Crappy The Last of Us Clone Removed From Switch eShop

A screenshot of The Last Hope is seen fading away into dust and nothing.

Screenshot: VG Games / West Connection Limited / Kotaku

The Last Hope: Dead Zone Survival—a Switch-exclusive budget game that many called a knockoff of Sony’s The Last of Us—has been removed from the Nintendo eShop. Meanwhile, Sony has started removing the game’s trailers from YouTube.

In late June, The Last Hope – Dead Zone Survival appeared on the Switch eShop. The game was a horrible-looking Nintendo Switch exclusive that seemed to come out of nowhere with a trailer that caught the attention of the internet for all the wrong reasons. In the viral trailer, The Last Hope looked like a blatant (and cheap) copy of Naughty Dog’s award-winning post-apocalyptic franchise, complete with its own Ellie-like companion and gruff dad-like figure. Most agreed it looked bad, and once people actually played it, we learned that it was probably the worst game of 2023, being both highly buggy and only about 15 to 20 minutes long. Now, this viral knockoff seems to have caught the attention of Sony, which doesn’t seem to be a fan of The Last Hope.

As reported by Eurogamer, trailers and other videos of The Last Hope are being removed from YouTube. If you look at our own story about the game, you’ll notice the videos we included have both been removed and replaced with a message saying they were removed due to a copyright claim from Sony Interactive Entertainment. Other videos and trailers for The Last Hope have been scrubbed from YouTube, too.

The Last Hope is no longer for sale

While this is happening, the actual game itself has been completely removed from the Nintendo Switch eShop in both the UK and the U.S. If you try to visit The Last Hope’s store page you’ll only get a 404 error message. At this time we don’t know if Sony requested the game be removed from the eShop, if Nintendo took this step itself, or if the developers behind the game removed it out of caution.

Kotaku has contacted all involved parties about the removed trailers and the game’s removal from the eShop.

While I can’t be sure who removed the game from the store or if it will return, what I can be sure of is that until companies like Nintendo and Valve put in place any kind of quality checks, digital stores will continue to be polluted with cheap, barely playable knock-offs and clones of higher-quality games. Let’s not forget, this happens on the Xbox store, too, such as with that crappy God of War clone.

The Gathering Clone Has A Fan-Made Digital App

Game developer Pavel Kolev pulls Scar while playing Pixelborn, a free unofficial digital client for DIsney's TCG Lorcana.

Screenshot: Pixelborn / Kotaku

Lorcana, Disney’s trading card game, has transformed from a physical experience to a digital one thanks to a fan-made app out now on PC.

Announced in August 2022, Disney’s Lorcana lets you collect various characters from the company’s deep library, like Goofy and Mickey, to duke it out with your friends. Think of it like Magic: the Gathering or the Pokémon Trading Card Game. Now, though, instead of playing on just a physical board, you and friends can take the bout to a computer through Pixelborn, a free, third-party digital client.

Pixelborn turns Lorcana into a Hearthstone-like, according to Dicebreaker, letting you access a digital collection, card backs, and deck customization. While it’s free to access and use, if you subscribe to the team’s Patreon, you’ll also get ranked and direct PvP matches, as well as detailed statistics. Led by developer Pavel Kolev, the Pixelborn team ensured no trace of Disney was left in the online engine to swerve past any copyright problems, which is why you’ll mostly see grayed-out images on cards. As Dicebreaker explained, cards will stay gray until a player uploads images to the digital client.


At any rate, Pixelborn appears to work as intended as evidenced by the above video. Dicebreaker reports that the version currently available supports a typical 1v1 match you would see in Hearthstone with a clean layout that’s easy to read and use. Though the digital client could stand to add a bit more polish here and there, the project already has a dedicated following, according to Dicebreaker, with folks competing on the leaderboard. Pixelborn is available on Mac and PC. A mobile version with crossplay and shared collections is also in the works. You can download Pixelborn directly from Kolev’s Twitter.

Stardew Valley Fishing Game Makes A Good Wordle Clone

Free, fan-made browser game Pufferdle is an unexpectedly successful cozy mutant. Developer Abdullah Masud made it from sewing together some beloved parts—the fishing minigame from Stardew Valley, and Wordle’s streamlined hangman procedure—and ended up with a pixel fish-guesser many will find relaxing and familiar.

Posting on a Stardew Valley forum on August 21, Masud described Pufferdle’s simple premise. First, catch a fish through Stardew Valley’s strongman game format, where you have to press your mouse in order to lift a vertical green bar and trail it behind a generic fish icon’s sporadic, upstream swimming pattern. It’s the exact same fishing minigame players experience in Stardew Valley, and it uses Stardew’s exact same, wide-eyed fish—Masud copied Stardew developer ConcernedApe’s code “into JavaScript for an identical experience,” they said.

After encountering a fish, regardless of whether or not you snagged it, it’s time to guess what it was “based off of the difficulty you experienced,” Masud said in the forum post. Then, you’ll have to “use the fish’s seasons, weather, location, and time to narrow down your guess, in a Wordle format.”

Like in that guessing game, players only have six shots at finding a correct answer. You can hover over an array of Stonefish, Tuna, Angler, and more specific icons to the left of the guess section, to learn their biographic information, like where you can fish for them and at what time of day. Select a fish to input a guess—it will appear in green if it matches one of your target fish’s defining categories (season, weather, etc.), orange if it fits the bill partially, and gray if you’re completely off the mark.

Don’t despair if you aren’t entirely caught up on your Stardew fish studies. You can practice for Pufferdle’s daily games by using its Fish Tank game mode, which lets you reel in a fish of your choice as “as much as you want,” Masud wrote, and get to know its swimming habits better. Happy fishing.


Cyberpunk 2077 Now Contains A Hidden Doom Clone

Cyberpunk 2077 players have discovered a new arcade cab hidden in an abandoned church just outside Night City. This new arcade machine, added as part of Cyberpunk 2077’s free 2.0 update, lets you play a Doom-like retro shooter starring Keanu Reeves’ character, Johnny Silverhand.

Cyberpunk 2077’s 2.0 update and its massive Phantom Liberty expansion have added a lot of new content and features to the already-huge first-person RPG. But who cares about that stuff? (Editor’s note: A lot of people, actually.) Personally, I’m more excited to see that even in the horrible dystopian future of Cyberpunk 2077 people are still making and playing Doom clones. Some things never change, I guess.

To play this new arcade machine, you’ll need to go into the badlands outside Night City and head south to find a lone, abandoned church just north of a protein farm, which is also a fast-travel point. So if you’ve already unlocked the farm for fast travel, feel free to zip over to save yourself a drive into the badlands.

Regardless of how you get there, enter the church, and on the right you’ll find an Arasaka Tower 3D playable arcade machine.

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Arasaka Tower 3D is very clearly an homage to classic id Software shooters like Wolfenstein 3D and Doom. You play long-dead rockerboy Johnny Silverhand fresh off his historic bombing of one of the world’s most powerful megacorps’ headquarters as he tries to escape the tower, blasting numerous guards as he ambles—surprisingly slowly—toward freedom. Aside from the lack of speed the gameplay looks surprisingly retro, including the fact that you can’t look up or down, as was the case in many classic ‘90s shooters. The full game is about 10 minutes long or so and includes five levels complete with secret doors.

Read More: Every Change In Cyberpunk 2077‘s Massive 2.0 Update

Do you think people in the Cyberpunk 2077 universe have modded Arasaka Tower 3D to death and got it running on ATMs and other weird devices, like how Doom is playable on just about anything in our world today? I hope so. I hope some nerds have made it fully open-source at this point and created whole new levels for it, too.

I guess once you’re done playing Araska Tower 3D you can go and play the rest of Cyberpunk 2077, including the new expansion. I hear it’s like Doom but you can look up and down now. Wild stuff!

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