The 5 funniest April Fools’ Day gaming gags for 2015

April Fools’ Day isn’t actually an official holiday (seriously, can we make it one? Imagine a day off to play pranks on your unsuspecting pals!), but if you’re reading from Canada, the U.S., Europe, Australia, Brazil or India, you’ll most likely be able to appreciate a first-of-April joke or two. And for gamers, there are a few especially great treats that the bigwigs have set up for us to enjoy. Golly!

Source: blog.eogn.com

Source: blog.eogn.com

According to EuroGamer, here are some of the April Fools’ themed “Easter eggs” you can peruse while on a coffee or study break today:

So happy April Fools’ Day, everybody. Please try not to be that annoying dude or dudette refilling the sugar container with salt, okay? Be creative! *winky face emoji*

Would swipe right/10. (Source: us.battle.net)

Would swipe right/10. (Source: us.battle.net)

LITTLE BIG PLANET – Sequel Beta and Figures!

The famous Destructoid reports that there’s extra special news for a handful of Little Big Planet fans!
LittleBigPlanet 2 is on its way to us this November, so fans of the first game don’t have long to wait. However, if you’re lucky, you just might find yourself playing the beta a little sooner — if you were a true enthusiast of the first game, that is.

The PlayStation forums have made an announcement that beta invites are going out this week. Will you get one? Well, here’s what they had to say:

We will be sending out invitations to the LittleBigPlanet 2 beta during this week to users who’ve been really active in LittleBigPlanet (PS3™). So if you have been a busy Sackboy™ or girl then an invite might be coming your way. This decision has now been made; unfortunately we are not able to recruit any further Beta Testers at present.

Well, makes sense to me. I guess if you didn’t put in your time with the first game, you’re screwed. I wish more betas worked this way. If so, not only would I be the first b*tch in line for Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon, I’d also get stock in D3 Publisher and my own gold-plated giant ant.

Of course, not every fan will be able to get on-board at the beta level, but for anyone who still needs that little something extra to tide them over until the second game, we’ve got three new items that might fit the bill. They’ve just arrived and they are as awesome as they are adorable! Here’s a look at Mezco’s LITTLE BIG PLANET 4-inch figures!

SACKBOY (Closed mouth)

SACKBOY (Open mouth)

NEON

SET OF ALL 3 FIGURES

Oh! And! You can also pick up a copy of the Playstation 3 game over at Amazon if you’re uninitiated or pre-order the highly-anticipated sequel. Here are the links!

LittleBigPlanet

LittleBigPlanet: Game of the Year Edition

LittleBigPlanet 2

Pre-Orders: Little Big Planet Series 1

A great game for all ages to explore a world of their own design, LittleBigPlanet took the gaming world by storm and should continue to push forward with the awesome franchise in the future. Of course, as a result of its success, merchandising is inevitable and I’m pleased to say that the folks at Mezco are doing great things with the license. Here’s a look at Series 1 of the 4-inch toys:

The first series is three figures strong and you can buy them individually or as a set:
Sackboy (Closed Mouth)
Sackboy (Openm Mouth)
Neon
Set of All Three!

You can also pick up a copy of the Playstation 3 game over at Amazon if you’re uninitiated or pre-order the highly-anticipated sequel, scheduled for a November release. Here are the links!

LittleBigPlanet

LittleBigPlanet: Game of the Year Edition

LittleBigPlanet 2

Resident Evil: Chris Redfield and Sheva Alomar Figures

At a 1:6 scale, the new arrivals to our Resident Evil section are not only impressive in size, but in the level of detail included in the sculpting, the weapons and the clothing. Chris Redfield and Sheva Alomar from Resident Evil 5 are the latest additions to Hot Toys and Sideshow’s collection of 12” RE figures. And they are gorgeous. Not that it’s hard to make good-looking figures out of two zombie hunters blessed with video-game-perfect bone structure. Here’s a look at Sheva…

Here’s the official list from the folks at Hot Toys…

The Sheva Alomar 12 inch Figure features:

* Hot Toys 1/6 scale female body with over 30 points of articulation, featuring Sheva’s signature tattoo
* Jeans
* Vest
* Faux-leather boots
* Earrings
* Necklace
* Armbands
* Knife
* Handgun/M92F
* Machine-Gun/VZ61
* Machine-Gun/AK-74
* Shotgun/M3
* Riffle/H&K PSG-1
* Magnum/S&W M29
* Hand Grenade
* Shotgun/Ithaca M37
* Ammo Pack / Handgun
* Ammo Pack / Machine-Gun
* Headset
* Radio
* Three interchangeable posing hands with gloves
* 12-inch figure stand with the Bio Hazard 5 logo and Sheva Alomar nameplate”

Naturally, Chris comes with everything he requires, which is essentially the same supply as Sheva with differences in the weaponry (it helps to diversify when your enemies are as varied as the beasts roaming Africa in RE5). He looks as handsome as Sheva does beautiful, but what I really appreciate is the strength in both characters. Though there’s still a ways to go, I’d say that video games are definitely better than films in representing the fact that good looks are not enough and that it’s necessary to make characters believable as action heroes if they’re going to do the dirty work.


New Year, New Arrival: Ratchet & Clank

The Sony Playstation and Playsation 2 seemingly came out of nowhere to trounce Nintendo in the 90s and early 00s (the balance has since shifted again with the unexpected success of the Wii) and brought a ton of new and innovative games with them. One such game was Ratchet & Clank for the Playstation 2. Here’s a quick description from the wiki:

The game follows the exploits of Ratchet (a bobcat-like creature known as a Lombax that is very handy with tools) and Clank (a diminutive sentient robot that befriends Ratchet) as they save the galaxy from several evil forces.

Sounds like a pretty average premise for a game, but it was the innovative worlds, characters and weapons that won the hearts, minds and thumbs of the gaming world. The game became a massively successful franchise and has come to include downloadable mini-games and character spin-offs on top of the full-length console adventures. Really, given the popularity of it all, it’s almost a surprise that it’s only now that DC Direct is releasing action figures based on the game! Check out the Ratchet & Clank collection over on our website to see the rest of the items (including the series’ villains and a new look for Ratchet), but here’s one now:

For anyone not yet into the game, what are you waiting for? Here are the links to grab it over at Amazon.com!
Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
PSP 3000 Limited Edition Ratchet and Clank Entertainment Pack – Silver

Pre-order RESISTANCE: Fall of Man figures!

If you’re a fan of Resistance: Fall of Man, you’ll be pleased to know that the brilliant designers and sculptors at DC Direct (I’m surprised, too!) were awesome enough to create a very cool set of four figures based on the game.

The first series is available for pre-order over in our video game section and it includes Nathan Hale, a Chimera Advanced Hybrid, Ravager and Steelhead. Each one stands a little over 6 inches tall and the detail on these guys is impressive. Just take a look!

And if you haven’t gotten into the game yet, or you’re looking for a little help in that department, here are some links to the games and strategy guide over on Amazon.com…
Resistance: Fall Of Man for PS3
Resistance: Retribution for PSP
Resistance: Fall of Man Signature Series Players Guide (Bradygames Signature)

Activision CEO calls for PS3 price cut

I always wanted a PS3 but was not willing to fork out $400 bucks.  If the PS3 console price dropped, I would seriously consider picking one up.

Article by David Carnoy, June 19, 2009

Sony Playstation PS3Apparently, it’s not just CNET readers but game developers who are among those demanding Sony cut the price of the $400 PS3. In an interview with the London Times, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has some strong advice for Sony and threatened to pull its support for the console.

“They have to cut the price, because if they don’t, the attach rates (the number of games each console owner buys) are likely to slow,” Kotick said. “If we are being realistic, we might have to stop supporting Sony.” As for the timing on that, he adds: “When we look at 2010 and 2011, we might want to consider if we support the console–and the PSP (portable) too.”

For its part, Sony, which is mired in third place behind Nintendo and Microsoft in the next-gen game-console wars, keeps saying it won’t be pressured into trimming the price of the PS3. But with industry heavyweights like Activision making these types of remarks, it’s becoming more and more clear that the pressure is indeed on.

Should Sony hurry up and wilt under the heat? Or should it stick to its game plan, whatever it is?