years. Now, three decades later, he's begun another one.

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Tennis Star Kei Nishikori Gets Fan Art by Prince of Tennis Creator

Anime News Network - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 09:30
Kei Nishikori is one of the hottest players in tennis this year. He is the first player from Japan in history to make it to the Top 10 of the Emirates...
Categories: General Anime

Nothing Says New Dragon Ball Anime Like a Green Tracksuit

Kotaku - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 09:00

Nothing Says New Dragon Ball Anime Like a Green Tracksuit

You might have seen the first promotional image for the new Dragon Ball Z anime. But did you notice what Gohan is wearing? People online in Japan have.

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