The Next Angry Birds Game Looks Amazing. Yeah, I Wrote That.

Now that the toy tie-ins are on store shelves and we've got an official December 11 release date, we're finally getting a look Angry Birds Go! gameplay. Wow.

Not at all what I was expecting. I knew it was a kart racer, but I was expecting something a little more two-dimensional. Maybe even more of a runner-type game with vehicles. This looks like a full-on 3D kart racer of the cartoon variety, and it's gorgeous.

Rovio promises big things from its first racing game. There'll be upgradeable cars, stunt tracks, "fun and surprising" game modes, in case you were expecting "boring and predictable" to ever appear in official marketing communication.

It;s also free-to-play, which might worry some folks, but I've never known Rovio to sacrifice fun for semi-forced microtransactions, and I don't expect it here.

The Next Angry Birds Game Looks Amazing. Yeah, I Wrote That.

December 11 is a bit long to wait, especially considering the toys are on store shelves with stickers promising the end of October. To compensate for the time discrepancy, Rovio will be releasing a companion countdown app at the end of the month, allowing players to scan in their toys for a preview of the racers they'll unlock in Angry Birds Go! proper.

Watching the trailer again now. This really looks like a high-quality console kart racer, the likes of which only Nintendo puts out these days. Takes me back to the middle of the PlayStation 2 era, when a kart racing spin-off was mandatory. Ah, the good old days.

Angry Birds Go! hits Android and iOS on December 11.


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    Watching the trailer again now. This really looks like a high-quality console kart racer, the likes of which only Nintendo puts out these days.

    Pass me the bong when you're done hitting it.

    It looks cute, but I spotted barely any powerups in that that weren't lifted almost identically from other games. Looks cute, but also looks completely unoriginal and to be honest, rather bland?

    Slight omission that it is also being released on Windows Phone on the same day...

      And I'm sure the three people with Windows Phone will be very excited. :p

    Game looks good but steering with tilt sucks, would be better with physical controls.

    I SMELL MOTION CONTROLS *vomits*
    I play games when i'm commuting, motion controls make you look like quite a silly git on the train.

      I find it less sickening and completely unplayable.. You essentially end up playing on an angle since most games make no attempt to keep the game "upright" in the real world... Not to mention many other horrible tidbits.

    Why is the front right wheel of the left two karts in the pic in the road?

    I looove me a good kart racer. The last ones I played to death were Speed Freaks and CTR on PS1, being a primarily non-Nintendo gamer (plus Mario Kart just doesn't grab me the same way), it'd be cool if this plays well. I don't know if it'll work too well on handhelds but, needs some splitscreen and controller support via Ouya/HDMI.

    I'll stick to carmageddon on my iphone. Now there's a cute game.

    NOPE.

    I'm so done with everything Angry Birds. This has gone on for too damn long.

    It was one, tiny, little rehashed game on mobile. The amount of success it has had, the amount of merchandising and what not, it. just. doesn't. make. sense.

    This is just WEIRD.

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      +1, if they don't make an actual new game they'll become the Treyarch of mobile games. And THAT is title no game company should want...

      I don't understand this complaint. Some time ago some dude created a character called Mickey Mouse. Another created a character called Superman. Later, someone created a group of characters under the banner of Star Wars and some other a group called the Simpsons. Other created a Mario, and yet another created a Sonic. And more recently, someone created Angry Birds. Popular franchises spawning out of the blue and becoming the basis for a consumer goods empire happen all the time.

      Welcome to pop-culture.

        But that isn't the same. Mickey Mouse was a cartoon, Superman was a great comic, Star Wars was a great film franchise, the Simpsons is one of the longest running, entertaining television shows of all time, Mario was and is a fantastic video game franchise and Sonic was and is, well, eh.

        Angry Birds isn't even an original game. It's just a popular game that has been reskinned (essentially) into hundreds of flash games, and Angry Birds was just the first rehash to hit the mobile market. The only thing about it that is somewhat original is the art style, the actual characters - and this is where my complaint really comes in.

        What makes the Angry Birds characters so incredible that they warrant the unbelievable amount of branding they've gotten?

        I have absolutely no fucking clue. Like, they're not like, particularly well drawn, nor are they even that humourous stand alone. I mean, why hasn't Worms had this much merchandising? Worms is about as equally designed as Angry Birds.

        It's just weird.

    "The Next Angry Birds Game Looks Amazing. Yeah, I Wrote That."

    You shouldn't have.

    While "amazing" may have been the wrong word for it, this actually looks like fun! Of course, motion controls are the big turnoff for me. I think I'd like it more if it were on console.

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