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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Steve Niles talks F.E.A.R. 3

Horror reaches the perfect first-person peak in F.E.A.R. 3 as writer Steve Niles details

F.E.A.R. 3; a true horror gaming experience, a bloody thrill ride that’s perfect for the proper age group. A tale of twisted terror crafted by Steve Niles who took time to reveal his thoughts on working on F.E.A.R. 3, the franchise, working with John Carpenter, his view of 3D and more. Sit back and enjoy a trip inside the mind of Niles.

Q: Did you have a chance to go to E3?

Niles: I didn’t go this year but I went last year when they were doing the big F.E.A.R. 3 promotion. I actually went there with John Carpenter as well. It was nuts; I thought Comic-Con was crazy, nothing compares to these game shows. The thing they do at E3 that they’ve been doing for a while Comic-Con is playing music so every booth was thundering their own music so on top of the crowd you can’t hear anything. It was really fun and fun seeing fans react to John Carpenter because he does not do that many public appearances. Having him there to sign video game posters was pretty cool.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Thursday, June 23, 2011

BioShock: Rapture novel preview

Take a look at an excerpt from Tor Books BioShock: Rapture

With BioShock: Infinite not hitting until 2012 what are gamers to do to fulfill their cravings for more of the extraordinary Irrational world? Simple, pick up BioShock: Rapture from Tor Books this July. Check out the preview and check in with author John Shirley at Comic-Con in San Diego. Good times so get reading and learn more about BioShock.

"John Shirley is the Bram Stoker-award winning author of Black Butterflies, as well as an acclaimed songwriter and screenwriter. He’s perhaps best known for penning the script of Alex Proyas’ noir masterpiece The Crow, and he brings his talent for dark, cinematic storytelling to this new project. Shirley will be signing San Diego Comic-Con the week his novel comes."

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Robin is playable in Batman: Arkham City

The Boy Wonder looks a bit tougher as he makes his Arkham City debut

That’s the new, it’s time for Robin to get in on the action along with Batman and Catwoman in Batman: Arkham City. Here are the official details …

Tim Drake Version of Robin Confirmed as Playable Character in Batman: Arkham City Challenge Mode: Pre-Order at Best Buy North America for Exclusive Access to the Robin Pack!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Alice Madness Returns download costumes

Crazy, yeah a bit, but with these downloadable costumes gamers would be crazy not to play

In Alice Madness Returns gamers are treated to an adventure unlike any other telling of Alice in the world of Wonderland to date. Is she insane or do all her delusions exist (thus making them not so much delusions, right?). These images how off the impressive costumes Alice can put on and the powers they contain. From the creepy to disturbed to just plain cool looking what’s not to love? Take a look.

Green Lantern Blackest Night hardbound Impression

With Green Lantern hitting theaters it’s time to go back and take a look at Blackest Night, an excellent tale of the various Lantern Corps.

The new Green Lantern feature film is getting reviews that are … less than spectacular which is sad for both Ryan Reynolds and Hal Jordan. Green Lantern is so much more than the film shows and for viewers new to the franchise do not judge on the film alone. The collected comics found in hardbound form for Green Lantern: Blackest Night is an excellent read that recounts what the Green Lantern Corp is all about while setting up the other seven corps of Rage (red), Avarice (orange), Fear (yellow), Hope (blue), Compassion (purple), Love (pink-ish purple) and Death (black). These seven along with Will (green) make-up the seven corps and Death as technically Death is not a corps in the sense of the others but that will be explained. Blackest Night is not an introduction as the film is but rather a telling of a great story with excellent art and pacing that is wonderful for fans both old and new.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Emily the Strange Strangerous on Nintendo DS Impression

The Dark Horse gal gets a puzzling adventure on the DS which will delight series fans and puzzle fanatics alike

Released in the UK, Emily the Strange: Strangerous is a DS title not to be missed by fans of the Dark Horse property or puzzle game fans. This collection of puzzle games is weaved into a tale of missing kitties which puts Emily on the road to saving the world. Yeah, it’s strange but that’s what Emily does best and gamers need to pay attention.

2011 Pokemon Video Game Washington D.C. Area Regional Championships

Local winners get their opportunity to compete for the Pokémon National Title

The 2011 Pokémon Video Game Regional Championships served up some great gaming this past weekend with 048 competitors earning invitations to compete in the National Tournament in Indianapolis, IN, this July. The 2011 Pokémon Video Game Washington D.C. area Regional Championships in Chantilly, VA saw these 48 players gain their spots after hours of intense completion. The Dulles Expo Center hosted three age divisions, Junior, Senior and Masters and while the next step is Nationals the ultimate goal is the 2011 Pokémon Video Game World Championships this August in San Diego, CA.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Square Enix announces new Halo action figures

New adventure for Master Chief and a visit to the past are not the only things new for Halo

Square Enix has announced it’s going to get Halo fans even more jazzed for action figures. Their wording is a bit different but their announcement that they are expanding their Halo action figure line should be taken with joyful thoughts as Square Enix knows how to do action figures. These figures are on display at E3 2011. Take a look at the new images as well as some oldies but goodies. Below is the official description from Square Enix of these two new figures.

Trailer for Trigun Badlands Rumble

Vash is back to clean up a mess from his past

Trigun was, and is, an awesome anime. The animation quality is a bit dated but the core story and characters still rock. With Trigun: Badlands Rumble the series gets a nice reboot in the form of an animated feature ten years after wrapping the original series. This means better animation, a few new voice actors but most important is the exposure to anime fans who may not be familiar with the source work and thus will go check it out. FUNimation has more on Trigun but check out the trailer, linked above and below, it's hot. Dates and cities to be announced soon.

Should Wii care about U

Nintendo unveils the new Wii U console but will gamers get the next evolutionary step in gaming or …

Nintendo has fired the first salvo in the next console war, in a manner, with the announcement of the Wii U console. In a manner because the Wii U moves Nintendo into the world of HD and more but it’s still looking to compete for dollars but not in the manner that PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 duke it out. The Wii was odd at first but a hit with casual gamers and has found its way into many households but will this new system follow? The short answer is yes, let’s take a look at some features and reasons why.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Durarara!! Part 3 DVD Impression

With gobs of style and substance, what’s not to love about Dorarara!!

Durarara!! volume 3 on DVD from Aniplex has all the style and craziness of Baccano! but set in a modern day Japan, Ikebukuro region, where a Headless Rider, a Slasher and rival gangs roam the streets and the best sushi comes from a Russian. Sound a bit out there? It is but this is the rare anime that hits on every aspect and makes the viewer want more, hooks them from intro to closing. What’s it all about, let’s take a look at volume 3 beginning with episode 18.

Udon releases Atelier Series: Official Chronicle art book

Udon releases a beautiful collection of art from the Atelier RPG franchise

Gaming fans, especially those loving Japanese style role-playing games, know the Atelier series of games. This franchise keeps the graphics old-school in nature with tons of traditional RPG action from dungeon crawling to weapons and accessory management. The gaming aspects are the very definition of what a J-RPG is and the art style is worthy of a wall scroll, anime series, manga and yes, art book. The Atelier Series: Official Chronicle from Udon is one such art book collection and is available now. The art is truly beautiful and captures the essence of many of the aspects that make an RPG a true J-RPG in look. The characters, classes and settings fit into the fantasy realm and are great to look at even without knowledge of the games. A great RPG starts with great character development be it out of the box characters or those designed by the gamer in MMO’s such as World of Warcraft. Fans of the alchemy based RPG series will love to add this to their bookshelf but even non-fans should take a look, its simple stunning to view.

E3 Spider-Man: Edge of Time screenshots

A look at some of the new pics for Spider-Man’s next adventure.

Spider-Man: Edge of Time is looking quite nice. Taking the Amazing Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2099 versions of the web crawler and combining them into a time-rift spanning adventure sounds perfect for a comic and should translate well as a video game. The fact is that comic based video games are getting better production and development efforts due in no small part to the rise in cost to make games. No more slapping a big name on a cookie-cutter titles and calling it a day. With writing from Peter David (co-creator of Spider-man 2099) there is no doubt the story will rock and from the looks of these new images the game too shall look amazing. Check back for more as E3 week is just getting started.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

not simple manga Impression

A sad but gripping story about a boy and his search for meaning

Part of Viz Signature IKKI Means Comix, not simple is a tale that is flat out engaging. Natsume Ono weaves a tale that hooks the reader from page one and manages to make the reader care about Ian and his not simple life. This is the type of story that will make readers think, look at their lives and wonder how tragic and un-guided life can be at times.

SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs Impression

Does SOCOM 4 move the franchise into the upper-tier of next-gen warfare?

The SOCOM franchise has always been a solid military excursion enjoyed with friends but it's never quite moved into the echelon of the Call of Duty and Battlefield franchises. With a pedigree stretching back to PlayStation 2 and solid offerings on the PSP what can the series do to reach new gamers and establish itself as the must-own military offering on PlayStation 3? Should it deliver a richer single player story? More online options and modes? Utilize new technology? The answer is yes to all but what else and will it be enough? Let’s take a closer look at the latest offering, SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs on PlayStation 3.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Trailer - Tomb Raider Turning Point, Debut US Trailer

WOW!!! Lara is looking EPIC, this is one game to keep an eye on

Catwoman is playable in Batman: Arkham City

The sultry love interest gets to belt out some beatings as Catwoman is indeed playable in Batman: Arkham City

Yes, Catwoman is playable in Batman: Arkham City and from the trailer and new screenshots she has a slew of her own moves and style. A female character with the gumption to go up against Batman and all his baddies who retains her strength, femininity and assets while be downright awesome. That’s the assumption and there is no reason to doubt she will deliver.