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April Fools' Gaming round-up: 'Assassin's Creed', 'Mass Effect', more

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April Fools' Day may have fallen on a Sunday this year, but it was the best yet, with a number of big gaming franchises receiving nonsensical but brilliant send-ups. Be sure to also read how they compare to last year's pranks.

Assassin's Creed for Kinect

Easily the best gag this year was a Kinect version of Assassin's Creed. As well as expected bouts of fist-swinging fights and scurrying across rooftops, players must sit on benches, hide in haybales and re-enact the Leap of Faith with painful results.



Mass Effect '80s cartoon trailer

Mass Effect has already seen spinoff comics, books and a series of action figures, so a cartoon isn't too far off the mark, even if it sees Shepard and the crew of the Normandy defeat the Reapers with the power of rock and roll. Mass Effect, tune up!



Angry Birds Space's new character

Angry Birds has offered a number of redesigns in the galactic sequel so a whole character for the bird-flinging physics game isn't a huge surprise, although something does stink about this.

Angry Birds Space skunk April Fools

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SEGA Bass Fishing of the Dead comes to Wii U

Sega combines two of its biggest fan-favourite franchises with SEGA Bass Fishing of the Dead. We would probably play this.



The Witcher hits the West End

Based on April release The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings comes The Witcher: A Temarian Story, a theatre production that aims to "resurrect the adult musical genre". Stars considered for leading roles include Russell Crowe, Robbie Savage, Isla Fisher, Christina Hendricks and... Geri Halliwell.

The Witcher April Fools


Retro City Rampage breakfast cereal

Another '80s-inspired prank hit the web with a cereal commercial for old-school open-world title Retro City Rampage, complete with VHS-level video quality. Radical!



Rock Band: Board Game

Thought music-rhythm games were dead? Think again! They just needed to ditch the plastic instruments for plastic board pieces. We can't see how this will go wrong.



Google 'launches' Maps 8-bit for NES

Another favourite from around the web sees Square Enix team up with Google to offer 8-bit Google Maps, complete with Dragon Quest sprites and sound effects. And yes, you can try it out for yourself - just hit the Quest button located at the top right of any map.



Did you spot any other gaming pranks? Add a comment to the space below!

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