Allen Adham is the co-founder of gaming developer Blizzard, who left the company back in 2004. At the beginning of BlizzCon 2016, Blizzard has announced that Adham has indeed returned to the company. In an interview with Polygon, Blizzard president Mike Morhaime had to “reacquaint” Adham with the studio, which has changed a lot since his departure over a decade ago. Morhaime describes this process as “pretty elaborate”.
Having been at Blizzard for only a few months, Adham is already working on new projects. He won’t say what they are just yet. But Adham did touch on this detail in the interview, saying “I’ve been coached not to say too much, especially given the role that I’m in.” He did say “We are working on a bunch of cool new stuff”, though. What could it be?
Are you excited about Adham’s return? Curious about the new projects he has planned? Tell us about it in the comments!
The Cube Command Podcast is coming soon! The official podcast for Cube Command will feature myself, Tommy Savoia, giving my opinion on the latest gaming news and reviews! Each podcast will usually vary from 10 to 20 minutes in length and will feature one topic per episode.
Be sure to check it out once the first episode releases! Episode 1 has already been recorded and is in post0-production. The topic for Episode 1 is the Nintendo Switch!
Back in November of 2015, Microsoft allowed backwards-compatibility for the Xbox One. This meant that you could play your favorite Xbox 360 titles on the One. Below is a list of the 360 games currently backwards compatible with the One:
A Kingdom for Keflings
A World of Keflings
Age of Booty
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
Alien Hominid HD
Anomaly Warzone Earth
Assassin’s Creed II
Asteroids & Deluxe
Banjo Kazooie: Nuts n Bolts
Bellator: MMA Onslaught
Beyond Good & Evil HD
Bionic Commando Rearmed 2
Blood of the Werewolf
Bomberman Live: Battlefest
Boom Boom Rocket
Bound by Flame
Call of Duty 2
Call of Duty 3
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Call of Duty: World at War
Call of Juarez Gunslinger
Capcom Arcade Cabinet
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Centipede & Millipede
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
de Blob 2
Deadliest Warrior: Legends
Deathspank: Thongs of Virtue
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut
Discs of Tron
Disney Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Doom 3: BFG Edition
Doritos Crash Course
Double Dragon: Neon
Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project
Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara
Dungeon Siege III
E4: Every Extend Extra Extreme
Earthworm Jim HD
Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard
Faery: Legends of Avalon
Fallout: New Vegas
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon
Feeding Frenzy 2
Final Fight: Double Impact
Galaga Legions DX
Garou: Mark of the Wolves
Gears of War
Gears of War 2
Gears of War 3
Gears of War: Judgment
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved
Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime
Go! Go! Break Steady
Half-Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax
Halo: Spartan Assault
I Am Alive
Interpol: The Trail of Dr. Chaos
Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad
Jet Set Radio
Joe Danger Special Edition
Joe Danger 2: The Movie
Joy Ride Turbo
Jurassic Park: The Game
Just Cause 2
Kane & Lynch 2
Killer Is Dead
The King of Fighters ’98
Left 4 Dead
Left 4 Dead 2
Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
Magic: The Gathering 2012
Mars: War Logs
Metal Slug 3
Metal Slug XX
Might & Magic Clash of Heroes
Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine
Monday Night Combat
Monkey Island: SE
Monkey Island 2: SE
Ms. Splosion Man
Mutant Blobs Attack
MX vs. ATV Reflex
NBA Jam: On Fire Edition
Neogeo Battle Coliseum
Nights Into Dreams
Of Orcs and Men
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising
The Orange Box
Pac-Man CE DX+
Perfect Dark Zero
Phantasy Star II
Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds
Plants vs. Zombies
Portal: Still Alive
Prince of Persia
Puzzle Quest (added October 13, 2016)
Puzzle Quest 2
Puzzle Quest: Galactrix
Rayman 3 HD
Red Dead Redemption
Red Faction: Battlegrounds
Saints Row IV
Sam & Max: Beyond Time & Space
Sam & Max Save the World
Samurai Shodown II
Sega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd & Co.
Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World
Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage
Silent Hill: Downpour
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Sonic & Knuckles
Sonic The Fighters
Sonic The Hedgehog
Sonic The Hedgehog 2
Sonic The Hedgehog 3
Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 1
Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II
South Park: The Stick of Truth
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
Super Meat Boy
Supreme Commander 2
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Texas Hold ‘Em
Ticket to Ride
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2
Tour de France 2009
Tour de France 2011
Toy Soldiers Cold War
Toy Story 3
Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon
Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown
Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
This list features the most recent additions as of October 31, 2016. Microsoft confirmed that more, including Bioshock, Bioshock 2, Bioshock Infinite, and Skate 3 are headed to the Xbox One. What are your thoughts? Any suggestions for games to add in the future?
The popular game Shovel Knight by developer Yacht Club Games has one heck of a soundtrack. That said, it’s no surprise that the full soundtrack to the Indie title is coming to Vinyl and CD, by Brain Wave Productions. It will be called “Shovel Knight The Definitive Soundtrack”.
Not only that, but Shovel Knight The Definitive Soundtrack will also feature new artwork by Pokemon and Mega Man artist Hitoshi Ariga, as you can see below. The soundtrack will feature composer commentary by Jake “virt” Kaufman and Manami Matsumae, the composers for Shovel Knight.
Artwork for Shovel Knight The Definitive Soundtrack, by Hitoshi Ariga
The 2-LP Vinyl version (blue) can be purchased on BigWax for 32.00 euros. The CD version, which includes 2 discs, can be pre-ordered on Brain Wave. The CD version sells for $18.00 and the exclusive artwork features two posters – “For Shovelry” and “Bonfire Blues” – which can be purchased for $20.00 a piece.
Shovel Knight has a bright future ahead of him, with his soundtrack getting released and the announcement that he will be a guest character in Playtonic Games’ upcoming 3D platformer Yooka-Laylee.
Japan is getting a mysterious new 3DS title this holiday, called “Miitopia”. No details have dropped recently as to what it is, though.
First announced by Nintendo during a Japanese Nintendo Direct last month, all that is known about the title is that it will be both digital and physical, and that it obviously includes Miis in one way or another. Perhaps it is a game similar to the Mii minigames in the 3DS Streetpass Mii Plaza app?
President of Nintendo Tatsumi Kimishima mentioned it during a financial meeting for Nintendo in Japan recently. “Miitopia, for which we have only announced the title, will be released by the end of this year,” he said. He went on to describe it as an “exciting title” that will have more press at “a later date”.
Hopefully we’ll get some more news soon enough, seeing as the game is very close to its Holiday 2016 launch date. For those of you not residing in Japan (myself included), there may be a chance that the game will see the light of day in other countries. We’ll just have to be patient.
It seems that Nintendo is definately confident in the game, but is not quite ready to announce anything for the time being. They have a lot on their plate right now, with the recent announcement of the Nintendo Switch sending everyone into an excited frenzy. That and the release of Pokemon Sun and Moon coming November 18, less than a month away. A new trailer just dropped for the game, revealing new characters and ‘mons.
What are your thoughts on the plethora of Nintendo announements recently?
A new trailer for the upcoming Pokemon games Pokemon Sun and Moon just dropped. And boy did it show us some new things.
For starters (Get it?), they finally officially announced the final evolutions for the starters. Rowlet evolves into the dual Grass and Ghost type Decidueye. It has the ability Overgrow. It’s signature move is Spirit Shackle, which prevents the opponent from switching out.
Next, we have Litten’s final form, which is Incineroar – a dual Fire and Dark type. It has the ability Blaze and the signature move Darkest Lariat, which ignores the opponent’s stat changes.
Lastly, we have Popplio’s final form, Primarina, a dual Water and Fairy type. This Pokemon has the ability Torrent and can use its signature move, Sparkling Aria. Sparkling Aria removes a burn from any opponent it hits, which is pretty interesting.
Also shown in the trailer were the Guardians of Alola, which can be caught and have some very flashy signature moves.
The trailer also mentioned on a passing that the Alola region will in fact have a Pokemon League, except that it is still under development. Maybe this time around you can create a League to your own liking… ? That would certainly bring a new meaning to the word “customization” in Pokemon games!
Finally, the trailer shows the player teaming up with famous trainers, such as characters and champions from the previous games, including Cynthia, the Sinnoh champion, and Wally, a character from Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire (or OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire, if you prefer the updated versions).
But there’s more! Once you think the trailer is about to end, it drops one last piece of info – Red and Blue from Pokemon Red and Blue are back! You can challenge both of them at some point. Plus they’re looking a lot more “Alolan” this time around. I guess it would be pretty uncomfortable wearing a jacket and jeans on a tropical island. For some reason, though, Red looks off. Maybe it’s his eyebrows. Either way, it’s still pretty satisfying to see Red toss out his signature Pikachu.
You can check out the trailer itself below:
As each trailer comes, Pokemon Sun and Moon just keep looking better and better. Are you excited? Tell us in the comments which version you intend on getting!
Phil Spencer, the boss of Xbox, has mentioned how to development of Project Scorpio is coming. After being asked on Twitter, he replied that after having attended a day-long meeting with Scorpio’s development team, he feels good about the console and its release schedule.
“I’m in a day-long review of where the team is on Scorpio right now. Amazing progress and we are feeling good about schedule,” Spencer replied.
Project Scorpio announcement at Microsoft’s E3 2016 conference
Project Scorpio was revealed at Microsoft’s E3 press conference this year. For those who don’t know, it is a “Premium” version of the Xbox One, like how the Playstation 4 Pro is an upgraded model of the PS4. Microsoft refers to it as “the most powerful console ever made”. In an interview with Gamespot, Spencer mentions that Project Scorpio is aiming for PC-level specs, and is intended to “support true 4K [gaming] and a 4K frame buffer”. He also mentions how both the Xbox One S and Project Scorpio will be on shelves at the same time, and “a clear performance difference and obviously there will be a price difference between the two things”. He then reassures fans that, “I’m confident that we’ll be able to deliver a product at a price point that gamers will feel like is worth it.”
He also said that there will more info about pricing once the console nears the launch date.
There has certainly been a lot of news on gaming consoles recently. Are you optimistic about Microsoft’s upcoming console?
Gamestop, a gaming retail company, will now accept your retro gaming hardware and games. “Retro gaming” includes the NES, SEGA Genesis, Gamecube, among others. Gamestop has a complete list of the systems on their website. What is also interesting is that they have a number of different retro games and consoles for sale on their website as well. After previously dropping the retro business, it seems that the company is jumping back in, which isn’t a bad thing by any means.
The picture featured in the Tweet announcing their new business direction.
This will be apparent in all of Gamestop’s locations. So far, it only looks to be available in their online store, but chances are they might move some of the stock into the retail stores themselves eventually. Perhaps if they receive enough trade-ins to warrant that.
Will you be taking advantage of this new direction for Gamestop?
Fan games are the result of hard work fueled by the sheer dedication a person or a team of people have toward a specific franchise. Of all the fan games I’ve seen, most never fail to impress. They embody exactly what the fans themselves would like to see, and sometimes with a twist from the creator.
The Sonic franchise has had many, many fan games in the past few years. But this new Sonic fan-game, made by Youtuber The Great Lange, does what few have attempted before. It mixes elements from modern and classic games, making a sort of classic-modern hybrid. Essentially, it’s Classic Sonic in 3-D. The Great Lange recently released the game, called Sonic Utopia, as well as a reveal trailer:
Sonic Utopia includes many different abilities present in past games such as the spin dash, the homing attack, and the fan-favorite super peel-out. From what it looks like, it’s very focused on momentum, being able to scale high walls by picking up speed. Plus, it seems to run as smooth as butter.
Who knows if SEGA will have it taken down or allow it to keep getting support, but one thing is clear – it’s a very high quality project that obviously had a lot of time and effort put into it.
On the subject of official Sonic titles, there are two on the way for next year, with trailers for those games as well. The classic continuation titled Sonic Mania is set to release Spring 2017 and the mysterious modern installment, dubbed Project Sonic 2017, is set for Holiday 2017.
The Lime-Green New 3DS XL is the newest color of Nintendo’s upgraded handheld. It’s an Amazon Exclusive and is currently available in the United States only.
The deal itself includes the lime-colored system and has the SNES classic Super Mario World pre-installed. It is currently selling for $199.99 on Amazon. You can find the deal here, if you’re interested. To me, it seems like an interesting bundle. The color is certainly a fresh look at the system, and one that I have personally been waiting to see. The game included is a favorite among many, so there really is no downside to this deal.
The 3DS family of systems will be getting a hefty amount of support from Nintendo in the coming months, with Super Mario Maker for 3DS comin on December 2 and Mario Party: Star Rush releasing on November 8. Not to mention that Pokemon Sun And Moon are right around the corner, releasing on November 18.
Nintendo has certainly announced a lot in terms of hardware. Are you interested in this version of the New 3DS XL? What are your thoughts on the recently announced Nintendo Switch, which releases sometime in March 2017? Let us know in the comments!