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AMC’s The Walking Dead Recreated In LittleBigPlanet

With season five's finale around the corner, PSN user Blackbeltnick95 has recreated the opening sequence of AMC's The Walking Dead entirely on the PS4 version of LittleBigPlanet 3.  

He also created a couple The Walking Dead-themed levels with original storylines, starring some iconic characters from the show, such as Rick, Daryl, Lori, and Glenn. These are meant to take place between season one and season two's events.

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Check out other LittleBigPlanet 3 recreations of fan-favorite video games and TV shows, from Game of Thrones to Final Fantasy VII.

The Walking Dead levels and opening are available for download via the LittleBigPlanet's community webpage.

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PSA: Humble Store 2K Sale Includes Free Spec Ops: The Line

The Humble Store is currently running a weekend-long sale on 2K Games titles. And, if you purchase at least one, you’ll get a free copy of Spec Ops: The Line.

Included in the sale are classics like Sid Meier’s Civilization III Complete for $ 1.29 and more recent titles, including XCOM: Complete Edition for $ 12.49 and Evolve for $ 44.99. You can check out the entire sale on the Humble Store.

10 percent of Humble Store purchases support the American Red Cross, Child’s Play, Wikimedia, GamesAid, and charity:water. To date over $ 54 million has been raised for charity by Humble Bundle.

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Symantec Says Malware Could Be Inflating Twitch Viewership

Online streaming is experiencing a boom period, in terms of audience size and the number of hours those viewers spend watching their fellow gamers play, talk, and entertain. According to a report from antivirus company Symantec, there's more going on with those numbers than you might think.

Twitch shared some of its viewership stats for 2014 early this year. Some of the highlights include 1 million concurrent viewers, 100 million unique viewers per month, and 10k partnered channels. That last one is where it gets a little weird.

Symantec says that while some of those partnered channels have legitimately earned their share of viewers, others are taking advantage of illegal botnets to boost their numbers. These services offer a variety of packages that include guaranteed live viewers, chatters, and followers. To become a Twitch partner – and become eligible to take donations, display prestream ads, and more – streamers must have a consistent average viewership of 500. 

In a botnet, connected PCs are used to perform a single task. They have legitimate functions, but they can also hijack an unwitting PC via malware. Symantec has identified one botnet developed to target Twitch, called Trojan.Inflabot. Lionel Payet, security response manager at Symantec, says that additional Malware has disguised itself as phony Adobe and Google Chrome updates. In addition to inflating views, Symantec says the botnet can be used to harass people by proxy or spread itself to other viewers – possibly by inserting links though a stream's chat. It's important to keep in mind that in addition to pointing out the potential for abuse on Twitch, Symantec just so happens to sell products that are designed to protect users from this threat. 

Twitch recently suffered a security breach, which exposed some users' personal information, including IP data, truncated credit-card numbers, and birth dates. Payet says that his company hasn't found any connections to the hack and the botnet, but adds that, "[I]f a user’s computer is compromised by any malware, then their information is always exposed." Payet adds that the amount of money pulled in by these botnets is unknown, but that it's compromised thousands of machines.

In its defense, Twitch says that this is a problem that has broad-reaching impact. "These illegal services are a long-standing issue that is not unique to Twitch," says Matthew DiPietro, vice president of marketing for Twitch. "We detect when they are used and deal with them in a layered approach including legal action, tech solutions, and human monitoring."

[Source: Symantec]

 

Our Take
If the research is indeed sound, this information should infuriate legitimate Twitch broadcasters. They've worked hard to amass their audiences, and it's unfair for shady competitors to hit bigger numbers just because they have deeper pockets. What isn't entirely clear is just how quickly Twitch is able to detect and deal with botnets and if those viewership numbers are factored into Twitch's overall reported usership. We've followed up with the company and will update should we receive a response.

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New Star Wars Rebels Game Launches On Mobile Devices

The first season of Disney's popular Star Wars Rebels television show recently wrapped up. Fans were given plenty to cheer about, including classic ship designs, and an attitude-driven droid named Chopper. We'll get our first look at season two at this year's Star Wars Celebration (starting on April 16), and we can embark on a new mission as Ezra Bridger in the newly released Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone and Windows 8.1.

The first four levels of the game are free. Another 30-plus stages can be unlocked through in-app purchases. The game gives you control of Ezra and Kanan in sidescrolling action stages, and also lets you build your own Rebel base with unlockable goods. Check out the trailer below for a brief look at the action.

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Our Take
It's great to see the show getting a game and it's even better than fans can try it for free to see if it's something they want to devote their time and money to.

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NetherRealm Fires Off Mortal Kombat X Erron Black Character Trailer

Erron Black is a new character in the Mortal Kombat universe. The gunslinger was first introduced the Mortal Kombat X comic book. He’s not a nice man.

Black is originally from Earthrealm, but came to Outworld during Kotal Kahn’s rule. He serves as liaison between the ruler and the Black Dragon.

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As you can see in the trailer above, Black is a master gunslinger that also has sand bombs at his disposal. Those don’t sound too bad until you see his fatality.

Mortal Kombat X will be out on April 14 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions will be along this summer. For more, check out our recent impressions of the story mode.

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Test Chamber – Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast And Furious

Most expansions for racing games revolve around simply giving players car packs, but the latest add-on for Forza Horizon 2 is a little different. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast and Furious (for Xbox One and Xbox 360) isn't just a bunch of cars, but a standalone experience tied to the upcoming movie Furious 7. We tear through the streets of Nice in a 900-hp Charger in this latest installment of Test Chamber.

The goal of the DLC is to perform in races to acquire 10 cars from the film (the DLC features 12 drivable cars), and the expansion also features elements of Forza Horizon 2 itself such as Bucket List challenges, Rivals races, photo mode, and more.

The Fast and Furious DLC is free until April 10 (the movie is out on April 3), after which time it'll be $ 9.99.

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Nintendo Delays The Legend Of Zelda For Wii U Out Of 2015, Won’t Be At E3

Bad news for Wii U owners today. The biggest release of 2015 isn’t going to be in 2015 anymore. In a video message, producer Eiji Aonuma says the game will not make its planned release before the end of the year.

In the video statement below, Aonuma says that over the last three months, the development team has come up with new ideas for the game. Rather than cut them or amend them to make deadline, the team will be working without a specific deadline. 

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“So I must apologize to all of you who were expecting the game by year’s end, but we are no longer making a 2015 release our number one priority,” Aonuma says. “Instead, our priority is to make it the ultimate and most complete Zelda game.”

 

Update: The Legend of Zelda will not be shown at E3 2015, Aonuma confirmed on Nintendo's Miiverse website

"As I said in the video, we would like to take this time so we can bring you a very special experience, by making the ultimate Zelda game," Aonuma writes. "Since we’d like to focus on developing the game we’ve decided to not show the game at this year’s E3."

 

Our Take
It’s hard not to wonder if The Legend of Zelda will appear on the Wii U at all. With Nintendo starting to talk about a new console, it wouldn’t be entirely surprising if the company eventually pushed this game off to make it a launch title for the system code named “NX.” Either way, this is a devastating blow to Nintendo and the Wii U in 2015.

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Top 10 Transforming Weapons

Bloodborne is out this week (read our glowing review), and one of the game's coolest
features is its deadly arsenal of transforming melee weapons. A scimitar
combines with a staff to create a wicked scythe, the Saw Cleaver is essentially a
gigantic folding knife, and the list goes on. From Software's inventive Trick
Weapons inspired us to look back at the best transforming weapons in video
games, from phallic firearms to sci-fi augmentations.

Note: For this list we
avoided entries like alternate fire modes, upgrades or attachments, vehicles,
and robots. Sorry, Mega Man.


10. Omni-tool – Mass Effect
This orange, glowing device doesn't look like a big threat
at first glance. The holographic computer allows the engineers and soldiers of
the future to access and modify their armor and weapons with its weightless,
virtual interface. But thanks to sci-fi magic, the omni-tool can also turn into
an arm-mounted blade. It's like a fancy space wristwatch that's perfect for
wiping out groups of cybernetic zombies.

9. Laptop Gun – Perfect Dark
We've all been there. You're in the heat of battle gunning
down bad guys with your trusty assault rifle and you suddenly need to check
your email or something. Well, Joanna Dark's Laptop Gun from Perfect Dark
doesn't let you do that. However, the gun can be quickly turned into a turret.
You can toss the Laptop Gun turret onto walls, use it to guard your back while
sniping with the Farsight, and more. It may be confusingly named, but that
doesn't make it any less useful in a heated gunfight.

8. Morph Gun – Jak 2
Naughty Dog struck a decidedly different tone with this
darker, more mature sequel to Jak & Daxter. A big part of the grittier mood
is the fact that Jak starts taking out bad guys with powerful guns rather that cartoony,
Crash Bandicoot-style twirls. The Morph Gun is Jak's Swiss Army Knife of an
energy weapon. This eco-infused gun is a shotgun-like energy concussion, a
long-ranged blaster rifle, and laser Gatling gun all in one. You can eventually
unlock the power to blast a huge electricity sphere, which zaps deadly volts
into nearby enemies.

7. Kirkhammer – Bloodborne
One of the newest doodads on our list is also one of our
favorites. Players begin with some awesome Trick Weapons in Bloodborne, like a
one-handed axe that can extend into a two-handed halberd at the press of a
button, or a stylish cane that morphs into a bad-ass chain whip. The Kirkhammer
takes the bloody cake, though. In its lighter form, the Kirkhammer is an agile-yet-deadly
sword, dealing awesome damage while still letting hunters wield a gun in their
offhand. The true awesomeness kicks in when the hunter jams the sword into a
massive back-mounted gravestone, which quickly transforms the two objects into
a hefty hammer for big damage. (As a bonus, Kirkhammer almost sounds like
Kirk Hammett, the lead guitarist of Metallica
)

6. Switch Axe – Monster Hunter
Capcom's Monster Hunter series is chock full of weapon
variety, but not all of them transform like the Switch Axe. The Charge Blade is
a cool new addition in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – sword and shield that morphs
into a powerful, slow axe – but let's explain why we prefer the Switch Axe. The
default setting is a huge axe that deals decently quick damage. All the while,
players build up a meter that allows the axe to…switch…into a giant sword to
deal even more damage. This powerful transformation even allows hunters to jam
the sword into monsters as it glows and deals extra damage.

Up next: Some suggestive weaponry and a truly incredible piece of luggage…


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This Week In Mobile – Final Fantasy And The First Apple Watch Game

This week in mobile, the Final Fantasy world is falling apart at the seams and Disney brings Star Wars Rebels to mobile platforms. 

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Final Fantasy Record Keeper
Developer: Square Enix
Platform(s): iOs, Android
Price: Free

At its core, Final Fantasy Record Keeper is fan-service layered in fan-service. In some cases that would be a bad thing, but not when the game in question is paying homage to one of the biggest series of all-time. It also helps that Final Fantasy Record Keeper is a good way to spend time. It might be a little boiled down, but the basic premise of wave-based, classically-styled Final Fantasy dungeons works well enough to support the premise of piece the universe back together. It’s not going to blow anyone away, but fans of the series should find plenty to enjoy.

Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions
Developer: Disney
Platform(s): iOS
Price: Free

One of the first things Disney did after acquiring the Star Wars property was canning the Star Wars: The Clones Wars animated series that had been airing on Cartoon Network. The replacement for the show came in the form of Star Wars Rebels, which jumped from the middle of the prequel trilogy to just a few years before the events of Episode IV. To go along with the series, Disney has released Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions. Recon Missions puts players in control of one of four characters and pits them against the forces of the evil Empire in a side-scrolling shooter. When players aren’t blasting away at bad guys, they’re building up their base to earn unlocks and rewards.

Rules!
Developer: TheCodingMonkeys
Platform(s): iOS
Price: $ 2.99

In Rules!, players are presented with a game board and 16 cards. As they play more rules for eliminating cards are presented, and players must eliminate as many sets of cards as possible before time runs out. It’s a simple premise, but not exactly what makes Rules! noteworthy right now. Rules! is actually the first game to be approved for the Apple Watch. While Apple’s latest product doesn’t hit shelves until late April, there are a few of the devices out and about in public already. The Apple Watch version of Rules! is slightly paired down, supporting just 4 cards instead of 16, but it maintains the same catchy formula of the original. Only this time it will be, quite literally, impossible (or at least a very bad idea) to put down.

Breath of Light
Developer: Many Monkeys
Platform(s): iOS
Price: $ 2.99

If you enjoy getting lost in a game, or peacefully puzzling your way through relaxing environments, then Breath of Light is a game you should be checking out. Breath of Light mixes particle physics-based puzzles with a relaxing soundtrack and simplistic visuals to create a game that’s easy to get lost in. Players are tasked with dropping objects to redirect the flow of life-force between white lotuses in a level. One of the big upsides to the game is that there is no need to unlock levels or race a clock, everything is open from the start. 

Silly Sausage in Meat Land
Developer: Nitrome
Platform(s): iOS
Price: Free

Silly Sausage in Meat Land is a surprising combination of a snake game and roguelike sensibilities. Players are set at a starting point, and tasked with collecting gems by swiping to control the direction Silly Sausage moves through the world. Any time they contact a wall, Silly Sausage stops and sits on it, allowing players to catch their metaphorical breath and also avoid being hit by spike traps. If the player is still stretching, they can be hit by moving spike balls, but sitting on a wall immediately makes them invincible. Players can pay gems to respawn at later checkpoints, but get knocked all the way back to the start if they die without doing so.

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Reader Discussion: What 2015 Wii U Release Are You Most Excited For?

Today Nintendo announced some unfortunate news – The Legend of Zelda for Wii U has been delayed out of 2015. Personally, I'm happy the company is taking the time to make the best game possible, but the delay dramatically changes the rest of the year for Nintendo fans. With Zelda's postponement in mind, what Wii U release are you most looking forward to in 2015?

Big Nintendo releases like Kirby and the Rainbow Curse and Mario Party 10 are already behind us, but there are a handful of exclusive Wii U titles slated for release in 2015. These include family friendly third-person shooter Splatoon, the adorable Yoshi's Wooly World, the creative Mario Maker, the return of Star Fox, and the epic Xenoblades Chronicles X. 

Personally, I'm most excited for Splatoon. It's a brand new IP from Nintendo that's also super colorful. It's one of the biggest departures for the company in some time, and I can't wait to get my hands on it. What about you? With Zelda delayed out of 2015, which Wii U release are you the most pumped for?

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