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Telltale Bats 2

A little more than a month back, Telltale Games (The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us) announced that they were working on yet another narrative-driven adventure game series based on the dark streets of Gotham in BATMAN—The Telltale Series, and that it would be released sometime after Minecraft: Story Mode and Game of Thrones. Now we finally have our first look at the game, and it looks like Telltale is set to wow players with their signature style once again as we take on their spin of the Dark Knight. (more…)

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When the newest iteration of the Star Wars: Battlefront  video game came in 2015, it was a certified hit. Of course, everyone remembers the commercials with everyone “force-ghosting” into the video game, but it took the industry on by storm this past year. The video game sold more than 14 million copies and went on to be the 4th best-selling video game in 2015. Thanks to downloadable content and expansion packs for the game it continues to be a top seller. With such a massive success on their hands, it’s almost a no-brainer that Electronic Arts (EA) would make a sequel to this game.

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Its a tale as old as time, a wall separating gamers at their very core. Games published across different platforms have managed to bring players together, but never on the same playing field. One version is better than the other, this one has different feature, that one has different playable characters and never will the two meet in the middle. That is, until now. Microsoft may be changing the face of gaming once again with the announcement of cross platform gaming with PS4 and PC owners.

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Video game-based movies are like cockroaches; no matter how many times critics and audiences step on them, they won’t die off. Less than a year ago, 20th Century Fox’s Hitman reboot was an explosion-packed slap in the face to fans of the stealth-based series. Not to mention the fact that it was a colossal financial failure as well. Fortunately, with the mostly positive buzz behind this year’s Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed movies, there may still be hope for Hollywood to give us a good video game movie. There are even more video game movies planned as well, including one based on a franchise many thought was past its prime.

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It wasn’t too long ago when Rovio‘s Angry Birds mega-franchise infested every nook and cranny of mobile gaming: from ill-considered Pixar licensing to a Star Wars expansion to the obligatory space simulator, the game took the concept of flightless birds vs limbless pigs tossing and just ran with it. However, the recently released international trailer for the film seems to raise more questions than it answers in the first place…

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It is no secret that some of the biggest gaming franchises have come from the Japanese game developer Capcom, and few have even come close to reaching the heights of Street Fighter. Street Fighter 2 (We’re going to pretend the awful first Street Fighter didn’t happen) was released in arcades in 1991 and changed the face of gaming as we know it. Street Fighter has gone on to grace almost every medium you can think of from collectible card games, board games, kids meal toys, action figures, and Halloween costumes, you name it and Street Fighter has had some version of it. There is one place that Street Fighter has been, shall we say less than successful: Live Action. (more…)

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Bethesda Softworks has just released a live action trailer for Fallout 4 that might just scratch that Fallout 4 itch you just can’t seem to reach. Music is one of the defining characteristics of the Fallout series of games. This trailer is no exception and uses Dion‘s 1961 song The Wanderer to set the perfect tone to this trailer as our Vault 111 survivor wanders around the wasteland. (more…)

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When Mortal Kombat started hitting arcades, and then consoles, in the early 90s, part of the visceral thrill was all that computer generated gore, and the super-human ability to deliver such carnage by the various fighters. As the series has expanded, so has the game designers’ ability to render more and more grisly violence, but in the back of your head it’s still all done in computers were the blood is, for all intents and purposes, non-existent. So what if you could experience all those graphic fight scenes as if they were truly as blood-filled and disgusting as they would be in real life? Do you like gore? You better if you press play on this video. (more…)

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We gamers, in our never ending quest to find and play the best games available, have learned to accept certain unfortunate things in our games. Bugs, design oddities, and absurdly condescending tutorials are among the bigger sins, but there is something even MORE evil than all of that. I’m referring, of course, to shitty gameplay mechanics. The parts of games intentionally produced that just don’t feel quite right in any way, or just belong in the development dumpster. This list would be quite different for a lot of people, but these are six such gaming sins that piss us off the most.

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Back in the hazy, mullet-fueled days of the 1990s Nintendo did something really cool. They held a World Championship event for their fans, inviting competitors in to battle for glory in a gauntlet of games and some pretty cool, insanely rare NES cartridges. One of these little bastards even recently sold for the ridiculous sum of $100,000 dollars. Now, 25 years later, Nintendo is bringing the World Championship event back to E3 2015. It’s set to kick off their presence at gaming’s biggest conference along with a few other events, which are detailed here in an amusing little video.  (more…)