Mar 15 2012 3:00pm

Gaming Roundup: Robot Overlords Declare: “Sir, you are being hunted.”

Is anyone surprised that developer Big Robot is making a game about big robots? Not just any robots, mind, but dapper gentleman robots on a safari in the British countryside hunting the most dangerous game. (That’s you, meatbag.) There sure are a lot of visually striking indie titles coming out these days. And now we’ve got a Flight of the Conchords song stuck in our heads.

Also in this week’s roundup: we eat like video game characters, defend the Mass Effect 3 Day 1 DLC, get a free pass to play The Old Republic, explore some alternate history titles, and... My Little Ponies? Really?

  • CD Projekt Red, the developers of The Witcher series have decided to no longer include DRM in their games. While the corporate side of gaming pubishers might not agree, it’s good to see at least one developer publicly acknowledge that DRM doesn’t work.
  • A former Bioware employee pleaded with Mass Effect fans to not judge the company for “From Ashes, ” Mass Effect 3’s Day 1 DLC. She argues that by the time most DLC is released, people have already sold their games back to Gamestop. We were originally pissed about the early extra content for sale. But now? Javik is an awesome team member. He’s a heavy-hitting biotic with zero sense of humor that makes him actually really funny. He doesn’t add much to the game plot-wise or even war asset-wise, but he makes for some rich conversation among shipmates. And he’s got a bitchin’ Kenyan accent.
  • In other Mass Effect news, an anime centered around derpy-looking new shipmate James Vega will be coming this fall. Unlike Javik, Vega took a little getting used to. But we like him well enough now to check out the series.

  • In the last bit of Bioware-related news, you can play Star Wars: The Old Republic for free this weekend with a pass.
  • Blizzard is holding back Diablo III’s PvP til post-launch.
  • Aw, did someone steal your sweet roll? Make your own Skyrim snacks with recipes from Gourmet Gaming. Be sure to try the GTA Cluckin’ Bell chicken burger and Fallout 3 omelet, too.
  • What if Russian pup Laika not only survived her trip to outer space but returned half-robot to an Earth where the U.S.S.R. ruled? That’s the premise behind Laika Believes, a platformer coming to XBL Arcade sometime late next year. More on this story as it develops.
  • We at have been saying it for years (because we’re streets ahead) but Alan Wake has sold over 2 million copies, making it a true cult hit.
  • Watch the trailer for Assassin’s Creed 3, which features a rouing speech by George Washington.
  • Can someone please explain to me why My Little Ponies are a thing again? A thing that terrifies me when its fanbase does this to Nate Drake and co?

If there are games you’d like us to cover or blogs you think we should be following for more news, please let us know @tdelucci or @pritpaulbains.

Justin Golenbock
1. jgolenbo
Javik ftw! i will say that the quest itself (day 1 or otherwise) is pretty light for $10, but since we were all gonna go out and start playing on day 1 anyway im pretty glad we got Javik for the first playthrough.

Also to Bioware's credit, unlike w/ Kasume/Zaeed, Javik actually has good dialogue and a handful of his own scenes throughout, which is a lot cooler. kinda sceptical that was all added after the game went gold but whatever ill take it...
Cori Hull
2. yarnandtea
My Little Pony is a thing again because the new series (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic) is, quite frankly, spectacular. It's attracted a huge fanbase of grownups (lots of them dudes) who just enjoy it for its awesomeness. The creative genius behind it is Lauren Faust, who was also really heavily involved in the creative side of The Powerpuff Girls. *shrug* I know it's not for everyone, but for what it's worth, it is a super lot of fun for people of pretty much all ages--it's just that there is a super huge fanbase (bronies) who also cross over with the video game demographic, and they enjoy doing the art mashups and stuff. There are also some fun fan vids on YouTube mashing up video from the new series with audio from Firefly, Doctor Horrible, and other crazy stuff, and it works. Like, really well. So, yeah...that's why you're getting fan art like the one above. (It doesn't hurt that the show throws in ponies who are clearly meant to be the main trio from The Big Lebowski, or that there are at least two ponies running around who instantly bring to mind Time Lords...)
Pritpaul Bains
3. Kickpuncher
@2 Wow! I had no idea there was actually a rational answer to that query - I assumed it was just ridicu-awesome for the sake of being ridicu-awesome. Thanks for filling us in.
4. politeruin
Never got on with mass effect, i played about three quarters of the first one and just gave up and uninstalled. Dull. Dull. Dull. But what else do you expect with EA when they pull these kind of stunts, they're almost as bad as ubisoft... but not quite up to their levels of ass hattery yet.
Theresa DeLucci
5. theresa_delucci
@4 I wasn't into Mass Effect the first time I played either. I never played any kind of RPG and couldn't figure out why I should care about points -- just let me shoot things and make dialogue choices! I traded it in. And then my co-worker kept talking to me about it, especially the second, so I gave it another try. For some reason, the second attempt was the right game, right time and I was hooked.

I'll say I think, so far, I like 2 slightly more than 3. 1, while a great game, just goes into 3rd place by default. It's splitting hairs. 2 had amazing cast additions and the controls were less wonky. It was also a lot funnier and meme-worthy.

What is Ubisoft notorious for? (I traded Assassin's Creed in, too. Couldn't get into it, even though I normally love open world games.)

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