Don't be fooled! Video game April Fools' 2014 joke round-up

What shouldn't you believe?

From the too ridiculous to be believed, to things that make you cry when you learn they're a lie, April Fools' Day is a day when it's impossible to trust anything you read. To help you separate fact from fiction, we're rounding up the best jokes we find:

Get a job at Google as a Pokemon Master

This one's half true. You can catch Pokemon on your iOS or Android device using the Google Maps app right now. However, you're probably not going to get a job at Google just for finding Pokemon on a map.

Dark Souls II gets an "easy mode"

This one was our own joke, but most of you caught on pretty quick. Of course the notoriously difficult Dark Souls isn't going to be made easier. If anything, future patches will probably make it even more unrelentingly vicious.

Origins offers boxed service

Use your 3D printer to print your games at home and start making real physical games for your PC!

Diablo III goes mobile with Happy Reaper

This Blizzard take on Flappy Bird is also a real game you can play right now. You "take on the role of Malthael, the Angel of Death, who's recently returned to Sanctuary with a vengeance." And then you tap to dodge stuff.

Blizzard fighting game: Vengeance of the Vanquished

It's not playable, but Blizzard went all-out with the screens, character bios, and description for their fake fighting game (which you should read). It also includes a controller with a built-in credit card reader: "Speed up your in-game purchases and give your character some extra punch with this convenient credit card swipe strip right there on the controller!"

Renamed modes in Call of Duty: Ghosts

Maybe you'd like to join a match of "PEW PEW," "YOLO," or "Bro, Do u even cap?"

The Mass Effect "Varric Chest Toupee"

Try adding it to your cart.

Play as a Dragon in Cryptic's Neverwinter game

A developer diary shows how Cryptic is balancing dragons as a new playable race for their Neverwinter MMO. Watch the video above to see OP dragons wearing hats and riding mounts.

Vlambeer's rougelike Nuclear Throne becomes an FPS

In a Steam Community statement, developer Vlambeer announces they're taking their upcoming game in a new direction: first-person shooter.

Arma 3 gets kart DLC

The first "official premium DLC for Arma 3" mimics the Van Damme "truck splits" commercial to introduce the game's upcoming kart expansion.

Path of Exile offers "Pay to Win" option

Path of Exile replaces the former "play to win" mentality with the idea that, "Wins should be consumable and sold in stacks so that players have to keep buying more," and, "Price-wise, you should nickel and dime the players. That's why we chose a price of $0.15 per win."

A Mass Effect Garrus Vakarian body pillow

Cuddle up with Garrus Vakarian in this one-of-a-kind body pillow available on the BioWare store. "This therapeutic companion pillow provides comfort and protection when your guard is down."

Sony Power Food offers edible charging

Charge your phones and batteries by plugging them into cakes and cereal (editor's note: don't actually do this). Sony says "By creating an enzyme that enables the chemical energy of organic matter to be transferred directly into gadgets, we're bringing about the next step in electronic evolution. Voltaic Enzyme."

Develop relationships with NPCs in Final Fantasy XIV

The "favour system" will "allow adventurers to grow even closer to their favorite NPCs." It's like a dating sim in an MMO...this actually sounds kind of awesome.

Bungie will sends players to Mars

For the low, low cost of $7,000,000.00, you can become a part of Destiny's lore by taking a trip to the "cold and unforgiving vacuum of space."

Wargaming launches online F2P (browser) game: World of Tank: The Crayfish

You can actually play this new game from World of Tanks developer Wargaming, but it's slightly lower-budget than the actual WoT game. The Crayfish is a flash game where you fight off an endless army of killer crustaceans.

Fez sequel Fez II is back in development

This isn't confirmed to be a lie...but it's pretty unlikely. Game designer Phil Fish tweeted that Fez II is back on!

Mighty No. 1 will be an apple

You can watch the "new ROM" for Mega Man's spiritual successor Mighty No. 9 in action starring the Apple robots above.

Guild Wars 2 Bobblehead characters

The size of the heads of all characters in Guild Wars 2 have been increased 200%. But don't worry, the change is temporary.

Titanfall get Optimus Prime DLC

A fake trailer for the content also says that the game also features "Prime Time," a new song by Linkin Park.

World of Warplanes gets UFOs

A press release says that all players will get a free "Tier 5 German Kampfflugplatte Sleipnir I UFO."

New Smash Bros. character: Nester

Remember Nester from the old Nintendo Power magazine cartoon Howard and Nester? A spoof site (with incredibly terrible art) will try to convince you that the the red-headed protagonist is in the next version of Smash Bros. The art is pretty terrible, but the page layout mimics the official Smash Bros. site well.

War of the Vikings introduces god powers

The new trailer for War of the Vikings shows off Thor-like hammer throwing abilities, the ability to fly, and "God-like Fury," which rains death down from the heavens.

Tim Burton is making a Killzone puppet movie

From the official Sony Killzone blog comes a movie direct by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. The site says, "The movie focuses on the events depicted in Killzone: Shadow Fall after the Helghast settle on planet Vekta."

Blizzard continues HotS naming convention with next StarCraft expansion

This one goes pretty deep with multiple joke layers, but it's a funny read.

NeoGeo game Windjammers gets an update from Divekick developer

In a press release from Iron Galaxy for Windjammers Hyper Deluxe eSports edition, the game is described as an "updated online multiplayer focused version of the game launching in July of this year for $19.99."

Temple Run developer sends out press release, buys Doodle Jump dev for $1 billion cash

In the wake of the Facebook/Oculus acquisition, Imangi Studios had their own fun writing, "Imangi’s idea to buy Lima Sky was sparked from the simple, disruptive idea of creating a game that will have 1 trillion installs. Igor Pusenjak, CEO of Lima Sky, elaborated: “Imangi told us they wanted to combine the endless jumper with the endless runner to create the ultimate gaming hit, and we were sold. The combined game Doodle Temple Jumping Run will be out later this year."

Kickstarter loses the "e," rebrands itself Kickstartr

The popular way of getting games funded is changing things up. In a press release, Kickstarter wrote, "By changing back to Kickstartr sitewide, we reduce load time and bandwidth use across the board. Based on our current user base and daily page loads, dropping the “e” will actually save us (and you) a collective 14 TB of data usage annually."

Win a Ferrari with 1,000,000 Raptr points

The from Raptr CEO Dennis Fong's collection, you can win this Ferrari that includes "John Carmack’s grocery list dated 4/1/95 folded up in glovebox." If you've got enough points, you can check out the full redemption guide here.

League of Legends introduces Ultra Rapid Fire

The game will remove mana and energy costs, institute an 80% cool-down reduction on skill, activatable items, and summoner skills, and introduce other new "rapid fire" perks.

Warlords of Draenor 6.0 patch notes

The is incredibly extensive list is a long read, but it's full of gems like, "New Ability: Renounce. When cast, Renounce permanently changes the Paladin into a Warrior."

Thief meets Final Fantasy

This flash game from Square Enix gives you two options: "Steal" or "Run" (the one in the lower-right corner). It's all in Japanese, but everyone can appreciate the art!

Play Sega's Rappy Bird

Always stoking the flames for Phantasy Star, but never quite delivering. You can play this Flappy Bird clone with Rappy on the Sega site.

Turtle Beach LYTE4CE headphones

From the website, "'I mean, it doesn’t sound very good, but who cares?! It’s got tons of lights.' – Jane Doe"

Naughty Dog's rebranding

Pretty self-explanatory.

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Here are a few other sample headlines that might not have been written yet, but that you'll probably read somewhere before the end of the day tomorrow:

  • Video game company X buys video game company y (i.e. Microsoft buys Nintendo)
  • Game publisher known for one type of game makes a game using that IP in a new and ridiculous genre (i.e. Battlefield kart racer)
  • Anything at all related to Half-Life 3

Justin Haywald is a senior editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @JustinHaywald. Find a great April Fools' joke we missed or got a hot news tip? Email news@gamespot.com

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389 comments
Lawrencevanrijn
Lawrencevanrijn

I had the retailer look for the new PS4 game "Bo Red" on April 1st. Took him 10 mins to figure out it spelled "Bored" 

Good Times! :-D




ndmq
ndmq

From now on...I declare the 1st of May called May Serious...

hitomo
hitomo

tim burton sucks

Jah_Glow
Jah_Glow

Naughty Doge... hl3 confirmed.

GM_Strykr
GM_Strykr

For LoL fans, check out the Ultra Rapid Fire game they put on for TSM vs C9...it's pretty crazy

CROAT_56
CROAT_56

NaughtyDoge hahaha I like that  

Kyokamaru
Kyokamaru

lol warthunders Playable giant Snail that shoots lightning and can be killed by players was not even mentioned...
 Biased to wargaming? nah that would be silly

BadMonk
BadMonk

did they list the one that Razer did? the drone 3rd person camera lol

GunEye
GunEye

couldn't find anything remotely entertaining or misleading.

balrogbane
balrogbane

"EA buys Rockstar Games" ( I would just hang myself )

themc_7
themc_7

most of these are so ridiculous that they didn't fool anyone. A real April Fools prank gets people to believe!

arganvain
arganvain

most of them are april's sarcasm than april's fool <.<

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

But this year nobody seems to do the elaborate things like completely turning their websites into something entirely different. 

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

OK, now this list is good. Some are pretty funny actually.

realdawn
realdawn

ah yes, varric the mass effect character. killin all those mass effect darkspawn.

normanislost
normanislost

The fake warcraft patch notes were pretty funny

MaximerV8
MaximerV8

razer eidolon... those son's of bitches are going to pay...

jwrebholz
jwrebholz

Too bad the Ferrari is a prank. The 328's a pretty sweet ride.

rofeta
rofeta

Minecraft had a fun little joke I don't see mention.  They claimed that their villager AI had gotten out of control so when you logged into the game you're skin was that of a villager.  They also replaced the sound files so that there was a voice saying what you were doing.  If you were waling on grass it says "grass", "grass", snow "snow", "snow".  Even why it rains and you're outside in it it just keeps saying "rain".  The voice even dumed the classic Minecraft music when that came on.  Sure it was a bit annoying, but it was fun trying to see what the animals now said and what happened with various actions.

gotenks0709
gotenks0709

I just kickstarted a new revolutionary gaming device thats just been funded!! Now just waiting on Zuckerberg.

wookiegr
wookiegr

Best joke so far is that it takes Ryse just over 20 minutes to install on the Xbox One before you can play it.

dono14
dono14

Titanfall's joke was the best. Path of Exile's was awesome too, lol.

Dari23
Dari23

That Dark Souls 2 screenshot looked so good....

RicanV
RicanV moderator moderator

I pre-ordered the chest toupee. That was just mean and hurtful.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

I hope Fez 2 isn't joke...

But then again "Phish" is nothing BUT a joke.

Maverick6585
Maverick6585

I would play World of Warplanes if it had a UFO. Just sayin'

divinejester
divinejester

So the article SE put out saying they learned from their mistakes was apparently true, yet a favor system, something that would add a dating sim element to the game, something popular in Japan in VN and some JRPGs, is a fake. They really have learned nothing, its been a day and already disappointment is high.

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

Yeah april fools is awesome. Blizzard and google always have good ones but lots of other good ones too

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

The Lost Vikings intro/music to the Blizzard brawler is hilarious.

McGregor
McGregor

Anyone else notice the errors for Call of Duty. "Bro", or "do u even cap" when it's, "Bro, do u even Cap?". Some are pretty good though.

couly
couly

Remember last year's Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon which turned out to be real. That was crazy.

BrokenChaos666
BrokenChaos666

Most of those were obvious/dumb. Disappointed with the Dark Souls 2 thing though. Game is too frustrating to bother playing otherwise.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

will the Garrus body pillow calibrate me while I sleep?

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

That's some extreme trolling done right!