7:00 PM, Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler
Let's start with the official word from TT Games Ltd (who produced this one under license from the LEGO Group)...
"LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril for Nintendo DS, which is also available for PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS, features 45 action-packed missions, where players take control of Iron Man, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Captain America, Wolverine and many more Marvel characters as they unite to stop Loki and a host of other Marvel villains from assembling a super-weapon capable of destroying the world. Players will chase down Cosmic LEGO Bricks as they travel across key locations from the Marvel Universe, such as Stark Tower, Asteroid M, a Hydra base and the X-Mansion."
Okay, now that that is covered I'd like to comment for a moment or two on the Lego Marvel Super Heroes series. I will begin simply saying if this is anything like the series' larger console based version, this will be a treat for DS fans. I recently had a chance to sit down with the full X-Box version and fell hard for the in-jokes, Easter eggs and a general sense of fanboy celebration housed within the title. Sure, there's a linear story you work through, but on the console you are afforded the ability to step outside the story at times and explore New York which proves a rich environment in which to play. Stumbling across Stan Lee and seeing him pop in from time to time within the game was great and the depth of characters covered (and playable) only adds to the overall replayability here.
Now I can't comment on this new DS version, but I can absolutely get behind the franchise and what they've created so far. If the past is any indication this should, on its own merits, be a DS hit!
Chuck Moore writing for ComicRelated.com / Source: TT Games Ltd
2:45 PM, Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 - Posted by Brandon J. Stennis
The Rayman series has been around since the early days of the Playstation 1. The series has gone through a few different installments and a revival with the previous Rayman Origins. Now Rayman Legends was the next installment for the series and was released in 2013 for PS3 and Xbox 360 then Wii U. Today, marks the next gen console release of the game. Will this new version of the game excite next gen owners in purchasing the game? Let's Get Into the Review and Find Out.
There isn't much story for Rayman Legends, Rayman goes through various levels and worlds trying to help and save the creatures called Teensies.
Rayman Legends is a side scrolling platformer. Rayman goes through various worlds, saving Teensies, attacking enemies, and trying to keep himself alive after all that. In this game, if you are hit once, you die. At first, I was quite surprised because I expected there to be a life bar or something to tell me how often I could get hurt before I died. But I quickly learned that the hard way. I became upset at first and this by the way was my first experience with the Rayman series. I realized that this game is an old throwback to older games in the platformer genre, like the original Super Mario, where there was no life bar, you get hit once without a mushroom and it's over.
So after thinking about it, I began to play very carefully. This then added to intensity of the game and you never know how easily you can make a mistake. Each level is different from the next and the game is divided into different worlds. You could be having to fly in an entire level or constantly jumping from one platform to the another to get to the end of the level. I was excited to play each new unlocked level section because I had no idea what to expect which made the game even more fun.
There is so much content in this game it's incredible. There are characters you can collect, mini-games, new outfits, daily challenges, it can be a bit overwhelming but it keeps your desire to keep playing the game going. In the next gen version, it does include the Back to Origins levels that were released on the Wii U, that the previous versions did not have, which is a bonus.
In the Xbox One version, there is 10 challenges exclusive to Xbox One that unlock new achievements. On the PS4 version, you are able to use the touch pad to snap screenshots in game, zoom in and out so you can see the environment up close. Also, the touchpad can be used to scratch the "Lucky Tickets" you receive to collect bonus items. Remote play on the PS Vita is also available on the PS4 version.
Graphics: Rayman Legends is a beautiful game on the next gen consoles. The hand drawn visuals come to life as you help Rayman save the Teensies from the bad guys.
Sound: The music of Rayman Legends is truly great, hearing the fully powerful orchestra playing the variety of songs throughout the game is a really exciting experience. It made the game feel like a movie from how epic the soundtrack was.
Controls: Controlling Rayman is a breeze. The controls are fluent and very easy to understand. Having previously checked out the functions of the earlier versions of the game, it is awesome to see that each system has it's own specific control scheme which makes a multi-platform game like this actually seem different from each other.
Rayman Legends is an excellent game, I would say that this version would be the most ideal version to get, due to it having all of the content that older versions do not have. To me, it seemed that it maybe a bit hard for the younger audience it is targeting toward. For the average gamer though, it is a thrill ride you don't want to miss out on. With all of the content provided for this game other than the main campaign, this game is worth the price tag and you won't be disappointed.
6:00 PM, Monday, February 17th, 2014 - Posted by Brandon J. Stennis
It was announced today by Activision that the next Transformers game, Transformers: Rise of The Dark Spark, will be the first to hit consoles and will be the first to hit PS4 and Xbox One. Check out some of the screenshots and announcement trailer below:
9:00 AM, Sunday, February 16th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler
Leaping straight from the page, to the big screen, and now to your game systems in LEGO fashion, comes the beloved story of JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit. The game is being released across multiple gaming platforms this Spring. You can see the newly released key art and a description for the game below:
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today released the key art forLEGO The Hobbit, available this Spring for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®3, PlayStation®Vita, the Wii U™, Nintendo 3DS™, as well as Windows PC. Join Gandalf, Bilbo, Thorin Oakenshield and Company, as they set out on an unforgettable journey filled with both splendor and peril, on their quest to take back the Lonely Mountain from Smaug The Magnificent.
In LEGO The Hobbit, kids and families will take on the form of their favorite Hobbit characters and follow the storyline of Peter Jackson's first two films. Players will embark on quests throughout Middle-earth, joining Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey, and Thorin Oakenshield and Company in their exciting adventures toward the Dwarven Kingdom of Erebor. Along the way, players will solve countless puzzles, partake in Treasure Quests and battle with Orcs, Trolls, Goblins and fouler things.
10:00 AM, Friday, February 14th, 2014 - Posted by Brandon J. Stennis
Gearbox announced today that the DLC reign of Borderlands 2 will now be coming to an end. The final DLC is called "Sir Hammerlock vs. the Son of Crawmerax". The DLC is due to be released on April 15th and will cost $2.99. The DLC will take place on an deserted island where Sir Hammerlock has been captured. The valet hunters are set out to rescue him by tracking a new type of varkid. We can assume that this final DLC will be released on the PS Vita version of Borderlands 2 that is said to have all the DLC. Check out the preview trailer below:
6:00 PM, Friday, February 7th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler
IDW has really been diving into games lately. Last year, they announced the creation of imprint IDW Games, and while that has been a slow roll-out, they have not sat on their laurels. With the resurgence and success of Transformers in recent years, IDW has really amped up their offerings for the property. Currently in the comics, there's the big crossover event between the two main Transformers titles, Dark Cybertron, which is just past its halfway point as of this writing.
The promotion for that event continues this week, starting this past Wednesday in fact, as IDW teams with Hasbro and DeNA to bring Dark Cybertron to life in the interactive mobile card game, TRANSFORMERS: LEGENDS. The special Dark Cybertron episode will be available February 5-11, and grants special access to a special editon Dark Cybertron comic from IDW Publishing! Players will also get discounts on select Transformers action figures from Hasbro, such as Skywarp, Armada, and a favorite of mine, Starscream.
From the press release:
"Dark Cybertron is the first Team Battle episode in TRANSFORMERS: LEGENDS. It combines elements of cooperative and competitive gameplay that players have never experienced before this mobile game. In the Dark Cybertron episode players will join forces with the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS to battle against a powerful and ancient enemy, the NECROTITAN, and fight to unravel the meaning behind mysterious new developments in the battle for CYBERTRON."
2:00 PM, Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson
Disney is Infinite but not for everyone. Especially if you work at LucasArts.
Disney Interactive is working on new versions of Disney Infinity with Star Wars and Marvel characters, according to the Wall Street Journal. The move will incorporate two huge universes into the game, which to date has included Disney Animation, Pixar, and other Disney properties.
Disney Infinity combines collectible figures with video game elements utilizing multiple properties. It has been extremely successful since its launch last August, with three million Starter Packs sold.
The news leaked out in the midst of a downsizing at Disney Interactive, which is cutting "several hundred" of its 3000 employees, continuing a process of focusing in-house resources on Infinity and licensing video games based on its properties rather than developing them at Disney. Disney shut down LucasArts, which it acquired in the LucasFilm purchase, for example, in favor of licensing other companies to make Star Wars games.
It is funny how Disney creates destroys and reacquires properties and companies. It is a wonder that there will be anything left in ten years with george Lucas' name still on it.
7:00 PM, Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson
IDW Publishing has added Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to its Micro Comic Fun Packs line, for release April 1. Each 5.75" x 3" Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures Micro Comic contains one of four 22-page stories, a two-page sewer playset splash page for displaying a sticker, a three-page "how-to-draw" tutorial, and a new cover by Jon Sommariva.
Each pack contains one of eight sticker sheets, one of eight posters, and one of 16 collectible sewer caps. The sewer caps are cardboard punch-outs that feature a popular TMNT character under a manhole cover.
This product will be distributed to comic stores, Target, and Toys R Us.
IDW launched its Fun Packs line last fall with the My Little Pony comics.
7:00 PM, Saturday, January 25th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson
Wizards of the Coast has announced its next multi-platform Dungeons & Dragons event, The Tyranny of Dragons, which will launch this summer in some sort of proximity to the "hard copy" release of the new D&D rules, which is also due this summer. The epic Tyranny of Dragons Encounter for its D&D Encounters organized play program pits players against hordes of dragons led by their five-headed queen Tiamat, a ferocious villain from the Nine Hells who first appeared in D&D lore back in the mid-1970, and has been chosen for this special event which marks the 40th anniversary of the Dungeons & Dragons game.
The Tyranny of Dragons event will extend across several platforms including video games, mobile games, and in-store play at local hobby stores. This carries on the expanded, multi-platform strategy that began with the launch of the Sundering last August.
While WotC is hoping to encourage retailers to use the most recent D&D rules (D&D Next, which WotC is now calling the "New Edition") when holding The Tyranny of Dragons events in their stores, it remains the storeowner's choice whether to use D&D Next/New Edition or D&D 4.0 or even the older 3.5 .
ICv2 contacted WotC for more details and the company replied: "We do not have any additional information to share at this time, but we will be releasing details on Tyranny of Dragons products and organized play offerings in the coming months."
1:00 PM, Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson
Fantasy Flight Games has announced the second quarter 2014 release of the Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Beginner Game, a perfect entry point into the Star Wars: Age of Rebellion roleplaying experience for players of all skill levels. It provides a complete, "learn-as-you-play" experience for 3-5 players, who can open the box and have everything they need to engage in Star Wars roleplaying as members of the Rebel Alliance.
The Beginner Game is a complete, standalone product that presents a great starting point for the Age of Rebellion RPG by essentially providing an abridged, easier-to-learn version of the game, which is presented in a more complete and comprehensive way in the The Age of Rebellion Core Rulebook.
The Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Beginner Game includes a scenario, "Takeover at Whisper Base" is a complete "learn-as-you go" adventure that teaches the fundamentals of the Age of Rebellion game while players are playing the game. The Beginner Game also includes pre-generated character folios that allow players to jump right into the fray. Each 8-page folio contains complete character background, quick reference guides for the game's mechanics, and plenty of options for advancing the character during gameplay.
The Beginner's Game also comes with custom dice that feature symbols for success, failure, and various complications printed directly on the dice. This allows for a rich tapestry of narrative possibilities and exciting gameplay.
The deluxe Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Beginner's Game box includes a 32-page adventure, a 48-page rulebook, 4 full color character folios, 1 full color double-sided map, 14 custom dice, 9 destiny tokens, 33 character tokens, and 7 vehicle tokens.