Train2Game News The 100 Best Video Games (that never existed)


Solaris is delighted to announce it will publish The 100 Best Video Games (that never existed), an outrageous – and, frankly, hilarious – new title from the redoubtable Nate ‘Frog Croakley’ Crowley, this September.
Solaris signed the book following the ever-surprising Crowley’s exploits on Twitter. After rashly tweeting he would dream up an imaginary computer game for every favourite said tweet received, Crowley found himself engaged in an epic quest to conjure up hundreds of entirely fictional titles.

The results, ranging from ‘chilling’ MMO Hawks Versus Voles Online to sidescreen scroller / cockney beat-‘em-up BeastEnders and beyond, were by degrees hilarious, touching, grotesque, and – crucially – entirely made up.

The tweets soon went viral, garnering coverage on prominent sites including Buzzfeed and Rock Paper Shotgun, at which point the author evolved the concept to include fan donations to the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).

Solaris – the publishing arm of video games developer Rebellion – saw the potential for a print collection of the best of the tweets featuring artwork from in-house video games artists, and lo, a book was born.

Since the Twitter project the book is based on was run as a fundraiser for amphibian conservation, Crowley will continue to honour frogs and their other moist pals by donating 15% of sale proceeds to ZSL. The money will go towards habitat conservation and breeding programmes for critically endangered amphibians.

Solaris Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Oliver commented:

“Nate Crowley is a man with a boundless imagination. Add to that a sense of humour that is cuttingly satirical, while not being shy of the odd Viz-esque bit of smut and silliness, and what you have is one of the funniest and weirdest writers around: an author for our post-truth world, who takes those post-truths and turns them into things of wonder.”

Nate Crowley commented:

“Having done some initial work with the art team at Rebellion, I’m staggered by their level of talent and experience – I think they are really going to make this project shine. Being able to call on a small army of professional artists to draw my silliest ideas is a power I should never have been allowed to wield, but I will endeavour to use it wisely. I’m very grateful to all the folk who donated to ZSL in support of the original twitter project, and am happy to say a split of my proceeds will go directly to amphibian conservation. Let the games begin!”

“If these games did not exist, it would be necessary to invent them” – Voltaire

The 100 Best Video Games (that never existed) is the world’s first post-truth gaming book.

From 1980s hits like Star Trek: Bee on the Bridge, right through to modern classics like 90s Goth Soccer and BinCrab Destiny, this high-end retrospective takes the reader on a lavish tour of the most memorable and groundbreaking games never to have been made.

Painstakingly illustrated by a team of genuine industry artists, and written by professional over-imaginer Nate Crowley, this book doesn’t just throw out silly ideas – it expands on them in relentless and excruciating detail.

As well as the 100 games featured, articles throughout the book examine an entire fictional history of games, with hundreds more existentially challenged titles referenced.

If you end up with a lingering temptation to Google Desert Git 2 or Gorilla Sky Justice to check it’s not real, this book has done its job…

Train2Game News Final Fantasy meets Assassin’s Creed


The FINAL FANTASY® XV universe continues to expand as SQUARE ENIX® today revealed an exciting collaboration with Ubisoft Entertainment’s hit Assassin’s Creed® franchise, available as a free download from the Xbox Games Store and PlayStation®Store.

The immersive FINAL FANTASY XV: Assassin’s Festival in-game event will run today through January 31, 2018 as Noctis and his comrades take part in a Lestallum festival held in honor of a mythical hero who fought to resist the shackles of oppression. 

The limited-time event will introduce gameplay elements inspired by the Assassin’s Creed game series, including nimble and acrobatic movements in the field, vicious assassinations from elevated height, and large-scale treasure hunts. There are also exclusive outfits including the Medjay Assassin’s Robes for Noctis and his crew, and the Master Assassin’s Robes for Noctis, the latter which is only obtainable via the Dream Egg from the Moogle Chocobo Carnival. 

Other in-game collaboration items include the Assassin’s Creed-themed Regalia items (decal and full body decal), along with a themed photo frame and filter that can be applied to and accessorized with Prompto’s photographs.

A new trailer showing off the collaboration is available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Vn6Sy3Xx5Ss.

For more information on the FINAL FANTASY XV: Assassin’s Festival, please visit www.finalfantasyxv.com/en/assassins-festival .
Additionally, the free game update features:

    Noodle Helmet Outfit – this mysterious, famed Nissin Cup Noodle outfit musters up Noctis and his comrades’ energy and remarkably increases their HP recovery rate.

    Timed Quest Updates – Additional limited-time “Timed Quests” have been added to the quest tracker.

    Exhibition of Third Snapshot Contest Winning Photos – The winning photos from the third community Snapshot Contest are now on display at Galdin Quay.

    Bestiary – A gallery where players can see the enemies they have defeated in battle and take an in-depth visual look at the enemy is now available via the menu screen.

    Chapter Select – Players can now select and play various chapters from the main menu. This feature can only be accessed after completing the game.
More information about the game’s update is available on the website: http://sqex.to/CnZ.