Lego Doctor Who

who_legoI’ve been playing lots of Lego games with my son (I practiced a lot for two years beforehand so I can keep up). The upcoming Lego Dimensions opens the door to near limitless potential… including Doctor Who.

Content involving the intrepid Time Lord has been confirmed so this fan-made trailer may not be too far from the mark.

We shall see when Lego Dimensions is released in September.

http://www.lego.com/en-us/dimensions/

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Vintage animation meets modern gaming in Cuphead

The animation style of times past remains alive in the modern world thanks to the game Cuphead. Bringing gamers into a world that is both familiar and new all at once, the wild visuals and fanciful jazz soundtrack bringing to life a dream-like realm full of possibilities. It’s an awesome accomplishment.

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Via Huffington Press:

If your grandparents had video games, we now know how they would have looked.

A new game called “Cuphead,” which is set to be released in 2015, is animated in the style of a 1930s cartoon. In fact, it was created the same way that cartoons were created back then, using hand-drawn cel animation and watercolor backgrounds.

Painstaking? Sure. But the final product really does make the game look like it’s from another era:

“Cuphead,” which was previewed at this year’s E3 conference, is the first by Canadian developer Studio MDHR. And unlike other throwback video games, there’s no 8-bit music to be heard here. The game’s soundtrack is entirely made up of original jazz recordings, composed by Kristofer Maddigan.

The game’s creators describe it as “a classic run and gun action game heavily focused on boss battles.” While they haven’t yet announced every way you’ll be able to play it, we do know it will be released on Steam (PC) and XboxOne.


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Super Marios Bros. gets RiffTrax treatment

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The world, characters, music, even the sound effects of the Mario video games are among the most iconic entertainment creations of the 20th century. So naturally if you made a Mario movie, you’d want to abandon everything that people liked and recognized about them, and then just in case people were still willing to give it the benefit of the doubt, throw in The Happening star John Leguizamo.

Let’s say you went to the cinema hoping to see your favorite character from Mario 3, the red carnivorous fish Big Bertha. Ignoring the fact that you are a moron for your favorite character not being the King of Ice World when he’s been transformed into a seal, you might be disappointed to to learn that in the movie, Big Bertha is instead a large, violent woman with prodigious cleavage who wears S & M-esque garb. (Or maybe you’re into that. In that case, you’re probably not welcome in many of the theaters that were showing Super Mario Bros.)

So Big Bertha isn’t a fish, the goombas aren’t tiny, stompable, sentient mushrooms, and there’s nary a Tanooki suit to be found. No big deal, as long as the Mario Brothers are still brothers, right? What’s that? For no apparent reason Luigi is the adopted ward of Mario? Well, maybe it could still work as long as the movie isn’t an incoherent, hideous mess full of shouting and chaos and cheap sets and… Why are you shaking your head sadly?

Strap on your Kuribo’s shoes and join Mike, Kevin, and Bill up on Jugem’s Cloud for riffing on the best live action Mario property that doesn’t contain Captain Lou Albano.

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Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate -Under New Management

Since Batman: Arkham Asylum, the Dark Knight has enjoyed a reigning seat in the video gaming world. Utilizing innovative combat techniques and the inclusion of special sequences that employed the hero’s detective skills in a hellish crime-ridden world, these games have given fans a glimpse of what it might be like to *be* Batman.

And the grand tradition continues with Arkham Origins and a new handheld game Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate. Featuring Catwoman and Solomon Grundy, the handheld game will build on the Gotham City experience and allow more opportunities to lay down some vigilante justice.

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Convicts. Criminals. Blackgate Prison is under new management.

batman_blackgate-2Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate brings the Batman Arkham games to a handheld format for the first time to Sony and Nintendo handheld systems. Featuring stealth gameplay, free-flow combat, and Batman’s infamous gadgets, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate captures the genuine Arkham feel players have come to appreciate. With gripping 2.5-D graphics, fully voiced narrative, and a captivating storyline, you’ll will explore deep inside the bowels of this remote island penitentiary that plays an important role in the Arkham universe.

Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate are both available worldwide on Oct. 25, 2013!

LEGO Marvel Superheroes

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Via BleedingCool:

The immense popularity of the Lego video games based on Star Wars, and particularly those featuring DC characters like Batman, have prompted speculation and demand for years from Marvel fans, wondering why Marvel hadn’t agreed to release a Lego Marvel game yet. It’s finally coming, of course, this autumn, and as if to make up for Marvel dragging their heels, this game will include over 100 Marvel characters and be available not only on Xbox, but also PlayStation, WiiU, as well as handheld platforms like the Nintendo DS. It will include one on one combat, epic battles, puzzle-solving, and, of course, humor, says Marvel. The latter is quite a selling point because these games are not only fun to play, but are appropriate for children to play and observe being played, which can be a rare thing when it comes to comics-inspired video games. And it’s arriving just in time for the holidays, even better for those big family gatherings.

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From Star Wars to Batman and beyond, these Lego video games can be very addictive. The game play is amazing and innovative, the puzzle-solving can be challenging and the list of playable characters a major draw for fans of each respective franchise.

Including a character pool as diverse as the entire FF, X-Men and Avengers but including Marvel staff members Agent M, Alex Alonso, Joe Quesada and Howard the Duck, this could be the best way to spend an afternoon with the family (or an all-nighter with friends).

The game has a November 15th US release date.
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Play Marvel Heroes Online

Watch the origins of the Marvel Universe through the eyes of the Watcher, then jump into the role of a superhero!

Official press release:

marvelheroesSAN MATEO, Calif. – June 4, 2013 – It’s Clobberin’ Time! Gazillion Entertainment today released Marvel Heroes, the highly anticipated free-to-play action-MMORPG set in the Marvel Universe. Created by David Brevik, the visionary behind Diablo and Diablo II, Marvel Heroes lets gamers suit up as their favorite Marvel Super Heroes, including Iron Man, Thor, Wolverine, Hulk, Captain America and Spider-Man, as they battle through an extensive original story crafted by Marvel super-scribe Brian Michael Bendis. Marvel Heroes is now available* worldwide as a free digital download for PCs at http://www.marvelheroes.com.

“For over three years we’ve been building Marvel Heroes to be an exciting, free-to-play massively multiplayer action game, and we are ecstatic to finally put it in the hands of Marvel fans and gamers alike,” said David Brevik, President and COO of Gazillion Entertainment. “The creation of Marvel Heroes has been a labor of love. As a die-hard Marvel fan, it’s an honor to give players the chance to take on the roles of their favorite Marvel Super Hero in an epic adventure.”

At launch, Marvel Heroes will feature 21 Super Heroes, each with unique and extensive leveling systems, power trees and equipment. Players can choose to wear costumes from over 70 years of Marvel history, including costumes from Marvel’s recent theatrical blockbusters Marvel’s The Avengers and Iron Man 3. At any time, players can swap between their favorite Marvel Super Heroes on the fly. Set across diverse locations from the Marvel Universe, Marvel Heroes offers fast-paced, action-packed game play with a robust crafting system, intense player-versus-player (PvP) combat, End Game, and much more.

Gazillion will be frequently releasing updates to add new content to the free-to-play experience, including additional story missions, new playable Marvel Super Heroes, end-game content and much more.

To download and start playing Marvel Heroes today, visit www.marvelheroes.com or download the game on Steam.

Marvel Heroes is available now on PC and is currently in development for Mac. To get the latest news on Marvel Heroes, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

* Internet connection required

Super Heroes is a co-owned registered trademark.

About Gazillion
Gazillion Entertainment is a privately held developer and publisher of free-to-play online games for all ages. Gazillion’s games feature revered brands, superior production quality and unmatched gameplay. For more information on Gazillion please visit http://www.gazillion.com.

About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit marvel.com.

Game Overview

Marvel Heroes is a FREE-TO-PLAY action-packed massively multiplayer online game created by David Brevik, the visionary behind Diablo and Diablo 2. Set in the iconic Marvel Universe, Marvel Heroes combines the core game-play style of Action RPGs and MMOs with the expansive library of heroes from the Marvel Universe. In the game, players can collect and play as their favorite Marvel Superheroes (including Iron Man, Thor, Wolverine, Hulk, Spider Man, Captain America and many others). Team up with friends and try to stop Doctor Doom from devastating the world with the power of the Cosmic Cube in a story written by Marvel comic super-scribe Brian Michael Bendis.

Features

Play for FREE

  • Experience the entire game without paying any money. If you choose, you can shop in the in-game store for even more heroes and items.

Battle as Marvel Super Heroes

  • Play as Iron Man, Thor, Wolverine, Hulk, Spider Man, Captain America and many other famous heroes.

Customize Your Hero

  • Make your Hero unique with a range of spectacular powers and costumes. Discover enhancements to increase your hero’s power.

Explore the Marvel Universe

  • Visit famous locations from the Marvel Universe, from Avengers Tower to Mutant Town to the Savage Land.

Fight Incredible Enemies

  • Smash through hordes of Marvel enemies and face off against iconic super villains.

Team Up With Friends

  • Join with your friends as you fight your way through the game.

System Requirements

If your computer does not meet these minimum requirements, you may have difficulty playing.

  • CPU: Core 2 DUO 2.1 GHz / AMD Athlon X2 2.1 GHZ or better
  • Graphics Card: DirectX10 Compatible Graphics Card with 512 MB VRAM or higher
  • System RAM: 2Gb or higher
  • Hard Disk Space: 10Gb or higher
  • OS: Windows XP 32 bit or higher

Black Mask has put the hit on the caped crusader in Batman: Arkham Origins

It’s interesting to see news on the upcoming Batman video game and the name dropping of the all-but-forgotten Robin, Stephanie Brown.

Stephanie Brown cosplay by Aigue-Marine

Stephanie Brown cosplay by Aigue-Marine

batman-arkham-origins-featured-imageVia Newsarama:

Game Informer’s month of Batman: Akrham Origins coverage, looking in-depth at the just-announced prequel to the popular Arkham games, continues, now revealing Batman’s new top foe. While The Joker ruled in Arkham Asylum and returned for a major arc in Arkham City, in Origins we’re seeing a much deeper underworld. The man hiring the assassins to come kill this new hero Batman has been revealed as Black Mask.

There are two characters who have been known as Black Mask in the world of DC Comics. The first, Roman Sidonis, is the one appearing in the game. As Sidonis, he could have run in the same social circles as Bruce Wayne, but as he transformed himself to Black Mask in the literal blood of his parents, he became the underworld leader who would, at one point, unite Gotham’s gangs and even kill a Robin (Stephanie Brown).

“We realize that Black Mask is not necessarily as prominent in people’s minds as some other classic Batman villains, so we realize we also need to do work to explain why he’s really cool and make him felt in the game,” creative director Eric Holmes told GI. “It’s not something people bring a lot of baggage to when you see the Black Mask, so we have to do the work to make him scary.”

As the head of Janus Cosmetics and the new Mob leader, Black Mask’s “brutal and sadistic” nature from the comics will translate over to the game, promises Warner Montreal.

“His thing is torture. That is what gets his rocks off,” Holmes said. “And he’s really good at it.”

The setting of a full Gotham City was also expounded upon. The game is set in midwinter of “Year 2” of the Batman’s crime-fighting career, with the Christmastime setting giving them “a beautiful thing in an ugly place,” says Holmes. Gotham will be a much larger world than the previous games, and will also represent a world lost to time, much like Batman: The Animated Series. The locations fans remember in Arkham City will still be there – but as normal locations in the more than twice-as-large city. To navigate the three-tiered city, a fast travel by way of the Bat-plane will be offered for the first time, as well.

Play all 52 DC Universes in Infinite Crisis

In the 1959, the Flash was reinvented as a streamlined speedster, followed by Hawkman, Green Lantern and more until the superheroes that once ruled the printed comic book medium were back for good. In one pivotal story, writer Gardner Fox answered the question lingering on everyone’s minds… what about the ‘other’ superheroes who had existed in the 1940’s? He proposed a parallel Earth and the fun began. A near infinite number of possibilities was explored and developed.
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Back in 1985, DC Editorial decided that the multiple Earth thing was silly and they merged all of the various realities down to one. This was the new status quot… until it was changed again.
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Along with the Infinite Crisis and 52 story lines, 52 distinct realities were revealed. Batman was a vampire, a Victorian detective and more. Madcap inventiveness was back. Since then, not much has been done with the Multiverse (expect more when Grant Morrison’s long anticipated Multiversity slams into readers like a stack of Omnibuses)… until now.

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(Via Newsarama)
The multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game genre has exploded in the last 18 months, and WBIE’s own Lord of the Rings based MOBA helped bring the genre to the masses. Now, the company is teaming with developer Turbine to bring DC Comics into the arena with Infinite Crisis.

Like Marvel’s Marvel Heroes, Infinite Crisis will be playable online only, and will be free-to-play – the only charages will be to unlock characters, boosts, and other extensions like in most free-to-play games. Debuting in Fall 2013, the game is set in the DC Multiverse, with multiple versions of characters clashing, from Gotham by Gaslight Catwoman to Vampire Batman, and iconic versions of Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and beyond (Poison Ivy, Shazam, multiple Jokers, Doomsday, Flash, Zatanna all made it into initial promotional materials as well).

“We are thrilled to bring Infinite Crisis, a truly competitive experience featuring the DC Comics lore and characters, to the MOBA genre,” said Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment in a press release. “Turbine is a pioneer in online gaming and combined with the amazing world of DC Comics, they are executing on a game concept that expands the MOBA genre.”

Turbine, likewise, is excited about the challenge of bringing these characters to a new arena.

“The Turbine team is very excited to reveal Infinite Crisis to the world and extend the MOBA genre with new features,” said Jeffrey Steefel, Executive Producer, Turbine. “We are utilizing years of experience in the online game space to deliver innovations to the MOBA genre with a game that features fast-paced action, a major story arc, destructible environments, catastrophic events and a deep roster of iconic DC Comics characters.”

As with all online games, there will be an extensive beta for Infinite Crisis.

Check out these new PS4 game trailers

Lots of details are hitting the web regarding the PS4, but I mainly interested in the new games… which look amazing. Promising a deeper, more personalized experience for the gamer, the new system will target the individual user and deliver a more elegant and immersive style of gaming that extends beyond the ‘tower in the living room’ and integrates into gamers’ outside life through online social networking.

The more I learn about this system… the more it sounds like something Tony Stark would have designed.

Destiny

– In Destiny you are a Guardian of the last city on Earth, able to wield incredible power. Explore the ancient ruins of our solar system, from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus. Defeat Earth’s enemies. Discover all that we have lost. Become legend.

Watchdogs

– In today’s hyper-connected world, Chicago has the country’s most advanced computer system – one which controls almost every piece of city technology and holds key information on all of the city’s residents.

You play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker but also a former thug, whose criminal past lead to a violent family tragedy. Now on the hunt for those who hurt your family, you’ll be able to monitor and hack all who surround you while manipulating the city’s systems to stop traffic lights, detonate gas lines, turn off the electrical grid and more.

Use the city of Chicago as your ultimate weapon and exact your own style of revenge.


Deep Down

– Deep Down is a new game coming from Capcom. Deep Down is the working title of the game, so it could change before the game is released. Little is known about the game, but based on the clips shown at the PlayStation 4 announcement event, the game looks to be set in a fantasy setting.


Infamous: Second Son

– Surrounded by a society that fears them, superhumans are ruthlessly hunted down and caged by the Department of Unified Protection. When Delsin Rowe discovers his powers he’s forced to run, searching for other superhumans in order to save those he loves from the oppressive D.U.P. now hot on his tail. The choices he makes along the way change the future of everyone around him.


Killzone Shadow Fall

-The game is set in a near future, thirty years after the events of Killzone 3. The world is a very different place; two rival factions known as the Helghast and the Vektans live side by side in a futuristic city, divided by a vast wall.

From responding to bold attacks, to quiet infiltrations or all out combat, you will be required to adapt and think on your feet as you have to face a variety of escalating events that could destroy your home world.

 

For more information, go here

Avengers: Battle for Earth

The latest trailer for Ubisoft’s Marvel Comics video game Avengers: Battle for Earth has arrived.

The Skrulls have landed and now it is up to you to embody your favorite Marvel super heroes and defeat epic enemies during the Secret Invasion. Unleash your inner superhero in Marvel Avengers™: Battle for Earth!

Key Features

The ultimate super hero brawler, Marvel Avengers Battle For Earth features 20 different characters including the Avengers Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, and Thor, as well as other fan favorite super heroes and villains from the Marvel Universe. Players will use motion gameplay to execute explosive super attacks, unleash devastating special moves, and battle their friends in a wide variety of game modes.

EMBODY ICONIC MARVEL SUPER HEROES AND VILLAINS:
Choose from 20 classic Marvel characters, each equipped with four unique superpowers

USE MOTION TO FIGHT AS A SUPER HERO:
Trigger super attacks with your movements.

EXPERIENCE A WIDE VARIETY OF GAME MODES: 
Co-op, Campaign, Arcade, Challenges, Versus, and Tournament.

TONS OF BONUSES TO UNLOCK: 
Work your way through the battles, you’ll unlock unique outfits and collector cards.

BATTLE WITH AN ENHANCED FIGHTING SYSTEM:
Use Super Attacks, Velocity Boost, Breaker, or Frenzy to beat your opponents.

EYE-CATCHING COMIC BOOK STYLE:
Inspired by iconic comic artwork based on the Secret Invasion storyline.

Playable Character Roster