Wall E Lego Set

7:00 PM, Sunday, June 14th, 2015 - Posted by John Wilson

Back in February, Lego announced that it would be putting Angus MacLane's WALL•E Lego Ideas model into production. Which is fitting, because Angus is actually a Pixar animator who worked on the film. And today, courtesy of the SmythsToys website, we might finally have our first look at the official Lego version of WALL•E.

There's a chance these images might be fake, created to serve as placeholders on the SmythsToys website until the real set is eventually released. But that CG Lego model of WALL•E doesn't appear anywhere else online according to Google image search. And it's doubtful that a toy store adding countless items to its catalog every day is going to go to that much trouble to create a placeholder image. So we have every reason to believe these are legit.

Angus' take on WALL•E that he submitted to Lego Ideas was already adorable, but somehow Lego's official builders have managed to make the robot even cuter. It's all in those eyes.

The SmythsToys website also claims the set will be available starting on December 1, with a price tag of €57.99, or about $65 in US dollars. But the folks at Brickset think it will probably be priced like similarly-sized sets at around $40 here. Not that price matters, because WALL•E fans will easily pay a small fortune for this set. It's the waiting until December that's the real problem.

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War of the Ring The Warriors of Middle Earth

9:00 AM, Sunday, June 14th, 2015 - Posted by John Wilson

The second expansion for Ares Games' grand strategy game of fantasy warfare War of the Ring is scheduled to release in November.

Warriors of Middle-Earth expands the role of many of the minor powers described in J.R.R. Tolkien's masterpiece, which up until now had been represented only through various event cards. Rules for the Ents, the Dead Men of Dunharrow, the Great Eagles, the Corsairs of Umbar, the Wild Hillmen, and the Giant Spiders are all included in the expansion set.

Each group is represented by their own plastic figures, and new game mechanics built around the new "Faction Dice" and "Faction Events" are introduced to control the new units.

As an expansion, Warriors of Middle-Earth requires the War of the Ring 2nd Edition base game in order to play. The expansion features artwork from renowned Tolkien illustrator John Howe. MSRP has not been announced.

The first expansion, Lords of Middle-Earth was released in 2012. Last year, Ares released a second big box wargame set in Middle-Earth, based on the climactic ending of The Hobbit, which received nominations for both the Golden Geek and the Origins Awards.

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Official Batman: Arkham Knight Gameplay Video: Time to Go to War

8:00 PM, Saturday, May 30th, 2015 - Posted by Brant Fowler

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment released gameplay footage of next month's releasing Batman: Arkham Knight video game this week!

In this official Batman: Arkham Knight gameplay video, entitled "Time to Go to War," (a continuation of the official Batman: Arkham Knight gameplay video "Officer Down"), we pay a visit to Scarecrow's safe house and battle the forces of Arkham Knight's militia!

The game, which is based on the core Batman license from DC Comics, will be available exclusively for the PlayStatuon 4, Xbox One and PC on June 23, 2015.

This is the final game in the Batman: Arkham series from Rocksteady Studios, and promises to give players a solid end for the franchise. The game, which was developed exclusively for next gen systems and PCs, introduces Rocksteady's own unique design of the Batmobile. And in this final entry into the Batman: Arkham franchise, Batman will face off against the ultimate threat to Gotham, the city Batman has sworn to protect as Scarecrow returns to unite the super criminals and destroy Batman forever!

If you've never played a Batman: Arkham game before, you are in for a treat! And you should totally go back and play the previous installments in the franchise!

You can watch the gameplay footage and screen caps below (click to enlarge, or enter the gallery via the button). And you can find more information on Batman: Arkham Knight at BatmanArkhamKnight.com, Facebook.com/BatmanArkham, or Twitter.com/BatmanArkham


SXSW Gaming Live-Streams the Geek Stage on Twitch

12:00 PM, Saturday, March 14th, 2015 - Posted by Brant Fowler

South by Southwest (SXSW) Gaming Geek Stage is live-streaming the event via Twitch. The event started Friday and goes through Sunday. Below is the live-stream player so you can keep up with what's happening!

Watch live video from SXSWGaming on www.twitch.tv

And here are the list of events for Saturday and Sunday:

Drawing developers, manufacturers and fans from all facets of the community, the Gaming Expo is the epicenter for gaming culture at SXSW. This diverse range of events combines well-loved elements of geek culture with the cross-console video game world. And it all happens in Austin, Texas, a true hotbed for the expanding gaming industry.

With panels at the Geek Stage, a free expo, rocking parties, demos, and networking opportunities, no event bridges the gap between industry insiders and the general public quite like SXSW Gaming.

Learn more at http://sxsw.com/exhibitions/gaming-expo


Ed Boon Reveals Characters and Story Mode Trailer for Mortal Kombat X

10:00 AM, Friday, February 27th, 2015 - Posted by Brant Fowler

On April 14th, 2015, we will be graced with the release of the 10th Mortal Kombat game in the series from NetherRealm Studios, Mortal Kombat X. The game is being developed for the next-gen systems, PS4 and Xbox One, and ported to the PS3, Xbox 360 and Windows by High Voltage Software.

Like all Mortal Kombat games, Mortal Kombat X is a fighter, featuring various characters in tournament style battles. Mortal Kombat X will have several modes, including a Story mode, a 1 vs. 1 Ranked mode, a King of the Hill mode, a Survivor mode, a Test Your Luck mode, and new modes Living Towers and Faction Wars. The game will have multiplayer online capabilities as well. There will also be over 100 brutalities in the game!

The story in the game begins at the end of the last game and transitions to 25 years in the future, seeing aged veteran characters and brand new characters coming into the mythos. There is also a tie-in prequel comic series currently being released by DC Comics as a digital first title (and it is pretty good).

Before today, we knew of 14 characters included in the game. Those are Cassie Cage (daughter of Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade), D'Vorah, Ermac, Ferra/Torr, Goro, Kano, Kitana, Kotal Kahn, Kung Lao, Quan Chi, Raiden, Reptile, Scorpion and Sub-Zero.

That list obviously contains some old favorites and some new characters as well in D'Vorah (an insect-woman), Ferra/Torr (an armored dwarf-woman), Cassie Cage, and Kotal Kahn (Aztec-inspired blood god).

Yesterday, Ed Boon, co-creator of the franchise, teased a new character reveal posting an image of a cage. He then revealed that Johnny Cage, who is deceased in the game's story, will be a playable character in the game, and promised more today at 8am CST. Earlier this morning, Boon tweeted that there would be five character reveals in one day!

So, that day being today, here are the characters Boon announced, joining the 15 previously mentioned characters above:

Jacqueline Briggs (daughter of Jax)

Takashi Takeda (son of Kenshi)

Kung Jin (descendant of Kung Lao)

And while not yet confirmed as playable, the story mode trailer below that was released this morning features Mileena, Queen Sindel, Rain, and Erron Black!

You can find more Mortal Kombat X videos on the Mortal Kombat Community YouTube channel.

We will update this story if anything new is announced throughout the day.

I'm a big Mortal Kombat fan going way back to the first game in the series. I have followed the franchise through the years, saw the movies, the TV series, the online web series, and I'm reading the comic. I'm excited about this next phase in the history of the game, and these characters excite me. I don't yet have a next-gen system, but I can't wait to play Mortal Kombat X on the PS4 someday soon.

Are you excited about these newly announced characters and the game in general? Are you a Mortal Kombat fan like myself? Leave a comment below and let us know!


Halo Championships This Weekend on Twitch.

12:00 PM, Saturday, February 21st, 2015 - Posted by Brant Fowler

If you are a fan of Halo, you might want to tune into Twitch this weekend via the live feed below. Why? Because today begins the Halo Championship Series: Gamers for Giving 2015 and Battle of Europe!

Below is the live feed to the North American HCS at Gamers for Giving live from Ann Arbor, MI. The best Halo teams in North America will compete in the final LAN tournament of Season 1 of the Halo Championship Series. They will face off to earn a spot at the HCS Season 1 Finals and a shot at $100,000. Teams will include CLG, Denial, Cloud 9, OpTic Gaming, Evil Geniuses and more.

The tournament takes place on February 21-22 starting at 9am Pacific (12pm Eastern).

Watch live video from Halo on www.twitch.tv

The Battle of Europe begins February 22nd at 3am Pacific (12am Eastern). You can find it here: http://www.twitch.tv/egl


Lisa Moore Plays The Sims 4

8:00 PM, Saturday, January 10th, 2015 - Posted by Brant Fowler

CR friend Lisa Moore plays The Sims 4 in a series of 'Let's Play' videos on Frontline Gaming Zone (FGZ). Check them out below, and the other content available on FGZ!

It's All About the Game!



Batman: Arkham Origins Playthrough Part 2

7:00 PM, Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 - Posted by Brant Fowler

Last week we let you know that Comic Related's own Brant Fowler is playing through the entire Batman: Arkham video game series leading up to the new and final game in the series, Batman: Arkham Knight, in June 2015. In chronological order (not release date order), Batman: Arkham Origins comes first. Below, you can find the second part of the playthrough via the Frontline Gaming Zone YouTube channel!

Leave a comment below and let us know what you think! And look for more gaming to come via FGZ and CR!

It's All About the Game!



Spider-Man Playset Playthrough for Disney Infinity 2.0

2:00 PM, Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 - Posted by Brant Fowler

Mike Spider-Slayer joins the gaming fun on Frontline Gaming Zone as he plays through two missions in the Disney Infinity Spider-Man playset! First, it's Spidey vs. Mysterio, followed by Spidey Learns to Drive!

Leave a comment below, and look for more gaming via FGZ and CR!

It's All About the Game!



Batman: Arkham Origins Playthrough Part 1

9:00 AM, Saturday, January 3rd, 2015 - Posted by Brant Fowler

Comic Related's own Brant Fowler is playing through the entire Batman: Arkham video game series leading up to the new and final game in the series, Batman: Arkham Knight, in June 2015. As he's playing chronologically, he's beginning with Batman: Arkham Origins. Below, you can find the first part via the Frontline Gaming Zone YouTube channel!

Leave a comment below and let us know what you think! And look for more gaming to come via FGZ and CR!

It's All About the Game!