Conan entered pop culture long ago when a young Arnold Schwarzenegger (Predator, True Lies, and Twins) took on James Earl Jones’ (Star Wars, Dr. Strangelove, and The Lion King) Thulsa Doom in 1982s cult classic Conan The Barbarian. The film was only the first adaptation of the classic pulp fiction magazines and comics that have been entertaining people since the 1930s. The character has been brought to video game consoles in the past and will soon return in the upcoming game, Conan Exiles, currently available in Early Access on Steam. Like most games these days involving the player taking on a single character, the player has the option to adjust the appearance to suit their own looks or desires. It turns out, Conan Exiles allows for more adjustments than the average game. The following article contains some imagery that is NSFW. You have been warned.
Videogame tie-in novels get a bad rap. Sure, they’re often cynical cash-ins that get farted out by games studios periodically to milk cash from innocent, story-hungry gamers, but they aren’t all terrible. In fact, in recent years big names in the Science fiction and fantasy community have come forward, recognising the creative opportunities of playing in other people’s imagined worlds and shedding light on the stories that lurk in the background of their favourite game series. Mass Effect, the sprawling RPG with limitless potential for storytelling, just signed up a new author to pen their latest novel, and they may have just won the jackpot.
When Yooka-Laylee was announced on Kickstarter, it was a big deal. The game was being developed by Playtonic Games, a new game studio comprised entirely of former members of Rare, many of which had worked on game series such as Battletoads, Donkey Kong Country, Banjo-Kazooie, Conker, Perfect Dark, and the timeless N64 classic Goldeneye. Their mission was to create a new game to reinvigorate the dying genre of 3D platformers, a genre set into motion by Super Mario 64 that once dominated the video game market. These developers, led by project director Chris Sutherland, wanted to bring the style of gameplay they had (arguably) perfected in games like Banjo-Kazooie. There was only one problem: Banjo and pals are owned by Microsoft. Enter his unofficial successor: Yooka the Chameleon, and his pal, Laylee the Bat. With new characters, the boys (formerly of Rare) were back in business, so they turned to Kickstarter to fund the dream. They asked for $270,000 to make it happen; well, it did. In less than 30 minutes. (more…)
From the time she saved Andrea’s bacon in the finale of season 2 of The Walking Dead, Michonne’s past has been given to us in bits and pieces along the way. Portrayed on-screen by Danai Gurai, viewers have watched the character prove her worth over and over, from her care of the children to her skill as a badass katana-wielding walker-slayer, yet there are still huge gaps in her history. Telltale Games, known for titles such as Tales from the Borderlands and Minecraft Story Mode, announced that they will look to fill some of that missing canon in an upcoming mini-series game devoted specifically to Michonne. (more…)
Disney has long been at the forefront of pushing boundaries when it comes to kids and their interaction with imaginative toys and experiences. The Disney Infinity toy/game hybrid series has been doing extremely well these last few years, and of course, Disney’s theme parks themselves are essentially one big immersive experience. Now, the company is ready to make another leap: Playmation, wearable smart technology that they hope will blur the lines of gaming and imaginative play all the more.
As a fan of documentaries, I am very much looking forward to this one. As I’m sure you all heard by now, director Zak Penn and the film crew for Atari: Game Over, proved earlier this year that the urban legend was right, and that all the unpurchased cartridges were buried in a New Mexico landfill. But of course, that’s just part of the story. Later this year, fans and curiosity seekers will relive the journey of the nascent days of video gaming, where the sky was the limit, programmers were rock stars, and a video game based on the most popular movie of all time nearly killed a billion dollar business while it was still in its crib. (more…)
A lot of people aren’t fans of the look of Michael Bay‘s Transformers, and they have longed for something more akin to the Autobots and Decepticons of old (school). Well, this game’s for you. A trailer’s been released for the multi-platform game Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark, and from the looks of it, it will answer once and for all who the best robots in disguise are: the 80s Transformers or the Bay-formers. Also it’s a tie-in to the upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction or something. (more…)
Looks like we’ll never ever get a chance to put our thumbs to the world of Star Wars 1313, a stunner of a game that was previewed at last year’s E3. Yes, that title and any others that were in development over at LucasArts have been sucked up into the gears of the big machine, devoured by Disney along with 150 jobs that were lost today when mouse-eared money men decided to pull the plug on the notable design studio.
According to Kotaku, this is no surprise, but — and this is not to dismiss the very real toll levied up the 150 workers who will be without a means of support — it’s still a bit of a hit to a world that craves playable Star Wars, especially in these moments where the universe is expanding with new titles and other notable products.
Will gamers be left behind as Disney tries to take over the world? Possibly, unless the keepers of Walt Disney’s frozen head decide to farm out the work like LucasArts did with the Battlefront games.
Those games are — in my mind — the best out of all the Star Wars games (though, in fairness, I never played Knights of the Old Republic), and yet we know the sad and tumultuous end that that franchise met. Both the Battlefront-esque FPS Star Wars: First Assaultand Star Wars 1313 were to be the next shining jewels in the uneven legacy of LucasArts, especially 1313, a possibly Mature rated game that would have followed a bounty hunter into the seamy underworld of Coruscant.
That concept shared some of it’s roots with the long-discussed live-action Star Wars series that still hasn’t come to be, but the story could be cannibalized and re-used in the upcoming run of Star Wars films or, perhaps, as a tie in game that is connected to one of those projects. Really, no good idea goes u un-molested and pushed to it’s break by either Lucas or Disney, so if 1313 came from as good a place as it seemed, we are sure to see some kind of take on the story eventually, even if it’s all dressed up in Frankenstein-ian scars.
An epic rematch more than 45 years in the making, actor and original Captain Kirk William Shatner comes face-to-face again with The Gorn as they play the new Star Trek video game in this viral video from Namco Bandai.
In the spot, The Gorn (taking a break from haunting Sheldon’s dreams) takes on against Shatner as they play the game. One misunderstanding leads to a fight and… Well, you can see the results for yourself. The video pays tribute to the classic original series episode “Arena,” which featured the first appearance of The Gorn and his often discussed and parodied showdown with Captain Kirk. The Gorn reappears in the new Trek video game as an enemy. In the game, they attack the new Vulcan colony and Kirk and Spock have to stop them.
“What better way to spotlight the adventure and fun everyone can have actually playing as Capt. Kirk in the new game, than to team up the legendary former captain himself to play one of his old foes,” said LeeAnne Stables, President of Consumer Products at Paramount Pictures, in a press release. “Mr. Shatner is such a great sport and that Gorn had absolutely no chance of coming out on top this time.”
“It never ceases to amaze me how many people still ask me about that scene,” added Shatner. “It’s 46 years later, and he hasn’t aged as well as I have.”
The Star Trek video is available for pre-order now and will released on April 23, 2013 on X-Box 360, Playstation 3 and PC. The promotional video is below along with the original Kirk/Gorn face-off from 1967.
Children of the 90’s rejoice! Soon to join your video game shelf is this new effort from Capcom, DuckTales Remastered, a brand new game featuring Scrooge McDuck, his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, Launchpad McQuack et al.
The game will be out later this summer, but a trailer for the game debuted today. And I hope you remember the words to the theme song, because you’re about to be asked to sing-along.
In case you didn’t see it before, here’s a look at the game play from Twitch’s demo at PAX East.