Category Archives: Video Games

Trailer Time: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (2015) *London’s Calling!*

You have to give it to Ubisoft.  They make spectacular trailers for their Assassin’s Creed games.  Some of the best trailers for any games I’ve ever seen have come from the adventures of the secret brotherhood of assassins and the latest, announcing Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, as this year’s entry in the franchise is no exception.  It was a little bit Guy Ritchie Sherlock meets an episode of Peaky Blinders (watch it now on Netflix).  Steampunk.  Victorian. Dickensian.  Very English; Very Assassin’s Creed. Continue reading Trailer Time: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (2015) *London’s Calling!*

May the Fourth Be With You! 2015’s Best Unofficial Holiday Is Upon Us!

Darth Vader, Star Wars
The greatest made-up holiday in the history of time and the universe is upon us: STAR WARS DAY!  May 4th is officially Star Wars Day, and you may discover geeks you never knew skulked around you simply by greeting everyone you meet today, “May the Fourth Be With You.”  Of course, if you work in, say, The Pentagon, you may also have your psych profile pulled, but these are THE THINGS WE DO!

Truly, 2015 is a landmark year for Star Wars in a way perhaps no year has been since the years of the original trilogy.  We have, this Christmas, the first new installment in the franchise in 10 years: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, and….let’s watch the trailer again:

OK?  That was 90 seconds of what will likely be a 130 – 140 minute film of things JUST THAT AWESOME!  And, yes, I have full confidence in this film at this point.  If for no other reason than that if Disney screws this up, they know it will cost them TRILLIONS of dollars.  Oh but that’s not all:

The new Star Wars Extended Universe is already here!  There are four novels already released that tell tales from various eras in a galaxy far, far away: A New Dawn, Heir to the Jedi, Tarkin and Lords of the Sith can all be found at the top of Amazon’s Science Fiction best-sellers list.  Comics?  Oh, Marvel is KILLING it with their new Star Wars series.  The ongoing featuring Darth Vader in the aftermath of the destruction of the first Death Star is my favorite book coming out right now, but there’s also a mainstream ongoing, one featuring the protagonist from Star Wars: Rebels, a Leia miniseries wrapping up and a Lando miniseries on the way.

Speaking of Star Wars: Rebels, if you go to http://www.starwars.com, you may still be able to stream the first season of the animated heir to the Clone Wars for free.  The second season trailer promises the return of old friends from that series and a lot of Vader.  Yes I’m going to play another trailer!

And before my head explodes entirely from all of the awesomeness that I haven’t even covered yet (Star Wars Anthology Rogue One next year, Rian Johnson writing and directing Episode VIII the year after that, Star Wars just being digitally released for the first time, aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah).  We have to talk Star Wars: Battlefront, though.  Battlefront is right up with Knights of the Old Republic as the best Star Wars game.  It’s certainly the most fun multi-player game and it is coming back in a big way in November (plus they used this game to fix Boba Fett dying in the Sarlacc Pit…..WIN WIN WIN) and yes of COURSE we’re watching the trailer:

This may be my most enthusiastic post ever, but it is a DAY ALL ABOUT STAR WARS!  Force choke your boss (don’t do this).  Use broomsticks and make lightsaber noises (watch for your boss). Walk through automatic doors and pretend you’re using the Force to open them (you can even do it for you boss from across the room because that’s how strong in the Force you ARE!!!).  Have fun with this, fellow geeks.  We’ve taken the world of entertainment, sliced it open like a dead tauntaun and wear it proudly!  Probably time for some sleepytime meds, but HAPPY FOURTH!

 

Details on Batman: Arkham Knight’s Season Pass; A Lot of Bang for $40 (2015 – Xbox One, PS4)

As much as they are universally adored by video game and Batfans alike, Rocksteady took some flak this week when they announced that their season pass was going to run gamers $39.99.  At the time, all they announced was that Batgirl was going to have some playable mission.  Also released was a pretty fricking awesome pic of her that hearkens back to Gail Simone’s run.
Batgirl, Barbara Gordon, Arkham Knight, Batman

Now, I hate season passes.  For the most part they’re a scam.  However, Rocksteady has released the full extent of what is coming with that $40 and it sounds almost like the equivalent of another game.  Keep also in mind that season passes are notoriously slashed for Xbox Sales around holidays, so you could pick this up for probably half the price in a few months once you’re done with the game.  This is ALL content I want to play and looks to be the rare season pass worth the money (looking at you Call of Duty).  Here’s the full details and press release.  Be the Batman on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC on June 23, 2015.

Batman, Robin, Nightwing, Batman Arkham Knight

Earlier this week, we announced the Season Pass for Batman: Arkham Knight. While the story of Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Trilogy will come to a close on June 23rd, we are excited to continue telling stories and delivering more content to explore and play through in the 6 months following the game’s release. We’ll be building more narrative, more missions, more challenges and more characters and vehicles that we want players to experience, even though they didn’t fit into the storyline of Batman: Arkham Knight.

We’ve heard from our community that you want more information on what we’ll be delivering in the Season Pass. While we aren’t ready to unveil every aspect of the content we’ll be developing, we would like to share more detail now to give you a better sense of the scope of the Season Pass.

Batgirl: A Matter of Family
An all new prequel story expansion in an entirely new location where you play as Batgirl for the very first time in the Arkham series – check out the first render of Batgirl.

The Season of Infamy
Play as Batman in all new story missions featuring legendary super-villains invading Gotham City, with new story arcs, missions and gameplay features.

Gotham City Stories
Play as Batman’s key allies in narrative missions extending their storylines, from both before and after the events in Batman: Arkham Knight.

Legendary Batmobiles with Themed Tracks
Drive the most iconic Batmobiles from Batman’s 75-year history, on custom-built race tracks, each themed to that Batmobile’s specific era. Every Batmobile will be drivable across every race track.

Crimefighter Challenge Maps
Engage in a series of new challenge maps utilizing the unique play styles of Batman and his allies. 

Character Skins
A variety of skins from across the eras for Batman, Robin, Nightwing and Catwoman.

As we fully ramp up development on the Season Pass, we will be sharing even more details on each monthly content drop. We hope you enjoy playing Batman: Arkham Knight as much as we’ve enjoyed making it.

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Complete Achievement/Trophy List for The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt (2015)

The Witcher III: The Wild Hunt

 

The next big video game release on the horizon is the final installment in what has been one of the most epic RPG sagas in recent gaming history: The Witcher.  Based on a series of novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, the games follow Witcher (monster hunter, basically) Geralt of Rivia as he travels the land, slaying beasts, completing quests and the whatnot.  Boasting some of the strongest graphics on any console on which it’s published, The Witcher III promises an immense game world.  Just to give you an idea how immense, the two planned expansions for the game; THE ADD-ONS; are said to take 30 hours to complete.  Plan on spending a lot of monster slaying fun with Geralt when the game hits consoles and PC on May 19, 2015.  Achievements (and trophies) below courtesy of xboxachievements.org, which is THE go-to site on the net for such things. Continue reading Complete Achievement/Trophy List for The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt (2015)

Trailer Time: Star Wars Battlefront (2015) *Boba Fett’s Death is Fixed!*

Not only were Star Wars fans treated to ANOTHER fantastic taste of things to come as the franchise’s relaunch under Disney commences this year, but a little piece of important Star Wars news was back-doored into the announcement teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront.  The video game continues the series that was one of the most popular video games the franchise has ever spawned, but in this new Extended Star Wars Universe, all comics, novels, video games, TV series and movies are all canon.

The old EU long-ago fixed one of the worst “deaths” in film history: that of Boba Fett’s sudden dunk into the Sarlacc Pit.  This game shows the beloved bounty hunter fighting in a piece of free downloadable content that is specifically mentioned as taking place after Return of the Jedi.  So not only are we being shown a fantastic game, but Disney feeds the fans even more good news by quietly fixing a huge flaw.  Get Han shooting first and that musical number the FRICK out of Jabba’s Palace and I’ll be dancing on the moon.  Read full details on the DLC and the game itself below.

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