April Fools' Day came and went with less gusto than usual, as many sites and gamers decided to play it straight... but we still had our fair share of gags, fake announcements and assorted tomfoolery. Tomfoolery, I say! So, to brighten up this muggy Wednesday afternoon, here's a selection of our favourites from around the internet!
Frankly, Razer might just be insane enough to make it.Click here to read more...
Wargaming.net has ostensibly announced the latest faction for World Of Warplanes, the upcoming aerial MMO flight sim. The project promises a huge number of authentic planes and upgradeable tech, but this latest update plans to bring mythical dragons into the experience - with customisable claws and breath weapons.Click here for the World Of Warplanes Dragon reveal and trailer >>
Our April Fools gag was more subtle than usual this year, but as always, it's time to look back at the best pranks that the day had to offer.
Oh yes, this was a particularly good one. Guild Wars 2 announced a brand new class for their anticipated MMORPG, who's essentially a blend between tank and infiltrator in one handy package. Meet the Commando.
Razer, the precision peripheral provider, chose April 1st to unleash their new (and entirely fictional) exoskeleton on the world. The Razer Talon interfaces with the wearer's nervous system to "hack" their own bodies for massively increased 1337ness. Not only that, but your unit will also fry unauthorised users with several thousand volts of electricity.Click here for more great gags!
Ubisoft have finally announced the next title in their lucrative (if ailing) Tom Clancy franchise- and frankly, we couldn't be more excited. Whilst we've been expecting a new Rainbox Six title for some time, Joint Strike features protagonists from Third Echelon, Team Rainbow and Ghost 'future soldiers'... along with what appears to be a reference to the Assassin's Creed franchise? Crazier things have happened.Click here for more details >>
Bizarre Creations' upcoming racer/RPG hybrid has been garnering some interesting previews, and the Blur Multiplayer Beta will be hitting next week. In a suprising move, BC has decided to unlock the Beta for all gold members.
"We basically ran out of code, so next week we are going to go live with the whole thing publically so anyone can download it," Wilson said. "We've been sneaking on to see what people think of it and people are really getting into it..."- Gareth Wilson, Bizarre Creations Lead Designer
Sorry Sony fans, but there isn't going to be a PS3 Beta.
"For our selfish needs, we only needed it on one platform because all we wanted to do was gather data about how people are using the cars, the power ups, the tracks, and to be honest we can get that data from one platform.
"We just chose Xbox really because it's the platform that, to be straight, has more online users than the PS3."
Well, you heard the man: more of you need to get online! It's free, after all.
The Beta will hit as a free XBL download on April 6th. [Kotaku]
Official Xbox Magazine will be running a Future Soldier reveal in their May issue- but a few juicy details have slipped out into the public domain.
As the (awesome) live action trailer demonstrates, Future Soldier will throw gamers into a worldwide conflict with a Russian Warlord (since Ivan appears to be cliched game bad guy du jour) . Good thing too, because we were all getting bored of Mexico- there's only so much Tequila a warfighter can handle.
According to Ubisoft, the Future Soldier is "an F-15 on legs." The four distinct classes pack a wide range of nifty new toys including homing missiles, UAV drones, cloaking cloaks (think Harry Potter) and long range targeting systems. A new exoskeleton allows Future Soldiers to take a whole bunch more punishment while carrying a huge amount of equipment.
Other new features include Krav Maga training for lethal takedowns, F.E.A.R.-style sliding tackles and the ability to snuggle up to teammates to take advantage of their equipment. Four player co-op will round up a fairly impressive package. Look out for Future Soldier this holiday season! [OXM via 1UP]
Love 'em or hate 'em, you can't deny that Facebook games are becoming Britain's thief of time. Even Richard Garriot wants a piece of the action! Further demonstrating the financial viability of these casual diversions, former Free Radical head honchos David Doak and Steve Ellis have been granted fifty grand to develop Gangsta Pets. This frankly horrible-sounding game will combine Mafia Wars style gameplay with customisable pets. It sounds pathetic, but I fully expect thousands of complete idiots flash aficionados to lap this one up. This grant is courtesy of the East Midlands Development Agency.
However, remember that Free Radical developed Timesplitters... and that Doak and Ellis used to work for Rare. Gangsta Pets may sound ridiculous, but then again a time travelling adventure involving monkeys and the wild west sounded pretty ridiculous too...[Gamesindustry.biz]
What do you think about Facebook gaming? Are they bona fide games or just distractions for weak minded fools? Drop us a line in the comments!
Without further ado, we'd like to share our favourite Gaming pranks from around the internet.
IGN's masterful Halo movie reveal is easily the "best gaming howler of 2010." Bungie's seemly official acknowledgement of the "leaked picture" further helped cement the lie... and I'm forced to admit that it even got me. Check it out.
PopCap are well known for being good sports, and their press release for "Celebrity Bejewled" had us in stitches. Featuring a cubic zirconia case and actual genetic samples of favourite celebrities make this a collectors edition to remember!
Sure, Tali was mysterious and Jack was...horrifying... but Mass Effect fans were crushed that we couldn't chat up an Elcor: the sexiest of aliens (after the Hanar, of course). Luckily, GameTrailers were on hand to give us some short-lived hope.
Renowned designer Nathan Fouts of Mommy's Best Games dropped us a line about his new indie shooter. Featuring bleeding-edge graphics and the ability to wreck up the smarmiest of acting douchebags, we're excited for its immanent release.